It has been a while since I’ve dipped into the reading and watching pile of comic books, hence we give you a double dose of some of that action.
First off, I rave about Jeff Lemire’s Underwater Welder and how different it feels compared to most standard comic books today. This is where you get Lemire at its finest when he is dedicated to writing and drawing his own book.
I then review DC’s latest animated offering in Batman: Assault on Arkham. It shoots blanks in a few places and misleads you with how much Batman is in the movie, but overall it’s a good package showcasing the Suicide Squad in an old-school heist.
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Even with us a few weeks removed from San Diego, the comic world is still buzzing with lots of great news and accomplishments. We first dive into the superbly awesome take on Guardians of the Galaxy on the big screen and what that means for the cinematic potential of both the Marvel and DC universes.
We also dive into the recent Gotham by Midnight announcement with Ray Fawkes and Ben Templesmith taking on Gotham’s late night shift of the supernatural. Say what you want about DC being so Batman-focused, they are bringing a great amount of diversity to their titles to get the readership up.
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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.