the Pull List #26 - 10/21/15

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.

Karnak #1

Writer: Warren Ellis
Artist: Gerardo Zaffino
Color Artist: Dan Brown
Letterer: VCs Clayton Cowles

Warren Ellis on another obscure (not sure why I just implied that about Moon Knight) Marvel character.  You know it was bound to be on the Pull List.  For those unfamiliar, Karnak was the former advisor to the Inhuman Throne, born with the ability to see the flaws in anything.  Then, he died.  And now hes back, taking the role of Magister at the Tower of Wisdom, a pseudo-monastical philosophical enclave that aids newly born Inhumans, with the blessings of SHIELD.  Ellis is back in classic fashion, crafting effortless dialogue and allowing the plot to aid the strengths of his art team.  Zaffino's art is a bit scratchier than the usual fair, dealing mostly in the contrast between light and shadow, but it suits this title and the character.  Karnak is no longer the mustachioed, dopey hat-wearing minister.  Hes sporting a hoody and a beard that more unkempt than dignified.  With Dan Brown on colors, Zaffino creates scenes that are a bit grungier and dirtier than the standard fare, which makes sense for Karnaks altered outlook.  The fight scenes are rather incredible, with brutal choreography and excellent framing choices.  Ellis runs with lesser-known Marvel characters are always standout, and Karnak appears to be no exception. 


The Astonishing Ant-Man #1

Writer: Nick Spencer
Artist: Roman Rosanas
Color Artist: Jordan Boyd
Letterer: VCs Travis Lanham

Scott Lang is back and still running his small-business protection agency in Miami with fellow former criminals, Grizzly and Machinesmith.  But eight months have passed since we last saw Ant-Man, because thats apparently all Secret Wars did to continuity.  As it turns out, not much has changed except for the fact that something definitely changed.  Nick Spencer keeps the tone light as Langs flashback narration plays the new status quo for laughs right up until the final pages surprising reveal.  Spencer penchant for hilarity is on the money as much as it was in the previous series.  The returning art team of Rosanas and Boyd continue to delight, ably using Langs interesting power set to fun effect.  Astonishing Ant-man proves to be the best of both worlds: providing enough of that hero-down-on-his-luck charm to stay constant with the previous volume, while giving a few tidbits of change to add another level of excitement to the mix. 

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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