The Pull List, 5.27.15

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 be checking out and what you need to know before you crack that cover – it’s Kabooooom’s Pull List!

red sonja 16 cvr
Matt Morrison, Writer
Pull List: Arrow: Season 2.5 #20 (Digital Edition), Injustice: Gods Among Us – Year Four #4 (Digital Edition), John Carter: Warlord of Mars #7, Knights of the Dinner Table #220
This Week’s Must Read: Red Sonja #16

What Gail Simone and Walter Geovoni have done with this series is truly remarkable.  They’ve taken one of the problem children of the pulp comics world (despite her status as a feminist icon, Sonja’s original origins of magical blessings and rape are problematic to say the least!) and rejuvenating her for the 21st century in a way that no creative team before was ever able to truly manage. This issue – the first chapter in what is said to be their final story arc together – should prove to be one to remember.

batman adventures vol 2 cvr
Anne Mortensen-Agnew, Writer
Pull List: Black Widow #18, Indestructible Stingray #1
This Week’s Must Read: Batman Adventures Vol. 2

Is this cheating? I feel like it’s not cheating. I was born and bred on DC Comics and the Bat, but I’ve been almost totally checked out of it since 2011. So I was actually surprised to learn that they’re releasing the old tie-in comics from Batman: The Animated Series. The Batman Adventures weren’t just cheap, quick tie-ins to cash in on the show. They’re well-written, fun stories with some of the best takes on the greatest characters DC has ever had. But more than that, Batman Adventures were the first comics I ever read, and I’m so happy I actually can get them again without resorting to activities Batman would undoubtedly frown upon.

Nostalgic? Well, a little. Buying it? Definitely.

secret wars journal 1 cvr
Tiffany Belieu, Writer
Pull List: Sabrina #3, Godkiller Walk Among Us #5
This Week’s Must Read: Secret Wars Journal #1

I must confess, Secret Wars is the first comic book event I have ever participated in. The Marvel Universe is big and there are tons of books to be read. It can be a little confusing, especially for a first timer. I have found the “side” books (A-Force, Battleworld) to be much more conducive to my understanding of the Marvel universe and the Secret Wars event than the main title. I am looking forward to another book that can hopefully further my understanding of Secret Wars with Secret Wars Journal #1.

providence 1 cvr
Gregory Goode, Writer
Pull List: Fight Club 2 #1, Sandman Overture #5, Multiversity: Pax Americana Director’s Cut #1, Louise Brooks: Detective
This Week’s Must Read: Providence #1

Alan Moore returns to monthly comics (for 12 months, at least) with Providence, the latest of the incomparable writer’s examinations on the work of H.P. Lovecraft. Following The Courtyard and Neocomicon, Moore (with artist Jacen Burrows) promises to not only delve deeper within the Cthulu Mythos, but to face Lovecraft’s own prejudices head on in the form of Robert Black, our homosexual Jewish protagonist. Thought-provoking horror is what first brought Moore to the attention of American audiences with Saga Of The Swamp Thing, while his incredibly dense historical research on From Hell resulted in one of the medium’s true masterworks. The idea of him bringing the two together in Providence is a truly intoxicating proposition.

black widow 18 cvr
Marcus Hammond, Writer
Pull List: Wayward #8, Iron Fist: The Living Weapon #12, Infinity Gauntlet #1, Convergence #8
This Week’s Must Read: Black Widow #18

If I lived on a deserted island that had the magical properties to allow me continual access to one ongoing comic series (I imagine that there’s a Mother Box on the island that is functional, yet only opens at one specific spot in my local comic book shop…), it would be Black Widow. The current story arc has brought Natasha to her lowest point, and she’s out for vengeance. If you don’t feel like catching up with this series, you should think again. The story is great and Phil Noto’s art is really something to behold.

Buy these comics at your local comic book store (Don’t know where that is? Here you go.), from Things From Another Universe, or digitally via

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