Pull List 8-25-17

The Pull List, 8/24/17

Hello everybody, and welcome back to the Pull List, the apartment down the street from the House of Ideas. This week we have the Trinity: One Marvel book, one DC book, and one indie book!

Spoilers: I try not to spoil the issues themselves too much, but I do post cover images, and I reference past events when they are germane. You won’t see any twists posted here, but some detail is inevitable.

Blood Brothers #3

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Publisher: Dynamite

Created by: Fabian Rangel, Jr. & Javier Caba; Script by: Fabian Rangel, Jr.; Art by: Javier Caba; Letters by: Ryan Ferrier; Blood Brothers Logo by: Dylan Todd; Original Series Edits by: Jim Gibbons; Cover by: Javier Caba

Everything I signed up for when I subscribed to a series about supernatural detectives and luchadores. The writing really heats up in this issue; the banter between Diego and Gabe here is the best it’s ever been, both in terms of humor and in terms of giving us a peek into who the Soliz brothers are, but I was also really impressed by the world-building. Without ever stopping to machine-gun exposition at the reader, this issue tells us a little about where all the monsters came from, gives us more about Gabe’s weird glowing-skin power, and just a lot of little touches about what the heck is going on in this fantastical version of Earth. I love the style and world Rangel and Caba have envisioned; there are parts that are bog-standard urban fantasy, but they’ve given it some flair and flavor that I don’t always see. If you want your comics fun, a little gritty, and not too serious, then seriously, Blood Brothers is for you.

Power Level: 3.5 of 5

Generations: The Unworthy Thor & The Mighty Thor #1

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Publisher: Marvel

Writer: Jason Aaron; Artist: Mahmud Asrar; Color Artist: Jordie Bellaire; Letterer: VC’s Joe Sabino; Cover Artists: Mahmud Asrar & Jordie Bellaire; Variant Cover Artists: Olivier Coipel & Jason Keith; Das Pastoras; Alex Ross; Jack Kirby & Paul Mounts; Dale Keown & Jason Keith

I had not been digging into the Generations stuff, planning to save my extra Marvel money for Legacy itself instead, but when I saw this month’s pairing and the solicits, I had to give it a read. The cover tells it all: through some kind of time displacement, Jane Foster!Thor and Odinson!Thor wind up rumbling with Apocalypse…in ancient Egypt. This book is just plain fun, but that doesn’t prevent it from having some real character consequences — in other words, it’s not a shock at all that this came from Jason Aaron. As always, the mythic feel of the Thor stories flows freely from every bit of Aaron’s dialogue and narration, but this book is also very understatedly funny; it also gets in some amazing digs at sexism via the over-the-top misogyny of the Middle Ages versions of Apocalypse and Odinson, while also acknowledging that a lot of those problems have not gotten that much better (the “nevertheless, [she] persisted” reference is especially finger-kiss-inducing). All that, and you can really see, without getting it shoved down your throat, the ways that this meeting is going to impact both Odinson and Jane (or, I guess, has already influenced Odinson…dangit, time travel), and it has me excited for Legacy in a big way, even though I am really worried about how this is going to play out in The Mighty Thor. In addition to the writing, I have to give big points to Asrar’s art — his is a name I am going to be specifically watching out for in the future, because this book is gorgeous. Bellaire’s colors have a lot to do with that, too, lest I leave his yeoman’s work out — and as is usual with anything to do with Thor, I have to give some serious points to the letterer, for managing to give both Thors unique but similar fonts. This is a fantastic book, and I am hyped for more Generations going forward.

Power Level: 4.5 of 5

Manhunter Special #1

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Publisher: DC

“Bring Me a Dream!”: Story and Layouts: Keith Giffen; Art: Mark Buckingham; Words: Dan DiDio; Colors: Chris Sotomayor; Assistant Edits: Rob Levin; Letters: A Larger World’s Dave & Troy; Edits: Jim Chadwick; Cover: Bruce Timm & Steve Buccellato

The Demon and the Infernal Prisons”: Storytellers: Sam Humphries & Steve Rude; Colors: John Kalisz; Letters: Todd Klein; Asst. Ed.: Rob Levin; Editor: Jim Chadwick

This continues the hot-and-cold track record of the DC’s Kirby tributes, and this one feels especially cold. “Bring Me A Dream!”, the Manhunter story, is kind of garbage; the dialogue is really on the nose and sometimes just plain bad, and there is almost no plot to speak of. DiDio’s writing occasionally brushes up against Kirby’s style, but it comes off as a lot more forced and wooden than the King’s stuff did. “The Demon and the Infernal Prisons,” by contrast, is much better despite much less space; it’s a fun little short that really captures the feel of the Etrigan stories, and I won’t lie, I got some goosebumps reading the “gone, gone, the form of man” doggerel again. The Special is then padded out with some short-as-short-can-be original Kirby reprints from Tales of the Unexpected and Real Fact Comics, which are just little nostalgia pieces, but really do help to highlight the versatility and talent Kirby boasted; it’s a nice reminder of the prodigious gift that sharing a planet with the King really is. If you really into Manhunter or The Demon, this is a good buy, but I think you can safely pass it up and not miss much.

Power Level: 2 of 5

Quote of the Week:

Unworthy Thor: “Do you know how to use that hammer?”

Mighty Thor: “Aye. A mite.”

Unworthy Thor: “Then I suggest you use it on his face. Repeatedly.”

Generations: The Unworthy Thor & The Mighty Thor #1

And there you have it. We’ll see you next time; until then, keep loving comics!

Tyler Dent Hayes
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Tyler is a professional writer of speculative fiction and an enthusiastic lover of comics, tabletop games, pro wrestling, the Marvel Cinematic Universe, literary criticism, ice hockey, and basically every genre of fiction and music, but especially anything about superheroes, mythology, or both. Hailing from the wilds of Mendocino County, Tyler is lucky enough to have attained an advanced degree in talking about writing and to have married his favorite person in the world. He blogs about writing, life with anxiety, and occasionally movies and comics at his website, www.tyler-hayes.com. He'd love to play Sentinels of the Multiverse with you if you're interested.

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