- Avengers: The Initiative Featuring Reptil #1
- Dark Reign: Elektra #1
- New Avengers #51
- X-Force/Cable: Messiah War Prologue #1
Written by Christos Gage
Art by Steve Uy
Stegron the Dinosaur Man and his dinosaur army launch a campaign of destruction across America! With the Fifty State
Initiative in tatters from the fallout of Secret Invasion, Tigra must pull together a squad from the few superhumans still fit for duty, including Cloud 9, Komodo, Prodigy...and a brand new recruit. Be here for the debut of Marvel's newest superstar--
REPTIL! Will he save the Initiative...or ruin it?
Kirk Says: What an odd one-shot. Why didn't they just incorporate it into the monthly Initiative comic? Is there even an Initiative anymore? Stegron the Dinosaur Man? Reptil? Seriously? Oddly, I feel stupid even considering picking this up.
CAPTAIN AMERICA #48
Written by Ed Brubaker
Art by Butch Guice
The New Captain America faces the crimes of his past as the Winter Soldier as the Sub-Mariner and the Black Widow struggle to stop a new foe from unleashing a deadly attack on the world! By the best-selling Eisner, Harvey and Eagle award-winning writer Ed Brubaker and artist Butch Guice.
Kirk Says: As good as Captain America always is, this current storyline about a threat from Bucky's past seems to be dragging out quite a bit, as if padding out a story to get us ready for issue fifty. I'm still enjoying the hell out of the book, but it's not nearly as thrilling as it once was right now.
DARK REIGN: ELEKTRA #1
Written by Zeb Wells
Art by Clay Mann
She’s the deadliest woman in the world…and she’s never been in worse shape. Broken, beaten, and tortured by alien scientists, Elektra stumbles to freedom in the aftermath of the Skrull invasion. Now she struggles and fights to stay barely alive, and to clear her name for atrocities committed by an impostor. A LOT of people want Elektra killed…and in her state, that shouldn’t be too difficult…By Zeb Wells (AMAZING SPIDER-MAN) and Clay Mann (DAREDEVIL)!
Kirk Says: I'm curious as to what Marvel has planned for Elektra moving forward after all the Skrull nonsense, so I might pick this issue up. Might.
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #12
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: Phyla's new costume looks fantastic, but I doubt she'll keep it, what with it looking evil and all. I'm actually tempted not to even pick this issue up after how terrible last issue was and the fact this continues the dreadfully boring 'afterlife' story to find Moondragon.
INCREDIBLE HERCULES #127
Written by Greg Pak
Art by Dietrich Smith
As Hera consolidates her takeover of Olympus, marking Hercules and Athena for death, she reaches out to forge an alliance with the greatest mortal power on the planet -- NORMAN OSBORN! With the forces of Heaven and Earth both arrayed against our heroes, how can they possibly survive? And what role does the ex-New Warrior AEGIS play in Hera's mad scheme?
Kirk Says: For some reason, it feels like it's been a long time since the last Hercules issue. Not sure why that is. I feel like a broken record here, but Hercules is one of Marvel's best titles currently. Do yourself a favour and pick it up. This is a good jumping on point as a new story arc is beginning.
NEW AVENGERS #51
Written by Brian Bendis
Art by Billy Tan
WHO IS THE NEW SORCERER SUPREME? Doctor Strange has failed as the Master of the Mystic Arts and all the other mystic characters are the heir apparent. Strange comes to the New Avengers for help as the mystic battle royale begins. Plus, how can the Avengers trust Spider-Man if he won't take his mask off?
Kirk Says: New Avengers has been the most disappointing title coming out of Marvel and easily Bendis' worst work in my eyes, yet I still continue picking it up. Maybe I'll just leave this title on the shelf and pick up something different. $3.99 is just too much for a book I don't even enjoy that much.
Written by Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning
Art by Wellinton Alves
War of Kings brings a new status quo...and a new penciler Andrea DiVito (Annihilation)! Who is the new Protector of the Universe? Stripped of his Nova powers and facing death, Rich Rider must stop the Worldmind’s plans before it’s too late. But he needs power to do it, which may come from a source that will change his very identity! It’s another unpredictable episode of the comic Ain’t It Cool News calls “awesomely jaw-droppingly cool stuff.”
Kirk Says: Based on that cover, it looks like the speculations of Richard teaming up with Wendell Vaughn/Quasar are going to turn out to be true. Now we just need a yellow energy construct using corps built around Quasar and everything will be perfect.
WAR OF KINGS: DARKHAWK #2
Written by C.B. Cebulski, Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning
Art by Paolo Pantalena
Is Darkhawk ready to embrace his new role in the cosmos? What drives Chris Powell into unknown territory? What is the truth kept long hidden from him? And what side will he take in the War of Kings? The latest Marvel cosmic star is born here! Plus: a retro blast from the past as we reprint DARKHAWK #2!
Kirk Says: While I've been enjoying most everything War of Kings related so far, this Darkhawk two-parter hasn't done much for me so far. It felt more like Cebulski wrapping up a few Loners subplots while pushing the character into position for War of Kings instead of a story being given to us on its own merits. I'll still pick the second part up, but I'm not even sure if I'll review it or not.
X-FORCE/CABLE: MESSIAH WAR PROLOGUE #1
Written by Chris Yost & Craig Kyle
Art by Mike Choi
The birth of a single mutant child forever changed the landscape of the X-Universe. Some see the baby as the last hope for mutankind’s survival; others see it as the bringer of the Apocalypse… No one knows which side is right because Cyclops handed the newborn over to Cable, believing his son could save both the child and mutantkind. But Cable never came back. Now, months later, Cyclops has found his son hiding in the FUTURE... and he’s sending in the one team that will do what needs to be done in order to ensure the survival of their species... X-FORCE. The X-Men event of the decade, “MESSIAH COMPLEX,” continues here as the past, present and future converge in the pages of X-FORCE and CABLE. Continues next month in the pages of CABLE #13 and X-FORCE #14!
Kirk Says: What say you all? Should I give this event a shot with the prologue? As I mentioned earlier, there isn't much on the menu this week, so I should be able to fit some random titles in. Let me know if you guys want me to review this or not and I'll see about picking it up.