Pull List Roundtable 2/15/2017 – Wild Storm #1, Super Sons #1, Batwoman Rebirth, Cerebus in Hell #1 & More

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John Babos

8 new books this week. Wow. All DC and no Valiant, Dynamite and Marvel like most weeks.

  • Batwoman Rebirth #1
  • Cave Carson Has A Cybernetic Eye #5
  • Green Arrow #17
  • Green Lanterns #17
  • Super Sons #1
  • Superman #17
  • Trinity #6
  • Wild Storm #1

James Fulton

  • Batwoman Rebirth #1 – I’ve been loving what James Tynion IV has been doing with Detective Comics, but have a more cautious estimation of Marguerite Bennett’s writing, based on her Marvel work. I’m going to check this out, but if it’s mostly about Kate having to face off against the Monster Men stuff some more, I might not stick around for long.
  • Captain America Sam Wilson #19 – Nick Spencer is taking on the issue of police brutality with this new storyline, and I love how topical and relevant it feels, while his Steve Rogers series has been months of setting up the next Marvel event which I have no interest in.
  • Savage #4 – Savage has been one of the most impressive Valiant books of the last couple of years. I’m looking forward to seeing how it all comes to a close.
  • Sex Criminals #16 – It’s always a good week when a new issue of Sex Criminals comes out. I’m almost as excited to read the letters page to see what Fraction and Zdarsky have to say about the American election as I am the actual comic.
  • Super Sons #1 – If anyone other than Peter Tomasi were writing this book, I wouldn’t give it any mind at all, but he’s written my favourite Damian Wayne to date, and I liked his Jon Kent when I read the first dozen issues or so of Superman. It definitely gets a first look.
  • The Wild Storm #1 – I’m surprised, but I don’t think I’m going to bother with this. Warren Ellis on his own stuff, like Trees and Injection, is wonderful. His recent work with other peoples’ characters (Supreme Blue Rose and Karnak) have left me cold, with the exception of Moon Knight, which was great. I’ll see what the buzz is like, and get it eventually, I’m sure.

Matt Graham

  • Animosity #5 – The Walled City looms, but they’re walled for a reason and don’t welcome Jesse and Sandor’s entire pack. Given this is Animosity, I’m wagering on violence factoring into the outcome.
  • MMPR #12 – The Power Rangers hit their comic running at full speed, and by issue 12, we’re already doing the Mighty Morphin’ Days of Future Past. This is not a complaint. With Tommy and Billy trapped in a dystopic future ruled by Rita and policed by the White Ranger, how can the other Rangers hope to catch up?
  • Dept H. #11 – Matt and Sharlene Kindt’s harrowing and claustrophobic underwater murder mystery is a book you should be reading.
  • Mother Panic #3 – I have mixed feelings on this book. I like the character and concept.  I like Houser’s  writing, I love Tommy Lee Edwards on art. It looks and reads like a punk ashcan antihero comic. Unfortunately, it takes place in Gotham and there are too many Bat-parallels to mention that clutter up the originality here. I’d look past it were it a separate title, but it’s deep rooted in Gotham and Batwoman cameos. I want it to be more than a gritty R-rated Batgirl, and I feel like it’s going to be, but right now it’s hard to sell to my friends.
  • The Wild Storm #1 -I came into comics right when Image hit the scene, and Wildstorm was my favourite imprint. I am unapologetic in my appreciation for WildCATs, Gen 13, Stormwatch, DV8, Team 7 and the Authority. I liked what the New 52 tried to do with the world, but it didn’t stick. This is another attempt by Wildstorm veteran Warren Ellis. On the other end of the Image spectrum, Rob Liefeld’s Prophet and Glory saw an amazing and unprecedented return to form with radical new takes on the concepts, and I’m hoping for that sort of risk here.

The downside is it’s a solo title trying to curate and reimagine an entire universe. Cautious optimism. Also, that Tula Lotay cover is fire. Buy it for that.

  • Patsy Walker #15 – I wish I could cosplay as Patsy Walker and not terrify people.
  • Unbelievable Gwenpool #12 – Arcade was cool in Avengers Arena, but his recent appearance in Patsy Walker made him a joke, and I’m not sure how he’s going to fare in Gwenpool. It’s Gwenpool, so odds are he’s the punchline.
  • Uncanny X-Men #18 – I will give IvX the credit it is due: It’s a crossover that is executed well and a solid X-Men Event. The tie-in issues have been the best part for me, seeding plots within their own titles and informing the mini series. They’re a little intrusive if you’ve avoided the event, but it still feels like the title. The problem is all these titles end in a month or so anyway. Uncanny X-Men’s Cullen Bunn is writing a title that comes out of this, so I feel confident the themes and plots here will carry.

Mike Maillaro

  • CEREBUS IN HELL #1 – I was a little annoyed that CEREBUS IN HELL 0 didn’t come out digitally, so I ended up buying a copy off Amazon.  Guess I will probably end up doing the same for the rest of this series.  I actually haven’t started reading it.  My plan is to finish Cerebus first and then read it all at once.  Dave Simms recently made Cerebus available digitally, and I have been slowing making my way through the series (it can be a bit dense).  Still very happy to have some new Cerebus around for the 40th anniversary.
  • WWE #2 – I am actually surprised that I enjoy this book as much as I have.  WWE comics in the past have been very hit or miss.  This comic takes the smart approach as to just focus on the storylines and action we’ve seen, and not try to build up some crazy mythology to it.  The only problem is that it ends up being way behind.  The first issue dealt with Seth Rollins’ winning the WWE title….at the 2015 Wrestlemania.  It makes the comic feel very dated.
  • BATWOMAN REBIRTH #1 – I really like Batwoman, especially in her recent appearances in DETECTIVE COMICS.  Glad to see DC giving her another chance at the spotlight, as she’s a very unique character and adds a lot to the Batman lore.  Hopefully this book will be able to find a fanbase because it should be very good.
  • SUPER SONS #1 – ABOUT TIME!  Been waiting for this book pretty much since DC Rebirth was first announced.   Superboy and Robin play off each other really well, and this should be an entertaining series.  Definitely hoping this leads to a new Young Justice, since that is still my all-time favorite “young hero” comic.
  • WILD STORM #1 – Very curious about this Wild Storm relaunch.  I actually like Ellis a lot, though he can’t keep a deadline.  But his Stormwatch is among my all-time favorite comic runs, so I can’t wait to see what he can do with the Wildstorm universe.
  • INVINCIBLE #133 – Starting its final arc, INVINCIBLE is only a quarter this week.  One of the best superhero comics on the shelf.  INVINCIBLE is not afraid to smash the status quo, and does it often.  With nothing left to lose since the series in ending, I am expecting this last arc will be Kirkman’s masterpiece.
  • Animosity #5
  • Black-Eyed Kids #11
  • Archie #17
  • Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #12
  • Batman #17
  • Green Arrow #17
  • Green Lanterns #17
  • He-Man Thundercats #5 (Of 6)
  • Nightwing #15
  • Superman #17
  • Trinity #6
  • Star Trek Boldly Go #5
  • Postal #18
  • Captain America Sam Wilson #19
  • Captain America Steve Rogers #11
  • Clone Conspiracy #5 (Of 5)
  • Daredevil #17
  • Doctor Strange #1.MU
  • Doctor Strange #17
  • Invincible Iron Man #4
  • Mighty Thor #16
  • Monsters Unleashed #3 (Of 5)
  • Old Man Logan #18
  • Patsy Walker A.K.A. Hellcat #15
  • Punisher #9
  • Silk #17
  • Spider-Man #13
  • Star Wars Poe Dameron #11
  • U.S.Avengers #3
  • Ultimates 2 #4
  • Unbelievable Gwenpool #12
  • Uncanny Inhumans #19
  • Uncanny X-Men #18
  • Generation Zero #7
  • Savage #4 (Of 4)