Pull List Roundtable – 12/10/2014 – Axis, Spider-Verse, Batman Eternal #36, The Valiant #1

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Mike “Skitch” Maillaro

My Top Books For This week:

  • Afterlife With Archie #7
  • Amazing Spider-Man #11
  • Astro City #18
  • Avengers And X-Men Axis #7
  • Avengers World #16
  • Axis Carnage #3
  • Batman Eternal #36
  • New 52 Futures End #32
  • Nightcrawler #9
  • Rocket Raccoon #6
  • Spider-Man And The X-Men #1
  • Spider-Verse Team Up #2
  • Thor #3
  • Valiant #1 (Of 4)

While there are a lot of comics I am really looking forward to, I have to admit, the one on this list that really jumps out at me is Afterlife With Archie. I actually only caught up on this series a few weeks ago, but the first arc was a terrific horror comic. Issue 7 starts the second arc, so should be a great jumping on point.

I’m also really looking forward to Spider-Man and the X-Men. It’s such a big cash grab, but still should produce some real fun stories. I am amazed it took this long for someone to put that book together.

Batman Eternal ended on a great cliffhanger last week…it was sort of tempered by the fact we’ve seen stories set after Batman Eternal, but I still thought it was exciting and real well done, so this is definitely the book I am reading first next week.

Alexander Lucard

This week:

  • The Valiant #1

Yep. That’s it.

Paul Miranda


I’m really digging the Spider-Verse storyline. It’s off to a “slow start” but that’s perfectly fine since it’s a 6-parter and the suspense has to unfold at its own pace. Although there literally hasn’t been EVERY SPIDER-MAN/WOMAN/ANIMAL EVER (yet), perhaps it’s a matter of time. I’m liking the twist re: the Inheritors and can’t wait to find out the true identity of Master Weaver, The Other (implied that it’s Kaine), The Bride (mentioned as Silk) and more specifically The Scion (love-child of Peter & MJ???). Lastly, had I really thought about it I could’ve figured out Old Man Spider’s ID but since I didn’t really probe the mystery, I ended up being surprised. THWIP THWIP. The web continues to expand!!!

Graham Scherl

  • Batman Eternal #36
  • Earth 2 Worlds End #10
  • Justice League United #7
  • New 52 Future’s End #32
  • Amazing Spider-Man #11
  • Amazing X-Men #14
  • Avengers and X-Men: Axis #7
  • Spider-Verse Team Up #2
  • Thor #3
  • Uncanny X-Men Annual #1
  • Afterlife with Archie #7
  • Crossed Badlands #68
  • Ex-Con #4

Man, what a week! Marvel is dishing out Axis and Spider-Verse, DC has their weeklies, and that’s just to start!

The Uncanny X-Men Annual might actually be my most anticipated book of the week, I mean, it’s part one of the two part “What happened to Eva” story that I’ve been waiting for! She’s my favorite new X character out of the bunch that Bendis has created, so the idea of seeing her in such a showcase is just making me giddy.

Giddy like Spider-Verse, since this week we’re going to see Pete vs Ock! And we get some Spider-Gwen action over in team up!

Batman Eternal and Future’s End are both getting REALLY good, while World’s End is still getting rolling. Eternal is quickly turning into a must read every week (as opposed to my old method of reading it three issues at a time).

Crossed…fucking Crossed. I’m still feeling dirty inside after reading last weeks issue, and bam, here it is again. That’s what I deserve, isn’t it?

Grey also posted a great column last week on Booster Gold!

Joe Smith

  • Eternal #1 – Going to give this a try even though I have no idea what it’s about. Boom! gave me some books that I loved over the last couple years and I’m hoping to find another series from them.
  • Klarion #3 – I liked the other seven soldiers series from about 10 years ago. I got the first two issues so far and Klarion has been portrayed accurately. This was a fear of mine when first reading it because being the New 52 and all he could’ve been changed into a female praying mantis who struggles to turn into a human form for short periods at a time. This type of series is not everybody’s cup of tea, but I enjoy the character and the supernatural world he’s associated with.
  • Solar Man of the Atom #8 – This series has been a bit of a mixed bag for me, but I’m still reading it. There are some elements that don’t grab me, but overall I like reading this character once again. I recently found out that Magnus and Turok will be ending early next year so I’m expecting that this series will follow suit. I just hope that the story will be wrapped up nicely.
  • Valiant #1- I’m not even sure what this series is about, but I’m going to get it just because they’ve done enough to earn my trust in at least trying out a new series.

James Fulton

My top 5 picks for this week:

  • Afterlife With Archie #7 – I’m always up for some creepy Francavilla art.
  • The Valiant #1 – Jeff Lemire, Matt Kindt, and Paolo Rivera? Sold. I don’t even know what it’s going to be about.
  • Uncanny X-Men Annual #1 – Andrea Sorrentino, who made Green Arrow such a beautiful book, is drawing this story! Very excited.
  • The Walking Dead #135 – The last issue got all kinds of creepy; I’ve been looking forward to this for a month.
  • Batgirl #37 – I did not expect to be enjoying this series so much after its soft-relaunch.

To Buy or Not to Buy?
Bitch Planet #1 – I don’t love Kelly Sue DeConnick’s writing, but I do love Valentine De Landro’s art, and want to support books that go in unique directions. What to do?

Also, make sure you check out Fulton’s Weekly Round-Up for last week!

Crossed Plus One Hundred #1 – I’ve really only dabbled in the world of Crossed, having read some of the online comics and the first trade, but there was no way I wasn’t going to check out Alan Moore writing the title, and moving the story one hundred years into the future.  As Moore sees it, one hundred years after the Crossed virus wipes out most people, society will survive in small fragments, living off the bones of what came before.  We meet a group who are traveling through Tennessee on an archiving mission, looking for readable books and useable technology, to help them regain lost knowledge, and gain an understanding of what happened during the outbreak.  I originally wondered what about this series might have attracted Moore to it (being the reluctant writer that he is these days), but seeing the way in which he has invented new patterns of speech, it all makes sense.  The archivist and her team do not expect to run into any Crossed (or the other predator they come across), but of course they do.  It’s nice to see Moore write something other than the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (which I gave up on after the Century books), and I look forward to seeing where he takes this.


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