Hidey-ho, comic readers! I hope you’re ready for another packed week for comics!

What’s on YOUR Pull List?

Mike Rapin

  • Black Widow #19
  • The Fade Out #7
  • Legacy of Luther Strode #2
  • Material #2
  • Rasputin #6
  • Sex #22

Material shall be another bout into unexplored thought realm. Issue #1 swept me up in such a strange way, and I truly enjoyed it. Kot and Tempest are on to something very intense and exploratory.

Black Widow has been rounding itself off to be a very complete series–especially with Phil Noto on art. It’s been a fun journey, but I’m not sure how this series will tie into Secret Wars (given the logo on the cover), if at all. Edmonson has been writing some killer story on this book.

Sex continues to be a series that has my full attention. It’s a great, out-of-nowhere book that is wholly unique and, as I’ve said before, Joe Kelly fills the backpages of this book with incredible rants about comics and his time in the industry. This series is a hidden gem in my book.

Zander

  • Legacy of Luther Strode #2

So, it’s been a while since I’ve contributed to the WPL. And wouldn’t you know it, I finally start again and I’ve only got a single series for the week.  But is it ever a good one.

Legacy of Luther Strode is something I’ve been waiting for ever since I first read The Strange Talent of Luther Strode.  A beautiful mix between a superhero origin story, deep-rooted historical mythology, and a lot of unapologetic punching, Luther Strode is a lot of everything I want in a comic.  The mythology more than anything is what keeps my coming back to the series.  From Hercules to Jack the Ripper to Sampson, this series is rooted in enough of the real world to make it feel real. And my hope is that issue #2 continues with this trend.

Nick White

  • The Fade Out #7
  • Gotham by Midnight #6
  • Ninjak #4

Small list, but a good one.

In this month’s installment of Brubaker and Phillips’ The Fade Out, we discover that the replacement actress that Charlie has been falling for…might be playing him for some unknown outcome.  Interesting.  Overall, I’ve really enjoyed this second arc, as the narrative has gained focus by honing in on just two or three characters.  I’m sure some readers are upset that the investigatory aspect isn’t as “front and center” as it once was, but Brubaker knows one has to lay ground work if you’re going to play the long game.

With a new artist in Juan Ferreyra, as well as the beginning of a new arc, Gotham by Midnight has a handful of issues to recapture my interest.  Well, to be honest, this book has never been “firing on all cylinders,” in my book, so “recapture” might not be the most accurate description.  I just hope this works out, because I doubt DC is willing to give this book another crack at a lineup change.

When it comes to my “Pick of the Week,” it’s undoubtedly Ninjak #4…which is a standalone issue, interestingly enough.  Normally, that’s the sort of thing that makes one’s blood boil, but considering it surrounds the origins of Valiant’s razor-sharp Rapunzel, Roku, and features guest artist Margeurite Sauvage on pencils, it’s something I can live with.  Usually the worst standalone issues come from swapping out the writer, so Valiant was careful to dodge that potential problem.

Paul Jaissle

  • Daredevil #16
  • Fade Out #7
  • Material #2
  • Southern Cross #4
  • Superman #41

Looks like a nice variety of stuff this week for me. Mark Waid and Chris Samnee continue their run on Daredevil, which ends with issue 18. By the looks of it, they will continuing the tradition of leaving Matt Murdock in a bad way for their replacements.

I’m really enjoying the “slow burn” of The Fade Out as Brubaker takes his time exploring the central figures of the title and their complicated back stories. So far, this series has been the best Brubaker/Phillips collaboration since Criminal.

Since I land squarely in the middle of the “comic book fan/philosophy major” Venn diagram, the first issue of Material was right in my wheelhouse. Writer Ales Kot is clearly passionate about this book, and is really doing some interesting stuff in it. I’m not sure I “get” it all, but it’s a book I think is worth trying the understand.

The somewhat new creative team of Gene Yang and John Romita Jr. debut in this issue of Superman. I for one am very curious to see a writer like Yang –who is best known for his autobiographical comic American Born Chinese— take on a superhero title, especially the biggest superhero of them all.

Jonathan Francois

  • Mythic #2

Mythic is currently on iffy standings with me. The first issue didn’t really do a whole lot for me. But, I like the concept enough and I’ve enjoyed Phil Hester’s other work (you know, when he did Best Tiger) that I’m willing to give the series this next issue to see if it draws me in.

Attention! Comics forever!

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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