Hello, everybody and welcome back to the Pull List. My name is Brian and I’m your new host to the apartment down the street of ideas. I’ll be taking over for Tyler for a little while, so until then, It’ll be more like a flat then an apartment.
Since it’s my first time doing the Pull List, I decided to go with a theme to introduce myself. I’m a huge DC fan, so for this first week, I’m going to give my top three DC Comics picks. Next week I’ll venture out into new terrain, but this week it’s all about the ‘big three’, with special attention to my personal icon, Wonder Woman. I hope you enjoy, and I’m looking forward to sharing many more weeks of comics fun with all of you.
Writer: Tom King, Interior Art: Joelle Jones, Cover Artist: Mikel Janin, Variant Cover: Olivier Coipel & Dave Stewart, Colors: Jordie Bellaire, Letters: Clayton Cowles.
I’d be remiss if I didn’t first begin with a mention of it’s obvious parallels to Action Comics 761, but more importantly I was thoroughly impressed with the elegance of this story. Although it was part three of the ‘SuperFriends’ storyline, I felt as if I was watching the first act of a major motion picture. The sequential art really drew the eye in a way similar to filmmaking. There were times that I could almost say out loud, “cut to”, “pan out on”, or “fade to”. King’s story truly set Jones up for success, and Jones’ facial expressions and body movements possessed all the characteristics associated with hiring good actors. A very special shout out to Jordie Bellaire for the incredible colors which came across as a brilliantly color corrected film footage. It was a beautiful amalgamation of our live action and comic heroes. Speaking of, I was also impressed with the ending conflict which brought the mythos of the DC comics and WB films together to create, what many fans would deem, as an obviously oncoming conflict. I’m looking forward to seeing how it all plays out. Power level 9/10
Wonder Woman Conan #5
Writer: Gail Simone, Artist: Aaron Lopresti, Inker: Matt Ryan, Colors: Wendy Broome and Tony Avina, Letters: Saida Temofonte, Cover Art: Aaron Lopresti.
I am a huge Wonder Woman fan, and although I appreciated the story and idea, I wasn’t sold on this book…until now. In retrospect, I’m glad that I held on and saw this through. I forget that Gail is a weaver of stories and really likes to take her time and explain things throughly. Well, I must say that it was all worth it this issue. The story really started to come together and the pacing of this particular issue was astounding! Gail is truly in touch with Diana’s inner voice and knows how to create imagery. Speaking of imagery, Lopresti really knows how to create lasting imagery. Like Joelle Jones’ work on Batman, Lopresti is a master at facial expressions. To me this is such an essential part of storytelling. As with actors, we need to be moved to emotion by performances so that we can empathize with the characters and walk through these inspiring stories with them. As a Wonder Woman fan, the last image of this book was the most powerful, and the facial expression said everything. Simone and Lopresti make a great team! Power level 8/10
Confession: I’ve only picked up this book because Diana was in it as a series regular. I’ve often found this book to be forced and wondered why a story was told. After this issue, I’m now intrigued. James Robinson told a solid first chapter, and I was surprised at how well he captured each characters’ voice. What most impressed me was the characterization in the first page. It’s three panels of each superhero in the same situation. You really got to see the personalities of our beloved trinity brilliantly brought to life in both the writing and the art. In addition, it was rewarding to see the trinity later placed into a situation which not only challenged them, but also took them to a new setting. One which brought them out of the traditional Metropolis, Gotham, Themyscira. Yet also began what I hope will be a journey of epic proportions. This beginning has paved the a pathway full of potential. I hope that Robinson lives up to the expectation. Power level 6/10
Quote of the week: “Eventually death smiles at all men. All a man can do is smile back.” – Maximus in GLADIATOR
There you have it, everyone. I hope that you find as your voice the way that these three incredible writers found the voices of their characters. Go have an inspiring rest of the week! – Brian