The Pull: A Look at the Comics Dropping the Week of January 15th

Last week felt like a light week. This week? It’s just a straight up light one, for real, unless you’re hot for a whole bunch of weird Marvel trades. In which case this is the week for you! Let’s look at what’s dropping in The Pull, my look at the buys, recommendations and curiosities from the week of comics, starting with a good, fun and classic feeling superhero tale.

Book of the Week: Valkyrie: Jane Foster #7

Valkyrie is not a comic that’s going to light the world on fire. It’s a pretty straightforward superhero adventure comic, with simple delights – like a talking horse sidekick! – and fun, unexpected stories. When Cafu is on art, it’s a very solid book, and when he’s off, we’ve had Pere Perez, meaning it’s still quite solid. It feels like a resort weekend of a comic for Al Ewing and Jason Aaron, as they need a respite from the complexities of their other responsibilities, so they go for something more fun and basic.

And you know what? It really works. I caught up on this title recently, and while it’s never an A+, there’s something to be said about a title that’s just always a good solid B, delivering superhero fun, solid characterization and highly effective art. It’s a throwback Marvel title, as it never feels overburdened by the world around it, only leveraging continuity in the sense that it features characters and elements from the Marvel universe (like my beloved Vegas trash Mephisto, who has been a delight here after a debut in Donny Cates, Nick Spencer and Rod Reis’ Damnation series). It’s never big, although it does get a little weird, and it feels…refreshing because of that. It’s an excellent change of pace book, and always a good read because of it. It’s different than what I expected, but it still works.

Also: shouts to Al Ewing, who is on his way out with this issue, and additional shouts to Torunn GrØnbekk, who is on her way in next issue. Let’s keep the fun going!

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