Pull List #3 16th January Part 1.
Black Beetle: No Way Out
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Writer: Francesco Francavilla
Artist: Francesco Francavilla
After starting the year off with getting back into films which are noir in nature, LA Confidential and Gangster Squad, I came across Black Beetle on this weeks releases. I had a quick peek at the cover and blurb and it is being sold as ‘a pulp sensation’ – I knew I was interested – even with know knowledge of Black Beetle himself.
This issue is just great and just what I wanted. The cover art is fantastically done and inside the book too. I feel like each issue could be a poster for a noir film, everything about it feels right and fitting to the setting. And it’s not just the art, the dialogue works in tandem with this gritty thriller, and would not be out of place in the likes of The Maltese Falcon or Sunset Boulevard – the self narration so often heard and read in noir themed books and film.
A great aspect about this book is also the fact that it is a 4 issue run. Perfect to jump in to without having to commit to too much, with also the hops of a packed issue each month due to the short run unlike other comics which maybe draw out their stories and plots as they know they have 12+ issues to work with.
Overall, I think this is my pick of the week and I shall certainly be gathering the next 3 issues. So glad I picked it up. I am even interested in the trade Black Beetle: Night Shift, if it’s anything like this series.
All New X-Men #6
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Artist: David Marquez
Thus far, I am very pleased that I have stuck with this new iteration of X-Men, especially as it is my first few steps into a massive back catalogue. So it’s currently knocking out at #6, with #1 only being released in November! This is due to Marvel deciding to go with double month shipping, which is currently a hot topic amongst the comic book community. As for me, I’m not minding it as much, but I feel this may be due to me having a relatively small pull list and still relatively new to comics.
Anyway, on to #6. This issue focuses on Young Jean and Young Scott getting to grips with their powers and dealing with their older counterparts. The front cover is somewhat lackluster – I still crave for the covers for the first two issues or so, which are still outstanding. And speaking of art, this issue sees David Marquez on guest artist duties, with the previous 5 issues having Immonen and von Grawbadger. Thankfully, it did not look wholly out of place and kept in line, or I feel it did, with the previous 5 issues – which is to say, fantastic art and colouring.
I feel the series may start to slow down just a touch now over the next few issues as the plot line really thickens out after setting its foundations so well. I can’t say where I think it will lead, bar having a massive conflict between Cyclops and his new recruits pitching against Jean Grey and the young X-Men – but I reckon it’ll be a long while until we reach that. I’m really hoping for Bendis to pull this out of the bag and really blow me away. It X-Men stays to this quality I can see me following it for many years.
Writer: Brian K. Vaughan
Artist: Fiona Staples
This series just keeps on giving. From the cover to the back page, this comic is beautifully presented to the reader – everything works perfectly, fonts, colouring, styles, shading and everything inbetween. It’s continued brilliance by a team which inspires.
#9 focuses on a character we haven’t seen for a few issues, The Will, after saving Slave Girl from the sex slave culture. It’s starting to tie together a few loose ends from previous issues, whilst developing characters and plotlines further. What it certainly develops is the fact that The Will is 100% badass, with a few of his lines certainly film-worthy. It’s great that in this comic that we get just as much story of the bad guys as we do for the good guys, which must mean something big will happen when they meet.
I recently looked at sales figures for comics in the month of December and was disappointed to see so many Image titles so low down in the rankings. After some thinking and discussion on /r/comicbooks, the subreddit, I became aware that most of my discussion and news upon comics come through the same few websites, which is a narrow scope of a world wealthy of discussion. On /r/comicbooks, Saga is probably rated as the most hyped comic out right now – and for good reason, mind – but looking at sales figures, it looks like it is not getting the worldwide recognition I so often assume it gets. Interesting. Anyway, go buy Saga and catch up. Or get the trades. It’s worth it.
Indestructible Hulk #3
Writer: Mark Waid
Artist: Leinil Yu
After picking up #1 of Indestructible Hulk a couple of months back and never really knowing who the artist nor writer was, I can definitely say I am pleased I keep collecting this book – albeit only 3 issues in. I never really had a fondness of The Hulk, but this series is changing that.
The Incredible Hulk series tends to be my all out pleasure-fest. A comic always filled with amazing art fueled by almost 99% action of The Hulk just tearing things and people apart – this issue proves this point. We see Hulk battle against Quintronic Man who I believe was originally created by Tony Stark and it’s main use was to explore space, but in this issue it goes head-to-head with Hulk. Pretty awesome battle indeed. This comic for me is all about the action, almost the Transformers of the comic world, if you’ll allow me to make that comparison; it’s just accepted that the plot may not be all that great, but you’ll get to see some serious madness and violence.
I look forward as to how Waid brings this series together. It’s got potential to be bigger than what it currently is, but I feel that the storylines will have to be developed and Waid will have to start pulling out the big guns – whilst keeping his great execution of humour, perfectly exampled on the last page of #3.
As a note… I also received The Legend of Luther Strode #2 from the 9th January releases, so I have ordered #1 as I missed that one completely due to Image and their shipping times. Really looking forward to it. The previous arc The Strange Tale of Luther Strode was fantastic, so Legend should be just as great. Review to be added on to next weeks releases.