My moment of the week would have to be some kind of toss up between the hilarious Mini-Marvels from the Marvel Assistant-Sized Special and the Thing's olde English clobbering time scene from Dark Reign Fantastic Four.
The anti-moment of the week could go to any number of moments. There's the horrible, horrible Black Billy appearance in Justice Society of America or Jay Garrick claiming Barry made him the Flash in Rebirth or Cable's suggestion to gut and kill his friend, Deadpool, in Cable or even Bishop's masterplan for killing Stryfe in that same issue.
Hit the jump for the moments and feel free to let me know if I missed any major happenings this week.
Couldn't find the context of this scene, but it's fairly obvious why I chose it - Gorilla-Man getting caught in the gas and M-11 cleaning up the mess.
Sentry needs to be like this more often.
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #590
I feel like busting out the Mini-Marvel's 'Spider-Man Remasked - we don't know who he is again', but I've got some Mini-Marvel goodness later in the moments, so I'll refrain from pointing out the absurdity of post-OMD Spider-Man comics.
THIS IS MY ANGRY FACE! I NO LIKE DEADPOOL ANYMORE!
THIS? This is Bishop's master plan? He expects Stryfe, the most powerful telepath/telekinetic in the world, to use a handgun to kill Cable and he's going to then shoot that all powerful telepath/telekinetic in the back? The same telepath/telekinetic that's covered in a full metal bodysuit that will more than likely protect him from any bullets fired? The same one that could stop said bullets with his vast telekinetic powers? My head hurts.
CAPTAIN AMERICA COMICS 70th ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL #1
Saw this ad in the Captain America Comics 70th Anniversary issue. Captain America #50 is in May and #600 (ugh, razzafrazza renumbering) is in June, so not related to those. The Marvels Project was my next guess, but it's set to start in June, so don't see it being that either. Are we going to see Steve Rogers back this summer once the renumbering comes back?
DARK REIGN: FANTASTIC FOUR #2
Ben Grimm with a monacle and ye olde English speech? That's gold, Jerry. Gold.
Pretty easy to tell Robert Kirkman wrote this series.
DR DOOM & THE MASTERS OF EVIL #3
Not reading the Doom & MOE series, but that's one funny recap page.
THE FLASH: REBIRTH #1
There have been all kinds of crazy theories revolving around the mystery villain from Flash Rebirth #1, ranging from The Rival, the Reverse Flash, Zoom, Cobalt Blue to just about every Flash rogue possible.
My pick? The angles of all the shots in the opening were low angle shots and we even see the villain reaching upwards for various chemicals on the shelf, which implies either someone very short, which this person isn't, or someone in a wheelchair. We never actually see a wheelchair here, but he's shown standing up at the very end, implying he was down for the lightning attack.
Therefore, I think it can be no one other than the crippled Dr Zolomon, better known as Zoom. He's one of Johns' favourites, has motive against Flashes, was recently depowered in Rogues' Revenge, also written by Johns, and the uses the Reverse Flash costume, which sets him up as a good 'Sinestro' for Barry and the rest of the Flashes.
No, he damn well did not. There are a million better ways to say Flash brought you out of retirement, such as, "Barry brought me out of retirement". He did not make you the Flash and you were a hero long before he existed.
Johns' post-Rebirth #1 interviews implied, to me, that he didn't even write this scene with the intention that Bart is upset his mentor and father figure, Max Mercury, didn't come back and that it was just a internet fan mouthpiece for people that don't agree that Barry is the be all and end all.
Interesting articles framed on the walls. Not a huge Flash follower, so not sure if they always feature such odd decorations for their homes, but maybe some kind of foreshadowing of who the mystery villain is? Mr Element/Dr Alchemy was shown earlier in the issue talking about how he wonders if Barry is still made about what he did to an unnamed "her".
The Black Flash was a character from Grant Morrison and Mark Millar's short lived run on the title. Basically death for all speedsters. Wally outran him and there was talk about Black Flash being the same as the New God, Black Racer, in Final Crisis. Combined with the death of Savitar (see next moment), did Barry become the new Black Flash?
Savitar bit the dust, literally, in this issue simply by having Barry touch him. Combined with the Black Flash's 'death', is Barry the new version of death for scarlet speedsters?
INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #12
There is so much wrong with this fight scene, of which I'm only showing the ending to. Namor literally tore Tony's Extremis Iron Man armour to shreds in the Illuminati specials and took him out without breaking a sweat, but is shown wailing on this old armour without so much as denting it and is quickly overpowered and choked out and left to suffocate in some oil? Ugh, don't put characters in these situations if you have no logical ways for them to escape.
If Namor can't beat Iron Man, The Hood's Z-list team of Team Rocket knock offs that lose to the street level Avengers every second Tuesday are not going to cut it.
JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA #25
Does someone at DC hate the Marvel Family or something? Why the hell are they crapping over everyone like this? Is it because they have 'Marvel' in their name?
After the amazing job Tomasi and Mahnke did on getting Black Adam his word back in their amazing miniseries from a year or so ago, it's been one trainwreck after another with his inclusion in Countdown and now this JSA storyarc, which sees both Adam and Isis depowered and turned to stone. Not sure what the point of any of this was. Don't care who the mystery villain is either.
MARVEL ASSISTANT-SIZED SPECTACULAR #1
After last week's Hank Pym bashing goodness from Iron Man, he continues the Iron-dickery with this awesome letter to Hawkeye. I included the next panel with Dr Strange simply because he looked so cool throwing up the horns.
That is the best recap of Hawkeye's first appearance ever.
NEW AVENGERS: THE REUNION #2
Say what you will about the 'cartoony art' of this series, but I really liked the layouts for this panel with the top down look and the use of the dot colouring for flashbacks earlier in the book (which I couldn't find a decent scan of to post).
Also, the reveal about the timing of Mockingbird's abduction and how she filed for divorce the last time she saw Hawkeye before the abduction was a nice way to end a great issue.
POWER GIRL #1 PREVIEW
Someone's been playing too much Bioshock. Big daddy might be angry. Lawsuit anyone?
SECRET WARRIORS #3
It's a little subtle, but you can see Yo-Yo's arm flying off in the background there. Not sure if she lost both arms or not though.
Not content with maiming Yo-Yo, Gorgon was ready to kill a god, Phobos in this case. Really liked Gorgon's dialogue here.
Howling Commandos anyone?
WAR OF KINGS #2
Everytime I see this panel, I can't help but laugh. The panel before it, Gorgon (unrelated to the Secret Warriors version) was shouting like a madman about killing every last one of the Shi'ar and then is calmly talking about his broken leg and how a war would help.
Will Gladiator finally make a decision to betray his emperor or is he just going to let Vulcan kill Lilandra? I'm sure we'll see some other reason for Vulcan to spare her, but, for the first time ever, Gladiator's actually becoming an interesting character to me, so I'm curious as to how his story will play out.