Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Post-Crisis Comic Book Previews for 12/03/08

Pretty brisk week for comics and nothing really stands out as must have. Looks like the not-so Secret Invasion is coming to an end this week. We've got a sequel to Marvels coming out of nowhere (I'm pretty sure we've had one already, but Marvel is denying it for some reason). There's also some trippy covered Batman RIP epilogue due to hit as well. Hit the jump for my thoughts on these and the rest of the books coming out.

Written by Grant Morrison
Art by Lee Garbett

Two issues of BATMAN in one month! Now that "Batman R.I.P." has concluded, the aftermath begins! If you thought mastermind writer Grant Morrison surprised you with "R.I.P.", just wait until you see what he has planned for this retrospective story. In his last hours, Alfred the Butler tells the life story of the Batman as you've never seen it before in this two-part adventure which bridges the gap between the events of "Batman R.I.P." and FINAL CRISIS. Learn the secrets of Batman's early years! Witness the nightmare of a Gotham City where Batman never existed!

Kirk Says: Enjoyed the ending of Batman RIP, for what it was worth, but I'm hoping this epilogue answers the numerous nagging questions I have left over.

However, the 'retrospective story' description implies, to me, that we won't be getting anything of the sort and this will be rather pointless and possibly filler to bridge the gap between RIP and the Gaiman / Davis stuff due out soon.

Written by Geoff Johns
Art by Dale Eaglesham and Nathan Massengill

The penultimate chapter of the epic "One World, Under Gog" explodes here as the Justice Society of America goes to war with one another. Torn between Gog's desire to help the world and the moral cost it comes with, it's old guard vs. the new as the line that was drawn is crossed. But Gog does not like war...

Kirk Says: Uh, after the events of The Kingdom one-shot, I didn't expect the JSA to still be fighting amongst themselves. Are the sheep following Gog just going to bow and worship him? Why would they fight along side him now? Hopefully this is just solicit talk and none of this even happens.

Written by Kurt Busiek
Art by Jay Anacleto

The long-awaited sequel to the award-winning publishing sensation that made Kurt Busiek and Alex Ross into stars begins here! News photographer Phil Sheldon's back, with the man-on-the-street's perspective on the big events of the Marvel
Universe, from the Avengers, the all-new X-Men and the Secret Wars to Dracula and the Werewolf By Night. But this time, Phil's world is going to be rocked not just by superheroes and super-villains -- but by something far more personal, as well.
Featuring the Marvel debut of artist Jay Anacleto, whose gorgeous, photorealistic pencil renderings give a new look at the Marvel Universe, and what it would be like to actually be there.

Kirk Says: Not sure what to think of this. Marvel 1985 already covered this time period and tugged on the nostolgia strings. Will Busiek, who hasn't been overly impressive of late (in comparison to his previous work), be able to capture the magic of the first series? I figure I'll give it at least one issue to prove itself.

Written by Brian Bendis
Art by Billy Tan

Of the thousands and thousands of heroes and humans affected by the Skrull invasion, one man's horror and heartbreak rises above the rest. This is the story of Luke Cage!

Kirk Says: I like Luke Cage. Maybe I'll enjoy this. Doubt it will have anything to do with SI outside of minor plot details that have no real bearing on the plot.

Written by Brian Bendis
Art by Leinil Francis yu

THIS IS IT!! The truly shocking conclusion to THE comic event hit of the year. And you are not prepared for what will happen in these pages. Heroes will rise, heroes will fall...and the Marvel Universe will, and we're not joking, NEVER be the same again!

Kirk Says: Maybe it's just me, but it feels like this event ended months ago. There's no hype, no excitement, no nothing. In Civil War, even after months of delays, I still couldn't wait to see how it turned out and there was still that anticipation factor. With SI, I'm just bored stiff and couldn't care less if it came out or not.

However, I'm a collector and reader at heart, so I'm going to finish it out and see how the story turns out, but my expectations couldn't be lower and the hype-o-meter is dipping into the negatives right now.

Written by Jason Aaron
Art by Stephen Segovia

Wolverine is back in Chinatown, settling old scores. First up, his vengeful ex-girlfriend. Only problem, she now commands an army of gun-toting thugs, along with four mystical Kung Fu warriors, who together put a beatdown on Wolvie the likes of which hasn’t been seen in years. Now with Wolverine driven into hiding and the entire city out searching for him, who will dare come to his aid?

Kirk Says: The first issue was a good, 'safe' Wolverine story. Lots of action and standard Wolverine cliches with a few hints of the magic Aaron worked on the Get Mystique! storyline, but, overall, a fairly average outing. Will this move outside the safety zone of the standard Wolverine story or will it end up like the recent Logan mini-series and be merely good, but forgettable?

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Rawnzilla said...

Hey Kirk, did you hear about how Marvel changed the price of New Avengers #49 to $3.99 after it was solicited? What a nice move.

Stig said...

I have a feeling that the "In His Last Hours" part will refer to the last hours of Batman, dying in Final Crisis, as recounted by Alfred.

Anonymous said...

Real excited about batman this week...

J Ray said...

apparently these next two issues of batman are pretty important and tie into Final Crisis. the chronology *supposedly* goes something like this: Final Crisis #2->Batman 682->Batman 683->Final Crisis #6.

So hopefully it won't end up being filler and will actually be important...

ComicsAllTooReal's Chris said...

Batman, at this point, is kind of bleh for me.

The Justice Society, on the other part, is such a huge book and I'm really enjoying the current Gog Storyline.

And, finally, Secret Invasion kind of lost its momentum for me. I haven't even cared enough to finish reading the multi-part spin-offs. Still, I'll check issue 8 to see if the Marvel offices are telling the truth about permanent change and all that. My hopes aren't too high.

Andrenn said...

I'm really looking forward to Batman this week, glad to see DC isn't letting the delays on R.I.P slowing the book down at all.

SI is....ugh...just...damn...ugh...

Broken Trinity Witchblade comes out for me this week, I'm interested in that too.
Pretty damn good week for me overall. I look forward to your reviews, Kirk.

Ry said...

To quote some of the most influential writiers of our time:

"quit playing games with my heart"
- Backstreet Boys

Your here one day and gone a week, you need to get your act together sir.

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Anonymous said...

i think its time i move onto another blogsite, this one just cant keep up with my addiction was a great 11 months!

ComicsAllTooReal's Chris said...

Demanding much, uh?

Anonymous said...

what happened kirk?

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