Pull List Roundtable 10/26/2016 – Civil War II #6, Bloodshot USA #1, Batman Beyond #1, Serenity: No Power In The ‘Verse #1 & More!

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Mike Maillaro

  • PROWLER #1 – Marvel seems like it will be launching a lot of more obscure characters in their own series over the next few months, including Prowler, Solo, Slapstick, and Foolkiller. I have always liked Prowler, but I am just not sure there is an audience for any of these books. At least the other ones I mentioned have all been regular characters in Deadpool. Prowler is launching as part of Clone Conspiracy, so that might help some. Also, as of right now, this book isn’t actually about the original Hobie Brown, it’s about a clone with the memories of the original.
  • BLOODSHOT USA #1 – The last arc of Bloodshot was awesome. We got to see Bloodshots from all different generations. At the end of the series, the “Bloodshot virus” was released into the general population. This seems like it could be a pretty massive event for the Valiant universe. Really looking forward to this one.
  • VISION #12 – Tom King’s crazy Vision series comes to an end. No idea what happens in this one (though Champions does tell us that Vision and his daughter survive), but this is a series is a must read. Superhero action with a bit of a horror twist. This is not at all what I expected from a Vision series, and I absolutely loved it.
  • BATMAN BEYOND #1 – Happy to see Terry back in action! Batman Beyond has been a great book that slips under the radar the last several years, including a pretty long run as a digital-first book. Hopefully it will have a much bigger platform as part of DC Rebirth. A real well conceived vision of DC’s future!
  • DETECTIVE COMICS #943 – The first arc of the Rebirth’d Detective Comics told a real strong story about a team of heroes led by Batwoman. I wasn’t expecting much from this series (all the press seems to focus on the Batman series), but all in all, Tec has been the stronger book most months. This new arc seems to focus on the “victims” of Gotham’s high-crime rate looking for revenge against criminal and heroes alike. Lots of potential for a great story here.
  • CIVIL WAR II #6 – HEY! Nice of you to join us, Civil War II! We’ve only been reading the aftermath of Civil War II for weeks now. I keep wondering what drugs the Marvel editorial team is on. The same thing happened during Secret Wars. If Marvel can’t seem to stay interested in their own events before moving on to the next thing, how can they expect the readers to do so? I would go on a limb and say this is one of the many reasons DC has been curbstomping Marvel in sales the last few month…
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA STEVE ROGERS #6 – Steve Rogers has been one of the best part of Civil War II, but you only know that if you have been reading his ongoing series. Marvel is supposedly doing an event next year focusing on Rogers…which goes back to my complaint that Marvel is always working on the next big thing without focusing on what’s going on now. We already know Death of X begets X-Men Vs Inhumans begets Resurrexion. Meanwhile, Avengers Standoff was mostly just lead in to Civil War II which is lead in to the next event. And Secret Wars was pretty much all about whatever they called the relaunch after Secret Wars…which amounted to very little. Marvel is putting out many books I enjoy reading, but on a whole, they seem to be a real mess in terms of direction.
  • JUGHEAD #10 – I had dropped this series around issue 4. It wasn’t awful, but it just felt dull and the constant fantasy scenes felt out of place. I did come back for the new creative team last issue, and it was a huge improvement. Real glad I gave it another shot. If you dropped this book, I would highly suggest giving it another look.
  • DOCTOR STRANGE AND THE SORCERERS SUPREME #1 – I know this book only exists because of Doctor Strange’s movie coming out next week. And it is a bit of a let down that it’s not by Jason Aaron who has been killing it on the main Doctor Strange series. But I like Robbie Thompson, and I am excited about the movie, so I will likely pick this up anyway.
  • Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #8
  • Mae #6
  • Action Comics #966
  • Batgirl #4
  • Blue Beetle #2
  • Flash #9
  • Future Quest #6
  • Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #7
  • Suicide Squad #5
  • Teen Titans #1
  • Titans #4
  • Wonder Woman #9
  • Postal #16
  • Saga #39
  • Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. #10
  • All-New All-Different Avengers #15
  • Extraordinary X-Men #15
  • Guardians Of The Galaxy #13
  • Moon Girl And Devil Dinosaur #12
  • Ms. Marvel #12
  • New Avengers #17
  • Nighthawk #6
  • Punisher Annual #1
  • Silver Surfer #7
  • Star Wars #24
  • Star Wars Poe Dameron #7
  • Totally Awesome Hulk #11
  • Ultimates #12
  • Generation Zero #3

John Babos

11 books this week.

  • Action Comics #966 – Superwoman crashes the party!
  • Batman Beyond #1 – Is the Joker back to face Terry as a restored Batman?
  • Bloodshot USA #1 – Excited to read this.
  • Deathstroke #5 – Ravager takes center stage?
  • Detective Comics #943 – Victims Syndicate will hopefully wipe Monster Men off my palate.
  • Flash #9 – Wally West of two worlds?
  • Prowler #1 – Hobie Brown has been a fave of mine for years. Not sold on new Clone Conspiracy status quo for him/it, but we’ll see.
  • Suicide Squad #5 – #Sqwad. “nuff said. Awesome book. Who follows Zod?
  • Teen Titans #1 – How does Damian Wayne celebrate his birthday? He kidnaps teen heroes!
  • Titans #4 – Kadabra claims to have stolen time from DC and the Titans? Delusional or Dr. Manhattan’s dupe?
  • Vigilante Southland #1 – DC tries to revive the Vigilante again. This time as an African American outlaw-hero. Looks like fun.

James Fulton

  • Deathstroke #5 – I couldn’t be happier with the work that Priest is doing on this title. I’ve never liked Slade Wilson as much as I do right now.
  • Renato Jones: The One% #5 – I’m happy to see Kaare Andrews’s anti-rich vigilante title coming back on the schedule. I’ve really enjoyed it so far.
  • Serenity: No Power in the ‘Verse #1 – I know, I know, but I can’t keep myself away from the very rare output of licensed Firefly comics that Dark Horse publishes. I miss this show and these characters.
  • Stray Bullets: Sunshine and Roses #19 – I think that this long storyline has been the pinnacle of David Lapham’s work on this extraordinary title. I’m shocked that this arc has been running this long, and that it doesn’t look close to resolving itself. It’s a great ride.
  • Vision #12 – This is really bittersweet, because with this title and Sheriff of Babylon ending, Tom King is only writing Batman, which has not come close to the quality of these other books. I am very interested to see what ends up happening to Vision and his family as this title closes out its run. I doubt we’ll see something this good coming from either of the Big Two anytime soon.

Phil Allen

Only a few for me this week, this has been a light month so far.

  • Batman Beyond #1 – I’m glad to see Terry back in the cowl. Tim was good, but you can’t beat the original, right?
  • Jughead #10 – Zdarsky’s run was great, and North’s is off to a great start! I’m always glad to see more Sabrina as well.
  • Saga #39 – Why am I still surprised when BKV breaks my heart? Did you read the last issue? Ow.
  • Serenity: No Power In The ‘Verse #1 – It’s been awhile since the last Serenity series, and I was beginning to wonder if we’d ever get more. This time, the crew is going after a old friend.
  • Teen Titans #1 – Damian, that’s not how you assemble a team!

Other issues I’m looking forward to:

  • Descender #16
  • Detective Comics #943
  • Ms. Marvel #12
  • Wonder Woman 75th Anniversary Special #1