the Pull List #101 - April 5, 2017

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.

Royals #1

Writer: Al Ewing
Artist: Jonboy Meyers
Color Artist: Ryan Kinnaird
Letterer: VC’s Clayton Cowles

Now, that the silly Inhumans>X-Men mandate that Marvel/Disney has been pushing seems to be over, it’s finally time to start reading Inhuman/X-Men comics again.  We start with Royals, in which most of the Inhuman Royal family, ashamed of their actions in recent events, have decided to embark on a quest to save the Inhuman race.  Guided by Noh-Varr, Marvel Boy from another universe, the quest will take them to the destroyed Kree homeworld of Hala.  But they may not all be coming back.  Ewing quickly catches readers up on both recent events as well as the characters involved and sets up numerous personal conflicts among the crew.  Jonboy Meyers brings an old school aesthetic that, while a bit busy, ably portrays the action and expressions required.  Royals has an interesting hook and seems to be a return to form for Marvel’s Royal Family.  

Aquaman #20

Writer: Dan Abnett
Artist: Philippe Briones
Colorist: Gabe Eltreb
Letterer: Pat Brosseau
DC Comics

Aquaman, Mera, and the Aquamarines fight for survival against the mysterious and deadly Dead Water.  Abnett moves the plot along at a brisk pace, which does wonders for the story it’s trying to tell.  Briones puts his style to good use, focusing on the action and dialing up the tension with perspective and paneling.  H2.0 is proving to be a very good Aquaman story.  

Hawkeye #5

Writer: Kelly Thompson
Artist: Michael Walsh
Color Artist: Jordie Bellaire
Letterer: VC’s Joe Sabino

Kate Bishop has successfully closed out her first case (sort of) and then Jessica Jones shows up!  Normally, I’m against team-up so early in a series but the history between Kate and her mentor/hero Jessica Jones makes for more than just a simple team-up.  Thompson keeps the dialogue between the two fresh and enjoyable.  Walsh steps in on art duties this week and more than shines while keeping with the book’s style, thanks in no small part to superstars Jordie Bellaire.  Moreover, the art excels at both the small character moments and the action set pieces.  Hawkeye is fun; no other way to describe it.  

The Woods #31

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

What. The. @#$%!  

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