Comic Wolf’s Pull Box Week of 1/31/18

Welcome back, true believers! Sorry, I had to do that at least once. No promises it won’t happen again. Anyway, on to everyone’s favorite segment where I ramble about books. Got a decent lineup this week, with anyone who bet on Phoenix Resurrection getting delayed losing. It’s another Marvel focused week, but stay tuned after the credits to see why that might not be true for long!

 

Moon Knight #191

The “Crazy Runs in the Family” arc continues in issue 191! After last month leaving off with Moon Knight (the embodiment of the Egyptian god Khonshu) and Sun King (the embodiment of the Egyptian god Ra) finally meeting face to face, things started off right away. Half the issue is spent on an awesome fight scene. It’s nice getting into some solid action, made more intense by the fact that Marc’s family is in danger. The fact that the beginning is so strong actually makes it even more impressive that I prefer the second half. It may be due to the fact that I have very little knowledge of Moon Knight, but getting more spooky exposition about the nature of the Egyptian gods really drew me in. Also, getting to see a little bit of normal (if hiding out with your daughter after her mom is kidnapped by a god and a dude whose face you ripped off is normal) added good pacing to break up all the other stuff. It’s a well put together issue and I still like the series, despite the multiple personality angle occasionally being a little weird. Art was strong and consistent this issue, withthe fight scene highlighting the whole book.

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Comic Wolf’s Pull Box Week of 1/24/18

Who’s ready for another exciting installment of Comic Wolf’s Pull Box?! Nobody? That’s fine I’m doing it anyway. This week is a good one, between my actual favorite series coming out again plus further entries in Doomsday Clock and Phoenix Resurrection. In the comments/Discord you can take bets on whether or not Marvel will delay the fifth and final issue of Phoenix next week. Till then, on to the main event!

Doomsday Clock #3

I have to admit, after three issues my fears about Doomsday Clock are rapidly fading away. It’s a damn good book. This issue features the proper DC Universe the most heavily, having gotten through the build up of the first couple issues. A lot of the things I love about this #3 are connected to the fact that it’s a true DC/Watchmen collision. Seeing Batman and Rorschach interact is interesting, even if it’s an obvious thing to have happen. The cuts to an old movie throughout the issue makes a nice parallel with “Tales of the Black Freighter” from the original Watchmen, although it remains to be seen if this will be as persistent/important thematically. I also like the vague hints at the state of the DC Universe and the ways it is actually becoming like the Watchmen universe. Sure, a story about superheroes not being trusted is a bit overdone, but the fact that this is an open homage to Watchmen rather than presenting itself as original makes it more enjoyable. It doesn’t seem to be sticking too close to the original with this issue, just grounding itself in both stories. Also, I love, love, love the art. I can’t say I’m overly familiar with the name Gary Frank, although a quick Wikipedia search reveals he’s done some work on a few things I liked (Batman:Earth One, DC Rebirth One-Shot, Superman: Secret Identity). I have a feeling this book may be a break out moment for him. In terms of things I don’t like about the book, I am a little worried it may come to rely too much on just pulling characters out. Batman and Superman are obviously going to play a large role, but the Comedian appearing and hints of the Joker’s involvement are a little worrying. This particular issue also jumps around a lot, which is a little jarring, but the branching story paths were enjoyable because of the breadth of the worlds colliding. My one other complaint is something I don’t want to get into too much, but the series has just been delayed to a bi-monthly schedule which is a) annoying and b) messes up the whole premise of Doomsday Clock: it takes place in the DCU in one year from now and over the course of the next real life year all the other DC books will slowly move in the direction teased in the book. I’m sure it’ll work out somehow, but I’m impatient and waiting two years for this to wrap up is gonna suck.

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Comic Wolf’s Pull Box Week of 1/17/18

Hello, it is me your NobleWolf bringing you more comical book news. First off, shoutout to this week’s comic day for being 1/17, the designation of my second favorite Halo universe Spartan.

Onto things people other than me care about – this week, because Marvel is actually just a bunch of fuck-ups pretending to be a company, there will be no Phoenix Resurrection. That’s right, Marvel can’t even get through a 5-issue weekly miniseries without a fucking delay. I won’t spend too much time beating the “fuck Marvel” horse since I did a pretty thorough job in last week’s post-credit. Anyway, time to launch into some comic talk!

The Mighty Thor #703

The current story arc, “The Death of the Mighty Thor” ramps up! Jane Foster’s cancer has been getting steadily worse, and now everything Jason Aaron’s run has been building to is beginning to come to a head. I like this arc, for the most part. I like Jane as Thor, but from the beginning there has always been a finiteness to it. All the way back when Odinson became unworthy, we saw the future — that he would eventually return. All I hoped to get from the female Thor was a bunch of interesting stories for as long as she lasted. This story arc definitely lives up to that potential. Aaron’s writing stays strong, and this issue manages to be exciting and tense despite the fact that Thor herself is never actually present. The story skips over the Thor bit, focusing instead on Jane Foster and her friends/allies that have to see her dying day by day. That said, there’s no shortage of action. The Mangog is still attacking Asgard, trying to get its revenge. I don’t particularly like the Mangog as a villain. He’s very ugly to look at, even in this absolutely gorgeous book. He feels a bit like a Dragonball villain, in that he’s just hilariously more powerful than literal gods, and I’m quite confident that his defeat will not be very satisfying; just another level of “powering up” for Jane and Odinson who must be just about ready to replace her. However, the Mangog being dull isn’t a big deal since the focus is definitely still on cancer as the villain, with the Mangog as well as Malekith and his allies just serving as a reason for Jane to keep picking up the hammer. At a glance, it looks like there’s probably two more issues to this arc and this is definitely the one where things get real. Definitely a fan. In addition, this is the first (and probably only) one of the books I read to include a “Where is Wolverine?”. I thought it was pretty dumb, so there’s my thoughts on that too.

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Comic Wolf’s Pull Box Week of 1/10/18

Welcome back to Comic Wolf’s Pull Box! This week is Marvel heavy again, since I’m currently looking for new indie books to start into and my only DC series is Doomsday Clock. However, we do have a special book this week: The Surgeon, an indie book from a local creative team and friends of the store I work at. Their previous self published work, Super, was pretty cool, so I was excited to check this one out.

 

Old Man Logan #33

Old Man Logan is a bit of a weird book. On the one hand, I don’t love them dredging up an alternate universe Logan to fill in for proper Logan while he’s dead/missing/gallivanting about with an Infinity Stone. I also don’t love the sheer amount of Wolverine books and Wolverine characters floating around at this point. However, this book is actually really good. It has a good mix of connections to Mark Millar’s actual Old Man Logan original story, connections to classic X-Men/Wolverine stories, and connections to the new canon. It also manages to be the more grounded version of Wolverine, since All-New Wolverine ft. X-23 seems to go to space a lot more often which is a pet peeve of mine. Anyway, the current story arc is one of those “connections to classic stories” bits. The Scarlet Samurai is back, and it’s Logan’s dead lover Mariko from the old Chris Claremont and Frank Miller series. This issue is a sort of mid-point in the arc as far as I can tell, and it’s a decently satisfying one. The beauty of Old Man Logan, I think, is the opportunity to put Wolverine in more complex situations than just stabbing stuff with his claws since the original series is about Logan living as a pacifist. He’s well past that now, but an older, weaker, more broken Logan is occasionally pretty refreshing and this is one of those issues. Would the younger, angrier, normal Logan team up with a morally bankrupt enemy when their goals align? I don’t know because he’s busy trying to make a cowboy hat part of his look. So although Old Man Logan doesn’t ever quite live up to the original, this story arc and this issue in particular are pretty strong. Additionally, the art on the series has been a little hit-or-miss for me and this arc/issue definitely land in the “hit” section, finding a medium between the original style and its own.

 

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Comic Wolf’s Pull Box Week of 1/3/18

Hey all! Before we get started, a brief introduction to this brand new Skill Floor article series. As some of you know, I (NobleWolf051 on Discord/Twitch/the website) work retail in a comic shop. As some of you have likely seen on both Discord and during my streams, I love talking about comics. I’ve read comics for much of my life, and now work around them.For the new year, I wanted to turn that enthusiasm into something a bit more organized/consistent.

To that end, I bring you: Comic Wolf’s Pull Box! My goal is to take the comics I read each week and post some of my thoughts on them. On weeks (like this one) where my take-home is a little light, I’ll supplement the week’s books with something else I pick outback issues, trades, comics news I’m excited about, etca sort of “after credit” much like the Marvel movies (and now comics! “Marvel Where is Wolverine” for more info). This segment will lag a weekI intend to publish on Tuesday, and comics come out Wednesday. As a result, while this round up is posted on 1/9/18, it will be primarily discussing the issues released on 1/3/18 (hence the title).

A few general disclaimers: 1) While I will try not to go into too many massive spoilers, I can’t talk about my thoughts on an issue without discussing what happens in it. Read at your own discretion, as spoilers for current/previous issues are likely to pop up. 2) These are the comics I buy every week, so they’ll tend to be things I like. Don’t expect a ton of critical reviews, I have to pay for these and I don’t tend to continue to buy series I don’t like. Additionally, realize that my tastes are not indicative of the industry as a whole. 3) My opinions don’t represent my store/coworkers/etc etc. 4) All pictures of covers are pulled from the official digital solicits, I don’t own them, blah blah.

With that out of the way, let’s start with this week’s comics!

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