Meet the newest Thunderbolts...Power Man and Iron Fist?! Norman Osborn, in need of a powerful duo to send on a to secret mission, makes the former Heroes for Hire a deal they can't refuse!
Luke Cage and Danny Rand have no choice but to become Osborn's personal assassins! What could have caused all this?
Monday, September 28, 2009
Mondays mean it's time for another edition of the Post-Crisis Previews. As you may well know, the Post-Crisis Previews come after the previous week's crisis of what books to buy and act as our place for commenting on or giving general thoughts about the comics on our pull lists for the upcoming week. Readers can also let us know what comics they'll be picking up, comment on our thoughts or suggest comics they think we should be reading.
On the comic side of things, this week's biggest release, for me at least, has to be Spider-Man: The Clone Saga #1. I was a big fan of the Clone Saga and defend it to this day. It was never perfect, but nowhere near as bad as people make it out to be. I'm genuinely looking forward to the remake and can't wait to read it. However, my most anticipated title has to be Wolverine: Weapon X #5 and the conclusion to The Adamantium Men. If it's anything like the previous issues of this fantastic debut arc, it'll be a picture perfect finish.
I won't bore you with too much preamble, so hit the jump for both Ryan and my thoughts on the upcoming week's comics.
Written by Joe Kelly
Art by Mike McKone
Look out, Spidey! Hot on the heels of his old girlfriend’s trip home, The Black Cat’s back (and front!), sexier and more dangerous than ever! The deck is STACKED as the one woman that loves Spider-Man more than Peter Parker is up to some devilish shenanigans…and nothing bugs Spidey more than shenanigans! BRAce yourself for danger, Spidey! It’s gonna be …umm…sexy?
Kirk: Jesus, someone fire whoever writes the solicits. This is just getting ridiculous. This is like the 3rd time this same, horribly written pre-pubescent trash has been the solicit for an issue of Amazing Spider-Man and they STILL haven't decided what issue it belongs to nor realized there's something wrong with a solicit that looks like it was written by a couple of 13 year old boys.
Ryan: Black Cat’s return might have been overshadowed by Norah Winters’s “debatable” racist/not-racist-but-still-mean comments about Peter’s roommate last week, but that doesn’t mean that her return won’t mean big things in this issue, especially after Mary Jane saw her kissing Spider-Man on a jumbotron. Last issue didn’t exactly wow me, so let’s hope that Joe Kelly tightened up his script for this issue and the aforementioned “big things” are more interesting than pointless fights between reporters and roommates.
Written by J.T. Krul
Art by Ed Benes and Rob Hunter
Titan-on-Titan violence! Black Lantern Hawk has his talons set for the female Hawk and Dove! Meanwhile, Red Star faces a frightful family reunion with Black Lanterns Pantha and Wildebeest, and Donna Troy faces her worst possible nightmare! Plus, Black Lantern Terra terrorizes Beast Boy! Continuing the 3-issue miniseries from writer J.T. Krul (JSA CLASSIFIED, Fathom) and superstar artist Ed Benes (JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA)!
Ryan: Last issue of Blackest Night: Titans was a solid mix of action and character work, with the creative team really impressing me with their take on Hawk and Dove. I suspect we are in for more of the same this week. The Titans have had one of the worst track records in comics for dead family members, so there are plenty of Black Lanterns to choose from. As long as the creative team doesn’t overdo it, this could be one of the most compelling issues of the week.
Written by Paul Dini
Art by Guillem March
Bruce Wayne has always been considered the quintessential ladies' man. But he's never faced ladies quite like this before! Has Gotham City's playboy prince finally met his match?
Ryan: As long as there isn’t another bait-and-switch on this series like there was last issue (instead of the promised Harley/Hush-as-Bruce Wayne story, we got a fill-in issue about the Riddler), I’m pretty excited about this issue. Hush has big time history with Catwoman and Harley, so there are a lot of intriguing story possibilities that could arise out this situation. I look forward to seeing how Dini plays this one out.
Written by Geoff Johns
Art by Doug Mahnke and Christian Alamy
BLACKEST NIGHT continues! For months, Mongul has wrested control of the Sinestro Corps. Now Sinestro wants a word with him. And Hal wants a word with Sinestro. But in the midst of BLACKEST NIGHT, they'll all become the hunted as the fallen Sinestro Corps members rise. What will happen? Here's a hint: Sinestro gets some serious payback.
Kirk: Quickly losing interest in Blackest Night because of its Secret Invasion-like pacing and all-action-no-plot story. Really hoping the return of Mongul to the titles will ignite this War of Light and give us something different from the constant stream of 'Black Lantern shows up, says mean things, rips out a heart, rinse and repeat' issues we've been getting since this started.
Ryan: The biggest problem with the Blackest Night story being so centered on the Green Lanterns is that it puts the two ongoing series in the precarious position of picking up leftover story beats that couldn’t make it into the main series. I’m not saying that the Mongul vs. Sinestro vs. Hal vs. Black Lantern Sinestro Corps members isn’t a story that I’m excited about, because I am, I just feel like this series has gotten a bit haphazard since Blackest Night began.
Written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Art by Tonci Zonjic
When Angelica ”Firestar” Jones' battle takes a turn for the worse, Patsy “Hellcat” Walker makes a deal with the Son of Satan to save her friend's life. Fortunately (or unfortunately), Monica “Photon” Rambeau’s gotten ahold of one of the world's most powerful occult objects – but does she have the will to control it? Meanwhile, Felicia “The Black Cat” Hardy slips back into her black bodysuit (and her old life of crime?)…putting her into direct conflict with her on-again-off-again flame, the Puma! It's the brawl for it all, folks, and someone's getting their face messed up!
Kirk: Marvel Divas, initial reactions to the solicits and prejudice aside, has been a fairly good comic. It's not great nor terrible. The cancer subplot for Firestar seems out of place with the tone of the series, but I'm actually enjoying the comic, so am more than happy to stick it out 'til the end of this miniseries.
Written by Kathryn Immonen
Art by Sara Pichelli
The unbelievable conclusion to “Homeschooling” is here. And someone comes back.
Ryan: I’ve been waiting for months for this issue! Gert was always my favorite of the Runaways, so her return here is incredibly exciting for me. It is really the only thing that is making for the fact that this is the final issue of the series until it returns from hiatus (which is stupid because the book was finally getting good again!). If this is a swerve, though, I will be one incredibly unhappy camper.
Written by Jonathan Hickman
Art by Alessandro Vitti
Nick Fury and a long-dormant spy now reactivated continue their top secret mission while the kids get in way over their heads as they go up against members of the Dark Avengers and the Thunderbolts...and while no one else is looking, HYDRA's grand plans continue to unfold. All that and Ares is finally reunited with his son - watch the sparks fly! It's GOD OF FEAR. GOD OF WAR. Part two of four!
Kirk: Kind of leary going into this one. Still getting the feeling we'll be seeing a rehash of the last issue of Thunderbolts, just from Nick Fury and the Secret Warriors point of view.
Written by Tom DeFalco & Howard Mackie
Art by Todd Nauck
You’ve been asking for it…and now it’s here: THE CLONE SAGA!!! Marvel’s most controversial event of all time returns with a vengeance, presenting the Clone Saga as it was originally intended to be told! From the minds behind the crossover that changed comics forever and the artist that introduced Spider-Man to President Obama, it’s six issues of twists and turns that will shock fans old and new alike! Be here as Peter Parker’s worst nightmare begins again…now with an ending you have to see to believe!
Kirk: Call me a bad person if you must, but I'm going to be first in line to buy this comic. I enjoyed the Clone Saga. A lot. It had its share of flaws and is commonly referred to as the worst point in Spider-Man's history, but many of the people that proclaim this have never even read the comics from this time period or lump the abysmal post-Clone Saga stories (Gathering of Five, Final Chapter [aka return of Aunt May], Howard Mackie/John Byrne reboot, etc) or earlier 90's comics (return of Peter's parents, the whole "I AM SPIDER" grim and gritty stuff, etc) in with the Clone Saga when that just wasn't the case.
I know it's not the perfect Spider-Man era or even close to the best, but I know it isn't the worst and that many of the better aspects of the storyline, before editorial and accounting prolonged it into oblivion, were and are still good and worth re-exploring in a miniseries like this. Brian Bendis proved the concept could work in the Ultimate Universe, so, at the very least, this should be interesting to see how they re-do the entire saga as a miniseries.
Written by Felicia D. Henderson
Co-feature written by Sean McKeever
Art by Joe Bennett and Jack Jadson
Co-feature art by Yildiray Cinar and Júlio Ferreira
Come celebrate our gala 75th issue with an all-star cast of Titans past and present! Joining this issue for the extravaganza is new ongoing writer Felicia D. Henderson, a co-executive producer on TV's hit show Fringe! Don't miss this start to a fresh new take on DC's premier teen team!
And in the Ravager co-feature, Rose lies nearly dead in the Arctic when a horrific discovery chills her even more!
Ryan: I may never understand how being a co-executive producer on a hit-TV show is a qualification for anything except co-executive producing more TV shows. Regardless of her qualifications, new writer Felicia Henderson looks to be hitting the ground running with her run on Teen Titans by writing her way through an “all-star cast of Titans past and present.” This should be a good gauge of how well she will do writing this series and whether or not it will end up that I’m only picking up this series for the Ravager backups.
Written by J. Michael Straczynski
Art by Marko Djurdjevic
The people of Asgard are fractured, as Loki’s scheming plans start to bear poisonous fruit. In Latveria, Balder and his loyal followers have a home at the tender mercies of Victor Von Doom. Out in the wide open world, Thor and his followers in exile roam without a country. As Loki puts the final calculated moves in play…will the spirit of Asgard itself be destroyed? Don't miss the critically acclaimed, fan-favorite, multiple-Eisner-nominated THOR!
Kirk: How long has it been since the last issue of Thor? I can barely remember it. I remember Bill fighting some Asgardians, but that's about it. I'm sure I'll enjoy this issue, but I really wish it would come out more often.
Written by Andy Diggle
Art by Carlos Rodriguez
This is it, the finale to writer Andy Diggle’s run! Who is Scourge? What is Black Widow II’s game? Who answers Songbird’s cry for help? All the answers are supplied here, in the latest shocking installment of the book that ComicPants.com calls “Bold and awesome…One of the best books Marvel puts out. Period.”
Kirk: From what I understand, this issue is actually a fill-in by Rich Remender and Francesco Mattina. Doesn't really make sense to me, what with the Secret Warriors crossover, but everything I see online lists this as a fill-in with the Heroes 4 Hire, Luke Cage and Ironfist, somehow being recruited by Norman Osborn. Here's the new solicit:
Something funny going on here. The old solicit and cover indicated the original Thunderbolts were coming back. Now we have a fill-in in the middle of a crossover.
Written by Jason Aaron
Art by Ron Garney
“THE ADAMANTIUM MEN” The saga of "The Adamantium Men" comes to its heart-stopping and flesh-slicing conclusion. The Chief Executive of Blackguard wants Wolverine dead, and he has a whole squad of laser-clawed super soldiers ready to do the job. When a final confrontation is set-up, how can Wolvie resist the chance to show up and take them all down, even if it's a fight he can't possibly win? Part 5 (of 5)
Kirk: The Adamantium Men is easily shaping up to be a frontrunner for the Best Storyline or Event for this year (Iron Fist's Seven Capital Cities of Heaven tournament arc won it last year). Aaron and Garney have been doing some incredible work here and I can't wait to see how this one ends.