The X-Men franchise seems to be rolling out the next wave of 'earth shattering' events with the Magik and Manifest Destiny books shipping out this week. Not sure if these will be worth picking up or not, but I'll be getting them anyways.
On the DC side of things, I think Secret Six is coming out, but couldn't find confirmation since Diamond was being weird with their updates at the time of writing. I'll definitely be getting this if it's out, though.
Hit the jump to read the full previews.
Written by Dan Slott
Art by John Romita Jr
NEW WAYS TO DIE
It's the Spider-Fight of the century: SPIDER-MAN versus VENOM versus ANTI-VENOM! Who will be the last web-slinger standing? The guy with radioactive spider-blood? The man with the original symbiote? Or...hold on...just who or what is Anti-Venom anyway?! Also: a regular Spidey cast member falls prey to Menace! And Aunt May sees a suspiciously secret side of the F.E.A.S.T. center...
Kirk Says: After two issues of hand holding, we finally get to the meat of this story with the Venom vs Anti-Venom fight and, of course, Spidey is caught in the middle. I'm not sure what to expect with this, but I'm hoping we'll see some more information on what Peter knows about his deal with Mephisto, which was alluded to him outright knowing he's made a deal with the devil last issue.
DETECTIVE COMICS #848
Written by Paul Dini
Art by Dustin Nguyen and Derek Fridolfs
A "Batman: R.I.P." tie-in! "Heart of Hush" Part 3 of 5! To save the sanity of a kidnapped child, Batman must confront the Scarecrow! But their battle is just a part of Hush's plot against Batman and Bruce Wayne, setting the stage for the most shocking surprise ending of the year! Guest-starring Catwoman!
Kirk Says: Surprisingly, this Hush story has been much better than I had anticipated. Looking forward to seeing how this plays out.
GREEN LANTERN #34
Written by Geoff Johns
Art by Ivan Reis and Oclair Albert
The penultimate chapter of "Secret Origin"! Hal Jordan and Sinestro face off against Abin Sur's killer - Atrocitus! But what dark secret has Atrocitus uncovered about the impending "Blackest Night?" And what revelation will forever change the relationship between Hal and Carol Ferris?
Kirk Says: Abin Sur's killer? As far as I could tell, Abin died from the crash and was alive after Atrocitus flew the coupe during re-entry. Anyway you look at it, this is the issue we've been waiting for ever since Secret Origin began.
INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #5
Written by Matt Fraction
Art by Salvador Larroca
THE FIVE NIGHTMARES builds to its penultimate chapter. Stane and his army make their assault against Stark -- the man AND the conglomerate -- and Tony Stark shows even an old dog can pick up a trick or two when his back's against the wall. Iron Man and Iron Man 2.0 finally come face-to-face and head-to-head -- and the only thing more shocking than the way it starts…is the way it ends.
Kirk Says: I'm probably going to see this first story through to the end and then call it quits on Invincible Iron Man. It's just not doing anything for me, especially after how great the Knaufs' run on Director of SHIELD was. The soft reboot of the franchise to reflect the movie, which I loved, isn't doing it for me in the comics either.
Written by Marc Andreyko
Art by Michael Gaydos
It's a duel in the desert as Manhunter and the Birds of Prey allies find themselves up against the Suicide Squad – and a truly twisted notion of national security!
Kirk Says: It's Manhunter. If you aren't reading it, you're missing out on some good comics.
Written by Peter J. Tomasi
Art by Don Kramer and Jay Leisten
A "Batman: R.I.P." tie-in! Nightwing's been shot by an assassin! How can he save the life of Harvey Dent's former lover before the killer returns to finish the job…and before he bleeds to death? Will Nightwing find sanctuary in the Batcave, or will Batman's recent disappearance lead to an even bigger mystery?
Kirk Says: Really enjoying Nightwing since Tomasi took over, but he's yet to hit his stride (aside from characterization, which is spot on). Hoping once this tie-in with RIP is over, he can wow me with the full package deal.
SPIDER-MAN LOVES MARY JANE #2
Written by Terry Moore
Art by Craigh Rousseau
Eisner-award winner TERRY MOORE’s take on everyone’s favorite redhead rolls on! MJ’s strapped for cash, so it’s time to join the workforce…aaaaaand it doesn’t go all that great. Oh, and who’s spreading rumors about MJ being all spoiled and stuck up? Not the best idea in the world to be hatin’ on Spidey’s girl…
Kirk Says: Moore did a good job on the first issue, but it was far too slow for my liking and lack the full on supporting cast interactions were a little lax. They were there, but more like background pieces than actual players in this title - even Peter / Spider-Man.
X-MEN: MANIFEST DESTINY #1
Written by Mike Carey, C.B. Cebulski & Skottie Young
Art by Michael Ryan
Witness the biggest shake-up in X-Men history. With the mansion in Westchester destroyed, the X-Men are moving to San Francisco. But it’s not just a change in the zip code. Come see what the momentous change in status quo means to the X-Men. In every issue of MANIFEST DESTINY Mike Carey (X-MEN, ENDANGERED SPECIES) brings you an installment of a story featuring one the first X-Men—Iceman. Also in this first issue are stories by C.B. Cebulski (X-MEN:DIVIDED WE STAND, LONERS) and Skottie Young (X-MEN:DIVIDED WE STAND, NEW X-MEN).
Kirk Says: So, is this just an X-Men: Divided We Stand non-event all over again or what? Picking it up mostly for more Skottie Young work (I hope he's pencilling his story, but it only listed him as the writer).
X-MEN: RETURN OF MAGIK #1
Written by C.B. Cebulski & Christopher Yost
Art by David Aja, Niko Henrichon & David Yardin
At long last, Magik is returning to the Marvel Universe! But in what form will she return, and to whom will she owe her allegiance? In a touching tale of death and acceptance originally presented in X-MEN UNLIMITED #13, the X-Man Colossus continues to mourn the loss of his beloved sister, the telepathic mutant mystic known as Magik. Meanwhile, in a story from NEW X-MEN #37, Magik’s origin is explored — and her former master, the demon-lord Belasco returns! Fighting his way through hostile terrain and vicious demon hordes, Belasco will stop at nothing to wrest control of Limbo. But the evil sorceress standing in his way bears a striking resemblance to his former protégé. And finally, from X-MEN: DIVIDED WE STAND #2, Magik has indeed returned — but she’s trapped in Limbo, a slave to Belasco! Illyana yearns for her freedom and family, but she must find the lost pieces of her soul, the bloodstones, if she is to escape and defeat Belasco once and for all!
Kirk Says: Not a big fan of magic stories, in general, but I'll give this a shot based on how much I enjoyed the New X-Men issues featuring Magik.