Pull List Roundtable 9/20/2017 – Bloodshot Salvation #1, Dark Ark #1, Batman: The Red Death #1, Wonder Woman/Conan #1, Glitterbomb: The Fame Game #1 & More

John Babos

9 books this week and 1 HC.

  • Bloodshot Salvation #1
  • Bug The Adventures Of The Forager #4
  • Cave Carson Has A Cybernetic Eye #12
  • Green Arrow #31
  • Green Lanterns #31
  • Nightwing #29
  • Super Sons #8
  • Trinity #13
  • Wonder Woman ’77 Meets The Bionic Woman #6
  • Batman The Dark Knight The Master Race HC

James Fulton

  • Bloodshot Salvation #1 – I was enjoying Jeff Lemire and Bud LaRosa’s previous Blooshot series, so I’m sure this will be worth my time again. LaRosa’s art is great.
  • Dr. Strange #25 – This issue is drawn by Kevin Nolan? That’s great news. I really hope he did the whole issue, and this isn’t a bait and switch thing, like Marvel recently did with Marco Rudy’s Generations story, where he only did a third of the issue.
  • Star Wars Annual #3 – An entire Star Wars Annual with art by Michael Walsh? This should be lovely.

I’ve been trying to cut back on new series, unless they are by 100% proven creators. Three things debuting this week that interest me, but that I’m not sold on are Angelic, Dark Ark, and Gasolina. They are all going to be getting a close look at the comics store.

Mike Maillaro

  • BLOODSHOT SALVATION #1 – I got to read this as a review copy a while back, and it is awesome. The story is intense and the art is gorgeous. I honestly don’t think any comic can come out this week that will top BLOODSHOT SALVATION.
  • DARK ARK #1 – Another really odd book from Aftershock, this time from Cullen Bunn. The wickedness of mankind has moved the Creator to destroy the world by way of the flood. Noah has been tasked with building an ark to save his family and the animals of the world. But this is not Noah’s story. For darker powers have commanded the sorcerer Shrae to build his own ark and save the unnatural creatures of the world — such as the vampires, the dragons, the naga, and the manticore. But what will happen on a vessel crawling with monsters, where insidious intrigue and horrific violence are the rule of law? I am really curious about this one. As I say every month, Aftershock is putting out some really cool new comics all the time.
  • WORLD OF ANIMOSITY #1 – Speaking of Aftershock, I am not sure why we need so many different series set in the ANIMOSITY universe. It’s a great read, but it gets confusing with all the different titles under the umbrella. Just a personal gripe I guess.
  • LIBRARIANS #1 – LIBRARIANS is really an idea TV series to adapt as a comic book. It’s a really deep world, and you have plenty of room for standalone adventures that don’t have to tie directly into the season by season plots that the show usually does.
  • WONDER WOMAN CONAN #1 – I love crossovers, and this is set up to be a lot of fun. In a very crowded week of new releases, this one in particular stands out to me. By Crom!
  • BATMAN THE RED DEATH #1 – I know comic fans are tripping over each other to praise DARK NIGHTS METAL, but I can’t get past the ridiculousness of Batmanium. And now we are facing down a variety of evil Batman from across the dark multiverse, starting with Flash Batman. I am trying to keep an open mind here, but this is pretty much everything that makes it hard to tell people “Yeah, I am an adult comic fan!”
  • VENOMVERSE #3 – I actually am surprised by how much I’ve enjoyed VENOMVERSE. It’s just a real fun hop through the multiverse, through Venom’s eyes. I love the characters and really want to know more about them. I hope we get a WEB WARRIORS like book after VENOMVERSE ends. Issue 2 ended with Deadpool turning himself over to The Poiison…I hope he has a plan there, but it is Deadpool…
  • Black-Eyed Kids #14
  • Unholy Grail #3
  • Go Go Power Rangers #3
  • Batman #31
  • Batwoman #7
  • Bug The Adventures Of Forager #4 (Of 6)
  • Future Quest Presents #2
  • Green Arrow #31
  • Green Lanterns #31
  • Nightwing #29
  • Super Sons #8
  • Superman #31
  • Trinity #13
  • Mighty Mouse #4
  • G.I. JOE First Strike #1
  • Star Trek Boldly Go #11
  • Star Wars Adventures #2
  • Invincible #140
  • Millarworld Annual 2017 #1
  • All-New Guardians Of The Galaxy #10
  • Amazing Spider-Man Renew Your Vows #11
  • America #7
  • Avengers #11
  • Doctor Strange #25
  • Generations Ms. Marvel And Ms. Marvel #1
  • Invincible Iron Man #11
  • Jean Grey #7
  • Journey To Star Wars The Last Jedi Captain Phasma #2 (Of 4)
  • Luke Cage #5
  • Monsters Unleashed #6
  • Peter Parker The Spectacular Spider-Man #4
  • Spider-Men II #3 (Of 5)
  • Star Wars Annual #3
  • Star Wars Poe Dameron #19
  • Totally Awesome Hulk #23
  • U.S.Avengers #10
  • X-Men Gold #12
  • Secret Weapons #4 (Of 4)

Matt Graham

  • Glitterbomb: The Fame Game #1 – Last year’s Glitterbomb saw Jim Zub and Djibril Morissette-Phan slice open the entertainment industry and throw all of its failures, fears, and insecurities under a cosmic horror blacklight. On the surface, it was about a middle-aged never-gonna-be actress leaving a trail of bodies in her wake as she melted down. Under the surface, well…in cosmic horror, you never want to look under the surface. That’s where the slimy, chitinous, skittering, slithering eldritch horrors await.

The sequel, or season two, flips the script. Kaydon Klay is a girl who has yet to even make it into the entertainment complex when a national tragedy gives her that once in a lifetime opportunity.

Back at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival in the spring of 2017, I was privy to some preview art from Morissette-Phan. He has upped his skillset and skill ceiling considerably, and Jim Zub couldn’t have been more excited to praise it. The first Glitterbomb was my kind of horror and I can’t wait to return.

  • Bloodshot: Salvation #1 – Jeff Lemire and Bloodshot are some of the best pairings you can find in a comic shop. I read an advance copy, so consider this notice as a must buy, Valiant fan or no. It’s that good.
  • Venomverse #3 – Venoms of the Multiverse are not a thing I normally care about, but every Venomized character has been crafted with care and the story has been high-concept comic book fun that takes itself serious enough to know its absurd. It’s kind of like Metal, except condensed and easy to grasp. Once this ends, I may even hop on Venom’s book, and I absolutely need to see a Web Warriors type continuation.
  • World of Animosity #1 – Not a new tale (and thankfully not another spin-off to add to the pull list), this one-shot throws it back to those cool The Wizard Guide To… magazines. Character bios, lore talk, maps, and new concept art for the fans, and catch-up material for newer readers.

This title is one of my favourites on the shelves, and I’m glad to see Marguerite Bennett, Roberto De La Torre, and Aftershock go the extra mile to get this series (and it’s spin-off, The Rise) into people’s headspace.

Dystopian future with animals. Not a thing in there the Internet doesn’t like.

  • Go Go Power Rangers #3 – This series shows that Zordon may not have known what he was in for when he was asking to recruit a team of teenagers with attitude. A potent mix of Degrassi’s high school melodrama and superheroics, the team manages school, crushes, secret identities, and a vicious moon witch who can give the best Dr. Doom efforts a run for the money.

I’m enjoying this Year One take more than the regular MMPR series at the moment. What’s great is that the other series has telegraphed some of the prequel drama we get to see unfold, so unlike other messes of multi-titled superhero books, these two series serve each other. Said it before about the other MMPR book, but these books are beating Marvel and DC at their own teen team game.

  • Wonder Woman Conan #1 – I like Gail Simone’s stories. I like Robert E. Howard’s books. Wonder Woman is my favourite DC character. Conan is…behind Red Sonja, but still the main man, as far as Hyborian warriors go. Tailor made project for me.
  • Grrl Scouts Magic Socks #5
  • Snotgirl #7
  • Batwoman #7
  • Generations Ms. Marvel and Ms Marvel
  • Jean Grey #7
  • X-Men Gold #12