NCBD Pull or No Pull: November 28, 2018

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Pull or No Pull November 28, 2018

No matter how fastidious you are in maintaining your comic shop pull list in your never-ending battle to make sure you don't miss anything good (or accidentally waste your money on something not so much), it never hurts to do a last minute check on what's coming out this week so you can make those fine-tuned adjustments.

Here are our looks at this week's upcoming comics, and our hot takes on whether they're a pick or a pan. Your mileage may vary.

Aquaman: The Search for Mera (Deluxe Edition) (DC)

With the AQUAMAN movie primed to hit theaters very soon now, the time couldn't be better for DC to release an absolutel classic of an Aquaman adventure. Written by Steve Skeates and drawn by Jim Aparo, these tales took the King of the Seas on an epic quest for his missing wife and queen, as Atlantis falls prey to political intrigue in his absence. Featuring cover art by the never-equaled Nick Cardy, this is a collection you should dive into!

 

Batman Beyond #26 (DC)

If Bruce Wayne can survive into the time of Batman Beyond, certainly the Joker should be able to do so.

Except for that bit where we all saw him die at the hands of Tim Drake in BATMAN BEYOND: RETURN OF THE JOKER. But does the animated canon matter in this story, where the time of BB is seemingly in-line with the DCU timeline, and where Tim Drake very obviously did not do this deed?

Dan Jurgens is just the guy for a tale like that that peeks into the future. Brett Booth, with an assist from Norm Rapmund, handle the art chores, and I will handle carrying this one from the shelf to the counter!

Black Hammer Library Edition Volume 1 (Dark Horse)

I'm late to the game on BLACK HAMMER, because I just never was enamored of any of Jeff Lemire's work. However, this one has a lot of buzz about characters and world building, so this collected edition might be a good start to seeing if all that buzz is anything more than hype. It's a library edition, and my library is pretty good, so that's where I'll go.

DC Nuclear Winter Special #1 (DC)

It's beginning to look a lot like a non-secular winter celebration as DC's annual holiday special takes a post-apocalyptic turn. Featuring peeks into the (possible?) futures of DC's best known heroes, with work from Paul Dini, Steve Orlando, Mairghread Scott, and others, plus a sweet looking cover from Yanick Paquette, this one may find its way into my stocking, if Mrs. Claus doesn't choke at the cover price.

Dead Man Logan #1 (Marvel)

Also known as, "Let's Kill Wolverine...Again!"

Okay, so "Old Man" Logan is dying because of the Adamantium coating his bones. I guess it was always poison, but his healing factor kept it in check. But no longer. Ed Brisson and Mike Henderson are going to kill future-alternate-Wolverine, and they're going to take 12 issues to do it.

Call me when it's 2020 and maybe I'll care.

Grimm Tales of Terror V4 #9 (Zenescope)

Urban legends get a whole new spin when a gang initiation intersects with an everyday family headed out for a weekend getaway. Ben Meares and Jason Muhr deliver a delightly wicked twist ending in this latest installment of the GRIMM TALES OF TERROR anthology series.

 

Heroes in Crisis #3 (DC)

This has been probably the most interesting story DC has going for it this year. In this third issue, we learn why the Trinity decided to build such a place as Sanctuary, and the secrets behind the AI that run it. Hopefully we'll also advance the whodunnit aspect of the mass murder as well, but there's plenty of time for that to keep going at a slow burn. Tom King and Clay Mann continue to hook me back into this.

Ironheart #1 (Marvel)

Spiralling out of her stint in INVINCIBLE IRON MAN, Riri Williams flies solo in her own title, going up against an old Spider-Man foe and coming face to face with someone from her past. Eve Ewing and Kevin Libranda package this one up for mass consumption, and it's a #1 issue for a (reasonably) new character, so this would be a good time to evaluate -- or re-evaluate -- Ironheart as a character.

Jim Henson's Labyrinth: Under the Spell #1 (Boom! Studios)

It doesn't appear that these stories further the LABYRINTH legacy so much as they back-fill it. Which is fine, as Jim Henson's world was a magical place that many would like to return to if it could be done without blemishing it. From the previews, it does not seem that Shane-Michael Vidaurri, Michael Dialynas, or Sina Grace do that, so I'm keeping my hopes up for this release.

The Once & Future Tarzan (Dark Horse)

Edgar Rice Burroughs took Lord Greystoke to several unusual places, including a hidden land within the Earth's hollow core. But I can't recall Tarzan ever having been taken into the future. Tom Yeates and Alan Gordon assume a rather daunting mantle to put a jungle lord onto the submerged streets of a London yet-to-come. But that cover! That just begs to come join my bookshelf of wonders!

Tarot Witch of the Black Rose #113 (Broadsword Comics)

Jim Balent's hero is just busting out to deliver holiday cheer this year. It's Tarot versus Krampus, that notorious Christmas spanker! Plus, Tarot's sister, Raven Hex, has to make a decision now about her future with the Dragon Prince.