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What’s on Your Pull List? February 25, 2015

Chris M. Arnone

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The son of a librarian, Chris M. Arnone's love of books was as inevitable as gravity. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Missouri - Kansas City. His novel, The Hermes Protocol, was published by Castle Bridge Media in 2023 and the next book in that series is due out in winter 2024. His work can also be found in Adelaide Literary Magazine and FEED Lit Mag. You can find him writing more books, poetry, and acting in Kansas City. You can also follow him on social media (Facebook, Goodreads, Instagram, Twitter, website).

Every week, a different Panelteer will give you a rundown of the comics they’re most looking forward to for the week. Floppies, trades, and omniboo are all fair game here. This week, Chris Arnone tells us what’s on his pull list.

Chew #46 by John Layman and Rob Guillory (Image Comics) Chew 46 I’m constantly amazed that a comic prominently featuring cannibalism from ITS HERO has not only gone on for this long, but remained entertaining for this long. But here I am, hooked on Chew since issue #1 and still enjoying the ride that Layman and Guillory are on. It’s dark, gory, and hilarious. For those new to the series, the ninth trade paperback of Chew also hits comic shops this week.

D4ve #1 by Ryan Ferrier and Ramon Valentin (IDW) D4ve 1 A little post-apocalypse, a flavor of the robots from Saga, and a nice homage to 2001: A Space Odyssey all thrown together with a heaping helping of mid-life crisis makes D4ve look rather intriguing. I love the idea of villains (or in this case, robots) winning only to realize they don’t know how to rule or how to make things better. In the case of D4ve, the robots have extinguished humanity, but the world keeps on spinning and society goes on unchanged.

Deathstroke #5 by Tony S. Daniel and Sandu Florea (DC Comics) Deathstroke 5 Deathstroke versus Batman. Deathstroke. Versus. Batman. I fully expect this will be like a WWE title match the night before a pay-per-view: something will interfere and we won’t actually get an outcome. Any writer that says Batman can beat Deathstroke or Deathstroke can beat Batman would instantly anger half of the readers. Nevertheless, it’s a fight no DC Comics fan can skip.

Spider-Gwen #1 by Jason Latour and Robbi Rodriguez (Marvel Comics) Spider Gwen 1 I’m not generally a Spider-Man fan, but color me curious about Gwen Stacy getting spider-powers and that fantastic costume. I also imagine Gwen will be significantly less chatty than Peter Parker, which is the main reason I stay away from the web-slinger. Comics can always use more lady-led titles, so I’m giving Spider-Gwen the old college try.

The Wicked + The Divine #8 by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie (Image Comics) The Wicked The Divine 8 What can I say about The Wicked + The Divine that my fellow Panelteers haven’t already said? It’s unique, brilliant, intriguing, and beautifully drawn. Old gods have come back to Earth and they’re rock stars. They only have two years to live. Through this setup, Gillen and McKelvie deliver an engaging story that serves as an insightful examination of fandom, celebrity, and our own society.

Still on my Pull List from last month:

Gotham Academy #5 by Becky Cloonan, Brendan Fletcher, and Karl Kershl (DC Comics)

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