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Hidy ho, comic people! How about them comics?

What’s on YOUR Pull List?

Mike Rapin

  • All-New X-Men #8
  • The Autumnlands: Tooth & Claw #10
  • Constantine: The Hellblazer #11
  • Kennel Block Blues #3
  • Mockingbird #2

Mockingbird was a surprise book for me last month, and I flipping loved it. This is the perfect balance of comedy, meta-humor, and super-hero fun that I want in a comic book. Keep this book a-comin’!

Kennel Block Blues was a book I missed when it released (because I FORGOT TO CHECK MY DIAMOND PREVIEWS BOOK) and the first two issues are a hoot. This book is a wonderful mix of prison heist and underdog humor–heh, that’s a pun. I knew from the first few pages of #1 that I would love this book, and #2 continued the trend. Check out this fun little mini-series.

Constantine: The Hellblazer is coming to a close soon and it’s too soon to talk about. My heart…

Scott Gregson

  • Spider-Gwen #7
  • Mockingbird #2

Spider-Gwen, Spider-Gwen. What can I say about Spider-Gwen. This week sees Spider-Gwen drop into the Spider-Women event running across this title, Silk and Spider-Woman following on from Spider-Women Alpha last week. Marvel have done a pretty good job of making this crossover run for 8 weeks, every week, through May and June, and I’m excited to see the girls interacting across their titles and universes. Should be fun.

One the other hand we have Mockingbird issue 2. Last issue, the first issue, was a bit tricky, even if it was fun. A “puzzle box” issue, giving out a bunch of details, but missing key parts to keep it all still a mystery. The bright, clean art from Kate Niemczyk is great and contrasts with the slightly darker tone the story is taking. The sense of humour Chelsea Cain brings to the book is delightfully wry, putting this right in my wheelhouse. Basically, the whole thing could fall apart once the details start to come together but for the moment I’m in. For now.

Paul Jaissle

  • Gotham Academy #17

This week’s Gotham Academy features the final chapter of the “Yearbook” story, which gives multiple “indie” comics creators a chance to write short stories about the characters. This issue features work from Annie Wu, Faith Erin Hicks, David Petersen, and Michael Dialynas. I’ve really enjoyed these “Yearbook” issues, and would love to see the concept return at some point.

Kate Skocelas

  • Mockingbird #2

There are corgi’s on the cover of Mockingbird #2, and the summary on Comixology promises Hellfire Club and zombies.  I’m pretty sure Marvel is watching me…

That being said, I’m with Scott on this one.  Chelsea Cain’s wry wit was fabulous in the first issue, which sets up a puzzle box arc, but it could easily fall apart once the plot starts to be filled in.

Nick White

  • A&A #2 (Archer and Armstrong)
  • Constantine: The Hellblazer #11
  • Wrath of the Eternal Warrior #6

Honestly, I was not the biggest fan of the debut of this new Archer and Armstrong series.  One of those things that even when one tries to make a conscious effort to parse through it and extract some entertainment…it wasn’t entirely there.  Maybe it’s too soon to tell, but it’s really just hard to tell who this book is for; it’s neither new user friendly, nor does it perfectly pick up where the last series dropped off.  Then again, and I’ve said it before, this modern trend that every book seems to live or die on its first issue is unfair.

Okay, so remember when Hellblazer joined the “new 52” when its trenchcoat-sporting protagonist was the leader of Justice League Dark?  Then, he got his own surname-sporting title, Constantine?  Then we got a title mashup in its DC You reboot, Constantine: The Hellblazer?  And now, with “DC Rebirth,” the title is changing again to just The Hellblazer.  I say this because, along with the title swap-out, the current team of James Tynion IV, Ming Doyle, and Riley Rossmo will be gone.  A pity, considering how well they simultaneously modernized John, while remaining true to his Vertigo pedigree.  I’m gonna miss this book.

With the sixth issue of Wrath of the Eternal Warrior, we’re wrapping up this two issue mini-arc, “Prologue to Labyrinth.”  The official summary says that “as Gilad’s oldest enemy returns, the Eternal Warrior looks to the battles of the past to prepare for war in the present.”  First off, I was not given any inclination in either of the last two issues (which ended the first arc, and began this one) that Gilad was on a collision course with some ancient evil. Secondly, I’m not entirely certain who/what that’d be, save a certain recurring character last seen in The Valiant.  That aside, I’ve enjoyed artist Juan Jose Ryp’s harsh and gritty take on this Mesopotamian tale.

About The Author

Mike is currently the Editor-in-Chief at DestroyTheCyborg! as well as a full time web developer for Comixology in New York. He's a die-hard X-Men fan whose love of Gambit will stand the test of time.

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