Let’s get this show on the road, shall we?
We’re hitting things off round robin-style in week two of new 52 land, as well as a couple of Marvel spotlights:
- Uncanny X-Force #15
- Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #1
- Green Lantern #1
- Red Lanterns #1
- Batwoman #1
- Batman and Robin #1
- Deathstroke #1
- Demon Knights #1
Week 3 will be up later this week!
Music provided by Chop Suzy – Addicted To You
For the 2nd week in a row, I really could only find 4 books that stood out to me. Not that my wallet is complaining, of course. What’s more interesting is how much Marvel has impacted my pull lists as of late. I’m sure that will change with DC’s re-launch next month, but for now, here’s the pickings for this week:
4) Flashpoint : Wonder Woman and the Furies #3
The last issue fell down a notch with major art changes. Otherwise, you know what to expect from the writing styles of Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning. Let’s just hope this gives us more to grab out of the Amazon/Atlantean war than what Emperor Aquaman gave us.
3) Venom #6
I’m always concerned when a hot book ties into another character’s major storyline. Yes, Venom is Spider-Man’s arch-nemesis, so it makes sense to an extent that he tie into the current Spider-Island arc, but let’s hope that tie-in stays to a minimum. Knowing Rick Remender, he’ll find a way to keep the focus on Flash Thompson and the struggling relationship with his ailing father.
2) X-Men Schism #3
You can feel the tension building as mutant/human relations once again come to a clash. And slowly but surely, we’re starting to see signs that Cyclops and Wolverine are not going to be on the same page soon. It’s made for interesting drama that you’d come to expect from an X-Men book. Jason Aaron is juggling the pieces quite well and I expect more of the same in this issue.
1) Daredevil #2
This book surprised the heck out of me. If you know me, I didn’t grow up a Daredevil fan, though I knew of legacy runs with the character done by Frank Miller, Kevin Smith, Brian Michael Bendis, and so on. Mark Waid took over last month, set everything back to the basics, and it received abundant amounts of critical praise. Cap jumps into the next issue to get some answers on Daredevil’s past crimes. Yes, it was a crime that Shadowland existed, but I digress…
Jason Aaron and Adam Kubert wrap up an…well…astonishing run on Astonishing Spider-Man & Wolverine #6. Really no other way to put it. It was the right mix of action, humor, and characterization you’d come to expect from the guy that writes an excellent book in Scalped. Even with all the time-traveling hijinx this series had to offer, what it came down to was the relationship between the two titular characters.
Highs and lows is what we can describe the whole War of the Green Lanterns saga has been so far. It gave us more insight into Krona’s plans in Green Lantern #66, really knocked our socks off at the end of Green Lantern Corps #60, and pushed us to the endgame with Green Lantern Emerald Warriors #10. The ending of GLC is what really got me thinking about where the DCU is heading what with Flashpoint underway and some rumors about the announcement Geoff Johns and Jim Lee are making soon about the overall direction of the universe.
Jonathan Hickman can do no wrong. FF #4 is my favorite Marvel book now, which is saying something not being a Fantastic Four fan all my life. Just the right mix of drama, comedy, and action with many sub-plots to dive into for future stories. And this whole alternate Reeds story arc has been a joy to read. Said it before and I’ll say it again, Marvel – give Hickman the next event book, please.
Marvel really showcased a good selection of books this week. FF #1 was a great example of that. I haven’t picked up any of Jonathan Hickman’s Fantastic Four run, but after all the hype it received these last few months, I had to jump on the bandwagon and see what the excitement was about. I’m glad I did – great characterization and set-up for this new series direction.
Astonishing Spider-Man/Wolverine #5 continues the zaniness that is Jason Aaron and Adam Kubert’s bi-monthly adventure of the titular characters looking to get out of their time-traveling adventure. If you’re up for classic Mojo antics, then this book is for you. And if you want to see what happens when Wolverine and the Phoenix Force walk into a bar, this book is also for you.
Lastly, I didn’t make this the pick of the week, but considering how much I talked about it, you’d think I would have. Nevertheless, Green Lantern #64 gets things off rolling good with the first part of the War of the Green Lanterns storyline. Hal gets the characterization he lacked throughout the New Guardians storyline and things get taken up a notch when Krona’s plan with the Lantern Corps entities comes to fruition. Still early in the game, but we’re seeing some good stuff in Geoff Johns’ latest GL saga.
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.
I debut a new monthly segment I’ve been looking forward to doing for a while. Given how much I’ve devoted to new books each week for Quick Picks, I decided to give graphic novels its own series of podcasts. This month, I bring up a spectacular Joe Kelly piece in I Kill Giants – a book I’d recommend to anybody, including those that either are bored with the superhero genre or are completely new to the medium as a whole. The tale Kelly weaves and how he mixes fantasy and reality is astounding. And when you add JM Ken Nimura’s breathtaking manga-inspired art, it brings a whole new level of creative imagination in a medium that has a lot of it. Give I Kill Giants a shot and let me know what you think. Enjoy!