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Pull List Roundtable 9/21/2016 – Trinity #1, Civil War II #5, Britannia #1, Seven to Eternity #1 & More!

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John Babos

9 books this week.

  • Batman #7 – I’m not a big fan of an x-over so soon into Rebirth. That said, all the bat-books I read currently are part of this “Monster Men” mini so we’ll see if it lives up to each book’s opening arc.
  • Bloodshot Reborn #14 – Still a fun and action-packed read.
  • Cyborg #1 – This new series benefited the most from its one-shot I think. A very compelling reintro to Cyborg, tweaks to his world, and a broader DC spanning narrative as “it’s all connected”. I’m eager for this series launch and may stick around for opening arc.
  • Green Arrow #7 – Loving this book. Channels the 80’s vibe, but in a contemporary way. Particularly like the family feel of the book.
  • Green Lanterns #7 – Phantom ring. Interesting.
  • Nightwing #5 – I think this is also part of Monster Men x-over. More intrigued to know if Raptor will also appear.
  • Suicide Squad Most Wanted El Diablo & Boomerang #2 – Not surprised DC is doing these minis. This issue may be a big one due to Boomerang being featured prominently.
  • Superman #7 – More on Superboy’s journey to Super Sons!
  • Trinity #1 – Francis Manapul as writer-artist-colorist on a book featuring the pre-Flashpoint Superman, the New 52 Batman, and the Rebirth Wonder Woman. Batman is virtually unchanged with Rebirth, but WW’s past has been “lies” and is being retold or retooled in her series hence my characterization of the DC Rebirth Trinity.

Mike Maillaro

  • TRINITY #1 – When they announced this book as part of DC Rebirth, I added it to my pull list, mostly because I liked Superman and Wonder Woman’s relationship. I do think the concept of these three characters as DC’s three more important characters is a bit of a forced concept, but I was willing to give it a try anyway. And then DC totally shifted the dynamic by killing off New-52 Superman. I am very curious what this “new” Trinity with the Pre-Flashpoint Superman will be like.
  • RAVEN #1 – WHAT ABOUT ME? WHAT ABOUT RAVEN? Raven has always been one of my favorite DC characters. And she is/was the best part of both Teen Titans cartoons. I don’t really love her New-52 costume, but I am still looking forward to this one. Raven doesn’t often get a solo focus.
  • BRITANNIA #1 – Not going to lie, I didn’t even look at the solicit for this one before adding it to my pull list. Valiant has earned that honor time after time. Britannia is a detective story set in 65 AD by Peter Milligan and Juan Jose Ryp. If nothing else, it looks like something very new and different.
  • CIVIL WAR II #5 – Even Marvel seems to steadily being losing interest in Civil War II. A lot of crossovers that barely even touched upon the storylines from Civil War II. I recently ended my long running Front Lines column, just because it was increasingly boring for me to write “decent comic, but had nothing to do with Civil War II” over and over again. There are a bunch more crossovers coming out this week, like CHOOSING SIDES, MOCKINBIRD, X-MEN, VENOM SPACE KNIGHT, and GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, but I am basically just reading them out of rote at this point.
  • NIGHTWING #5 – I was a little disappointed at the end of issue 4, SPOILERS, where we find out that Raptor is a bad guy all along. I liked when the character seemed to have a lot more nuance. Though I guess it’s possible they will do something like New Avengers where Raptor is a quadruple agent or something like that. But, I still really enjoy this book, even with the slightly cliché ending.
  • JOYRIDE #5 – Really fun series from Boom! Glad they announced that it will be continuing. 5 issues was just not enough for this one.
  • KARNAK #5 – Been a while since we got an issue from this great series from Warren Ellis. I barely remember what happened last time, so I guess I will be re-reading the first 4 issues before I pick this one up.
  • INTERNATIONAL IRON MAN #7 – The reveal last issue about Stark’s mother was a little underwhelming (a normal woman who ended up working as a part time undercover SHIELD agent), but I guess it’s a lot better than revealing that Stark was Black Widow’s kid, Peggy Carter’s kid, or related to Cap in some way (all rumors I had heard). I still don’t quite see the need for two Iron Man series, but at least they have both been enjoyable reads.
  • Black-Eyed Kids #6
  • Revisionist #4
  • Archie #12 
  • Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #7 
  • Batman #7 
  • Green Arrow #7 
  • Green Lanterns #7 
  • Superman #7
  • Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files Wild Card #6 
  • Back To The Future #12
  • Donald Duck #17 
  • G.I. JOE A Real American Hero #232 
  • Uncle Scrooge #18
  • X-Files #6 
  • I Hate Fairyland #9 
  • Ringside #7
  • Savage Dragon #216
  • Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. #9
  • All-New Wolverine #12 
  • Amazing Spider-Man #18
  • Astonishing Ant-Man #12
  • Carnage #12
  • Empress #6
  • Extraordinary X-Men Annual #1 
  • Mighty Thor #11 
  • Patsy Walker A.K.A. Hellcat #10 
  • Power Man And Iron Fist #8 
  • Punisher #5 
  • Uncanny X-Men #13
  • Vision #11

James Fulton

  • Civil War II #5/Karnak #5 – If this were an answer on Jeopardy, the question would be “What are two books I didn’t think I’d see any time soon, and kind of stopped caring about?”
  • Micronauts #6/Rom #3 – I’ve been enjoying these two titles, but worry that all of that is going to be coming to an end with IDW’s Hasbro-verse event Revolution. I don’t want the Micronauts and Rom to meet. I definitely don’t want to see them interacting with Transformers and/or MASK. Just leave things alone and tell some good stories IDW – you aren’t Marvel.
  • Seven to Eternity #1 – I think that Rick Remender might be stretching at the upper limit of the number of series a writer should have coming out at any given time (as this coincides with Low, Black Science, and Deadly Class), but I’m always going to give a new title of his a look, especially when he works with an artist like Jerome Opeña!
  • The Vision #11 – The sad part? This is the second to last issue of this incredible series. The good part? Vision is angry, and it looks like a lot of Avengers are going to have to deal with him. I love this title.
  • The Wicked + The Divine 1831 One-Shot – A ‘Times Past’ issue featuring an earlier incarnation of the Pantheon? Yes, please!

Phil Allen

  • Trinity #1 – I was beginning to wonder when DC would launch another Trinity series, it seems like an obvious staple given that Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman are not only the arguable leaders of the Justice League but also the publisher’s most popular and recognizable characters. Matt Wagner’s series is a favorite of mine, I’m a big fan of Francis Manapul, and I’ve been waiting for this it’s initial announcement with the rest of Rebirth back in March, so this is a ‘can’t miss’ for me this week.
  • Batman #7 – Monster Men starts here! The first Rebirth cross title event goes to the Bat-family (come to think of it, Bat-fam got the first event in the New 52 as well with “Night of The Owls”) , and I’m pretty excited. I enjoyed Matt Wagner’s (again?) Batman and the Monster Men series and I don’t believe these creatures have been seen for awhile so it’ll be cool to see them return to the pages.
  • Injustice: Gods Among Us, Year Five #18 – I finally learned that issue #20 (October) will be the final issue continuity-wise, while the Annual (out in November) will feature stories taking place throughout Year Five. I’m glad we got this extension for the final year and I’ll be bummed to see this series go. Once it’s over, I’m probably due for a re-read.
  • Raven #1 – It’s been awhile since I’ve read a good Raven story, and what better place to begin again than with the legendary Marv Wolfman.
  • The Wicked + The Divine: 1831 – Thank goodness for this one-shot between story arcs, some series are tough to get through hiatus, especially when the last arc ends the way this one did! I believe this is the first time we see a previous godly-visit (except the first issue of course) so this will be quite a treat.
  • Other issues I’m looking forward to:
  • Adventure Time 2016 Spoooktacular #1
  • Archie #12
  • Cyborg #1
  • I Hate Fairyland #9
  • Justice League #5
  • Rumble #14

Paul Miranda

  • SEVEN to ETERNITY #1
  • BRITANNIA #1 (of 4)
  • CYBORG {2nd Series} #1
  • TRINITY #1
  • AQUAMAN #7
  • BATMAN #7
  • GREEN ARROW #7
  • GREEN LANTERNS #7
  • JUSTICE LEAGUE #5
  • NIGHTWING #5
  • SUPERMAN #7
  • WONDER WOMAN ’77 SPECIAL #4
  • AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #18
  • DEADPOOL v GAMBIT #5 (of 5)
  • INTERNATIONAL IRON MAN #7
  • KARNAK #5
  • VISION #11
  • KINGSWAY WEST #2 (of 4)

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