Hey everyone, welcome to another (late) edition of the Pull Box! This week is big, with every book being one tolook forward to. Brave and the Bold wraps up, leaving a hole in my life, but Thor brings more mystical shenanigans and my other books cover the rest of the spectrum: indie and cute, superhero team up, and spooky scary horror book. Plus make sure to stay tuned after the credits for a book I absolutely did not intend to review!
The Brave and the Bold #6
The series wraps up in appropriately spectacular fashion with the conflict between Elatha and his brother Balor reaching its peak. Wonder Woman intervenes directly in the conflict, while Batman returns to Gotham to deal with the faery folk who have crossed over through the newly opened pathways. A bit surprisingly, a lot of this issue actually focused on Elatha and not as much on the actual DC characters. I really really enjoyed this story, and the last page ends with a cliffhanger and the words “End of Book One” so there’s hope for me getting more.
I’m a huge fan of DC getting back to doing books that aren’t necessarily tied to continuity.
Letting the characters be used in fun and cool ways without worrying about the effects it has on a larger universe is always a good thing. DC Black Label series will be beginning soon, which also have loose continuity and sound amazing, so stay tuned for those.
Justice League #4
Every issue gets weirder, and harder to follow. I still like the book, but it is a shame that it’s not going for the simple fun that I assumed based on the old lineups. Regardless, there’s a lot of pretty epic stuff happening. Big picture multiverse biz is going on in the fallout of Metal and No Justice (the latter being something I need to read). The Source Wall is still some sort of problem, the Totality on Earth is increasingly spooky, and the first of several primal forces is being unleashed. If nothing else the level of what’s going on has some impressive spectacle to it. This issue is pretty rad in that it manages to make each villain of the team sort of relevant, and give each hero an opportunity to get some characterization in. Team books can get a little cluttered, but it feels like everyone is part of the big picture even if some heroes get more “screen time.” It does seem like the focus is shifting around slightly with each issue to get everyone into the spotlight. I’m happy this book is twice monthly because it’s fucking weird and I don’t want to wait too long to get some answers.
Thor gets wackier and more fun, exactly what I want out of a world where Thor: Ragnarok was released. The book remains deeply embroiled in the territory where Norse myth and Marvel canon collide, and it’s fucking superb. The last page of this book is the first time we’ve seen a Marvel character that isn’t also a figure of myth; so far we’ve only dealt with Norse characters but now we see the outside Marvel universe bleeding in a bit. On that note, the last page is fucking crazy, but we’ll get to that later. The issue jumps between a wedding between Hela (previous ruler of Hel) and Balder (who rules it now) and flashbacks to how this absurd thing was decided on as a plan. The story is really finding its voice, and there were a couple of jokes that literally made me laugh out loud. I was really worried about this reboot, but this is absolutely one of the better Thor stories to come out recently and I love it.
By Night #2
It really shows that this book has a lot of the creative team from Giant Days because it has the same energy about it. Newly crossed into a weird dimension, Jane and Heather try to figure out what is going on. And it’s absolutely hilarious. All the dialogue is fun and witty, exactly the idealized version of friendly banter that I love to see. Taking the fun atmosphere of Giant Days and transplanting it into a crazy sci-fi/fantasy story instead of slice-of-life is an absolute stroke of genius. Having a central plot to drive the zany characters is a nice change of pace, although I have nothing against the meandering plot of Giant Days. Still, the fact that there’s some sci-fi shenanigans going on and the fact that this is a limited series should drive it along to tell a rad and self-contained story. Having a focused plot is something I quite enjoy.
Gideon Falls #5
Sweet Christmas this book stresses me out. I love it. Some pieces of this book are starting to come together as both Norton and Father Fred continue to face the Black Barn. Norton and his therapist-turned-sidekick Angie discuss the Barn in a meaningful way for the first time now that she believes in it and doesn’t think it’s a part of Norton’s mental illness. Fred deals with the horror of more murders taking place in the town, and ends up paying another visit to Doc Sutton who is a member of a secret organization that believes in the Barn. Some of the ways the mysteries are being teased seem a little heavy-handed, with the mystery and the apparent solution being introduced in the same issue to make them easy to link. However, it’s of course possible that what I think I know is just red herrings and misdirection so who knows. Either way I like the ride this book is taking me on, and I’m always eager to learn more about the world and the characters but most of all the Black Barn.
That’s everything this week! Sorry for being late, I’m terrible sometimes. This week had a really awesome crop of books and I’m very happy they all delivered. I’ll be back next week with some kind of something, so keep reading!
Comic Wolf’s Post-Credit
Anyone who has been forced to listen to me rant about comics has heard a rant about space. Every fucking superhero has to go to goddamn space. Why did All-New Wolverine go to space? Why did Old Man Logan? It’s one thing when the cosmic heroes or tech based heroes like the Guardians or Iron Man do it, but it feels like it happens too much. Anyway, when the book Cosmic Ghost Rider was announced I had a fucking field day. “That’s so dumb!” I claimed. “Why would Ghost Rider ever go to space? What’s happening!?” Anyway, here’s the review.
Cosmic Ghost Rider #1
I picked up this book after dismissing and belittling it after a coworker explained the premise. The Cosmic Ghost Rider is an alternate universe Frank Castle (who you know at the Punisher). In his universe, he had the same backstory: joined the army, family killed, vengeance etc. On that quest for vengeance, he died. Instead of being dead he made a deal with the devil to become Ghost Rider. He did Ghost Rider stuff until he met Galactus and obtained the power of the Silver Surfer, the Power Cosmic. Then he did SIlver Surfer Ghost Rider stuff until he met Thanos and became the Black Right Hand of Thanos. Then he died again for real. The book opens with him in Valhalla picking bar fights. If that description doesn’t show you how absolutely insane and fun and crazy comics can be, you’re in the wrong fucking place. This whole comic just radiates crazy bullshit and I was wrong to judge it so harshly. It’s unbelievably fun. I’m going to be pulling this one. It’s just absurd and over the top and sometimes that’s all you need. So from now on I’ll direct all my ridicule to Ve’Nam, the story of Venom in the Vietnam War for some stupid fucking reason.
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