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The Weekly Pull List – November 9th, 2016

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Kate Skocelas

Kate Skocelas
  • Green Valley #2 (of 9)

Max Landis’ obnoxious ego in the backmatter aside, the first issue of Green Valley was solid.  It was like a weird mix of Firefly and Game of Thrones, which happen to be two of my favorite franchises.  I’m hoping the series continues to deliver.

Mike Rapin

Mike Rapin
  • All-New X-Men #15
  • BLACK #2
  • Flash #10
  • Jonesy #8
  • The Paybacks #4
  • Shipwreck #2
  • Star Wars: Poe Dameron #8
  • Uncanny X-Men #15

Mixed bag this week.

Uncanny X-Men and All-New X-Men have been trudging along. They’re not bad books, but they’re not compelling. Or maybe I’m growing old of the persecution angle in all three X-books currently. Not sure. I’m still reading, and I’m hoping things will turn up. Maybe after Death of X things will look up, or maybe the Inhumans vs. X-Men event will add some much needed perk to these books. We shall see. I will be reading.

The Paybacks is ending? I don’t know. I really love this book and I want more, but I understand endings. I definitely need to do a full re-read of this series and the run over at Dark Horse.

Shipwreck was quite the trip last month. Bring on the crazy.

Jonesy‘s last issue was very touching. I really am digging this book. You should, too.

Nick White

Nick White
  • AnA #9
  • All-Star Batman #4
  • Wrath of the Eternal Warrior #13

Honestly, AnA has been making slow, incremental changes for the better.  The last arc brought on Revival artist Mike Norton, who gave the book a solid aesthetic that’s neither too cartoony or realistic, but rather falls into a middle ground sweet spot.  With this ninth issue launching the third arc, we tap into some “old Valiant” lore surrounding Armstrong’s wife, Andromeda…and we get to keep Norton on art.  That’s what we call a “win/win,” people.  And if that’s not enough, the not-so-dynamic duo faces “a nefarious new force…about to release an army of bathsalt-using ‘Florida Men’ to finish off Archer and Armstrong once and for all.”

Paul hit the nail right on the head when it comes to All-Star Batman, I honestly have no freakin’ clue where the Hell this book could be headed.  With Batman, I can kinda gauge the trajectory of how a flagship book like that has to operate…but with this, I got no clue.  All I know is that DC Comics needs to understand, AND I MEAN THIS, DC COMICS, that you cannot keep putting such gorgeous variant covers on a $4.99 book.  That’s unconstitutional.  I think.

Finally, I think Wrath of the Eternal Warrior has finally turned the corner after a rocky start to its third arc…which had me thinking we were simply going to “rinse, repeat.”  Venditti has put himself in the interesting predicament of not simply jumping between time periods between arcs, and I’m very curious where this is leading.  Oh, and while I think those accustomed to Raul Allen’s art might find Robert Gill’s work a bit jarring…stick it out.

Paul Jaissle

Paul Jaissle
  • All Star Batman #4
  • Betty & Veronica #2
  • Detective Comics #944
  • Doom Patrol #3
  • Gotham Academy Second Semester #3
  • Wonder Woman #10
  • WWE: Then. Now. Forever #1

Whew. Good thing I caught up on my monthly books over the weekend, ’cause I have a doozie of a pull list this week. So far I am really digging the stuff I’ve read from DC’s new “mature readers” imprint, Young Animal. Doom Patrol is an appropriately strange book, and the new Mother Panic title looks like another winner. Even thought the premise–a young, well known aristocrat dresses up and prowls Gotham City at night as a vigilante–seems awfully familiar, I am curious to see what twist Jody Houser and Tommy Lee Edwards will bring.

I have admittedly fallen behind on the relaunched Archie titles, so I was surprised to see the second issue of Betty & Veronica out this week. I really enjoyed number one, thanks mainly to Adam Hughes’ lovely artwork. If this is a routinely late book, it just might be the Archie title I can stay up on.

The Batman & Two Face buddy road trip that is All Star Batman has been a really fun book so far. It definitely is not what I expected from Scott Snyder, but that it part of what makes it great: I have no idea what to expect, so I’m just along for the ride.

BOOM Studies releases their first licensed WWE comic this week with the WWE: Then. Now. Forever one shot. Interestingly, the main story by writer Dennis Hopeless and artist Dan Mora retells the story of how the SHIELD broke up; an event that took place on TV over 2 years ago. It was a shocking moment to see live, so getting a different telling of the story is intriguing. Add in some back ups about the New Day, Sasha Banks, and Tugboat, and this seems like a book that might capture all that is great (and ridiculous) about World Wrestling Entertainment.