by Michael Brown, staff writer
This is The Pull List for the week of April 2, 2014. Over at Marvel this week, Ultimate Spider-Man reaches issue 200; a cloud of Terrigen Mist is transforming regular people into “inhumans” with amazing powers in Inhuman #1; The New Warriors continue their fight with the High Evolutionary in New Warriors #3; and in Spider-Man: Family Business, Spider-Man’s been targeted for termination by the Kingpin, and Spidey’s only hope is… his sister??
At DC Comics, Superman confronts Lex Luthor after the events in Forever Evil, but Lex is the hero and Superman is the villain in Action Comics #30; the Outsiders War continues in Green Arrow #30; Joker needs Catwoman’s help with his newest crime, and the Dynamic Duo are going to need some Batgirl-sized help of their own to stop them in Batman ’66 #31.
Gail Simone continues chronicling Red Sonja’s quest in Red Sonja #8 by Dynamite Comics; Frankenstein’s monster arrives in London and clashes with Jack the Ripper in Monster and Madman #2 from IDW; Valiant brings us an epic clash between Archer and Armstrong, Bloodshot, and the H.A.R.D. Corps in Archer & Armstrong #19; and Dark Horse Comics kicks off a new Star Wars series and a new season of Angel and Faith.
I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again. I was told many years ago as a young new comic book reader that the first issue hooks you and the second issue keeps you there. Moon Knight #2 is that kind of second issue. This one has the Fist of Khonshu chasing a sniper who is murdering seemingly random people, and written the way that only Warren Ellis can write it. And there’s actually less writing and more scripting, giving penciler Declan Shalvey and colorist Jordie Bellaire a chance to shine. And shine they do, in a definite dark and gritty kind of way. Some of the best artistic storytelling can be found in this book and Shalvey and Bellaire are brilliant, and Moon Knight has never looked better. Working off of Ellis’ script, Shalvey and Bellaire deliver an almost dialogue-free chase across New York City’s rooftops. And once Ellis’ set-up ends, this issue is fast-paced with enough action that once you reach the end, it’s like stopping just short of a brick wall and wondering what the heck happened. Great issue with Moon Knight at the top of his game. If you are a Punisher or Daredevil fan, this will make your list, too.
She-Hulk continues to be one of my favorite books. It’s fun and charming, two words that are almost anathema in comic book production these days. In this third issue, Jennifer is hired by none other than Doctor Doom’s son, who is seeking political asylum because he likes to party and just doesn’t want to be the next ruler of Latveria. Of course she agrees, because her practice is still new, she still needs the money, and she can rely on her unique skill set. And she’ll need her skill set because getting Doom Junior to the judge on time is going to be tricky when she’s pursued by hordes of Doombots as she tries to get across the city.
Writer Charles Soule and penciler Javier Pulido deliver a fun, chuckle-worthy, fast paced issue, and a great nod to the John Byrne breaking-the-fourth-wall She-Hulk series that Shulkie fans know and love. Soule and Pulido work well together and I couldn’t imagine a better team for this book. And even with my initial hesitation over Pulido’s art, much like my early feelings about Dan Schoening’s work on IDW’s Ghostbusters, his artwork is the perfect comedic visual punch this book needs.
After you’re finished with your grittier books like Detective Comics, Punisher, Moon Knight, and Green Arrow, take a breath, clear your head, and have some fun with She-Hulk. It’s like eating a fabulous steak, then following it up with a perfect dessert. A perfect comics meal.
And that’s my pull list for this week. Next week brings us Chris Claremont’s return to the X-Men with his new Nightcrawler series, a new Batman book for DC, Daredevil’s 50th anniversary celebration, Iron Fist’s return to monthly comics, and still more! Awesome and exciting stuff. It’s a good time to be a comics fan.
Happy reading, Kryptonics!