Pull List Roundtable 3/15/2017 – Batwoman #1, Injection #11, Monsters Unleashed #5 & More

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James Fulton

  • Batwoman #1 – Is this title going to make the cut in the end? I feel like James Tynion IV and Marguerite Bennett have some cool things lined up for this character, and with Steve Epting on art, it’s bound to look good. I’m just starting to feel a little Bat-Fatigue…
  • Casanova: Acedia #8 – This book is so late, and has been so confusing in this arc, that the only reason I’m excited to see it coming out is because I love new Bá and Moon artwork.
  • Injection #11 – Warren Ellis might be receiving more attention for The Wild Storm right now, but I’m more excited to see his very cool paranormal/computer virus investigative series with Declan Shalvey return to the stands.
  • Kill or Be Killed #7 – This is, hands down, the most suspenseful comic being published right now. Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips are at the top of their games.

John Babos

9 books this week

  • Batwoman #1
  • Cave Carson #6
  • Green Arrow #19
  • Green Lanterns #19
  • Super Sons #2
  • Superman #19
  • Titans #9
  • Trinity #7
  • Wonder Woman ’77 Meets Bionic Woman #3

Mike Maillaro

  • VAMPIRELLA #1 – I have to be honest, I didn’t particularly love VAMPIRELLA #0. I do think there is a some merit in telling a Vampirella story set in the far future, but I really loved the terrific serialized stories Nancy Collins had been doing way back in Dynamite’s second VAMPIRELLA series. Even the third series set in Hollywood had a lot of cool ideas. Stripping away her supporting cast feels like throwing away everything I have come to love about the character in recent years.
  • MONSTERS UNLEASHED #5 – Nice to see a Marvel event that doesn’t take itself so seriously. After INHUMANS VS X-MEN and CIVIL WAR, I really needed this. Not saying it is all that “must read” but it’s still one of the more fun events Marvel has done in recent memory. I actually find myself looking forward to seeing how this one ends.
  • BATWOMAN #1 – The first issue was a little recap heavy, but I really like BATWOMAN and have been looking forward to this series for a while now. I like seeing her integrated better into the Batfamily and I suspect you will see a lot of spill over from the events in DETECTIVE COMICS.
  • PUNISHER #10 – I keep saying this, but I am really surprised how much I have enjoyed this PUNISHER series. I used to love PUNISHER as a kid, but for a while I thought I had outgrown the character. Becky Cloonan has really revitalized my love for PUNISHER, and I hope she’s on this book for a long time.
  • SUPER SONS #2 – Another new DC book I have been curious about for a long time. I thought the time jumps in the beginning of the first issue were unnecessary, but on a whole it was a real solid first issue. Damian Wayne and Jon Kent are a great dynamic duo.
  • SUPERMAN #19 – Definitely was not expecting the revelation of the identity of “other” Clark Kent. I have no idea how that all fits together, but since the Superman books have been so good, I am willing to give DC the benefit of the doubt before criticizing this too heavily.
  • UNCLE SCROOGE #24 – I have really been enjoying IDW’s Disney line. And now that they are finally available digitally, it makes it so much easier for me to keep up. With a new DUCK TALES animated series starting soon, this is a great time to check out UNCLE SCROOGE. MICKEY MOUSE and WALT DISNEY’S COMICS AND STORIES also comes out this week.
  • HIGHLANDER: THE AMERICAN DREAM #2 – Wasn’t quite sure what to expect from the first issue of this one. HIGHLANDER has been more miss than hit over the years. But HIGHLANDER: THE AMERICAN DREAM feels much more in line with the original movie, and the result was a really solid HIGHLANDER story. For a long suffering HIGHLANDER fan, this series was a real relief.
  • I HATE FAIRYLAND #11 and INJECTION #11 – I wasn’t expecting more stories of these two terrific Images series. Both had been gone for a while now. I like that Image isn’t afraid of putting series on hold between arcs until the creators can devout the time and energy to produce strong arcs. AUTUMNLANDS follows a similar pattern, and the result is much better comics without a lot of filler.
  • Archie #18
  • Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #13
  • Batman #19
  • Green Arrow #19
  • Green Lanterns #19
  • Nightwing #17
  • Titans #9
  • Trinity #7
  • Wild Storm #2
  • G.I. JOE #3
  • M.A.S.K. Mobile Armored Strike Kommand Annual #1
  • Revolutionaries #3
  • Invincible #134
  • Spawn #271
  • Amazing Spider-Man #25
  • Captain America Sam Wilson #20
  • Daredevil #18
  • Great Lakes Avengers #6
  • Mighty Thor #17
  • Ms. Marvel #16
  • Patsy Walker A.K.A. Hellcat #16
  • Spider-Man #14
  • Star Wars Poe Dameron #12
  • Totally Awesome Hulk #17
  • U.S.Avengers #4
  • Uncanny Avengers #21
  • Uncanny X-Men #19
  • Divinity III Escape From Gulag 396 #1

Matt Graham

  • MMPR #13 – The alternate future timeline on this title has me hooked. Last issue we saw Aisha as one of the Coinless who rebel against Rita and the evil White Ranger. If that sentence has any sort of meaning to you, you need to read this comic.
  • Batwoman #1 – Marguerite Bennett and Steve Epting are two names that draw me to a book, and paired on Batwoman with James Tynion the IV assisting the script, it’s a lock for me. Kate Kane has been my favourite addition to the Bat-family since Tim Drake, and I follow her wherever I can. Her solo series have always been a high mark for talent and breaking Bat-convention, and I expect no less of this.
  • Red Sonja #3 – Amy Chu and Carlos Gomez brought Red Sonja into 2017 in style. The actual 2017, as in our modern world. Sure, we’ve seen the Barbarian in Modern Society before, as recently as the Thor movie, as well as Conan himself in an 80’s What If… issue. It always works, and here is no exception. Chu’s script move forward like the best character-action stories, and Gomez really sells the over the top pulp heroine icon of Sonja amidst a realistic New York City. The creative team makes or breaks the concept and they have molded this one into gold.
  • Vampirella #1 – TIme displacement seems to be the theme for Dynamite, as Vampirella #0 set the stage for our heroine to face a future dystopian wasteland after a thousand years of sleep. Paul Cornell earned my attention with the .25 cent teaser #0, and Jimmy Broxton’s art cemented my follow through for this series. This is my most anticipated title this week.
  • Patsy Walker #16 – Brooklyn is in the throes of a supernatural cold. If that doesn’t entice you, check out the cute cat pictures in the letters page. I don’t know what the numbers are like, I just envision Patsy Walker as the little book that could at Marvel, and it’s all due to Kate Leth and Brittany Williams’s perfectly executed comedy-superhero book. This thing is begging for a Netflix animated series with the adult and child humour ratio that 90’s WB cartoons mastered.
  • Uncanny X-Men #19 – Psylocke versus Magneto. ‘Nuff said.