Pull List Roundtable 8/24/2016 – Generation Zero #1, Blue Beetle Rebirth #1, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Annual & More!

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Mike Maillaro

  • GENERATION ZERO #1 – Valiant’s newest series is a spinoff of Harbinger and Bloodshot. Seems like it could be a fun take on the young superhero team. I love books like New Mutants, Generation X, Teen Titans, etc, etc, so I am looking forward to seeing what Valiant can do to put a new twist on the genre.
  • BLUE BEETLE REBIRTH #1 – Jaime and Ted Kord in the same book? YES, PLEASE! I am a fan of both Beetles, and I really hope this book gets some attention. Neither character has ever set the world on first in terms of sales in the past.
  • MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS 2016 ANNUAL #1 – Hefty price tag on this one at $8. But Boom has done a great job with Power Rangers, including giving us a very different take on the history of the Green Ranger in the last issue. This one is a bunch of short stories featuring a variety of MMPR characters. I will probably pick it up, even with the high cover price.
  • VENOM SPACE KNIGHT #11 – I loved the Venom series that expanded on Flash Thompson as Venom. But, putting him on Guardians of the Galaxy held zero appeal to me, so I haven’t picked up Space Knight at all. I am literally only buying this because of Civil War II (like Mockingbird last week). I really need someone to stage a comic event intervention to save me from myself…
  • TEEN TITANS #23 / TITANS #2– I can’t believe the New-52 TEEN TITANS series is still going. Someone needs to give it a mercy killing. Teen Titans has been one of the real low points of New-52, which is a shame because I typically love Teen Titans. Really hoping Rebirth can save the book. That said TITANS #2 comes out this week, and that has been an excellent series so far!
  • WONDER WOMAN #5 – They really should have split Wonder Woman into two series. I actually am enjoying both the current storyline and the alternating issues with a new version of Wonder Woman Year One, but it just makes the series feel real disjointed to keep jumping back and forth from issue to issue.
  • ARCHIE #11 – I have been enjoying this Archie relaunch quite a bit, and the current arc with Archie accidentally getting involved in local politics to the detriment of his friends and community has been great. Waid seems to have a lot to say with this series, and it continues to be must read for me every month.
  • DUCK AVENGER #0 – I love Disney’s comics, especially when it comes to Donald, Scrooge, and company. They haven’t always been easy to get in America, and IDW has been reprinting a lot of Disney stories from around the world. The Duck Avenger stories they have featured in the last year or so of Donald Duck have been great, so I am glad to see them expanding their exposure. My only gripe is these books continue to not be available digital, which makes it a real pain to keep up.
  • DISNEY’S DARKWING DUCK #4 – Another great comics feature Disney’s ducks. But same gripe as above, no digital makes it hard to keep up with this series for me. BUT, it is well worth it. If you were ever a fan of the cartoon, you need to buy this series!
  • Revisionist #3, $3.99
  • Action Comics #962
  • Batgirl #2
  • Detective Comics #939
  • Flash #5
  • Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #3
  • Wacky Raceland #3
  • G.I. JOE A Real American Hero #231
  • X-Files #5
  • Captain America Steve Rogers #4
  • Captain Marvel #8,
  • Deadpool #17
  • Extraordinary X-Men #13
  • International Iron Man #6
  • Moon Girl And Devil Dinosaur #10
  • New Avengers #15
  • Nighthawk #4
  • Patsy Walker A.K.A. Hellcat #9
  • Star Wars #22
  • Faith #2
  • Rai #16

John Babos

8 books this week between DC and Valiant; no Marvel, Aftershock, Dynamite or IDW this week though.

  • Action Comics #962 – Not a fan of Doomsday as the prime antagonist, but it’s be an an entertaining story with decent, but inconsistent art. Who is Clark Kent will be an interesting subplot.
  • Blue Beetle Rebirth #1 – Ted Kord and Jaime Reyes team-up? Why not call the book Blue Beetles? Scott Kolins on art makes this a winner.
  • Deathstroke #1 – Awesome main cover, awesome one-shot that led to this issue; I have such high hopes.
  • Detective Comics #939 – This is surprisingly my fave Batman title on stands; it’s certainly a Batman team book akin to Outsiders or others. Great read.
  • Hellblazer #1 – Curious where DC takers John Constantine, but Moritat on art is a huge get.
  • Teen Titans #23 – Is over yet? TT Rebirth is on the horizon for September!
  • Titans #2 – So far this is my fave DC Rebirth title alongside Superwoman and Suicide Squad. So glad Wally West is back. This book feels like Detective Comics, but instead of being a Batman team book, it’s a Flash team book. Curious if that will be how all arcs read or just this opening one.
  • Valiant Universe Handbook 2016 Edition #1 – This has been solicited, I think, for May’s FCBD 2016, but I don’t recall it shipping. I always find these handbooks by Valiant to be fun and informative.

Matt Graham

  • MMPR – Annual – Boom! seems like they want to milk MMPR for all its worth, so despite the main series and Pink mini not having really gotten anywhere, here’s an annual. Thankfully the milking process is thoughtful and results in a quality product.
  • Sombra #2 -Justin Jordan and Mexican artist Raúl Treviño are collaborating on a DEA vs cartels revenge story that’s a little Heart of Darkness (Apocalypse Now, if you like your silver screen), a little Sicario, and a lot of violence. A DEA daughter hunts her thought-dead ex DEA turned vigilante father as he savages the cartels he once investigated. Damn good comic right here.
  • Harley’s Little Black Book #4 – Harley teams up with Bombshell Harley. Of course she does.
  • Vampirella #6 – Kate Leth’s revamped vampire book hits its final issue. I need more. Can I get a date on the next volume?
  • Snotgirl #2 – Bryan Lee O’Malley and Leslie Hung’s dissection of a self-absorbed and delusional millenial model plagued by anxiety has the edge of Scott Pilgrim but then goes for a bleak and dark comedic take on social media stars and the bubbles they curate themselves for you in. Snotgirl aka Lottie earns sympathy points early on, as we’re in on the joke from page 1 last issue, and the book throws several fakes and gut shots along the way. Analyzing social media and the loneliness and low esteem of its users seems a natural step for O’Malley after the relationship and esteem woes covered in Scott Pilgrim. This is one to watch.
  • Patsy Walker A.K.A, Hellcat #9 – Once Patsy was forced to look at the rest of the current Marvel continuity and react to Civil War 2: Electric Boogaloo, things got bleak. Writer Kate Leth has the knowledge and skills to make those aftershocks seem a natural part of Patys’s self-contained world, still tying in while rebelling against doing so. I like it. Keep doing you, Patsy. Forget the noise.
  • Generation Zero #1 – I’m mildly curious just because I love New Mutants and Generation X, and this is that, but for Harbinger. Or maybe its more like DV8 was to Gen 13.

James Fulton

  • Blue Beetle #1 – I’m on the fence for this one. On the one hand, I loved the work that Keith Griffen did with Jaime when he debuted, but on the other, I’m not really a fan of either Ted Kord nor Scot Kolins’s art (although I liked his work on Pastaways, for pretty much the first time ever). The fact that it looks like Dr. Fate is going to be part of the supporting cast, and not the same Dr. Fate that is in the title called, you know, Dr. Fate, has me intrigued enough to give the first issue a shot.
  • Deathstroke #1 – There was a lot to like in the Rebirth one-shot, so I’m curious to see where Christopher Priest is going to take things with the ongoing.
  • Generation Zero #1 – I’m looking forward to the return of this group of supporting characters from the excellent Harbinger series. I was upset to see that Joshua Dysart wasn’t writing this, until I found out that Fred Van Lente is, and then I got over it really quickly.
  • Pitiful Human-Lizard #8 – I have to show love for the home town hero; also, I just really like Jason Loo’s series.
  • Star Wars #22 – I like that this current arc is more Stormtrooper-centric than anything else at Marvel has been so far.