Posts Tagged ‘Firestorm’

Initial Batch of DC #1’s Announced

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

The DC news just keeps on coming this week. We already know Geoff Johns and Jim Lee are kicking off the big re-launch on August 31st with Justice League #1. Now the DC Source blog has just announced what 11 of the 52 books will be as part of this massive undertaking. Key highlights for me at least include:

1) Wonder Woman by Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang

Wonder Woman gets a bad rep for not having the most relatable stories, but Azzarello should bring some grittiness to it that you come to expect from the guy behind 100 Bullets and the Joker OGN. Chiang on art is already guaranteeing us some great splash pages.

2) Flash written AND drawn by Francis Manapul

This was a big surprise to me. I’m all for it, though knowing that this book had been late before when Manapul was just drawing, you have to wonder how long he could fully commit to both.

3) Firestorm written by Ethan van Sciver and Gail Simone with art by Yildiray Cinar

Another superstar artist taking the writing reigns? This is getting really ambitious on DC’s part. Still, having Simone to assist will assure we get some funny banter between Jason and Ronnie as they deal with their post-Brightest Day lives.

4) Justice League International written by Dan Jurgens and drawn by Aaron Lopresti

We saw this coming a mile away, though it’s surprising that Judd Winick is not carrying over to the title after his successful year-long run on Justice League : Generation Lost. Still, if it’s any close to being remotely humorous and full of great characterization like its predecessor, it will be a hit.

5) Aquaman written by Geoff Johns and drawn by Ivan Reis

Guaranteed high sales if you know their collaborations well on Blackest Night and Brightest Day.

All in all, a mix of promising material with some less than exciting material to spare. I’m not sure how people are going to take J.T. Krul sticking with another Green Arrow re-launch or even taking on Captain Atom, especially after how much that character’s popularity rose during Generation Lost. There’s still more to be announced from DC though, so keep those eyes peeled…

CBF Quick Picks #61 : Uncanny X-Force #5.1

Friday, March 18th, 2011


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Did I miss something this week? Where are all the books?

Despite the light week, a couple of books still managed to hit the radar. Uncanny X-Force #5.1 was a good outing for those wanting to see what the Rick Remender hype is all about. Having Rafael Albuquerque draw the one-shot is the icing on the cake, of course. Wasn’t as great as the Kid Apocalypse arc, but for those wanting to see what got this series off to a great start, this is good for that crowd.

It fell a little short of the last two issues, but Brightest Day #22 was another good outing to wrap up the Firestorm arc. A key death sparked the character of this arc to act and bring about the ultimate climax that is hopefully going to give us some answers as to why the white light’s being such a jerk. One can only hope that answer involves monkeys…

CBF Quick Picks #41 : The Sixth Gun #5

Monday, October 25th, 2010


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Many thought Batman and Robin #15 would get the prize this week (as most other comic book sites seem to be giving it to), but I just can’t get enough of Cullen Bunn’s epic tale in The Sixth Gun #5. Mystery, suspense, gun-slinging, the undead – these are just a sample of what’s in this fantastic series. And it’s continually building its own mythology by giving us a taste of where this series could go next once this story arc ends.

This is not to say that Batman and Robin #15 was left out in the cold. Another solid issue continuing Dr. Hurt’s pursuit of the Bat demon Barbatos. Irving’s art is breathtaking and the last page reveal is no shocker given what DC is promoting next month, but is still a solid cliffhanger to whet our appetites for what Peter Tomasi has in store next for the series.

Brightest Day #12 briefly detours out of the Blackest Night part 2 domain and back into Martian Manhunter’s storyline. A lot of comparisons to the Garden of Eden tale, which makes it all the more compelling when Manhunter continually refutes his newly discovered Martian companion’s, D’Kay, attempts at starting a relationship and re-creating Mars. We all knew what was coming next out of this, but it still doesn’t take away from one of the better sub-plots coming out of this year-long event.

CBF Quick Picks #39 : Uncanny X-Force #1

Friday, October 8th, 2010


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We’re mere hours away from the behemoth that is called New York Comic Con, but that doesn’t stop me from talking this week’s books.

This week, Uncanny X-Force #1 really made me believe a second iteration of X-Force could work. This could have fallen flat on its face putting Wolverine and Deadpool in another book, but it doesn’t and you have the capable tandem of Rick Remender and Jerome Opena to thank for that. Good mix of humor, banter, action, and plot that harkens back to the early 90’s X-Men days.

Not to be outshined, American Vampire #7 continues its epic run from Scott Snyder and Rafael Albuquerque in 1930’s Las Vegas. The action take a break this issue, but it leaves room for getting to know new characters and sets up new plots for recurring ones.

And lastly, Brightest Day #11 rears its Black Lantern-infested head back into the picture. Call it Blackest Night Volume 2 if you want – I’m on board for what seems to be this new war of the light specifically involving Black and White Lanterns. Aquaman and Aqualad’s story though is developing really well as we come to learn more about the new kid’s past and powers. More fanboy goodness from the likes of Johns and Tomasi.

Enjoy your books this week – we’ll hopefully catch you at NYCC!

CBF Quick Picks #36 : Brightest Day #10

Monday, September 20th, 2010
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For some reason, I always get the next issue of The Sixth Gun the week after it comes out. It doesn’t stop me from talking about its continuing brilliance. From there, we go into Jason Aaron and Adam Kubert’s great mini-series in Astonishing Spider-Man and Wolverine that goes the way of the absurd. The 3-page spread in the beginning of issue #3 is enough to make jaws drop. Kubert really outdid himself with this piece.

The pick ultimately went to the continuing adventures of the 12 resurrected characters in DC’s Brightest Day #10. Firestorm and Aquaman get the spotlight this issue and there are a couple of great fanboy moments that we saw coming a mile away, but the journey towards them was well-paced and drawn out well. I continually enjoy what Johns and Tomasi keep bringing to characters I especially was never fully into before and I’ll continue to enjoy this ride.

CBF Quick Picks #29 : Brightest Day #6

Saturday, July 24th, 2010
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In this week’s episode, I touch upon a little bit of The Sixth Gun #2, a book from Oni Press that came out last week but was only able to get recently. This book peeked my interest back on Free Comic Book Day and I looked forward to the day they’d continue the Wild West saga of this mysterious gun.

From there, we get into the slim pickings of a week in books what with Comic Con here in full force. Even so, Brightest Day took the prize by putting focus back on its strong sub-plots (No Hawkman!) and teasing some revelations to come. I even give props to Johns and Tomasi for getting me interested in Firestorm again. This makes it all a great set-up for what’s to come with the big reveal behind the purpose of these characters’ resurrections in issue 7.

Enjoy the show!