Pull List Review – Black Panther, Wicked+Divine, and More

Comics!

Things are slowly getting back to normal, and better than normal, around here. I’m almost caught up on a huge backlog of comics and will be posting reviews again.

Here’s a rundown of last week’s pull list and what I do and don’t recommend you spend your money and time on.

Black Panther #1

Ta-Nahesi Coates (writer) and Brian Stelfreeze (artist) with Laura Martin (colorist)

It is always exciting to get a comic in my hands that I have been waiting to read for months. There has been a lot of buzz about this comic and the first issue lives up to it.
Black Panther #1 gives a strong start to this new run of the title. Wakanda is being ripped apart by internal strife while T’Challa struggles with politics and peace. I an onboard for this story arc.

The art is lovely. Brian Stelfreeze was a smart pick by Marvel to get Coates through writing his first comic.

Stelfreeze is all about the minimalist Black Panther costume. His design of Wakanda and the golden city is beautiful. The way he visually communicates highly advanced Wakandan tech is subtle and inspired by true African cultural elements and aesthetic. There are several panels that I wouldn’t mind having a print of.

I recommend picking up Black Panther #1.


 


Black Widow #2

Chris Samnee & Mark Waid (writers), Chris Samnee (artist), Mathew Wilson (colorist)

This is going to be a kickass run of Black Widow. We’re two issues in now and it is all action movie all the time. Explosions, crazy fight scenes, betrayals and lots of complicated spy stuff.

Something about the art and the dialogue just feels like Mark Waid and Chris Samnee are having a lot of fun with this book.

I love the art. With sparse dialogue, Samnee’s panels are doing the heavy lifting with the story and it works so well. Wilson’s colors work some serious magic is setting the tone in each scene.

Pick up this run of Black Widow if you haven’t done so already.


 


The Wicked + The Divine #18

 
Kieron Gillen (writer) Jamie McKelvie (writer)

Yes, oh hell yes, it’s finally happening. If you’ve been reading this book, that thing we’ve all been waiting for is here. It all goes to hell. All of it.

I love it.

If you aren’t reading The Wicked + The Divine, you probably need to re-evaluate your entire life up to this point.


 


Spider Women Alpha #1

 
Robbie Thompson (writer), Vanesa Del Rey (artist), Jordie Bellaire (colorist)

Meh.

I had high hopes for this issue that were dashed very quickly.This is the kickoff issue of a crossover between Spiderwoman, Spider Gwen, and Silk, all of which I enjoy.

The humor falls flat and the art is terrible. Del Rey tends to draw people that look like dead eyed fish. She goes with that art pencils style that can be really interesting when done well, but is a distracting turn off when it isn’t done well.

I’m disappointed. Not looking forwarding to this arc invading three comics I currently read.

I advise only picking this one up if you’re a cross over completest.


 


Rough Riders #1 (Aftershock Comics)

 
Adam Glass (writer), Patrick Olliffe (artist)

The nice folks at Austin Books and Comics were very insistent that I give Rough Riders a shot. They were right. They’re almost always right.

Rough Riders is an alternate history piece where Teddy Roosevelt is basically a steampunk Batman who recruits an American version of League of Extraordinary Gentlemen to invade Cuba, using the downing of the USS Maine as a cover for dealing with some X-Files level weird stuff.

The dialogue is good, the art is fun, and the story is intriguing. I will definitely keep an eye out for #2.

What I read today March 27th

Behold the glory of the Poster Posse’s ‘Godzilla’ fanart project, an interview with Nathan Edmonson, writer of the Marvel comic Black Widow, NASA made a time-lapse video of the unending freak hell winter of 2013-2014, a new Austin-based magazine published my friend Michael Walker’s poetry, Zapier has some great advice about video and email marketing, the shocking revelation that at least one entire demographic doesn’t ‘get’ the most recent Aronofsky film (Noah), and Michael Bay has excavated yet another of my childhood memories from its cold grave in order to create a monster of dubious purpose and quality.

jenga cat

Blurrpy: EXCLUSIVE: Poster Posse Project #7 Releases The RAGE With Phase 2 Of Our Fan Art Project For “GODZILLA”

Green and black image of a giant reptile breathing fire

Comic Book Resources: Edmonson Drops the Hammer on Black Widow 

“Phil came up with Molot Boga; I took what he sketched and described and ran with it. You’re right on the money about the disparity between their apparently similar motives; Molot Boga, we will find, is someone whose motives have been exploited. He’s nothing if not loyal. He will keep killing until the end.”

NASA: Satellite Time-Lapse Movie Shows U.S. East Coast Snowy Winter

“A new time-lapse animation of data from NOAA’s GOES-East satellite provides a good picture of why the U.S. East Coast experienced a snowier than normal winter. The new animation shows the movement of storms from January 1 to March 24.”

Velvet Dust: Of The Ribboned Heart

Velvet Dust is an online, Austin-based quarterly magazine dedicated to the arts and the community. We explore art, fashion and culture through editorials, design, interviews, video art, and other forms of digital media. We are dedicated to emerging artists and to providing a platform for quality work from up-and-coming talent, both in Austin and throughout the world.

Zapier: One Easily Overlooked Way You Can Increase Email Click-Through Rates by 300%

“Customers and potential customers really liked seeing information conveyed through video. It’s a richer, more concise way for people to learn about you, your company, or your product. It gives your site visitors a taste of your personality or company culture, helping them develop a connection with your brand.”

Mother Jones: “Noah” Film Inspires Flood of Religious Freak-Outs

Aronofsky has dubbed his $160 million epic the “least biblical biblical film ever made.” “

YouTube: TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES – Official Trailer (2014) [HD]

Wow. I… I don’t know how I feel about this. I’m a child of the late 80’s/early 90’s, which means I was the target demographic of the original TMNT show. And now Michael Bay, who did what he did to Transformers, has taken hold of another of my very favorite childhood things.