Here at Kaboooooom we live and breathe comic books, but if you’re new to the game or just don’t frequent the local comic shop it can be hard to know where to start. For that, we’re here to help. Every week we’ll share with you our recommendations for what you should checking out and what you need to know before you crack that cover – it’s Kabooooom’s Pull List!
Sarah Moran, Editor
Pull List: Bee and Puppycat #4, Lumberjanes #6, Bob’s Burgers #2, Saga #23
This Week’s Must Read: Harley Quinn Future’s End #1
Hello. My name is Sarah and I’m an unabashed fan of Joker/Harley. These two have been a popular pairing ever since Harley’s debut in Batman: The Animated Series, yet their complicated relationship requires some nuance in order to avoid coming across as absolutely deplorable (something only a few beyond Harley creator Paul Dini have ever achieved). In recent years these two have been off more than on, and as The Joker’s been characterized as increasingly insane and dangerous, Harley has come into her own, able to stand apart from her puddin’. Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner have made her a bonafide star with their series, where Chad Hardin’s art has even managed to make her New 52 redesign palatable. Now, in this Future’s End tie-in Harls has supposedly married The Joker – say what! – but they’re soon at each others’ throats once the honeymoon’s over. I’m hoping Palmiotti and Conner continue to depict Harley as a strong, independent though deranged woman and that in this future she gives The Joker what for.
Marcus Hammond, Writer
Pull List: Booster Gold Futures End #1, Harley Quinn Futures End #1, Superman Doomed #2, Low #3, Saga #23, Wayward #2, Edge of Spider-verse #3
This Week’s Must Read: Magneto #10
Magneto has been captured by possibly the most evil villain in recent times, Red Skull. While the premise of a mutant genocide isn’t anything new, Cullen Bunn did a great job in the previous issue of tying Magneto’s past as a Holocaust survivor to the Red Skull’s plots. The combination of Erik’s hatred for men like Red Skull, his weaknesses from his experience with the Phoenix Force, and his previous encounters with Red Skull make for some great drama. The continuation of Magneto’s involvement in Axis should be worth reading.
Matt Morrison, Writer
Pull List: All New Invaders #10, Groo Vs. Conan #3, Knights of the Dinner Table #213, Red Sonja #12, The Flash: Season 0 #2
This Week’s Must Read: Robert E Howard’s Savage Sword #9
This quarterly anthology of comics based on the creations of Robert E. Howard has grown into a surprising treat. Naturally, most of the issues contain at least one Conan story, with this issue featuring a reprint of the original Roy Thomas/John Buscema adaptation of Black Colossus. But what truly makes this series stand out is the comics centered around Howard’s less famous heroes, like the occult detectives Conrad and Kirowan or the bumbling frontiersman Breckenridge Elkins. This gives Robert E Howard’s Savage Sword a broad appeal as it is not limited to a single genre, and readers are likely to find at least one story they will enjoy as a result.
Anne Mortensen-Agnew, Writer
Pull List: Bee and PuppyCat #4, Lumberjanes #6, Butterfly #1
This Week’s Must Read: Loki: Agent of Asgard #6
It’s back! It’s back, it’s back, it’s back, it’s BAAAACK! Can you feel the excitement?! After getting waylaid by Original Sin/The 10th Kingdom, Agent of Asgard returns just in time for… Axis? Really? Guys, there have been, like, three event comics this year. Maybe stop for awhile. But still! Loki is back, fresh from the events of the 10th Kingdom, and this time squaring off against his past-self’s old ally, Doctor Doom! Plus, Valeria Richards! Who knows what’s gonna happen there?! Al Ewing and the team haven’t turned in a bad issue yet, and I doubt they’ll start here.