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Infinity Countdown #1
“I am not one for event comics, but this story is one I am anxiously looking forward to. Aaron Kuder is phenomenal, and I can’t wait to see him unload
on this book.”
Continue reading Indubitable Issues and Pull List (03/07/18)
Fall is upon us but while Secret Wars and it’s many tie in’s sit in delay purgatory for the time being, Marvel is once again relaunching it’s superhero line with a whole bunch of #1 issues for their comics. With that said, the publisher is moving from a different position than they were in with Marvel Now & All New Marvel Now. With the former, Marvel had a lot of young creative talent that they were able to re-position during the relaunch to give their line a fresh make over and give creators they had brought up on their lower tier titles a higher profile like Jonathan Hickman, Jerome Opena, Esad Ribic, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Jason Aaron or Rick Remender. After Marvel Now was a success, they added several new talents into their fold by building off the success of the original relaunch, giving creators like Ales Kot, Tradd Moore, Michael Walsh, Felipe Smith or Michel Fiffe their first shot at a major comics launch with the publisher. Now, much of the talent from both those initiatives has moved on from the publisher. In their place, Marvel has new creators coming on from all sorts of different mediums in addition to some of their old standby’s like Brian Michael Bendis, Mark Waid or Greg Land, and they are publishing a lot of comics. Probably too many. Below is a list of all the announced new series categorized into grouping of Yay, Mayhaps or Nah like we did with Secret Wars. Keep in mind that I won’t be including series that are basically the same creative talent and that Marvel will surely have more books to announce in the months ahead.
Continue reading The Rough Guide To All New, All Different Marvel
by Jonathan Hickman, Jim Chueng, Nick Bradshaw, Paco Medina & Dustin Weaver
Here we are at the beginning of the end for Jonathan Hickman’s sprawling cosmic odyssey of a run on Avengers and issue #35 open the book 8 months in the future in a way that is equal parts exciting and troubling. For being an oversized issue this is a comic in set up mode but Hickman is also a good enough writer to make that exciting on multiple level. That’s partially because the set up is predicated on moments of dynamic action and cosmic metamorphosis and partially because the changes that have happened aren’t fully revealed and as such introduce a level of intrigue that’s an exciting addition for anybody that’s been enjoying his run from the inception. The Tony Starks Avengers are being hunted down by the Shield sanctioned Avengers but there are subtle changes on what has transpired that adds a level of engagement to the issue. The art of Jim Cheugn, Nick Brashaw, Paco Medina and Dustin Weaver does a great job of playing with the element of surprise in the narrative while following Hickman’s tension and release style in a way that feels smooth and natural. This issue is almost great until the very last page when the final reveal just had me rolling my eyes. I’m not going to spoil it and I’m going to acknowledge that it’s literally one page predicating the rest of the story so I’m mostly speculating on it’s intent but all that said, Hickman you are better then this bro. I don’t know if my assumptions are correct but if they are that is like lazy Brian Michael Bendis, New 52 inverted plot twist nonsense that is unnecessary. I hope I’m wrong as I’ve mostly enjoyed Hickman’s time on the title and ultimately it may be totally ancillary so I can still endorse this issue albeit with a level of trepidation. Let’s see what the future holds.
Guardians of the Galaxy #14 by Brian Michael Bendis, Andy Lanning, Dan Abnett, Nick Bradshaw, Phil Jimenez, Gerardo Sandoval and others
So, once again it’s oversized anniversary issue time for Marvel’s cosmic line. Late last year, I picked up Nova #10 celebrating 100 issues (spread out over four volumes) of that series. As I wrote at the time, it was a fun introduction to the current Nova, Sam Alexander, and I have been following his adventures ever since. Now, this week, Marvel published a commemorative issue for their other premiere cosmic title (you know, the one that’s being made into a film).
My experience with the Guardians began with the 90s Jim Valentino series about the original 31st Century team. At the time, it was an enjoyable comic, even though their attempts to shoe-horn in references to contemporary characters got tiresome quickly. Yes, I can believe that Silver Surfer would still be gliding around, or that somewhere there was an alien race utilizing Stark armor tech. But a cult/gang/whatever inspired by the Punisher? Ghost Rider on a space bike? Yeah, not so much. I dropped the series soon after #25 (around the time Valentino jumped ship as well), and haven’t revisited any of the material since then.
Continue reading Review of Guardians of the Galaxy #14
By Jason Aaron, Nick Bradshaw, Pepe Larraz, Ramon Perez, Shawn Crystal, Steve Sanders, Nuno Alves, Tim Townsend and Chris Bachalo
There was a time when this was one of the best comics being published, there was a time when it lost it’s luster, then there was a time when it appeared it was getting that back and now it’s just bittersweet to see it end. Through it all Wolverine and The X-Men was always the most heartfelt book out of the big two by a wide margin and Jason Aaron’s final issue encapsulates that greatly. It’s a touching moment as we get to see the kids on graduation day and also years forward in the future getting an idea of how the school had changed them after both one year and and much further into adulthood. More than anything this was a comic about the challenge and reward of positive growth and the final issue is a refreshing cap on that concept. Like any great journey the characters are different people then the ones we were introduced to in the beginning, no small feat for a superhero book, what makes it even better is that they’ve all grown for the better. Flash forwards to students Idie and Quinten as fully mature adults that still have the same personality traits but have molded and refined them for the best while Wolverine appears to truly be transitioned from the lone wolf ninja rebel that he’s been stuck in for decades for the empathetic and wise old educator. Sometimes certain people can completely change the trajectory of who you are just by randomly entering your life. Do Idie and Quentin survive without meeting Wolverine? Does Wolverine become the man he is now without Quentin and Idie? Does Jason Aaron become the writer he is without getting the characters on this book? Do the characters get to mature without him writing it? This comic was never perfect but it was almost that a few times and it was never without it’s center, it’s greatest strength; it’s undying love and heart that bleed out of the pages.