Anyways, enjoy the previews and be thankful your wallet gets a rest this week!
Written by Warren Ellis
Art by Simone Bianchi
It’s the book you’ve been waiting for. The superstar team of Warren Ellis and Simone Bianchi are ready to take the X-Men to the “Second Stage”! “Messiah CompleX” pulled the X-Men team together, “Divided We Stand” tore them apart. Now the X-Men are back to business -- with a new look, a new base of operations, and a mystery to solve that will take them into previously uncharted territory and test them to their core!
Kirk Says: I like Warren Ellis. I like the X-Men. I hate delays. I should probably wait for the trade on this. However, I'm a glutton for punishment and impatient, so I will just take my lumps and pick this up now. The previews for it look great and I think Ellis should be able to deliver something unique alla Grant Morrison's New X-Men run (well, maybe not that insane).
However, I know I'm in the minority when I say this, but I really dislike Bianchi's art. Something about it doesn't click with me. I know it's good art and will be praised by everyone, but I just can't describe what it is about it that rubs me the wrong way.
Written by Grant Morrison
Art by Tony Daniel and Sandu Florea
Part 3 of "Batman R.I.P."! Batman's mysterious adversary has won. All is lost for the Dark Knight. Bruce Wayne is now deranged and dissociated, wandering homeless in the alleys of Gotham City. Is there a chance that Bruce can rebuild his Batman identity from scratch, or is this truly the end for one of the world's finest heroes?
Kirk Says: By all accounts, I shouldn't even be picking this issue up. I absolutely hated the last issue and don't honestly expect this issue to change my opinion of Morrison's Batman RIP storyline.
However, with so little coming out this week, I thought I'd take a chance on it and see if Morrison can pull something together with this chapter of RIP to wash the bad taste from last issue out of my mouth.
BLUE BEETLE #28
Written by Will Pfeifer
Art by Davide Baldeón and Steve Bird
Guest writer Will Pfeifer (CATWOMAN) returns — and he's brought monsters with him! What's a Beetle to do?
Kirk Says: Blue Beetle has been merely good since Rogers left as opposed to one of the best books on the market when he was at the helm. I still enjoy the comic and the characters, but it's lost that spark that made it truely special. Hopefully when the new writer finally takes over, we can see some long term plans and development take place as opposed to the done-in-ones that the guest writers have put together since Blue Beetle #25.
LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES #43
Written by Jim Shooter
Art by Frances Manapul and John Livesay
While Science Police search parties ransack The Legion's headquarters, two away-teams of Legionnaires fight like cornered wolves against vicious enemies. Meanwhile, Brainiac 5 sells out the Legion's greatest secret! New villains, stunning action and the LSH is shut down!. Plus, the introduction of Ikilles and Cazhmir! The Ikonns! The Peril Men! And more!
Kirk Says: Never was a big Legion fan, but Shooter has made me a believer with his return to the franchise. Others dislike the slow burn he has going here, but I find it perfect for new readers, like myself, to get into and actually get to know the large cast of characters. Just a fun title for me at this point.
Written by Marc Andreyko
Art by Michael Gaydos
Drawn deeper into the politics of a missing-persons mystery, Manhunter calls on local heroes — and even villains — to navigate the twilight world of the U.S.-Mexican border, invoking the wrath of Director Bones and the DEO!
Kirk Says: Manhunter is awesome. It just came back. Last issue is a perfect jumping on point. Hell, even this issue should be. Go buy it, there's not much else coming out this week and you owe it to yourself to buy a book this good!
Written by Peter J. Tomasi
Art by Don Kramer and Sandu Florea
Nightwing confronts Talia and the evil Doctor Creighton at a deserted castle on the banks of the Hudson River. Strange alliances are formed and new enemies are made as "Freefall" comes to its unbelievable and tragic conclusion.
Kirk Says: All I can say is I'm happy this Freefall story is coming to a conclusion. Nightwing has been a fantastic read since Tomasi took over, mainly for the characterization and treatment of Dick, but the actual plot with the stealing of corpses and what not has been rather uninspired. Still a great title, but it can definitely improve on the plot aspect.
ULTIMATE ORIGINS #2
Written by Brian Michael Bendis
Art by Butch Guice
Revealed: The secret history of the Ultimate Universe! For the first time in 70 years, a strange object within Project Pegasus has awoken – as bit by fascinating bit, the long buried mysteries are being exposed! Journey back to World War II, and discover that the deadliest threat to young Steve Rogers was not the Nazis, but an ancient threat from worlds beyond! The dream team of Brian Michael Bendis (SECRET INVASION) and Butch Guice (CAPTAIN AMERICA,) continue the Ultimate series of the year that is a must-read lead-in to ULTIMATUM!
Kirk Says: The first issue didn't really offer up much story in my opinion. At least, not enough to justify the price. It also read incredibly fast, like under 2 minutes, easily. I gave it an Avoid It verdict, but it was more on principle than the actual quality of the book. You just weren't missing anything by not picking up that issue. Mutants were created by evil Canadians with Wolverine as the first mutant, Nick Fury was a super soldier test subject and that's all you need to know about last issue. Two pages and the rest was all, basically, filler.
So, while I was disappointed with the first issue, I'm hoping the second will follow up on those two major happenings with some actual story and content this time around. For those still wary, I'd wait on the trade to save yourself some money.