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What’s on YOUR Pull List?

Mike Rapin

  • Black Magick #4
  • Cry Havoc #1
  • East of West #24
  • Extraordinary X-Men #6
  • Outcast #15
  • Ringside #3
  • Saga #33
  • The Spire #6
  • The Twilight Children #4

Whew, big week. But the question is: How many amazing books can be released in one week?

Cry Havoc is easily the book I’m the most excited for this week. Simon Spurrier and Ryan Kelly? And 3 separate colorists? This book is going to be insane.

East of West has been a fun wild for the past 3 issues. A few issues into Apocalypse Year Two, and I’m seeing the pot really start to boil. Hickman and Dragotta have really outdone themselves with the consistent, well-crafted delivery month after month in this series.

Black Magick is the coolest new book you can read. Catch up, this book is going to be epic.

Kate Skocelas

  • Black Magick #4
  • The Beauty #6
  • Extraordinary X-Men #6
  • Cry Havoc #1

If I could only read one ongoing comic book right now, I would pick Black Magick.  Rucka’s writing is smooth and smart as ever, and Scott’s art is breathtaking.  This comic is what The Dresden Files wishes it could be.

I am an issue behind in Extraordinary X-men and The Beauty. Both should be finishing their first arcs, at which point I will be dropping them from my pull list.  The first is just all over the map story-wise, to the point of incoherency, and the later is so rushed in its storytelling that I feel like I’m reading the Sparknotes of a great book. There’s so much untapped potential there it’s frustrating.

Luckily, there’s a new Image comic out this week called Cry Havoc to restock my pull list.  It is a dark fantasy military noir about lesbian werewolves.  Bless you, Image.  We don’t deserve you…

Scott Gregson

  • Black Magick #4

A common pull item this week, and my only one. I feel so… predictable. But still Black Magick has been beautiful to look at, even if it hasn’t quite grabbed me story wise just yet. I have 100% faith in Greg Rucka to bring a great tale, and Nicola Scott’s almost sepia tone art is gorgeous, but there’s a difference between a book that’s truly gripping, and one that just hasn’t done anything bad yet. We’ll see, probably with this issue, if it stays on my Pull List.

Paul Jaissle

  • Art Ops #4
  • Black Magick #4
  • Jem and the Hologram #11
  • Ringside #3
  • Twilight Children #4

Black Magick seems to be a popular pick, which isn’t surprising since Greg Rucka and Nicola Scott are killing it with this title. Is typical fashion, Rucka’s deep research and nuanced character work make this a fascinating read, and Scott’s artwork is hauntingly lovely.

As the resident pro wrestling fan here at DTC, I have to say that Ringside is a good comic, but maybe not a great wrestling comic. Even though the gimmick is that the book focuses on life outside the “squared circle,” it hasn’t yet developed into the “backstage” drama I had hoped for. Maybe after this introductory arc is finished the story will pack more punch for me.

Art Ops is a comic book that features the Mona Lisa singing in a punk band. It’s great.

James Hahn

  • Island #6
  • Hellboy: Winter Special
  • Negative Space #3
  • Prophet: Earth War #1

If you aren’t reading Island yet, I’m personally ashamed of you. This anthology has fantastic art from some of my absolute favorites (Brandon Graham and Farel Dalrymple), as well as compelling stories that make me question my existence… in a good way! I haven’t been disappointed with a single panel yet of this series, and I think that speaks for itself. The price tag might deter you, but I assure you it is worth every penny for the oversized content.

I’m a die-hard Hellboy fan, and after reading every Hellboy and Hellboy in Hell book, I’m desperate for more. I usually don’t love one shots, but Mike Mignola has my support until the end of days. Hellboy is unique in that almost every narrative he is a part of is episodic (with a few exceptions), so I think that a one-shot story will work well.

Negative Space is still amazing, and it’s very sparse release schedule gives me a little mini conniption every time I think about it. The hero of the story is overcome with depression, but his enhanced emotional potential gives him the power to fight, and maybe control, the evil squid monsters that are controlling all of mankind. The art from Owen Gieni is spectacular and bleak, just how I like it.

After recently learning the history behind Prophet (old Rob Liefield comic rebooted) I fell even more in love with the series. Different artists cover different sets of characters and timelines, making every page unique, vibrant and beautiful. I have no idea what Prophet: Earth War is about, relating to the rest of the series, but this is my favorite sci-fi book out there. The world building is amazing, the art blows me away, and the “clone army” keep me invested in the story.

Nick White

  • Black Magick #4
  • Bloodshot Reborn #10
  • Lazarus Vol 4 TPB
  • Southern Bastards #13

Who else was super glad they were faintly proficient in German, after the third issue of Black Magick?  Maybe it’s just me, but I actually enjoy those sorts of moments where the author doesn’t just throw pointy brackets around English text, and call it a day.  It really added to the ominous feel of the scene, and made for a perfect ending to the issue.  Also, this book is getting my one “slow burn world-building” exemption pass for the year.  I mean, the majority of last month’s issue was a pair of drawn-out conversations (one of which was 95% German), and a little bit of “toil and trouble.”  Still, Greg Rucka managed to masterfully inject an impressive amount of interesting witch facts without info dumping, or shouting “HEY LOOK I DID RESEARCH FOR THIS,” and that’s easier said than done.

Having taken the titular character into the far-flung future in last year’s The Fall of Bloodshot one-shot, Jeff Lemire decided that Bloodshot Reborn could benefit by fast-forwarding thirty years in the same direction.  While Mico Suayan and Butch Guice took up the penciling duties of the last nine issues, Lewis Larosa is on board for the remainder of this arc, and every page I’ve seen of preview art looks absolutely frameable.  Yes, this new arc (titled “The Analog Man”) seems to borrow heavily (perhaps too much?) from the aesthetics of Mad Max: Fury Road, and rely on the “superhero universe meets post-apocalyptic fate” of Millar’s Old Man Logan…but you don’t see me complaining…yet.

LAH-ZUH-RUSS, LAH-ZUH-RUSS, LAH-ZUH-RUS!  It’s Greg Rucka, part two of this week’s reading.  Look, what do I even have to say here, that hasn’t been said before?  It’s Lazarus.  It’s smart, first-rate worldbuilding, mind-bustingly researched, and stillstill…doesn’t get anywhere near the amount of press or praise it deserves.  Go read it, and tell them Paul Jaissle sent you.

Did I mention how Greg Rucka and Nicola Scott’s Black Magick were awarded carte blanche to build their universe?  Well, my generosity knows some bounds, and Southern Bastards is on the opposite end of the spectrum.  The Jasons promised me something fierce, when the first arc closed in SEPTEMBER OF 2014.  From the solicits for this month’s issue, we’re still not getting there.  Put this book on notice, because, as Paula Cole sung in the opening credits of Dawson’s Creek, “I don’t wanna wait.”  This book has one more issue (to change this).  One.

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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