The TALKING COMICS Review Round-Up
Every week, the Talking Comics collective posts a mega-list of the comics they’re most excited to pull off the shelves that week. Check back here to see if the comics on the Pull List met the team’s expectations with reviews and quippy quotables!!! Click the links to go to full reviews and reflections!!!
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New Comic Book Day – June 22nd, 2016
Detective Comics #935 – By James Tynion IV with Art by Eddy Barrows
- Verdict: Buy! Like the issue before it, Detective Comics has begun to cement itself as the must-read Batbook of DC’s Rebirth, thanks in large part to the diverse cast of fan-favorite characters and writer James Tynion IV’s ability to give all of these distinct personalities a voice. There is a scene between Tim Drake and Batman in this issue that is easily worth the $2.99 alone. I think the mystery villain that our new team is up against is really, really obvious but as long as Tynion continues to do right by these characters it won’t matter.–John D.
Flash #1 – By Joshua Williamson & Carmine Di Giandomenico
- Verdict: Wait and See. I’m very excited to have a new Flash series that I can follow from the beginning, but this issue suffers from some real clunky dialogue, just like the Rebirth issue before it did. First issues should absolutely be new reader friendly, and while this certainly is, it’s coming at the cost of Barry’s voice. He doesn’t need to constantly remind the reader of his accident, what the speed force is, or what he can and can’t do. Williamson needs to show that through Barry’s actions rather that bog down the script with expository dialogue.–John D.
Wonder Woman #1 – By Greg Rucka & Liam Sharp
- Verdict: By Aphrodite, Buy It! Simply put, an absolutely inspiring book that combined with the Wonder Woman: Rebirth issue shows that the true Amazon Princess has returned to thrill those of us who mourned her absence.–Bob
- Verdict: Buy! What Bob said. –John D.
Action Man #1 – By John Barber & Paolo Villanelli
- Verdict: Check It Out. The Action Man property may not have resonated with me prior to reading this new comic series but thankfully John Barber has created a clean slate for any and all readers to jump on board. Right now the plot feels a little too cliche to recommend buying this issue outright but for those that like a little bit of a humorous take on your secret agents, Action Man #1 might be your cup of tea.–John D.
[Editor’s Note: Check out John’s full-length review of Action Man #1 here!!!]
Bitch Planet #8 – By Kelly Sue DeConnick & Valentine De Landro
- Verdict: BUY! It was great to be back on “Bitch Planet” again, and with so many plot threads intertwined into the fabric of the story, it’s hard to pick a highlight, as everything hits the mark solidly, but there are some elements that have been teased since the early issues that come to the fore here that take this exceptional book to even higher levels. (There’s also a great essay by Kelly Sue DeConnick as part of the back-matter that is “must” reading!)–Bob
Pretty Deadly #10 – By Kelly Sue DeConnick & Emma Rios
- Verdict: BUY IT, and the trade when it comes out! This issue is the finale of the second arc, set during The Great War (WW I), and if you’ve been on-board, be prepared for something quite stunning in its artistry. I knew going in that this would probably be the case, but the delivery of those highly emotional moments by Kelly Sue DeConnick & Emma Rios comprised a gloriously sad symphony, yet one filled with a special sort of quiet peace, too.–Bob
She Wolf #1 – By Rich Tommaso
- Verdict: Worth a look. While light on story, Rich Tommaso’s surrealist pop visuals and overall strangeness make She Wolf one of the most distinctive new horror books on the stands. It might end up being better read in trade format, but issue #1 definitely delivers an intriguing introduction to the world of Gabby Cullen and the werewolves. – Joey
[Editor’s Note: Check out Joey’s full review here!!!]
Ms. Marvel #8 – By G. Willow Wilson & Takeshi Miyagawa & Adrian Alphona
- Verdict: Buy. So far, Ms. Marvel has had two Civil War II tie-ins, but G. Willow Wilson and company have been able to ground the UNIVERSE-SHATTERING elements of that larger crossover into an intimate, relevant, forward-moving story for Kamala and her core cast. Add in a poignant opening sequence set during the Partition of India and you’ve got one helluva issue here. – Joey
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!