The Pull List #13 - 7/8/15

A weekly column in which Jake gives short blurbs about the comics hes picked up that week. Reviewed in the order read, which varies but generally by increasing anticipation.  Disclaimer: he knows very little about art, at least not enough to considerably honor such tremendous undertakings, soyeh, theres that.

Star Trek/Green Lantern #1

Writer: Mike Johnson
Art: Angel Hernandez
Colors: Alejandro Sanchez
Letters: Neil Uyetake
IDW/DC Comics

Because you demanded it, I give you a DC comic on the Pull List.  Kinda.  Anyway, as you can tell by the cover, sadly this is not Next Gen Star Trek but ratherNew Gen Star Trek but at least it means Karl Urban and Simon Pegg.  As with any crossover of this nature, the goal should be a fun adventure that highlights the best of both series and it seems like that is Johnsons aim.  The first issue is set-up in any case and focuses mainly on the Star Trek side of things but throws in enough mystery to keep things interesting.  Hernandez does a serviceable job though his faces sometimes feel ill-defined.  Sanchez does a splendid job beyond the customary ring effects, using atmospheric lighting to set many a scene.  Overall, the Spectrum War looks to be a fun and rare crossover between the two properties. 

Spider-Verse #3

Writer: Mike Costa
Artist: Andre Araujo
Color Artist: Rachelle Rosenberg
Letterer: VCs Joe Caramagna
Marvel Comics

As the Sinister Six closes in, our spider-heroes are betrayed by one of their own.  Costa chooses Spider-Man U.K. as one of this issues focal points, through whom we get his evaluation on his teammates proficiency, which makes for an interesting and entertaining breakdown.  Costa also moves the plot along significantly as we learn something of why Osborn wants to capture the webbed warriors (answer not what you might think).  Overall, Costa does a good job capturing the voices of the characters and navigating through the mystery of the title.  The same cannot be said, however, for the art.  The problems that have nagged at the title from the start, awkward faces and dimensions, continue and are more noticeable here.  Araujos facial work appears so cartoon as to be jarring (perhaps thats why his Spider-Ham feels the most natural).  Further, his body proportions are inconsistent at times and his Kraven the Hunter looks less like an Eastern European badass and more like Carl from Aqua Teen Hunger Force.  Spider-Verse is a difficult sell as is, with somewhat obscure characters and an ill-defined (though eventually rewarding) plot.  The art certainly isnt helping matters. 

Ghost Racers #2

Story: Felipe Smith
Art: Juan Gedeon
Colors: Tamra Bonvillian
Lettering: VCs Travis Lanham
Marvel Comics

As Ghost Racers heads into its second issue, we get the customary backstory of Robbie Reyes, how he became involved with the Killiseum, and his relationship to the Spirit of Eli.  Naturally, there are some significant differences from All-New Ghost Rider and that, along with some sharp writing by Smith, keep the backstory segments fresh and relevant.  In the present, Arcades scheme to force Reyes to lose begins.  Gedeon and Bonvillian get some new Ghost Riders to play with both in present and past, and the results are pretty fun and exciting (one racer appears to be riding a shark?!?!) Some of Gedeons faces are less-detailed than they should be in some scenes, but overall the art sells, particularly when Bonvillian gets to splash some new colors amongst the requisite orange firestorm.  With a second issue in the books, Ghost Racers looks to be hitting its stride in top form. 


Spider-Island #14

Writer: Christos Gage (Tom DeFalco & Ron Frenz)
Artist: Paco Diaz (Ron Frenz w/Sal Buscema)
Colorist Artist: Frank DArmata (Andrew Crossley)
Letterer: Travis Lanham
Marvel Comics

Spider-Island is easily one of the better Spider-themed events in recent memory and this book, written by frequent Spider scribe Christos Gage, is basically a What If The Heroes Lost Spider-Island?.  Which means its Marvel Zombies but with Spider-People, which is pretty damn fun.  Venom, Spider-Woman and Vision lead the last vestiges of human resistance in one (or two) desperate plan(s) for a cure.  Gage nails Flash Thompson, host of the symbiote, and effortlessly catches up new readers on the long-past event while avoiding stale narration.  Venom here isnt as wantonly depressive as he was under original writer Rick Remender despite the circumstances, seeming more like a man with a plan that probably wont mean anything than angsty morose shell of a man, which is a very good thing, run-on sentences aside.  The art is something of a puzzle.  While very nice when it comes to action and character expression, the colors arent necessarily flush with the expected tone, appearing more superheroic than apocalyptic (which may be a misguided personal expectation rather than a soundly based one).  Diaz for his part, manages set a grim and desperate mood through choses of perspective and panel composition, which a very neat effect.  In the back up story, weve got a Spider-Girl: May Parker tale spinning right off the heels of the Spider-Verse event (not the current book), which makes it feel oddly misplaced.  Like it should be attached to the actual current Spider-Verse book or, more appropriately, come out right after that event.  In any case, its a decent tale, one fans of the character are sure to enjoy, as May deals with the emotional fallout from battling the Inheritors.  Spider-Island may be a pricey book, but with Gage penning the always cool Flash-Venom, its honestly worth the cost. 

So what did you pick up this week? 
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