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Comic Book Day: Pull List for July 2, 2014

The Fourth of July is nearly upon us, you guys, and what better way to celebrate the United States of America than with one of the most truly American mediums there is: comic books! This week, there’s plenty of reasons to be proud to be a comic book fan because we’ve got brand new offerings from Marvel, the continued adventures of a Golden Key classic, a RoboCop reboot that we actually want, and much more. So, kick back, relax, and prepare yourselves for the unbridled awesomeness of this week’s Pull List.

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Doctor Spektor: Master of the Occult #2 | Dynamite Entertainment | Mark Waid, Neil Edwards, Jordan Boyd, Marshall Dillon

Review by Dan Casey

After the tremendously charming, fiendishly clever first issue of Doctor Spektor: Master of the Occult, Waid and Edwards get heady with a mind-bender of a follow-up that leaps around the space-time continuum, threatening to rend reality as we know it asunder. While it doesn’t quite reach the exuberant heights of the series premiere, the ambition on display here is admirable and Waid manages to sink his narrative hooks even deeper into my brain by the time we reach the final panel’s thrilling reveal, leaving me hungry for more.

Still reeling after the otherworldly assault on the TV studio that claimed producer Lenny’s life, Adam Spektor and his assistant Abby are in full on crisis management mode. Sent out to acquire Devil’s Claw Root by the good Doctor, Abby gets more than she bargained for as she not only nearly dies at the hands of a pair of surly brothers specializing in the supernatural, and winds up in police custody, but she also opens a door and is greeted by none other than…herself. This is the beginning of a series of alternate timelines, temporal shifts, and generally headscratching moments that plays out over the course of the issue. Jumping from timeline to timeline can get a bit dizzying and acts as a sort of narrative speedbump for the issue’s pacing, but it’s all worth it thanks to some seriously droolworthy artwork from Neil Edwards, whose line work, attention to detail, and eye for the cinematic cements Doctor Spektor: Master of the Occult as one of the must-read books each month.

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Rocket Raccoon #1 | Marvel Comics | Skottie Young

Review by Charles Webb

Young’s new, very self-aware ongoing, which kicks off this month with “A Chasing Tale,” surrounds Rocket with a similarly absurd universe. And instead of diluting what makes Rocket and his buddy/muscle Groot, work, Young has made the cosmic side of Marvel even more inviting and exciting – a vast space where things can get silly, strange, and dangerous with a too-cocky rogue at the center.

We learn that when not saving the galaxy alongside his fellow Guardians, Rocket has a sideline saving princesses. Not for entirely selfless reasons, either: Rocket’s a serial princess dater, which has earned him a few powerful enemies. And then there’s the totally unrelated murder warrant out for his arrest – is there another Halfworld native out there icing fools wearing Rocket’s face?

Young embraces the idea that Rocket is kind of a jerk. A funny, sometimes charming one, but the kind of guy who’ll take a princess to his buddy’s wrestling match on a first date, or who will get arrested at the end of said first date. Abnett and Lanning played Rocket as the pint-sized badass with the acerbic wit during the Guardians of the Galaxy relaunch in the midst of <em>Annihilation</em> – Young smooths some of those edges out, making him less John Rambo and more Han Solo. A lot of the humor here comes from Rocket and the Guardians’ awareness that he’s kind of a furry little sociopath, and played just the wrong way, that could have been alienating. But Young plays it so broad that the approach works for the character and the book.

And now I feel remiss in spending a lot of words talking about the script without mentioning the other important piece: Young’s excellent art. The cartoony style is perfect for the story and makes me wish that there was a TV-MA Rocket Raccoon cartoon out in the wild. Young populates his backgrounds with all sorts of diverse and lumpy alien critters while his main character is a scrawny little ball of energy. Also: more of his hyper-exaggerated Drax – I love that all-bulk/tiny head design.

Rocket Raccoon is a book that can drop in an Overfiend joke (ask your parents, kids) in the middle of a story about how many corpses its main character has racked up. Here’s hoping Marvel can keep the book’s other star – its writer and artist – on board for as long as possible.

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Robocop #1  | BOOM! Studios | Joshua Williamson, Carlos Magno

Review by Eric Diaz

If you’re a child of the 1980′s, then there is a special place in your heart for director Paul Verhoeven’s original 1987 Robocop movie. For a lot of us who were kids when we first saw it, it was the first really over-the-top violent action movie we ever saw, not to mention our first exposure to the concept of satire. The original Robocop was also almost shockingly accurate in its prediction of the future (minus the 80s punk aesthetic). Well, I guess that part came true depending on how close to either Silverlake or Williamsburg you live.) How accurate was Paul Verhoeven at predicting the future?  Well, much as in the film, today the city of Detroit is going bankrupt with portions largely abandoned, corporations are arguably the new government, and unemployment and poverty have created an ever growing gap between the rich and everyone else. Only Verhoeven’s Showgirls was more prescient in predicting how trashy our culture would be in the future. Paul Verhoeven was truly the 20th Century Nostradamus.

Writer Joshua Williamson’s first issue of Robocop is a much better sequel to the original film than either Robocop 2 or Robocop 3 (sorry, Frank Miller) and we’re just one issue in. Although the very first line of dialogue is a reference to one of the original movie’s signature lines, this new series isn’t bogged down by references to the film, but still evokes that movie’s spirit (at least so far, no one has said “Bitches, leave!”  yet, or words to that effect.) What it does do is honor the satirical nature of the original movie, and looks to today’s news headlines for inspiration, something the recent remake, which wasn’t actually wasn’t so bad, mostly failed to do.

The basic bad guy plot in this first issue is like a Tea Partier’s worst nightmare (or dream come true, depending on how one looks at it) as the city government enacts a law to confiscate all the citizen’s guns, which is of course orchestrated by criminals posing as “local community leaders” (I guess calling them “local community organizers” is just too on-the-nose. Might as well just called the bad guy “Barat Obana” at that point). All our heroes think such a plan is crazy, and don’t waste time saying so (Robocop himself even says that “this new law goes against his programming.”) I suppose the entire “everyone should carry firearms” angle could be sincere… but the whole thing feels very much in the satirical vein of the original movie.

The story opens sometime after the original movie, and Robocop himself is already legendary among the city’s criminal element. Old Detroit is still a violent cesspool, and the story opens as a SWAT Team is opening fire after a sting operation gone wrong. True to classic Robocop, we get a glorious scene of over the top violence as officer Murphy uses his metal hand to literally punch a thug’s face off.  This is where I have to mention the book’s strongest aspect-the art by Carlos Magno. I’ve never seen his art before, but it’s fairly stunning work. the panel where we see Robocop’s fist just demolish the thug’s face on contact and makes his eye come out of his socket almost hurt to look at. And that’s the highest compliment I can give it! Magno’s art is very reminiscent of legendary French comic artist Moebius. Every page is a thing of beauty, and I can’t wait to see more of his work. This guy deserves to be a star.

Really though, the best thing I can say is that this new Robocop series is fun, a bit gratuitous fun to be sure, but isn’t that what Robocop is supposed to be? Even though the recent remake wasn’t nearly as bad as we all thought it would be, the one thing it wasn’t was fun in the way the original movie was, so for those out there disappointed in that film, this new series from BOOM! might be the perfect antidote.

Pull List

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