The big news maker, though, was the Monday release of Captain America #600. I had every intention of picking it up yesterday and even made my way to the shop, but walked away without it when I was informed they weren't getting it until Wednesday. I assume this is due to being in the frozen wastes of Canada where it would be impossible for comics to come twice in one week. I'll be putting together a post on the whole Captain America/Monday release later today, so check back for that.
Hit the jump for this week's previews.
Written by Duane Swierczynski
Art by ArielOlivetti
“MESSIAH WAR, PART 6” One thousand years from now, Cable is having a very, very bad day. His own father doubts his ability to protect the mutant messiah. His former team, X-Force, has shown up to bring him back to the present, whether he likes it or not. Not one, but two of Cable’s oldest and deadliest enemies threaten to annihilate them all. And now even Hope, the mutant messiah he’s raised since birth, is starting to wonder if Cable’s the right man for the job of keeping her alive…The penultimate chapter of “Messiah War” -- the sequel to the groundbreaking, game-changing “Messiah Complex” -- is here!
Kirk: I feel stupid for continuing to buy this storyline. The Yost and Kyle issues are usually good enough, but the Cable parts of the story are just plain bad in comparison. I'm going to stick it out for the remainder of the event because I'm a comic fan with the collector mentality, but I'll be dropping each book when this is all over.
CAPTAIN AMERICA #600
Written by Ed Brubaker, Roger Stern & Mark Waid
Art by Dale Eaglesham, Butch Guice & Luke Ross
Where were you when Captain America died? It's the anniversary of the day Steve Rogers was killed, a day of reflection and mourning in the Marvel U...a time to look back on the things Steve did and what he stood for... or is this issue actually the beginning of the most wicked plot twist since issue 25? Yeah, actually it's both. Plus, contributions from Cap creators past and present, including a very special essay by Joe Simon, a classic story from Cap’s Golden Age, a full gallery of 600 Cap covers, and more anniversary shenanigans than you can shake a shield at!
Kirk: The big Monday release comic everyone's been talking about and, after making the trip yesterday, I found out my shop isn't getting it until Wednesday. Based on the spoilers from Marvel and the various news coverage sources, I'm not really disappointed by having to wait. The big news was actually fairly yawn worthy for me and about as predictable and uninteresting as it could possibly be. I'm sure Brubaker will do a great job with the actual comic, but for the amount of hype behind this, I'm pretty apathetic about the whole deal.
CAPTAIN BRITAIN AND MI13 #14
Written by Paul Cornell
Art by Leonard Kirk
“VAMPIRE STATE” The pieces are all in motion. Dracula, Lilith and Captain Fate are heading for Earth with their invasion force, as the Vampire Lord’s deal with Dr. Doom and master plan all come together. MI13 has been taken apart and the world is ripe for the taking.
Kirk: That cover pretty much says it all - Dracula has won. He conquered Britain last issue (which makes the solicit a little odd with its referencing their on their way to Earth), exiled Captain Britain from England and killed and/or captured everyone else on the team except Blade, who most likely will be the driving focus for these last two parts. Great stuff if you aren't reading it.
DARK REIGN: YOUNG AVENGERS #2
Written by Paul Cornell
Art by Mark Brooks
The Young Avengers vs. The Young Avengers. Guilt and horror and sexual yearning. Race hatred and the super hero as serial killer. Anything is permitted. And Coat of Arms shows Norman Osborn some of her art and says “You were the Green Goblin, right? Right? Right? Right?” just to see what happens.
Kirk: First issue didn't wow me, but I'm really curious about most of these characters and wanted to see more. The Young Avengers teleporting into the Dark Reign team's loft at the end of last issue also promised some good action for this issue, so I'll give it another go around this month.
ULTIMATUM: SPIDER-MAN REQUIEM BOOK ONE
Written by Brian Bendis
Art by Mark Bagley & Stuart Immonen
Spider-Man has fallen and the Ultimate Universe will never be the same. Join Brian Bendis, Stuart Immonen and original series artist Mark Bagley as they begin a two-part story celebrating the heroism of your friendly neighborhood webslinger as written by none other than…J. Jonah Jameson(?!). FEATURING NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN ART FROM MARK BAGLEY.
Kirk: Never-before-seen art = stuff he drew and they didn't deem worth printing before, but will now to cash in on the "death". I like Ultimate Spider-Man and all, but I really don't see this issue being any good. I'm guessing it's just one big retrospective / flashback tale with a sappy narrative, possibly from a Jameson written editorial.
WAR OF KINGS: ASCENSION #3
Written by Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning
Art by Wellinton Alves
A WAR OF KINGS TIE-IN! The true purpose of Darkhawk…finally revealed! But is this sinister secret more than Chris Powell—or the entire galaxy—can take? Can he rise to greatness, or will this crushing weight pull Darkhawk down into the abyss? It’s shocks aplenty from the storyline CBR.com calls “…an angst-filled adventure that will have repercussions for months to come”!
Kirk: Considering what happened in the last issue of War of Kings, I take it Chris Powell isn't going to be reclaiming control of his suit any time soon. Hopefully it doesn't amount to another inner self turmoil issue. Would much rather learn more about the Raptors and see Darkhawk and Talon doing their back alley deals.