Inside Pulse 12

Pull List Roundtable 6/8/2016 – DC Universe: Rebirth, Civil War II, 4001 A.D. Bloodshot #1, Wacky Raceland #1, Sheriff of Babylon #7 & More (Spoilers)

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John Babos

10 books this week.

  • 4001 A.D. Bloodshot #1 – Curious how ‘Shot fits into Rai’s future.
  • Action Comics #957 – Will the New 52 Superman return?
  • Aquaman: Rebirth #1, Flash: Rebirth #1 & Wonder Woman: Rebirth #1 – The next 3 Rebirth one-shots hit stands. If the first 4 were any indication, these 3 should be good.
  • Detective Comics #934 – This is only place for me to get my Tim Drake / Red Robin fix.
  • Earth 2 Society #13 – What will happen to this series once the JSA returns as a result of Rebirth.
  • Green Lantern Corps: Edge of Oblivion #6 – How does this end and the GLC return home?
  • Ninjak #16 – Roku is out for revenge and will tear his world down. Good stuff expected.
  • Thunderbolts #2 – The debut issue was ok and interesting. This second issue will determine if I’m in this for a longer haul.

Mike Maillaro

  • Wacky Raceland #1 – Wasn’t expecting to put this on my list, but I really enjoyed Future Quest and Scooby Doo, so figured why not give it a shot. Take Wacky Races, set it in a Mad Max like future, and you have one hell of a strange concept for a comic.
  • DC Rebirth – Action Comics and Detective Comics return to their old numbering. And we get Aquaman, Flash, and Wonder Woman Rebirth all coming out this week. When I am sitting down to type this, I actually haven’t read any of last week’s Rebirth specials yet, but the reviews have looked real positive, so I am looking forward to reading them.
  • Kings Quest #2 – I really enjoyed the first issue of Kings Quest, but I was shocked to discover that it was the third book in a trilogy of stories that combined a bunch of classic “King” characters like Phantom, Mandrake, Flash Gordon, and Prince Valiant. So I decided to catch up before I continued with this series. I read Kings Watch but the second “book” was actually a massive crossover, and I have not even got a chance to start that one yet. Dynamite continues its trend of taking old characters and making them cool.
  • Fix #3 – While most people are still hating on Nick Spencer for Captain Hydra, I really recommend people check out his Image series, Fix. It’s a hilarious crime story, very much in the same spirit of his work on Superior Foes of Spider-Man and Ant-Man. And the first two issues have been great!
  • Civil War II – Civil War launches two of its tie-in series this week with Amazing Spider-Man and Gods of War. As I said before, I hadn’t read my comics from last week yet, and that includes Civil War II #1. The FCBD and 0 issue didn’t quite convince me that this crossover needed to exist, but I continue to be a sucker for big events, so I am sure I will end up picking these up anyway.
  • Vision #8 – This series continues to be SO MESSED UP! But I love it so much. Shame that Tom King is leaving by issue 12 to go conquer Batman, but I can’t wait to see what other twisted stories we will get from this one before it’s done.
  • Star Trek Manifest Destiny #4 – This was a really good bi-weekly series set in the new Star Trek continuity telling the story of some rogue Klingons. IDW has done a great job expanding on the movies, and I hope they continue to do more series like this. The newest issue of the terrific ongoing Star Trek series also comes out this week.

Matt Graham

I’m scouring this list, but it seems a light week for me.

  • Sheriff of Babylon #7 – Penultimate chapter of this tour de force period crime drama. Hard to believe 2003 Iraq is a period piece, but Tom King has the experience to tell the tale, and it’s the most fun in a warzone since Three Kings.
  • Empress #3 – Empress launched out of the gate as a cat and mouse space opera and hasn’t let up. I can see this overtaking Saga as my favourite family space opera book if it keeps up. It’s a little narrower in the sci-fi realm and that suits Millar’s set piece approach to story.
  • Daredevil #8 – Soule brings 007 into Daredevil with an international casino story. I’m not sure I’ve seen that take on Hornhead before.
  • Wonder Woman: Rebirth – Rucka had one of the better Wonder Woman runs, so it’s nice he found his way back. For my entertainment, Azzarello and Chiang’s New 52 Wonder Woman was the best thing DC had going out of the relaunch, and it earned that title until the very end. I’m curious to see where Rucka and DC are going with the character, as Wonder Woman and Suicide Squad are the only two Rebirth titles I’m giving a chance without a pitch.

James Fulton

  • Island #8 – Johnnie Christmas and Simon Roy in the same issue? Christmas’s story debuted last issue, and it’s very good, while Roy’s, about an Aztec civilization living on a massive spaceship, is incredible. This is the best series, in terms of creativity and value, on the stands.
  • Renato Jones: The One% #2 – Kaare Andrews really grabbed my attention with his first issue. Looking forward to seeing where he takes this book now.
  • Sheriff of Babylon #7 – The last two issues of this book have been so good. Tom King is a really hot writer right now, and while I fear for his autonomy as a writer once he gets chained to Batman on a biweekly basis, I intend to enjoy the hell out of this incredible series.
  • Vision #8 – Read everything I wrote about for Sheriff of Babylon, and add in the fact that the Vision has always been one of my favourite Marvel characters. I love this title, which like Mike said, is messed up and wonderful at the same time.
  • Wonder Woman Rebirth #1 – I remain very skeptical about Greg Rucka staying at DC for very long, considering his past reasons for leaving the company, and the sense I have that things haven’t improved there very much. Still, I’m curious to see how he approaches this character. I didn’t read his first run on her title, and to be honest, have never had much love for Diana, until Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang gave us one of the best runs of the New 52, and reworked the character from the ground up. How much of that is Rucka keeping? I’m curious to find out!

Paul Miranda

Cricket

  • ACTION COMICS #957
  • DETECTIVE COMICS #934
  • WONDER WOMAN: REBIRTH
  • AQUAMAN: REBIRTH
  • FLASH: REBIRTH
  • WACKY RACELAND #1
  • BLACK CANARY #12
  • LUMBERJANES/GOTHAM ACADEMY #1 (of 6)
  • CHAPTER HOUSE ARCHIVES: NORTHGUARD #1
  • DREAMWORKS’ SHREK #1
  • MERRY MEN #1 (of 5)
  • NORMAN #1 (of 5)
  • PINK PANTHER #1
  • GOLDIE VANCE #3 (of 4)
  • GRIZZLY SHARK #3 (of 3)
  • SABER RIDER & STAR SHERIFFS #4 (of 5)
  • 18 DAYS #12
  • BIRTHRIGHT #16
  • FIX #3
  • DAREDEVIL #8
  • The VISION #8
  • TIMELY COMICS: DAREDEVIL
  • TIMELY COMICS: DR. STRANGE
  • 4001 A.D. BLOODSHOT
  • NINJAK #16

Phil Allen

  • Action Comics #957 – I’m mostly excited for this one returning to the original numbering. I didn’t read the title before New 52 and liked a few arcs during it, so I’ll be picking this one up for awhile.
  • Darth Vader #21 – It was announced a few weeks ago that this series will be ending with issue #25. I’m bummed it will be over, but for a series meant to take place between Episodes IV & V I guess is only so much time before you catch up, huh? Gillen and LaRocca have made a great story over several arcs, and I’m interested to see where this one will wrap up.
  • Detective Comics #934 – Also returning to original pre-New 52 numbering, but I’m a bigger Batman fan so this was always a definite pick-up for me. The story sounds interesting and Tynion already has some Bat-success under his belt. Should be a good one.
  • Lumberjanes / Gotham Academy #1 – The summer crossover no one (I think) was expecting! Very interesting choice, though what’s more interesting is that neither original creative teams will be working on it. Based on the previews, I’m already intrigued.
  • Midnight of the Soul #1 – Howard Chaykin writes and draws this tale of a WWII American soldier seemingly running from his own demons.
  • The Wicked + The Divine #20 – I’m excited to say I’m finally catching up on some of my favorite series and this is one. I’m actually caught up! That is all.
  • Wonder Woman: Rebirth #1 – I’m a big fan of Rucka’s and I’ve been enjoying his work with Nicola Scott on Black Magick, so this should be a treat as he returns to Wonder Woman for the first time in over 10 years (not counting the ‘Blackest Night’ mini-series in ‘10).
  • Other issues I’m looking forward to:
  • Batman: Shadow of the Bat Vol. 1
  • Birthright #16
  • Constantine: The Hellblazer #13
  • Empress #3
  • Howard the Duck #8
  • Injection #10
  • Shutter #22
  • Star Wars: Poe Dameron #3
  • The Flash: Rebirth #1

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