The Pull List #2

1 May

DC Comics

The Movement #1 by Gail Simone, art by Freddie E. Williams II

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Gail Simone has been putting out great comics at DC for years, from his epic run on Suicide Squad to his recent revamp of Barbara Gordon as Batgirl, and now DC has given him a new task– adapting the Occupy movement into a comic book. That’s the closest comparison I can make. Even the solicit that went out for The Movement #1 begins: Who defends the powerless against the GREEDY and the CORRUPT? Who protects the homeless and poverty-stricken from those who would PREY upon them in the DARK OF NIGHT? A subversive group of superheroes fighting back against society? Written by Gail Simone? Art by the wonderfully talented Freddie Williams? It’s hard to think of a reason not to pick this up.

 Animal Man #20 by Jeff Lemire, art by Steve Pugh and Jae Lee

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Jeff Lemire just loves to put his characters through hell. Animal Man, Buddy Baker, along with the help of Swamp Thing successfully defeated the Rot. As if it wasn’t enough to travel to an alternate future where everybody he knew had been consumed and turned into zombie like creatures, his return brought with it the death of his son, and then separation from his wife. What else can go wrong for Animal Man? That’s the main reason I keep reading Animal Man every month. Lemire continues to spin a superhero story that’s bizarre and grotesque and somehow deeply human, but above all unlike anything that’s hitting the stands right now.

Dynamite Comics

The Black Bat #1 by Brian Buccellato

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Brian Buccellato’s The Flash has been one of the best things to come out the New 52. Now he’s teaming up with Ronan Cliquet for a new take on mob lawyer turned vigilante hero Black Bat. The original Black Bat comics were from the 30s, but pulps have seen a bit of a renaissance over at Dynamite with their new team of “Masks”. Now Black Bat is going to be joining the likes of Green Hornet and the Shadow, and I can’t wait to see what stories Buccellato is going to tell with him.

 Marvel Comics

Hawkeye #10 by Matt Fraction, art by Francesco Francavilla

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“Superheroes are stupid”. “Hawkeye? Isn’t he the guy who just shoots arrows?”. These are two things you could say in response to somebody asking you whether or not you’d want to read Hawkeye, and both are stupid. Matt Fraction’s Hawkeye is simply one of the best comics hitting shelves right now, and his take on the Hawkeyes, Clint Barton and Kate Bishop,  is consistently hilarious and touching. He has taken the idea of a normal guy who happens to go around fighting alongside Norse Gods and raging Hulks and built a whole series around what they would be like when they weren’t out saving the world. Instead of facing down Galactus or Doctor Doom, Fraction’s Hawkeye is busy dealing with women, saving Pizza Dog, and trying to be a good mentor. Oh, and Francesco Francavilla (Batman: The Black Mirror, The Black Beetle) is doing the art, and just happens to be one of the best inkers/illustrators working today.

– Nico

 

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One Response to “The Pull List #2”

  1. wwayne May 3, 2013 at 8:12 am #

    Hawkeye has all the things I love most in comics: urban setting, dark atmosphere, street level and non super-powered leading character, action packed scenes, clever plot, great stage tricks… a 5 stars series, that’s for sure.
    Animal Man is another series I’m enjoying very much. Perhaps it is the best DC series right now (along with Green Arrow and Vibe).
    What makes Animal Man so special is the way Lemire deconstructs the superhero mythology. For example:
    1) Superheroes tend to monopolize the attention of the reader, while Animal Man is constantly upstaged by the supporting characters of the series.
    2) Superhero comics usually don’t give much importance to the private life of their main character (they tend to focus only on the “costume on” part); in Animal Man, on the contrary, the private life of Buddy is the main theme of the series. In fact, it is rather infrequent to see Buddy with his costume on.
    3) Buddy is not perfect, and is not perceived as perfect by other people: in fact, in the 11th issue, when he tells his wife “It’s going to be okay”, she replies “Don’t give me anything of that superhero crap, Buddy.” That cut and thrust perfectly enlightens the philosophy of the series.

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