Monday, February 9, 2009

Post-Crisis Comic Book Previews for 02/11/09

After releasing the magazine yesterday, I've been overwhelmed with nothing but positive emails and comments and want to thank everyone for taking the time to let me know how much you enjoyed it.

This week sees the long awaited Neil Gaiman "Whatever Happened to the Cape Crusader? " Batman issue released and I am giddy with anticipation. The worst part is it's only part one and I'm going to have to wait for the second one to come out!

For other books, we've got Mongul and Arkillo going head to head in GLC, Dracula and Dr Doom on the Moon in Captain Britain and MI13 and Loki pulling everyones' strings in Thor. Should be a great week all around.

Hit the jump for more in-depth thoughts on the books I'll be getting this week.

Written by Neil Gaiman
Art by Andy Kubert and Scott Williams

"Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader?" part 1 of 2! Best-selling author Neil Gaiman (THE SANDMAN) and superstar artist Andy Kubert (BATMAN, Marvel 1602) join forces for a special 2-part BATMAN event! "Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader" is a captivating and mysterious tale the likes of which Batman and friends have never experienced before. Delving into the realms of life, death and the afterlife, Gaiman leaves no stone unturned as he explores every facet and era of Bruce Wayne's life.

Kirk Says: Neil Gaiman doing for Batman what Alan Moore did for Superman with Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow? Is there anyone out there NOT buying this comic?

Written by Paul Cornell
Art by Leonard Kirk

The king of the vampires is back. As if the hoards of demons that Pete Wisdom let out in order to defeat the Skrulls in England weren’t enough, now DRACULA has entered the scene. What does he want with Spitfire? And how will an election help his cause? You better hope that Captain Britain and the rest of MI13 have a way to defeat him!

Kirk Says: News from NYCC indicates this storyline will have Dracula and Dr Doom on the moon with Captain Britain & MI13 caught in the middle. I couldn't make up something as awesome as that if I tried.

Written by Peter J. Tomasi
Art by Patrick Gleason and Rebecca Buchman

Featuring an "Origins and Omens" backup story! It's the prelude to "The Blackest Night" as the "War of Light" continues to intensify! Mongul attempts to establish his hold on the Sinestro Corps by enslaving the planet Daxam and making it the home world of his Corps. What does Sinestro's right hand man, Arkillo, think of all this? And will Sodam Yat, the Green Lantern known as Ion, fight to save his homeworld, which he's vowed to never return to?

Kirk Says: Mongul seems to be pulling a Darkseid here by enslaving Daxam. I wonder if he'll bring them to a yellow star and turn them into his own army of Supermen, too.

Also, I've been dying to see Arkillo and Mongul go head to head ever since I saw that awesome preview cover from a few months back.

THOR #600
Written by J. Michael Straczynski
Art by Olivier Coipel

The mighty God of Thunder hits a major milestone! THOR goes back to its classic numbering for this issue 600 mega-event, and even Stan “The Man” Lee joins the party with an all-new story! J. Michael Straczynski and Olivier Coipel bring their widely acclaimed run to a major culmination! And Chris Giarrusso lays down an epic Mini Marvels Thor adventure!

PLUS jaw- dropping wraparound covers by Olivier Coipel and Marko Djurdjevic! Miss this issue?! We say thee NAY!

Kirk Says: This renumbering nonsense just to cash in on some extra sales is getting annoying. Thor is a good enough book on its own and doesn't need these kinds of stunts to pull people in, yet they just messed up the run so they could slap a big 600 on the cover. Thor hasn't even appeared in 600 issues. He wasn't in the first 80 or so Journey into Mystery issues. And if you count those first 80, plus the 20 or so JiM issues that continued after Mighty Thor began, the series is well over 600 by now. But, hey, 600, woooo!!! Go team! Let's hike up the price and cash in on a non-existent milestone that few will question!

If the book wasn't as good as it is, I'd probably skip this on principle. Goddamn JMS and Coipel and their awesome comic.

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Ethereal said...

I'm picking up Batman, Superman, Action Comics and Nightwing, along with GLC.

As for Marvel, I'm only picking up Thor, because I'm a major sucker for renumbering, and there's changes to come as Thor will be playing a bigger part in Dark Reign. I'm giving it a shot, at least.

IslandLiberal said...

And if you count those first 80, plus the 20 or so JiM issues that continued after Mighty Thor began, the series is well over 600 by now.

Well, it kind of does make sense; true there was no Thor #1, but there was a Thor #480-or-whatever, so picking up where the first volume ended plus the succeeding three adds up.

I'm indifferent to renumbering either way (though I do like the weighty feel of high numbers); as a business practice, if it helps to reboot or renumber, and will get people to buy it, so be it.

Andrenn said...

Looks like Batman is all I'm getting. Unless Savage Dragon, Invincible or Spawn come out which it doesn't look like they will this week.

Batman looks pretty good, not sure if it will be, but I'm glad to check it out. thanks for getting me interested in this several months back when it was first announced, Kirk.

Rawnzilla said...

I'm not sure if I will be picking up Batman. This is my last issue of Thor, as the price goes up to $3.99 next issue.

Max said...

As much as I love Neil Gaiman's work, it's disappointing to see Qbert on art again. Gaiman's writing deserves somebody a bit more classy. Oh well, who am I kidding, I still want to see either Mike Dringenberg or Dave McKean draw everything Neil writes!

Kirk Warren said...

@max - based on what I've seen so far of the issue, I would have loved to see Darwyn Cooke do the art chores in his New Frontier style.

Anonymous said...

isnt this week the last issues of Nightwing and Robin as well?

Kirk Warren said...

anonymous - Ya, they are coming out, but i kind of lost interest in those two titles with the cancellations / relaunch with new names and just stopped picking them up a while back.

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