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The Weekly Pull List – September 28th, 2016

What week for comic books! Are you ready to read this week? ARE YOU?

What’s on YOUR Pull List?

Nick White

Nick White
  • Aliens Defiance #5
  • Bloodshot Reborn #17
  • Descender #15

Tristan Jones is back on pencil duties for Aliens Defiance, and I, for one, am very very happy.  Riccardo Burchielli (DMC, Dial H) and Tony Brescini (Grimm Fairy Tales) did a fine job with the third and fourth issues, but Jones’ work just oozes the unrelenting terror and dread the franchise (usually) evokes.  This week, PFC Hendricks goes toe-to-toe with her past employer, the United States Colonial Marines Corps, as the latter attempts to wrangle some xenomorph samples at a fueling station.

Man, oh man.  Last month our (modern) Bloodshot informed his Bloodshot Reborn brethren that he knew how to extricate them from that Edge of Tomorrow mess we know as “Bloodshot Island.”  That was the good news.  And the bad?  Well, he tacked on a secondary objective that firmly falls into “easier said than done” territory.  As for where this book will go next, with next month wrapping up the arc, I’d keep your eyes on the female detective that was tailing him in the second arc.  I think it’s gonna come from there.

Okay, so, Descender.  I’m gonna level with you on this one.  This whole having an entire arc where each issue is dedicated to each character’s backstory?  Well, more like 90% backstory, 10% present day, but…  I don’t know.  Maybe Lemire thought it was preferable to constant cutaways and flashbacks.  Maybe it is perferable.  But dedicating an entire arc to such?  Last time I saw anybody brave this scenario and pull it off was the second arc of Southern Bastards.

Paul Jaissle

Paul Jaissle
  • Detective Comics #942
  • Josie and the Pussycats #1
  • Love and Rockets #1
  • Wonder Woman #7

Love and Rockets, one of my favorite comics ever, returns as a quarterly title from Fantagraphics this week. The previous volume of the legendary indie series was an annual collection, so getting Jaime Hernandez stories on more regular basis is pretty exciting. If you’ve never read L&R before, this might be the perfect time to meet Maggie and the gang.

The Night of the Monster Men crossover continues in Detective Comics. I have really been enjoying this title so far, and this crossover seems like a good way to bring the Batman titles closer together.

I have a habit of buying the first issues of the relaunched Archie titles, and despite enjoying them, never picking up the subsequent issues. Maybe Josie and the Pussycats will be the title that breaks this odd trend?

Mike Rapin

Mike Rapin
  • Extraordinary X-Men #14
  • The Flash #7
  • Outcast#21
  • Saga #38

The Flash was sort of disappointing last month, but if only because I sort of saw the major twist coming and was hoping for more pizzazz. Nonetheless, I’m still reading, at least for another arc. We’ll see how I feel about this 2-by-2-by-2 art rotation after this next arc.

Saga has been Saga, fun but, like Y: The Last Man was for me, dragging a bit in near the 2/3 mark of the series (I assume this book will go to ~60 issues like Y: The Last Man and Ex Machina did). It’s not bad, but I found myself forgetting some bits of the story and having to re-read the last 4 issues before I read #37. Now that I’m all caught up, I think I should be fine. This book is still quality work, don’t get me wrong. It’s just constantly at 100%.

Outcast has been building steam and I am ready to see this engine burst. What more can this book do? I’m excited to find out.