Pull List Roundtable 5/9/2018 – Justice League: No Justice #1, Venom #1, Medieval Spawn / Witchblade #1, Hunt For Wolverine, Barrier #2 & More

Babos John

9 books this week and 1 tpb.

  • Deathstroke The Terminator Volume 4 Crash Or Burn TPB
  • Detective Comics #980
  • Flash #46
  • Hal Jordan & The GLC #44
  • Immortal Men #2
  • Justice League No Justice #1
  • Red Hood & The Outlaws #22
  • Rough Riders Ride Or Die #4
  • Suicide Squad #41
  • Wonder Woman #46

Matt Graham

  • Venom #1 – I haven’t read Donny Cates since he crossed to Marvel, but the Damnation storyline sounded like something I’d want to read in one sitting later. I adore Babyteeth and God Country, though, so when I chanced upon an interview where Cates said his career sparked by his interest in Venom, I was piqued by his take on codependency couched in cosmic horror.
  • Medieval Spawn/Witchblade #1 – Speaking of characters who defined the 90s, the original Medieval Spawn and Witchblade meeting was a short affair about faerie gold and violence, penned by Garth Ennis. Mostly I remember the action figures – McFarlane Toys made a 90s-cool looking Medieval Spawn, and the Medieval Witchblade by Clayburn Moore was stocked with weapons yet not very poseable.

The real draw here is Brian Haberlin, Top Cow legend and co-creator of the Witchblade, writing the reunion.

  • Calexit #3
  • Barbarella #6
  • Dejah Thoris #4
  • Domino #2
  • Hunt for Wolverine: Adamantium Agenda #1
  • X-Men Blue #27

James Fulton

  • Barrier #2 – The first issue of Barrier was my favourite of the FCBD bunch, and I’m happy that this series is being published weekly, and only ever in this format. Marcos Martin is not given anywhere near the prestige that he deserves – his art is gorgeous! Also, this series is just so topical…
  • Calexit #3 – They promised in issue two that this issue would be out within a month. Clearly, they got that wrong, but this is pretty close, and I’m happy to see more of this very political series.
  • Port of Earth #5 – I took a chance on this very cool science fiction series that has Earth providing a spaceport for aliens, and all the security problems that it causes. I like how grounded this concept is in what could actually happen. This is the start of the second arc, and I urge people to check it out.
  • Prism Stalker #3 – Sloane Leong’s bizarre science fiction series is a big favourite of mine. I’m excited about the fact that she’s coming to TCAF (the Toronto Comics Art Festival) this week, so I’m looking forward to telling her how cool this book is in person (she probably already knows that though).
  • Southern Bastards #20 – Just when you give up all hope, another issue appears!

I mentioned it above, but I’d like to encourage anyone who lives within an easy drive of downtown Toronto to come to the Toronto Comics Art Festival this weekend. It is always an amazing show, with an incredible array of curated guests and indie publishers. This is the comics event of the year for me, every time.

Phil Allen

  • Barrier #1-2 – If you missed FCBD, Image is putting out another printing of #1 this week along with #2. I’ve already read the first five issues on Panel Syndicate, but enjoyed them so much I can’t pass on the physical copies. And given the wide format, it will be interesting to see how it prints out (though probably pretty similar to the Private Eye HC).
  • Batgirl and The Birds of Prey #22 – Final issue. A few series are being cancelled this month as No Justice rolls out and this is one I’m sad to see go. It’s not really on my list of favorite books on the shelves these days, but it was offering an interesting route to bring an Oracle presence back full time. Though the creative team’s not done at DC yet, as they’re taking over for the GA Annual (with a Canary-focused story) later this month, so maybe we’re in store for more after NJ.
  • Batman: White Knight #8 – The main complaint I read from a few readers online was that Murphy “just ignores all Bat-family canon” which might be a valid complaint except that I always read this as an elseworld-type story. That said, it will be interesting to see how this ends and if anything ever carries over to other series.
  • Immortal Men #2 – The New Age of DC Hero books have been hit or miss for me so far, but I’d place this in the “hit” category. This is maybe tied with Terrifics, which are both followed closely by Damage.
  • Justice League: No Justice #1 – Usually after events, I like it if DC takes a break for a couple months and let teams regroup and readers see how everything lands. However, I’m feeling optimistic about 1) this series, since Snyder and Tynion writing together has delivered pretty good results (see some Metal one-shots and Batman: Eternal, which I enjoyed) and being teamed with Francis Manapul’s artwork means it should be stellar to look at and 2) the new series coming after, especially JL Dark by Tynion and JL Odyssey with art by Stjepan Sejic. It also helps that isn’t going to be a months-long event with a dozen tie-ins and one-shots.
  • Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #32 – Okay that’s enough DC for now, let’s see what the other half of The Big 2 is up to: …Doreen and her friends join Kraven in an escape room that could get them killed? Yeah, I’m there.
  • Other issues I’m looking forward to:
  • Detective Comics #980
  • Hal Jordan and The Green Lantern Corps #44
  • The Flash #46
  • New Super-Man and The Justice League of China #23
  • Port of Earth #5
  • Sleepless #6
  • Southern Bastards #20
  • Wonder Woman #46

Mike Maillaro

While it is still probably a bit too long, I did trim down my pull list considerably in the last few weeks. There are still a lot of comics I am excited about though.

  • JUSTICE LEAGUE: NO JUSTICE #1 – I did think the lead in in DC NATION #0 felt really rushed and hard to follow, so I hope the first issue doesn’t just jump right in to the action. It just feels the story needed a lot more setup than we got so far. But this is still t he most excited I have been about a Justice League comic in far too long!
  • SCOOBY APOCALYPSE #25 – I am shocked that this series made it as long as it has so far! It has been a terrific relaunch of Scooby Doo, but so different that I wasn’t really sure there would be an audience for it. But it continues to be one of my favorite comics each and every month! Happy 25th issue SCOOBY APOCALYPSE, and I can’t wait to see where this series goes next!
  • DOMINO #2 – Gail Simone’s first issue of DOMINO was great! I never knew I needed a DOMINO series in my life, but if the first issue was any indication, DOMINO has potential to be one of Marvel’s best new series.
  • SUICIDE SQUAD #41 – I actually enjoy SUICIDE SQUAD quite a bit, but more often than not it feels really repetitive. Someone with grudge against Amanda Waller does something horrible to the Squad or Waller’s family, and we are forced to consider whether or not Waller’s actions are worth it in the end. I am hoping we can get away from that a bit. The series is still very good, it just feels predictable at times, and that is never what you should get from SUICIDE SQUAD.
  • Backways #5
  • Betrothed #3
  • Batgirl And The Birds Of Prey #22
  • Batman White Knight #8 (Of 8)
  • Detective Comics #980
  • Flash #46
  • Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #44
  • New Super-Man And The Justice League Of China #23
  • Red Hood And The Outlaws #22
  • Sideways #4
  • Wonder Woman #46
  • Star Trek The Next Generation Through The Mirror #2
  • Oblivion Song By Kirkman And De Felici #3
  • Youngblood #11
  • Exiles #3
  • Hunt For Wolverine Adamantium Agenda #1 (Of 4)
  • Incredible Hulk #716
  • New Mutants Dead Souls #3 (Of 6)
  • Old Man Logan #39
  • Runaways #9
  • Star Wars Darth Vader #16
  • X-Men Blue #27

Joe Smith: That No Justice lead-in had too much crammed into it.