Monday, March 2, 2009

Post-Crisis Comic Book Previews for 03/04/09

Much lighter reading week coming up based on this week's Post-Crisis Comic Book Previews. Only looking at about six or seven books compared to the previous week's dozen or more. Notables are Secret Warriors #2, the follow up to Jonathan Hickman's big debut last month, Superman: World of New Krypton #1, the first part of Superman's self imposed exile from Earth to New Krypton, and War of Kings #1, the beginning of Marvel's next big space epic.

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

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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IslandLiberal said...

"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."

I disagree here; for stories that will affect both titles, these smaller crossovers have a lot of advantages. Among them, getting the story told much more quickly (six issues in two months, instead of, say, six issues in six months).

Kevin said...

I didn't even realize that War of Kings was coming out this week until I saw you mention it. And here I thought it was going to be a slow week.

Kirk Warren said...

@IslandLiberal - The thing is, I don't want to read or buy Deadpool (only Thunderbolts), She-Hulk (from the She-Hulk X-Factor team up) or spend $30 in two months for two oversized Alpha/Omegas ($4.99 pretty much guaranteed), 2 Dark Avengers ($3.99 x 2, but actually want to read DA) and 2 Uncanny X-Men ($2.99, maybe $3.99 at the time x 2 and I dont care about that title).

If they want to ahve these stories, just dont cross them over and switch a title to biweekly for the duration and I can at least put up with it as I enjoy that title (or not buy it if its in the other one). As it is, I'm forced to pick up extra books I wouldn't or I'm stuck with half a story. It's why I own a bunch of Spirit of Vengence titles from the 90s, among other ridiculous books.

It's more the principle of the thing. At least the DA/UXM one will have the same writer compread to getting Daniel Way, a writer I loathe, titles in this DP/Tbolt xover.

Ethereal said...

Secret Six and Superman are all I'm getting from DC. But I have the opposite appeals on each of them. I've loved the New Krypton stuff, and everytime I see a 'Con report, it's what I look forward to the most. From what I've seen in solicits, it's only going to get better. Much more appealing than whats happening in the Bat-books right now. Secret Six has been.. okay. I'm probably just a big lights and flash kind of guy who doesn't like these kinds of books, so I'm considering if it's worth the effort. I'm sticking with it for now, because of all the batman characters that I've missed, and because Simone weaves a pretty good story.

as for Marvel, well.
I'm getting Daredevil definitely. I love Iron fist, and with Kingpin on the way back, in somewhat of a surprising way, I'm very excited for the title. Go Bru.
I'm also getting Deadpool, and as much as the title hasn't blown me away, I love the Deadpool character way too much to drop the title. I wish they'd have just put Deadpool in X-force, or let Kyle/Yost write him, but oh well.
I'm also obviously getting War of Kings. I haven't read any of the tie-ins, and I don't know if I will (opinions on importance of them?). DnA are good with stories and I'm pretty certain that they know how much a tie-in should actually tie-in to the main book.

Great week.

Rawnzilla said...

Just Agents of Atlas #2 for me this week, besides the books I didn't buy last week. I have made my line in the sand that I will not buy any books for $3.99.

Bill said...

Supposedly Ultimate Wolverine vs. Hulk #3! Just actually seeing the thing exist is going to be the highlight of my week. I thought I'd be reading this while playing Duke Nukem Forever in some sort of magical fantasy land, but it coming out just in time for the Ultimate imprint to die is... shocking? I dunno.

Sander said...

Btw, SUPERMAN: WORLD OF NEW KRYPTON #1 (OF 12) isn't written by Andrew Kreisberg, it's now written by Greg Rucka and James Robinson. This has also changed my opinion about the book from "meh" to a definite buy.

Dork said...

You can imagine my surprise at finding Secret Six wasn't a 6 issue mini-series.

Kirk Warren said...

@Ethereal - I'm still pissed at Brubaker over the whole 'ship the wife off to the nuthouse and then cheat on her and enjoy it' fiasco. It's subsided a bit and I liked his run for the most part despite that, so I might get back into it when a trade comes out or something.

As for War of Kings, there's only been the Prologue issue and the Darkhawk 2 issue mini, which only one part came out. Darkhawk doesn't seem to have any significance based on the first issue, so easily skip that. The Prologue was awesome and you should track that down if you didnt yet.

Ive heard about other one shots or minis (not sure what they are) for Lilandra and a couple of others, but nothing that stood out as essential or lead-ins like previous Annihilation events. Nova nad Guardians havent really tied in yet, but set the stage with the new Nova Corps and other info. Should tie in as we go along too.

@rawnzilla - I hear you about the $3.99 books, but I'm an addict and used to Canadian pricing being a $1 more than most books from years past, so not as significant to me. On my list, I think only the FF, War of Kings and Reunion are $3.99 books though.

@Bill - I saw that coming out,b ut I just don't care anymore. It is shocking to see it finally coming out though. Might grab a trade after its all said and done.

@Sander - Ya, I knew that, but I typically just copy and paste the solicits from DC and Marvel's catalogue pages where they refuse to update anything after the initial listing.

@Dork - It was always announced as an ongoing, but I'm surprised sales are still keeping it going, too.

Eric Rupe said...

Kirk, several of the WoK tie-ins, including the Lilandra one, are going to be digital comics on Marvel's service. I think any one that isn't Nova, GotG and Darkhawk/Ascension are going to be released on through their digital comics service.

Kirk Warren said...

@Eric - I hadn't heard that. Actually, I probably didn't pay attention while skimming for the bolded announcements. I'll have to go look into this now.

Eric Rupe said...

@Kirk, I'm almost positive its from NYCC.

Eric Rupe said...

Okay, WoK info:

Its called Wok: Warriors and is by Christos Gage and Jay Faerber. Gage is writing a Gladiator story and a Blastaar two-parter while Faerber is doing a story for Crystal and then one for Lilandra.

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