Monday, August 18, 2008

Post-Crisis Comic Book Previews for 08/20/08

Pretty light week in comics this time around. I think the biggest release has to be pretty much the only noteworthy release from DC this week, Final Crisis: Legion of Three Worlds.

For Marvel, I'm not sure if this is a sign Brand New Day is doing well or not, but they have the beginning of their first 'event' over in Amazing Spider-Man with the New Ways to Die storyline starting up.

Hit the jump for this week's Post-Crisis Comic Book Previews.

Written by Dan Slott & Mark Waid
Art by John Romita Jr

Get ready for the six part Spidey Summer Blockbuster: NEW WAYS TO DIE. In the double-sized part one, THE THUNDERBOLTS are coming to New York to take down Spider-Man! And Spidey's Brand New Day will be changed forever. Plus, Mark Waid and Adi Granov bring you up to date with Original Venom, Eddie Brock!

Kirk Says: I like Venom. I like Dan Slott. I like Mark Waid. I like JRJr. Then, why am I so damned apprehensive about picking up New Ways To Die?

Written by Ed Brubaker
Art by Steve Epting

The epic "Death of Captain America" tale hits its penultimate chapter... and the final battle between the New Captain America and the people who killed Steve Rogers begins here!

By the Eisner-Nominated team of Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting.

Kirk Says: Penultimate chapter? Yeahbuwha-? I didn't know we were that close to the end of this little storyarc. Doesn't seem like we're anywhere near a conclusion. Hell, doesn't even feel like we've been building to anything since it's just been showing off the progressive abilities of Bucky-Cap.

Oh well, when the book is this good, who cares about what the solicit says, eh?

Written by Geoff Johns
Art by George PĂ©rez and Scott Koblish

From the moment Kal-El landed on earth until the end of time, the Time Trapper has sought to erase Superman's impact on the universe. But the Legion of Super-Heroes have always been there to stop him. This time, though, even the Legion won't be enough.

The Time Trapper has found the ultimate weapon to carry out his plan – a twisted mirror image of the boy of steel from a parallel Earth long dead: Superboy-Prime! Who will answer the Legion's call for help? Find out here as the Crisis of the 31st century begins!

Kirk Says: They're back to calling him SuperBOY-Prime again? That's interesting. Figured they'd just stick with the Superman-Prime naming.

For some, this story is the main draw of Final Crisis and I can't really argue with the logic as it is probably the one story I'm most looking forward from this event.

Written by Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning
Art by Paul Pelletier


When their HQ is sabotaged, the universe’s scrappiest squad of butt-kickers must ask themselves: “Who do you trust?” Is there a Skrull amongst the Guardians? Maybe the recently returned and revamped Adam Warlock? Or Star-Lord, who now hides behind a mask? And a talking raccoon and a telepathic dog?

C’mon, people, you just know they’re evil infiltrators! So jump onboard, Secret Invasion maniacs, and find out why says: “(Writers) DnA are on fire right now, and this team is brilliant.”

Kirk Says: I understand why they are having a Secret Invasion tie-in for this fledgling title (increased sales, for those wondering), but I'm still disappointed we'll be taking a quick detour from the main story for it.

Written by Greg Pak & Fred Van Lente
Art by Rafa Sandoval


"SACRED INVASION" reaches its cosmos-shattering climax! Hercules leads the ragged remains of his God Squad into desperate battle with the unimaginably powerful Skrull pantheon -- and if they lose, Earth dies!

Kirk Says: Didn't realize this was the conclusion of this story. Wonder how this plays out. Obviously, Hercules can't kill the Skrull God, but he can't lose either, can he?

Hercules has consistently been one of Marvel's best books since he took over the book post-WWH and this God Squad arc, while not essential reading, has been a blast to read. Really looking forward to seeing where they go with this one.

MARVEL 1985 #4
Written by Mark Millar
Art by Tommy Lee Edwards

The villains are here—in our world—and no one can stop them! No cop, no army, no government stands a chance when the Red Skull leads Marvel’s greatest menaces into an all-out war against a world with no heroes! Young comic-book fan Toby has a plan. But does he have the will to carry it out? Find out in a story with huge repercussions in the Marvel Universe of today…and tomorrow!

Kirk Says: I'm not really sure how we can't stop comic book villains in real life. Honestly, Doc Ock shows up, you pull out the sawed off and, bang, he's dead. Same with most any street level villain that gets by in the Marvel Universe due to its comic book nature.

Still, villains like Doctor Doom, Ultron and Fin Fang Foom probably fit the unstoppable billing of the solicit, so I'm not going to argue with this one.

If you aren't reading 1985, you're missing out on some great comic reading fun. Even if you didn't grow up in that time period, everyone should be able to appreciate the story and imagine themselves in the place of our protagonist.

ROBIN #177
Written by Chuck Dixon
Art by Rick Leonardi

Facing some of the toughest criminals and monsters known to man is nothing compared to dealing with your on again/off again, back-from-the-dead girlfriend's enraged deadbeat dad! A not-so-happy reunion puts Robin between Spoiler and Cluemaster and this time, he's not so easy to get rid of.

Kirk Says: So, is this another Chuck Dixon solicited story written by Fabian Nicieza, as the last couple of issues have been, or does Chuck actually write this story?

Written by Peter David
Art by Valentine De Landro

Trapped in a future she never made, Layla Miller finds herself smack in the middle of the Summers rebellion that was responsible for the eventual liberation of mutants from the camps. The only question is, will she survive it?

Kirk Says: Layla, you've got me on my knees. Layla, Im begging, darling please. Layla, darling wont you ease my worried mind.

While Clapton is God, Layla Miller knows stuff and it's been a while since we heard from her, so I'm curious to find out if she still knows as much as she let on in the post-apocalyptic future she was stranded in back in Messiah Complex.

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Andrenn said...

From the previews, it looks like Sharon's baby is dead (shocker) and that they "no longer have use for her" That's too bad.

I'm also Apprehensive about New Ways to Die, I have the strangest feeling it will start to pick up come chapter 3, though. That the first 2 chapters will be MEH

Anonymous said...

is Robin a weekly now? it feels like every week theres one coming out...

Can't wait for 3 worlds

IslandLiberal said...

Actually, the previews also seem to suggest the opposite, since Zola says they need her for one more thing; unless the Skull is planning to put himself in Sharon herself (perhaps jealous of Loki's sexy new look), the fetus would seem to still be in play.

Can't wait for Cap and Herc.

Ethereal said...

Sigh. I'm actually interested in ASM. I might read it if it gets good reviews.

Captain America looks interesting, I don't really care what the solicit says, I'll read it anyways.

Final Crisis tie-in. I'll read this, I want to know what happened to Prime since the Sinestro War.

GotG is good, the tie-in is probably going to be similar to anything that Annihilation tied into, barely noticable.

Marvel 1985 looks awesome. I'm amazed that this series has been so good, and the fact that Millar's one man story basically comes out every week or two is even better.

Everything else looks OK. I want to be interested in X-factor, but I'm just not. Maybe bringing Layla back will spark that again. No idea about Robin, I dropped it once Dixon left, and haven't missed it.

Harry said...

Ah, the fabled Summer's Rebellion. Can't wait!

patrick said...

Im excited for Prime to be back...especially in the hands of Johns...can't wait to see where he takes this twisted character next

Salieri said...

Just to further confuse you, here's another cover for Robin #177, featuring a mysterious Red Robin and labelled "Fabian Niecza"...but bearing an "October" Date. Hurm...

Elwood said...

I thought that the Superman Prime naming was due in part to the lawsuit, and also because he'd matured (albeit magically) during the Sinestro Corps War.

He reverted back to "boy" after SCW. Maybe the Superboy lawsuit has been resolved as well?

Ethereal said...

Yes the lawsuit has been resolved, from what I remember.

Kirk: did you drop Batgirl, and Batman and the Outsiders? What about Uncanny X-men, and X-Factor? Just Curious as to your reaction to the books right now.

Also, as far as Robin is concerned, I'd much rather see Jason Todd in the Red Robin suit, kicking teen angst Robin's ass.

Kirk Warren said...

"Kirk: did you drop Batgirl, and Batman and the Outsiders? What about Uncanny X-men, and X-Factor? Just Curious as to your reaction to the books right now."

I decided to just drop Batgirl. As much as I like the character, I've just got better thigns to spend my money on.

As for Batman & The Outsiders, it just wasn't coming together the way I expected and I didn't like the supernatural turn it was taking. Combined with the creative team shake up on the horizon and I just decided to take my money elsewhere.

In regards to Uncanny, I haven't really been following it for a while - just randomly picking up the odd issue or arc here and there. I was hoping UXM #500 would hook me, but it only served to push me further away from picking this title up again.

On the X-Factor front, I'm getting the Layla oneshot, but I'm skipping the Skrull tie-ins, especially after seeing the preview "art", if you call it that, for the last issue.

To be honest, if that Red Robin cover is real and Fabian is doing this issue instead of Chuck, as he did the last few issues, I think I'm going to enjoy Robin more than I suspect.

Fabian has really been hitting his stride on most of his DC work (Trinity notwithstanding) and as sad as I am to see Chuck go, they couldnt have picked a better replacement for this style of book.

Anonymous said...

what was up with that small panel in Robin last week where a shadowy figure was pickin up the red robin suit? I'm sure it will be Jason Todd and i would love to see what goes on with him during the whole Batman being gone the right hands I think he could be a very intriguing character

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