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The TALKING COMICS Pull List – November 23rd


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 – November 23rd, 2016



stl023339Athena Voltaire and the Volcano Goddess #1Steve Bryant


Warlords of Appalachia #2 – Phillip K. Johnson & Jonas Scharf

  • The first issue was rich with political and a dash of post-apocalyptic intrigue.  I find it interesting that Phillip K. Johnson is weaving a comic where he’s pushing the readership to sympathize with a seceding state, and one that has seceded before.  That notion is antithetical to my politics, but the story and artwork are stellar enough to keep me aboard for another issue.  – Max


Hellboy & the BPRD 1954: Unreasoning Beast #1 Mike Mignola & Chris Roberson and Stephen Green


stl023155Batgirl #5 (Arc Conclusion) – Hope Larson & Rafael Albuquerque

  • Hope Larson finishes up her first arc with Batgirl and if this issue is anything like the last four, it’s going to be worth checking out. Babs’ hunt for the mysterious Teacher seems to finally reach its conclusion, and while we already know she’s making it back home to Burnside (thanks to Batgirl and the Birds of Prey), I’ll be curious to see what state she makes it back in. -John D.
  • With this book single shipping it feels like this arc has been going on forever. I am excited to see how this arc finishes up but even more excited to see what the next arc brings. – Nathan
  • I’ve been more than pleasantly surprised at how wonderfully involving this series has shaped up to be after what I felt was an off-key start,a nd with a return home in the offing, I’m excited to see what’s next!–Bob
  • I’m looking forward to how they close out this arc. It wasn’t my favorite title, but I still find it an enjoyable one. – Deanna

Detective #945 – James Tynion IV & Al Barrionuevo and Carmen Carnero

  • For me, this book has been consistently the second best book of DCRebirth behind Wonder Woman. It is consistent every single week and the Victim Syndicate so far has been intriguing. – Nathan
  • This is another one of my favorite titles from DC at the moment. James Tynion IV has shown us that he can write a great Batman story and I’m loving this run. – Deanna

Harley Quinn #8 – Amanda Conner & Jimmy Palmiotti and Chad Hardin

  • This book always puts a smile on my face. We are done with the punk rocker arc, and while that was fun I am glad to be moving past it. The best part of this issue……Poison Ivy is back! – Nathan

stl023293Super Powers #1 – Art Baltazar & Franco

Teen Titans #2 – Benjamin Percy & Jonboy Peters

  • The first couple of issues of this (including the Rebirth issue) have been stellar and another refreshing, fun read. Now that the team is assembled I am excited to see them start to operate as a team. Nathan

Titans #5 – By Dan Abnett &a Brett Booth

  • I find this series is just a notch below the top tier of DC Rebirth series like Wonder Woman and Superman.  Abnett does a stellar job at making the team seem like a family despite Wally’s recent revelation.  The only downfall so far is a cheesy villain, but hopefully the next arc will remedy that problem.  – Max
  • I should be doing a podcast within the next week with Brett Booth (fingers crossed) and I plan on talking to him all about Titans. I’ve been pretty impressed with this title and will continue to check it out. – Deanna

stl023279Wonder Woman #11 (Arc Conclusion) – Greg Rucka & Liam Sharp

  • Another arc is concluding this week in Greg Rucka and Liam Sharp’s Wonder Woman, which is sure to be a bonified must-read. Although I’ve been enjoying the “Year One” storyline just a hair more than this one, I’m really loving Sharp’s insanely detailed artwork and of course Rucka’s penchant for writing an amazing Amazonian Princess. If you’ve been waiting to catch this train once it reaches a new arc, go back and buy these other issues anyway. They’re worth it. -John D.
  • The only downside here is that a Greg Rucka Wonder Woman arc is coming to a close.  I couldn’t agree more with John about Liam’s Sharp’s art, it is museum-worthy.  I look forward to this climactic issue.  -Max
  • Wonder Woman is becoming a character I want to know more and more about because of the great work done by Greg Rucka on this title. I look forward to how they close this out and where they take her character to next. – Deanna


stl024495Donald Quest #1 – Stefano Ambrosio & Pat McGreal and Andrea Freccero

Godzilla: Rage Across Time #5 (of 5) – Jay Fotos & Jeff Zornow

Judge Dredd #12 (Arc Conclusion) – Ulises Farinas & Erick Freitas and Dan McDaid

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #64 – Tom Waltz, Kevin Eastman & Dave Wachter

  • Oh man. As the Foot Clan prepares to go to war, a family is being torn apart at the seams as doubt creeps over our turtles. I have no idea where they are currently going with this, but I’ve enjoyed every minute of it. – Miguel


stl024089AD: After Death Book 1 – Scott Snyder & Jeff Lemire

  • It feels like forever ago since this book was first announced and it is at long-last hitting the shelves. I’ll read this one because of the name value attached to it but I’ll be honest:  I have no idea what it’s about. I’m going into this one pretty blind but with Snyder and Lemire as guides, I feel like I’ll be just fine. -John D.
  • Snyder and Lemire in one book? Bought. – Miguel
  • I have been patiently awaiting this book this the day it was announced. That seems like three years ago now, but I am still just as excited. – Nathan
  • I will give anything by Scott Snyder a shot. I glanced at a few pages of this and can’t wait to check it out some more. I’ve been seeing great things said about it already. – Deanna

Snotgirl #4 – Bryan Lee O’Malley & Leslie Hung

  • I’m still loving every issue of this. The writing, the art, the colors; everything works with this book and I can’t recommend it enough. – Miguel


stl020906All-New X-Men Annual – Sina Grace & Rex Ogle and Cory Smith & Andrea Broccardo

Amazing Spider-Man Annual – Various

Civil War II #7 – Brian Michael Bendis & David Marquez

Death of X #4 (of 4) – Charles Soule & Jeff Lemire and Aaron Kuder

Empress #7 – Mark Waid & Stuart Immonen

Mighty Thor #13 – Jason Aaron & Steve Epting stl024019

Moon Girl & Devil Dinosaur #13 – Amy Reeder & Brandon Montclare and Natacha Bustos

The Ultimates 2 #1 – Al Ewing & Travel Foreman

Venom #1 – Mike Costa & Gerardo Sandoval

  • I’m always willing to give some new Marvel titles a shot and this is going to be the next of them that I check out. I have 0 expectations going into it, so I’m hoping I’ll enjoy it. – Deanna


stl022384Masked #1 – Serge Lehman and Stephane Crety & Julien Hugonnard-Bert


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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