The diversity in comics continues to shine and there are two of them that exemplify that notion. Jeff Lemire’s Animal Man #3 not only showcases some freakish but appealing ideas, but keeps the emphasis on the family aspect that has worked so well with the character for years. And Scott Snyder’s Swamp Thing #3 takes a twist in bringing a new character into the mix that has ties to the black. What both exceptional writers are building this towards remains to be seen, but it’s got me hyped up for the potential crossover they’ve been discussing.
And then we get into the 2nd part of the X-Men relaunch with Kieron Gillen’s Uncanny X-Men #1. The concepts of an Extinction Team are promising – I just don’t know if this is the book new readers should be picking up. There’s a lot to pick up on, but if you can handle the ride, it’s a fun journey.
We don’t talk a lot of X-Men on this site. It’s a darn shame considering this was the team that got me into comics in the late 80′s and early 90′s. It had glimmers of hope in 2007 with Messiah Complex and last year’s Second Coming, but inconsistency in the storytelling and art kept driving me away.
I then heard rumblings as of late that the book was getting back on track with Kieron Gillen taking the writing helm on Uncanny X-Men. Then there was the announcement of a summer X-event called Schism written by fan-favorite Jason Aaron that is touting a break-up of the team because of some drastic event that destroys Cyclops’ and Wolverine’s relationship. What once was considered a franchise on its own island to play in for the last decade seems to be pushing its way back up to prominence.
And that brings us to the Schism aftermath set for this fall:
Marvel has put it out there that Schism will break up the Uncanny series into two books – October’s Wolverine and the X-Men #1 and November’s Uncanny X-Men #1. Yes, that’s right – the long-running Uncanny series is getting a re-launch. Where have we seen that before as of late?
All we know is the two groups will grow out of Schism with different ideals and agendas. We don’t really fully know what Schism is bringing to the table, though you have to imagine it will have something to do with Cyclops finding out that Wolverine didn’t really disband X-Force the first time around. And Sentinels…lots and lots of Sentinels.
Say what you will about X-Men’s relevance in the recent past, but with the First Class movie getting rave reviews, Uncanny X-Force continually a top-notch book, and Uncanny X-Men getting momentum, it’s a good time to jump back on the X-Men bandwagon.
This was a great struggle to find five books to discuss – which you would think wouldn’t be the case given all of the Flashpoint and Fear Itself tie-ins that have been coming out. Fortunately this week, I have exactly 5 books on the pull list:
5) Uncanny X-Men #538
Kieron Gillen has been getting rave reviews ever since he took on this title. I unfortunately am coming late to the party, but given the small amount of books I have this week, now is as good as time as any to give it a shot. I’ve been wanting to for a while after seeing Marvel getting spotty with this book after their Second Coming arc last year.
4) Hellblazer #280
Another book I’ve been off and on, but willing to jump back in. One thing you can say about the book is it’s had a consistent presence and is mindful of its continuity. Something to fear when Constantine’s DCU counterpart makes his presence known.
3) Flashpoint : Wonder Woman and the Furies #1
Another round of tie-ins gives us the Wonder Woman side of the equation in the battle between Amazons and Atlanteans. I’m hoping to see a really gung-ho personality in Diana and putting her in the hands of two of my favorite writers in Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning is the icing on the cake.
2) Flashpoint : Deadman and the Flying Graysons #1
I have no idea what this is about and yet Cliff Chiang’s cover is enough to draw me in.
1) Batgirl #22
Let’s enjoy these last few moments with Stephanie Brown while we can because it will all come to an end for her come this September. In this issue, she goes on her Batman Inc. assignment and goes on an adventure with Squire. Expect much bollocks.
What the heck has happened this last week and a half that has made comics so unbelievably good? Between a big movie just out, another big movie not out yet but has big casting news, big books from Free Comic Book Day, and big stellar stuff from Marvel, I couldn’t help but concatenate it all into one big podcast.
My disappointments with parts of Siege aside, Marvel has certainly been on a role with their latest book and movie offerings. It only makes me wonder if they can keep things riding high into next year with their Thor and Cap movies, especially with Heroic Age coming down the stretch. But I won’t be a prophet of doom here – I’m loving Second Coming and I love this new take on the Wolvie/Spidey dynamic that Jason Aaron brings to the table. You definitely will not guess how Aaron starts that off…
Holy poop, we got working audio…
After some audio hiccups the last couple of weeks, I’m back in action with a new Quick Picks. And good timing as well because I get to talk about characters that first got me into comics almost 20 years ago. This sure was a pleasant surprise and it brought back one of my favorite X-Men characters of all time. It only makes me wonder where she goes now that we’re heading into the Second Coming storyline starting next month.
I wonder if Wolverine is in that one…