Welcome to The Weekly Pull List June 4, 2014. This week we look at 5 titles on stands now. We pick the titles we are reading that we think you should know about.
Dream Police #2
image Comics/Joe’s Comics
J. Michael Straczynski, writer; Sid Kotian, artist
Dream Police is more than my favorite Cheap Trick song. (OK, I am not crazy about the talking part at the beginning of the video.) It is now one of the most creative and original comics I have read in a while. The Dream Police are the police officers that patrol Dreamscape. Dreamscape is where every living thing goes when they dream. It is up to Joe Thursday (that name is the only problem I have with this comic) and his partner to keep our dreams safe.
As I mentioned, this is a very imaginative comic that I only recently discovered. My local comic shop only orders 2 issues at a time. They should order more. Add this to your pull list.
Big Trouble in Little China #1
John Carpenter and Eric Powell, Story; Eric Powell, writer; Brian Churilla, artist
Like most fans of the movie Big Trouble in Little China, I have long been upset that the movie did not do better in the box office. Had it done better, we might have gotten the sequel that was set up at the end of the movie. It would have been a wonderful franchise. Weep no more, because BOOM! Studios is bringing us the continuing story of Jack Burton and the Pork Chop Express. This book takes place right as the movie is ending.
This is a funny book, much like the movie was. Whether or not that humor will get old after a few issues remains to be seen. The art leaves a bit to be desired at times.
Angel & Faith Season 10, Issue 3
Dark Horse Comics
Victor Gischler, Script; Will Conrad, Art
This is the third episode in season 10 of Angel & Faith. After the television show Angel ended, I wanted more. Angel: After the Fall with Los Angeles disappearing into this strange netherworld that just seemed too much for me. One thing that I liked about the show is that while it was about vampires, it was still somewhat realistic. The comics ruined that for me so I have not read a Buffy or an Angel comic since then. If this current season is any indication, I might have made a mistake. Angel is now based in London, where a very large portion of the town is now called Magic Town because of something that Angel and Faith did. Faith has joined a group called Deepscan, which seems to be Wolfram and Hart-ish on the surface. If you were a fan of either series, I suggest picking this up. If not, what is wrong with you?
Action Comics #32
Greg Pak, Story; Scott Kilins, Art
To bring you up to speed, Superman destroyed Doomsday. When he did, Doomsday disintegrated into millions of spores that Supes had to inhale so as not to damage the world around him. After doing so, Superman is now infected with a Doomsday virus and is slowly losing control and becoming more rocky. (By rocky, I mean actual becoming rock-like, much like Doomsday.) An even bigger player in this comic than Superman is Steel. (Not the Shaq Steel…sadly.) The government has declared war on Superman. Every time that happens, it does not end well for anyone. This is no exception. The entire “Doomed” storyline has been interesting. It is nice to see a second tier character like John Henry Irons get some focus.
The Superior Foes of Spider-Man #12
Nick Spencer, Writer; Steve Lieber, Artist
I just don’t care for a lot of what has been going on in Spider-Man’s world these days. (I am not just talking about the movie this time.) Peter Parker is back as Spider-Man, which is a good thing. For those looking for the web slinger in this book, don’t. It concerns mid-level villains of Spider-Man. For the most part the book seems to be constantly reaching for humor that is just out of its reach. Humor is hard to do and there is nothing more painful that something that is trying to be funny that fails. This fails. I do like the cover though.
Nailbiter #1 and #2
Joshua Williamson, Story by; Mike Henderson, Art by
Wow. This book is intriguing. Like most of the things that image does, it is more adult oriented. Nailbiter refers to a serial killer that would bite the nails of his victims, but that is not really what this story is about. It is about a small town in Oregon that has been the birthplace and hometown of 16 serial killers. FBI Agent Carrol comes to town to get answers and disappears. His friend, a former Army intelligence officer, and the local sheriff must then get to the bottom of it. The art in the book reminds me of how the movie Se7en looked, gritty without being exploitative.