Pull List Roundtable – 4/8/2015 – Convergence Week One, Rai #8, Vampirella #11, All-New Hawkeye #2 (Spoilers Free)

John Babos

Very small week for me.

  • Convergence #1 – Curious what this weekly event will be about. Issue #0 just reinforced what we already knew.
  • Convergence: Speed Force #1 – The ginger adult Wally West, super-family adventure.

Alexander Lucard

A big DC month for me…

  • Convergence #1 (of 8) – I tend to hate events. The last two events I’ve liked in the past fifteen years or so have both been Valiant – Armor Hunters and Harbinger Wars (which were excellent). I tried Forever Evil but it was pretty terrible except for Arkham War…which couldn’t even be finished in its own mini-series. Ick. Anyways…I’m giving Convergence a try. It’s only two weeks, I’ve missed a weekly DC series (I loved 52 and Trinity), Travis Morgan is going to be a supporting player in the core mini and a lot of the two shots sounded so funt hat i’m getting like twenty of them…so I decided I should give the core series a try.
  • Convergence Harley Quinn #1 – It’s Harley Quinn vs. Captain Carrot. How could I not want to try this?
  • Convergence Nightwing/Oracle #1 – I always preferred Nightwing with Starfire but I’m not opposed to Babs and Dick together. With Gail SImone writing it, this should be a lot of fun.
  • Convergence Speed Force #1 – Wally is back! That’s all I needed. Tony Bedard writing it is just a bonus. Also, another Zoo Crew character in this one!
  • Convergence Superman #1 – Dan Jurgens? Writing Superman again? That’s what I like to see.
  • Imperium #3 – Fun Harada based series so far. Valiant contnues to knock everything out of the park.
  • Rai (2014- ) #8  – The battle for New Japan continues. Unfortunatly neither Tanhashi or Nakasuke are anywhere in site. Can Rai hold off Bullet Club on his own. Wait…that doesn’t sound right…

Mike Maillaro

  • Astro City #22 – With 22 issues, Astro City’s current series now has many issues as the original ongoing Astro City series. Actually, it’s been great to have Astro City on the shelves on a regular basis for the last few years. When it’s rolling, Astro City is always my favorite comic. The last few issues have been real dark and grim dealing with two heroes at the end of their career and not taking that fact all that well. Astro City 22 seems to be an homage to Flash Gordon.
  • New Vampirella #11 – Once again, the fine people at Dynamite are great about getting review copies out early. This was a terrific issue that does a nice job of cleaning up some of the continuity questions about Vampirella’s family. I only just recently have gotten into Vampirella, and Nancy Collins has been doing a great job on this series.
  • Savior #1 – McFarlane seems to be building up on some of the ideas he started to develop from the last 65 issues or so of Spawn. What if someone was given the powers of an Angel? How would the world react to him? How would he react to the world? It’s a great idea, and I’m definitely interested in seeing it get developed a little deeper here.
  • Convergence #1 – I actually was really looking forward to Convergence, though the zero issue did leave me a little flat. I guess I was just hoping to see something connected a little tighter to the massive weekly series I had been reading for months now. I hope now that the zero issue is out of the week DC will build up from here into something great.
  • As for the ten Convergence issues coming out this week, I will probably check them all out, but the ones I am most looking forward to are Superman (Lois and Clerk still married and awaiting the birth of their first child), Batgirl (STEPHANIE BROWN…although it would be better if Bryan Q Miller was writing it), Titans and The Question.
  • Descender #2 – I did think the first issue had some flaws, but I do think the series has huge potential. I am definitely willing to give it another look. But there are a lot of comics out there, and this will need to be a huge improvement to get me to stick around much longer.
  • Howard The Duck #2 – The first issue was probably my favorite comic in March, so I am really looking forward to seeing what else this series has in store. This was everything I was hoping Squirrel Girl to be. Funny, creative, and actually fits well into Marvel continuity.
  • Spider-Woman #6 – I really enjoyed this issue during Spider-Verse, and amazing, it’s gotten even better once it was able to stand on it’s own. Another really strong Marvel book. I hope they keep this book around even once Secret Wars starts to reshape the Marvel universe as we know it.
  • S.H.I.E.L.D. #4 – This issue of SHIELD features Sue Storm and tells about her secret adventures as a member of SHIELD over the years. I love when Waid was writing Fantastic Four, so this should be a great issue. SHIELD has been really good, though I will admit I would have liked to see it tie-in to the TV series a little more.

James Fulton

  • Rebels #1 – After Demo and Local, my favourite Brian Wood comic was Northlanders, where he used each story arc to explore a different aspect of Viking history and culture. Rebels is a new history series set during the American Revolution, which should be pretty interesting.
  • Wasteland #60 – I’ve been a big fan of Antony Johnston’s excellent series since the first issue, and while it’s taken a very long time to get to the big ending, I’m excited to see this series close itself out. Johnston built a very interesting world in this comic, and I’m going to miss it.
  • Copperhead #6 – This series should really appeal to anyone who was a fan of Firefly and Serenity. It has a similar outer space wild west feel, only with aliens and sheriffs. This issue starts the second arc, and I encourage people to check it out.
  • All-New Hawkeye #2 – Ramon Perez’s art on the first issue of this series was phenomenal. That’s enough of a reason to pick up this comic, even without Jeff Lemire’s excellent writing, and the novelty of a Hawkeye monthly that actually came out a month after the first issue!
  • I usually only comment on five comics each week for this column, usually the ones I’m most excited about, but this is a good week for Oddball Marvel, so I want to mention that I’m looking forward to the following books equally: Bucky Barnes, Howard the Duck, Spider-Woman, and Ant-Man. There is a real cool underside to the Marvel Universe these days that I hope doesn’t get swept away by Secret Wars.

Paul Miranda

It’s all about Convergence considering that it’s kind of, uh, a big deal:

  • ALL-NEW HAWKEYE #2
  • ANT-MAN #4
  • ARROW: SEASON 2.5 #7
  • AVENGERS WORLD #19
  • AVENGERS: MILLENNIUM #2 (of 4)
  • BIRTHRIGHT #6
  • CONVERGENCE #1 (of 8)
  • CONVERGENCE: BATMAN & ROBIN #1 (of 2)
  • CONVERGENCE: NIGHTWING/ORACLE #1 (of 2)
  • CONVERGENCE: SPEED FORCE #1 (of 2)
  • CONVERGENCE: the QUESTION #1 (of 2)
  • DARTH VADER #4
  • HOWARD THE DUCK #2
  • SPIDER-WOMAN #6
  • TRUE BELIEVERS: CIVIL WAR #1 $1.00
  • TRUE BELIEVERS: PLANET HULK #1 $1.00

CONVERGENCE #1 (of 8)
It’s all about DC’s newest main event. The buzz is hard to ignore. Despite knowing the outcome in June, it’ll be eye-raising to see how many iterations of heroes and worlds will clash and collaborate.

CONVERGENCE: BATMAN & ROBIN #1 (of 2)
The only constant is change. Nevertheless, CONVERGENCE will allow more seasoned readers relive the glory days of DC’s distinct eras. This is one of them. I thoroughly enjoyed the bond forged between Dick and Damian when Bruce was thought to be perished. Grant Morrison’s brilliant made created this complimentary pairing. Here’s an extension of that

CONVERGENCE: NIGHTWING/ORACLE #1 (of 2)
Gail Simone is unkillable. That’s how I see her. Plus, with everything she writes, she simply kills it. Thus, to have Babs and Dick further cement their relationship makes me all-a-tizzy @_@

CONVERGENCE: SPEED FORCE #1 (of 2)
Once again, we all yearn for yesterday every so often. Wally West is back in the spotlight along with his family (immediate and extended). FLASH is red-hot right now thanks to the outstanding CW series and this seems to be just as promising.

CONVERGENCE: the QUESTION #1 (of 2)
I gushed like a geyser over Greg Rucka’s moulding of Renée Montoya into the inheritor of Vic Sage’s legacy. When that happened, I never guessed in a million years that her life would end up in that direction. Strong females will always appeal to me. Plus, having Batwoman and Huntress guest-star is beyond bonus 🙂


Joe Smith

Convergence #1
I was curious and then I read Mathan’s article. I decided to pick this up while expecting very little and hopefully something will surprise me.

Convergence: The Question #1
I like the Question (pre-52 Vic Sage version) and I haven’t read anything on this comic, but I hope that this is the version we get to read about. I’m going to do a little bit of a shelf read first though to make sure and I’ll decide from there.

Rai #8
A lot went down last issue. I’m looking forward to this issue because with some conflicts out of the way it’s kind of opened the door a bit for more stories.

Deep State #5
This has been a good title so far and things started to pick up a bit more last issue. This issue brings a new arc and now that the groundwork has been laid I want to see where this is headed.

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