Tuesday, April 13, 2010
The inmates continue to run the asylum here at Weekly Crisis as Kirk continues to take some time off. That means I’ll be flying solo once again on this week’s Post-Crisis Previews. To make up for Kirk’s absence I’m bringing you an extra-sized dose of previews as I take a look at my pull list for this week and provide commentary. Sound interesting? I figured it would. Hit the jump to find out more!
Written by Bryan Q. Miller
Art by Lee Garbett
The conclusion to ""Batgirl Rising"" begins here with part one of the four-part ""Flood"" storyline! A string of bizarre, technology-based ""suicides"" gets the attention of both Batgirl and Oracle, but for very different reasons. And the two heroes will soon realize that they're the real targets of a nefarious madman Hell-bent on revenge...
Ryan: Isn’t this issue supposed to be the conclusion to the Red Robin/Batgirl crossover? I’m so confused. Not that it matters because Bryan Q. Miller and Lee Garbett have been kicking all kinds of ass with this series. This has quickly become one of the strongest comics in DC stable, so no matter what story they are going to tell, I’m excited for it.
Written by Tony Daniel
Art by Guillem March
Only two months until BATMAN #700! As the landmark issue nears, Dick Grayson's life as The Dark Knight heats up in a big way. With Black Mask out of the way for good, the Falcone crime family attempts to fill that void – with no regard for the safety of Gotham City's citizens! And what's going on with the Riddler?
Ryan: What is going on with the Riddler, indeed! I’ve been really confused about what DC’s plans for the characters are and why a chance is necessary. I’d like to see him stay Paul Dini’s pet character, but it will be interesting to see what Daniel does with him here. I’m also hoping that we’ll see some of Catwoman and Catgirl in action since the Falcone’s will be stepping in to fill the void left by Black Mask. It’ll be interesting to see how this issue plays out creatively as well, as Daniel is writing for an artist that isn’t himself for the first time in his DC career.
Written by Geoff Johns and Peter Tomasi
Art by Fernando Pasarin
The biggest event in comics continues as BRIGHTEST DAY burns back the BLACKEST NIGHT! Although the threat of Nekron appears to be over, the effects that the already classic BLACKEST NIGHT will have on the DC Universe will be felt for years to come. This issue not only sets the stage for the new ongoing bi-weekly DC Universe book, BRIGHTEST DAY, but also the next exciting era of the DC Universe!
Ryan: I’ll just be testing the water with this issue. I can’t say that I’m tremendously interested in any of the main Brightest Day characters except Firestorm, so if this issue is mainly focused on folks like Aquaman and the hero formerly known as Deadman, I might not be on board with this high-commitment title.
Written by Josh Howard
Art by Josh Howard
Nara's old nemesis Violet returns and she wants revenge. But when the truth about Violet's resurrection is revealed, Nara must confront an ugly secret within the Zodiac. Meanwhile, Asia finds herself captive of the terrible Witch Queen.
Ryan: The first issue of this miniseries was a great payoff for longtime fans of this franchise. With both Violet and Asia returning, I expect more of the same in this issue. Howard definitely knows how to deliver for his fans, so I’m pretty sure I’ll dig the crap out of this issue.
Written by Geoff Johns
Art by Francis Manapul
A BRIGHTEST DAY tie-in! Get in on the ground floor of DC's next epic in the making! The Flash races out of BLACKEST NIGHT and into his own monthly title as the all-new adventures of The Fastest Man Alive start with ""Case One: The Dastardly Death of the Rogues!"" Barry Allen runs back to his life in Central City, but when one of the Rogues turns up murdered under mysterious circumstances, it's up to The Flash to not only solve this bizarre crime, but protect those that are still targeted by the elusive killer. Plus, don't miss a peek into the future of the Flash universe in this special, extra-sized starting point issue!
Ryan: I’m of the generation that has always seen Wally West as the Flash and so it has been really hard for me to get accustomed to Barry Allen being back—especially since every time I’ve seen him, Geoff Johns has mostly written him as Hal Jordan’s boring pal. That puts me firmly on the fence with picking up this issue, though the draw of Francis Manapul might be enough to get me to pick this one up.
Written by JT Krul
Art by Federico Dallocchio
""The Fall of Green Arrow"" continues with Oliver Queen as a fugitive from justice. But what happens when the Justice League of America learn of his crime? The Emerald Archer's relationship with the World's Greatest Heroes will never be the same.
Ryan: You can just call me a glutton for punishment here. I absolutely HATE the current direction of Green Arrow, but I’m still considering picking this up. If for nothing else, I’m interested in seeing what they do with Speedy though that might not be enough to get me to throw down my hard earned money to see one of my characters desecrated by a storyline that screams ill-conceived editorial mandate.
Written by Bryan JL Glass
Art by Victor Santos
As the druids prepare for their ceremony which King Icarus believes will elevate him to godhood, all paths converge on the capital city of Dealrach Ard-Vale. As Karic launches his audacious plan to confront his destiny, Cassius is reunited with his own squad of loyal Templar. Leito strikes an unexpected alliance. And Mornae comes face-to-face with the horrific Snake god!
Ryan: Things got incredibly intense towards the end of issue #8, so I expect all sorts of insanity in this issue as Karic plays his endgame against King Icarus and the various plot threads that Bryan JL Glass has expertly woven throughout this story start drawing together. We are almost at the conclusion to this volume and I expect it will be closing out with a bang. This is definitely going to be a “can’t miss” comic.
Written by Zeb Wells
Art by Ibraim Roberson
Fall of a New Mutant?! The X-Men are hot on the trail of Cable and Hope and meet Bastion's forces head-on, in the form of Bastion's capo William Stryker and his Purifier army. Stryker's forces score one casualty early, but who wins the battle? At the same time the New Mutants are hitting Bastion's second-in-command, Cameron Hodge. But going up against Hodge and 100 of his soldiers is way out of their league and one of them won't walk away from it.
Ryan: I’ve never been a huge fan of Zeb Wells and I don’t have a ton of interest in the New Mutants. On the flipside of that, I’ve been very pleased with Second Coming so far, which has me pretty excited about this one. It looks like one of the New Mutants is going to die in this issue, though I’m not even sure who is on the team at this point. Yowza.
Written by Gail Simon
Art by Jim Calafiore
Catman heads off to the African continent to find the three men who kidnapped his long lost son! He's been pushed to the very limit, so when the rest of the Secret Six come to his aid, don't be surprised if Catman decides to kill off his teammates as well!
Ryan: One of the things that I love about Secret Six is Gail Simone’s ability to seamlessly switch between very fun character-focused jaunts and simply disturbing and violent scenarios. I expect a lot of the latter in this issue as Catman goes on the hunt for the men who took he and Chesire’s son. This should be ten kinds of awesome.
Written by Christos Gage
Art by Federico Dallacchio
In Siege: Captain America, from Christos Gage and Federico Dallocchio, learn more about the role of Bucky Barnes and Steve Rogers in this war and how it will define their relationship! With interconnecting covers by superstar Marko Djurdjevic, these all new stories provide insight into the major players of Siege and set the stage for the dramatic Siege finale!
Ryan: I’ve really only been impressed with one issue of Siege and normally I avoid these tie-in one shots, so I’m really not sure about this one. Christos Gage is one of the best writers in comics and he has done wonders with Captain America in the past, which is the only thing pulling me towards this issue. This is going to require an in-store flip-through before I make up my mind.
Written by Sean McKeever
Art by Mahmud Asrar
In Siege: Young Avengers, from Sean McKeever and Mahmud A. Asrar, the Young Avengers take center stage as Wiccan and Patriot are pushed to their limits! With interconnecting covers by superstar Marko Djurdjevic, these all new stories provide insight into the major players of Siege and set the stage for the dramatic Siege finale!
Ryan: As mentioned above, Siege has been pretty hit-or-miss with me and I normally avoid these tie-in one-shots, but how can I pass up on Sean McKeever and Mahmud Asrar teaming up on a Young Avengers book? If we couldn’t get Young Avengers masterminds Allen Heinberg and Jim Cheung back on board for an ongoing (which we clearly cannot), this creative team would definitely be at the top of my wish-list of creative teams. This should be pretty awesome!