Leave it to Marvel to start the hype train a week before San Diego Comic Con.
Marvel announced their “Avengers NOW!” initiative for this fall – bringing about another year of the “NOW!” changes that have become custom for the publisher to do to shake things up. The shake-up they’re doing this year though is truly groundbreaking as they take their Avengers triumvirate to a whole different level. What will matter most is if it’s an organic progression for the characters that will justify the change and if Marvel can stick to their guns with it for the foreseeable future.
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Leave it to me to go on vacation and come back to one of the best things I heard at DC Comics sorely needed in this industry. The direction they will take with Batgirl come this October should bring something fresh and fun amidst the plethora of gritty books we get from publishers these days. The challenge will be if we respond with our wallets or not to this new direction.
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If the big two can relaunch so many times, why can’t I?
I’m back to provide more doses of insightful commentary on the world of comics. Today, I look into where we stand with the comic book movies of the year so far. No shortage of great material as continues to be the case with these films.
I also dive into the world of DC digital, where the plethora of great content continues to amaze me. How can you go wrong with a new book each day for 99 cents each? Whether it’s Injustice Year Two, Batman Beyond, or Infinite Crisis – DC is letting the storytelling shine in the digital realm.
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The comic world is a whirlwind to work through with its weekly releases. I’m going to take that burden away from you the best I can and give you some focus on what’s important to check out each week.
Here’s what’s on tap for the week of June 23rd:
I’ll admit it. I thought I could use a break from the Batman abundance after the Joker story. Re-telling the origin story for a New 52 world seemed like the best time to do it, having read so many variations of the origin story. I am glad I did not jump off of that ship.
8 issues into the Zero year epic, Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo have written/painted Gotham into a corner with the Riddler at the helm. This is the most intimidating you’ve seen out of Riddler and it makes you question how Batman will respond in this penultimate issue to the sprawling storyline.
Justice League #31
Lex Luthor joining the elite DC squad was already enough to win me over. Now we see other Forever Evil side effects happening with a new bearer of the Power Ring. This is what I was hoping for in terms of a shake-up in the New 52 and Geoff Johns sure enough can deliver great new relationships to a team dynamic.
Uncanny Avengers #21
I have grown into a huge Rick Remender fan as of late. I already was a fan when he first came to Uncanny X-Force and then took on Black Science, but it’s been solidified after I finished up the last omnibus of Fear Agent. He truly is a writer that is all about the long-form and the ultimate payoffs – something that can get easily lost in mainstream superhero storytelling.
This issue marks the end of his Avenge the Earth arc, but potentially is wrapping up everything he started back with Uncanny X-Force #1. Of course we know that the world will return to its original form, but it doesn’t take away from the bombastic storytelling and key relationships he’s built over the years. The fact that Remender is getting the next event with Avengers/X-Men Axis shows how far he’s come at Marvel over the years.
No news is good news….so I’m going to share some shout-outs instead to some books that have caught my eye in the last couple of weeks.
Injustice Year Two is still going strong off the heels of last year. And Charles Soule hit another one out of the park amidst his heavy workload with She-Hulk #1. This Hawkeye template is really working for Marvel.
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I am loving the Injustice Gods Among Us comic right now and apparently so are you what with DC reporting excellent sales for the digital series. This is what they need to offset what didn’t work in the New 52.
Why is the series working so well and what else could DC do to keep interest going into the new year? Let’s find out and hit the Play.