The Pull List #4

22 May

The Pull List is Nico’s ongoing recommendations for what to pick up at the comic shop this week.  Check back each week for the best of brand new releases.

Dark Horse Comics

Lobster Johnson: Satan Smells A Rat by Mike Mignola, John Arcudi, and Kevin Nolan

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Mike Mignola is perhaps best known for his epic (and still going) run on Hellboy, but he’s also down a lot more for Dark Horse, including a wonderfully bizarre pulp filled series starring Lobster Johnson. Don’t know who that is? That’s ok, because this month we are getting a one shot starring everybody’s favorite vigilante. The solicit says that somebody is killing bums in Skid Row, and you can guess that with Johnson on the case, somebody is going to get a lobster claw burned into their head (because fuck it, that’s why). But in all seriousness, it should be a great one shot and a nice introduction for people who may not know much about the world of Dark Horse’s BPRD.

DC Comics

Batman Incorporated #11 by Chris Burnham and Jorge Lucas

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Grant Morrison’s Batman Incorporated has been building for literally years now and is about to reach its conclusion, although I doubt anybody knows what that will look like. The war between Talia al Ghul and her organization Leviathan, and Batman’s Batman Incorporated has escalated out of control, Robin is dead, Talia has control of Gotham and… we are getting a one shot. Still, it’s been a while since anybody has heard from Mr. Unknown, the Batman of Japan. Normal series artist Chris Burnham is taking over scripting duties for an issue while Jorge Lucas is going to be filling in on art, and even if this isn’t going to be moving the story forward at all, it’ll still be nice to see what the other members of Batman Inc. have been up to while Batman was busy, uh, dealing with the death of his son and turning himself into a bat. Batman Inc. is pretty weird.

Green Lantern #20 by Geoff Johns, Doug Mahnke

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Geoff Johns is leaving the Green Lanterns. Many people thought this would never happen, after Johns almost single handedly brought back Hal Jordan and reinvigorated the entire Green Lantern mythos. From the “Sinestro Corps War” to “Blackest Night” to “Brightest Day”, Johns’ Lantern stories have always been galactic in scope, but at the center has always been Hal Jordan. This will be Johns last issue with the character, and he’s going out with a bang, with a 64 page super sized issue. While his recent stories have faltered some, with “The Rise of the Third Army” and “The Wrath of the First Lantern” sometimes losing their way, this is still the end and it’ll be tough to say goodbye to Johns, even as he leaves his last mark on Hal Jordan and the rest of the Green Lantern Corps.

Marvel Comics

Daredevil #26 by Mark Waid and Chris Samnee

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Another extra sized issue! For #26 issues now Mark Waid has been building a Daredevil story utterly unlike anything that’s come before, and in #25 it all sort of came to a head. The beating that Daredevil receives in it is absolutely brutal and it will be interesting to see how Waid deals with the fall out, with a Matt Murdock who is constantly looking over his shoulder. Also, it’ll be worth picking up just to continue the story of Foggy, Daredevil’s best friend, coming to terms with his cancer, even as Matt tries to do everything he can, including bringing in Iron Man. Honestly, Daredevil is simply one of the best titles being put out each month and something everybody, even if they don’t like comic books, should be reading.

– Nico

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