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The Pull List for May 11, 2016

Here’s a list of suggested comics due for release on May 11, 2016

LEGENDS_TOMORROW_3-copy_56b53563bf8ab1.76369780Legends of Tomorrow #3

DC Comics, various

This anthology book has nothing to do with the television show of the same name. Legends of Tomorrow provides four ongoing serials from some revered comics creators and their beloved characters. Len Wein writes Metal Men; Keith Giffen, Sugar and Spike; Gerry Conway, Firestorm; and Aaron Lopresti pens one of my favorite obscure characters, Metamorpho.

Each story offers solid comic book fare with Silver Age sensibilities. They are fun tales of good versus evil with healthy portions of humor, character development, and great art.

portrait_incredibleAll New All Different Avengers #9

Marvel Comics, written by Mark Waid with art by Mahmud Asrar

Mark Waid continues to write one of the most enjoyable comics coming out of Marvel at the moment. The author deftly balances the large cast of characters by giving each, its own, unique, voice. The relationship between Thor and Falcon feels very natural. The awkward musing of teen Ms. Marvel carry over from her own book. Dressed with all the usual trappings of a comic, this book offers a hopeful view of superheroes and humanity.

Mark Waid has created a book full of heroic optimism and fun adventure. If that’s not enough, this issue introduces the new Wasp!

JupitersCircle_vol2_06-1Jupiter’s Circle Vol 2 #6

Image Comics, written by Mark Millar with art by Wilfredo Torres

Millar and Torres wrap up the second volume of their realistic look at superheroes in 1960’s America. Throughout Jupiter’s Circle (and its sequel, Jupiter’s Legacy), Millar and Torres have focused on the all too human foibles of metahumans. The comic has explored themes of jealousy, family, and honesty, while simultaneously examining the effects of power on the human psyche. It has not always painted a pretty picture, but in spite of Millar’s trademark nihilism, a few moments of positivity have snuck in.

All of the Jupiter books engage the reader with thoughtful content and art. If individual comics are not your style, the first volumes of Juptier’s Circle and Jupiter’s Legacy are also available as trade paperbacks.

 

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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