Monday, June 29, 2009

Post-Crisis Comic Book Previews for 07/01/09

After unloading over a dozen books last week, Marvel and DC have given my wallet a breather with a relatively light week. However, it seems both companies saved their big guns for the Canada Day releases. Biggest mover and shakers are obviously Captain America: Reborn and Batman and Robin. There's also War of Kings and Green Lantern Corps.

Speaking of Canada Day, I'm not sure if comics will be shipping out for me on Wednesday with the holiday and all, so reviews may or may not be delayed until Thursday when the shop reopens.

Hit the jump to see what books I'll be picking up this week and what I have to say about each.

Written by Grant Morrison
Art by Frank Quitely

"Batman Reborn" continues with the reteaming of Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely (ALL-STAR SUPERMAN, WE3, New X-Men)! In a blazing Gotham City police department, the new Batman and Robin face the bizarre, fighting freakshow that is the Circus of Strange and find that they don't make as good a team as Batman had hoped! Meanwhile, the mysterious Sasha escapes from Professor Pyg and vows vengeance on the people who killed her father.

Kirk: Was surprised at how much I enjoyed the first issue of Grant Morrison's return to a Batman title after how much I disliked the latter half of his previous run. Looking forward to seeing what he does with Dick and Damian in this second outing.

Written by Ed Brubaker
Art by Bryan Hitch

Following the events of Captain America #600, Steve Rogers’ closest friends and allies may have found a way to bring back the original Captain America. Or is what they found something more sinister? The Red Skull’s greatest plan to destroy Captain America has been in motion and its completion is almost at hand. Will Captain America be lost forever or will he be REBORN?

Kirk: It seems like only yesterday we knew nothing about this series and now it's already here. Not sure how I feel about that. The lackluster reveal in Captain America #600 and sour taste after all that media attention a few short weeks ago has kind of killed any excitement for this issue. Oh, who am I kidding? It's by Ed Brubaker with art from Bryan Hitch. I know I'll love it the minute I get my hands on it, but the actual project doesn't have me all that thrilled just yet.

Written by Joe Ahearne & Mark Millar
Art by Bryan Hitch

The penultimate chapter of THE MASTER OF DOOM, as Reed Richards is offered a Solomon’s choice by the triumphant Marquis of Death!

Kirk: What's with Joe Ahearne being credited for co-writing with Mark Millar? Seems like an odd time to bring on a collaborator. Quick Google search lists Ahearne as a British writer/director for shows such as Dr Who. Curiouser and curiouser.

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

"Emerald Eclipse" hits its shocking conclusion leading directly into BLACKEST NIGHT. The sciencell riot causes a new law to be doctored into the Book of Oa as Kyle and Guy fight against it. What fate awaits the honor guards, and who will be left standing from the riot that shook Oa to its core?

Kirk: New law is no feeding the mogwai Red Lanterns after dark. Those gremlins can cause riots in the sciencells. Alternate law is to keep them away from water.

Written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Art by Tonci Zonjic

Diva (dee-vah), noun: An unusually glamorous and powerful woman. See: Patsy "Hellcat" Walker; Felicia "Black Cat" Hardy; Angelica "Firestar" Jones; and Monica "Photon" Rambeau. What happens when you take four of the Marvel Universe's most fabulous single girls and throw them together, adding liberal amounts of suds and drama? You get the sassiest, sexiest, soapiest series to come out of the House of Ideas since Millie the Model! Romance, action, ex-boyfriends, and a last page that changes everything! Let your inner divas out with this one, fellas, you won't regret it!

Kirk: Egads, what is this doing on my pull list? After a marketing 101 failure when introducing this book the first time, I had all but forgotten about this much maligned series. Recent previews for it have actually restored some faith in the project and Zonjic's art looks great, as always, so I'm going to be giving this first issue a shot to see what's what. Solicit is still horrible, though. Just who is Marvel marketing this towards?

Written by Gail Simone
Art by Nicola Scott and Doug Hazlewood

A former Wonder Woman is now a slave? That's just the first shock as the Secret Six face a new enemy with a heart of ice and an entire country at his command! All this plus the return of Mockingbird! It's all heading towards a confrontation against one of DC's biggest powerhouses, and the Six don't stand a chance…

Kirk: It's Secret Six. If you aren't reading it, we can't be friends anymore.

Written by Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning
Art by Paul Pelletier

The high impact, critically acclaimed sci-fi epic rages towards its explosive climax! Last issue’s jaw-dropping cliffhanger has everyone scrambling! Vulcan’s once unbeatable and vast war machine is grinding to a halt! Black Bolt’s forces are struggling to survive! It’s all coming down to the final clash, king vs. king! But where will the other power players place their loyalty, and can anyone imagine a solution as extreme as the one Medusa is proposing? The Universe is about to change forever in what calls “a veritable dream for science fiction/fantasy fans…War of Kings is event comics

Kirk: Ignore the IGN quote. This event is amazing and you don't need to be a sci-fi or fantasy fan to enjoy it. You just have to like good stories. Simple as that.

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Sebastian said...

Marvel Divas? I know what you mean. That preview looked pretty good, though. Marvel delivers with the occasional quirk book, so I'll probably give it a shot.

Ethereal said...

Batman and Robin, GLC, Secret Six are definitely on the list, but JLA: Cry for Justice might get some attention if reviews are good.

Captain America: Reborn, and War of Kings on the marvel pull list. I might pick up FF if the reviews are solid, and UXM seems to be getting better. Reading Namor is good comics.

Rawnzilla said...

Millar was in the hospital for a while so he got Joe to help him finish off the series.

Eric Rupe said...

Kirk, are you passing on Justice League: Cry for Justice?

Matthew Hex said...

Justice League: Cry for Justice does look great.

Kirk Warren said...

@Eric - Ya, I'll be passing on Cry for Justice. Have no interest in it and previews just seem off to me. Hal sounds exactly like he did when possessed by Parallax talking about how they do nothing while villains go off and kill people and hurt their loved ones. If I hear good things, I might pick it up, but the whole premise just seems forced to me.

Ryan Schrodt said...

I was down for Cry for Justice until I saw the previews. Not only does the character work bore me, the art is simply horrendous.

I, too, will be picking up Marvel Divas, I think. It sounded ridiculously horrible, but I'm warming up to the previews and I feel like I'm being dared to read it by all the other bloggers out there.

Flip The Page said...

Marvel Divas seems to be sneaking into everyone's hands this week.... including mine. We should all feel ashamed

Kirk Warren said...

As someone that read and loved Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane, I'm not going to feel ashamed over reading a book like Marvel Divas. I feel worse any time I walk home with some T&A filled book or porn faced Greg Land offering, actually.

Tim said...


I live in Canada, and the store I buy my comics from had a sign saying that because of Canada day, new comics would be arriving on July 2

Flip The Page said...

@kirk it's more the description of it that i find demeaning and anti-feminist (the previews blown that ou of the water somewhat) so that's the basis of any shame.

also Greg Land managed to pull me away from uncanny for his recent run... ugh... it was just that bad

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