The Pull List – Week 10 & 11, 2011

I finally missed a week. Didn’t even make it to the big 1-0. Oh well. Now I get to put more titles in one post, including this week’s Pick of the Week. Did I miss something these past two weeks? Do you have a book you want to talk about? Talk about it in the comments.

Batman, Inc. #3 – DC, Grant Morrison writing with Yanick Paquetta illustrating.

I want to like this book, but month delays will cripple any title. Batman is now in Argentina, trying to recruit El Gaucho, who really looks like a poor knock off of the Batman-esque hero (rich playboy by day, masked vigilante by night) with his bandana mask, leather jacket and ragged white undershirt. My favorite thing about all the issues in this title: the preview teases at the end that read just like those from the ’60s Adam West Batman series.

Invincible Iron Man #502 – Marvel, Matt Fraction writing with Salvador Larroca illustrating.

Stark vs. Ock, take 2. Honestly though, this issue is more Pepper Potts vs. Electro and Sandman, sans her Rescue suit, and impressively still holding her own. There’s a weird artistic choice that shows Tony’s face through his helmet but with the helmet colors still in place, but otherwise the issue looks fine.

New Avengers #9 – Marvel, Brian Michael Bendis writing with Mike Deodato & Howard Chaykin illustrating.

The main New Avengers really take a back seat as the story focuses on some “old” Avengers, a pre-Silver-Age incarnation with post-WWII Nick Fury putting together a black ops team that includes Sabretooth and Kraven the Hunter. Why? We have no real idea yet, but I guess we’ll find out.

T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents #5 (Pick of the Week) – DC, Nick Spencer writing with Cafu and Ryan Sook illustrating.

This book is consistently one of my favorite reads. We learn about a traitor in the midst of the team and SPIDER’s upper management. The book only feels too short, which is both modern decompression in comics and me just eagerly awaiting more of the series.

Not to mention how much I love this issue’s cover, with the retro feel and speech bubbles and the TRON Legacy-esque blye neon title.

Venom #1 – Marvel, Rick Remender writing with Tony Moore illustrating.

Yet another new Venom. This time, Flash Thompson takes on everyone’s favorite murderous attire in the service of the US Military. It’s weird, but it’s not bad. Really feels like Venom is getting back to those ’90s anti-hero comics, and I’m actually ok with that. Just wish it would go back to using the original wrap-around white spider image.


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