The GeekNation Pull List – 1/16/2014

By January 16, 2014
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This week, the GeekNation Pull List returns with the next issue in the unfolding relationship of the DC Universe’s two most powerful beings, one of the X-Men unleashed as the other members of the team are caught between heaven and hell, and we round it all out with the return of a lovable, disgruntled robot! Check out this week’s reviews from the GeekNation Pull List!

 

Cover art to Superman/Wonder Woman #4, by Tony S. Daniel.

Cover art to Superman/Wonder Woman #4, by Tony S. Daniel.

From DC: Superman/Wonder Woman #4 by Charles Soule (Script) and Tony S. Daniel (Art)

When DC Comics announced that Superman and Wonder Woman were going to become an item, reaction seemed to be mixed. At the time, I worked in a comic book store, and while some newer readers seemed excited by the possibility of the two powerful pillars of DC’s “Trinity” getting together, other longtime fans seemed to be a little less than enthused. While some of these fans were still devotees to the marriage between Clark Kent and Lois Lane before the New 52, others just saw it as a blatant publicity stunt that had very little story potential.

I’ve actually rather enjoyed seeing what the reaction from the DCU has been, and some of the elements that their union has added to the larger stories. In this issue, the world is finally aware of the couple’s standing, and that has some larger consequences from across the DCU than you might expect. Soule’s story is a competent one, and illustrates concern that both Superman and Wonder Woman would have for their relationship becoming public knowledge, as well as some interesting intervention in the middle of the story with General Zod.

Tony Daniel’s artwork is awesome, plainly and simply. He has a grasp of scale that serves this title particularly well, and his renders of Superman and Wonder Woman manage to hold a definitive, monolithic quality that not many other artists can fully pull off with the New 52’s costume designs. He also has the characters express a great deal of different emotions depending on the situation they’re playing in, which is a welcome addition to any story.

All in all, I’d say that this series is solid, but it hasn’t yet had a monumental moment that has defined it. I think the potential for that is definitely there, though. 8/10

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Honorable Mentions from DC This Week: Justice League of America #11, Nightwing #27

 

Cover art to Amazing X-Men #3 by Ed McGuinness and Dexter Vines.

Cover art to Amazing X-Men #3 by Ed McGuinness and Dexter Vines.

From Marvel: Amazing X-Men #3 by Jason Aaron (Script) and Ed McGuinness (Art)

Amazing X-Men is fun. Although I was initially skeptical of another story that would resurrect another dead X-Man, not to mention doing so in another title for the mutants of the Marvel U, there was a lot riding against this series in conception alone. Jason Aaron as a writer really tends to connect with me, though, and I think it’s because it feels like he’s having fun writing this story. Just as it seemed he had fun when he launched the Wolverine and the X-Men title from a few years ago, just as it seems in his handling of the adventures of Thor, and just as it seems in these new X-stories, the somewhat derivative subject matter of this story feels like it’s risen above the typical forces of comic book storytelling.

It’s not groundbreaking, by any means, and it might annoy some fans that they have to resurrect yet another character that they needlessly killed off (why not just stop killing X-Men?), but for those fans who have jumped on this title and have wanted a fun story to reintroduce everyone’s favorite mutant teleporter, the story certainly delivers. Part of what made this issue so fun was in some well constructed banter between the demon Azazel – Nightcrawler’s father – and the X-Man Beast. When Azazel starts talking about his intentions to rule the realms of the dead and replace both God and the Devil, Beast quips about his own agnosticism all the while defeating him with something that Beast can so easily turn into a weapon: math. Not even Azazel’s legion of Bamfs are enough to take on Dr. Henry McCoy and his deadly mathematics.

Ed McGuinness’ artwork is just as clean and stylized as it’s ever been, and his ability to choreograph the action in this issue is pretty great to take in. In the hands of a lesser artist it may be pretty difficult to emphasize how frenetic the little teleporting Bamfs could be along the sails of a pirate ship, but all of the action is well laid out and feels rather urgent. The cliffhanger for this issue gives a great peek at an action scene likely coming in the next issue, and it should be pretty fun to watch unfold under Mr. McGuinness’ guiding hand. I think that Amazing X-Men is a pleasant surprise in a sea of questionable continuity choices the X-Office has made over the last few years, but if this book takes the lead, then it may just be worth diving into the mutants’ corner of the Marvel universe once again. 8.5/10

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Preview images courtesy of Comic Book Resources.

Honorable Mentions from Marvel This Week: Superior Spider-Man #25, Thor: God of Thunder #17

 

Cover art to D4VE #2 by Valentin Ramon.

Cover art to D4VE #2 by Valentin Ramon.

From Monkeybrain: D4VE #2 by Ryan Ferrier (Script) and Valentin Ramon (Art)

If you recall, I was very happy with the first issue of D4VE released by Monkeybrain. It was funny, eclectic, creative, and very interesting. Issue #2 just came out, and after a longer than usual wait, can I say that the second one was just as satisfying?

Yes. God, yes. More of this please!

The first issue was all about introductions to this new world where robots have completely taken over. Humans are totally gone, and the tactical killer robots that both killed the humans and basically wiped out all life in the universe have now struggled with finding ordinary jobs to put oil on the table. The charm of taking the familiar everyday routine of most normal, working class people and putting a robotic spin on it is still as fresh as it was upon reading issue #1. Issue #2 continues a degree of that, but continues to delve further into D4VE’s vivid imagination, which writer Ryan Ferrier even went so far as to call the character’s “coping mechanism.” D4VE doesn’t like having a normal life, with a snot-nosed brat of a kid robot that doesn’t even seem to be that interested in him. He doesn’t like that his wife, S4LLY, is fed up with his constant inability to serve as an adequate husband and father, and he just wants to relive his glory days again.

With a cliffhanger like the one given to this latest issue, it looks as though he may get his chance to do just that a lot sooner than he might think. Valentin Ramon’s artwork is just as creative as the ideas presented in the writing, and because I read this issue late in the night I had to stifle some out-loud laughter due to the depiction of robot pornography. Pretty much everything in this issue, from top to bottom, has been an absolute blast to read, and the ideas and creativity on each of the pages will make the wait for issue #3 even more painful than the wait for #2. If you haven’t checked it out yet, I certainly hope you’ll consider giving D4VE a try. Not only is each issue only .99 cents at ComiXology, but it’s probably one of the more fun comics you could be reading especially if you like different takes on dystopian sci-fi futures. It definitely earns Pick of the Week status here on the Pull List.

I was kind of sad finishing this issue, but hey! Thank Jobs that we have a new one coming soon! 9/10

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Honorable Mentions from Independents: Velvet #3, God is Dead #5

 

That does it this week on the GeekNation Pull List! Be sure to come back next week and see what our reviews say for the newest high-profile comic releases from DC, Marvel, and Independents!

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Chris Clow
As a former comics retailer at a store in the Pacific Northwest, Chris Clow is an enormous sci-fi, comics, and film geek. He is a freelance contributor, reviewer, podcaster, and overall geek to GeekNation, Batman-On-Film.com, The Huffington Post, and Movies.com. He also hosts the monthly Comics on Consoles broadcast and podcast. Check out his blog, and follow him on Twitter @ChrisClow.
  • Colt Howard

    I read this every week! Great picks! Thanks, Chris.