Monday, March 9, 2009

Post-Crisis Comic Book Previews for 03/11/09

If you missed it this weekend, I invited two bloggers, Matt Ampersand and Eric Rupe, to join me here at the Weekly Crisis. While I will still be handling the previews, reviews, moments of the week and the odd editorial piece here and there, they will be focusing on providing their own brand of content, such as Matt's post celebrating female super heroes in honour of International Women's Day or Eric's new column, Trade Waiting, which will be a weekly column focused on reviewing various trade paperbacks and hardcovers and launches on Thursday.

As for this week's Post-Crisis Comic Book Previews, I'm slated to pick up five new books this week. Noteworthy picks are the beginnings of two DC events, both of which I wasn't even planning on getting up until last week, in the form of Battle of the Cowl #1 and Action Comics #875. You can read all about them and everything else I'll be picking up after the jump.

Written by Greg Rucka
Art by Eddy Barrows and Ruy José

To give the full details of this story would spoil the dramatic finale of the "New Krypton" crossover, and we don't want to do that! Suffice to say, a "World Without Superman" is a very dangerous place, indeed, and the only thing standing between the good (and not so good) folks of Earth and an impending shadow of doom are the all-new Nightwing and Flamebird!

Eisner Award-winning writer Greg Rucka (FINAL CRISIS: REVELATIONS) teams with rising star Eddy Barrows (TEEN TITANS) to kick off a bold new era for ACTION COMICS!

Kirk Says: Honestly wasn't going to follow this title just a few short weeks ago. However, on the strength of the first World of New Krypton issue, I'm going to take a chance and pick up Rucka's first issue on Action Comics.

Written by Tony Daniel
Art by Tony Daniel and Sandu Florea

"Batman: R.I.P." and FINAL CRISIS saw the end of Batman. Now, months following the disappearance of her protector, Gotham City sits at a precipice and it may be too far gone for Nightwing, Robin, Commissioner Gordon and the rest of the city's heroes to save the day. Amid the fires, rioting, looting and gang warfare, one question rings out from the souls of Gotham's desperate citizens: Where is Batman?

With guest-stars galore, the destruction of a sacred Gotham City institution and an ending that will have everyone talking, this 3-issue miniseries event written and drawn by Tony Daniel (The Tenth) features the battle to take on the Mantle of the Bat. Who has earned the right? Who thinks they deserve it? Robin? Nightwing? Jason Todd? Two-Face? Catwoman? Batgirl? Who will ultimately win the BATTLE FOR THE COWL?

Kirk Says: While I didn't review it last week, I actually picked up the first Gotham Gazette issue (I'm a big fan of Jamie McKelvie on art). While it didn't knock my socks off, I did walk away satisfied with the purchase and am now willing to give Battle for the Cowl a chance.

Written by Paul Cornell
Art by Leonard Kirk

Dracula continues his plan to take the United Kingdom for vampires and monsters. Who is the traitor in the ranks of MI13? Can Spitfire possibly deny what she is? Can Captain Britain save his nation? Find out here!

Kirk Says: Dracula and Dr Doom! Blood covered vampire rockets fired from the Moon! Lots of sentences from me with exclamation points! Loud noises!

In all seriousness, Captain Britain and MI13 is one of the few books that I would consider truely unique, from the characters to the setting to the stories. Simply put, it's a fun book to read and I never know what to expect every month. Case in point, a story featuring vampires, Dracula, and Dr Doom that I can't get enough off. Stories this imaginative and fun are something you can only find in the comic medium.

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

The prelude to "Blackest Night" continues as the "War of Light" heats up. Mongul commands Daxam and their Superman-like citizens plus the entire Sinestro Corps. Can Arisia and a small resistance of Daxamites defeat the fear-bearing Corps with Sodam Yat out of the picture?

Kirk Says: I dare anyone to look at that cover and tell me they won't be buying this comic. This should be an easy candidate for my pick of the week.

Written by Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning
Art by Wesley Craig

If Captain Marvel is no more, how is he here? With War of Kings about to explode across the galaxy, two of the Guardians face death itself! Drax and Quasar journey beyond the veil of life in a desperate quest to find Moondragon. But what is waiting for them on the other side, and will it ever let them return? It’s a double shot of cosmic horror – that plants the seeds for where GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY is heading next!

Kirk Says: Not sure what to think of the Captain Marvel appearance. Wasn't this done already with the Skrull version during Secret Invasion? I was actually hoping they were hinting at Genis' return when the mention of Captain Marvel appearing was first rumoured for this title. I'm a big fan of this book and the combo of Abnett and Lanning, so I doubt I'll walk away disappointed, but I'm still a little iffy on yet another bait and switch attempt with the original Captain Marvel.

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Anonymous said...

Glad you decided to try Battle for the Cowl Kirk. I'm gonna gte the trade when its out so wannted to see what you thought about it first.

Andrenn said...

I look forward to these reviews.

Matt Ampersand said...

Did you know that Gravity was set to become the next Captain Marvel before the whole skrull non-sense? I wonder if this is him...

Anonymous said...

If you've seen the previews of GoTG, it appears that Quasar is being attacked by both the original Captain Mar-Vell and Genis, the Captain Marvel written by Peter David. Frankly, anything that gets Genis back into continuity should be a good thing.

Wow! That is a great cover to Captain Britain. Add that to this week's buy stack.

Ethereal said...

Action Comics, Battle for the Cowl and GLC for me. I'm looking excited to both books, and the rumor is that Nightwing and Flamebird identities are revealed in Action Comics. Go Go DC!

Marvel is a little lighter with Captain Britain and Guardians of the Galaxy. Both of which I'm looking forward to, but not nearly as much as the DC books. Solid week.

Max said...

The Death Of Captain Marvel graphic novel is one of Marvel's finest, most mature works. I can't really understand this urge to not leave a near-perfect ending alone.

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