Thursday, March 8, 2012

The Pull List: March 07, 2012

W: Jeff Lemire
A: Travel Foreman, Steve Pugh
Rating: 5/5

After the "hard to place" last issue, this one was back to everything I expect from Animal Man. Lemire is doing a great job at slowly ramping up the tension and knowing when to strike. There's a lot of nice character stuff going on in this issue which is what i love from Lemire. With Foreman and Pugh doing miscellaneous pages in the book it doesn't feel as disjointed as others that have two artists do. With Foreman going out and Pugh coming in, they're stiles are similar enough that there isn't any jarring switch. And as great as Foreman's Rot was, Pugh's isn't bad, but it'll have to grow on me.

W: Jonathan Hickman
A: Nick Pitarra, Chris Peter
Rating: 3/5

Hickman is a writer that I want to like a lot more than I think I actually do. I really enjoy The Nightly News, S.H.I.E.L.D.'s first season was great, what I've read of Secret Warriors has been good, but then I get into things like Pax Romana and Red Wing that are interesting in their concept but flawed in their execution. While The Manhattan Projects certainly isn't a bad book, $3.50 is a steep price for something I'm really unsure about. Red Wing probably would have read better in a trade but picking it up each month wasn't worth my time or money. I'll wait to see how The Manhattan Projects is received later down the line and maybe revisit it in trades.

W: Scott Snyder
A: Yanick Paquette
Rating: 5/5

Along with Lemire's Animal Man and Snyder's Batman, these are the best things to come out of The New 52. And the story Snyder and Lemire are creating in these two books is incredible. They slowly keep referring and while I'm fairly certain I heard the crossover was in issue #12, their both doing a great job giving little hints and story points between the two. The story Snyder is doing just for Swamp Thing focuses on Alec Holland and he's really getting great set pieces out of it. Also, Yanick Paquette is killing the art in this book. With a few wonky parts in layout and presentation, his illustrations have been top notch.

W: Brian Michael Bendis
A: Sarah Pichelli
Rating: 4/5

Bendis seems to be bringing Aunt May and Gwen Stacy into the story at this point which could yield some interesting results, but at the current point in time, the story is really entertaining. Miles's uncle comes back for him and there's some really nice dialogue and development there. The only part of the issue I wasn't really feeling was near the end when Miles goes out on patrol and has to stop a supervillain. The dialogue and inner monologues was not hitting me right in the slightest, but I can't let it tear down the book too much, especially when it's finally gotten more consistently good with me.

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