The Pull List: Comic Books you should read this week (June 26, 2019)

There are a lot of comic books that come out every week, and it can be hard to try and navigate the waters to find something new, or for a first-time reader, to find a good starting point.

For this week’s comic books, a popular crossover event comes to an end, while a controversial DC book also bids farewell. Its a good week for comics!

Credit to Marvel comics and cover artist Esad Ribic

Conan the Barbarian No. 7

Writer: Jason Aaron

Artist: Mahmud A. Asrar

Running a little late this month, Conan the Barbarian makes his return to comic book shelves this week, as the savage is still dealing with the effects of the Crimson Witch. Conan the Barbarian has been a strong book for Marvel this year with Jason Aaron’s writing and Mahmun A. Asrar’s art making for a dream team for this title. It wasn’t entirely clear how the character of Conan could fit in the Marvel universe, but Aarons and Asrar have done an excellent job making the transition the best anyone could have done.  Make sure to pick up issue No. 7 and catch up with epic series!

 

 

Martian Manhunter No. 6 

Writer: Steve Orlando

Artist: Riley Rossmo

Steve Orlando and Riley Rossmo’s take on the Martian Manhunter has been a fresh reimaged story of the, usually, underutilized Justice League member. As Mars starts to fall, those in J’onn J’onnz’ inner circle are starting to be affected by the past mistakes from J’onn. Rossmo’s art, while unorthodox for this time of story, has added an extra element to the story. That by itself, should be a reason you should pick up the book!

 

Credit to Marvel comics and cover artist
Jeff Dekal

Thanos No. 3

Writer: Tini Howard

Artist: Ariel Olivetti

The character of Thanos has made a major imprint in the zeitgeist of American pop culture in recent years and the prequel comic to Infinity Wars, Thanos is trying to capitalize on the character’s success. Although the series is catapulting off the success of the movies, the newest Thanos title is good enough to stand on its own, as we explore the early days of Gamora and Thanos’ relationship, and how that evolved into Thanos caring so much for his “adopted daughter. In Thanos No. 3, we will see the early stages of Gamora’s training to becoming the most feared assassin in the universe.

 

 

Credit to Marvel comics and cover artist Arthur Adams

War of the Realms No. 6

Writer: Jason Aaron

Artist: Russell Dauterman

War of the Realms, one of Marvel’s best crossover events in a long time, will come to its epic conclusion this week as the Marvel heroes will face the evil elf Malekith’s army, as earth’s fate hangs in the balance. While we left Malekith on the ropes in issue No. 3, he won’t go down without a fight and will have to use his secret weapon, Venom, as he makes his last stand. Writer Jason Aaron’s epic has been incredibly fun and make sure to catch up on the previous five issues before War of the Realms comes to an end!

 

 

Batman Damned No. 3

Writer: Brian Azzarello

Artist: Lee Bermejo

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It took nearly six months, but the conclusion to one of the most controversial  Batman titles of all time is finally coming to a close this week, as Batman Damned makes its conclusion. The very first title on the DC Black Label line of books, Batman Damned turned not only the comic book world, but the pop culture world, upside down as the first issue had Batman in a very “cough” provocative situation which consumed the news cycle for a while. But if you peel back the controversy, Batman Damned is a beautifully drawn book, which is accompanied by Bruan Azzarello’s writing. Make sure to pick this book up!