Saturday, February 21, 2015

Weekly Pull List 2-18-15

It's been a few weeks and I have quite a stack built up of almost all the books I am currently reading. Therefore I will be doing snap reviews apart from a handful of them.

I'll start with Wolf Moon 3 of 6. An epic showdown in a mall between the wolf, Dillon, and the mysterious hunter. An epic book that takes place in towns I'm familiar with. Beautiful art. 4 out of 5.

Green Arrow 39. Another story of the bad guy not approving of Arrow's intentional lack of killing. Felicity ets broken out of jail in a story just like the supposed screenplay for the green arrow movie: "Escape from Super Max." Loads of fun and I wish that movie ended up getting made. 2.5 of 5.

Star Wars 2. This issue expertly follows the previous one. I love this series so far. Aaron does good work and I've loved Cassaday's art since I read his and Whedon's run on Astonishing X-Men. 4 our of 5.

Loki Agent of Asgard 11. Loki is running around looking for some friends after his big revelation that he isn't who they thought he was. An interesting issue. Could definitely be considered "whiny" or "emo" if it wasn't written so well. Pretty solid issue, but better in it's build up than this story itself. 3.5 out of 5.

Magneto 15. Turns out Magneto allowed himself to be captured in order to get inside and access SHIELD's cerebro substitute. Turns out he has many agents hidden throughout the world. It seems to be building towards a war between Magneto's mutants and SHIELD. 4.5 out of 5.

Thor 5. This issue is all about girl power and it's great. The Goddess of thunder stops a burglary by Crusher Creel and his wife, who refuses to fight Thor because girl power. Sif turns down the Odinson's advances, and Freyja confronts the new Thor to have a discussion. An excellent issue all around and they promise to start addressing who this new Thor is by having the Odinson hunt through his list of possibilities. 5 out of 5.

To wrap up Marvel, Storm 8! An incredible issue that wraps up this arc of Storm's story which involves Davis Harmon picking up scrap from the now destroyed Utopia. An excellent addition to the story and I'm curious as to how this will come back later as it hints toward the end of the issue. 4 out of 5.

IDW put out G.I.Joe 5. Pawns are being moved into place as the three powers continue building. This series has done some incredible world building and I hope the story warrants the slow-burn approach to this book. 3.5 out of 5.

Velvet 9 came out and it's excellent. Velvet now has a companion on her road to freeing herself from the setup. Still a brilliantly written and gorgeously drawn book. 4 out of 5.

Lazarus 15 was released this week and ends the Conclave with a fairly serious trial by combat situation. I really need to go back and read the backmatter to explore more of the extended world and to be more familiar with the other families. 4 out of 5.

Now time for the new book: Sparks Nevada: Marshall on Mars 1. This is the comic adaptation of one of the tales from the Thrilling Adventure Hour. It is certainly the best comic adaptation of a new-time podcast in the style of old-time radio. 3.5 out of 5.

Now some Cullen Bunn time starting with Terrible Lizard 4 of 5. As the penultimate issue in this first series, the action ramps up quite well. It feels like it is coming to an end. It's a great story, but doesn't quite match the brilliance of Super Dinosaur going all out. 2.5 out of 5.

Brides of Helheim 4 pits Rikard against a valkyrie. The serpent-tongue old guy runs off and Rikard's witch friend chases after him to try to take him out. Bad things are about to happen next issue. 3 out of 5.

I also picked up Sixth Gun 46 and Days of the Dead 5. Both great books. The main story wraps up this arc next issue and then there's one last arc before the end of the series. Days of the Dead wraps up in this issue and it definitely deserves a re-read. A very touching story about Drake and Jesup's past and how death changed their relationship. I'll give them both 4 out of 5.

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