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.
Five Weapons #4 by Jimmie Robinson
I think I’ve written about this series every month, but that’s ok, because it’s so fucking cool. Last issue, Tyler beat Rick the Stick, the head of the Staff Club, and competed against Darryl the Arrow in a race to win a date with Jade the Blade. Yes, all the club presidents have rhyming names, and that’s ok, because, despite being a story about a school for assassins, writer and artist Jimmie Robinson seems interested in, above all, simply having fun. Now, there are just two issues left of this awesome series, and so many questions left to answer. Will Tyler win a date with Jade? Will his secret be found out? How does Nat the Gat, President of the Gun Club, fit into the staff scheme to get Tyler kicked out? This has been one of Image’s best mini series this year, and every issue is worth checking out.
Hawkeye #11 by Matt Fraction and David Aja
You know who’s awesome? Hawkeye. That’s why he needs an equally awesome sidekick, and while Kate Bishop (aka Hawkeye) is cool and all, leave it to Matt Fraction to invent an even cooler partner. Meet: Pizza Dog. That’s right, Hawkeye #11 is told entirely through the eyes of Pizza Dog, including black and white coloring, as he tries to piece together the gruesome murder that occurred at the end of last issue. Plus, in the preview online there’s at least one reference to Anatomy of a Murder, one of the best movies of all time. Clearly the guys over at team Hawkguy know how to make a comic and so far Matt Fraction’s run has been bizarre and funny and down to earth in a way most superhero comics can’t even touch, so you know they’ll tell Pizza Dog’s story right.
X-Men #1 by Brian Wood and Olivier Coipel
Don’t let the name deceive you, this is the first issue of the world’s first all female X-Men roster. That’s right, it’s another X-book, but this one stars Psylocke, Rachel Grey, Rogue, Storm, Kitty Pryde and features the return of Vampire Jubliee. Brian Wood’s The Massive was one of the best comics to come out of Dark Horse last year, and Olivier Coipel’s work on big events like “House of M” and “AVX” proved that he can draw X-Men. Really though, it’s just exciting that despite the gross amount of X-titles Marvel publishes each month, this one will be focusing on female characters that despite usually working within teams, rarely get a chance to really assert themselves. Hopefully Wood can bring the same charm you can find in “The Massive” over to this, because I could see this title being a huge success.
The Wake #1, by Scott Snyder and Sean Murphy
Scott Snyder is the reason I started reading comics. When I first started picking up trades, it was his two Batman stories, “The Black Mirror” and “Gates of Gotham”, along with his American Vampire, that sold me on why I should read comic books. His Batman ongoing and his run on Swamp Thing were two of the best series to come out of the New 52. But sometimes you get tired of superheroes and the DC Universe, and that’s ok, because now Scott Snyder is starting a new series over at Vertigo, where he first got his start, called The Wake. A horror story about a marine biologist who travels to the Arctic circle at the behest of the Department of Homeland Security is all I need to know this is going to be be an amazing ride. I’ve been looking forward to this series for a long time now, and this Wednesday, the first issue will finally be available in comic shops. Go buy it.