Comics // Weekly Pull List // 28/10/15

Some of my favourite books are out this week, plus an interesting new comic from trusted hands.

Weekly Pull List 28.10.15

Art Ops #1 – I know very little about the nature of this book, but the presence of Mike and Laura Allred on art and colouring duties made this worth a blind purchase. The contents look as great as you would expect and the idea of crazy art based hijinks make this a book I’m looking forward to reading.

Batgirl #45 – Babs Tarrs’ art remains a constant source of enjoyment on this book even if this second arc has lacked the narrative strength and clarity of the previous one. This issue promises some big emotional moments though so hopefully will regain a little momentum.

Prez #5Prez really is one of the best political stories out there right now, comic book otherwise, as the pretty outlandish concept of random teen gets elected president by fluke has been turned into an engine for some biting satire. With the brilliant Ben Caldwell returning to pencilling duties this should be another great issue.

The Spire #4 – Drawing on traditional concepts from fantasy, political, and mystery stories The Spire has really grown into a tremendously compelling book. And that’s not to mention the wonderful art from Jeff Stokely!

They’re Not Like Us #9 – I’ve written a lot about this book on here, and with good reason, everything in it from the writing to the art to the colouring to the very concept is just excellent. This really is one of the best books available.

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Comics // Pull List // July Comics

With DC’s underwhelming Convergence finally over and Marvel’s Secret Wars delivering some great titles this is looking likely to be another good comics month. Here’s a few of the books I’ll be picking up:

Prez #2 / Mark Russell, Ben Caldwell

The story of how Beth Ross becomes the first teen president is one of accident, corruption, and serendipity. It’s also full of pretty unusual characters and situations, and all of it is drawn with the elegant beauty of Ben Caldwell’s pen. This is a book that could go either way; get mired in the social commentary or deliver on the promise of fun hijinks in the oval office (or even perfect a blend of the two).

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Weird World #2 / Jason Aaron, Mike Del Mundo

I’m still not sure what to make of this book, telling the tale of a lost warrior on a truly mad journey, as it makes for an exciting if confusing read. The nature of weird world, and even the history of the central character, remain something of a mystery, but the book is full of epic adventure and artist Mike Del Mundo continues to outdo himself with every page.

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They’re Not Like Us #7 / Eric Stephenson, Simon Gane

The most intense and compelling comic coming out at the moment reaches it’s penultimate chapter, at least for the first volume, and the writing, art, and colouring remain as impressive as ever. This is a book unlike any other right now, it is well worth reading.

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E is for Extinction #2 / Chris Burnham, Ramon Villalobos

Spinning out of perhaps the greatest X-Men story ever (bold claim!) this Secret Wars title immediately and stylishly established it’s premise and core narrative – Charles Xavier died when Cassandra Nova entered his mind; X years later and the X-Men are has-beens whilst Magneto’s school is the centre piece of a mutant utopia. This book is almost as outlandish and inventive as Morrison’s run was with new ideas and smart innovations on every page. It is frantic, chaotic, and otherworldly in all the right ways.

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Batgirl Annual #3 / Cameron Stewart, Brendan Fletcher, Mingjue Helen Chen, Bengal, Ming Doyle, David Lafuente

Between the core book, the Endgame tie in, and the recent Secret Origins it feels like there’s been a whole lot of Batgirl lately, and thanks to the stellar creative teams involved that is definitely a good thing. Fletcher and Stewart are still on board for this annual, sadly though series regular artist Tarr once again steps aside to let a number of artists, including Endgame’s Bengal, pick up the reigns (the artists in question are all good, but I’m always happy to see more of Tarr’s work).

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