And so, it was time for The Weekly Pull List, and there was much rejoicing…

What’s on YOUR Pull List?

Mike Rapin

  • All-New X-Men #40
  • Amazing X-Men #19
  • Black Widow #17
  • Divinity #3
  • Lazarus #16
  • Velvet #10

Lazarus is the king of this week’s pulls. Rucka and Lark ar delivering one of the coolest stories about corruption and the fallout of that corruption I’ve ever read. The beauty of this series is the lack of connection to the real world. Sure, the story takes place in North America, but does that matter? Not really. There is an incredible brilliance that this series carries and I’m super glad I started reading it when I did.

Black Widow is, as I’ve said many times, the best solo book at Marvel, right now–and I have a lot of love for Iron Fist: The Living Weapon. I don’t know what else to say about this book other than, “Go read it.”

Amazing X-Men is coming to a close, I think? I’m not sure what to think about this series, but it’s kind of fun. This is one of those books I picked up because it was just another X-book to read, but I have been pleasantly surprised by how… disconnected it has been from the rest of the Marvel Universe, let alone the X-Men universe. It’s a nice change of pace for a Marvel team book.

Nick White

  • Divinity #3
  • Ivar, Timewalker #4
  • Manifest Destiny #14
  • Ninjak #2

It’s not every week that one’s pull list is only four books…and it’s certainly not every week that 75% of those books are from Valiant.  These are crazy, crazy “Convergence” times we live in, people.

To Valiant’s credit, Divinity is the only one of their books that I’m actually behind on.  Not that there’s any real reason to be, Matt Kindt and Trevor Hairsine are telling a fantastic story.  However, much like my previous confusion with RAI and The Death-Defying Dr. Mirage, this tale of a Russian cosmonaut belated return to Earth had me wondering if/how/when it was actually going to tie into the larger Valiant Universe.  Well, apparently Divinity #3 has Abrahm Adams’ homecoming royally crashed by Valiant’s equivalent of the Justice League, UNITY.

It wouldn’t be a Valiant week without an Anni-Padda brother, so that’s what we’ve got Ivar, Timewalker for.  Last month, my suspicions that Ivar was not exactly being the most honest of individuals with Neela were confirmed, and the latter seemed to be heading down the path that the closing pages of the first issue hinted at.  I think this’ll be the last issue with the talented Clayton Henry on pencils, with Francis Portela taking over in May.

This week’s non-Valiant title?  Image Comics’ Manifest Destiny.  I really like where this arc is going, but it’s hard to keep tabs on a book that’s been coming out every other month.  Either do what needs to be done to make it a monthly, or bank up enough issues so an arc’s issues can be published on a monthly basis.  As I’ve said before, I honestly have no problem with Image Books taking a couple months off between arcs…I just don’t like an inconsistent release schedule.

Finally, there’s Valiant’s Ninjak, by Matt Kindt, with Clay Mann and Butch Guice on art.  It’s equal parts gizmo-infused espionage and tautly directed fight sequences, and given that the subject matter is well within Kindt’s wheelhouse, and he’s already cut his teeth writing Unity, he was a perfect choice.

Paul Jaissle

  • 2000 AD prog 1927

Yup, just one book for me this week. That’s good, however, since I am woefully behind on a number of titles, including 2000 AD. Besides, my wallet is still hurting from Record Store Day on Saturday, so it could use a break.

Blake Hamilton

  • Convergence Swamp Thing #1

It’s a light week for me but it involves me favorite character. I call this a win. I am not a huge fan of title wide events. I find them overdone and annoying these days, but I will read Convergence Swamp Thing to see what happens to Dr. Holland.

Jonathan Francois

  • The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #4

This comic has been an absolute delight to read. It’s fun and light hearted humor that I look forward to every month. I hope the series sticks around for a while so that I can continue to giggle incessantly on a monthly basis.

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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