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The Weekly Pull List – December 14, 2016

I’m never certain how to begin this with you but…

What’s on YOUR Pull List?

Paul Jaissle

Paul Jaissle
  • Detective Comics #946
  • Rockstars #1
  • Wonder Woman #12

An oddly small week for me, so I am going to try the first issue of Rockstars from Image. As an oddly obsessive music nerd myself, a comic about a rock fan and a journalist teaming up to solve some unexplained music mysteries sounds right up my alley. Rock and roll history, black magic, and unsolved murders? What’s not to love. I don’t know much about the writer, Joe Harris, but that premise is intriguing enough to make me give it a shot.

Mike Rapin

Mike Rapin
  • All-New X-Men #16
  • Flash #12
  • Ivx #1
  • Reborn #3
  • Star Wars Poe Dameron #9

This is a lighter week, and I’m okay with that.

IvX starts this week and I am not ready. My brain is not ready for this ridiculous thing. I trust Charles Soule, but I don’t like events like this. Can’t say much more than that.

Flash has been very odd for me. I like it, and yet I don’t feel like I want to read it. Which is an odd thing with a comic book, but I’m still reading–at least through the arc. Nothing has been so bad that I don’t eventually get around to reading this book after a week or so.

Reborn is my Pick of the Week on the show this week and it’s mostly because my expectations of what this book would become was so, so far off. Millar can tell a  pleasant story and with Greg Capullo on pencils, I can’t find a thing I don’t like about this book.

Nick White

Nick White
  • Britannia #4
  • Descender #17
  • Reborn #3
  • Wrath of the Eternal Warrior #14

Check this out, I, Nick White, am UP TO DATE on three of the four books listed above.  IS THAT INSANE, OR, LIKE, WHAT? (Actually, astute readers will likely pick up on an interesting quality about the abovementioned list…there aren’t any DC Comics titles.)  If I were to get off this couch, and locate the second issue of that Millar/Capullo work…I’d be sitting at 100%.  But perfection is boring.

Peter Milligan and Juan Jose Ryp’s Britannia for Valiant continues to be a fascinating hodgepodge of history, psychology, horror and violence that has one more issue left in this four-part miniseries.  As much as I’m curious about how it’ll end…the real question is whether or not Valiant will let it sit all by its lonesome in their universe.  In the past, this question was asked of RAI, but anyone who knew of Valiant twenty years back knew RAI’s solitude would be broken eventually.  But there’s no precedent for this work in question.

While a Valiant miniseries wraps, one from Image begins a new arc.  Descender, from Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen, begins its fourth arc, free of the backstory-fueled emphasis that “Singularities” (the last arc) possessed.  Let’s be clear, Lemire still does backstory far better than most, and I’m certain this recently wrapped arc will read wonderfully in trade…but I’m a guy that prefers his backstory fleetingly and coyly interspersed.

Look, I read Reborn #1.  It was fantastic and bright and ran back and forth across the whole emotional spectrum.  But I haven’t read the second issue yet.  I covered this up above.  Yeesh.

Finally, we’ve got another issue of Wrath of the Eternal Warrior.  Yes, it does feel like this arc has a faint whiff of “filler” to it, and it only builds on a couple of the previous arc’s elements…but it has contributed significantly to the worldbuilding of this “limbo-esque” locale.  That, and despite being one of Raul Allen’s biggest fans, I’ve enjoyed Robert Gill’s work too.