Welcome back to another edition of The Pull List, the apartment down the street of ideas. I’m your host Brian J. Patterson, and we’re back this week to bring you some more cool comic book picks. I call this episode “Number Ones” for the three books I picked this week, are all first issues. Thanks again for tuning in, and as always…Enjoy!
RICK AND MORTY VS. D&D #1
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Writer: Patrick Rothfuss and Jim Zub, Artist: Troy Little
I couldn’t ask for a more perfect pairing of ideas, or a better way to combine them. The old nerd meets the new nerd in this new comic book. What surprised me the most is how exceptionally executed this project was. Patrick Rothfuss and Jim Zub should be praised for their brilliant attention to detail. They have captured the essence of both sub-genres of geek culture without isolating either fan base. Not only that, but they’ve made it relatable and true to life with their characters motivations and experiences. Some examples include: why Morty got into playing, his experience of first learning the game, and the D&D ‘dirty little secret’ of re-rolling. Also, Troy Little delivers a brilliant encapsulation of the Rick & Morty style in his art. All in all, Dungeons And Dragons is the fantasy land and Rick and Morty are the gateway to get there. It truly is the perfect marriage. Hence, why this is one of the comics you MUST get this week!
Power level: 9/10
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis, Artist: Alex Maleev
I wasn’t expecting this to be as good or as relevant as it is. When I first heard about Scarlet, I thought “So, this is some old book that Bendis owns and hi is going to try and resurrect it…at DC to boot?” Boy was I wrong. Not only is it accessible as a new reader, but it seems to be incredibly relevant with a woman leading a band of freedom fighters who have divorced themselves of the US government. The interesting thing is that she rallies people via social media. Reading this left me with only one question: Is there ANYTHING that Bendis can’t do? Go grab Scarlet #1 today!
Power level: 8/10
HUNT FOR WOLVERINE: DEAD ENDS #1
Writer: Charles Soule, Artist: Ramon Rosanas
We’ve all known that Logan was coming back for months. As a matter of fact, I believe that we have known for too long. I left the ‘Hunt For Wolverine’ series because I was no longer interested and was awaiting the big reveal. Charles Soule is reigniting my interest, and it was locked in by Ramon Rosanas’ art.
Thankfully, Soule gave enough exposition that I didn’t have to go back and re-read the previous issues. It’s almost as if he instinctively knew that readers were beginning to tire. He then proceeds to build up brick by brick into a situation which feels near the level of a crossover event. There were intimate moments to illustrate relationships and personal life, action to balance, each character was given an opportunity to shine, and even a villain reveal. Combined with the perfect art to translate, a comics reader couldn’t ask for much more. Go get it NOW!
Power level: 9/10
This week, we got a glimpse of characters at the beginning (Rick & Morty vs. D&D), middle (Scarlet), and end (Hunt for Wolverine) of their journeys. Yet, one thing is certain is that each and every one of these people pave their own unique path and are all deserving of the #1 mantle. Hence our quote of the week.
Quote Of The Week: “Life has two rules: #1 is Never Quit, and #2 is Always Remember #1!” – Anonymous
Go out there and pave your way. I’ll see you next week! -Brian