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Whether the comics are inspiring or disappointing, I read them all.

Welcome to The Pull List.

And, as always…Spoilers ahead!

The Cape #4 of 4 (Pick of the Week)
Writer: Joe Hill and Jason Ciarmella
Art: Zach Howard
Colors: Nelson Daniel
Publisher: IDW
Price: $3.99

I did not want to read this book.

I knew once I did it would be over, as this is the last book of its run.

We discover the root of evil inside Eric and it goes back a lot further than anyone imagined. Nicky is the only one left to stop him but it has already come at a heavy price. During their fight, Nicky tells Eric it’s all in his head and Eric replies “You have no idea what’s in my head.

A two page layout depicts what is in Eric’s head and it was beautifully drawn and creatively awesome.

If you haven’t read this series than please get the graphic novel that will be released in the future because this is one of those books that you will remember forever.

Grade: A

Justice League #6
Writer: Geoff Johns
Art: Jim Lee, Scott Williams, Sandra Hope and Mark Irwin
Colors: Alex Sinclair, Tony Avina and Hi-Fi
Publisher: DC Comics
Price: $3.99

I was excited to see how this was going to all unfold as we discover that Darkseid is looking for something that is very important to him.

He feels the Kryptonian will help him after some “persuasion” and Batman goes to Apokalips to rescue him.

This is the last issue of the current story arc where the time has come for the League to gel as a team. Jim Lee’s action scenes really drive the story as this book was more slugfest than Edgar Allan Poe.

This issue also has a interesting backup story involving Pandora, the hooded woman who merged the universes at the end of Flashpoint. Another character is introduced and the name Spectre is mentioned.

The whole thing is intriguing and will cause some speculation amongst fans.

Grade: B-

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Microseries #3 (Donatello)
Writer: Brian Lynch and Tom Watz
Art: Valerio Schiti
Colors: Scarlet Gothica
Publisher: IDW
Price: $3.99

Have you ever had an argument with some random person on a message board and they got under our skin so much that you would probably hit them if you ever saw them on the street?

We get this and much more as Donatello is full of fun. He is my least favorite Ninja Turtle, but I found his microseries issue the most entertaining thus far.

We get a lot of insight into Donatello’s character and how even a super smart turtle can find himself in dumb situations. The art work did a great job of depicting facial reactions and fight scenes.

All in all, a great book to check out.

Grade B+

Usagi Yojimbo #144
Writer: Stan Sakai
Art: Stan Sakai
Colors: Tom Luth
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Price: $3.50

I think every household should have their own rabbit ronin to defend the evil doers from soy sauce or any other food items for that matter.

In the last issue, Usagi arrived in town and helped put out a fire at a soy sauce brewery. After meeting some of the key players in the trade, some peaceful, some not so peaceful, he suspects the fire was no accident.

Stan Sakai bares his soul into a character that no one on the planet knows better than him. Multiple writers have taken turns with various superheroes, but Yojimbo is Sakai’s creation.

The stories are simple at the core, but that’s truly what sets it apart.

There are other black and white comics that do a great job of depicting a story but there is something about the drawing in this book that is head and shoulders above the rest. There is an elegance to the humor, happiness, brutality and murder that takes place in this issue.

Usagi is kind of like that one in a million kid in school who would stand up to the bully in the hallway and do it with such calm precision that you can’t help but admire his spirit.

Grade: B

The Amazing Spider-Man #680
Writer: Dan Slott & Chris Yost
Art: Giusppe Camuncoli & Klaus Janson
Colors: Frank D’Armata
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Price: $3.99

Horizon Labs has lost contact with a space station being run by John Jameson and of course, things so wrong and it’s Spider-man to the rescue resulting in an excellent story that is entertaining to read.

The back and forth banter between Spidey and Johnny Storm during the course of the events is hilarious and I found myself laughing out loud.

There is a can’t miss scene where Johnny wants to catch up on all of the TV shows he missed and Pete spoils it for him.

We also come across zombies of a different color as the Sinister Six’s diabolical plan begins to take shape.

As always, the art maintains is vibrant tone. Even though the Pete/Johnny banter steals the show, it doesn’t take away from the overall plot at all which is a real credit to the writing of Slott and Yost.

Grade: A-

The Walking Dead #94
Writer: Robert Kirkman
Art: Charlie Adlard
Cover: Cliff Rathburn
Publisher: Image Comics
Price: $2.99

Rick and company head out to find a settlement called “The Hiltop” which is full of food, supplies and peaceful people.

This of course is according to the man they have prisoner who has done nothing to suspect he’s lying but no one is taking any chances.

Later on, the prisoner sets himself free reveals he could have escaped at any time as he informs Rick they he passed the “test”.

The story in a lot of way mirrors what is currently happening on the TV show. Different circumstances but the underlying factors are still the same.

Rick feels he needs to be a better leader by being more proactive and we see traces of him unraveling. By the end of the issue The Walking Dead #94 accomplishes what all great comic books should do, immediately get you pumped for the next installment.

Grade: B+

Avengers #23
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Art: Daniel Acuña
Cover: Renato Guedes
Publisher: Marvel
Price: $3.99

The Avengers are being held captive by H.A.M.M.E.R. and Norman Osborn is not one to be trifled with and he decides to make the Vision an example of his new found power.

Bendis brought an intriguing story to the table because the objective of the bad guys is more complex than trying to take over the world. At the end of the day, you know the Avengers are not going fail and yet I found myself wondering how they were going to escape their predicament.

Daniel Acuña is spot on and shines with the depiction of Captain America and Storm being held captive.

Some feel the Avengers are watered down since every resident super hero is a member. While that bugs me at times, there is nothing watered down about this issue and you will find you made an excellent choice by picking it up.

Grade: B

Angel and Faith #7
Writer: Christos Cage
Artist: Rebekah Isaacs
Colors: Dan Jackso
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Price: $3.50

We all have done something in life that comes back to haunt us in some way shape or form.

One of those things comes back to haunt Angel as his trip to London forces him to cross paths with Drusilla.

Christos Gage provides a dark and thrilling story that reads like you’re watching the TV series. Rebekah Isaacs’ work reminded me of the Tales of the Crypt comics and sets the appropriate tone for what the story is trying to accomplish.

Grade: B

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