Thursday, March 22, 2012

The Pull List: March 21, 2012

W: Scott Snyder
A: Greg Capullo
Rating: 5/5

As I say every month, this is the book to pick up. While technically nothing happens in this issue, Snyder has some really nice moments, a reveal, and a great cliffhanger. I can see this being a classic Batman story. All the right elements are there aside from the fact that it doesn't contain a classic villain. But on that same point, Snyder's Court of Owls feels right at home in the Batman mythos that it feels like a classic villain. Snyder's doing great stuff with Batman, Bruce, Dick, and Gotham in this story and it would be a shame to miss out.

W: Various
A: Various
Rating: 3/5

I'm glad a lot of the stories are ending. I miss Concrete and Resident Alien, and the stories that enticed me in the early issues. I've warmed up to Criminal Macabre: They Fight by Night, and I was hoping for a little more from Andrew Vachss's and Geof Darrow's prose story. With a lot of stories that weren't really hitting me ending, I'm excited for what is coming. Francesco Francavilla's Black Beetle is something I'm really pumped for and I'm hoping the prose story in the next issue hits me more like the first, and less like the second.

W: Michael Moreci, Steve Seeley
A: JM Ringuet
Rating: 2/5

I love cryptids and the supernatural but I'm hard pressed to find a comic series that really does what I want out of it. The hard part is, I don't even know what I want out of it besides "fun." Hoax Hunters missed me just like The Perhapanauts did. The reality TV show was used as a plot device (and a small one at that), none of the humor really landed, I never really saw anything that attracted me to the characters, nothing in the whole issue hit. I was so excited for an astronaut made of crows (ask anyone who knows me, I love astronauts. Put them in anything and I'm on board), but by the end of the issue, It was just so hokey that I had to just give it up.

W: Shane Houghton
A: Chris Houghton
Rating: 4/5

This issue reads fast. There's a character who shows up again that starts a mess of trouble for Reed, Starla, and Sterling and while there was a lot of action in the story, it seemed to set the stage for issue #10 and then, unfortunately, a hiatus. A lot of the jokes hit me just right and I can't wait for next month's issue. And I will certainly be here to read more when the Houghton brothers get back to it.

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