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The TALKING COMICS Pull List – May 11th, 2016


Every Wednesday, the Talking Comics collective will post a mega-list of the comics they’re most excited to pull off the shelves that week. With the wide range of personal tastes on our staff here, you know there’s bound to be something worth sampling come New Comic Book Day!!!

Then, check back here on Thursday and Friday to see if the comics on the Pull List met the team’s expectations with reviews and quippy quotables!!!


New Comic Book Day – May 11th, 2016

This week’s contributors:

And lovingly edited by Joey Braccino (@joeybraccino)



Archie #8 – By Mark Waid & Veronica Fish 

Archie #8
Archie #8
  • It’s a tale as old as time, Archie and Reggie love Veronica and Veronica loves Archie – now that Reggie’s voluntarily out of the picture (for now) true love can finally prevail… right? Unfortunately for Archie, Mr. Lodge does not think so. To make matters worse, he’s running for mayor of Riverdale! And what’s with Betty’s new beau? Issue #8 opens a new arc within this series that I am extremely looking forward too! – Kelsey


PowerRangers-003-A-Main-90b75Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #3 – By Kyle Higgins & Hendry Prasetya

[Editor’s Note: Our very own Angela Fowler has been super excited about Mighty Morphin Power Rangers since the start, and she has a great review of the latest issue HERE!!! Click through and read it!!! And read the book, too!!!]


Batman #52 – By James Tynion IV & Riley Rossmo

  • It feels rather odd having another issue of Batman left after Snyder & Capullo’s swan song last month. James Tynion is a writer who I’ll gladly read anything he touches and his work on Batman previously has been great. I can’t think of anyone more deserving to rounded one of the greatest volumes of a comic in recent history. No doubt this’ll be a good read! – Huw
  • The way I see it, Batman #52 is less an end to the New 52 Batman and more the beginning for writer James Tynion to properly take the reigns inside the Batman universe. His upcoming gig on Detective Comics has me excited, so I’m checking his issue of Batman out purely to see if any groundwork will be laid for his work to come. Speaking of talent related to the upcoming new Bat-universe in DC, Riley Rossmo will be providing the art for this issue before moving on to Batgirl. While we all know what he can do already, I can’t think of a better artist to take this title to its endgame (see what I did there) in Capullo’s absence than Rossmo.-John D.

Starfire #12 – By Jimmy Palmiotti & Amanda Conner 

Starfire #12
Starfire #12
  • Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner bring the Starfire series to an end this week with issue #12. A happy ending to an equally happy adventure, Kori surrounds herself with her friends and loved ones to say goodbye to Key West. I am saddened to even think about Starfire ending this week. I was excited to see this character get her own series that did not tie her to the Teen Titans or The Outlaws. For me, it was exciting to see Kori in a new light – I loved that her innocence shined through with her little thought bubbles. Disappointed to see her leave (as well as the two creators together), but excited for what opportunities lie for Starfire ahead! – Kelsey


Rocketeer at War #3 – By Marc Guggenheim & Dave Bullock

  • While nothing will ever come close to the original Rocketeer of Dave Stevens, IDW has done a great job over the last few years of continuing his legacy. This latest mini by Marc Guggenheim and Dave Bullock has been a fun, retro-romp as Cliff plies his talents during the Second World War, and this latest issue promises to be thrill-packed!-Bob
TMNT #58
TMNT #58

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #58 – By Tom Waltz, Mateus Santolouco, & Dave Wachter

  • The last issue ended on a great cliffhanger with the proverbial poop about to hit the air movement device at serious speed. This is set to be an action packed issue and when this book does action, it does it so so well. As far as comics that progress the story and do new and fresh things with a well established property, this is one of the best out there. – Huw


FIX #2 – By Nick Spencer & Steve Lieber 

The Fix #2
The Fix #2
  • If the second issue of this comic is as funny at the first, I’m in. What is it about Nick Spencer that the man know how to write such lovable scumbags? Anyway, I’m looking forward to more uncomfortable humor and shameless antics from our two anti-heroes this issue. – Steve

GRIZZLY SHARK #2 – By Ryan Ottley 

Grizzly Shark #2
Grizzly Shark #2
  • On Steve’s recommendation, I picked up Grizzly Shark #1 and laughed and laughed and laughed. A premise literally founded in the “Hey, what would happen if…” vein, Grizzly Shark is the tiny slice of absurdity and light-hearted gore you didn’t know you needed. Where will the Grizzly Shark strike next???!?!??!?!? Probably the woods!!! – Joey
  • Awwww yeah! This is without a doubt my most anticipated book of this week. The first issue was positively hysterical and maybe one of the best comic book surprises of this year, so far. Do I smell a nomination for best limited series? We’ll just have to wait and see. – Steve


Black Panther #2 – By Ta-Nehisi Coates & Brian Stelfreeze 

Black Panther #2
Black Panther #2
  • I’ll openly admit to feeling rather lost after the first issue of this run. There felt like there was a lot of history behind it and a depth that was rather intimidating to new readers. That being said, it was incredibly well written, the dialogue had a weight and gravitas to it that showed that this could turn into something special. On top of that, the art and colours were absolutely gorgeous! I’m excited for this issue, I want to learn more about Black Panther and be along for the ride whilst supporting what I think is a really important title. – Huw
  • Call it residual excitement from Civil War, but I’m looking to get my paws (I’m really not trying to do this, I swear) on more stories involving Black Panther. The first issue of this new run from writer Ta-Nehisi Coates left me equal parts intrigued and confused, but enough of the former for me to continue to pick this title up in hopes that it explores more of Black Panther and his role as a leader facing a rebellion within his own country. John D.
  • More than any other Marvel book on the stands right now, I’m curious to see how this series pans out. I often appreciate books that attempt a different approach to comic-related storytelling, and it probably helps that I’m fresh off of loving Black Panther’s appearance in Captain America: Civil War. – Steve  


Attack On Titan: Chapter 81
Attack On Titan: Chapter 81

Attack on Titan: Chapter #81 (Kodansha Comics)

  • What times we live in! Attack on Titan and 17 other Kodansha Manga titles are now simul-published on Comixology when they’re released in Japan. Right now, Eren and the gang are in the midst of a huge battle that could well turn the tide in their favou against r. With a crazy, giant ape-like Titan appearing to have the rest of the Titans under his control, things look bleak. It has all the hallmarks of an all-or-nothing fight and the action at the moment is off the charts! – Huw


And that’s our Pull List for this week!!! If you happen to pick up any of these books, please join the conversation here or on twitter and let us know what you think! As we update the site with reviews and verdicts on these comics, we’d love to include your input!


Joey Braccino took his BA in English and turned it into an Ed.M. in English Education. Currently, he brings comics back in a big way all day every day to the classroom. In addition to proselytizing the good word of comics to this nation’s under-aged…

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