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 very excited to bring you a few of my picks for this week. The theme for this week is female empowerment. So, I’m going to give you the three books that I thought were interesting and also seemed to focus on women as the centerpiece of the story. As always…Enjoy!
Publisher: DC Comics
Writer: Tom King, Artist: Joelle Jones, Colorist: Jordie Bellaire, Letters: Clayton Cowles
This issue along with the two before it, has really impressed me. Tom King’s writing is nothing but superb. The pacing is near perfect, and his ability to balance the motivations of the on screen characters with the comics based versions of these characters is perfect. I loved watching Bruce’s tough exterior being cracked by Diana. I loved Diana reveal her humanness, and also details about her life which payed homage to the Marston era, and am especially impressed with how he handled the Batman/Catwoman/Wonder Woman love triangle (I won’t ruin it for you, but I will say that King definitely understands Wonder Woman as a character. DC may want to think about putting him on the book for a while. The art on this issue is also magnificent. I love how Jones caught the essence of each character, their personalities, and expressions. In addition, every character seemed to be drawn with care; Catwoman’s swirlish ways, Wonder Woman’s Roman nose and kind yet powerful warrior eyes, Angela’s rounder face and small/compact frame, and Julian’s robustness. The marriage of these two elements (writing and art), along with the brilliant choice of color, and the through line of strong women made this my favorite pick this week.
Power level: 9.5/10
Writers: Mariko Tamaki, Artist: Jahnoy Linsay, Colorist: Federico Blee, Cover Artist: Rahzzah, Letters: VC’s Travis Lanham
Besides Jessica Drew, Jennifer Walters is one of my favorite, and most underutilized women in Marvel. I’m glad to see that she is getting a more introspective analysis into her character and what makes her tick. Although we didn’t see a lot of fist to cuffs, we did get the beginning of a resolution to what has been ailing her. I believe that this could be the beginning of a new chapter for the sensational She-Hulk. What was great is that another woman was the catalyst for this resolution. I’m hoping that we see more of her and more of her background, along with more about the new direction into which this growth may catapult her.
Power level: 8/10
X-MEN: RED #1
Writer: Tom Taylor, Artist: Mahmud Asrar, Colorist: Ive Svorcina, Letters: VC’s Cory Petit
Jean Grey has returned to life and so begins X-Men Red! First off, it’s nice to see Marvel once again creating a female led X-Men team. Very much like their roster of talents, they prove to be constantly diversifying and living up to the Xavier ideal of inclusion. This book was chalk full of real life parallels which stayed totally on non-discrimination message. Surprisingly, the book already created and identified a female villain. What surprised me is that all of this happened so fast. Additionally, I am missing Jean’s transition period to being alive again. It was almost handled so nonchalantly that I find myself hungry for more of her internal journey. I hope this is developed in the future. In the meantime, I’ll enjoy her new “life” mission and watching it unfold.
Power level: 7.9/10
Quote Of The Week: “Women are the wave of the future, and sisterhood is stronger than anything.” – Wonder Woman (Season One of the 70s TV show via Lynda Carter)
As you go through the rest of your comic week, show some of the women in your life that you appreciate them. See you next week! -Brian