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Pull List Roundtable 9/14/2016 – Doom Patrol #1, Forevers #1, Resident Alien: Man With No Name #1 & More!

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John Babos

15 books. A big week for me.

  • Action Comics #963 – Enjoying this book and the deepening mystery of Clark Kent and Mr. Oz.
  • Deathstroke #2 – Wintergreen is back and the Clock King is an interesting foil.
  • Detective Comics #940 – The best Batman team book in years.
  • Doom Patrol #1 – The strangest heroes of DC Comics get the mature treatment again. Looks promising. Will probably get Cover A (Shawarma / Gyro by Nick Derington) and Cover B (by Brian Bolland).
  • Earth 2 Society #16 – Justice Society alternate Earth hijinks. The little book that could and one of the only books to survive in tact after Rebirth (for now?).
  • Flash #6 – The journey to the younger Wally West becoming Kid Flash continues.
  • Gotham Academy Second Semester #1 – A shiny new Rebirth #1. Why not try something new?
  • Green Lanterns #6 – A curious buddy book. Entertaining.
  • New Super-Man #3 – China’s Justice League vs. this New Super-Man? Fun stuff.
  • Red Hood & The Outlaws #2 – Artermis vs Red Hood with Bizarro under glass? Interesting.
  • Six Million Dollar Man: Fall of Man #3 – I’m a long time fan of the classic TV show. This seems promising.
  • Suicide Squad #2 – A solid debut. Not sure I like the bifurcated approach with a back-up in each issue, but the main story is beautifully rendered by Jim Lee.
  • Superwoman #2 – OMG. How do you top last issue?
  • Teen Titans #24 – Every time I think this book is done, another one shows up.
  • Wrath of the Eternal Warrior #11 – Love the Brothers Anni-Padda. A solid read from Valiant.

Mike Maillaro

  • CHARMED SEASON 10 #20 – As a long time Charmed fan, I am sorry to see this book go…again. Zenescope seems to be saying this is the end of the line, but I am still hoping we get a season 11 somewhere down the line. With the way Hollywood is, we’ll probably get some lousy reboot movie instead. But Zenescope has done a terrific job with the Halliwell Witches, so if this is the end, at least it has been a great run by Pat Shand.
  • ANIMOSITY #2 – I really enjoyed the first issue, even though it felt like it ended just as things were getting good. I hope they slow down the pacing a bit, but I can definitely see this being another great Aftershock series. Aftershock continues to put out amazing books on a regular basis!
  • MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS PINK #3 – Calling this Pink is now a bit misleading as last issue saw the return of Zack and Trini as well. The main MMPR is great, but the spin off might even be better. Boom has given us some peeks into stories that happened between episodes of MMPR, and they are really killing it on this license!
  • ALL-STAR BATMAN #2 – While I typically try to talk mostly about books I love, sometimes I feel compelled to talk about books for less positive reasons. To be blunt, All-Star Batman is by far my least favorite DC book at the moment. I liked Snyder’s run on Batman, but the first issue of this series was pretty much the definition of forgettable. I am going to give it another issue or so, but I can easily see me dropping this book.
  • DOOM PATROL #1 – DC’s Young Animal line launches, at last! Looks like they are going back to the early days of Vertigo, but giving fresh new live to some forgotten DC properties. I have always liked the Doom Patrol, and I can’t wait to see what Gerald Way can bring to Doom Patrol.
  • SCARLET WITCH #10 – I know I say this a lot, but I wasn’t expecting to enjoy this series as much as I have been. James Robinson has a great feel for the character. Last issue, we saw the collapse of Wanda and Pietro’s relationship. This issue, Wanda slips out of Civil War II and heads to Japan to track a mystical murderer.
  • MAXX MAXXIMIZED #35 – Kind of weird to say goodbye to Maxx again…even if this was just a series of reprints. I keep hoping for some kind of announcement of something new and Maxx-related from Sam Keith, but so far, nothing.
  • ASTRO CITY #38 – Astro City takes us back to see what superhero life was like in the 1930’s. Sounds like a lot of fun. Busiek continues to blow me away with each new issue of Astro City. Still my favorite comic after all these years.
  • SPIDER-MAN 2099 #15 – Last issue we got Ravage and Punisher 2099! Really hoping to see more 2099 characters in this Civil War 2099 arc. I love that after all this time doing Spider-Man 2099, Peter David still has a lot of surprises for the reader.
  • HOUSE OF PENANCE #6 – A bit sorry to see this book coming to an end (it was always intended as a mini-series). Dark Horse is producing one of the best horror comics I have ever read here, and I hope we see more comics like this in the future.
  • Action Comics #963
  • Batgirl And The Birds Of Prey #2
  • Detective Comics #940
  • Flash #6
  • Green Lanterns #6
  • Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #4
  • New Super-Man #3
  • Red Hood And The Outlaws #2
  • Scooby Apocalypse #5
  • Suicide Squad #2
  • Superwoman #2
  • Teen Titans #24
  • Wonder Woman #6
  • Powerpuff Girls #3
  • Fix #5
  • A-Force #9
  • All-New X-Men #13
  • Civil War II Amazing Spider-Man #4 (Of 4)
  • Civil War II Gods Of War #4 (Of 4)
  • Deadpool #18
  • Gwenpool #6
  • Mockingbird #7
  • Old Man Logan #11
  • Rocket Raccoon And Groot #9
  • Spider-Man #8
  • Uncanny Avengers #14
  • Uncanny Inhumans #13
  • Letter 44 #27
  • Faith #3
  • Wrath Of The Eternal Warrior #11

James Fulton

  • Briggs Land #2 – Brian Wood’s new series got off to a great start, so I’m excited to see more of it.
  • Doom Patrol #1 – I’m going to admit to being trepidatious about this latest relaunch of DC’s strangest team. I loved the Morrison era book, but really, that’s it. No one who has worked with these characters since has been able to make me care about them. Gerard Way is going to have to walk the line between Morrison homage and a new direction, and I’m not sure that he’s the writer for that. Sure, I enjoyed Umbrella Academy and Killjoys, but in both of those cases, he was working with utterly phenomenal artists (Bá, Moon, Cloonan), and I don’t really remember the plots of those books. Nick Derrington’s stuff is very good, but will it all work? I’ll get back to you.
  • Forevers #1 – At this point, I’m willing to give most Black Mask series a shot, and I liked Curt Pires’s writing on The Fictions at Boom! I don’t actually remember what the solicitation said this book was going to be about, so I’m hoping it’s a pleasant surprise.
  • Resident Alien: Man With No Name #1 – This is one of the low-key best series that has been published over the last few years, but because it only arrives in tiny little three issue miniseries (this one is four!) with little fanfare, it has not received the recognition it deserves. An alien crash-landed on Earth, and took on the role of a small-town doctor who likes to dabble in solving mysteries. It’s a brilliant concept, and the execution by Hogan and Parkhouse has been perfect. Very excited to see it back!
  • Southern Cross #7 – I’m pleased to see that the hiatus on this title is over. Becky Cloonan and Andy Belanger’s hipster science fiction epic has been pretty impressive so far.

Joe Smith

  • Doom Patrol #1 – I’ve been hearing a bit of buzz around my shop for it so I’m going to pick it up. I hope it’s going to be a good book, but I’m not going in with any specific expectations.
  • Resident Alien: Man With No Name #1 – I’ve been 110% looking forward to this series. It’s been great and with the overall quality of each issue, I don’t mind that I only get to read this book a few months each year…I’ll take it over double and triple shipped monthly titles.

Paul Miranda

  • CLINTON CASH: a GRAPHIC NOVEL
  • NVRLND #2 (of 4)
  • ANIMOSITY #2
  • MERRY MEN #3
  • ERATHUNE #2 (of 4)
  • CAVEWOMAN: MY LITTLE DINO
  • The FOREVERS #1
  • FLESH of WHITE #1 (of 4)
  • JACK the LANTERN: SALVATION #0
  • TIME to DIE
  • ANCIENT DREAMS #1
  • DOOM PATROL {6th Series} #1
  • GOTHAM ACADEMY: SECOND SEMESTER #1
  • ACTION COMICS #963
  • ALL-STAR BATMAN #2
  • BATGIRL/BIRDS of PREY #2
  • DEATHSTROKE #2
  • DETECTIVE COMICS #940
  • FLASH #6
  • GREEN LANTERNS #6
  • HAL JORDAN/GLC #4
  • NEW SUPER-MAN #3
  • SUICIDE SQUAD #2
  • SUPERWOMAN #2
  • WONDER WOMAN #6
  • BIRTHRIGHT #19
  • BLACK MONDAY MURDERS #2
  • The FIX #5
  • The VIOLENT vol. 1: BLOOD LIKE TAR TP
  • BLACK PANTHER #6
  • MOCKINGBIRD #7
  • SCARLET WITCH #10
  • SPIDER-MAN #8

Phil Allen

  • All-Star Batman #2 – I thought the first story of issue #1 was alright but I didn’t care for the second. I did like JRJR’s art in story one, but again Shalvey’s in story two was only okay. Maybe this issue will turn that around.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender Vol. 13: North and South, Part One – These continuations of the show have been great, and this one looks to be the same. A return to the Southern Water Tribe and a family reunion for Katara, Soka, and their father!
  • Doom Patrol #1 – If anyone other than Gerard Way were writing this I’m not sure I’d be reading it. It seems like a good fit for him – kind of an “out-there” guy for an “out-there” team. Plus, I think he’s still pretty good friends with Grant Morrison and I’m sure they consulted at some point. Should be an interesting read!
  • Hadrian’s Wall #1 – I’ve been a fan of Kyle Higgins since Batman: Gates of Gotham and I’m excited for his next creator-owned series! I was sad to see C.O.W.L. go so this is a welcome comeback.
  • Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #4 – This has been a surprising hit for me, I’m interested to see where this is going.
  • Lady Killer 2 #2 – Issue one made it clear where Josie landed after the events of the last series. Just as exciting and brilliant as the previous, this is set to be an excellent follow-up.
  • New Super-Man #3 – I’m liking the series so far, but I’m not a big fan of Kenan yet. That’s probably the point since he’s supposed to be discovering how to be a hero though, so I’m gonna stick around for awhile.
  • The Black Monday Murders #2 – Another great first issue from last month! Not what I thought it would be but I was not disappointed. Hopefully this series will have more than 3 issues (more Dying and the Dead please, it’s been a year!)
  • Other issues I’m looking forward to –
  • Gotham Academy: Second Semester #1
  • Injustice: Gods Among Us, Year Five #17
  • Southern Cross #7
  • Wonder Woman #6

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