The Pull List #25 - 10/14/15


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.  (Gave up on last week’s new order, since we’re dealing with Last Days as well, so, y’know, who cares).  Disclaimer: he knows very little about art, at least not enough to considerably honor such tremendous undertakings, so…yeh, there’s that.




Marvel Zombies #4



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Writer: Simon Spurrier

Artist: Kev Walker

Color Artist: Guru-eFX

Letterer: VCs Clayton Cowles

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Elsa Bloodstone showdown with her zombie dad comes to its final moments as Mystique and her zombified horde hunts them both.  Spurrier pens a conclusion thats both incredibly climatic and rife with black humor.  Most of the latter comes from Mystique and the zombiesstruggle with their intelligence as their hunger returns.  While some of the emotional beats are a bit trite, the action and other drama more than makes up for it.  On art, Kev Walker is at his best, doling out fantastic choreography and explosions in equal measure.  His choice of panel structure and viewpoint enhance and transform every scene, aided by some great color choices by Guru-eFX.  Marvel Zombies has been a stellar tale from start to finish and one that is definitely worth a trade purchase.




A-Force #5



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Writers: Marguerite Bennett & G. Willow Wilson

Artist: Jorge Molina

Colorist: Laura Martin

Letterer: VCs Cory Petit

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As per usual with this series, the cover tells you all you need to know: A-Force vs. zombies.  And thats pretty much it.  Its really just one big battle and a little bit of clean-up (both literal and figurative) after.  In its defense, its a very nice battle.  Bennett and Wilsons script provides some very nice moments for all of the main characters and some nice cameos from others.  Molinas panels are so jam-packed with action and its a joy just to go through each one to see all the characters contained within.  Some of the dialogue is a bit much in terms of believability and character, but it definitely gives off the feel of a fun time, rather than the end of a world, which Im guessing is what the writers were going for.  A-Force has been a fun diversion amongst all the Battleworld books.  Lets hope the ongoing series is even better. 




New Avengers #1



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Writer: Al Ewing

Artist: Gerardo Sandoval

Color Artist: Dono Sanchez Almara

Letterer: VCs Joe Caramagna

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This book is crazy.  Like last arc of Ewings Captain America and the Mighty Avengers crazy.  So Roberto Da Costa, aka Sunspot and a multi-billionaire, bought the villainous organization A.I.M. (Advanced Idea Mechanics) and converted it into Avengers Idea Mechanics.  Hes created a field team to respond to international threats.  Headed by Songbird, of Thunderbolts fame, the team consists of Hulkling and Wiccan (of Young Avengers fame), White Tiger and Power Man (of Ewings Might Avengers fame), and Squirrel Girl (ofSquirrel Girl fame).  Also, Hawkeye, aka Clint Barton, is on the team as the not-so secret SHIELD implant to monitor Sunspot as hes basically employed a former terrorist group.  Also in this issue, the team fight a bunch of zombies with floating crystals for heads.  So yeah, crazy.  Ewing, per usual, embraces the crazy and makes it pretty fun, thanks in most part to the ever hilarious Squirrel Girl and the deadpan of White Tiger.  Sandovals art furthers this quality, with somewhat exaggerated features that give the book a welcome cartoonish feel.  Almaras colors skew to darker hues with makes for a more dramatic presentation that nicely compliments the art.  With a stellar first issue, New Avengers looks to be a series youll be sad to miss. 




Phonogram: The Immaterial Girl #3


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Writer: Kieron Gillen

Artist: Jamie McKelvie

Colorist: Matthew Wilson

Letterer: Clayton Cowles

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Trapped in the chaotic, killer world of music videos, Emily finds a way out through her own pact, but in order to escape, shes going to have to get past her past self, both of them.  Despite the multi-layered events contained within, Gillen keeps the book tidy with explanations that dont detract from the narrative.  Emily nee Claires deal with the King Behind the Screen has been a bit ambiguous for the past two issues, and this time around we get to see a bit more of what that entailed beyond half of yourself.  Her pact, manifesting in the physical world as her grimoire, serves as the focal point of her escape in a sequence fantastically rendered by McKelvie, with shades of his work on Young Avengers coming to the fore.  As much maligned as they are in the current comics climate, I could read an entire issue of nothing but two people having a conversation, so impeccable are his expressions.  Phonogram has always been something special even from its onset, but this series is starting to prove that its creators are on top of their game. 




The Wicked + The Divine #15


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Writer: Kieron Gillen

Artists: Stephanie Hans (Jamie McKelvie)

Colorist: (Matthew Wilson)

Letterer: Clayton Cowles

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This issue, we get a bit of a glimpse of Amaterasu in the wake of Taras death/murder.  More importantly, we get a full issue of Stephanie Hans on art.  Putting the cart back behind the horse, Gillen wisely doesnt reveal much about Ammys past, instead giving us some mostly silent snapshots that leave us with more of a feeling for the character rather than a concrete evaluation.  Instead, the book is more concerned with her reactions and actions surrounding the news about Tara and the pantheons reaction to it.  The confrontation between Urdr and Ammy feels deserved, both thematically and in terms of the characters.  And its wonderfully portrayed by Hans.  Every panel is a masterpiece and looks amazing.  Theres a splash page in the first few pages that is tragically beautiful as is the last one.  There isnt really much else to say about Hans that hasnt been said previously, suffice to say that her inclusion on this issue was a treat and Commercial Suicide is all the more stronger for it. 




BOOK OF THE WEEK

Ms. Marvel #19

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Writer: G. Willow Wilson

Art: Adrian Alphona

Color Art: Ian Herring

Letters: VCs Joe Caramagna

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This is how the world ends.  Not with a bang.  But with a stellar set of emotional conclusions.  As  the Marvel Universe comes to a close (yep thats still happening), Kamala Khan spends her last moments with family and friends.  Theres a lovely bit of poignancy to this issue and its one of those stories that, though youre sad its ending, it ends as sweetly as possibly.  All of the conversations and interactions here are wonderful.  In particular, the conversation with Kamala and Bruno, her best friend/unrequited love interest) is a beautiful piece of art that shows just what kind of a person Ms. Marvel is and what that means.  While he doesnt have much zany action to work with here, Alphonas pencils are impressive, displaying a range of emotions more that superb for the script.  Herrings colors are another stand out and the effects as reality is sundered in the sky are beautifully tragic.  Ms. Marvel has been Grade A+ comics from the onset so its only suitable that season one should end just the same. 



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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