The Pull List (7/24/13): Batman, Superman meet for the first time ... again

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For those of you not requiring a vacation after the San Diego onslaught, it's time to hit the stores again and spend a utility bill's worth on new comics. We're going to flip it around this week and tackle the Title You Can't Miss before we get to the new series debuts.

Before they even announced the big news about the Man of Steel sequel featuring a certain Caped Crusader, I knew I wanted to talk about Batman/Superman this week. I would have diagnosed myself with mutant powers for foreseeing the relevance of this new series, written by the always-dependable Greg Pak with art from the [insert superlative] Jae Lee. But director Zack Snyder says a different, much older series - the wonderful The Dark Knight Returns - will serve as at least some inspiration. More on that Friday.

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But regardless of that roller coaster of vanity this weekend, I stand by my choice of this week's Title You Can't Miss. Batman/Superman #2 comes out today, and I'm already totally invested in the premise of the book. Sure, it partly feels like yet another rehashed origin story of two superhero greats meeting, but Pak and Lee are doing something special here. Inhumans was my entry point into Lee's moody, gorgeous renderings. Now with a slightly different digital polish, his work continues to bring "wows," "whoas" and the occasional "whoa-whoa-wow." It's best if I keep the details vague here, because you really need to let the book do the talking. This series is going to do some great things.

So now let's look at this week's debuts. Marvel's Hunger #1 spins off of the Age of Ultron series, which has little relationship to the upcoming Avengers film sequel that contains those same three words as its subtitle. Everyone's favorite world devourer (you know, the big purple one with that awesome helmet) will be in attendance. Also look for a new series featuring the Rocketeer from IDW, Lobster Johnson and Mass Effect from Dark Horse, and a Hawkeye annual and Superior Spider-Man Team-Up from Marvel.

Don't forget to check out the rest of this week's slew below ...

DC COMICS
ALL-STAR WESTERN #22
AQUAMAN #22
ARROW #9
BATMAN SUPERMAN #2
BATMAN THE DARK KNIGHT #22
CAMELOT 3000 TP (NEW EDITION)
CATWOMAN #22
CONSTANTINE #5
FAIREST VOLUME 2 THE HIDDEN KINGDOM TP
FLASH #22
GREEN TEAM TEEN TRILLIONAIRES #3
JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #22
LARFLEEZE #2
MAD MAGAZINE #522
NIGHTWING VOLUME 2 NIGHT OF THE OWLS TP
RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS #22
SUPERMAN #22
TALON #10
TEEN TITANS #22
TEEN TITANS #22
UNWRITTEN #51

MARVEL COMICS
AVENGERS BY BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS VOLUME 5 TP
AVENGERS HEAVY METAL TP
CAPTAIN AMERICA #9
FANTASTIC FOUR CRUSADERS AND TITANS TP
GAMBIT #15
HAWKEYE ANNUAL #1
HUNGER #1 (OF 4)
INFINITY INCOMING TP
JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #654
KICK-ASS 2 PRELUDE HIT-GIRL TP
MARVEL MASTERWORKS GOLDEN AGE ALL-WINNERS VOLUME 1 TP
MARVEL UNIVERSE ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #16
NEW AVENGERS #8
SCARLET SPIDER #19
SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #14
SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN TEAM-UP #1
ULTIMATE COMICS X-MEN #29
UNCANNY AVENGERS #10
WHAT IF AVX #3 (OF 4)
WOLVERINE #7
WOLVERINE AND THE X-MEN #33
X-MEN X-TERMINATION TP
X-TREME X-MEN VOLUME 2 YOU CAN'T GO HOME AGAIN TP
YOUNG AVENGERS #8

DARK HORSE COMICS
CREEPY PRESENTS STEVE DITKO HC
DARK HORSE PRESENTS #26
GAMMA (ONE SHOT)
LOBSTER JOHNSON A SCENT OF LOTUS #1
MASS EFFECT FOUNDATION #1
MASSIVE #14
MIND MGMT #13
STAR WARS AGENT OF THE EMPIRE VOLUME 2 HARD TARGETS TP
STAR WARS DAWN OF THE JEDI VOLUME 2 PRISONER OF BOGAN TP
STAR WARS LEGACY VOLUME 2 #5

IMAGE COMICS

BOUNCE #3
CLONE #9
DREAM MERCHANT #3 (OF 6)
LAZARUS #2
MICE TEMPLAR IV LEGEND #5
WITCHBLADE #168
IDW PUBLISHING
CROW CURARE #2 (OF 3)
DANGER GIRL TRINITY #4 (OF 4)
DOCTOR WHO #11
DOOMSDAY .1 #3 (OF 4)
G.I. JOE THE COBRA FILES #4
GHOSTBUSTERS #6
GODZILLA VOLUME 3 TP
JINNRISE #6
JUDGE DREDD #9
LOCKE AND KEY TREASURY EDITION TP
POPEYE CLASSICS #12
POPEYE CLASSICS #12
POPEYE VOLUME 3 TP
ROCKETEER THE SPIRIT PULP FRICTION #1
STAR TREK #23
THUMBPRINT BY JOE HILL #2 (OF 3)
TRANSFORMERS PRIME BEAST HUNTERS #3
VITRIOL THE HUNTER #6 (OF 6)
WILD BLUE YONDER #2 (OF 5)

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