Holy crapola is it new comic book day again?!  Man, where does the time go?  Well anyway, here we are once again in our own little slice of heaven here at Funky Thunderr’s The Pull List!  Your home for all things of comic book persuasion and crazy man ramblings.  We got a really awesome looking stack to get through this week.  Plenty of books from publishers like DC, Marvel and a couple indie titles from Boom Studios and Dark Horse.  I’m really looking forward to delving into my  reading with you all this week, it is sure to be a fun time filled with awesomeness.  So let’s get straight to the books I’m reading but make sure you stick around all the way until the end so you can discover what my pick of the week is so you can run to your local mom and pop shop and pick it up and bask in its glory.

Titans United #1

Writer: Cavan Scott

Art: Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez

Publisher: DC Comics

There is a sudden meta-human event in the city and The Titans are here for the rescue, or so they thought.  A man is suddenly hit with the abilities to absorb meta abilities and this newfound power in the face of the Titans is like candy and his body just can’t get enough.  After absorbing the powers of Superboy, Beast Boy and Starfire the man starts to go supernova.  In a last ditch effort Superboy flies him up into the sky before he can blow but when he does the man is obliterated and Superboy is left unconscious, with a broken arm and no powers which of course Red Hood is there to point out to Superboy again and again.  Just as they are regrouping in the tower, The Titans get a call from Hawk and Dove who need help dealing with Kite Man of all people.  It really is an upside down day in the DC Universe.  Pretty solid opening issue to this 7 issue mini series.  Obviously put together thanks to the tv show and I’m all about an opportunity to read more Titans so bring it on, I say.

Seven Secrets #12

Writer: Tom Taylor

Art: Daniele Di Nicuolo

Publisher: Boom Studios

After the betrayals at the end of last issue we are definitely bound to have a rollercoaster ride here.  We are shown some back story of how Canto and Amon grew up together in the Order and how Amon was rejected due to his parentage and how they decided to bring down the hypocrisy of the whole order.  Meanwhile Caspar is waiting outside the revealed headquarters as his mother and the Queen of England venture in armed to confront the Seekers.  Just as it appears as they are going to die as the building comes crashing down Caspar suddenly manifests flying abilities and flies up to the top of the  building to carry them to safety.  Man, reveal after reveal in this book.  Tom Taylor is at it again and firing on all cylinders.  Absolutely adore this book it has never failed to impress and I”m always happy to see it show up in my box and can not wait to see where they go from here especially with how often they tease the fact that Caspar is going to die soon.

The Trial of Magneto #2

Writer: Leah Williams

Art: Lucas Werneck

Publisher: Marvel Comics

The Avengers have come to Krakoa to retrieve the remains of their comrade, Wanda Maximoff aka The Scarlet Witch.  After receiving a tour of the island from the X-Men and having multiple heart to hearts about Wanda’s passing they are shocked when the facility is under attack from Magneto himself clad once again in his old villainous purple armor.  After being subjected to psychic probes from Xavier he is seemingly sent out to fetch Wanda’s body before the Avengers can retrieve her by none other than Hope Summers.  Really didn’t see that one coming, just as the battle between the X-Men and Magneto reaches a fever pitch the Avengers storm in to take control of the situation just as Wanda reappears seemingly not dead and just wanting everything to go back to normal she says and lays a big ole kiss on her old flame, Vision.  Really solid issue to an amazing opening issue.  Nice to see the camaraderie between the Avengers and X-Men and definitely nice to see everyone get reminded of just how bad ass Magneto can be when not holding back.  2 issue into this 4 issue series and I’m really intrigued on where they could be going from here.  Stay tuned true believers, it’s bound to be one hell of a ride.

I Am Batman #1

Writer: John Ridley

Art: Olivier Copiel

Publisher: DC Comics

Tim Fox has come back to Gotham to take his place at his father’s side and help him run FoxTech.  His really mission is to try to use some of his father’s tech that is being misused in the city of Gotham and help the city as a new Batman.  No one has seen Batman for like 6 years and Tim, or Jace as he prefers to be called now is here to take up the mantle.  Masks are outlawed in Gotham City under command of The Magistrate but our new Batman is going to go out and help people any way he can.  Be it telling kids to stop tagging someone’s property or taking down an armed thug on the streets.  Decent issue here, picked it up cuz I was interested in anything Batman.  Thought it might be the story of how Jace Fox becomes Batman but it just seems to be the Future State stuff in grander, longer version.  Whilst entertaining, I don’t think I need that on my pull list.  An enjoyable read, but not a “must have” book for me.  If it shows up on comixology  unlimited or something I would definitely read it though.

Power Rangers #11

Writer: Ryan Parrott

Art: Francesco Mortarino

Publisher: Boom Studios

Trini has used her Omega Earth Powers to lead the team to the last Emissary out in the middle of nowhere in space where there is no life to be found.  After coming face to face with the Yellow Emissary the Omega Rangers are given the knowledge that they have peered into the future and the only path that exists with the universe surviving also involves their demise.  As they are discovering this and that the Eltarians are to blame for the existence of the Empyreals, Drakkon’s sudden, but inevitable betrayal finally happens when he alerts the Empyreals of the Yellow Emissary’s location and is rewarded with his Dragonzord morpher. After taking out Xi, he powers up back into full on Lord Drakkon super morphed out mode in all its glory. After fully disposing of Xi, complete with a Dragon Dagger to the robot skull he looks on as The Yellow Emissary sacrifices themself so the Omega Rangers can escape and is thoroughly annihilated by The Empyreals.  Man, great issue here, can’t say enough good things about this book, but I will anyway.  Parrott’s run on both Power Rangers books has been absolutely astounding thus far and with the upcoming Eltarian War event I am so psyched for what he has to bring us now.  If you’re into Power Rangers and not reading this book you should definitely consider checking out this and Mighty Morphin, you won’t regret it.

Star Wars: Darth Vader #16

Writer: Greg Pak

Art: Raffaele Ienco

Publisher: Marvel Comics

Luke Skywalker is doing  his best to lead Darth Vader out to space in order to give his friends time to rescue Han Solo and it appears to be working.  As Vader chases down Luke in his TIE Fighter, imperial agent Administer Moore seemingly betrays him and attacks Vader’s right hand man, Ochi.  Strangely enough as she is taking out Vader’s assassin she dispatches droids to assist Luke in his space fight against Vader, even patching up his X-Wing in the process.  Really interesting developments here in this issue.  With a lot of moving parts in the narrative of the War of the Bounty Hunters event, they are doing a really good job of continuing the ongoing storyline in the Darth Vader book whilst moving the event story forward.  Really interested to see if Administer Moore is acting under orders from The Emperor or just moving forward with her own agenda.

Hellboy and The BPRD:1957-Family Ties #1

Writers: Mike Mignola & Chris Robertson

Art: Laurence Campbell

Publisher: Dark Horse Comics

If I’ve said it once I’ve said it a thousand times, god I love Hellboy.  Hellboy and BPRD agent Sue are trying to track down an errant copy of a cursed book on witchcraft and demonology.  After talking to an adult woman’s cries for help they discover her house has been taken over by a  demon that has possessed her mother after being mistakenly summoned by her son.  All kinds of awesome BPRD-like action ensues and the woman herself must cast the demon out, saving herself and her son from her mother’s demon-fueled wrath.  Hell of a one shot, beautifully drawn in a perfect style that matches Hellboy as close to Mignola as one can hope to get.  Really enjoyed this, one shots tend to feel lacking but this did a great job of setting the stage and tying everything together really nicely in quick, awesome fashion.

Superman and The Authority #3

Writer: Grant Morrison

Art: Mikel Janin

Publisher: DC Comics

One after one, Superman has managed to put the Authority back together.  With the inclusion of The Enchantress he now has some real heavy hitters.  All the while it would seem that The Ultra Humanite is assembling his own super evil team to combat Superman and his “heroes”  As The Authority is off tackling a crisis, Superman is attacked in his home, The Fort Superman if you will by Solomon Grundy injected with Ultra Humanite’s brain.  Quite the powerful combo indeed and he quickly dispatches the lesser powered, aging Superman.  With Superman slung over his shoulder he vows to take him to the bottle city of Kandor where surgery can actually penetrate his skin in order to put his own brain inside Superman’s body so he can wear his face to destroy everything he has ever loved.  Oh my really wasn’t expecting the Solomon Humanite, Ultra Grundy if you will.  Really have been pleasantly surprised by this book.  I’m not always a huge fan of Grant Morrison’s work these days and signed up for it simply because it had Superman in the title and I gotta say I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this mini series.  One more issue to go and I can’t wait to see how Morrison ties it all together in the finale.

Well, that’s about all she wrote folks, or really all I wrote cuz I”m done writing, Zing!  Really enjoyable week of comics this week.  Trying to pick a winner out of this stack was really a tough call with great issues from books like Seven Secrets and Power Rangers but this week’s pick is definitely going to have to go to Dark Horse Comics’ Hellboy and The BPRD:1957-Family Ties #1.  Like I said in the recap, this HB one shot really has everything  you love about a Hellboy story all put in perfectly in a 32 page comic.  Art, story, pacing, man everything was spot on here and I absolutely loved it.  There is a lot more Hellboy mini-series coming down the pipe in coming months and I”m all giddy with excitement for it and I know you are too.

So until next time, Stay Funky My Friends.

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