Pull List Roundtable 8/16/17 – Ultimates #100, Spider-Men II #2, Divinity #0, Dark Nights: Metal #1, Sandman Special #1, Invincible #139 & More


 

James Fulton

 

Secret Weapons #3 – There hasn’t been a lot of exciting stuff to come out of Valiant lately, but I love this book about some oddball psiots on the run. Raúl Allén is amazing on art.

Southern Bastards #17 – Here’s something I’d basically given up all hope of ever seeing again. This book is great, except for it’s terrible publishing schedule (I think this issue was supposed to come out in September of 2016).

Ultimates #100 – It looks like Marvel is just returning this book to its legacy numbering in time to cancel it, as no more issues have been solicited for September or October. I think that Al Ewing is one of Marvel’s best writers, and I’ve enjoyed this book a lot. I wish he wasn’t constantly being hamstrung by event tie-ins.


 

Mike Maillaro

 

DARK NIGHTS METAL #1 – Not thrilled that DC’s latest event seems to be suggesting that Batman is not only the center of the DC Universe, but different Batmans make up the center of the entire DC multiverse. METAL and the various lead-in books have been mostly entertaining, I just hate seeing Batman in the spotlight all the time.

FUTURE QUEST PRESENTS #1 – YES!! So glad to get more FUTURE QUEST. FUTURE QUEST was much better than I was expecting, and I was definitely hoping we would get more. The solicit for this one sounds like exactly what I would want “Space Ghost and his young wards Jan and Jace team up with the Herculoids to rebuild the mighty Space Force.”

ULTIMATES 2 #100 – Kind of odd to be getting a 100th issue since the current version of Ultimates has no connection at all to the Ultimate Universe version. The cover to this one does suggest that the original Ultimates will be showing up in some capacity. Curious how that will work.

SILVER SURFER #13 – This issue marks the end of Dan Slott and Mike Allred’s run on SILVER SURFER. Surfer was actually my first favorite comic book character, and I’ve been enjoying the story of Silver Surfer and Dawn. Slott and Allred have been hyping up this ending for a while. I will be sad to see the series end, but still very much looking forward to this one.

GREEN LANTERNS #29 – Jessica and Baz have been sent in time to meet the original Green Lanterns. GREEN LANTERNS has been one of my favorite DC REBIRTH series, and the current arc has been one of the better arcs of an already great series.

SPIDER-MEN II #2 – I have to admit, I didn’t really love the first issue here. It just felt unnecessary with Peter and Miles already having a major presence in each other’s books. I really don’t care too much about the Miles Morales of Marvel Prime.

DIVINITY #0 – A couple of months ago, we got a look at Valiant’s history through the lens of Rai. This time, we’re getting one through the lens of Divinity. I really enjoyed the three DIVINITY series, though I kind of think this issue just feels like navel gazing. Hopefully this will be a strong lead in for the upcoming ETERNITY.

 

  • Astro City #46
  • Batman #29
  • Batwoman #6
  • Green Arrow #29
  • Nightwing #27
  • Super Sons #7
  • Superman #29
  • Trinity #12
  • Wonder Woman #28
  • Micronauts Wrath Of Karza #4 (Of 5)
  • Revolutionaries #7
  • Rom #12
  • Star Trek The Next Generation Mirror Broken #3 (Of 6)
  • Uncle Scrooge #29
  • Curse Words #7
  • I Hate Fairyland #15
  • Invincible #139
  • All-New Guardians Of The Galaxy #8
  • Amazing Spider-Man Renew Your Vows #10
  • Astonishing X-Men #2
  • Generation X #5
  • Generations Wolverine And All-New Wolverine #1
  • Invincible Iron Man #10
  • Luke Cage #4
  • Mighty Thor #22
  • Monsters Unleashed #5
  • Secret Empire Brave New World #5 (Of 5)
  • Star Wars #34
  • Star Wars Poe Dameron #18
  • Totally Awesome Hulk #22
  • U.S.Avengers #9
  • X-Men Blue #9
  • Secret Weapons #3 (Of 4)

 


 

Matt Graham

 

Batwoman #6 – I admit I haven’t kept up with how New 52 and Rebirth have rejigged Kate Kane, if at all. Batwoman was always a character and concept I liked, and her books always died too soon. I also admit I am one of the heretical few who has not been enamored with Scott Snyder’s Batman vision and revisions. That said, I like this book. I like Pennyworth and Kate’s dynamic, I like the pirate island flashbacks to Kate’s past life, and I think Marguerite Bennett and James Tynion have crafted some high-concept John Wick fight scenes and the story to carry me from action beat to action beat.

The narrative jumping from past to future (this issue promises the Commander Kane future glimpsed in the zero issue) is confusing, especially with Metal crashing all around us, but it’s the only Bat-family book I want to keep up with right now.

Sheena #0 – Last week’s shipping list was wrong, here is a repost from the last roundtable:

Like other Dynamite previews, this book is 25 cents, so buy it. I’ve been a big fan of Dynamite’s strides with Vampirella and Red Sonja, so I’m excited to see Sheena (Queen of the Jungle) get a shot. Sheena is not a character like Red Sonja that I have a familiarity with, but when I saw Marguerite Bennett attached, I knew I’d be buying it. Her six issue stint on Red Sonja last year was one of my favourite comics I’d read, and Animosity and Josie and the Pussycats have entertained me more than the Marvel and DC events I float through.

It’s a relaunch where Sheena comes across a forbidden temple in the Amazon, with Marguerite Bennett scripting and Moritat (The Spirit, All-Star Western) crafting the visuals. Sold through on my end

Vampirella #5 – Vampirella’s revamp is arresting if you’re familiar with the character. She’s swapped her long locks for a pixie cut. She’s traded out her classic skin-bearing look for this cool red dress that wraps just as tight, but also does cool Batman-cape tricks that suit our vampire anti-heroine. I liked the leather hunter look Vampy rocked last year (it made sense for that story), but I like this look. That’s the only thing that’s changed, though, if you lost touch with Vampirella these last few years.

Paul Cornell has dragged Vampirella through Heaven and Hell, pitting her against Lucifur. I won’t spoil the reason, but this run is worth backtracking for now that it’s in full swing. Jimmy Broxton’s art has this dark and textured look that calls back to the early 90’s or late 80’s books with the same satirical, cynical tone. Contrasting that, the colors are rich and mood setting, which all leads to some great flowing layouts.

Now to hope I can get that cool red cover with the black cat. I’ve tried to keep a cat theme with all the variants so far.

Generations Wolverine and All-New Wolverine #1 – Before I decided I’d just buy Generations as it comes since it’s the same cost as the trade in November, Wolverine was one of two I was going to buy off the rack. First, it’s Wolverine, the real deal, even if Marvel keeps trying to replace him (and now seemingly Laura) in the X-Men books with Old Man Logan and Jimmy Howlett.

Second, Tom Taylor’s AN Wolverine has been one of Marvel’s best books. I don’t follow sales or know if it’s spotlit. I do know Laura isn’t even on any X-Teams in this whole ResurreXion thing, which is a little shocking since she’s The Wolverine. Taylor has done some fantastic work 14 years after Laura’s debut to give her a new purpose and really explore the character and what being a Wolverine means. Yes, Jimmy and Dakken are out there, but Laura is the one with the name, the iconic mask, and same lone wolf trying to do good by doing bad things attitude. She even has her own clones and a young protege.

If anything in Generations was going to approach what I had theorized the one-shots were about, this was the one.

Mage The Hero Denied #1 – Mage is concluding. I’ll read it issue to issue since I didn’t get to do that with the other Mage stories..

 

  • Astonishing X-Men #2
  • Generation X #5
  • X-Men Blue #9

 


 

John Babos

 

 

  • Astonishing X-Men #2
  • Cave Carson Has A Cybernetic Eye #11
  • Dark Nights: Metal #1
  • Green Arrow #29
  • Green Lanterns #29
  • Sandman Special #1
  • Super Sons #7
  • Trinity #12

 

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