Monday, October 19, 2009
Light week for me coming off my week long vacation, but Ryan seems to be picking up the slack based on his Post-Crisis Previews. Most anticipated release for me and, hopefully, everyone else is The Stuff of Legend #2. Just a fantastic little indie book whose first issue caught many off guard and went through several reprintings and is still quite difficult to get a hold of. Don't miss out on this second issue if it's slipped under your radar.
As always, these previews are merely a look at what we are purchasing for the coming week and our general thoughts or expectations for each comic. Feel free to recommend any books you think we should be reading or tell us what's on your pull list or comment on our thoughts.
Hit the jump for this week's Post-Crisis Previews!
Written by Marc Guggenheim
Art by Marco Chechetto and Luke Ross
As Raptor tightens the noose on Peter and those he loves, the turbulent days of the Clone Saga comes back to haunt Peter Parker in part two of this three part epic!
Ryan: The first issue of this storyline was a bit of a bust as it repeated a lot of the action and setup that we had already seen between Peter Parker and Raptor in the recent Amazing Spider-Man Annual. Now that all of the setup is out of the way, I’m hoping that Marc Guggenheim can get the story back on track and moving forward. Now if only we could do something about Chechetto’s disappointing “throwback” art style.
Kirk: Kaine. KAINE! KAINNNNNEEE! Sorry about. No more outbursts from me.
Written by Christopher Yost and Marc Andreyko
Art by Dustin Nguyen and Jeremy Haun
The 2-part ""Leviathan"" story begins from guest writer Chris Yost (RED ROBIN) as the Huntress finds herself in an unusual position – the responsible one! Because when Huntress hunts down a violent new criminal, she finds herself stuck with a violent, loose cannon of a partner on the case – the Man-Bat.
Meanwhile, in the Manhunter co-feature, Jane Doe is in custody and claiming that Two-Face asked her to kill the former D.A. Since Kate Spencer can't find the bipolar baddie, it's up to Manhunter to hunt him down!
Ryan: Things really picked up for this title last issue, though it looks like it will be changing directions suddenly with this issue being the start of a 2-parter written by Chris Yost. Ivory Madison set the bar very high for Huntress stories with Huntress: Year One in 2008, but if anyone can follow-up on that, it's Yost, especially since 2009 has been such a banner year for him. Plus, Manhunter vs. Two-Face drawn by Jeremy Haun? I’ve got a good feeling about this!
Kirk: I like Chris Yost, but can't help but be disappointed by Paul Dini's sudden leave of absence on this fledgling title. I'll stick with it, but am not expecting much.
Written by Brian Bendis
Art by Mike Deodoto
Oh hey, you know how Norman Osborn was once the Green Goblin but he got it under control and now he’s one of the most powerful people in the free world? Oh, and you know that whole thing about him being a ticking time bomb who could snap at any minute? Yeah... you might want to check this issue out. The smash hit of the year continues!!
Kirk: Not much to say about this one, so let's talk about the cover. Why does Noh-Varr keep getting put on covers if he's been in maybe 10 pages total out of the nine previous issues? There's no name recognition there like having a Spider-Man or Wolverine on the cover, so the continued inclusion of someone that doesn't appear in the comic is odd, to say the least.
Written by Daniel Way and Marjorie Liu
Art by Stephen Segovia
The unimaginable has happened — both Daken and Norman's plans have backfired! Now the victim of his own manipulations — beat almost to death by a gang of second-rate villains — Daken is forced to make an almost impossible admission: this ""hero"" thing is harder than it looks! But will digging himself out of the hole he's put himself in restore his pride — or ruin him forever?
Ryan: Watching Daken get his comeuppance for all of the shady things he has done over the last few issues should be incredibly enjoyable, but not nearly as much as seeing him try to spin it into being a “hero.” This series has been an incredibly pleasant surprise thanks to its very cerebral storytelling and if the solicits are accurate, this issue should give Daniel Way and Marjorie Liu ample opportunity to write to the title’s strengths.
Written by Richard Stakings
Art by Andre Szymanowicz
A grave is desecrated.
Ryan: I like how simple and to-the-point this solicitation is. Then again, when you are dealing with Elephantmen, there is no need for excessive hype in the solicits. All you need is to see that is that its an Elephantmen book and you know it will be a Must Read.
Written by Chuck Dixon
Art by SL Gallant
BATTLEGROUND: SPRINGFIELD! Snake Eyes goes mano y mano with COBRA for the first time and it's a fight that may leaved a whole town in ruins! Brutal, one-on-one action that will stop your heart! Also, Destro meets Dr. Mindbender at Sector Zero. And the Joes uncover yet another horrifying revelation about their newest enemy.
Ryan: I absolutely love the slow-burn on this series. After ten issues in, Cobra is just now being fully exposed. This has allowed Dixon to build a lot of tension and expectation; of course, it wouldn’t be possible if it weren’t for how fresh he has kept things through fun character work and big action throughout the first nine issues. As everything begins to come to a head here and all of the storylines are start coming together, I expect this great series to get even better.
Written by James Robinson
Art by Mark Bagley
A new era begins for the World's Greatest Heroes as superstars James Robinson (STARMAN, SUPERMAN) and Mark Bagley (TRINITY, Ultimate Spider-Man) take over! It all begins as a one-time member of the JLA falls before he can warn the team of looming peril while what’s left of the JLA journeys to the heart of their past to decide if the team has any future at all.
Of course, that means this is the best time for a savage villain from the team’s past to attack the demoralized heroes! The team will have to muster enough will to win not only today, but in the harrowing months to come. It’s the start of a spanking new odyssey for the JLA that will lead in the coming months to a fresh line-up for DC’s flagship team. Get onboard now for the next epic chapter of the Justice League’s legacy!
Ryan: As a long time fan of all things Justice League, I really want to pick this issue up and enjoy the heck out of it. Unfortunately, I’m running into a few snags that may prevent me from doing so: 1) Mark Bagley’s work at DC is incredibly subpar compared to his Marvel work, 2) The new team doesn’t even debut for a few more issues, so this story is likely to be a filler bridge, and 3) I’m not sure how DC can call James Robinson’s Justice League “the World’s Greatest Heroes” when it is set to include the likes of Congorilla and the Guardian. I may throw Robinson and Bagley a bone by picking this one up, but I can’t imagine it ending well.
Kirk: After Cry For Justice, I have no interest in seeing Robinson's take on this book.
MICE TEMPLAR: DESTINY #4
Written by Bryan J.L. Glass and Michael Avon Oeming
Art by Victor Santos
Leito's dungeon uprising comes to a surprising conclusion...and someone must pay the consequences. While Karic and Cassius come face-to-face with the fearsome ""Guardians of the Dusk & Dawn"" and the truth behind the Templar's fall is finally revealed.
Ryan: This week’s Mice Templar promises big revelations in both major plots, which I can only imagine will mean big awesomeness for the title. As great as the original series was, Team Templar has really stepped up their game with the Destiny storyline, making Mice Templar one of the biggest releases of the week every week that a new issue drops.
Written by Dan Slott and Christos Gage
Art by Sean Chen
AVENGERS ASSEMBLE! As the epic battle with The Unspoken threatens all of Earth, the team-up you've been waiting for finally happens as members of the Mighty Avengers, New Avengers, Young Avengers, and the Avengers Initiative unite to fight a foe that no single hero could withstand! How can we fit so many Avengers in one issue? Against the most powerful Inhuman of all, with the greatest weapon in history, do they have a choice? All that plus a special appearance by the Dark Avengers.
Ryan:I knew it wouldn’t take long before all of the Avengers teamed-up, but I really expected it to be part of a big crossover storyline, like the upcoming Siege story. However, kudos to Marvel for letting Dan Slott and Christos Gage assemble the various Avengers teams in perhaps the least “flashy” of the Avengers titles for this story. My only concern is that Slott and Gage won’t have enough room in the issue to bring together all of the teams without shortchanging anyone, especially considering the struggles this title has had with juggling its own large cast.
Kirk: Is it just me or does Hank Pym look like Dr Horrible on that cover?
Written by Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray
Art by Amanda Conner
The trio of sexy alien marauders continues their rampage across Earth, and Power Girl makes her last stand against these seemingly unstoppable foes. But even Power Girl has her limits…
Ryan: Power Girl has been one of the few in-continuity books that is more focused on being an enjoyable read than tying into a much larger, much more grim storyline and it’s because of that fact that it has been one of my favorite new books this year. I imagine this issue will deliver more of the same, which is something I’m totally comfortable with, especially since Amanda Conner has been doing such amazing work on this series!
STUFF OF LEGEND #2
Written by Mike Raicht and Brain Smith
Art by Charles P. Wilson III
As World War II rages in the real world, an unseen battle for a young boy's soul takes place in a shadowy realm known as The Dark. Kidnapped by The Boogeyman, a group of loyal toys continues their quest to rescue their master. But uncertain of where to turn to next, and hunted by The Boogeyman's forces, the group seeks shelter in the township of Hopscotch. Will the kind people there provide clues to the location of the boy or is there a sinister game afoot?
Ryan: Stuff of Legend #1 seemed to catch everyone by storm and set the bar extremely high for this follow-up issue. If the first issue was any indication, we can expect an incredibly well thought-out narrative with some of the most hauntingly beautiful art of the week from this one. Despite stiff competition from titles that have great track records on the Comic Book Review Power Rankings, this one could actually be the frontrunner for Book of the Week.
Kirk: Matt will have an advance review of this up tomorrow for anyone interested. I've already read this one and can vouch for the quality of the follow-up issue. It's just as good as the first one and the only negative I can think of is that people have to wait another two days before reading it.
Written by Sterling Gates and Greg Rucka
Art by Jamal Igle
Continuing from ACTION COMICS #882, “The Hunt for Reactron” concludes! It’s the final showdown between Flamebird, Supergirl and the man who killed their father. And for the Daughters of Zor-El, that means it’s payback time. Will Reactron make it out alive? Or is Nightwing the only one who can save them all?
Ryan: So, it appears that my experiment in only reading the Supergirl issues of 2009’s Super-crossovers can now be considered an epic failure as, not only did I not really enjoy last issue because I had no idea what was going on, I’ve apparently missed the fact that Flamebird is also the daughter of Zor-El, making her Supergirl’s half-sister. When did that happen? Why do I have the feeling that if I try to catch-up, I’m just going to end up adding Action Comics back to my pull list? Ugh!
Written by Mike Carey
Art by Daniel Acuna
Emplate is back and he’s out for blood. More specifically, for mutant bone marrow. And with the X-Men still reeling from Utopia, he may have picked the perfect time to come calling.
Ryan: While the new focus for this series has been a completely awesome change for this series, I’m not quite as such about the addition of Daniel Acuna as the ongoing artist. Acuna has always been a polarizing figure and his work on the recent X-Men: Legacy Annual was incredibly uneven. When he is on his game, he can produce some simply amazing work, but I’d hate to see him not reach that plateau and derail this series just as it was getting good again!