Big books this week include a second helping of Green Lantern for the month from DC in an attempt to get that title's shipping schedule back on track and some Nova goodness from Marvel. Random pick this week is Ms Marvel, which sees Moonstone taking over the book. I'm a big fan of Moonstone from her Thunderbolts days, so I'm grabbing the issue to see what they do with her now that she has a solo book, even if only for a short time.
In the trades department, Thor: Ages Of Thunder (my reviews of the series can be found here)is finally getting some loving from Marvel. Fraction and Zircher did an amazing job on that series of books. Easily one of my favourite series from last year and I'm tempted to pick up the hardcover myself, despite having the singles of it already, just for some oversized eye candy and to have the book on my shelf for easy access.
Written by Brian Bendis
Art by Mike Deodato
The Dark Avengers’ first mission shows Norman Osborn all the plusses and minuses of the choices he has made for his team. So changes must be made. Some come, some go, and not everyone is happy about it. Also, the Cabal reunites for the first time since the Dark Reign began, and they are REALLY not happy.
Kirk: Didn't the Cabal just reunite in last week's Mighty Avengers?
DARK REIGN: DARK CABAL #1
Written by Jonathan Hickman, Matt Fraction & Peter Milligan
Art by Adi Granov & Kyle Hotz
Doctor Doom! Emma Frost! The Hood! Namor the Sub-Mariner! Loki! They’re the members of Norman Osborn’s secret Cabal of villainy, united in common cause as they move to change the very landscape of the Marvel Universe! Now, in five all-new stories, learn how each member of this sinister syndicate intends to capitalize on the situation—and perhaps how they intend to deal with each other should it prove necessary!
Kirk: I generally liked all of the Illuminati specials that came out over the past few years and expect this Cabal one-shot to be in much the same vein.
FINAL CRISIS: LEGION OF THREE WORLDS #4 (OF 5)
Written by Geoff Johns
Art by George Pérez and Scott Koblish
Don't miss this issue as lightning strikes again in the DC Universe! The Crisis of the 31st century continues as a great hero falls and another returns to help Superman and the Legion combat the murderous Superboy-Prime! Meanwhile, the Time Trapper makes his move against the three Legion founders, Polar Boy's bizarre mission comes to an end and Superman makes a shocking discovery that will redefine the terms of this war.
Kirk: I've pretty much lost all interest in this series to the point it doesn't really matter what even happens here. I just don't care anymore. It's sad to say, but I'm only picking it up for the sake of completeness.
GREEN LANTERN #40
Written by Geoff Johns
Art by Philip Tan and Jonathan Glapion
"Agent Orange" part 2! The prelude to "The Blackest Night" continues as the war of light explodes across the Vega System. It's the Green Lantern Corps vs. the bizarre Orange Lantern Corps led by the most disgusting, filthiest, vilest being in the universe. But now that Agent Orange has been disturbed, what does that mean to the rest of the universe? Plus, John Stewart battles alongside his newest ally...Fatality?
Kirk: More Orange Lanterns, less Hal Jordan mary sue hero worship please.
MS. MARVEL #38
Written by Brian Reed
Art by Rebekkrah Isaacs
FROM THE PAGES OF DARK AVENGERS! Now it can be revealed. After the fall of Carol Danvers, the villainous Moonstone has now taken up the mantle of the world’s greatest super-heroine. And don’t worry…she’s gonna save the hell out of you.
Kirk: I'm a fan of Moonstone from way back when she first started masquerading as Meteorite with the Thunderbolts. This interest in her character is prompting me to check out her new "solo title" as she takes over Ms Marvel's book and builds towards their War of the Marvels later this year. I'm hoping she gets more character development and face time here than over in Dark Avengers or the previous Ellis Thunderbolts, where she is a bit player and only really shows up to get thrown at someone or for making random snide comments.
Written by Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning
Art by Andrea Di Vito
A WAR OF KINGS tie-in! As the Shi’Ar and the Kree’s cataclysmic battle explodes across the cosmos, Richard Rider is forced to fight the one opponent he never wanted to: the ancient power that made him Nova in the first place! Yes, it’s time for another of Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning’s trademark jaw-dropping plot swerves! Plus: Please welcome new series artist Andrea DiVito (ANNIHILATION) to the book that Aint It Cool News says is packed with “twists and turns, thrills and scares, cool stuff and awesomely jaw-droppingly cool stuff!”
Kirk: Can't see anything dethroning this as my book of the week. Watching a bunch of green Nova Corps rookies getting ripped a new one by Gladiator and the Imperial Guard? Count me in.