Did you check your pull list this week? Did you? WE DID!

What’s on YOUR Pull List?

Mike Rapin

  • All-New X-Men #5
  • Black Magick #5
  • Cry Havoc #2
  • Fight Club 2 #9
  • Karnak #2
  • Outcast by Kirkman & Azaceta #16
  • Ringside #4
  • Saga #34
  • Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #11
  • Wolf #6

Big week, this one…

Karnak is, after discussion on this week’s I Read Comic Books, basically Warren Ellis characterized in an Inhuman monk. I’m okay with that. Also, I’m very happy that this second issue is finally coming out. Dammit, what was the hold up?

Ringside is a book I’m riding out until the end of the arc. There needs to be more wrestling in this book. There just needs to be.

Black Magick continues to be the magical-noir I want. Last month’s issue left me with a handful of questions, some I can only assume will be answered very soon, and others much later. This book is absolutely wonderful.

Wolf is flash-forwarded? Wherever this book is going, I’m strapped in for this arc. At least.

Paul Jaissle

  • Art Ops #5
  • Black Magick #5
  • Dark Knight III: The Master Race #3
  • Judge Dredd #3
  • Justice League #48
  • Ringside #4

A big week for me in both quantity and quality. Art Ops has been a real treat so far; it reminds me of the wild and wild early issues of Grant Morrison’s classic Doom Patrol run, which is just about the highest compliment I can possibly give a comic book.

Black Magick has also been a great read so far, although for very different reasons. This is a slow-burn story as Greg Rucka teases out the details, fittingly for a book about a detective. Nicola Scott’s artwork is absolutely gorgeous, and definitely helps give the comic its own unique mood.

So far my favorite parts of Dark Knight III have been the mini comics included with each issue, and this week’s features art by the great Geof Darrow. I think it’s still too early to fairly judge this title, but I did enjoy the first two issues, and I think it is a fascinating–albeit slightly strange–exercise in both comics creativity and marketing.

Kate Skocelas

  • Black Magick #5
  • Cry Havoc #2
  • Faith #2 (of 4)

A small but mighty week with a whole lot of girl power.  Love it.

Jonathan Francois

  • Saga #34

Truthfully, I haven’t had a lot of time for comics lately, so I’ve been collecting a stack of unread books (3-4 of them are Saga). Some of the series, I feel a bit apprehensive about continuing to pull them without reading the most recent issue, but Saga is not one of them. I trust this title to do me right and I don’t mind collecting a small stack of issues so I can tear through most of an arc in a sitting.

Scott Gregson

  • Black Magick #5
  • Patsy Walker aka Hellcat #3
  • Silk #5

Greg Rucka finally got into third gear at the end of the last issue of Black Magick and got me way more excited for this one than I was for the #4. It’s solid. It’s decent. The art is always magnificent. And now the story seems to have moved into the next act, it should be all good from here.

The second issue of Patsy Walker aka Hellcat was a little bit of a slump, working hard to introduce the story and Patsy’s major antagonist, as well as her circle of friends, meant that the fun was a little tangential to the plot. So even if both were ok, they worked against each other, and detracted a little from the overall experience. With that set-up out the way, I’m expecting issue 3 to be headed back to the heights of the first issue.

I keep raving to people about Silk and I hope they listen. It’s so good it makes me smile just thinking about it. Robbie Thompson has flavoured Cindy’s world with her missing family, her friends, her boss (the ever adorable J Jonah Jameson) and her enemies, making a delicious meal I just want to keep eating. We’re onto our third artist now (in five issues!) which is usually a bad sign, but there’s been a consistency throughout, and the aggressive release schedule has kept me interested in the book, so I hope it doesn’t turn too many people off. Silk is headed towards a “Spider-Women” crossover event with Spider-Gwen and Spider-Woman, so if you catch either of them, you might wanna grab Cindy’s book too, just to keep up.

Nick White

  • Black Magick #5
  • Bloodshot Reborn #11
  • Bloodshot Reborn: Analog Man #1 Director’s Cut
  • Hellboy and the B.P.R.D 1953: Beyond the Fences #1
  • Nowhere Man #8

Look, I’m not going to say that I figured Greg Rucka and Nicola Scott’s Black Magic was going to turn into some sort of a Nicholas Cage taut action-thriller, as that’s obviously not Rucka’s style.  But I also didn’t think it was going to move this slowly, either.  Still, I have faith Rucka will punctuate this arc on a note that’ll make it all worth the wait.  If not, there’s still Scott’s beautiful art to fall back on.

The opening issue for Jeff Lemire’s latest arc of Bloodshot Reborn was a masterclass in 0-60 worldbuilding.  Yes, perhaps the issue was disproportionately frontloaded with setting the scene, but it was done with a level of clarity and an absence of “Editor’s Notes” that tend to riddle the pages in a book such as this.  I guess the question remains: can we trust Ninjak?

“Nick, just how far does this Valiant obsession of yours go?”  Apparently as far as getting the director’s cut of the last month’s issue of the abovementioned comic.  It’s got Lewis Larosa’s art stripped down to the pencils and Lemire’s full script included.  Who wouldn’t want that?  Anybody?  *crickets chirp*

Last year I picked up Hellboy and the B.P.R.D. 1952 on a whim, largely due to the team of writers Mike Mignola, John Arcudi, and artist Alex Maleev.  I’m a sucker for monsters of the cryptozoological nature and the idea of Hellboy’s oversized fist uppercuttin’ goose-steppers…though it looks like we probably won’t be encountering any of the latter, as this tale takes place in suburbia.  This go-round, it’s Chris Roberson (iZombie, Fire and Stone: Aliens) assisting Mignola with the words, and the esteemed Paolo Rivera (The Valiant) on art for Hellboy and the B.P.R.D. 1953: Beyond the Fences #1

Finally, there’s Nowhere Men, but I haven’t gotten around to reading last month’s issue yet (I know, right?).

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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