Tuesday, June 8, 2010
I'm flying solo this week with a slightly delayed installment of the Post-Crisis Previews as Kirk is taking the night off. Want to know what comics I'll be picking up this week and what my early impressions are? Hit the jump to find out!
Written by Christos Gage
Art by Mike McKone
Determined to keep the tradition alive, founding Avenger Hank Pym leads a core team of veteran heroes in creating a place where the next generation of Earth's Mightiest can be trained by the greatest of those who preceded them. An institution where everyone who has ever been an Avenger can share their skill, knowledge and experience. The future is in their hands...and in the hands of the six young superhumans chosen to make up the inaugural class. But who are they? And what dark secret will turn their world--and potentially the entire Marvel Universe--upside down by the end of the issue? If you think this is just another teen hero book...the last page shocker will prove you wrong! Writer Christos Gage (AVENGERS: THE INITIATIVE) and superstar artist Mike McKone (AMAZING SPIDER-MAN) unite to bring you a bold new era of greatness!
Ryan: While I’d rather see a fulltime ongoing Young Avengers comic round out the Avengers lineup, I’m certainly not going to argue with Christos Gage and Mike McKone’s Avengers Academy. You’ve got a solid premise, interesting new characters, and a superb creative team. I look for this comic to be criminally underestimated, but tremendously satisfying…much like Avengers: Initiative was before Secret Invasion killed all interest I had in it.
Written by Bryan Q. Miller
Art by Lee Garbett
In part 3 of ""The Flood,"" Oracle faces off against the Calculator, while Batgirl is forced to team up with the Calculator's daughter in an attempt to save the citizens of Gotham City from a crippling techno-plague. But who will save Batgirl from an infected and rampaging Man-Bat?
Ryan: It still shocks me that so few people are buying and talking about how awesome this comic is, as it has become one of the single best comics released by DC these days. While everyone else has been focused elsewhere apparently, Bryan Q. Miller and Lee Garbett have created a wonderful comic that is well worth your cash. Last issue ended Batgirl alone against nanite-infected zombie-esque folks like Man-Bat and Huntress, and I cannot wait to see how she gets herself out of this deadly situation. I suspect it will involve some solid action and a lot of great personality—the hallmarks of this series.
Written by Grant Morrison
Art by Various
Grant Morrison returns to BATMAN with this oversized special! And he's brought an all-star roster of artists along with him including Andy Kubert, Tony Daniel and Frank Quitely to celebrate this milestone 700th issue featuring stories spotlighting each of the Batmen from different eras — Bruce Wayne, Dick Grayson and Damian Wayne. You won't want to miss this blockbuster story that paves the way for the return of Bruce Wayne!
Ryan: The first time we saw Damian as Batman (Batman #666), it was one of the worst comics Grant Morrison had put together during his run on the title (second only to that horrible prose Joker story, which should never have made it out of DC Editorial). Since then Damian has become a much more interesting and well-rounded character, so I’m interested in seeing where Morrison takes this, though if we are going to see stories from multiple eras of Batman, I’d rather see multiple writers to truly celebrate the concept rather than just Morrison, who will no-doubt peddle his own self-congratulatory approach that has plagued his time with the Dark Knight.
Written by Mike Costa and Christos Gage
Art by Sergio Carrera
NOW AN ONGOING SERIES! After the revelation of a major character on the last page of the previous issue, what can you possibly expect from this issue of G.I. Joe: Cobra? How about the revelation of ANOTHER major character on the FIRST page? Costa and Gage begin an all-new storyline in a book that continues to dazzle readers and defy expectations.
Ryan: I picked up the full run of GI Joe: Cobra during a Free Comic Book Day sale at my local comic book shop and was hooked from the beginning. The creative team put together a great companion piece to Chuck Dixon’s great main series. This issue promises the return of Serpentor, one of the most ridiculous characters to come out of the regularly ridiculous GI Joe cartoon. I have no idea how Costa and Gage will fit him into the more grounded and realistic take that on the franchise that IDW has put together, but I can’t wait to find out!
Written by Jonathan Hickman
Art by Dustin Weaver
Why don't we know about the first super heroes of the Marvel Universe? Leonardo Da Vinci, Imhotep, Sir Issac Newton, Nostradamus and Galileo are among the members of the Brotherhood of the Shield and have saved us all countless times. What events did they set in motion that still affect the Marvel U today? Do not miss the book that will be talked about for the next ten years.
Ryan: SHIELD #1 burst onto the scene two months ago and immediately polarized fans with its revisionist approach to the history of the Marvel Universe. Personally, I was totally blown away by the issue, which is one of my favorite comics of the year thus far. While I’m disappointed it took so long for the second issue to drop, I cannot wait to see where insane concepts Hickman and Weaver are going to offer up this time, especially with the surprising appearance from the seemingly time-displaced Leonardo da Vinci, Agent of SHIELD that closed out the first issue.
Written by Gail Simone
Art by Jim Calafiore
It's the bloody (and we mean bloody) conclusion to the ""Cat in the Cradle"" arc! Catman rages against those that have been trying to destroy his life. Will tensions within the Six force them to leave Catman to fend for himself? And is someone leaving the team? Let's hope not!
Ryan: This storyline has been Gail Simone at her darkest, as she has put Catman in the midst of one of the bloodiest and most disturbing “superhero” stories in some time. Naturally, it has also been bloody brilliant and full of quirky personality. I’m guessing we will see more of the same here, plus hopefully we will see more of Jeanette and Bane’s “Substitute Six” as their first appearance last issue was ridiculously awesome. I mean, come on, how can you not love a team that includes Z-list villains like King Shark and Lady Vic?
Written by Brian Michael Bendis
Art by David Lafuente
After the shocking drama surrounding Kitty Pryde is exposed, an edict is made: ""No more super heroes!!"" Will Peter and his friends be able to keep the costumes off?? Especially when J. Jonah Jameson reveals himself to be the biggest threat Spidey has faced in years? Looking for a Spidey adventure you've never seen before? Look no further as Eisner-nominated writer Brian Michael Bendis and fan-favorite artist David Lafuente, bring you another blockbuster story!
Ryan: Things have been getting considerably worse for Spider-Man and his ragtag group of superhero pals, which all came to a head last issue with Kitty Pryde’s violent eruption after being chased from school by federal agents. I’m interested to see the fallout from that, though I’m also curious about Ultimate J. Jonah Jameson. If he is anything like the regular version, I can’t imagine things will be getting any better for Spider-Man and his “amazing friends.”
Written by Matt Fraction
Art by Terry Dodson
Things have never been worse for the X-Men. They're stuck in an impregnable dome of Bastion's creation. As if that's not bad enough, inside this dome is a portal to the Days of Future Past timeline through which thousands of Nimrod Sentinels are pouring. Cyclops has sent Cable, Cypher and X-Force on a suicide mission into the future to destroy the portal, but do they stand a chance?
Ryan: I don’t think that I realized that this story was directly tying into Days of the Future Past, despite picking up the allusions to it. I think that is a cool place to branch from, though it will be interesting to see how far Matt Fraction goes with that now that X-Force has been sent to the future to stop the onslaught of Sentinels from destroying the trapped X-Men and all of San Francisco in the process. Fraction’s X-Men are always hit-and- miss with me, but the chances that I’ll enjoy it always go up with the art is done by Terry and Rachel Dodson. Even though things look bleak for the mutants, I’ve actually got a good feeling about this.
Written by Sean McKeever
Art by David Baldeon
The patriotic girl without a world in need of a home. The insecure newbie striving to be a better super hero. The illegal immigrant with a tortured past and a dream. The disillusioned Midwesterner desperate for direction. The veteran team player given a second lease on life. Five heroes against tyranny in all its forms. Five students pushing to make the grade. Five friends together on the road to adulthood. They are NOMAD, ARANA, TORO, GRAVITY and FIRESTAR--the YOUNG ALLIES! But even their combined might may not be enough to take on the team of teen terrors known as the BASTARDS OF EVIL!
Ryan: Having skipped over the recent Nomad miniseries and only having a passing familiarity with the characters (the existing ones anyway), I’m not entirely sold on the concept of the series. I am, however, a huge fan of Sean McKeever, particularly when it comes to his teen superhero work. Since I have room on my pull list now that I’ve dropped Teen Titans (which I was only reading for McKeever’s Ravager co-feature), I might have room for this comic, should it live up to the potential of its creative team.