The Pull: A Look at the Comics Dropping the Week of January 12th

Comics continue to be terribly delayed, so again, this is purely theoretical. But the show must go on, so we’re back with The Pull, a look at my buys, recommendations, and curiosities from the week of comics, led by the end of an era, or at least so it feels.

Book of the Week: Marauders #27

Beyond the end of this Marauders volume, the conclusion of this title’s run with Gerry Duggan at the helm and artistic collaborators like Matteo Lolli and Phil Noto onboard feels like the end of an era. While Jonathan Hickman was the Head of X throughout this stretch, Marauders was its constant, a title that felt the most reflective of the promise it offered at its peak and even its waywardness thanks to the pandemic’s impact. It was a great book and a fine one, at times, but it was always there, with Russell Dauterman and Matt Wilson covers to greet us and Duggan’s feel for the cast acting as the wind in its sales.

I’m not trying to be dramatic. It just feels like a thing, perhaps even more so than Hickman’s run wrapping with Inferno #4. Marauders is the longest running title of this initial leg of the Krakoan Era for the X-Men, and I’ll miss its presence, even if it’s coming back shortly with a new #1 from writer Steve Orlando, artist Eleonora Carlini (and Crees Lee on an annual this month), and…CASSANDRA NOVA?! There’s more to come from the Marauders, but shouts to Duggan, Dauterman, Lolli, and the rest of the squad who made this book what it was. I’m sure this will be a nice conclusion, and I’m excited to see what the team gives us as they – and we – say goodbye.

Okay, maybe I was being a little dramatic.

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