In blog news, I've been speaking with several people about them possibly contributing regular posts or guest posts/columns to the Weekly Crisis to help. You'll still have to put up with my regular blabbering three or four times a week, but you can expect to see more editorial and opinion pieces appearing on the blog from various people in the coming weeks. If you are interested in a possible guest post, feel free to take a look at my guest post guidelines before contacting me.
For some examples of previous guest posts, check out the Why Do You Buy Certain Comic Books? series of posts from guest posters such as Greg Hatcher (Comics Should Be Good!), Lee Newman (Broken Frontier), JK Parkin (Robot 6) or Rokk (Rokk's Comic Book Revolution), to name a few.
When you're ready, hit the jump for this week's previews and, as always, feel free to let me know if there's a book you think I should be reading, what you are reading or anything you feel is relevant.
Written by Jonathan Hickman
Art by Sean Chen
Dark Reign strikes Marvel’s first family—in an explosive way! Prepared to be blown away as: HAMMER agents attack the Baxter Building. Reed changes everything. The Human Torch suffers a horrible loss and Franklin and Val go shopping. There's Time travel, Alternate realities, Celestials, Eternals, Deviants and Doombots... and more important than all of that, we find out the answer to the question: What is the Bridge?
Kirk Says: Despite "the Bridge" looking an awful lot like a Stargate in the previews for this, I'm excited for the book nonetheless. The reason? Jonathan Hickman is on the writing chores. This mini should help provide a preview for what his upcoming run should be like and I'm looking forward to checking it out.
Written by Daneil Way
Art by Paco Medina
“MAGNUM OPUS,” PART 1 OF 4
SPECIAL CROSSOVER WITH THUNDERBOLTS! Deadpool unleashes his most insane plan yet: a full-on assault against Norman Osborn! As Deadpool storms his way to the top of Avengers Tower, Osborn is forced to pull out all the stops to save his own skin — and that means deploying the brand new Thunderbolts! Plug your ears, kids — this is gonna be loud!
Kirk Says: Damn you Marvel for making me buy a Daniel Way written comic again. Along with the announcement of Alpha and Omega bookends for the Dark Avengers/Uncanny X-Men crossover, it looks like Marvel is tired of simply 100+ tie-in events and is moving for a full blown 90's resurgence. I give it about 6 months before we start seeing chromium covers. Whatever happened to just telling the damn story in one title?
NEW AVENGERS: THE REUNION #1
Written by Jim McCann
Art by David Lopez
In the wake of SECRET INVASION, Mockingbird is alive and has returned to Earth after being held captive by the Skrulls. Ronin, her estranged husband, volunteers to help her adjust to her new life as a member of the new Avengers, but some old wounds run too deep. And what deadly secret did she bring back with her that could tear them, and the world, apart once more? It's high-octane action and intrigue as the Mr. & Mrs. Smith of the Marvel Universe take on one of the biggest threats in the world...and each other!
Kirk Says: I actually received a review copy of this from Jim McCann and will be posting an adavnced review of this tomorrow. While the title hadn't really been on my radar prior to reading it, I'm actually going to be picking up my own copy come Wednesday. So, look for that review tomorrow.
SECRET SIX #7
Written by Gail Simone
Art by Nicola Scott and Doug Hazlewood
It's the big finale of the first arc and a punishing battle royal, Gotham City style, as the bloody, ragged remains of the Secret Six fight their way through throngs of Gotham City heroes and villains. And when the dust finally settles, the man pulling the strings of this whole affair will finally be revealed! Guest stars, betrayals and bad taste galore in this powerful issue!
Kirk Says: It's Secret Six, possibly the best monthly title DC is currently putting out. I had concerns early on in the series about the "get out of Hell free" card, but Simone has silenced every one of those and avoided every pitfall along the way. Can't wait to see how the team reacts to the betrayal from last issue.
SECRET WARRIORS #2
Written by Jonathan Hickman
Art by Stefano Caselli
Exploding out of the pages of Secret Invasion and Mighty Avengers!!
Picking up from the earth-shattering conclusion to issue one... we find out who Nick Fury and his Secret Warriors' real enemies are, where they've been hiding, and why they chose now to make their existence known. Get ready, this is going to send shock-waves that will ripple throughout the Marvel Universe. Hail Hydra!
Kirk Says: Hickman knocked it out of the park with the first issue of this series. Been chomping at the bit for more since and I can't believe it's been 30 days already.
SUPERMAN: WORLD OF NEW KRYPTON #1 (OF 12)
Written by Andrew Kreisberg
Art by Pete Woods
Following the events of the "New Krypton" crossover, the Man of Steel has had to embrace his past to ensure humanity's future. And while a devastating armed conflict with Earth may have been averted, keeping the peace will be Superman's greatest challenge yet.
Hot new writer Andrew Kreisberg (BATMAN CONFIDENTIAL) and fan-favorite artist Pete Woods (ACTION COMICS, SUPERMAN: UP, UP AND AWAY!) lead Superman through a world of interstellar treachery and deadly machinations where the lives of two races hang in the balance.
Kirk Says: I'm disappointed that neither Johns nor Frank will be involved in this title. What was being built up as supposedly the year of Superman has quickly fizzled in my eyes as the main forces propelling my interest in the titles (Johns and Frank) have both taken a step back and aren't even invovled in the books anymore. I'll be checking this series out, but I'm not sold on it yet.
WAR OF KINGS #1
Written by Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning
Art by Paul Pelletier
In the aftermath of the Secret Invasion, Black Bolt has led the Inhumans on a shockingly savage path to restore their strength and security. But that path has brought them into direct confrontation with the Shi’Ar Empire – and their mad ruler Vulcan! Who will get in the first strike? Who will fall on the bloody battlefield? Who will rule? The Imperial Guard, the Starjammers, the Inhuman Royal Family and more of your favorite sci-fi characters are locked on a collision course…and it all starts here! Join the acclaimed team of Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning (NOVA) and Paul Pelletier (GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY) for a pivotal turning point in Marvel’s cosmic history!
Kirk Says: Can't believe this event is finally here. It's like it snuck up on me without warning. The prologue issue was crazy good with Black Bolt stepping up big time and taking control of the weakened Kree Empire as well as wiping out the fleeing Skrull Armada and pissing Vulcan off royally. Here's hoping Abnett and Lanning can continue with the momentum built with that prologue issue.