The Pull List #54 - May 4 2016

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.

Spider-Gwen #8

Writer: Jason Latour
Artist: Bengal
Color Artist: Rico Renzi
Letterer: VC’s Clayton Cowles &Travis Lanham

After returning to 616, Silk and Spider-Gwen are confronted with just what Silk-65 did while there.  Turns out, nothing good.  The Spider-Women event continues its personal streak as Cindy is deals with the damage an evil doppelgänger has wrought on her life, and Gwen finds out just how much of a hand the S.I.L.K. organization has had in hers.  Latours script nails the tense tone, using Gwen’s narration to view Cindy’s dilemma from the outside, which makes the later revelations even more devastating.  Bengal’s art is equal parts emotion and action, with Renzi’s colors providing a moody atmosphere.  Spider-Women has been an interesting event, one with a more intimate impact than previously expected.  

New Avengers #11

Writer: Al Ewing
Artist: Gerardo Sandoval
Color Artist: Dono Sanchez Almara
Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna

With the majority of the team named Enemies of the State, Wiccan, Hulkling, Squirrel-Girl, and Hawkeye are the only people left to carry on the good name of the New Avengers.  The question is: will they?  It’s a very intimate script from Ewing, as it focuses on Wiccan and Hulklings relationship and the mantle of the Avengers, while also having Hawkeye deal with the fallout of his actions and Songbird’s recent betrayal.  Also, there’s a Plunderer fight, whose over-the-top antics Ewing continues to nail.  The bad news: Sandoval is back on art.  Listen, at this point, it should be obvious that Sandoval’s work is not something I like.  It’s serviceable enough, from that standpoint, but I feel its too dark and exaggerated a style to fit with the tone of the book.  Still, it’s not enough to chase me away from a thoroughly enjoyable book.  Yet.  

Rat Queens #16

Writer: Kurtis J. Wiebe
Artist: Tess Fowler
Colors: Tamra Bonvillain
Letters: Ed Brisson

After dealing with the aftermath of the Hannah debacle, the remaining Rat Queens finally make their way back to Palisade, only to find that things have changed.  You can’t go home again as Wiebe’s script expertly shows us the Queens dealing with their different home.  It’s a bit of a palette cleanser from the last arc which is enjoyable as several side characters made favorable returns.  Fowler’s pencils are a bit shakier on art than usual as, while several panels are shining examples of excellent choreography or comedic timing, some look rushed or undefined.  Still, #16 is a nice return to form for Rat Queens, with an excellent start to an adventure that will hopefully wrap up before the series goes on hiatus.  

Moon Knight #2 

Writer: Jeff Lemire
Artist: Greg Smallwood
Color Artist: Jordie Bellaire
Letterer: VC’s Cory Petit

Moon Knight goes two for two on Book of the Week as Marc Spector and his fellow inmates plot escape from the asylum and Marc continues to question his faith in Khonshu.  Lemire continues to push all the right buttons, keeping both the reader and Marc questioning.  Smallwood's art excels, utilizing three different styles of pencil to set three different scenes, all expertly colored by Jordie Bellaire.  Moon Knight’s latest volume continues to be an exemplar run of what makes the character great.  

The Woods #22

Writer: James Tynion IV
Illustrator: Michael Dialynas
Colors: Josan Gonzalez
Letters: Ed Dukeshire
Boom! Studios

With the majority of their classmates captured by the Horde, Karen and Sanami are left to try and build up a fighting force out of the dregs of who remains.  But is the pressure too great.  It’s a very Karen-centric issue from Tynion, whose quickly becoming to most protag of all the onists.  It allows for a bit more of a logical leap from the nervous, unsure girl who started the series, to the consummate (or not so much) hunter she has become.  There’s not a whole lot of weird or crazy in the script for Dialynas and Gonzalez to strut their stuff, instead running a gamut of emotion with aplomb.  Timeskips, while disorienting at first, have made The Woods one of the freshest books on the stands.  

The Wicked + The Divine #19

Writer: Kieron Gillen
Artist: Jamie McKelvie
Colorist: Matthew Wilson
Letterer: Clayton Cowles

Honestly, I’m not sure what to say about this series anymore than I’ve already said.  It’s great.  Things are starting to come to ahead and at this point the reader is left wondering who to trust.  Buy this book.

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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