Pull List Roundtable 2/3/2016 – Spider-Man #1, Batman and Robin Eternal #18, Mirror #1, Velvet #13 & More (Spoilers)

Matt Graham

  • Paper Girls #5 – Finale of the first arc that will raise more questions than it answers and still be satisfying if the series holds true. Can’t wait to read those faux letters pages.
  • Pretty Deadly #8 – I feel this series reads better in trade, but the new arc has been less cumbersome than the first. Kelly Sue DeConnick and Emma Rios have crafted one of my favourite worlds in recent comics.
  • Mirror #1 – Speaking of Emma Rios, she’s writing a new ongoing series about “following a terrorist talking dog, an idealist mage, and a heroic lab rat on their quest for acceptance.” I’ll give it a spin.
  • Captain Marvel #2 – Did not expect classic Alpha Flight.
  • Uncanny X-Men #3 – If it is an X-Men title that is not Extraordinary, I’m in.
  • Scarlet Witch #3 – Steve Dillon on art continues the breadth of artists on this title. Throw in Irish mythology and James Robinson seems to be making this book just for me. I’m okay with that.

John Babos

Only 5 books this week.

  • Action Comics #49 – If this is part of Savage Dawn, I’m there. The journey to Superman #50 and a Superman we recognize continues.
  • Batman and Robin Eternal #18 – In the home stretch for this Robins-centric weekly 1/2 year event. More mystery around Batman’s kiddy krew.
  • Green Arrow #49 – The march to #50 continues.
  • Green Lantern #49 – Parallax joins us on the road to #50.
  • X-O Manowar #44 – The march to #50 with Ninjak!

Mike Maillaro

  • Spider-Man #1 – Miles Morales is finally back in his new series. Same creative team as the old one, but now it takes place in the Marvel Prime universe. This is definitely the book I am most excited about for next week.
  • We Are Robin #8 – This looks like a real bad ass issue. Duke is hunting for his parents, and we see the rise of a new gang of Joker fans. I am a late comer to We Are Robin, but this has been a great series that really shows us a whole new angle of Gotham.
  • Scarlet Witch #3 – I would have never thought I could be so engaged by a Scarlet Witch series. I usually like the character, but mostly in small doses. But James Robinson has really brought a fresh eye to Scarlet Witch, and this is always one of my favorite reads each month.
  • Uncanny X-Men #3 – The best of the X-books right now. This is a very fresh look at Marvel’s mutants. I was expecting this to feel like X-Force, but it’s been a little more than that. I knew Cullen Bunn would be a good writer for this, but even I am surprised by how good.
  • Captain Marvel #2 – Kind of a strange first issue, but I still think this series was off to a pretty solid start. Curious to see where they will be going with this. Alpha Flight playing the protectors of “Deep Space 9” is a real unique idea and could lead to some great stories.
  • Action Comics #49 – Picking up from last week’s Superman/Wonder Woman, Superman has decided to bury himself in kryptonite to try and kickstart his powers back. Will it work? Well, it would be a real abrupt end to this series if it didn’t, so my money is on yes.
  • Batman and Robin Eternal #18 – Last issue showed us the cat and mouse game Batman and Mother played years ago. We find out that Bruce stuck closely to his morals the whole time, even if this series has teased otherwise. But, we still found out that his actions in trying to take down Mother led to someone getting turned into an orphan. We just don’t quite know who yet.

James Fulton

  • Mirror #1 – I’m not really sure what this series is all about, but the story Emma Rios wrote in Island was very good, and that makes me want to read more of her stuff, even if she’s not drawing it.
  • Providence #7 – The last issue of Providence was pretty disturbing, but it also finally made clear a lot of what Alan Moore has been doing with this series. Now it’s time for some answers!
  • Spider-Man #1 – Miles Morales is a very rare character. There’s something about him that makes him incredibly likeable in a way that most superheroes are not. Also, he’s written almost exclusively by Brian Michael Bendis, and I still like him. That’s rare indeed. I’m a little concerned that shoehorning him into the 616 continuity is going to break what makes the character work so well, but hey, Sara Pichelli is drawing, so I’ll take it.
  • Velvet #13 – Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting’s excellent 70s spy series has been running very late, so this issue coming out feels like something I’ve been waiting for for a long time. Looking forward to it.
  • Vision #4 – I think that Tom King is the most exciting writer to emerge in comics in a while now. This title has been great, after it got off to a slightly slow start. I’m looking forward to seeing where all the Vision family drama is going to lead.

Phil Allen

  • Batman and Robin Eternal #18 – Have I mentioned I’m a few weeks behind lately? Well, I just started reading this series and WOW was it good! It’s not the same as the original ‘Eternal’ series, but that’s not a bad thing. I’m definitely looking forward to where this one goes.
  • Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency: A Spoon Too Short #1 – The last ‘Dirk Gently’ series was good, and I’m hoping the continuation of the franchise means it’s here to stay for awhile. I also need to reread my Douglas Adams collection soon…
  • Mirror #1 – I enjoyed Rios’ work in Island, so I’m excited to see her return to writing in this new series with Hwei Lim!
  • Paper Girls #5 – I also read issue #1 over the weekend and was just as amazed as any other Brian K. Vaughan #1 I’ve read. In my opinion, it holds up to Y: The Last Man and Ex Machina, but on a different level. Plus, with Cliff Chiang on art, I foresee this quickly becoming a Top 5 for me.
  • Other issues I’m looking forward to:
  • Batman ’66 Meets The Man from U.N.C.L.E. #3
  • Detective Comics #49
  • Harley’s Little Black Book #2
  • Howard the Duck #4
  • Injustice: Gods Among Us, Year Five #3
  • Obi-Wan & Anakin #2
  • Pretty Deadly #8
  • Shutter #18
  • Swamp Thing #2
  • Velvet #13

Paul Miranda

  • QUEEN of VAMPIRES #1 (of 7)
    ARH! That’s the name of the publisher, FYI. Arh Comix (spell how you will, lower-case or uppercase), releases one of three new mini-series based on gorgeous statues :0
  • RED TEN #8 (of 10)
    It’s been near impossible to find the first seven issues but I am determined!! Fingers crossed that my local comic shop will receive this.  Aside from that, this is the mini-series that introduced Oxymoron!!!
  • BATGIRL #48
    Better late than never. I know not the reason. The writing has slipped a bit but I’m still digging the newer, brighter Burnside protector. Trouble looms for Barbara as it appears that the A.I. based on herself has not entirely been deleted.
  • BATMAN & ROBIN ETERNAL #18 (of 26)
    I have zero info on this Fantagraphics OGN but more and more, I support, buy, and promote indies!
    The story of the first supposed cosmonaut (dog-o-naut?). Fascinating!! This is a new printing.
    Clever title!! In-depth analysis from Sara Varon and her creative process.
  • 18 DAYS #8
    Grant Morrison can do no more in his magnificent interpretation of Indian mythology!
  • MIRROR #1
    Emma Rios is a sure-fire talented writer. I’m curious enough to check out her chops.

After reviewing #150 last month, I’ve finally caught on and desperately need to speed read. The TV series will be much later down the road.

    Miles Morales, you are now Marvel Prime Earth’s one-and-only Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man!! I love Spidey in any incarnation. Miles has had more than enough trials and tribulations throughout his teenage years. The young webspinner embraces a literal new outlook on life.
  • DR. STRANGE #5
  • VISION #4
    I’ve made contact with this individual. I promised to look into his future work. That is exactly what I’m doing!!
    Oh, Valiant! Why did I neglect thee for so long? Such a fool was I, I bought the original mini over the Christmas holidays. Either way, grab one of these affordable re-prints. Remember: these are also considered variants and are sometimes more difficult (or pricey) to retrieve.


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