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THE PULL LIST – 2/21/18

Hello, Everyone and welcome to another edition of The Pull List, the apartment down the street of ideas. I’m your host Brian J. Patterson, and I’m back from a very exciting birthday weekend in Vegas, to bring you some of my picks for this week. Coming back to reading comics this week was a treat for me because there were SOOOO many cool things to read. I’d love to share all of them with you, but alas there isn’t time. Therefore, I’m giving you more than usual. Here are six comics that I enjoyed very much, and that I encourage you to pick up this week. As always…Enjoy!

Batman_Signal02cov_CMYK-copy_59b1e95565f132.02686385BATMAN AND THE SIGNAL #2

Publisher: DC Comics

Writer: Tony Patrick, Artist: Cully Hamner, Colorist: Laura Martin, Letters: Deron Bennett

The Signal is slowly becoming my new favorite character. Last month’s issue #1 was a phenomenal introduction of The Signal and a new element of Gotham into the Bat-Mythos. The Yin-Yang parallels and modernization brought by a new and diverse generation is exactly what was needed for the Bat-Family. The thing which saddens me the most, is that this is only a 3 part mini-series. For such a pivotal and long overdue diversification and expansion of one of the trinity, I’m surprised that DC only gave it three issues. However, much to my surprise Tony Patrick has more than risen to the occasion. There’s a little bit of action, characters are built, plots are developed, Duke’s powers are explored a little more, there’s a dash of comedy, and the creme de la creme for me was seeing Duke in a sense ‘initiated’ into the Bat-Family by discovering a typical “Bruce” move done with many of the people he takes on as ‘family’. After reading issue #2, I am now seeing this mini-series in a kind of three act structure format, and issue two has merely developed and complicated our situation. Therefore, I’m looking forward to the climax and denouement of issue number 3. If Tony Patrick can do this with just three issues, then I’m looking forward to seeing where else he lands at DC. He’s clearly untapped talent!

Power level: 8.5/10

B and the B BandWWBRAVE AND THE BOLD #1 (Batman & Wonder Woman)

Publisher: DC Comics

Writers: Liam Sharp, Artist: Liam Sharp, Colorist: Romulo Fajardo Jr., Cover Artist: Liam Sharp & Romulo Fajardo Jr., Letters: ALW’s Troy Peter

Wonder Woman is probably one of the most deceptively complex characters ever created, and she is very difficult to write and draw. Hence, there have been few to actually execute her stories and/or character well. Most, if not all of the time, that her stories are well executed, it’s because of a previous passion, a connection, or lengthy research of her character. Liam Sharp is proving that he posesses all of the above. In just one issue, he has found the commonality of the Greco-Roman mythology to that of the Celtic mythology, and has done so utilizing her greatest power: Love. Compassion is what makes Wonder Woman stronger, and his mastery of this is what is making my appreciation of Liam Sharp grow even more. in one issue, he has set up some pretty high stakes, and with the greatest of ease. Apparently, not only is he a brilliant visual storyteller, but an incredible wordsmith as well. Besides knowing our Amazing Amazon intimately, after just a couple of scenes his understanding of Batman seems to be incredibly clear, as well. I am beyond excited to see him ‘Solve A Murder Across Two Worlds”, and can’t wait to see how this epic tale unfolds. Yet another phenomenal talent on which to keep an eye. Take note, if you are looking for action, this is not the place for it. This is the beginning of an Odyssey, and is all about exposition and setup. However, if you are ready to watch the stage be set for a journey of epic proportions, then please go get this book now!

Power level: 9/10

Doctor_Strange_Damnation_Vol_1_1_TextlessDOCTOR STRANGE: DAMNATION #1 (of 4)

Publisher: Marvel

Writer: Nick Spencer & Donny Cates, Artist: Rod Reis, Letters: VC’s Travis Lanham

Doctor Strange has resurrected Las Vegas from the destruction during Secret Empire. Which consequently has breached an opening for Mephisto to crawl out of, and secretly manipulate his hand around the throats of humanity. This is what has transpired merely in issue #1 of this four issue event. What I’m most surprised about this issue is how well executed the story was. It truly was like watching a ‘two hour special event’ on television. From the blended opening sequence, to the intimate montage like scene between Dr. Strange and Mephisto which captured their intentions and relationship, down to all of the cuts to how what was happening affected the denizens of Las Vegas, it was almost as if I was watching an intense Avengers episodic story that centered around Steven Strange. I really loved it! In addition, the watercolor painting-like style really added to the idea of things being affected by magical married to the old or ancient. Special kudos to writers Nick Spencer & Donny Cates, and artist Rod Reis for fabulousness throughout the entire thing. This was a brilliant setup to what I’m hoping will be a four issue ‘anthology for the ages’. I’m excited for part two!

Power level: 8.5/10

hit girlHIT-GIRL #1

Publisher: Image Comics

Writer: Mark Millar, Artist: Ricardo Lopez Ortiz, Colorist: Sunny Gho, Letters: Melina Mikulic

First off, let me say that I was never really a big Kick-Ass fan. However, maybe it’s my horribly dark sense of humor at times, that allows me to appreciate the over the top profanity of it all. Because I actually enjoyed Hit-Girl. I think what did it for me was the Manga style artwork; This was the perfect marriage to the gratuitous and ‘absolutely nothing real’ violence and gore of a pre-teen girl moving around the world seeking revenge for others. Just not real at all…and I’m totally digging it! If they continue to move forward and give it a little depth, I think they may have a hit from their newest girl on the block. Eyes open to see what happens in issue #2.

Power level: 7.5/10

TrinityTRINITY #18

Publisher: DC Comics

Writer: James Robinson, Artist: Patch Zircher, Colorist: Gabe Eltaeb, Cover Artist: Guile March & Tomeu Morey, Letters: Carlos M. Mangual

As if seeing the triumphant triumvirate tear through the trees of Skartaris in the first issue wasn’t enough. Once again, James Robinson perfectly captures the voices and actions of the Trinity. In part two of “No Home For You Here”, we see Batman, Superman, & Wonder Woman in another adventure facing impossible adversity, and continuing to persevere. For me, this comic is like watching a modernized version of Justice League on paper. I can almost hear George Newbern (Superman), Kevin Conroy (Batman), and Susan Eisenberg (Wonder Woman)’s voices as I read each panel. The art is the perfect 2004 Justice League cartoon meets modern versions of the characters, and so are the stories. I really hope that this team stays together for a while, and is able to tell some more intimate stories of these characters when they come back to earth. But for now, this is exactly where they need to be!

Power level: 8/10

WWCONAN_Cv6_5a0b45a8af9277.51235118WONDER WOMAN CONAN #6

Publisher: DC Comics

Writer: Gail Simone, Artist: Aaron Lopresti, Colorist: Wendy Broome, Inks: Matt Ryan, Letters: Saida Temofonte

After reading this final chapter of Wonder Woman Conan, I can honestly say that I don’t think I’ll ever stop marveling at how well Gail Simone utilizes and understand the inner voices of characters, especially Wonder Woman. I would love to see her write a journal in the voice of different DC Comics characters and just release it. It could be called “Journals”, and each episode or edition would be a different DC character (that one is free, DC). Her in depth understanding of voice and character history, with Aaron Lopresti’s spot on visual storytelling are always the perfect combination. What I also marveled at was how Matt Ryan’s inks contributed to this. What I noticed is that while Simone was telling a story to honor both characters and their history, Lopresti and Ryan’s art/ink combo harkened back to the era of classic comics. It was beautiful and I’m looking forward to purchasing the graphic novel so that I can read it in it’s entirety all over again. Please go get this book asap!

Power level: 9/10


Quote Of The Week: “Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. we are the change that we seek.” – Barack Obama

See you next week! -Brian

Brian J. Patterson
Brian J. Patterson (contributing writer) is a commercial, film, and theatre actor based in California. He works in both Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area, with some appearances in New York City. His writing for Ace Of Geeks primarily centers around awareness of diversity and positive representation in entertainment. A self proclaimed ‘geek’ having proudly accumulated a comic book collection which has surpassed a net worth of approximately $12K, Brian usually focuses on the ‘comics (or sci-fi) 2 film’ genre. He is honored to have been given the opportunity to work with AceOfGeeks, loves geek culture, and especially loves interacting with fans. His three life dreams are: 1) to be cast as a lead character on a Sci-Fi channel show, 2) be the first openly gay action-film star, and 3) later host a television show which explores diversity within geek culture. You can connect with Brian on all his social media accounts by visiting www.brianjpatterson.com.

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