March is another big month for the comic book work. While Blackest Night sees it's final issue released and Siege reaching it's penultimate issue the month also sees the release a variety of new releases ranging from Mark Millar's and Steven McNiven's Nemesis, American Vampire from Vertigo, another Superman crossover, five issues of Amazing Spider-Man and much, much more. Hit the jump for thoughts on all the solicits for the month of February.
Eric: DO IT DAMIAN!
Red Robin #10
Eric: Nothing against this particular title or anything but, when you say "...only Red Robin and Batgirl can stop it" I think you might be stretching the idea of suspension of disbelief a wee bit too far. Granted, this is a problem that originates with the way DC, and Marvel, go out creating their stories(non-stop monthly publication, recycling of characters and plot lines, an almost constant game of one-ups-manship, etc.) but, sometimes, it's the little stuff like that that becomes the most obvious. That, or I'm way over thinking this. Yeah, I'm probably over thinking this.
Eric: Well, that's a needless long title if I ever saw one. Also, I'm I the only who thinks that DC should have just skipped The Flash: Rebirth, and this issue, and just gone ahead and launched a new Flash title out of Final Crisis? Plus, it's another story whose sole purpose to set up another story! Just tell the goddamn story already!
Power Girl: A New Beginning TPB
Eric: I'm getting the Terra miniseries from the same creative team sometime in the near future and if that turns out to be good I'll definitely give this a look.
Solomon Grundy TPB
Eric: Anyone get this series? I'm tempted to pick up since I do enjoy Kolins's artwork and it's $20 for eight issues but, on the other, it is about Grundy and it's written by Kolins, whose writing credits, as far as I know, are limited to this series so I have no idea how good the writing aspects would be.
Eric: And the Superman titles enter another crossover when interest seems to be at an all time low. In fact, sales are at a six year low. Not to mention the fact that Superman: Secret Origin seems to have flopped as well. I seriously doubt most readers are interested in another New Krypton storyline and crossover and there is still War of The Supermen after this. And DC is dragging the Legion of Superheroes into as well. They haven't exactly been sales generators lately either. It's almost as if DC wants to sink the franchise.
Action Comics #887
Eric: Why does Rao look like a palette swapped Doomsday?
Superboy: Boy of Steel
Eric: Tempting, for Manapul's art alone, but this is not a hardcover purchase. I may get the trade down the road though.
Eric: I do have to give Marvel some credit for doing their damnedest to make this sound like the most important thing since the beginning of time but...when Avengers: Disassembled would change everything forever and House of M would change everything forever and Civil War would change everything forever and Secret Invasion would change everything forever, it starts to wear a little thin. Very thin in fact. In fact, the suggestion that something, anything really, would "change forever" happened in five out of the ten Siege solicits for the month.
New Avengers #63
Eric: Sounds like a major plot point right there to me. Wonder why it's not in the main series? Also, what happened to Stuart Immonen?
Eric: That's some talented creators right there, from the cover right down to the interior work. I might actually get this if it's only a one issue tie-in, doubt it though, since it's only $3.
Hercules: Fall of an Avenger #1
Eric: I'm interested in this solely for the new artist showcase but, if I do end up liking any of the new artists in here the odds of me picking up any work they end up doing are pretty small given that my interest in pretty much anything Marvel produces is at an all time low.
Eric: I actually own the Oeming Ares mini collected in here so I'm going to be passing on this despite my interest in Gillen's Ares mini.
Eric: That's a pretty strong creative team for a movie tie-in. Guess Marvel is taking this seriously given how well the first movie did. Anyway, if this turns out to be any good, I'll pick it up since I love the movie as well as the creative team.
Eric: Getting ASM #626. Van Lente and Gaydos are an excellent creative team. Wonder if the female Scorpion mentioned is the one co-created by Van Lente?
Amazing Spider-Man by JSM Ultimate Collection Book 3
Eric: I was afraid this would happen. Aside from collecting end of John Romita Jr.'s run, this also has Sins Past and the arc afterward, which I have no interest in owning, so I'm going to be passing this plus the previous two volumes as well.
Eric: Wow, really? Um...is Marvel devolving into unconscious self-parody or something?
Ultimate Comics Spider-Man: The World According To Peter Parker Premier HC
Eric: Well, given that hardcovers usually cost $5 more than the trade, looks like I'm not going to be buying any of the new Ultimate relaunches. I'm not paying more than $3 per issue for a comic unless it's an absolute must buy and all of the recent moves made by Marvel have definitely take away the "must buy" status of the Ultimate books.
Eric: "MANY WILL BE WOUNDED. SEVERAL WILL DIE." ...Someone actually used that as a tag line? Um...wow. Anyway, despite the fact that Yost and Kyle have never really put out anything that really appealed to me, they seem to think that death and maiming are substitutes for characterization, they are still some talented creators, aside from the whole death and maiming thing, so it's nice to see them get some higher profile work.