by Michael Brown, staff writer
This is The Pull List for the week of April 30, 2014. Let’s see what’s going on across comicdom.
In the Marvel U. this week, Peter Parker returns to action in Amazing Spider-Man #1; Doctor Strange debuts a new supernatural-themed Avengers team in Uncanny Avengers Annual #1; Silver Surfer faces the Never Queen, a being whose very existence is somehow tied to the entire Marvel Universe in Silver Surfer #2; the Abomination returns in Hulk #2; and Bruce Banner finally puts all the pieces together and calls Tony Stark to task in Avengers #28.
At DC, Batman takes on Batgirl in Batman: Eternal #4; Batgirl finds herself wrapped up in a mystery involving former Birds of Prey teammate and the woman who betrayed her: Poison Ivy in Batgirl Annual #2; and, in the action-packed finale of a three-part story, Batman, Batgirl, and Robin race against time to stop Joker and Catwoman’s plot to put all of Gotham under mind control in Batman ’66 #33.
And from IDW, Mulder and Scully are sent to Saudi Arabia to investigate an act of terrorism, but find something else under the desert sands in The X-Files: Season 10 #11; and Louis Tully returns to New York just in time to be minionized along with Dana Barrett as Gozer’s sister Tiamat begins to make her move against the Ghostbusters in part three of Mass Hysteria: Ghostbusters #15
The long-awaited, much-anticipated return of Peter Parker as the Amazing Spider-Man was worth the wait, as writer Dan Slott’s wall-crawler returned as the best he’s been in some time. But not unlike Howard the Duck, Peter found himself in a world he never made — as Otto took liberties while in Peter’s body — and now he has to clean up the mess. Or at least adjust to it. Peter has an actual doctorate now and is Dr. Peter Parker; he is CEO of Parker Industries; he and Mary Jane have split, and he has a girlfriend who was actually Otto’s. And it wouldn’t be a normal day for Peter if he didn’t somehow manage to have one of the worst days of his web-slinging career while trying to nab White Rabbit and her Menagerie.
Dan Slott’s comedy is great, as he immediately lets us know that there’s no mistaking the fact that Peter is back in his body. There’s even a great scene where Spider-Woman and Captain America are watching Spidey live on TV as he tries to nab White Rabbit and has a particularly embarrassing moment, in which Spider-Woman acknowledges that Peter has to be behind the mask now because no one else would embarrass himself like that. And long time readers of Slott know that he’s adept at planting seeds that explode into stories on down the line, and this extra sized issue brings us several extra stories that will do just that, such as a clue to Spider-Man’s “original sin”, a pissed off Electro, a dangerously scorned Black Cat, after Otto put her away himself, with Spidey being none the wiser, and a sneak peek of this summer’s Spider-Man 2099 by Peter David. A good start to new adventures, and worth the $5.99 price tag.
In Ghostbusters #15, IDW’s Ghostbusters 30th anniversary celebration continues in part three of Mass Hysteria as Louis Tully returns to the Big Apple after some much needed time away. But it turns out he’s been summoned without his knowledge to become a pawn in Tiamat’s play against the Ghostbusters.
This is such a great series and one that deserves some recognition. Erik Burnham continues his writing duties and his love for the mythos and the characters shine. And penciler Dan Schoening’s art is constantly amazing and it’s that consistency and love for the book that keeps me coming back to it.
And there’s this great scene, almost poignant, even, where Venkman, while arguing with Walter Peck about recent events, gets a phone call from Dana Barrett, who pleads for his help. Venkman vaults over his desk railing, grabs his coat, ignores Peck, hops on a motorcycle and speeds off to Dana’s apartment. Peck, who is actually the Ghostbusters’ boss as it pertains to city contracts, orders Janine to assemble the team. And when Janine refuses to do so, Peck points out that after the phone call, Venkman ran out without a single, smart-ass remark, and to Peck that was a huge red flag. That little bit showed readers the feelings Venkman still has for Dana, as well as Peck having paid enough attention to Venkman to know that when Venkman means business, it’s no trifling matter.
I know a lot of us are still waiting for a Ghostbusters 3, but until then, if you’re a Ghostbusters fan, this series will do nicely.
And that’s The Pull List for this week. As always, feel free to comment below or email me and let me know what you guys are reading. And don’t forget Amazing Spider-Man 2 this weekend!
It’s a great time to be a comics fan. Happy reading!