There’s comics and comics and comics and comics this week…

What’s on YOUR Pull List?

Mike Rapin

  • Black Canary #1
  • Lazarus #17
  • Magneto #19
  • Martian Manhunter #1
  • Moon Knight #16
  • Ms. Marvel #16
  • Surface #3
  • Trees #10

A simple week.

Martian Manhunter – After recording this week’s episode of I Read Comic Books (look for that tomorrow!), Paul convinced me to read this issue. I’m taking a leap of faith here on the premise of the book. Plus, the team on the series doesn’t hurt.

I’m also trying Black Canary simply because Annie Wu is on it.

Lazarus is consistently one of my favorite books to read. Every month is better than the last. If you’re not reading this book, do yourself a favor and grab volume 1–it’s only $9.99. It’s a solid book.

The Surface is still weird. So weird and mind bending and I’m ready to keep myself under for this one.

Magneto has somehow managed to keep its footing despite everything happening within the Marvel Universe. Cullen Bunn is still rocking it and I’m super excited to see how he plays out the Polaris + Magneto dynamic now that… yeah. The new artist this month looks incredibly promising.

Nick White

  • Bloodshot Reborn #3
  • Dr. Fate #1
  • Ivar, Timewalker #6
  • Manifest Destiny #15
  • Simpsons Comics #221
  • Southern Bastards #9

Man, after Bloodshot Reborn #2, I’m not even sure what to believe.  Is Bloodshot crazy or are the manifestations more than his overactive imagination at work?  Are the nanites truly gone, back in his bloodstream, did they never truly leave in the first place?  Jeff Lemire has taken this unreliable narrator dealio to the nth level, and its turned the book into a mystery of sorts, as we attempt to sort out whether we’re dealing with mental illness or something much, much weirder.  I also really enjoyed the side plot Lemire introduced involving the young detective tasked with tracking Bloodshot, as it gives the book a grounding aspect.

Dr. Fate is one of the very, very, very, very, very FEW newly launching DC You/Post 52/rebooted universe books I’m picking up.  Now, that’s not because I don’t agree with DC’s “new” mentality that strives for a less canon-centric universe where books must stand alone…after all, the majority of DC books I have read (note the tense, as DC canceled most of them) like All-Star Western and Animal Man were largely that.  I’m just not super pumped about about a lot of the characters involved.  In fact, I know largely nothing about Dr. Fate, and am not exactly Paul Levitz’s biggest fan…but Sonny Liew’s artwork is gorgeously unique, and I’m always up for a DC book that’s about magic.

What is there to say about Ivar, Timewalker #6 beyond the simple fact that it’ll reunite the Anni-Padda brothers for the first time since…well, it probably hasn’t been that long, but let me have this one nonetheless.

Oh, Manifest Destiny.  For a book that seems to have adopted an “every other” month schedule, it hasn’t really been, as the phrase goes, “worth the wait,” the last few issues.  This book has until the end of arc three to turn things around.

Finally, while Simpsons Comics will be enjoyable as always, Southern Bastards is set to finally deliver the homecoming we’ve been waiting about nine months for…AND I CAN’T WAIT.  That doesn’t mean that I didn’t enjoy the Coach Boss arc (as far as villain and prequel arcs go, it’s one of the best I’ve read), but this pending confrontation has been on my mind the whole damn time.

Paul Jaissle

  • Black Canary #1
  • Martian Manhunter #1
  • Southern Bastards #9
  • Stumptown vol. 3 #6
  • The Surface #3

A small but diverse week for me. I’m grabbing two of the new DCYou titles, both out of curiosity and interest in the creative teams. Black Canary looks to be another “female-superhero-who-also-fronts-a-punk-band” book ala Spider-Gwen, and honestly that’s a genre that lands squarely in my wheelhouse. Throw in the amazing Annie Wu on art and this looks like a winner.

The other new DC title I’m excited about is Martian Manhunter, which pairs one of my long-time favorite characters with a recent favorite writer of mine. Rob Williams, who is familiar with the “friendly-but-mysterious-alien-hero” genre from his work on Doctor Who, seems like the perfect writer to explore this oft-neglected legacy character.

I wasn’t too fond of the last Stumptown arc, but I’m willing to cut Greg Rucka some slack. However, this new story looks like another love letter to Portland disguised as a mystery story, I might be done with this title.

Chances are that I won’t understand a single thing about The Surface, but I will certainly enjoy reading it regardless.

Attention! Comics!

What’s on YOUR Pull List?

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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