Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Due to some unforseen computer troubles, Kirk is bowing out of this week's Post-Crisis Previews. That means I'll be kicking off 2010 flying solo as I look at five of the week's biggest releases including the Blackest Night/Secret Six tie-in, Suicide Squad #67 and the debut of Marvel's Siege. Want to know my thoughts on these books and more? Hit the jump to find out what I have to say!
Written by Josh Howard
Art by Josh Howard
Profiling every major and minor character in the DEAD@17 universe! Get the lowdown on Nara, Asia, Bolabogg, the Zodiac, and dozens more with never-before-revealed secrets and histories. Featuring all new artwork and a comprehensive series overview with a hint at what's to come! This is your definitive guide to demons, spirits, zombies, cults and the girls who hunt them. The perfect intro for new readers or a handy reference for longtime fans!
Ryan: I’ve been a HUGE fan of Josh Howard’s Dead @17 from its inception at Viper Comics, so I won’t be missing this sourcebook. This should be a great introduction to the series for new readers and a strong supplement for longtime fans. My biggest complaint about the recent Afterbirth miniseries was that it wasn’t tremendously accessible to new fans, but I’ve got a good feeling that this will help fix that problem.
Written by Chris Yost
Art by Marcus To
This is it! Red Robin versus the Council of Spiders deep in the heart of the League of Assassins' headquarters. It's seven on one, with Red Robin facing some of the deadliest killers on the planet. Even if he can get out alive, can Tim Drake get out clean? Or has Ra's al Ghul's influence corrupted him? There's a line Batman and Robin swore they'd never cross...but to save Tam Fox's life, Red Robin may have to perform deeds he’s never dared. Plus, Ra's al Ghul's master plan starts to reveal itself.
Ryan: Tim’s demeanor has been getting progressively darker since this series debuted and Chris Yost written him into a position where lines may have to be crossed. This could be a major defining moment for Red Robin, though I suspect Tim will use his wits to avoid heading into Punisher territory. Either way, it should be a fun read with this stellar creative team.
Written by Brian Michael Bendis
Art by Olivier Coipel
Beginning with the ravaging affects of Avengers Disassembled and following the aftermaths of House of M, Civil War and Secret Invasion, culminating with the evil Reign of Norman Osborn, the Marvel Universe has been left with its greatest villains holding more power and control than ever before. On the brink of madness, Osborn, in his final bid to take total control, targets the final obstacle in his mission...Asgard. Events are set in motion forcing our heroes to put aside the deep rifts that have grown over the past seven years. Opposing them stand a horde of evil that has begun to take down the gods of the Golden Realm! SIEGE will rock the foundations of every super hero, villain and team in the Marvel Universe. As an era ends, one word will ring above all others...""SIEGE.""
Ryan: Considering the seeds for this story began way back during the infamous Avengers: Disassembled storyline, I’m really surprised by how low-key the hype for this story has been in comparison to Marvel’s previous events, Secret Invasion and Civil War. I try not to miss the big events, but I’m really a little underwhelmed by the premise of this story. However, with the strength of this creative team, I could be pleasantly surprised by how awesome this one turns out to be!
Written by John Ostrander and Gail Simone
Art by Jim Calafiore
Original SUICIDE SQUAD writer John Ostrander and Gail Simone resurrect The Suicide Squad as they take on BLACKEST NIGHT and the Secret Six! The Fiddler has risen from the dead, and he’s targeting Deadshot and anyone who stands in his way. But someone else has targeted Deadshot – the Suicide Squad! Everything is about to hit the Wall (Amanda Waller, that is) – and this Wall hits back! Continuing this month’s one-issue revival of classic DC Universe titles, this epic story carries into January’s SECRET SIX #17!
Ryan: Despite being part of DC’s “resurrected” titles initiative for January, this week’s Suicide Squad would be more aptly titled “Secret Six #16 ½.” Like every other issue of Secret Six, I’m super excited for this one, especially with John Ostrander returning to the Suicide Squad. His original run is a modern classic and I look for him to bring some of his magic from that series—as well as the magic he worked on Secret Six #15—into this issue.
Written by Brian Michael Bendis
Art by David Lafuente
Mysterio has had just about enough of Spider-Man, so he sends in the ULTIMATE SPIDER-SLAYER...and sends it right to Peter Parker’s school! All this and the mystery of the Shroud is finally revealed!
Ryan: I had more fun reading Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man than I did almost any other title in 2009, so I’ve got high hopes that this issue will kick-off the New Year right. With things heating up between Spider-Man and Mysterio, plus the reveal of the Shroud’s identity (my money is on Jessica Jones or Kitty Pryde), this could definitely be the book to beat this week!