The Pull List #39 - 01/20/16

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...

New Avengers #5

Writer: Al Ewing

Artist: Gerardo Sandoval

Color Artist: Dono Sanchez Almara

Letterer: VC’s Chris Eliopoulos


Dark tidings see a marked improvement in New Avengers this week as the potential results of Moridun’s possession of Billy Kaplan are shown in the future while the nascent stages are evident in the present.  This arc’s storytelling benefits from more directly playing off the previous one than the first two did, which makes for a more cohesive read.  Moreover, the use of future Avengers is a more stable play than the random aliens we encountered last issue, as there’s a nice balance of degrees of familiarity and newness.  Again, we don’t get too much character downtime, but that’s gladly sidestepped in favor of the overarching plot.  Five issues in and the art is starting to wear a bit.  Sandoval does a serviceable enough job (naïveté showing: perhaps its his inking that causes my consternation) but the coloring feels pretty much the same in every scene.  The apocalyptic future feels the same as present-day nighttime Tokyo which feels the same as Avengers Island.  Maybe it’s nitpick-y but it’s something that comes to mind.  Still, issue five is an upward trend in quality for this weird Avengers title.  Let’s hope it stays that way. 

Dragon Age: Magekiller #2

Script: Greg Rucka

Pencils: Carmen Carnero

Inks: Terry Pallot

Colors: Michael Atiyeh

Lettering: Michael Heisler

Dark Horse

Marius and Tessa are coerced into working for Archon Radonis, head of the Tevinter Empire, and the timeline for the comic is revealed, which sets up of wealth of interesting possibilities.  Rucka expertly deals with the revelation and execution of the protagonists’ job, one that unfolds quickly and interestingly.  Tessa’s narration always adds to the scene and never distracts.  The art is wonderfully done, particularly in the combat and assassination sequences.  Carnero deals with a variety of settings but, along with Pallot and Atiyeh, manages to make them feel different enough from each other while being a part of the same city and culture.  Magekiller’s second issue smartly wraps up what was positioned to be an arc-long plot and instead deals with it’s aftermath and opens itself to an anything-can-happen scenario, which is quite great. 

Drax #3

Writers: CM Punk & Cullen Bunn

Artist: Scott Hepburn

Color Artist: Matt Milla

Letterer: VC’s Clayton Cowles


Someone is kidnapping the townsfolk of the moon Drax is stranded on and it’s up to him to find out who and how.  Only, Drax is much better at punching people than finding out who to punch.  It’s another great script from Team Bunk, one that nicely mixes comedy and over-the-top action.  Drax’s frustration at his less than stellar detective work builds throughout the issue, so that when he finally lets loose his exhilaration is also the readers.  Hepburn aids in this endeavor wonderfully with excellent paneling and posturing.  He and Milla get some great designs in for the aliens Drax punches.  The last few pages had me smiling ear-to-ear with the mystery antagonist finally revealed.  The next issue should be a knock-down drag-out fight, one that I’m looking very forward to. 

Ms. Marvel #3

Writer: G. Willow Wilson

Artist: Takeshi Miyazawa

Color Art: Ian Herring

Lettering: VC’s Joe Caramagna


Bruno’s been brainwashed and the yuppie forces of HYDRA are about to do the same to the rest of Jersey City and only Ms. Marvel can stop them…oh, and Bruno’s new girlfriend, Mike.  It’s a nice little wrap-up that leaves a few things on the table for the new volume to play with going forward.  Wilson’s dialogue is focused and natural, even in the awkward scenes between Kamala and Mike.  The art knocks it out of the park, with Miyazawa’s expressions and choreography selling every moment and Herring’s colors providing each scene with a great palette.  Hands down, it’s a great close to the arc and a great start to Ms. Marvel’s new volume. 

Phonogram: The Immaterial Girl #6

Writer: Kieron Gillen

Artist: Jamie McKelvie (Tom Humberstone)

Colorist: Matt Wilson

Letterer: Clayton Cowles


I’ve been sitting here for the last thirty minutes trying to come up with a clever review of this finale, both of the miniseries and the series itself.  Well, that’s a lie.  I spent half of that trying to come up with clever lyrics to start off the review because that’s disgustingly on-the-nose.  Honestly, there’s not much to say at this point.  Plots are resolved, reconciliation occurs in the most dreadful, realest sense of the word, and synchronicity hits on in-text, meta, and real life levels.  It’s a perfect ending, made more perfect by the back-up comic by Gillen and Humberstone.  Beyond all the musical references and clever-clever (both of which are great), Phonogram has always been a series about moving on and acknowledging who you are as a person.  It’s a title that hits hard, getting a bit personal.  Sorry, a bit emotionally drained from the issue. Ahhh, look at me, I’m a shattered.

…(Fuck yes, nailed it!)

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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