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Pull List Roundtable 6/1/2016 – DC Universe: Rebirth, Civil War II, MMPR: Pink #1, 4001 A.D. #2, The Revisionist #1 (Spoilers)

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Matt Graham

  • MMPR: Pink #1 – Too many cool variant covers for this. Babs Tarr and Goni Montes have some eye catching options, but Marguerite Sauvage has a great one. It’ll come down to what I can get. This series focuses on Kimberly after she leaves the Rangers to pursue gymnastics. In the show she was replaced by Cat and I never saw her again (I heard she came back much later for closure). In this comic, we find out she had more Morphin to do as the only Ranger left to protect the planet when everyone else is offworld. I enjoy how BOOM! is handling the license and storytelling to produce a superhero comic that beats the big two at their game in some areas. Kimberly was my favourite and this has been on my radar since MMPR was announced.
  • Green Lanterns Rebirth #1 – Speaking of being offworld, this is the first Green Lantern book I’ve been interested in as a solo title in years. It’s pitched as the two rookies guarding Earth, and I hope it keeps a sci fi police drama vibe.
  • Paper Girls #6 – It’s been months, but it’s here! The next chapter in an 80s sci fi coming of age tale that I can’t talk about because anything will ruin it. Make sure to catch up on 1-5 before even looking at this. Issue 5 ended on a mind twist.
  • Deadly Class #21 – I don’t need to say anything. You already buy the greatest Image title. Everyone does. Right?
  • All-New Wolverine #9 – On the road to Civil War! Yawn. Old Man Logan and Laura meeting up. Better. Claws? Hope so.
  • Spider-Woman #8– The final nail in Spider-Women’s coffin. After this, get wrapped up in another event. Thanks, Marvel.
  • Punisher #2 – Punisher wasn’t what I expected from Cloonan. I’d almost say it was disappointing. One more issue to see if things pick up.

John Babos

7 books this week.

  • 4001 A.D. #2 – Valiant’s big x-over continues. Curious as how this will impact present-day Valiant heroes.
  • Rough Riders #3 – I’m really enjoying this alternate history tale. Fun stuff.
  • Batman Beyond #13 – Really enjoying this series. Hope adult Tim Drake has a role in Rebirth.
  • Batman Rebirth #1, Green Arrow Rebirth #1, Green Lanterns #1 & Superman Rebirth #1 – Interested in the new takes. I plan to read GA, GLs and Action Comics for sure as ongoing series. However the Superman series also calls to me. Decisions, decisions.
  • Civil War II #1 – Let me guess. This book is over $5. If so, no thanks. Not only due to money, but because Captain Marvel does not have the gravitas to rival Iron Man.

Mike Maillaro

Last week was a bit crazy with Cap going Nazi, DC going all crazy, and Superman going all dead while no one cared. Yep, it’s the summer comic season, people. Grab on to your bankbooks, because it just gets more expensive from here!

  • THE REVISIONIST #1 – I have always considered it a real good idea that when you are naming something, always start with the letter A. Aftershock ends up at the top of this column often not just because I love their books (which I do), but because my pull list is sorted alphabetically by company. Revisionist is Aftershock’s newest title. I was kind of disappointed that it’s not 2 bucks like many of Aftershock’s first issues, but I am still really excited about this story of a time-traveling assassin. Aftershock continues to put out a lot of cool and unique books by top-shelf creative teams.
  • STRANGE ATTRACTORS #1 – Like Dark Horse’s Mae, Strange Attractors is another series that started life as a graphic novel. Charles Soule is one of my favorite comic writers, so I am pretty much picking up this one without knowing all that much about it. I did the same thing for Letter 44, and that became one of my favorite comics. For those discriminating readers who need a little more than that, here’s the solicit: “What It Is: Dr. Brownfield believes that a series of cataclysmic events are coming to New York City, and someone has to keep the city safe after he’s gone. Enter Heller Wilson, a brilliant mathematics student, who discovers that his ailing, perhaps insane, mentor has been saving New York City from societal collapse by a series of “adjustments,” a la the Butterfly Effect. But now, all signs point toward an impending disaster. Can Wilson take what little he’s learned and save the city in time?”
  • DC REBIRTH– Smart of DC to get two of their big guns right out there with BATMAN REBIRTH and SUPERMAN REBIRTH. We also have GREEN ARROW and GREEN LANTERNS REBIRTH coming this week too. It’s actually a relatively small week of DC comics for me, but it is definitely all books I am really excited to read.
  • MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS PINK #1 – I am not sure if the Pink Ranger needed her own spinoff books, but I’ve enjoyed BOOM!’s take on the Power Rangers, and I’m glad to see sales are strong enough to justify some spinoffs. Hopefully we can get a Dino Charge series at some point…
  • SPIDER-WOMAN #8 – I am so glad Spider-Women is finally over. It felt like a weight on two of my favorite comics Silk and Spider-Woman. Hopefully things can get back to some normalcy. That crossover really did nothing to show people why I love this book so much.
  • CIVIL WAR II #1 – The FCBD and issue 0 didn’t really give us all that much. I do think the premise of this story could be cool (even if it sounds like Minority Report or Persons of Interest), but it looks like Marvel is once again going overboard on the scope of their crossovers. They are even including Thanos in this story, which seems like a real odd fit to me.
  • 4001 AD #2 – To be honest, Rai is one of my least favorite Valiant series, but I did enjoy the first part of this crossover. Valiant’s future has always interested me (the original Rai series is one of my favorite comics), so I am looking forward to seeing where this story goes from here.

Matt Graham:  I had no idea Thanos was a part of this. That makes the Cosmic Cube’s recent involvement more interesting.

James Fulton:  Strange Attractors is good. I read the hardcover a few months ago, and thought it played with some cool ideas.

Matt Graham: Is that the GN trilogy?

James Fulton: It was originally a one-off hardcover at Archaia. Now it’s being rereleased by Boom! as a 4-part miniseries, probably to cash in on Soule’s increased profile.


John Babos: Who here will actually spend $5 on Civil War II #1 and all the rest of this mini’s issues at same price? I think it’s 8 issues so is CWII worth $40? The tpb would be cheaper. Marvel gouging readers.

Joe Smith:  Like 4.99 US?

John Babos: Yes. What’s that, $6.50 / $7 Canadian?

Joe Smith:  Yep about that…I’m passing on this one. Sometimes I’ll buy the first issue out of curiosity even if I’m not totally interested in it, but I’ll just read the review that Paul writes for it lol

Matt Graham: I’m only buying the X-Men series and whatever crosses into the series I already pull.

I say that, I bet I won’t.

You think it’ll be cheaper in trade? I find Marvel makes sure to hit you to the penny per issue. More, since they’ll only offer a hardcover at first. The “savings” is in the digital copy.

Hawkeye Vol 3 softcover on my desk is 15.99 USD for 4 issues plus an annual. 17.99 CAD. Maybe it’s just sticker shock since Image does that for 9.99.


James Fulton

  • Batman Rebirth #1 – There are only three Rebirth titles that I feel confident in buying: Batman, New Super-Man, and Deathstroke. I’d add Wonder Woman to that, but I really don’t see Rucka lasting very long at the company, after the freedom he’s enjoyed at Image. Anyway, Tom King is my new favourite writer, and while I’d much rather see him working on smaller characters so he can pull off the kind of cool stuff he did in Omega Men or is doing in Vision, it’s about time Batman interested me again. I wish the art was going to be stronger (David Finch being only one level above Greg Land for me), but I’m going to be happy to check this out.
  • Casanova: Acedia #5 – New Casanova? New art by Bá and Moon? Even though I didn’t enjoy the story in the first arc, I’m always up for art by the twins from Brazil!
  • Deadpool #13 – I’m torn about buying this. I don’t read Deadpool regularly, nor do I love the character, but this issue is basically four comics, one of which is an issue of Power Man and Iron Fist by David Walker, and another is an issue of Daredevil written by Charles Soule. The $10 price tag really puts me off though, so the art is going to be the deciding factor here.
  • The Goddamned #4 – I really miss Jason Aaron and RM Guera’s Scalped, so I’m always happy to see a new issue of their Biblical comic, even if it comes out way too slowly.
  • Stray Bullets: Sunshine and Roses #15 – After taking us into a side story last issue, David Lapham has to deal with the aftermath of the strip club heist now, doesn’t he? There is no book being published right now more suspenseful than this one.

Oh, and yes, I’m probably going to be buying Civil War II, even at its ridiculous cover price, but I don’t want to talk about it. Falling for yet another Marvel event scam makes me not like myself all that much…


Paul Miranda

  • BATMAN: REBIRTH
  • GREEN ARROW: REBIRTH
  • GREEN LANTERNS: REBIRTH
  • SUPERMAN: REBIRTH
    The first four one-shots honouring the legacy of the DCU while moving forward!! There’s a flurry of them imminently arriving. I’ll be blunt – I’m purchasing all these issues as well as the number ones. I won’t be collecting them all but from this batch BATMAN is the top contender. Tom King and Mikel Janin have huge shoes to fill but I’m confident they will smash sales. Simon Baz and Jessica Cruz as Earth’s latest protectors has me super-psyched!! It’s great that Ollie will be reunited with Dinah as they have to start from square one. Ups-and-downs to be sure! The New 52 Man of Steel bit the dust. This is an alternate version. How will he adopt/adjust to his new world now that he’s out in the open??
  • DR. FATE #13
    Apparently, this is the first title to helm REBIRTH even though BATMAN BEYOND also ships this week. What this means: (1) the new DC logo; (2) the original wearer of the helmet Kent Nelson is back in blue and gold!!
  • WONDER WOMAN ’77 vol. 1
    I already have all three super-sized issues. I’m glad this is published as a quarterly rather than a monthly since it might have already been cancelled. This year the Amazing Amazon is ascending. Lynda Carter will forever be the epitome of beauty, grace, and class!!
  • CIVIL WAR II #1 (of 7)
    The annual blockbuster event begins in earnest. A different take on two words that are forever immortalized in modern comic book history. Carol Danvers and Tony Stark butt heads over an Inhuman whose accurate predictions inadvertently make him piggy-in-the-middle in what will be an extremely tense tug-of-war.
  • AMAZING FOREST #6
    My good friend Andrew Shay Hahn has done interiors! Youppi!! I hope there are enough copies of this at my local comic shop to support my bud.
  • REVISIONIST #1
    AfterShock keeps churning their hit machine!! Speaking of which, what can one do with the power to alter history?? Keep those urges in check?! Not!! From red-hot writer Frank Barbiere.
  • EAGLE RESURGENT
    Reprinting one of the most successful comics from the indie scene: EAGLE #1 first published in 1986. I’m intrigued since neophyte publisher American Mythology Productions is quickly making its presence know. Neil Vokes is on the way to having his own lore with the upcoming Vokesverse!
  • MMPR: PINK #1 (of 6)
    The spin-off to one of BOOM!’s biggest hits this year if not the biggest. Kimberly Hart tries extremely hard to live a civilian life away from the Power Rangers. Alas, it’s not meant to be. Brenden Fletcher moves from BATGIRL to another fabulous female!
  • CHAVO GUERRERO’S WARRIORS CREED #1 (of 4)
    Pro wrestler writes himself as a fictitious character!!
  • NIGHT TRAP #1
    Cullen Bunn writes a tale of terror as a weekend getaway ends up being a slasher movie scenario!
  • TIMELY COMICS: ANAD AVENGERS #1
    Three issues for three bucks all in one package!! That’s huge savings!! The first of many reprints acknowledging Marvel Comics’ original moniker.
  • 4001 A.D. #2 (of 4)
  • CHUM #2 (of 3)
  • DUSU: PATH of the ANCIENT #4 (of 4)
  • NIOBE: SHE is LIFE #3
  • ROUGH RIDERS #3
  • WRAITHBORN #4 (of 6)
  • ALL-NEW ALL-DIFFERENT AVENGERS #10
  • AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #13
  • DEADPOOL #13
  • INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #10
  • MOON KNIGHT #3
  • OLD MAN LOGAN #7
  • PUNISHER #2
  • SPIDER-WOMAN #8

Phil Allen

  • Casanova: Acedia #5 – Back from hiatus for its first issue since September, the second arc kicks off this week! A series like no other, along with it’s many arcs, this is one I love to read and reread again and again.
  • Doctor Fate #13 – I’ve said it many times, and I’ll probably say it a few more, I’m very happy to see this series returning. While the DCYou imprint can’t really be described as successful, this was one series that shined, in my opinion. I’m glad to see this series will be running on for awhile at least.
  • Paper Girls #6 – Also returning from hiatus and beginning its second arc. There isn’t any of Vaughan’s work I haven’t liked. Despite the kind of travelling and action the girls have gone through so far, it’s a relatively calmer story, compared to say Saga or Y: The Last Man, which I find a nice change of pace.
  • The Shadow: The Death of Margo Lane #1 – I enjoyed Matt Wagner’s “Grendel vs. The Shadow” and this promises to be a good follow-up. I don’t know if this story immediately follows the events of GvS, but the fact that Matt Wagner is writing and drawing means I’m in.
  • Batman: Rebirth #1 – Last week saw the beginning of Rebirth with the Special one-shot, and now we begin the one-shots leading into the regular series. If you know me, you know I’m picking up all the Bat-books, but I have to say, based on the writing team, the flagship series isn’t the one I’m most looking forward to. I am excited, though, and we’ll see where it goes.
  • Green Arrow: Rebirth #1 – Another I’m not super-excited for, given that I didn’t care much for Percy’s run on the last stretch of the New 52, but I’m always willing to give a #1 a chance.
  • Superman: Rebirth #1 – Now, this is one I’m very excited for! I thought Tomasi was great writing Batman and Robin so it will be interesting to see him take on Superman and son too.
  • Other issues I’m looking forward to:
  • A-Force #6
  • Batman Beyond #13
  • DC Comics Bombshells #14
  • Deadly Class #21
  • Deadpool #13
  • Hellboy in Hell #10
  • Injustice: Gods Among Us, Year Five #11
  • The Spirit #11
  • The Woods #23

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