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Indubitable Issues and Pull List (01/17/18)

LOOKING FOR BOOKS TO BUY THIS WEEK?  

LOOK NO FURTHER.  

HERE ARE SOME ISSUES THAT WILL NOT DISAPPOINT.

 
Josh’s Recommendation…
Will Eisner Spirit Corpse Makers #5
“”Francisco Francavilla’s written and drawn mini-series has reached its conclusion, which means fans of noir/Will Eisner/The Spirit should have this issue ear-marked to buy this week. Don’t miss this exciting conclusion written and drawn by one of the best in the business bringing the Spirit to life!”
 
 
 

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This Week’s Finest: Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Annual 2017

 

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By Kyle Higgins, Goni Montes, Ed Dukeshire, Jamal Campbell, Tom Taylor, Dan Mora, Trey Moore, Frazer Irving, Jim Campbell, Caitlin Kittredge, Dajung Lee, Sarah Stern
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers is a strange property. Its superheroes are originally from Japan. They’re teenagers, but the wholesome kind. The 90’s show had an air of camp about it, but as the fans grew older they envisioned it through a darker lens.The dystopian fan-made film is one example of this.  Either way is a valid approach, but die-hards will insist the camp way is the only way. This Week’s Finest runs the gamut between the two extremes, as different creators put the characters in different stories set with varying tones.

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Justice League/Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #1 Review

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By Tom Taylor, Stephen Byrne, Deron Bennett, Karl Kerschl

DC continues its latest round of crossovers by pairing with BOOM! Studios to mash the Justice League with the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. The result is not as cool as the Space Rangers teaming up with the TMNT and letting them surf in space… Continue reading Justice League/Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #1 Review

The Rough Guide To All New, All Different Marvel

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.

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Updated: All The New October 2015 Marvel Series Via Bleeding Cool

635689708958153536-marvelIn addition to the Warren Ellis project, Bleeding Cool is announcing several new Marvel series & creative teams. They are as follows:

Update: Newsarama confirms The Vision series by King & Walta

Sean Ryan & Cory Smith will be taking over Nova

Writer Nick Spencer & artist Daniel Acuna will be taking over Captain America from Rick Remender & Stuart Immonem

Jeff Lemire & Humbert Ramos Extraordinary X-Men is confirmed from this interview on CBR

New Avengers title relaunching with writer Al Ewing & artist Gerardo Sandoval

S.H.I.E.L.D will be relaunched as Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D with writer Marc Guggenheim taking over on writing duties and artist Mike Norton becoming the full time series artist

Writer Gerry Duggan & artist Ryan Stegman will be taking over Uncanny Avengers from Rick Remender & Daniel Acuna

Scarlet Witch series written by James Robinson

Carnage series from Gerry Conway & Mike Perkins

Ultimates comic in the mainline Marvel continuity by Al Ewing & Kenneth Rocafort 

New Illuminati series by Joshua Williamson & Shawn Crystal

New Vision series from Tom King & Gabriel H Walta

Mike Costa will be continuing Spider-Verse as Web Warriors with artist David Baldeon

Daredevil by Charles Soule & Ron Garney

Uncanny X-Men by Cullen Bunn & Greg Land

Extraordinary X-Men by Jeff Lemire & Humberto Ramos

All New X-Men by Dennis Hopeless & Marc Bagley

New X-23/Wolverine by Tom Taylor & David Lopez

Venom: Spaceknight by Robbie Thomas & Ariel Olivetti

Howling Comandos of S.H.I.E.L.D by Frank Barbiere & Brent Schoonover

Angela Relaunch With Marguerite Bennett remaining as the main writer on the series and art from Stephanie Hans & Kim Jacinto

Deadpool relaunch by Gerry Duggan & Mike Hawthorne

Writing duties on Old Man Logan will be taken over by Jeff Lemire with Andrea Sorrentino remaining on art.

Thor, Guardians Of The Galaxy, Ms Marvel, Amazing Spiderman, Legendary Star Lord, Howard The Duck, Spider-Woman, Hawkeye, Spiderman 2099 & Silk will also feature the same creative teams that are currently writing the books.

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Review of Superior Iron Man #1

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It’s been a couple years since we’ve had a good Iron Man comic. Matt Fraction had a stellar run overall that fizzled out towards the end because of redundancy. Kieron Gillen had some cool idea’s that never really got off the ground and were hampered by terrible artist. So Marvel has returned to the drawing board one more time with Superior Iron Man but unfourtanately this doesn’t look like the book I’ve been waiting for. In it we are introduced to a Tony Stark that is drinking again (again? again & again!) and has concocted some new mobile app that; surprise, surprise has a catch that is pretty much super villain worthy. This plot comes out Axis where because of mind control, I guess, Tony Starks has turned into a total prick. That’s not too suprising as basically everybody was a total prick in the last issue of Axis (which for what it’s worth spinning a series out of an event as it’s foundation is a pretty terrible and sort sighted decision in itself due to the disposable nature of event stories) but even on those terms Superior Iron Man displays that with all the subtlety of a semi-truck causing a train wreck. I never read Tom Taylor though I’ve heard mixed reviews on his work, some love it some hate it. I’m not going to put myself in the late camp just yet but I can certainly see problems in his writing here as the exposition heavy and lay it on thick plot points drown out almost anything that is interesting about the plot. My day job is in tech so I may be a little oversensitive to it’s usage in comics, it’s part of what’s keeping me from fully embracing Batgirl, but Iron Man was always the place to see modern technology bleed into a fictional marvel universe. Warren Ellis’s Extremis is the high point of this but Fraction and Joe Casey on The Inevitable have also managed to find interesting ways to incorporate bleeding edge computer science into an Iron Man story. Here it’s clunky and dumb which is even more disappointing as the story itself is based a round a mobile app, literally the one part of technology that almost everybody understands. It’s not that having a mobile app make you your best self is physically impossible because even though it is, it’s at least an interesting concept but the idea of giving it away for free and then charging $99 a day to keep using it is incredibly fucking stupid. The ways that this makes no sense and is a cheap plot device are too numerous for me to count here but let’s just say this isn’t how basic technology economics work and it’s about as simple a way to scream super villain without just having Iron Man say “I’m a super villain”. That’s basically par for the course with this comic as it’s about as ham fisted as is possible and reliant on “plot twists” to tell it’s story. Yidilray Cinar does some fantastic visual work in the opening pages with high flying action sequences and fight scenes but everything becomes pretty flat and basic after that. Superior Iron Man feels like a bad New 52 interpretation of the character that is struggling to be edgy but comes off dumb and tone deaf. The good Iron Man book will have to wait a little while longer.

Review of Earth 2 Worlds End #2

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by various

My hope of this issue being a stronger story proved to be true, Issue #2 proved to be a pretty satisfactory read all said and done.

The Story: Fury of Apokolips arrives to challenge the Earth’s champions, facing off against Val-Zod, Batman, Huntress, Powergirl, and Red Tornado. She proves more than a match for all of them and leaves Batman by himself to hold the line.

On Apokolips, Darkseid is missing and his advisers are bickering with each other about how to proceed with his plans of conquest.

Meanwhile back on Earth, Mister Miracle, Mister Terrific, and Terry Sloan pull-off an inventive jail-break from Bedlam.

Dare I say it, this felt like a typical DC book from it’s heyday. The comic is full of interesting characters who are superheroes, and get in fantastic scenarios and out of them in equal fashions. That may have something to do with it’s visuals.

The Art: Is pretty much the same as last issue, pretty in parts but very erratic. The book’s art changes every 2-4 pages. Parts of it recall art styles from pre-New 52, which I liked but stood out from pages that look very much like New 52 pages. I suspect there will be different artists for the three plot-threads running in this series to keep it on time.

The issue isn’t perfect, and you shouldn’t run out buying it hoping for pre-New 52 DC. It is a huge improvement over last week’s issue, and keeps up the balls-to-the-walls feeling of Earth 2.  It is odd to see someone from Apokolips take out Val-Zod and Powergirl so easily, and there is some context missing for some of the events that happen. Who are these characters from Apokolips bickering? How did their soldiers teleport to Earth and create fire-pits?

The issue feels disjointed at times, and the extreme art changes can be distracting. There is a plot being teased, and it’s fun to see some of the crazy events that happen in this issue. If nothing else, I’m intrigued enough to pick up the next issue purely out curiosity to see what happens; not obligation to follow a drawn-out event. Mileage may vary, but I feel safe saying this is DC’s second-best weekly series currently being published.

Rating: Poor, Fair, Good, Great, Excellent.

Review of Earth 2 Worlds End #1

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by Various (Seriously, you see how many names are on this cover?!)

One of the longest running and intriguing aspects of DC’s characters is their endless reinvention to remain modern. While not always successful, every once in awhile a writer/artist adds something to becomes integral to a character.  With the New 52, and the series “Earth 2” specifically, many DC characters were revamped from the ground-up.

The premise of “Earth 2” is that a parallel Earth existing near ours, that is very similar with minor differences; Superman has parents, Batman is married and has a daughter, etc. However, when the forces of Apokolips attacked this Earth the Trinity was defeated and the Earth nearly destroyed. In the void, new heroes have risen to protect the Earth against future imminent attacks from Apokolips.

This issue marks the first of a weekly series starring the Earth 2 reality. Which means this, “Earth 2”, and “World’s Finest” are all talking about the same reality and characters. If you’ve ever been curious about the “Earth 2” title, this issue may have been perfect for you; it runs through several events that have happened before and since the attack on Earth. It doesn’t really make for a compelling or cohesive story.

While it is cool to see how this Earth is different from the main one, many of the developments are ones that have already been announced and discussed in the media; Alan Scott is gay, Thomas Wayne is the new Batman,  Lois Lane is Red Tornado, there is a new Black Superman named Val-Zod, etc. Events happen so rapidly and briefly that it’s hard to appreciate the ones you were not expecting. Also, as many artists are credited in this book I could not tell you what pages were which artist. Both the writing and art inexplicably dropped more once the setting of the issue reached the present story in “Earth 2”. I also can’t say for certain what the main conflict is that this series will deal with, if it’s a weekly it must be something major.

This could either be the second or third best weekly DC series, of which there is now three.  “Futures End” doesn’t seem to offer too much competition but “Batman Eternal” remains ever on fan’s mouths. Now that the preamble is out of the way, the next issue may offer more of a story and a clear presentation of the conflict Earth 2 will face for the better part of a year. If you’re curious to jump into the “Earth 2” series this could be a good primer; but if you’re already reading it this issue may seem superfluous to you. I’ll be buying the next issue just to see if it is a drastic improvement over this.

Rating: Poor, Fair, Good, Great, Excellent.