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Mike Rapin

  • All-New Wolverine #4
  • Constantine: The Hellblazer #8
  • Extraordinary X-Men #5
  • Injection #6
  • Secret Wars #9

IT’S FINALLY HERE! Secret Wars #9!!! I’m excited for this book. I’m excited to be done with it. I’m excited for DOOMGOD. Nothing more to day there.

I just read Trees #13 (way behind, I know) and I’m sensing a weird pattern of very long-form storytelling coming from Warren Ellis lately. Ellis doesn’t seem to want to tell a short story like he did in his Project Superpowers: Blackcross or in his current James Bond story. He’s not working with short story arcs that are nicely wrapped up. Injection is one of his long stories. I’m strapped in for the long haul with this one. I don’t care what anyone says, I will see this bastard through.

Extraordinary X-Men is curiouser and curiouser. What happened to Cyclops?! And will Jean Grey finally stop being so flat as a character? I can understand Bobby Drake being “funny” (or trying to be) and Old Man Logan being bastardy, but Jean Grey? I was really hoping for more, and I hope Jeff Lemire gets the chance to flesh her out more. I’m not the biggest fan of Humberto Ramos’ art, either, but I’m dealing with it for this series. It’s not awful.

Paul Jaissle

  • Gotham Academy #14

A very small week for me, which is good since I’m still working through my stack of books from the last few weeks. Gotham Academy has been one of my favorite DC titles, and this month’s issue kicks off a four-issue ‘Yearbook’ storyline featuring a number of guest artists, including Dustin Nguyen and Katie Cook, exploring the books large cast.

Kate Skocelas

  • Snow Blind #2
  • Mighty Thor #3
  • Huck #3
  • Extraordinary X-Men #5

Snow Blind blew me away with its first issue last month, and it will be at the top of my reading pile this week.  I’m always a sucker for rural noir stories and watercolor comics, but I promise you, this isn’t just my bias – this book is AMAZING – atmospheric, cinematic, and totally unique.  We meet the main character, troubled Alaskan teen Teddy, as he’s being brought home by the police to his parents after breaking into the local library… to read… again.  (Teddy is my kind of criminal.)  After sharing a photo of his father on social media, he discovers that his family is in the witness protection program (whoops!).  We left off with a man seeking revenge and FBI agents descending on his sleepy town, and I can’t wait to see what happens next.

Along with Teddy, Mighty Thor also has a special place in my heart right now.  Dr. Jane Foster, aka Thor, is currently going through chemo therapy for cancer, which I find all too relatable.  I am taking a chemotherapy medication to treat my lupus, so every month I set this book aside until the following Monday (my treatment day), then read it and feel a little less sick and a little more badass.

Scott Gregson

  • Extraordinary X-Men #5
  • SECRET WARS #9
  • Silk #3
  • Spider-Gwen #4
  • Squadron Supreme #3
  • Starfire #8

Wow. Big week for me. Sorry bank account. Also a very S week with FIVE books all starting with S. Does that matter? Well… no, it doesn’t. But really, does ANY of this matter? It’s ‘just comics’, right? Or is it? Or… ok ok. Pull list time!

Extraordinary X-Men is, personally, in pretty serious danger of getting un-pulled. It was a pretty great cliffhanger last issue but the story hasn’t moved anywhere. I’m ok with not knowing stuff, Mr Lemire, but use the lack of info to push forward with the plot. The book seems to be dancing around not telling us what happened, but meandering around in the time it would normally be filling in the blanks? Be vague or be precise. This is, so far, the worst of both approaches, and only Lemire’s great handle on characters like Storm and Bobby, and Humberto Ramos’ killer art, are keeping me reading. Ok, that, and Piotr’s beard.

SECRET WARS 9! … I can’t even.

Silk and Spider-Gwen occupy the same kind of space, obviously, but in very different ways. Spider-Gwen has massive room to grow, being an alternate universe we’ve barely scraped the surface of, but so far Cindy Moon’s book has been the better read. The larger story in Silk has me intrigued, with her brother’s links to the Goblin Nation and Black Cat’s ongoing criminal activities, with S.H.I.E.L.D watching over the whole thing making for an interesting mix which I hope Robbie Thompson can juggle as the series continues.

Squadron Supreme is home to my favourite new character of 2016 (kinda) with Doctor Spectrum, lone survivor of the Great Society, on a parallel Earth destroyed during Jonathon Hickman’s New Avengers run (so she actually debuted in 2014, but I’m still counting it). Her disdain for our imperfect world mixed with her survivor’s guilt, and probably PTSD, has her anxious, even after the great catharsis of the first issue (killing Namor and destroying Atlantis). Sure, she’s a Green Lantern stand-in, but she’s my favourite so far. James Robinson and Leonard Kirk are a great team and I’ll be onboard for the foreseeable future.

Ok ok, so it’s very Marvel heavy so far, but here, from the Distinguished Competition comes Starfire. We only JUST survived Dick Grayson’s special guest appearance, and that issue seemed to address a lot of the complaints aimed at the book so far. Kori isn’t an idiot, but she speaks like a child, but she does it knowingly, understanding that it makes people underestimate her, as well as treat her nicely, kinda like a child, or a princess, which is what she is. Written by Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner, with art by Emanuela Lupacchino, the book is always a breeze and great to look at. I don’t like to look at sales, but I do hope DC don’t cancel this. It’s the only DC book I get!

Nick White

  • Batman #48
  • Birthright #13
  • Constantine the Hellblazer #8
  • Descender #9
  • Ninjak #11
  • Rebels #10

So, about every week, Mike Rapin kindly reminds me that I am not under contractual obligation to freewheelingly ramble about every book on my pull.  And he’s probably right.  I mean, sometimes there’s just not that much to be said about a book (other than the implicit fact that any book that has reached said point of apathy needs to be evaluated, as to its place on one’s pull).  That being said, I’m going to “attempt” such a valiant effort.  Don’t everybody commend me at once.

Look, “Superheavy” definitively proved two things to me (amongst others). Firstly, Scott Snyder is paradoxically at the top of his game when Bruce Wayne is not Batman.  He established this five years ago when his “Black Mirror” arc of Detective Comics had Dick Grayson don the cape and cowl.  Secondly, “Superheavy” made clear that Snyder was not going to kowtow to fans (some subconsciously, some outwardly) desirous that the Caped Crusader return to the “same old” regurgitated story beats with Batman. This book is a batarang across the bow of the Big Two’s business as usual.

ALSO APPARENTLY THIS BOOK GOT CHANGED TO THE 20TH BUT I DON’T CARE. I’LL SING SNYDER’S PRAISES THIS WEEK, JAISSLE CAN DO THE SAME NEXT WEEK.

Honestly, I get furious with how much Jeff Lemire makes me feel things, and his book Descender (with Dustin Nguyen) is no different.  Sure, the first arc should have included the seventh issue, but minor nitpicking aside, I absolutely love the introduction of a deuteragonist…and yes, I was eagerly anticipating the usage of said word.  The real question is…what does this person have in mind for TIM-21?  Oh, and Nguyen’s use of sepia tone for flashbacks is heartbreakingly effective, on a technical and an emotional level.

While the main story of Ninjak #10 was a serviceable introduction to Shadowman and Punk Mambo (especially for newer Valiant readers, who weren’t around when Shadowman’s solo title wrapped in mid 2014), I’ll admit that the B-story was…baffling to someone that only got through the first three trades of the Big Easy based series, but Matt Kindt is a master plotter.  If you haven’t sorted something out, it’s because he doesn’t want you to.

ALSO REBELS IS ENDING AT TWELVE ISSUES?  FINE, BE THAT WAY.

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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