Pull List Roundtable – 6/3/2015 – Secret Wars #3, Justice League #41, Archie #666, Star Wars (Spoilers Free)

Joe Smith

  • Broken World #1 – Boom has done enough for me to just buy one of their new titles without knowing what it’s going to be about.
  • Woods #13 – I was surprised to see that my favorite title is back so soon. I’m REALLY looking forward to seeing what’s going to happen in the next few issues.
  • Action Comics #41 – A new arc called Truth is starting up and I’m not really sure what it’s about yet.
  • Justice League #41 – I mostly liked where the previous issue went because it built upon the mythos of the DCU. I’m looking forward to the arc, but overall it’s hard to get overly excited about the ramifications for the DCU when I’m not invested in it anymore.
  • Dead Drop #2 – I like the conspiracy thriller setting with this series and placing characters like Archer in it.

James Fulton

  • Airboy #1 – I don’t really know what to expect from this, but the preview makes it look amusing. It seems that the writer (James Robinson) and artist (Greg Hinkle) get wasted and are then visited by the classic comics character they are expected to revive. Robinson’s recent DC and Marvel work has left me cold, but this sounds like a fresh approach to things, and worth checking out.

  • Omega Men #1 – I have no real love for these characters, having only read about them in places like Invasion and their mini-series of a few years back, but Tom King is writing this book, and I’ve liked what he’s done with Grayson. Also, my hope is that this book is taking place far enough out in the DCU (despite the apparent inclusion of Kyle Rayner) as to be immune to the bad planning that infects the rest of the company.

  • Nonplayer #2 – It’s been years since the first issue of this comic came out, but it was so beautiful that it’s stuck in my mind. I can’t wait to get a look at this, although I’m hoping there’s a recap page…

  • Darth Vader #6, Princess Leia #4, and Star Wars #6 – I’m enjoying Marvel’s take on the Star Wars world, but having all three books come out in the same week has to be bad business sense, doesn’t it? I’m sure comics stores would appreciate a constant trickle of Star Wars material to keep people coming back into the store, instead of the flash flood followed by drought approach we see here.

  • The Sixth Gun: The Valley of Death #1 – This is the first of the Sixth Gun prequel mini-series to not have Cullen Bunn’s name in the credits, but I’m almost more interested in it than I’ve been in the last two, as it looks to show us more about the Aboriginal tribes that people his mystical Western world, and that’s always an interest of mine.

Mike Maillaro

  • Archie #666 – I am not 100% sure, but this might be the highest numbered American comic right now. And this is the last issue to make way for the Archie relaunch by Waid/Staples. I buy Archie on and off when something interesting is going on, and I will definitely check out this last issue. I am really looking forward to the Archie Relaunch!

  • Bat-Mite #1 – I have to give DC a lot of credit. The previews they have put as backup stories (and on Comixology for free) really got me interested in several books I
    didn’t think I had any interest in. Bat-Mite looks like it is going to be a lot of fun, and since it’s only a mini-series, I decided to give it a look.

  • Secret Wars – Secret Wars #3 comes out this week. The tie-ins have been a real mixed bag so far, but there have been some real good ones. Master of Kung Fu was awesome, and I am really looking forward to the second issue. For new books this week, we have Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows, Armor Wars, and X-Tinction Agenda. I also have to admit, I will probably enjoy Giant-Size Little Marvel AvX. I typically enjoy Scottie Young’s quirky humor.

  • Spider-Woman #8 – Nothing particularly special about this one, but Spider-Woman is one of Marvel’s best books, and I’m sure many people don’t even know it exists. It doesn’t get a lot of press, but it is definitely worth checking out. The current arc about a town of supervillain wives in what amounts to witness protection has been clever and a lot of fun.

  • Star Wars – All three core Star Wars series come out this week: Star Wars, Princess Leia, and Darth Vader. I’ve really enjoyed each of these books (and Kanan), though it’s strange for them to all come out in the same week. Marvel really has no respect for the customers’ aching wallets. Especially with all this Secret Wars coming out at the same time.

  • Dead Drop #2 – Loved the first issue of this mini-series, featuring Valiant characters in a slightly different setting than we are used to. I say all the time that comics need to be a lot more fun, and Dead Drop was great for that.

  • Batman Beyond #1 – Not sure how I feel about a Batman Beyond book that doesn’t star Terry McGinnis, but Future’s End did leave me wanting more. Curious to see what Tim Drake can do in this role. And still holding on to hope that we get ties to the Batman Beyond universe I know and love.

  • Swords Of Sorrow #2 – My favorite summer crossover so far (though Worlds Unite just started, so that might give it some competition). Gail Simone and company have put a great spotlight on their female characters.

Alexander Lucard

  • Archie #666 Jughead Var Cvr – Because it’s the end of an era (in singles) and I like Jughead best. I buy Archie comics every so often and I have a subscription to the new Mark Waid series. This should be interesting.

  • Dead Drop #2 – Valiant Mini series. Looking forward to seeing Archer

  • G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #214 – They actually went and killed Snake Eyes (although no body) and the next two issues are mourning him. Of course Hama has killed Storm Shadow, Serpentor and Sneak Peak and they’ve come back. Only Quinn has stayed dead really. This arc was the worst in the 35 years of Hama Joe comics and so this might be where I finally stop collecting it.

  • Imperium #5 – It’s best a weird but intriguing ride so far. Looking forward to the new story arc.

John Babos

7 books this week.

  • Batman Beyond #1
  • Dead Drop #2
  • Green Arrow #41
  • Justice League #41
  • Omega Men #1
  • Secret Wars #3
  • Wonder Woman Annual #1

Paul Miranda

  • BAT-MITE #1 (OF 6)
  • BIZARRO #1 (OF 6)
  • OMEGA MEN #1
    So long, New 52! Welcome, DC you!! Number ones are always collectible but I’m more psyched for game-changing status in each of the monthlies.

    Five weeks late but the wait is over! The conclusion to “War-Torn”. Donna Troy has been painted in a villainous slant but advanced solicitations [curse me!] show she may turn over a new leaf.

    Re-printings of BATGIRL #35, GOTHAM ACADEMY #1 and GRAYSON #1, all in one issue for $1. The sweetest of deals!! Plus, an excellent opportunity for new readers!

  • MASTER of KUNG-FU #2 (OF 4)
  • SECRET WARS #3 (OF 8)
    Six new titles join the fray! I’m surprised BATTLEWORLD and KUNG-FU already have a second issue in the bag. That makes it somewhat bi-weekly. The main mini is already on its third. Sadly, the subsequent issue will be several weeks late as will some other side series. UGH!

  • GROOT #1
  • STAR WARS #6
    SECRET WARS hasn’t affected all the titles. HAH! The real sales juggernaut has been another ‘Wars’ franchise: STAR WARS! Plus, the Guardians of the Galaxy franchises branches out [pun intended!] once more with the loveable walking talking tree. You know who I mean. Three words for every single sentence.