The Pull List #83 - November 30, 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.

Ghost Rider #1

Writer: Felipe Smith
Artists: Danilo S Beyruth (Tradd Moore)
Color Artist: Val Staples & Jesus Aburtov
Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna

[Jake bought and read this issue, but can’t think of anything nice to say about it because his mind is filled with thoughts of “it’s not the same as the last volume, therefore it’s not as good” and other thoughts of the like.  And since he didn’t feel like doing that to a new #1, he decided to do this instead.  Anyone interested in the book should probably pick it up and see for yourselves.  Also, prolly an ICYMI coming soon about Mr. Reyes.  So…consolation prize?]

New Avengers #18

Writer: Al Ewing
Artist: Carlo Barberi
Color Artist: Jesus Aburtov
Letterer: VC’s Clayton Cowles

It’s the end of A.I.M. and the end of the New Avengers.  Ewing, per usual, gets so much done in the space of a few pages, but never scrimps on character moments or laughs.  Some of the best moments of the run, a run full of great moments, occur in this issue.  Carlo Barberi serves as artist for this final issue, and, while it is a shame that series savior Paco Medina couldn’t cap it off, his art is serviceable enough.  While it can be a bit too Jim Lee at times, Barberi’s art lands every joke Ewing dishes out and doles out some great choreography to boot.  New Avengers may be gone, but luckily, it’s getting relaunched as U.S.Avengers. Because Al Ewing can’t not be ridiculous.  

Ms. Marvel #13

Writer: G. Willow Wilson
Artist: Mirko Andolfo
Color Artist: Ian Herring
Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna

Ms. Marvel fights gerrymandering.  That’s it.  That’s the book.  And yes, I do believe we’ve found the first “bad” issue of Ms. Marvel.  Well, maybe not bad, but ill-timed.  It definitely feels like this book was supposed to come out before the election, what with all the “Get Out to Vote” stuff that takes up the all of the issue.  But, since it comes out after and election where almost half of America didn’t vote, well, it feels impotent and pedantic. At least Andolfo’s art is nice.  But yeh, this is totally skippable.

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.

Writer: Brandon Graham, Simon Roy, Farel Dalrymple, Giannis Milonogiannis, Ron Wimberley
Art: Brandon Graham, Simon Roy, Farel Dalrymple, Giannis Milonogiannis, Marian Churchland,
Fil Barlow, Helen Maier, Boo Cook, Malachi Ward, Matt Sheean, Zachary Baldus, Aaron Conley,
Jim Rugg, Bayard Baudoin, Ron Wimberley, Dave Taylor, Joseph Bergin III, James Stokoe, Lando,
Grim Wilkins, Sandra Lanz, Onta, Ron Ackins, Tom Parkinson-Morgan, Gael Bertrand,
Rob Liefeld, Addison Duke, Ludroe, Xurxo G. Penalta, Amy Claire
Colors: Richard Ballerman, Joseph Bergin III, Brandon Graham, Jason Wordie,
Giannis Milonogiannis, Charo Solis, Jessica Pollard, Ron Wimberley, Dave Taylor, Sandra Lanz
Letterer: Ed Brisson
Prophet created by Rob Liefeld
Image Comics

Okay so, way back in March of 1992, Rob Liefeld revealed his contribution to the Image launch titles with Youngblood. It was everything a comic fan in the early 90's wanted... Mainly because Liefeld lifted every successful trope in early 90's comics and made a supergroup. Chapel was basically black Cable/Punisher, Vogue was a purple Domino/Black Widow, Diehard was an android Captain America/Iron Man, Badrock (yep, that was his name) was a mix of the Thing/Hulk/Bloc and the whole group was lead by a Hawkeye/Bullseye clone named Shaft. Now one might say that his unoriginality was maybe justified in that Liefeld had mainly only worked at Marvel when he rose to prominence and he was sticking to what he knew at the time... of course if you read Bloodstrike Vol. 2 issue #1 from 2015, he hasn't progressed an inch, molding Cabot into a clone of his beloved Marvel creation: Deadpool (oh, and I'll get to Bloodstrike Vol. 2 at a later date. The book is magic garbage that the world needs to see.).

In issue #2 of Youngblood, the WWII one man army himself, Jon Prophet made his debut. He was a SOLDIER of the SUPER variety. He was a cross between Conan and Captain America with eye makeup tips from the Crow. He used guns, swords, axes, shields, spears, ANYTHING Liefeld could rest on his fists, strap to his back or stuff into his trademark 9,000 pouches. He wasn't very memorable and hadn't really made any sort of real impact until 1995, when Prophet #1 debuted featuring art from the newly acquired Stephen Platt who was riding a giant wave of popularity due to his stint on Marvel's Moon Knight. The prophet series saw some moderate success before being relegated to dollar bins in brick and mortar stores across the country.

Flash forward to the giant Image sale ComiXology had last week. As I was looking through the collected editions, I saw Prophet Vol. 1: Remission. What I saw in the preview of the book was NOT the same Prophet I remembered. It looked like Space Conan by ways of Jodorowsky. I was intrigued to say the least so for $3.99, I thought I'd check it out.... then I returned and bought the 3 remaining collections. 

This is classic weird sci-fi. It's the future of Flash Gordon, the DEEP mythology of Dune, the uncomfortable organic technology of Warriors of Plasm and the sweeping high adventures of classic Conan. The ass-kickers are that 1) it's the same Jon Prophet from Youngblood, 2) it starts with issue #21, prompting me wonder if #1-20 were along the same lines or if this is a complete reimagining of the series, and 3) Diehard, Badrock, Supreme, Lady Supreme & Troll are in the story.... and it doesn't suck. The design of the world is truly wonderful, strange and unsettling. The mythology and history is DENSE. It's a lot of reading with so many strange words describing things/planets/rituals/organisms that Penny Arcade's Tycho Brahe would fall in love with its strange lore, worlds, stranger biologies and "relations." This is DEEP sci-fi. Don't read the books if you aren't ready to experience a new universe from the ground up. The previously mentioned characters don't seem shoehorned in either. They took the "Extreme" universe and built a future based on these older characters, and just went really strange with it. It's heroes you know in the future, but not in a Kingdom Come kind of way. It's more of a H.R. Geiger Biomechanical kind of way and it's really fascinating to read.

I've yet to pick up Prophet: Earth War #1-5, but after reading these 4 collections, they will be my next big purchase. I truly enjoy this strange and weird world that's such an interesting departure from the original bland, generic stereotypical character that was the 90's Prophet. If you enjoy things weird and wild, give Prophet a chance. You won't be disappointed.

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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