The Pull List, now on Tuesdays so you can plan better for new comics day.

Moon Knight #2

Marvel Comics, written by Jeff Lemire with art by Greg Smallwood.

The first issue of this comic flew of the shelves of my FLCS (Friendly Local Comic Shop) last month and with good reason. It’s likely the strongest first issue released in the last year. Or, at least, I think it is. It may be one of the best insights into people with thought disorders (or perhaps serious mental illness) ever produced in the genre. I’m not sure.

Always troubled by mental health issues, Mark Spector (AKA Moon Knight) starts the series confined to an institution, or so it seems. Lemire’s storytelling and Smallwood’s shifting art styles leave the reader guessing as to what is real. Both the art and the dialogue plant clues throughout the pages. I know they will become obvious in the upcoming issues, but for now they have me guessing.

Moon Knight #1 intrigued me more than any comic in a long time, I’m very excited to see where it goes.

kingsquest1aKings Quest #1 

Dynamite Comics, written by Ben Acker, Heath Corson, with art from Dan McDaid

The nostalgia bug has hit me again this week. The previews of this book offer up what looks like pretty standard fare: heroes from different times and places (Phantom, another Phantom, Mandrake the Magician, Prince Valiant, and Flash Gordon) to save a damsel in distress.

These superheroes remind me of my childhood.  The Phantom is one of the first superheroes I remember.  As a young child, I enjoyed hearing my father read Prince Valiant to me from the Sunday comic strips, and watching the Flash Gordon serials on TV. These characters will always have a special place in my heart.

Beyond my general like of the characters, this book promises to focus on someone I’m not familiar with, Jen Harris. She is a new Phantom and only the second woman to wear the mask.

I’m willing to fork over a few bucks to support my childhood friends.

A-Force #5

Marvel Comics, written by G. Willow Wilson and Kelly Thompson, with art by Jorge Molina.

Willow Wilson continues to give readers solid comic book fare with a light and comical touch. Molina’s art suits the near all female cast well, respecting their figures without objectifying them. These women wear realistic clothes and sport more accurate physiques. There is no fan service to speak of.

This issue kicks off a new story, “Rage, Rage Against the Dying Of The Light.” It’s a great place to jump onto a solid comic.