Bringing in the new year with some… COMICS! Who’d have thought?

What’s on YOUR Pull List?

Mike Rapin

  • Archie #5
  • Bitch Planet #6
  • The Fade Out #12
  • Nailbiter #19
  • Paper Girls #4

Bitch Planet. I’ve been waiting for this issue for a while. For a book so good, it has the worst release schedule! I hope that hasn’t deterred any readers, though. This book is well worth the wait.

WHERE IS Nailbiter GOING? I actually shouldn’t ask that this week. We got some solid progress last month and I like where the story is (still) going. This series still has its hooks in my back.

Paper Girls is by far one of the weirdest books I’ve read in a while, but I think that’s mostly because I had all sorts of different expectations of this book. I thought we were going to get some slice-of-life story about the 80s. I don’t think I could have been any more wrong. Whatever this book is, I’m ready for the ride.

Kate Skocelas

  • The Vision #3
  • A-Force #1
  • Swamp Thing #1
  • Paper Girls #4
  • One Punch Man Vol. 4

Issue #3 of The Vision is at the top of my pull list this week.  This book has completely surprised me and I cannot recommend it enough. I picked up the first issue because of Mike Del Mundo’s cover, not expecting much (I’m not big on capes and had no particular affinity for the character). Instead, I have been completely blown away by Tom King’s tight, demonstrative writing and Gabriel Hernandez Walta’s equally masterful artwork.

The story so far follows The Vision as he tries to “be normal” with the synthezoid wife and children he’s made.  He has all the trappings of a normal middle class life, but of course he isn’t normal, and it seems that the tighter he holds on to the illusion, the more it slips through his fingers.  I’m looking forward to seeing how the facade crumbles even more this week, as we (hopefully) find out who is blackmailing Virginia.

I’m also excited for two #1’s this week, A-Force and Swamp Thing.  I’m hoping that they’re both real jumping on points (as opposed to some of the pseudo-firsts that Marvel has been putting out recently), because I’m nowhere near up to date with either franchise.

Paul Jaissle

  • Action Comics #48
  • Archie #5
  • Dark Corridor #6
  • Fade Out #12
  • Paper Girls #4

The Fade Out, which for my money has been the best collaboration between writer Ed Brubaker and artist Sean Phillips yet, concludes this month. The way Brubaker and Phillips have been able to slowly build the tension in this film noir inspired murder mystery has been masterful, and I’m looking forward to re-reading the whole thing again soon.

If I were to make a Best of 2016 type list, Dark Corridor by Rich Tommaso would certainly make the cut. Tommaso’s simple, brightly-colored cartooning style actually mixes with the hard-boiled crime story perfectly, making it one of the most unique books from Image right now.

What more can we say about Paper Girls? Cliff Chiang’s art is stunning, and Brian K. Vaughan is crafting a mysterious story the way he does best: Each issue, the world of the comic gets stranger and the stakes get higher.

James Hahn

  • Swamp Thing #1
  • Bitch Planet #6
  • Colder: Toss the Bones #4

I’ve been a die-hard Swamp Thing fan since I started reading Constantine many moons ago. Alec Holland’s conflict over whether to side with the Green or man is what really keeps me interested in this character. I’m not familiar with Len Wein or Kelly Jones, but I’m definitely buying this issue to feel it out.

Bitch Planet has surprised me from the start, and after the cliffhanger in the previous issue, I’ve been dying for this to be released. The art is amazing, and I’m already connected with all the women on Bitch Planet, and am quickly becoming a man-hating feminist. I’d recommend picking this up in singles just for the back matter, which can be very interesting to someone who likes hearing about gender equality issues.

Admittedly, I’ve still yet to read Colder #3, but I will still buy Colder: Toss the Bones this week just because the series totally blew me away, and I’ve been hooked since buying the first trade paperback. It combines urban fantasy with horror in ways that really disturb me, and I’ll follow Paul Tobin and Juan Ferreyra wherever they take this book.

Nick White

  • Green Arrow #48
  • Pacific Rim: Tales From the Drift #3
  • The Fade Out #12

I’m gonna level with ya, the only reason I found myself reading Green Arrow two teams removed from the fabled run of Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino was the sheer fact that it was a departure from the Andrew “Why don’t I just crudely course correct this into Arrow?” Kreisberg run.  And you know what?  Ben Percy (who wrote an arc of Detective Comics in late ‘14 with the superb Jean Paul Leon on art) and Patrick Zircher have delivered a book more free-spirited and zany than Lemire’s run, but also one removed from Kreisberg’s unwanted additions.

Joshua Hale Fialkov has to be one of the hardest working/underrated writers in the game, one who’s equally comfortable with established franchises (I, Vampire) as he is with his own creations (The Bunker, Punks, The Life After).  He doesn’t consider himself “above” working on other’s universes (unlike some writers), and Pacific Rim: Tales From the Drift is all the better for it.  Due to some shipping/ordering error, I still don’t have the second issue…so I’m hoping this doesn’t result in getting issues out of order…and then forgetting and reading #3 before #2.  It has happened.

Was the conclusion of last month’s The Fade Out something of a foregone conclusion?  Well, not to be that guy…but I saw it coming.  So, I guess that makes me that guy.  Still, I’m willing to admit that I have absolutely no clue where the series finale is going.  Knowing Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips I can only say one thing with absolute certitude: it’s not going to end well for anybody.

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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