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 this week to bring you some cool comic book picks for this week. As always…Enjoy!
Writer: Jason Aaron, Artist: Ed McGuinness, Inks: Mark Morales, Colors: David Curiel, Letters: VC’s Cory Petit, Cover: Ed McGuinness, Mark Morales, & Justin Ponsor
First off, I need to acknowledge my personal bias; If Ed McGuinness’ name or art is on any comic, it IMMEDIATELY grabs my attention and makes me want to purchase the book. I am a fan of his work, and would probably follow him no matter what comic company to which he may go. I think what I love about his style is that his art acknowledges the fact that we are here to see our heroes in all their glory. He essentially pedestals the heroic image of our characters and brings them to life in powerful action poses that highlight each emotion while staying true to character and journey. And while the backdrop is clearly not the highlight of his work, McGuinness doesn’t spare expense with details when background like buildings, furniture, bridges, etc. are actually present. Happy to see that he delivers once again in this issue. What reinvigorated me even more was the story.
Marvel movies have created a resurgence of interest in comic content. The most brilliant part of this has been their continuity in storytelling across all platforms, and Jason Aaron has done something in this particular comic which, to me, is an example for all long-term character writers, and that is to keep exploring and diving into our characters’ history. I won’t ruin it, but I will say that it’s an incredible re-boot that doesn’t actually reboot anything, and I’m SO thankful for that. Therefore, I bid you in Odin’s name to…go thee out and buy this book RIGHT NOW! 🙂
Power level: 8/10
DEATH OR GLORY #1
Writer: Remender, Artist: Bengal, Letters: Wooton
This was a random grab yesterday…completely worth it! Absolutely gorgeous art with a touch of anime, incredibly fantastic story that unfolds eloquently, and plays out like the episode of an hour-long action television show. I was remarkably surprised at how well the characters are told and portrayed in art. While there isn’t a lot of diversity visually to which people like myself could relate, the best part is that the lead is a female, and she actually is very relatable. Not to mention a kind of accidental hero. I highly recommend it! That’s all I’ll say. Now go get it!
Power level: 8.5/10
WONDER WOMAN #45
Writer: James Robinson, Artist: Ema Lupaccihno, Ray McCarthy, & Marco Santucci, Colors: Romulo Fajardo Jr., Letters: Saida Temofonte, Cover: Main by David Yardin, Variant Cover: Jenny Frison
I’m seriously considering writing an old school ‘letter to the editor’ that opens up something like, “Dear DC Comics, We need to have a serious talk about Wonder Woman and how to properly write her”. I’m not going to rip into this current arc by talking about how the company has taken the premiere feminist icon which purposefully had a completely female lineage and totally smeared and bastardized it by ‘awarding’ her a father and a brother. Nor will I talk about how this issue seemed rushed, the main character seemed like a side note, and did have cohesive characterization (I want editors who are the keepers of these characters to clock this a little better). No, instead I’m going to talk about how Robinson has done an incredible job with what he was given. Not only was he able to create some continuity and pay homage to some of what Rucka did for her, but Robinson was able to (albeit somewhat forced) keep us on track to remember what Wonder Woman’s character is all about…Love. I feel like this issue is giving us an opportunity to get back on a track. Here’s to hoping that the opportunity is taken by future editors, writers, and artists and that they are able to follow her themes of Love and Fair Play more succinctly. Fingers crossed. :/
Power level: 6/10
Quote Of The Week: “And now I know…that only love can truly save the world!” – Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman 2017.
See you next week! -Brian