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Comic Book Day: Pull List for February 19th, 2014

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by on February 19, 2014

Ah, the four day workweek. Is there anything sweeter in all the land? Perhaps not, but Comic Book Day during a four day work week comes pretty darn close. This week, we’ve got plenty of reasons to be excited, including but not limited to the return of the Metal Men, a grisly lycanthropic murder mystery, and a high stakes game of cat-and-mouse set in WWII-era France. So, go ahead, and celebrate because the week is almost over and the Pull List is here to get you over that hump.

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Justice League #28 | DC Comics | Geoff Johns, Ivan Reis, Joe Prado, Scott Hanna, Rod Reis, Dezi Sienty

If it seems like I’ve been writing a lot about Justice League and Forever Evil lately, well, you’re right – I have been. Most big-time events leave me with the taste of disappointment in my mouth, but for some reason the “Forever Evil” arc has captivated me as a reader in a way that other books simply haven’t. The way that this arc is subtly shifting the status quo of the DC Universe has been a joy to watch unfold, and there’s a definite sense of stakes to the whole event.

The last issue of Justice League was an unexpectedly heartfelt issue that took us into Cyborg’s past and examined his strained relationship with his father, slowly but surely advancing the plot and leaving us at the doorstep of one Dr. Will Magnus, who you may know as the creator of the Metal Men. Growing up, I spent countless hours in the basement poring over my father’s vast comics collection, and I always had a soft spot for the Metal Men whether they were making a guest appearance in The Brave and the Bold or in their constantly morphing solo series. There’s just something about them that’s near and dear to my heart, so you can imagine my excitement when Justice League #28 featured them prominently on the cover.

Finally, it seems that Justice League is entering the “Forever Evil” endgame, and the Metal Men are going to factor prominently into it. The bulk of the issue is told from Will Magnus’ perspective as a series of flashbacks about his development of the Metal Men, their creation, and their complicated, tragic history. Geoff Johns clearly has a deep-seated passion for these characters and it shows through his writing: the Metal Man are immediately charismatic, each with their own distinct personalities, and don’t come off as an annoyance or trifle, which can be the case when you’re forced to meet a brand new group all at once. Ivan Reis’ artwork as well is used to spectacular effect, giving him a chance to flex his artistic muscle on various fight sequences and quieter, more introspective moments that show off the characters’ personalities.

A page-turner from start to finish, Justice League #28 is one of those issues that will leave you pumping your fist in excitement…and champing at the bit for issue #29. So go ahead and feed your appetite for awesome with a heaping helping of the Metal Men.

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Curse #2 | BOOM! Studios | Michael Moreci, Tim Daniel, Riley Rossmo, Colin Lorimer, Jim Campbell, and Tamra Bonvillain

Have you already picked up your copy of Curse #2? No? I’ll wait.

Seriously. Go open comiXology or go to your local comic book store. I’ll wait.

In all seriousness, Curse is one of my favorite new books to hit shelves, blending suspenseful, clever horror with a well-defined sense of lore and a slow-burn mystery that leaves you wanting to know more about every last, blood-soaked detail. You know how much you’re digging True Detective on HBO right now? That’s how I feel about Curse; it’s just managed to suck me in and, much like Laney Griffin, count down the days until the next bout of lycanthropic madness unfolds.

When we last left our hero, former football star Laney Griffin, he was struggling to pay for his son’s rising cancer treatment costs, coping with the loss of his wife and intense scorn of his sister-in-law Sheriff Nora Hughes, and keeping a murderous French werewolf chained up in his basement. You know, the usual. Issue #2 does a bang-up job of building off of the first issue’s groundwork and keeps the plot moving at a steady clip, heightening the emotional stakes, and setting multiple characters on a collision course that will almost definitely end in a bloodbath. (My money is on either Laney or his son getting turned into a werewolf, but that’s a story for another article.) Nora is continuing to connect the dots on these mysterious murders despite her inept, conniving deputy and the antagonizing town drunk getting in her way, and we also get some major insight into Laney’s past as we learn how his wife met her untimely end. Of course, misery loves company and Laney’s son’s condition continues to worsen, giving the book a sense of tension and urgency that’s approaching its boiling point.

I don’t want to get into too much detail here because I want you to experience this exquisite emotional roller coaster ride from Hell for yourself, but trust me when I say that from the breathtaking, atmospheric artwork to the rock-solid writing, Curse #2 is proving to be the silver bullet you most definitely want in your arsenal.

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Peter Panzerfaust #17 | Image Comics | Kurtis J. Wiebe, Tyler Jenkins, Kelly Fitzpatrick, Ed Brisson

There have been plenty of Peter Pan adaptations and riffs on the classic J.M. Barrie story over the years, but few are as electrifying and inventive as Kurtis J. Wiebe and Tyler Jenkins’ phenomenal Peter Panzerfaust. In case you’re new to the title, it reimagines the classic Pan mythos set against the backdrop of World War II. Peter is a bold young American boy who, alongside a group of French orphans, gets caught up in the French Resistance in Paris. That’s the gist of it and, frankly, it’s one hell of a conceit.

Issue #17 marks part 2 of “The Hunt”, the fourth major story arc so far. The assault on The Sticks has come and gone, leaving the team fractured and Lily’s father dead. Naturally, Lily isn’t going to take this lying down, so alongside Julien, she embarks on a blood quest for revenge. What I love so much about this issue is there’s a real sense of stakes and a well-defined arc to the action. From a particularly tense encounter with a guard at a German checkpoint to an adrenaline-fueled action chase sequence that finds our heroes being stalked by an expert sniper in the woods, Peter Panzerfaust #17 grabs you by the haunches and doesn’t let go until it reaches its thrilling conclusion.

Between his work on Rat Queens and this book, Kurtis Wiebe has been pretty unassailable as a storyteller, and his work is elevated from good to great by the gritty, stylized artwork of Tyler Jenkins. Case in point: the last page of this issue, which I guarantee will leave your mouth agape. Consistently excellent, constantly innovative, and criminally underrated, Peter Panzerfaust is quite simply required reading and issue #17 is no exception.

Pull List
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IMAGE COMICS/MCFARLANE TOYS

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MARVEL COMICS

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COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS

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