Thursday, September 25, 2014

Weekly Pull List 9-24-14

Surprisingly big week this week. Went into the shop expecting 4 books and came out with 3 of those and 3 others. I'll start with Mr. Kirkman's Outcast 4 from Image. This book is still sufficiently creepy and dark. Kyle and the Reverend agree to help out a detective who believes his ex-partner, who is currently in jail, was possessed. They show up to the prison and the book ends with a very ominous man awaiting their interrogation. I really like Kyle's super power of having an innate ability to hurt demons possessing humans. It's something new and exciting I haven't seen before. This is some of Kirkman's finest work. Great work all around. The art by Paul Azaceta perfectly captures the mystical side of the story. Wonderful book. 4.5 out of 5.

Now over to Marvel for Storm 3. A solid issue that continues in the vein of the first two.  This series has been a little too much "let's save the environment because Storm has weather powers." It's not bad. just seems to be the same story over and over. The best part of this issue is a man named forge has made a weather device which makes it rain. This device would be incredibly cool and powerful. I would be amazed if something like that actually existed. Anyways, decent book. Not my favorite. Probably the next book I will drop, but I'll see if it picks up in the next couple issues. 2.5 out of 5.
Loki Agent of Asgard 6 is my next book. And it is brilliant. The entire story is a battle of wits between Dr. Doom and Loki and I was enthralled the entire time. This is a March to Axis issue which just makes me want to pick up the other lead-in issues. This mini event is promising to be a very solid story. I'm not overly into the over-arching story in this book, but each  issue continues to keep my interest and show me something new. Brilliance! 4 out of 5.

Another March to Axis is over in Magneto 10. A majority of this issue is spent inside Magneto's head as Red Skull uses his stolen Xavier powers to play literal mind games with him. It serves as a telling and personal look into Erik's psyche. Very nicely written by Cullen Bunn (as usual) and the art by Fernandez and Walta is quite brilliant. There's homages and style changes as different memories come up and reflect older eras and designs of the characters. It's quite excellent. 4.5 out of 5.

Now over to Boom! studios for The Empty Man 4. This book is quite similar to the Outcast book. A pair of unlikely partners hunting down mysterious paranormal forces. This issue takes a hard left from mysterious horror towards a ghost invasion story. Solid issue, but it didn't quite hold up to the others. This one felt less new to me. A little more familiar and therefore less exciting. I'd have to give this a 3.5 out of 5.

Last up is Sixth Gun 43. Another step toward the final showdown. The entire one-off cast makes a brief appearance to let the reader know what they know about the end of the world. Not much else to say. It continues where the story is going and still promises to pay off well. 3.5 out of 5.

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