Welcome to Pull It Together, where the goal is to narrow the massive field of comic book titles to the ones you shouldn’t overlook. It isn’t about what’s on my pull list, it’s about what could be on yours!
Exciting things this week! Okay, I’m excited about comics every week, but STILL. Comixology is having a sale on one of my favorite comics series
ever, Gotham Central. If you’ve always wondered why people care deeply about Renee Montoya, that story starts here, along with the stories of a whole cast of men and women struggling to be good, effective cops in a corrupt force within a city that condones and embraces vigilantism. But there’s also plenty of new comics to take a look at this week, like Edge of Spider-verse #2, featuring a universe where Gwen Stacy became the web-slinger; Leaving Megalopolis, available for the first time to folks who didn’t back its Kickstarter; and Jim Henson’s Storyteller: Witches #1, the first in a four part series of original fairy tales inspired by Jim Henson’s The Storyteller. Let’s take a look!
Each comic in the following gallery is listed with its official teaser summary (in italics) and my own commentary (below that) where applicable.
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Batwoman: Futures End #1 (One-Shot)
Now a creature of the night, Batwoman turns against her former lover, Nocturna, in final, deadly conflict.
DC's Futures End continues, and we've got two more one shots on Pull it Together, featuring stories from the possible future of the DC Universe!
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #7
As Spike and Xander bond—while also seriously getting on each other's nerves—they are tempted to start writing some rules of their own in the book of magical laws... concerning Buffy and Dawn!
Edge of Spider-verse #2 (of 5)
GWEN STACY: SPIDER-WOMAN! In one universe, it wasn't Peter Parker bitten by the radioactive Spider, but Gwen Stacy! She's smart, charming and can lift a car—Just don't tell her Police Chief father! How is she involved in Spider-Verse? Seeds of Amazing Spider-Man #9 are planted here!
You know that fabulous Gwen Stacy as Spider-Woman costume you've been seeing around? From that comic where
she and Mary Jane are in an all-girl rock band? Well, that comic is out now. You can go read it. This is it. I LITERALLY DON'T KNOW WHAT ELSE TO TELL YOU.
The second arc of the critically-acclaimed ongoing Elektra series pits Elektra against an enraged Assassin's Guild. After her life-and-death battles with Cape Crow, Bloody Lips, Lady Bullseye and Scalphunter, Elektra vows to take the fight to the Guild itself. It's Elektra vs. the World as she begins hunting down the Guild's agents before they can find her and her allies.
This is our solicitation,
Going out to every nation,
For a new issue of Fables taking wing.
We thought we would this time,
Do the entire blurb in rhyme,
Just to see if anyone actually reads this thing.
In this issue, Bigby resurrected,
Quite more monstrous than expected,
Is challenged by a golden-armored knight.
They throw down in the city,
And won't it be a pity,
If lives are lost during the bloody fight.
As our special gift to you,
We make this promise true,
That the actual issue won't be all a-rhyming.
'Twill be done in the best prose we know,
About Bigby and his Fabled foe,
And their vicious battle fought with expert timing.
George Pérez's Sirens
George Pérez has worked on great female characters like Wonder Woman and Scarlet Witch, but this, a team of female heroes of his own creation, had us swooning. It's a scifi adventure story that spans time and space, featuring a
team of female heroes that kick butt across the universe. If you like strong female scifi characters like Battlestar Galactica 's Starbuck, Star Wars ' Princess Leia, and Alien 's
Ripley, you'll find a lot to love about George Pérez's Sirens ! As an intergalactic force enslaves planets across the galaxy, the legendary team known only as the Sirens must reunite to save the galaxy—but is that even possible when the Sirens themselves don't even remember who they are? And the rest of the universe only remembers them as...villains? A six-issue miniseries featuring
your new favorite comic book team, written and drawn by the master himself, George Pérez (Wonder Woman, JLA Vs. Avengers) begins his greatest story yet.
The list of reasons why you should know George Pérez name is long: for making crafting the Teen Titans that we still know today, for working on
Crisis on Infinite Earths, and for spearheading plot and art on the 1987 rebooted Wonder Woman series. He's got a new series featuring an all-female team of space adventurers, and that sounds pretty promising.
Gotham Central Sale!
Gotham Central. IT IS GREAT. YOU SHOULD BUY IT. And then you'll understand why all us Gotham Central fans were so emotionally confused when Gotham was announced. But the sale isn't just limited to GC, it's actually a whole mess of comics that focus on cops in Gotham City, so here are my recommendations, in chronological order:
No Man's Land: You can buy the issues if you're interested, but oddly enough, I recommend Greg Rucka's novelization of the story arc over reading the actual issues.
Officer Down: This seven issue arc was in many ways the test case for Gotham Central. You don't need to read it first, but it will give the larger series some extra emotional context.
Gotham Central: Buy the whole thing.
Jim Henson's Storyteller: Witches #1
In the spirit of Henson’s inventive imagination, this series dives into the mythology of witches and witchcraft through the ages with an incredible blend of art styles and storytelling techniques, taking full advantage of the comics medium. Four anthology-style one-shots explore classic witch stories and fairy tales from all over the world, each told by a different creator with a breathtaking style and original voice. It’s tales of magic and wonder as only these storytellers could imagine them. In this issue: S.M. Vidaurri, writer and watercolor illustrator of the award-winning graphic novel Iron: Or, the War After , unfolds the stunning tale of “The Magic Swan Goose & the Lord of the Forest.” When her brother is kidnapped by a witch, a young princess must venture into the mysterious forest beyond the castle. There, the Lord of the Forest, an armor clad spirit who watches over the wilderness, comes to her aid, but the princess must rely on her wits to discover who she can trust before her family is cursed forever.
Even if you don't remember
Jim Henson's The Storyteller, the idea of a four part series of illustrators and writers creating new stories in the style of fairy tales on the overall theme of "witches"... Well, that's right up Pull It Together's alley.
When the caped heroes of the world's safest city inexplicably turn into homicidal maniacs, no one is safe. The only rational thing to do is to get the hell out of town. If only it were that easy. A small group of terrified survivors make a desperate run for the city limits, chased by unspeakable evil!
From the writer/artist team that brought you
Secret Six (Gail Simone and Jim Calafiore) comes Leaving Megalopolis, the Kickstarter-ed book about superheroes going crazy and what that means for all the normal folks caught in the crossfire. Now available in hardcover for everybody who wasn't a backer!
Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man #5
One of the most defining stories in the ULTIMATE UNIVERSE explodes in a way no one saw coming! Only one of the two Ultimate Spider-Man s shall rise!
Oddly Normal #1
Meet Oddly Normal, a ten-year-old girl with pointed ears and green hair—a half-witch who will be the first to tell you that having a mother from a magical land called Fignation and a father from Earth doesn't make it easy to make friends at school! On her tenth birthday, she blows out her cake's candles and makes a disastrous wish. Now, Oddly must travel to Fignation to uncover the mystery of her parents' disappearance.
I just had a chance to read the first two issues of this new series from Otis Frampton and Image Comics and it's
definitely cute. A great start to an all-ages book!
Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman #2
Diana Prince's heroics continue! Wonder Woman faces her greatest peril as the Gods' gifts are withdrawn one by one. And since their first gift was life, how far will her unraveling go? Then, learn how Diana earned the twin bracelets that protect her from the bullets of Man's World!
Another month, another print edition of this digital-first series.
Kate Kristopher makes a stand against sins past as the smash-hit series' first arc reaches its bloody finale.
Supreme Blue Rose #3
Ethan Crane is missing. Emergency procedures have been activated. Nothing makes sense. We are all in danger.
Luca has a plan for Eligia. It is not the plan she thinks it is. She is his knife now.
The Wicked and the Divine #4
The mystery is solved. But does pop-god Lucifer like the answer? The answer is a word that rhymes with 'Go', 'Blow' and 'Pro'. If you think the answer rhymes with 'Cow' I applaud you for your unconventional nature. It's good to experiment. We're experimenting with being Awesome for four issues in a row. JOIN US.
Wonder Woman: Futures End #1 (One Shot)
Her humanity lost forever, Wonder Woman embraces her true nature as the God of War to battle the armies of Nemesis!
Are you looking forward to picking up a title this week that isn’t in Pull It Together? Mention it in the comments and I’ll take a look! Just remember: PIT only covers one week at a time, not one month! If it’s not coming out this week, it won’t be on the list.
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