Here at Kabooooom 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 be checking out and what you need to know before you crack that cover – it’s Kabooooom’s Pull List!
Sarah Moran, Comics Editor
Pull List: Batwoman #29, Harley Quinn #4, Sex Criminals #5
This Week’s Must Read: Ms. Marvel #2
Some will say Marvel decided to make the teenage Muslim girl, Kamala into the new Ms. Marvel to rack up some diversity points. And they’d be right. But we should be excited when a publisher decides to score some points for diversity because a varied world of superheroes is a better world of superheroes.
Kamala is a charming, enthusiastic young woman and you’ll find yourself rooting for her right from the get go. The first issue [Review] introduced readers to her family, friends, rival classmates, and created a rich world not shockingly different from the average American teenager–because even with her Pakistani heritage Kamala is an average American teenager, with super powers. At the end of the first issue her transformation into a superhero was only hinted, but expect Ms. Marvel #2 to dive right into her new found responsibility.
Marcus Hammond, Writer
Pull List: Rocket Girl #4, Thor: God of Thunder #20, X-Men #12
This Week’s Must Read: Animal Man #29
The Animal Man series ends with this issue. Lemire has packed the series with both terrifying and heart-rending moments. In doing so, he has tested Buddy Baker physically and mentally. I’m really intrigued to see how Buddy’s story transitions from the events of the last story arc into a new group role in Lemire’s next project.
Another highlight of this issue will be that Lemire will share credit for the artwork with Travis Foreman as well as writing the issue. This should be a fitting end to an excellent run.
Matt Morrison, Writer
Pull List: All New Invaders #3, Knights Of The Dinner Table #206
This Week’s Must Read: Sovereign #1
The early promotional material for Sovereign #1 billed it as “An epic fantasy in the tradition of Game of Thrones”. Such comparisons were, perhaps, inevitable given that the first of three stories in this fantasy anthology involves three members of a holy order venturing beyond a wall to fight the undead. Yet, Chris Roberson does much to differentiate his Emissaries of Silence from The Night Watch and his undead from the White Walkers. The later stories in this collection do a far better job of expanding upon the world, which Roberson seems to be explaining a piece at a time with very little direct exposition.
The artwork by Paul Maybury is a bit muddled at times, particularly during the action sequences, but is otherwise serviceable throughout the book. A must-read for all fantasy fans.
Erik Radvon, Writer
Pull List: Prophet #43, Zero #6, X-O Manowar #23
This Week’s Must Read: Transformers: Regeneration One #100
It’s crazy that this comic exists. A story that kicked off in 1984 as a four-issue Marvel Comics miniseries based on a line of toys closes out 30 years later with publisher IDW. Simon Furman, longtime Transformers writer and the mind behind the mythology’s most memorable moments, brings his epic tale of robots in disguise to an end for a second time in Regeneration One #100. Optimus Prime and his band of Autobots have fought various permutations of Decepticons, fearsome alien warlords, and even their own creators in a series that has delivered surprisingly deep and nuanced story lines based on the adventures of action figures. Furman has instilled real characterization into plastic models, and it’s strangely wonderful to see the creator given the unlikely opportunity to bring his opus to an end.