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What’s on YOUR Pull List?

Mike Rapin

  • Cry Havoc #3
  • Outcast by Kirkman & Azaceta #17
  • Ringside #5
  • The Spire #7
  • Uncanny X-Men #5

Ringside still has me. They fixed the issue I had (sort of) and started talking more about ‘the life of a wrestler’–that’s still the most interesting part of this book for me.

The Spire is bringing itself to a close and I’m certain this issue will leave all sorts of built up anticipation for the final issue next month. The story’s getting good, folks!

Uncanny X-Men. Admittedly, I’m behind a few issues on this book… I don’t miss it, but I don’t not want to read it. It’s weird. This book is weird.

Paul Jaissle

  • Art Ops #6
  • Batman #50
  • Cry Havoc #3
  • Ringside #5

A brand new story arc, focused on the personal history of the main character, begins in this week’s Art Ops. The first arc was such a wild, madcap romp that I am very interested to see how Shaun Simon approaches a different style of story. This issue also features guest artist Eduardo Risso, so it will certainly look different as well.

The current SUPERHEAVY story wraps up with Batman issue 50. Considering how emotional issue 49 made me, I’ll be sure to have some Kleenex on hand this week.

Cry Havoc has been a very pleasant surprise for me since I wasn’t familiar with Simon Spurrier’s writing, but always liked Ryan Kelly’s artwork. I thought the first two issues were a great blend of high-concept ideas and well-researched backstory, making it one of my favorite books right now.

As a fan of both comic book and pro wrestling, I feel obligated to buy Ringside, even if the story just hasn’t clicked for me yet. It is a well written comic, but just not the sort of wrestling-focused one I had expected. Hopefully this main story will soon feature more of the backstage politics that I find interesting.

Scott Gregson

  • Hyperion #1
  • Patsy Walker, A.K.A  Hellcat! #4

Yet ANOTHER title I’ve been excited about for a while now – that’s line-wide relaunches for ya! – comes this week with Hyperion this week. Chuck Wendig and Nicole Virella bring a beautiful looking book though I’ve not read anything by either of them so… like… I mean the preview looks good, and this will be my go-to Superman book for the near future, basically. So excited.

Also from Marvel this week (as most of my Pull List is, I’m such a mainstream loser) is Kate Leth and Brittney Williams’ Hellcat! #4 It’s been fun so far, and the bigger story is coming together, and it’s a laugh. It’s not a “Super Serious” book by any means, but Patsy’s so good and fun and is actually a pretty well experienced hero in the Marvel Univerese, making for some fun juxtaposition. Plus the art’s cute as AND readers send in pictures of their cats for the letters page! That’s worth the cover price straight away! … Kitties!

Kate Skocelas

  • Cry Havoc #3
  • All-New Hawkeye #5

I was really excited about Cry Havoc before it came out (who wouldn’t be with the tagline “This is not the tale of a lesbian werewolf who goes to war. Except it kind of is.”), but issue one left me confused, and issue two had me enjoying the notes at the end more than the comic itself.  This week is going to be the make or break issue for me, to decide if I’m going to keep reading the book, at least in single issue.

Speaking of dropping books, I dropped All-New Hawkeye from my pull several months ago because the post-Fraction team just wasn’t living up to their god-like predecessor.  Somehow though, I have still managed to buy every issue that has come out since then, because apparently I am physiologically incapable of passing up a new Kate Bishop book, regardless of quality.

George Benson

  • Batman #50
  • Batman and Robin Eternal #25
  • Obiwan and Anakin #3
  • Star Wars #17

This is a much better week than last week. Batman #50? Bring it on, I am so excited to see this pretty bow wrapped on the gift that has been the Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo run of Batman.

Nick White

  • Batman #50
  • Birthright #15
  • Bloodshot Reborn Annual #1
  • Hellboy And the B.P.R.D. 1953 #2
  • Nowhere Men #9
  • Pacific Rim: Tales From the Drift #4
  • RAI Vol 3
  • Snowfall #2

Every once in a while, we all have a month where the “perfect storm” of monthly usuals, Image titles with inconsistent release schedules, one-shots, annuals, and trades combine to create the sheer insanity (at least, for me) you see above.  And yes, some of them are either going to get a very cursory mention, or not end up with one at all.  Which is probably what most of you have wanted from me on my less-populated weeks.

Look, Batman #50 is going to be an emotional masterpiece, and I’m absolutely certain that Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo are going to wrap their run on a very bittersweet, but also perfect note.  Say what you will about the grand experiment that was the “New 52,” but I’ve got nothing but praises to sing for this title

Birthright is a book that somehow always outperforms the low(er) expectations I’ve had for it, as of late…and it comes out inconsistently, so it doesn’t regularly come to mind when the “ye olde pull culling” makes its rounds.

Man oh man, the Bloodshot Annual #1 not only marks the first annual of the rebooted Valiantverse, but also means I’M GOING TO SAY SOMETHING NICE ABOUT RAY FAWKES.  He’s writing and drawing one of the B-stories (as is the creator of Copra, Michael Fiffe), and I’m excited about the latter.  Otherwise, I think we’re going to get less plot/canon development, and more character exploration…as well as what appears to be Bloodshot vs. Jason Vorhees.

I haven’t gotten around to reading the first issue of Hellboy and the B.P.R.D. 1953, and Nowhere Men #7 and #8 have made one thing super clear: I actually need to go back and reread the trade.  Oh, and the final issue of Joshua Hale Fialkov’s Pacific Rim: Tales From the Drift arrives…a month late.

While RAI has remained one of the few Valiant titles I kept as a digital/trade read, the third volume will mark the end of such.  That’s because Matt Kindt’s futuristic masterpiece is one of the integral parts of Valiant’s “4001 A.D.” event, going on this summer.  Also, if you haven’t seen the Tula Lotay cover for RAI #13, LOOK THAT UP.  NOW.  LIKE, RIGHT NOW.

Finally, there’s Snowfall, for which the initial issue was…slightly underwhelming?

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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