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The Pull List for October 10, 2018

It’s been a long time since I’ve done one of these and I’m happy to get back in the groove. I’m looking forward to putting these three comics on the top of my stack when they arrive in stores on October 10, 2018.

Domino #7Domino #7

Story by Gail Simon, art by David Baldeon

I can’t say I’m familiar with Domino. Her first appearance happened while I lived in Japan. Her appearance in Deadpool 2 first exposed me to her. I picked this book up on the promise of a fun romp from Gail Simon. It has not disappointed, and I’m not usually a fan of more “mercenary” characters.

Simon and Baldeon have started to develop a charming character, emerging and gaining comfort with her own power. The first few issues of the series provided an excellent foil in the form of the villain who benefits from her suffering. This leads Domino on a path to discover herself. A common superhero trope, right? Maybe, but it’s rarely ever told with this much humor and panache.

I’m not a big fan of the spine twisting, boob enhancing cover art, but Baldeon does solid work on the interiors with a minimum of fanservice.

#7 kicks off a new story line. A great opportunity to pick up a fun book.

Plastic Man #5Plastic Man #5

Story by Gail Simon, art by  Adriana Melo

Got to love two books from Gail Simon in one week!

Where an ongoing series allows Simon to develop a character over time, this six issue mini-series lets her have a lot of fun and establish one of DC’s more eccentric characters firmly in the modern continuity.

The mini-series started with the origin of Plastic Man, formerly known as petty thug Eel O’Brian. It’s taken some odd twists and turns. I have no idea how he will end up facing Bubblebee. At the hands of Simon and Melo, I’m happy to sit back and enjoy the ride.

Ms Marvel #35Ms Marvel #35

Story by G. Willow Wilson, art by Nico Leon 

Wilson and Leon continue to deliver one of the most consistently good comics on the shelves. The two capture teen culture so well, providing equal measure of angst, self-discovery, and humor. It’s Ms Marvel’s name on the cover, but the comic includes a full cast of well developed and believable characters.

The books sometimes wanders into the absurd.  A recent battle with villain, The Shocker, occurred in a Rube Goldberg designed liar. I usually prefer something a little more realistic out of an ongoing comic. However, this cast feels so real that I can’t say I mind the wacky very much at all.

 

The Pull List for March 9, 2016

Since I was wrapped up in Daredevil last week, I thought I would point out a few choice items from today and last Wednesday.

vampVampirella #1 – Written by Kate Leth with art by Eman Casallos

The last of Dynamite’s Gail Simone driven reworks, Vampirella Vol. 3 #1 strips the lead character of her one-piece ribbon of a costume for something more practical for a fighter of the supernatural. I find it nice to see Vampirella step into the modern age.

The first issue of the series follows Vampirella as she makes a move to Los Angeles. Beyond the regular crop of monsters and other vampires, she also has to face the threat of the paparazzi.

The book does offer up a good jumping on point for the curious reader. Its words and art flow smoothly and provide solid fare. Relationships continue from previous volumes, but nothing so complex that they can’t be understood within the first couple of pages. I found it a fun read and I’m looking forward to picking up more.

bwBlack Widow #1 – Written by Mark Wade with art by Chris Samnee

The promise of Mark Wade’s work on a comic sucked me in again. He does not disappoint.

The book starts in media res and keeps the action moving throughout. The first issue relates one long chase scene, establishing Black Widow as the preeminent spy and, above all, a survivor.

The reader is left wanting more when the final page turns. There’s not much substance to the opening issue of the new series, but it was enough to make sure I added the book to my pull list.

jan160150Leaving Megalopolis: Surviving Megalopolis #3 – Written by Gail Simone with art by Jim Calafiore

What happens when all the superheroes of a city go insane? Gail Simone answered that question in last year’s, Kickstarter funded graphic novel, Leaving Megalopolis. The book painted a picture of a world filled with sadistic, super powered horrors.

Surviving Meglopolis revisits the devastation of the metropolis to offer a more thorough exploration of the mortals who were left behind. Overall, the comic provides a fascinating look at the abuse of power and its affects at a street level. Neither the words or art shy away from the potential, all too realistic, results of dominion gone mad.

I believe it one of Gail Simone’s best works and well worth a look see.

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