Pull List Roundtable 4/19/2017 – Secret Empire #0, Batman #21, World Reader #1, Plastic #1 & More

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John Babos

10 books this week

  • Batman #21
  • Cave Carson has a Cybernetic Eye #7
  • Deathstroke #17
  • Green Arrow #21
  • Green Lanterns #21
  • Ninjak #26
  • Super Sons #3
  • Superwoman #9
  • Thunderbolts #12
  • Trinity #8

Mike Maillaro

  • NICK FURY #1 – I actually really hate Fury Jr. It is just such a ridiculous stretch to make things fall in line with the Cinematic Universe. BUT, James Robinson has been putting out some amazing books at Marvel, so I will almost definitely pick this up anyway.
  • SECRET EMPIRE #0 – There has been a lot of great build up for this event. Marvel events don’t particularly appeal to me, but with all the build up, I am real curious how this one all plays out.
  • BATMAN #21 – FINALLY! Ever since DC REBIRTH, I wanted more of this story. The Button features Batman and Flash teaming up to find out what is going on with the DC Universe. This is by far the comic I am most excited about for next week.
  • STAR WARS POE DAMERON #13 – While I was sitting down to write this week’s commentary, the STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI trailer popped up! Very, very cool! I’ve said this so many times by now…Marvel has done a brilliant job with their STAR WARS line. POE DAMERON has been a great way to expand on the events leading into THE FORCE AWAKENS.
  • WORLD READER #1 – Another big series from Aftershock Comics. The solicit really grabbed my attention “Meet Sarah, an astronaut traveling from dead planet to dead planet, talking to the ghosts of dead worlds… as she fights to discover the secret that’s killing the universe. But Death doesn’t give up its secrets so easily, and as she’s hunted from planet to planet, Sarah struggles to maintain the trust of her crew and her own sanity in the endless ocean of lives. Every world has a story, and if she can find the secret tying them all together, she can save Earth from being the next world to die.”
  • INVINCIBLE #135 – This is INVINCIBLE’s last arc. We have gotten to see some real dark sides of some of the characters, especially Allen the Alien. I am really going to miss INVINCIBLE, but so far this last arc has been an appropriate send off.
  • Archie #19
  • Josie And The Pussycats #6
  • Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #14
  • Astro City #43
  • Batwoman #2
  • Green Arrow #21
  • Green Lanterns #21
  • Nightwing #19
  • Super Sons #3
  • Superman #21
  • Trinity #8
  • Back To The Future #18
  • G.I. JOE #4
  • Highlander The American Dream #3 (Of 5)
  • Star Trek Green Lantern Volume 2 Stranger Worlds #5 (Of 6)
  • Curse Words #4
  • I Hate Fairyland #12
  • Captain America Steve Rogers #16
  • Daredevil #19
  • Doctor Strange #19
  • Invincible Iron Man #6
  • Monsters Unleashed #1
  • Moon Knight #13
  • Ms. Marvel #17
  • Punisher #11
  • Silk #19
  • Thunderbolts #12
  • Totally Awesome Hulk #18
  • U.S.Avengers #5
  • Letter 44 #32
  • Generation Zero #9
  • Ninjak #26

James Fulton

  • Black Panther: World of Wakanda #6 – Kasper Cole is back, although sadly for only one issue. Still, I liked his appearances back in Christopher Priest’s Black Panther series, even if his run was marred by terrible art, and curious to see what Ta-Nehisi Coates might have to say about a cop who moonlights as a vigilante.
  • Letter 44 #32 – Letter 44 is one of the best comics being published today, and this issue promises to give us a lot of insight into the alien Builders who are behind almost everything that’s happened in the book. Should be good.
  • Royal City #2 – I thought that the first issue of this new Jeff Lemire series was excellent, and am hoping to learn a lot more about the central family and their town in this issue.
  • Secret Empire #0 – I am cautiously dipping my toe into Secret Empire, as a reward to Marvel for restoring its digital code program in the coming months. I hope that Nick Spencer’s voice shines through all the baggage that comes with big Marvel events.

Phil Allen

  • All-Star Batman #9 – The second arc finale! I liked this arc more than the first, I was not digging the first issues. I’m interested to see where it goes from here.
  • Batman #21 – Almost a year later, we’re finally getting more into “The Button” Watchmen mystery. This issue and Flash #21 (out 4/26) tie-in together.
  • Green Arrow #21 – New arc! Similar to All-Star Batman, I wasn’t a huge fan when this series started but Ben Percy’s got it heading in a solid direction.
  • Hellboy: Into the Silent Sea – Directly following the events of Hellboy: The Island, Gary Gianni brings us an all new HB tale in this OGN!
  • I Hate Fairyland #12 – Mostly noting this book for that variant cover. Have you seen that variant cover?! You should get that variant cover.
  • Nick Fury #1 – The number of new Marvel series I pick up are few and far between, but this one caught my eye (sorry, Nick). I like the few James Robinson books I’ve read, and Dynamite’s multiple James Bond series (one of which is written by Robinson, Felix Leiter) have had me in a spy mood lately.
  • Redneck #1 – Donny Cates (God Country) and Lisandro Estherren bring us a tale of a nice, old fashioned southern family just trying to get by in small-town Texas running the local barbecue restaurant. But when generations of hate and fear becomes too much to handle, there’s no limit to what they’ll do to protect their own. Oh, and they’re vampires.
  • World Reader #1 – An astronaut on a story-finding mission of several dead planets must find the connections of their deaths before their fate hits Earth! From Jeff Loveness (Groot) and Juan Doe (American Monster) comes a new tale of an “interplanetary archivist”! (I like that title…)
  • Other issues to look forward to:
  • Batwoman #2
  • Curse Words #4
  • Descender #21
  • Justice League #19
  • Royal City #2
  • Sex Criminals #18
  • Star Wars: Poe Dameron #13
  • Super Sons #3
  • Wild Storm #3

Matt Graham

  • Josie and the Pussycats #6 – The band is taken to the Cabot siblings’ sovereign estate in Antarctica, held on trial for plagiarism. I’m sensing shades of Resident Evil: Code Veronica here. Less bioweapons and more music industry legalese. Or maybe not.
  • MMPR #14 – While Tommy and Billy battle Lord Drakkon in a twisted alternate future, the rest of the Rangers take the fight to Rita, who has taken over the Command Center. Kyle Higgins has taken my after school guilty pleasure and turned it into one of my most looked forward to superhero books.
  • Dept. H #13 – This underwater murder mystery goes full Michael Crichton as psychic jellyfish assault the six mile deep habitat. This book gets better every issue, and if you don’t trade wait, each issue has exclusive behind the scenes content well worth your time.
  • Batwoman #2 -It’s early yet, but Batwoman looks to join Tom King’s Batman in keeping me interested in this corner of the DC Universe.
  • Wild Storm #3 – I wasn’t sure how the Wild Storm would condense and relaunch nearly 20 years of the imprint, but leave it to Warren Ellis to take something complicated and refine it into a simple story…that remains complex and shifting.
  • Red Sonja #4 – Red Sonja and Kulan Gath face off in present day NYC. Amy Chu continues Dynamite’s trend of will written and well paced 6 issue arcs, and I’m already sad we’re at 4 of 6. Can’t wait for the next Sonja announcement.
  • Low #17 – Speaking of undersea adventures, Low takes things in a more space opera (sea opera?) direction. The Caine family made it to the surface last arc, and things are just as bad, if not worse, on the shore.
  • Monstress #11 – The second arc of Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda’s alternate history giant monster fantasy hits its climax as Maika learns more about her past and purpose. Monstress has continually been one of Image’s most imaginative and spellbinding series, and with the completed arc hitting in trade early July, you have plenty of options to catch up for the next season.
  • Plastic #1 – The concept of a serial killer forced back into serial killing because a crime boss has stolen his sex doll interests me, but I may trade wait this.
  • Daredevil #19 – Finally, some more revelations on what Matt did to Foggy.

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