The Pull List #75 - October 5, 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.

Cage! #1

Writer & Artist: Genndy Tartakovsky
Inker: Stephen DeStephano
Colorist: Scott Willis
Letterer: VC’s Clayton Cowles

Around seven years after its announcement, Genndy Tartakovsky’s Luke Cage series takes us back (back to the past) to the 1970s for a tiara-and-pirate-shirted tale.  Tartakovsky’s dialogue and art is quite cartoony, but the two work well together for the story.  It’s ridiculous in every sense of the word, but if that’s what you want, then this is definitely the mini-series for you.  

Champions #1

Writer: Mark Waid
Penciller: Humberto Ramos
Inker: Victor Olazaba
Colorist: Edgar Delgado
Letterer: VC’s Clayton Cowles

Hey kids, remember last week when Jake was peeved about Civil War II?  So are most of the characters in this book.  So much so that Ms. Marvel essentially says “Fuck it, I’ll make my own superteam, with blackjack and hookers,” and forms the Champions with former Avenger-cohorts, Miles Morales and Sam “Nova” Alexander, Amadeus Cho (Totally Awesome Hulk) and Viv Vision (y’know Vision’s only surviving kid from that totally-not devastating Tom King book).  Waid goes in with the idea that you should know these characters but gives enough info to help out new readers.  Ramos brings his own exaggerated style to the pages, but, regardless of how you feel about that, the action and emotion is excellently portrayed.  Special credit should go to whoever made the flashback sequences a slightly different palette than the rest of the book because they look fantastic.  It’s 4.99 but its 33 pages of bringing the team together quickly and wasting little time getting to the core of the book, which is a pretty good deal if you’re looking for a new young heroes book.

Cyborg #2

Writer: John Semper Jr.
Penciller: Paul Pelletier
Inkers: Tony Kordos & Tom Palmer
Colorists: Guy Major & Hi-Fi
Letterer: Rob Leigh

Under physical and mental attacks by Kilg%re (yes, that is how you spell it, and, no, I have no idea how you say it), Vic Stone must decide if he’s man or machine.  Yes, it’s a bit of a retreaded plot and, no, the character work or emotion doesn’t salvage it this time, thanks mostly to some rather awful dialogue.  Pelletier’s art is still great though and it’s almost enough to to take away from the villain’s overbearing monologue.  Two issue’s in and Cyborg seems to have lost some of his shine.  

The Autumnlands #13

Writer: Kurt Busiek
Artist: Benjamin Dewey
Color Art: Jordie Bellaire
Lettering: John Roshell & Jimmy Betancourt

Stuff done blow’d up last issue, and this time we deal with the fallout and get a visit from a familiar face.  It feels like we’re on the cusp of answers about the world and the characters’ place in it, which is a welcome thing, although it’s not desperately needed.  The Autumnlands continues to be a rich and entertaining title.  

The Woods #26

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

After receiving a message from the seemingly-super-powered Isaac, the group makes preparations to finally find the Black City.  It certainly feels like the last arc, which has me feeling both sad and excited.  The Woods has been one of the most consistently great books since I started doing this List.  If you haven’t checked it out yet, please do.  I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

But wait, there’s more!

CharlieDanger82 is helping out this week to cover some the new titles for DC Rebirth. Think of it like a backup story in your favorite book, just with less talented writing.

Green Arrow #8

Writer: Benjamin Percy
Art: Otto Schmidt
Colors: Otto Schmidt
Letterer: Nate Piekos of BLAMBOT
DC Comics

Ollie and Dinah are reunited on the deserted island while Diggle is captured by an unknown new foe! The relationship between Ollie and Dinah is as mercurial as ever with a constant clash between feelings, ideals and upbringing. It's not just a romantic relationship that Percy is building here, he's building a partnership. He's nurturing their love and respect at the same time and it's a real way of showing a growing relationship. Another great issue of a great book. 

Writer: Peter J. Tomasi, Patrick Gleason
Art: Doug Mahnke, Jaime Mendoza
Colors: Wil Quintana
Letterer: Rob Leigh
DC Comics

This week, a science project gone awry teleports Clark, John & Krypto to Dinosaur Island! Anybody who's a fan of Weird War Tales know where this is going and will have a field day with this book. Tomasi & Gleason have made a lot of deep pulls already for this book and this could be the deepest yet. Another incredible issue showcasing how Clark is both the Super man and Super father.

Writer: Rob David, Lloyd Goldfine
Art: Freddie E. Williams II
Colors: Jeremy Colwell
Letterer: Derron Bennett
DC Comics

It's called a "crossover 30 years in the making" and Boy Howdy does it deliver! The first issue alone contains a surprise narrator, a surprise death, cool cameos and a twist ending. It's also surprisingly violent in a few parts which I'm not totally on board with, but made for an amazing scene in the book. I'm really looking forward to seeing where this goes!

Writer: Paul Tobin, Borys Pugacz-Muraszkiewicz, Korolina Stachyra
Dialogue: Travis Currit
Art: Piotr Kowalski
Colors: Brad Simpson
Letterer: Nate Piekos of BLAMBOT
Dark Horse Comics

Geralt & Ciri are still on the trail of a Striga. As they continue the hunt, they uncover a few other mysteries, continue the flashbacks to the Last Wish, reveal the identity of a certain talking crow and complete some really well incorporated side quests. There is a cliffhanger on the last page, but I didn't let it ruin the the book for me. To clarify, the cliffhanger does not diminish the quality of the book. It's a great book and it's a canonical cliffhanger..... Just not the cliffhanger I would choose.

So what did you pick up this week? 
Agree or disagree with anything said here? 
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