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, Dave tells us what’s on his pull list.
My first pull list of the new year, and as if to showcase a rather stunning trend, I noticed something as I was going over this week’s new releases. Check these first three books I’m pulling…
Captain Marvel #1 by Tara Butters, Michele Fazekas, and Kris Anka (Marvel)
Now, I’m kind of a fair-weather Captain Marvel fan, but I definitely like what Kelly Sue DeConnick did with Carol over the past few years, and I’m curious to see what Agent Carter show runners Butters and Fazekas can do with the character. I’ve been watching Kris Anka’s art for a while, and I think this might be the perfect showcase for him. Also… um, Alpha Flight?
Ms. Marvel #3 by G. Willow Wilson and Takeshi Miyazawa (Marvel)
I’ve been a fan since the previous series, and I have to admit that I lost a little momentum with the series as it dovetailed into Secret Wars, but I’m enjoying this new series, and I’m hoping they can steer somewhat clear of big events for a while.
Patsy Walker, A.K.A Hellcat! #2 by Kate Leth and Brittney Williams (Marvel)
I really enjoyed the humor and the willingness to play with the edges of the super-hero genre of the first issue of Patsy Walker’s new book, so I’m gonna check out the second.
But the larger point here: three Marvel books with female leads, all written by women, all dropping the same week. The comics industry has had a lot of discussion this past year about diversity and representation and just who makes up the comics reading audience, so I just want to take a moment to notice what Marvel’s done. Pretty cool.
Now, what else am I pulling this week?
Amazing Forest #1 by Ulises Farinas, Erick Freitas, Matt Rota and Various (IDW)
I honestly hadn’t heard about Amazing Forest until I started perusing the week’s titles, but it’s described as “a modern anthology that lends itself to a time when stories were short and ugly,” and its got this great cover. So, I’mma check this one out.
Batman #48 by Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo, and Danny Miki (DC)
At this point, I think you’re either on this ride or you’re off it. I’m one of the former — I’ve really been enjoying the new status quo of Gordon as the titular hero, even as the shadow of the bat grows ever darker over poor Bruce Wayne…
Clean Room #4 by Gail Simone and Jon Davis-Hunt (DC/Vertigo)
If you’ve been following my Vertigo relaunch round-up with Brian McNamara, then you know that I was a bit on the fence about Simon and Davis-Hunt’s Clean Room. However, as the months have gone by, I’ve actually come to really enjoy this series, and it is quickly rising in the ranks of comics I look forward to. More on that soon when Brian and I rank the Vertigo relaunch in an upcoming piece…
Lucifer #2 by Holly Black and Lee Garbett (DC/Vertigo)
Forget that there’s a TV show on the horizon. As Brian and I recently discovered, Vertigo’s new Lucifer series serves as a fitting (thus far) continuation of Mike Carey’s previous Lucifer series — with a clean set-up and some nice prose. Worth checking out.
Tokyo Ghost #5 by Rick Remender, Sean Murphy and Matt Hollingsworth (Image)
When I read the first issue of Tokyo Ghost, I was pretty uncertain if I’d continue. I like a lot of Remender’s concepts, but this one didn’t quite resonate with me. I may have only read issue #2 because I dig Sean Murphy’s art so much. But I’m glad I did because I found myself very intrigued by the world building by Remender and Murphy. The story has really come into its own in the subsequent issues, and I’m genuinely excited for the next issue.
That’s what my week is looking like; how about you?