The Pull List #20 - 9/2/15

A weekly column in which Jake gives short blurbs about the comics he’s 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, so…yeh, there’s that.

Thors #3

Writer: Jason Aaron

Artists: Chris Sprouse & Gordon Sudzuka

Inkers: Karl Story & Dexter Vines

Color Artists: Marte Garcia w/ Isreal Silva

Letterer: VCs Joe Sabino


After arresting him last episode, Ultimate Thor brings the mysterious Loki in for for questioning, but, as would be expected, possibly receives more questions than answers.  Honestly, up until the closing moments of the issue, Thors #3 is a bit dull.  Aaron is fully invested in the police procedural which is something that does not work in his favor as the interrogation isnt really anything to write home about.  Theres very little to make it engaging, which is something of a crime (heh) since this is the first confrontation of a Thor and Loki, and quite possibly the first Loki in all of Secret Wars.  However, the last moments reveal a twist in the series that reinvested my faith in the story.  This issue sees Sudzuka coming in for the assist on pencils, but again, theres not much notable until the last moments of the issue.  The battle therein is beautiful and awe-inspiring, the scenes before it considerably less so.  It might be unfair to knock a conversation by comparing it to a Thor fight, but Ive read some damn good comic convos in my day, and this feels like it shouldve been one of them.  Despite missing the mark in this issue, Thors as whole remains fairly solid with the ever-unraveling mystery an engaging centerpiece. 

Spider-Island #3

Writer: Christos Gage (Tom DeFalco & Ron Frenz

Artist: Paco Diaz (Ron Frenz & Sal Buscema)

Color Artist: Frank DArmata (Andrew Crossley)

Letterer: Travis Lanham


Agent Venom, fresh off of his recent victory against the Spider-Queen, attempts to capitalize on his newfound gains by taking out the villainess once and for all.  Despite penning a very grim story, Gage has found a way to make Spider-Island extremely fun, thanks in large part to the Monster Avengers.  After all, with the likes of Iron Goblin, Cap-Wolf, Vampire Captain Marvel, and Lizard Hulk, theres very little to not enjoy there.  Even the Thermopolyaen sacrifice of one of the heroes at the end feels satisfying, despite being a sad affair.  Maybe its because the story mostly takes place underground, but it finally feels like the art has matched the series in tone.  Diaz has some great character moments and DArmata coloring is superb in both tone and shading.  Though it feels entirely like a What If? instead of a part of Secret Wars, Spider-Island is a damn enjoyable title that Im sure will break my heart by its conclusion.

Silk #7

Writer: Robbie Thompson

Artist: Tana Ford

Color Artist: Ian Herring

Letterer: Travis Lanham


It would be the end of the world when Silk finally gets a lead on her long-lost family. Fates cruel like that.  With the apocalypse looming, Silk desperately races across town to find her brother before it all ends.  Thompson crafts what might be his best issue yet as he pits Cindy against time and the pitfalls of being a hero.  He also gives a wonderful moment to Cindys boss, Jonah Jameson.  While Jameson is one of the best cartoonishly cynical characters ever, it is rather nice to see a more human side of the once great newspaper magnate.  Tana Ford is the guest artist for the final issue of Silk and does an amazing job with the action beats, with the splash page mid-issue standing out.  Unfortunately, Ford is less skilled when it comes to facial expressions.  Sometimes, it is seriously distracting.  Theres a where a character is supposed to look pained, but Im pretty sure it was supposed to be due to emotional turmoil rather than intestinal troubles.  While its a shame the art couldnt be up to par with the rest of the series, the writing is as strong as ever, which makes Silks return after Secret Wars all the more exciting. 


The Woods #16

Writer: James Tynion IV

Illustrator: Michael Dialynas

Colors: Josan Gonzalez

Letters: Ed Dukeshire


Things are starting to come to a head  as Calder and friends attempt to rescue Karen, while his conniving older brother Casey attempts to wrest leadership of the survivors through underhanded means.  The Woods is one of the most consistently great series I read, which is saying something for a book so dependent on Lost-ian mysteries.  However, unlike that letdown of a show, The Woods always seems to know where its going under the commanding script of Tynion.  As stated numerous times previously, Tynions characters are the crowning achievement of the writing and the opening scene is so touching and effortless.  While the art is less trippy and more traditional, at least for the Woods, Dialynas and Gonzalez to get a nice splash page to really flex their creative muscles.  The Woods is a lovely book and one that benefits from faithful reading. 

So what did you pick up this week? Agree or disagree with anything said here? Let us know in the comments.

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