Weekly Pull List June 18 2014
Every week, TheNerdyBomb makes the trek to and from a local comic shop. We visit with the counter folk and peruse the comics. We then bring our findings back to TheNerdyBomb conference room and go over each comic for you, the loyal reader. So, without further ado… TheNerdyBomb Weekly Pull List June 18 2014 Axe […]
Every week, TheNerdyBomb makes the trek to and from a local comic shop. We visit with the counter folk and peruse the comics. We then bring our findings back to TheNerdyBomb conference room and go over each comic for you, the loyal reader. So, without further ado…
TheNerdyBomb Weekly Pull List June 18 2014
Axe Cop: The American Choppers #02
Dark Horse Comics
Story by Malachai Nicolle (Age 10); Art by Ethan Nicolle (Age 33)
To paraphrase our hero Axe Cop: “I just really love this issue, OK?! If there was a planet of this issue, I would go there and become their savior.” Granted, when Axe Cop speaks this line, he is talking about ham and then later obese tigers. Maybe it says quite a bit about me that I enjoyed a comic book that was written by a 10 year old as much as I did. It was original and funny. The story deals with Axe Cop and The American Choppers fighting off evil axe creatures and lumberjack demons. I have not read Axe Cop before but I will from now on.
Chuck Dixon, written by; Butch Guice, illustrated by
Winterworld is the polar opposite of Axe Cop. While one is a funny story of a policeman that carries an axe, the other is a post-apocalyptic tale of a planet that has entered into a new ice age. (Actually, I just wanted to classify this book as being polar opposite. I am a sucker for a pun.) The best way to describe this book would probably be Waterworld on ice and good. The story concerns Scully and Wynn. Wynn is a 14 year old girl and Scully is trying to get her back to her parents. When the book says that the entire world is covered in ice, it means the entire world (or at least so far.) This issue begins on the frozen tundra of what was once the Caribbean as the two make their way north.
The Punisher vs. Thunderbolts Part One
Ben Acker and Ben Blacker, writers; Carlo Barberi, penciler
To start with, I am not normally a Punisher fan. I can see the appeal as a character, but that is not the reason that I purchased this comic. This comic was purchased because of The Thunderbolts. I have not read a Thunderbolts comic since they first came out. Back then, it was a group of villains posing as good guys, biding their time. It started as a good book but I lost interest somewhere along the way. This is not that The Thunderbolts. This is a team led by the Red Hulk, General Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross. The team consists of some characters that are known for not playing on a team: the aforementioned Punisher, Electra, Ghost Rider, Red Leader, and Deadpool. (Before you begin rolling your eyes at the thought of Deadpool, like I normally do, this is not a Deadpool book and a little Deadpool is a good thing. Too much Deadpool gets real old, real fast.) As the title would indicate, it ends with The Punisher and the Thunderbolts being at odds with each other. I found it to be surprisingly good.
Batman and Ra’s al Ghul #32
Peter J. Tomasi, writer; Patrick Gleason, penciller
So a while back, Robin died. If this sounds like one you have heard before, wait. This Robin was Damian Wayne, Bruce Wayne’s clone son with Talia al-Ghul. She had him killed in the pages of Batman, Incorporated and The Dark Knight has been kind of a gloomy Gus since then. Well, at some point, the boy’s maternal grandfather, Ra’s steals his body to immerse it in a Lazurus Pit and return him to the world of the living. This makes Batman understandably upset. A few issues back, he had briefly partnered up with Frankenstein, an agent of S.H.A.D.E. I know that it sounds really dumb, but the action in the second half of this book is fantastic with The Bat beginning to dig his thumbs into Ra’s eyes (and then hopefully finish him ala The Mountain.) That is until a Boomtube opens and Apokilips invades. Fun.
The Sandman Overture 1
Neil Gaiman, writer; J.H. Williams III, artist
This is as grandiose a comic as one would expect from Gaiman, beginning a bit confusing and ending even more so. However, that is not a bad thing. When I originally heard that The Sandman was going to return, I was interested. This character is not one that I was incredibly familiar with so I went into this book not knowing the mythos and the legend behind the character. The art is wonderfully beautiful and the words are moreso. Out of the five books this week, I recommend this one more than the others.
NOTE: I was all prepared to talk this week about The Wicked and The Divine from image. Alas, when I arrived at my comic shop, I found that they had sold out much earlier that day because the majority of their shipment arrived damaged. I hope to be able to talk about it soon in more detail.