May the comics be with you…

What’s on YOUR Pull List?

Mike Rapin

  • Archie #7
  • Black Widow #2
  • Star Wars: Poe Dameron #1
  • Uncanny X-Men #6
  • The Wicked + The Divine #18

Archie. Hands down the most fun you can have in comics right now–next to Jughead. Don’t be a doofus, try this book.

Uncanny X-Men… I’m kind of torn about this book. It’s X-Men and there’s an Apocalypse coming, but this book is not doing it for me. It seriously needs to pick up the pace and ditch Greg Land.

Finally, I’m going to have to try Star Wars: Poe Dameron. I don’t know much about Star Wars (kind of), but there’s a flipping BB-8 cover. I need it.

Scott Gregson

  • Star Wars: Poe Dameron #1
  • Black Panther #1
  • Spider-Women Alpha
  • Wonder Woman: Earth One Vol 1

Ok, so, I may not BUY Wonder Woman: Earth One by Grant Morrison and Yanick Paquette this week – money’s tight y’all – but it’s damn sure on my Pull List. Been waiting for this damn comic so damn long! It looks SO damn good! And hearing what Morrison’s been saying about his writing process for it? Damn! So pumped.

Lots of number 1’s this week and two I’ve been keen for are Black Panther by Ta-Nehisi Coates and Brian Stelfreeze, and Star Wars: Poe Dameron by Charles Soule and Phil Noto. Both of these books have stellar creative teams and both are characters who need some serious spotlight right now. Panther is coming out of being part of the biggest Marvel event ever, and Poe Dameron is one of the most well received new characters in recent blockbuster history, severely underdeveloped in The Force Awakens and in dire need of some characterisation. Both of these books have the capacity to be great. Fingers crossed!

And last but by NO MEANS least, we have not a “First Issue” but the opening of a Spider-crossover between Spider-Gwen, Silk and Spider-Woman. Some of you reading this more regularly may notice I already GET two of these books (and I’ve dabbled in Spider-Woman a little) so Spider-Women Alpha is an obvious buy for me. But it’s also possible that this is the first crossover/event set in the “Spider” corner of the Marvel Universe that doesn’t have Peter Parker in a central role? I love Silk, and I like a lot of Spider-Gwen’s trappings, and even Jessica Drew aka Spider-Woman is a good character (even if I don’t like her book right now) and I’m super happy to see Jason Latour, Robbie Thompson and Dennis Hopeless coming together (with their various artists) to do a cool little event like this one.

Kate Skocelas

  • Black Widow #2
  • Vision #6

I was a latecomer to the Black Widow lovefest.  A huge fan of Edmondson and Noto’s run, I didn’t think there was room in my heart for another Black Widow creative team.  I was wrong.

I finally grabbed the first issue on Comixology last week after hearing Mike, Paul and Tia gush about it on the I Read Comic Books podcast. It took less than three minutes to devour the entire issue and about as long to get completely hooked.  I can’t wait to see what Waid, Samnee and Wilson do with this character.

Vision wraps up its first arc this week with issue 6.  There’s really not much that can be said about it at this point without spoiling the story, but I will say that, if you haven’t been reading this phenomenal series, you should pick up the first trade later this summer (volume one is already available for pre-order on Amazon).  In the wise words of Brian K. Vaughan, “That new Vision comic by Tom King and Gabriel H. Walta is exactly as great as everyone’s been saying.”

Paul Jaissle

  • Black Panther #1
  • Black Widow #2
  • Dark Corridor #7
  • Justice League Darkseid War Special #1
  • The Coming of the Supermen #3
  • Wonder Woman: Earth One vol 1

A very eclectic line-up this week. The most intriguing book on the list is the new Black Panther title by Ta-Nehisi Coates and Brian Stelfreeze. Coates is probably best known as a journalist and academic writer, but he obviously loves comic books and will bring a new perspective to the character. Stelfreeze has a clean, modern mainstream style, and he claims that his work on this book will be influenced by Jack Kirby’s work on Black Panther. This just might be another cross-over success for Marvel like Hawkeye was.

When issue 6 of Dark Corridor came out, series creator Rich Tommaso implied that the book would be back for a “second season”. Instead, it looks like this issue will conclude the stories from the first 6 as a sort of series finale since Tommaso is launching a new title, She Wolf, in June. This has been an amazing crime comic, and I am very excited to see how it wraps up, and to follow Tommaso’s new series when it arrives.

Interestingly, the Darkseid War continues in the Justice League Darkseid War Special instead of the pages of the main Justice League book. I’m not sure if this is the result of a scheduling issue with DC Rebirth around the corner, or was planned from the start. Either way, this has still been a surprisingly fun event.

Finally, after years of waiting, Grant Morrison and Yanick Paquette’s Wonder Woman: Earth One arrives in stores (although, I’ll admittedly only believe that when I have the book in my hands). Since Morrison has left DC, this is his final comic for the publisher (for now, at least). It’s also Morrison’s chance to work his magick on Wonder Woman like he did with Batman and Superman over the last decade.

Nick White

  • Bob’s Burgers #10
  • Ninjak #14
  • Predator: Life or Death #2

In past weeks and months, I’ve compromised over the fact that Bob’s Burgers hasn’t been everything I want it to be/know it could be.  I’ve made peace with the fact that, unlike other cartoon-adapted comics like The Simpsons or the obscenely spot-on Rick and Morty, Bob’s Burgers hasn’t been content to dedicate all its pages to telling a single undivided tale.  It can be episodic like Homer and Bart’s are, or serialized like Rick and Morty’s.  But juggling 3 to 4 average stories from month to month?  I’m not up for it.  Not anymore.  Think this might be my last issue.

Continuing this “everything is awful and on fire” trend.  I am “totes” psyched that Ninjak is done with that “Operation Deadside” arc.  If I wanted to read Shadowman or some Punk Mambo/Dr. Mirage book…I would.  But this book is called Ninjak.  In addition, not entirely sure that Doug Braithwaite was the right artist for that arc.  Was it still a lot better than a lot of the other stuff one could read?  Well, sure.  Yet “The Siege of King’s Castle” should be awesome as it sets Colin King (Ninjak) against Roku (the lady with the razor-sharp steel hair).  We’ve got Diego Bernard on art (who absolutely killed it on the final arc of Unity), with a lighter, animated look.

Finally, we’ve got the second issue in the four-part miniseries of Predator: Life or Death.  I expect Dan Abnett to have our favorite alien-huntin’, masked and dreadlocked creature continue the most R-rated game of “hide and seek” with our unprepared squad of colonial marines.  Despite artist Brian Thies being a relative unknown to me, he’s perfectly matched for this book’s dark tone.  Little tip though: if you’re thinking about reading the Prometheus: Life or Death miniseries that starts in June, and you’re reading this one…steer clear of solicits.  It might not shock you to know that such gives away (as unsurprising as it probably is) a slight notion of how this arc wraps.

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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