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What’s on YOUR Pull List?

Mike Rapin

  • Constantine: The Hellblazer #4
  • The Fade Out #9
  • Invincible #123
  • Rat Queens #12
  • Sex Criminals #12

Damn his is a fine week for comics, for me.

Invincible #123 has the most vague synopsis you could possibly imagine: “Loose ends are tied up, conflicts are brought to a resolution, a door is closed…so that a new one can open,” however I’m incredibly excited to get this month’s issues. I understand the vague references… or so I think.

I feel like there was JUST and issue of Rat Queens, or maybe this is what a book being on time feels like? Nonetheless, I shouldn’t be complaining. The new art team nailed #11. This book is still great.

On I Read Comic Books this week, I talked a bunch about Sex Criminals, but mostly about the cover art, which never fails to impress. There’s something fantastic about the layout and design for the covers for the last few issues that really scratches an itch I have for ‘cool shit.’ On top of that, this arc is ramping up to be sexy and dramatic–I don’t know why I wouldn’t expect this out of the series.

Paul Jaissle

  • Black Canary #4
  • Fade Out #9
  • Jem and the Holograms #7
  • Martian Manhunter #4
  • Southern Cross #5

Now that’s a nice diverse list of comic books, eh? After reading —and absolutely loving— the first 6 issues of Jem and the Holograms, I got my eye on this series as the second story arc starts with this issue.

The Fade Out is, in my mind, the best comic that Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips have done together yet, which is high praise considering they also collaborated on Sleeper and Criminal. This book, though, manages to hit all the right notes for me: a noir mystery set in the world of late 1940s Hollywood. It really is a perfect comic.

I hate to admit it, but after the strong first issue Southern Cross has been losing steam for me. I hope that changes with this issue because I really like the way Becky Cloonan is mixing mystery, sci-fi, and sarcastic social commentary with this story.

Nick White

  • Bloodshot Reborn #6
  • Constantine the Hellblazer #4
  • Dr. Fate #4
  • The Fade Out #9
  • Ivar, Timewalker #9
  • Manifest Destiny #17

Big week guys, big week…with, I think, three of my books launching new arcs.

There are those that might view the events of Bloodshot Reborn as a drawn-out return to “business as usual,” following the events of The Valiant (namely,the restoration of Bloodshot’s powers).  But I’ve really enjoyed Bloodshot’s (seemingly) internal struggle with the spectres of Kay and Bloodsquirt…and the realization that even if he is to brave the role of “hero” sans powers, he’s to be rewarded with the return of the powers he dreads.  Butch Guice takes over on art from Mico Suayan, and based on the preview Valiant’s put in recent issues…he’ll do nicely.

Constantine the Hellblazer…it’s one of DC’s most underrated titles.  Truth.  This book is edgy and punk and pushes the envelope as far as a DC title can go.  And…the fact that JLD is gone gives the book a bit of job security.

While on the topic of DC books that tend to fall outside their three or four camps of titles, there’s Dr. Fate.  Paul Levitz’s book is a colorful, fun narrative that centers around the importance of family and belonging, and Sonny Liew’s artwork is another feather in the cap of DC’s (seemingly) newfound willingness to work outside the “house” style.

I’m an issue behind on Brubaker and Phillips’ The Fade Out. The issue or two up to such haven’t impressed as much as others, but Mike and Paul assure me that the eighth (which wraps this arc) is a return to form.

Ivar, Timewalker is a book without its titular character.  Not many books can boast that attribute.  With the beginning of this third act, Dr. Neela Sethi will attempt to go all the way back to Ivar’s days in the kingdom of Ur…and set things right.  There’s a new artist, too, 2014 Harvey Award nominee Pere Perez.  Here’s hoping this book doesn’t lose it’s magnificent Raul Allen covers now that he’s occupied with the upcoming Eternal Warrior series.

As for Manifest Destiny, this book’s riding the fence of potential “drops.”  It’s not that this book’s dropped off…it’s just that many (like Ivar, for example) have really been outperforming expectations.

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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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