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The TALKING COMICS Pull List – September 14th, 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 Sunday to see if the comics on the Pull List met the team’s expectations with reviews and quippy quotables!!!


This week’s contributors:

And lovingly edited by Joey Braccino (@joeybraccino)

New Comic Book Day – September 14th, 2016



Betty & Veronica #2 – By Adam Hughes


Black Mask Studios
The Forevers #1

The Forevers #1 – By Curt Pires & Eric Pfeifer 

  • I know virtually nothing about this book aside from the fact that the premise sounds like a more serious version of the film Jennifer’s Body, so without any expectations, I look forward to diving headfirst into this black magic-based book. Not to mention with Greg Rucka and Nicola Scott’s Black Magick on a lengthy hiatus, I’m hoping this book can try and fill that witchcraft void in my life. –John D.
  • Like John, I know very little about this story.  But, it sounds like a commentary that extrapolates on the dangers of celebrity-worship.  Count me in for this #1. -Max
  • In the last year, Black Mask Studios has published some fantastic books. But unfortunately, they’ve also had crazy delays. I’ve been waiting on a second issue of Young Terrorists for over a year! That said, it looks like they are course correcting and The Forevers looks awesome. I am definitely picking this up and I hope to see a second issue in 2016. – Jesse


Toil and Trouble

Jonesy #6 – By Sam Humphries & Caitlin Rose Boyle (Now an ongoing!)

TOIL & TROUBLE (graphic novel) – Mairghread Scott & Kelly Matthews

  • Uhhhhhhhh, graphic novel alternate perspective version of Macbeth? This is like MY JAM. How soon can I get it on the curriculum, y’think??? – Joey


Briggs Land #2 – By Brian Wood & Mack Chater

  • I really enjoyed the grounded feel of the inaugural issue.  There are tons of follow-up questions following a wicked cliffhanger.  I’m looking forward to reading about this storyline that’s the tonal familiar of TV shows like Sons of Anarchy and Breaking Bad. -Max
Lady Killer 2 #2

Resident Alien: The Man with No Name #1 – By Christos Gage and Rebekah Isaacs & Dan Jackson

Lady Killer 2 #2 – By Joelle Jones

  • After hearing Bob talk about the excellence of this series, I picked up the first trade paperback. Instantly, it became one of my favorite things. Now that the series has come back, it’s even better. The series continues to be a magical blend of numerous genres. If you love gore as much as you love mid-century design, this is the series for you! – Jesse
  • First off–Jesse, I’m so glad that you gave Lady Killer a try! This first issue of this second mini-series had things off to a rousing start, so I can hardly wait to see what shenanigans Josie can get into next!–Bob


DC Comics
Action Comics #963

Action Comics #963 – By Dan Jurgens & Patrick Zircher (New Story Arc)

  • Whilst the Doomsday fight was good for me it dragged on for too  long. So now that it is finally over, I’m looking forward to having a breather and finding out more about the mystery of the second Clark Kent.– Lorna
  • I agree with Lorna that the Doomsday fight was way too long and had me questioning if this book would stay on my pull list. With the first arc completed, I will check this issue out and that will determine its fate for me. All I want is more focus in this book on SuperLex. – Nathan
All-Star Batman #2

All-Star Batman #2 – By Scott Snyder & John Romita, Jr.

  • Two legends, Snyder & Romita Jr., continue their story about Batman trying to get Two-Face to a safehouse. Looking forward to where this ride goes next. – Vivek
  • It seems like people either loved the first issue or hated it. I loved it and am very excited for the second issue, even at the $4.99 price point. – Nathan
  • The first issue of this series really impressed me. It’s good to know that Snyder hasn’t run out of good Batman stories to tell, because that would be a real shame. I plan on checking this out and likely following the series for the entire run. – Deanna
Deathstroke #2

Deathstroke #2 – By Christopher Priest and Carlo Pagulayan

  • I thought that the second issue was a step back from Deathstroke: Rebirth, but I’m going to stick with Priest and Pagulayan for now.  Priest has mentioned a couple of significant encounters lie ahead in Deathstroke’s near future, so that’s intriguing.  I’m rooting for this creative team, so I hope this issue is good enough to keep Deathstroke on my pull list.  The art has been consistently superb throughout. -Max
  • This book is on my watchlist to cut, but primarily because I have to start cutting something. However, this title might just be too intriguing with Priest at the helm for me to make the cut. – Nathan

Detective Comics #940By James Tynion IV & Eddy Barrows (End of First Arc)   

DC Comics
Detective Comics #940
  • I think this is one of the best DC Rebirth titles out now, and I can’t wait to see how this first story ends. Tynion’s writing of the Bat family is excellent, hitting all of the right emotional notes while exploring a question that hasn’t been looked at much before: what if the military made a unit mirroring Batman? – Vivek
  • Right now this is my go to Batman book. The way this arc has come together and told this story has been nothing short of brilliant. While there has always been the support of a Bat Family for Batman the growth that has been seen here as Bruce slowly accepts that his team that he put together is capable of doing the job right and sometimes better than he can has been refreshing. -Greg
  • James Tynion IV has been tweeting about this issue saying things like, “I haven’t been more nervous and excited about an issue in my entire career.” WHAT DOES THAT EVEN MEAN?! All I know is that Tynion love Tim Drake even more than I do, so I am really looking forward to reading this issue. – Jesse
  • If not for Wonder Woman, this would be my favorite Rebirth title, and it is still probably in contention. I saw the tweet from Tynion that Jesse mentioned, and that has me nervous as well. If I had to call my shot, I would take a leap and say we may be seeing a second iteration of Oracle??? – Nathan
  • This was honestly the first time I had checked out Detective Comics (I’m a newb, I know) and I’ve been ultimately impressed with it. Seeing James Tynion IV talk about this on Twitter, like Jesse, has me wondering just what exactly he means. I’m really looking forward to this issue this week. – Deanna
Dc Comics
Doom Patrol #1

DOOM PATROL #1 – By Gerard Way & Nick Derington

  • My knowledge of the Doom Patrol is literally limited to the fact that Grant Morrison has written on the title in the past and that’s kind of it. As a result, I’m pretty much a clean-slate going into this one. It’s being written by My Chemical Romance’s Gerard Way, whose comic book portfolio seems to be getting better and better. I don’t know what to expect out of this one but I’m looking forward to it. –John D.
  • Doom Patrol is here and I’m pumped! -Matt I.
  • I almost picked this as a book to review this week, but I figured it would be better to just sit back and check it out since I’m unfamiliar with the title. Honestly, I haven’t read anything fro Gerard Way, but now seems like a good time to start. – Deanna

Gotham Academy: Second Semester #1 – By Brandon Fletcher & Adam Archer  stl017261

  • I recently read through the 18 issues of Gotham Academy and honestly didn’t realize this was coming out. It’s a fun story and Brandon Fletcher’s writing was enjoyable on it. I look forward to seeing what he comes up with next for the new semester! – Deanna

Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #4 – By Robert Venditti and Ethan Van Scriver

  • I don’t think that this series is getting the credit that it deserves.  The art is gorgeous, particularly with Van Scriver’s depictions of cosmic battles.  Colors simply vivid and pop off of the page.  The cover suggests the anticipated clash between Sinestro and a battered Hal Jordan.  Bring it. -Max
Red Hood and the Outlaws #2
Red Hood and the Outlaws #2

Red Hood and the Outlaws #2 – By Scott Lobdell and Dexter Soy

  • Through two issues, Lobdell and Soy have really hooked me with this take on the Red Hood.  The story balances grim, touching and humorous moments while telling a focused story, and I always appreciate that kind of balance.  I’m very curious to see how the vigilante interacts with an Amazon in this issue. -Max
  • I’m going to respectfully disagree with Max on this one. I feel like this has been one of the dogs of Rebirth so far. However, I love Redhood and I have been sticking around to see if Amazon and Bizarro make a compelling team to pair with him. We shall see, but they have certainly been slow in getting us there thus far. That could change this week. – Nathan
  • This series has been more enjoyable than I anticipated. It’s another that I didn’t know much about going into it other than the Red Hood appearance in Snyder and Capullo’s run. But the new take on it had me hooked from the one-shot issue. I look forward to what’s in store this week. – Deanna

Suicide Squad #2 – By Rob Williams and Jim Lee   

DC Comics
Suicide Squad #2
  • Anything with Jim Lee’s name attached to it will catch my attention.  However, if this series wants to hold my attention (and my money), the story is going to have to progress with this third issue. -Max
  • I completely agree with Max on this one. My biggest concern with the first issue was that is was half an issue with the rest being a backup story. With this being a monthly, if the main story is half of a regular issue every week it is going to take forever to get where we are going. I love Jim Lee, but I have to wonder if he has bitten off more than he can chew and that is hurting the book. – Nathan

Superwoman #2 – By Phil Jimenez 

DC Comics
Superwoman #2
  • If you missed it last month, Superwoman started out completely bonkers. I won’t spoil how that first issue unfurled except to say you really should go back and pick that one up, then pick up this second issue. I don’t know what to expect from this series moving forward and that’s super exciting as a comic book fan to be able to say. –John D.
  • I’m hearing some things rumbling around the inter-webs about this issue  that aren’t making me happy, but I’m going to trust Mr. Jimenez until I see it for myself!–Bob
  • Hmm, I have avoided the rumblings that Bob mentioned, but that has me nervous. This was a huge surprise issue in its debut and I am really hoping that the quality stays high. – Nathan
Wonder Woman #6
Wonder Woman #6

Wonder Woman #6 – By Greg Rucka and Nicola Scott 

  • This will be the third installment of the Year One storyline.  It has been both an emotive and effect telling of the Amazon Princess’s origin story, beloved by new and seasoned readers alike.  Rucka and Scott haven’t let us down yet, and there have been no signs that they will.  This series is fantastic. -Max
  • This book has been so good that it is almost difficult to write about because I keep gushing about the same things. Can’t wait!– Nathan
  • Wonder Woman has been on of the strongest Rebirth titles for me so far. I love the alternating storylines. Rucka is excellent at writing Wonder Woman as a character and I keep looking forward to this title no matter which story it’s on. – Deanna



Revolution #1 (of 5) – By Cullen Bunn & Fico Ossio (IDW’s BIG CROSSOVER BEGINS!!!)

  • IDW has said that this is not a reboot or a relaunch which is encouraging for long time readers of the Transformers and G.I. Joe. Having a writer as capable as Cullen Bunn heading up the launch title gives me the confidence that the story will be done in a way that is easy jumping on point for new readers, while not alienating long time readers. It will be intersting to see where this launch title leaves the new shared universe -Greg

Satellite Falling #5


The Fix #5 – By Nick Spencer & Steve Lieber (new story arc)

Hadrian's Wall #1
Hadrian’s Wall #1

Hadrian’s Wall #1 – By Kyle Higgins & Rod Reis

  • A Sci-fi future can be tricky to get right, but when done well it’s brilliant. However a sci-fi future detective murder mystery, sounds like an episode of Doctor Who- which has me intrigued to say the least. – Lorna

Prophet Earth War #6 – By Brandon Graham & Grim Wilkins (Mini-Series Conclusion)

Savage Dragon #216 – By Erik Larsen

Spawn #267 – By Todd McFarlane


Black Panther #6 – By Ta-Nahesi Coates & Chris Sprouse

  • After the way the last issue ended, I can’t wait to see how T’Challa handles the backlash coming his way. Ta-Nehisi Coates is skilfully dealing with terrorism, the nature of government, and other socio-political issues in this series. If this sounds interesting and you haven’t been keeping up, it’s not too late: a trade paperback collecting the first four issues is out now. – Vivek


Wrath of the Eternal Warrior #11 – By Robert Venditti & Robert Gill (JUMPING ON POINT) 

Wrath of the Eternal Warrior #11
Wrath of the Eternal Warrior #11
  • I have always meant to get into the Valiant universe and I have read a couple trades, but not really read month to month. Venditti knows how to write deep characters and I have heard good things. So why not give it a shot. – Lorna


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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