Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin, KING SPAWN, Aquaman and more: The GWW Pull List

Sep 24, 2021

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Between King Spawn and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Last Ronin, there was no shortage of great comics to read. Here’s what GWW’s writers thought about the big books from this week:

King Spawn #2
Image Comics

Written by: Sean Lewis
Art by: Javi Fernadez

Sean Lewis and Javi Fernandez loudly the tone for King Spawn in the series-opening issue. Somehow, they kicked things up a notch with King Spawn #2.

Picking up essentially right where King Spawn #1 left off, readers found out this issue who’s behind the latest acts of violence in Spawn’s world. For those wondering if you’ll get a new friend or a familiar face opposite of Spawn — I expected the latter — you get your answer on the first page.  — Nick FriarCLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL REVIEW

Score: 9

Frontiersman #1
Image Comics

Written by: Patrick Kindlon
Art by: Marco Ferrari
Letters by: Jim Campbell

Make sure what you do matters. If you ask me that sums up the message I got from reading the first issue of FrontiersMan from Image Comics. We often get lost in looking at the forest for the trees and vice versa in this day and age. But when you get right down to it this argument is really about the same thing and nothing at all.B Ferg CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL REVIEW

Score: 8.7

Aquaman: The Becoming #1
DC Comics

Written by: Brandon Thomas
Pencils by: Diego Olortegui
Inks by: Wade Von Grawbadger
Colors by: Adriano Lucas

Writer Brandon Thomas gave readers a glimpse into Jackson Hyde’s future in Aquaman: Future State. Thomas explored a future where Jackson Hyde was Aquaman and the Arthur Curry and Mera’s daughter was Aquawoman. Wisely, Thomas avoids the tangled continuity of DC’s Future State books. Instead, Aquaman: The Becoming delivers a solid foundation and reintroduction to the character of Aqualad.  — Percy WaelchlCLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL REVIEW

Score: 8.3

DC Comics

Written by James Tynion IV
Art by: Dani
Color by :Tom Napolitano
Letters by: Lee Loughridge

Mary Kowalski was just your average robotics expert who finally decided to break out of the mental prison to become the person they always wanted to be. We learn how Miracle Molly, leader and main inventor for the Unsanity, came to be in this issue.Brian Villar CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL REVIEW

Score: 8.5

AWA/Upshot Studios


You know you’re generally in for some weirdness when reading Garth Ennis. Of course that can be said with most comics, but Ennis takes things to another level. Naturally, some of that’s been on display throughout the first four issues of Majorie Finnegan Temporal Criminal — which are now available in a collected edition. But my jaw had yet to drop like it did Majorie Finnegan Temporal Criminal #5. — Nick Friar CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL REVIEW

Score: 9.0

For more on AWA Studios, check out the conversation GWW Radio’s TLDR had with AWA CCO, Axel Alonso.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin #4
IDW Publishing

Written by: Tom Waltz, Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman
Art by: Kevin Eastman, Ben Bishop, Esau Escorza and Isaac Escorza

This is a must-read series for anyone who like the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in the slightest — thus the absurd number of variant covers. Now four issues into the series, reader had learned how almost all of the turtles had met their demise. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin #4 sheds light on the last turtle whose fate we’d yet to learn, along with that of someone else close to Michelangelo, Raphael, Leonardo and Donatello.

Hopefully, the finale lives up to what readers have gotten through the first four issues of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin. — Nick Friar

Score: 9.5

IDW Publishing

Written by: Cavan Scott
Art by: Francesco Francavilla & Megan Levens
Colors by: Francesco Francavilla & Charlie Kirchoff
Letters by: Shawn Lee

Coming into a Star Wars book there are a few things you typically can expect. There will be space, ships and if you’re lucky even a saber fight or two. Still despite their importance to the overall theme of the series the spiritual and supernatural elements tend to be downplayed. However, IDW Publishing’s first issue of Star Wars Adventures Vader’s Castle gives readers a look at one of the more mysterious ways the Force can be utilized. B Ferg CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL REVIEW

Score: 7.9

Once and Future #20
Boom Studios

Written by: Kieron Gillen
Art by: Dan Mora
Colors by: Tamra Bonvillain
Letters by: Ed Dukeshire

Just when you think Once and Future can’t possibly get any more wild, Kieron Gillen once again outdoes himself. By introducing even more mythos into an already crazy story, Gillen cranks Once and Future up to an 11. 

Not only does Once and Future #20 deliver on storytelling, but it also features some great character work. Gillen’s writing of Gran has been one of my favorite parts of this story, from its inception. While I have always enjoyed Gran’s badass, stubborn ways, it was her moment of honesty and self reflection in Once and Future #20 that really stood out and elevated her character.

As always, Once and Future remains a must read story that never fails to deliver.  — Joseph Gilmore

Score: 9.0

Looking for more comic book content? Go check out the latest episode of Geeks WorldWide Radio‘s TLDR podcast, where Joseph Gilmore and Nick Friar discuss comics weekly and talk to creators from the industry — available onSoundCloud, Apple Podcasts and Spotify!