Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Post-Crisis Comic Book Previews for 07/14/10

There's quite a few noteworthy books on tap for this week in our Post-Crisis Previews.  We've got the conclusion to Grim Hunt over in Amazing Spider-Man, JMS's first issue on Superman, more cosmic goodness in Thanos Imperative and even the long awaited Dell'Otto painted title, X-Force: Sex & Violence.  Hit the jump to find out exactly what Ryan and I will be picking up this week and what we expect from each!

Written by Joe Kelly, Stan Lee & JM DeMatteis
Art by Michael Lark, Marcos Martin & Max Fiumara

THE LAST STAND OF THE KRAVENS! The Grim Hunt ends with a death in the family…but not the family you may think! Spider-Man’s about to learn a violent lesson… that nothing is forever. Plus more on the untold confrontation between Kraven and Kaine and the amazing “Spidey Sunday Feature”!

Kirk: It's hard to believe this storyline is ending with this issue.  It felt like it was setting up for a six issue arc.  I'm curious how they will wrap this up with this final issue.  Will Kraven live?  Will Spider-Man avenge Kaine?  Does Arana become Spider-Girl here? 

Written by Jason Aaron
Art by Adam Kubert

The biggest adventure that Spider-Man and Wolverine have ever been on continues! A major Marvel mystery villain is putting our dynamic duo through hell, pushing them to their absolute limits and ripping their lives apart. But how does this villain have the power to summon enemies like Doom the Living Planet to challenge our heroes? All astonishment brought to you by Jason Aaron (WOLVERINE, PUNISHERMAX) and Adam Kubert (WOLVERINE, ULTIMATE X-MEN)!

Kirk: The first issue was a lot of fun, but a bit lacking on substance.  Wolverine and Spider-Man are on some time travelling adventure, but that's about all we know.  The bi-monthly schedule is killing my enthusiasm as well.  I might trade wait this from here on out if nothing major comes out of this issue.

Written by Christos Gage
Art by Mike McKone

TIME TO MEET THE AVENGERS ACADEMY TEACHERS! Hank Pym, Quicksilver, Tigra, Justice and Speedball (that's right, we said Speedball) are here to mentor the next generation of Earth's Mightiest Heroes...but is one of the students hot for teacher? Plus: Get a glimpse inside the mind of Finesse, the enigmatic polymath who can duplicate any skill but who finds human interaction the most baffling mystery of all! The return of the walking death machine known as Arsenal! Hints at a student's possible connection with a well known Marvel character! Quicksilver gets old school! All this, and one of the kids makes a Faustian bargain!

Ryan: Avengers Academy had a dynamite debut issue last month, which makes this one of the books I’m looking forward to most this week. The new characters were tremendously engaging, so hopefully while this week’s issue will focus on the Academy’s teachers, it won’t take too much time away from the new young heroes—especially after the shocking reveal that they are in the Avengers Academy because of their likelihood to be insanely powerful supervillains.

Written by Bryan Q. Miller
Art by Lee Garbett

It's the end of Batgirl's first year as a member of the Bat-family, and the stakes couldn't be higher! Stephanie Brown must risk her life to break into the Calculator's secret lair in an attempt to save Oracle and all of Gotham City from his techno-plague. And finally, the Calculator's daughter accepts her true destiny!

Ryan: While too many folks were scoffing at the idea of Stephanie Brown as Batgirl, this title used its first year to quickly become one of the top comics in DC’s publishing catalogue. It looks like Miller and Garbett are going to close the first year out with a bang as Stephanie must take down Calculator and save Barbara Gordon. I expect nothing less than awesomeness and I know that I won’t be disappointed.

Written by Grant Morrison
Art by Tony Daniel

Grant Morrison and Tony Daniel re-team to tell the exciting 2-part, untold tale of Bruce Wayne and his adventures between BATMAN R.I.P. and FINAL CRISIS! What happened to Batman – and Dr. Hurt, for that matter – after the devastating events at the climax of R.I.P.? And what secrets within this story point toward THE RETURN OF BRUCE WAYNE?

Ryan: I’m strongly considering not picking this up, despite the fact that it would put a hole in my Batman collection. I’ve never been terribly pleased with Grant Morrison’s run on Batman, but, to me, R.I.P. was tremendously overrated and full of plot holes. While it sounds like this story might fill in some of those gaps, I just don’t have any interest in it. I might pick this up if its essential to The Return of Bruce Wayne, but as of right now, I’m really on the fence.

Kirk: I'm on the fence as well. I'm enjoying Morrison's Batman related work at the moment, but I can't help but think this might be filler or end up like those Final Crisis tie-ins for Batman that didn't really add anything to that event.

Written by Gail Simone
Art by Ed Benes

The explosive first story arc of BIRDS OF PREY continues! Pursued by an unstoppable killer, the Birds are forced to run a gauntlet of insane gang members and corrupt cops out to kill them all while trying to stop a teammate from dying in front of their eyes! The meanest BoP villain yet is calling for blood and won't stop 'til she gets it!

Ryan: After last issue, the Birds are now on the run thanks to the actions of the White Canary, so I expect lots of action in this week’s issue and, hopefully, more fun gags with tagalong villain The Penguin (who had some great scenes with Dove last issue). This title has been absolutely spectacular since the relaunch and is the early favorite for my Book of the Week pick.

Written by Andy Diggle & Antony Johnston
Art by Roberto De La Torre

SHADOWLAND Tie-in Matt Murdock has long played judge and jury to criminals as Daredevil, but has he now become executioner as well?! SHADOWLAND takes over Daredevil and his friends aren’t about to stand by and lose him on the path he seems destined for. A major player joins the battle as Hell’s Kitchen is about to live up to its name once more!

Kirk: Shadowland #1 was a good first issue for this event.  It was exactly what I expected from an event book focused on Daredevil in that it was reader friendly, light on continuity or unnecessary monologuing about the current status quo and heavy on action.  I'm hoping the main Daredevil title will offer some more meat and show us more from Matt's perspective and show us what's going on inside his head compared to the straightforward Shadowland portrayal.

Written by Various
Art by Various

The final issue is here, and you won't want to miss out on the event of the year comes as these acclaimed creators take on everything from Marvel romance to Marvel horror! Join the celebration with veteran creators of both classic Marvel and indie comics, including Marjorie Liu (DARK WOLVERINE), Ann Nocenti (DAREDEVIL) and Carla Speed McNeil (Finder).

Ryan: As Girl Comics comes to a close, I still absolutely hate the name, but I have enjoyed this anthology miniseries quite as a bit as Marvel has assembled an awesome group of female creators for some really great stories. As with most anthologies, it has a lot of ups-and-downs, but in the long run, I’ve enjoyed the unique vision presented in the last few issues a lot more than I have some of Marvel’s other recent anthology titles.

Written by J. Michael Straczynski
Art by Eddy Barrows

J. Michael Straczynski begins his highly anticipated run on SUPERMAN! After the devastating events of WAR OF THE SUPERMEN, how can Superman possibly continue his battle for Truth, Justice and the American Way? Find out here in ""Grounded"" part 1 and get in on the starting line of a modern-classic SUPERMAN story!

Ryan: I was really interested in the opening arc of JMS’s run on Superman when it was first announced, but the snippet we saw in Superman #700 didn’t sit well with me. I’ve never been the biggest Superman fan, but there was just something “off” about how he was presenting the character. I’ll give it a flip through, but its going to need to “wow” me off the bat or I won’t be leaving the store with it.

Kirk: We've had some discussions on the new direction JMS is taking Superman in his Grounded arc, most of it negative, but I'm not going to write it off without having read anything (well, I've technically read the 'preview' in Superman #700).  I'll give it one issue.  

Written by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning
Art by Miguel Angel Sepulveda

Thanos...Nova...Silver Surfer...Quasar...Gladiator...the cosmic heavy-hitters take the stage as Marvel's latest sci-fi saga rockets onwards! A rival universe where life is the ultimate curse--and reality is determined by twisted, monolithic gods--is gouging into our own! Even the great abstract figures of creation like Oblivion and Eternity have taken up arms! What possible significance can Star-Lord and his band of misfit heroes hope to have? And how will the Mad Titan Thanos chose to take his stand?

Ryan: It’s more of a great cosmic event and it’s written by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning. Do you really need to know anything beyond that? I say, “No, friend, you do not. You know that is the perfect blend of awesomeness.”

Kirk: Excellent first issue kicked off the event, but the previews for this second issue stole the show by showing Galactus and other primordial gods rallying to fight back against the Cancerverse forces.  This has given the book a truly epic feel and I'm dying to find out what happens next.

Written by Brian Michael Bendis
Art by David Lafuente

Guess what? That ain't Peter Parker! But it is Peter's worst nightmare. Someone has taken Peter's place in the world, his likeness, his everything, and he is--well--he is doing some damage! You won't believe the mayhem that goes down in this issue!

Ryan: A shape-shifting villain has taken over Peter Parker’s identity? Meh. I wasn’t impressed when they did this with Chameleon last year in Amazing Spider-Man. Of course, with Bendis at the helm, the quality character work and fun interaction could make up for the less-than-thrilling premise. This series has yet to disappoint me, so even though I’m not wowed by the solicitation, I’m still pretty pumped for this one.

Written by Matt Fraction
Art by Whilce Portacio, Jamie McKelvie, and Steven Sanders

Hot on the heels of SECOND COMING, see how the X-Men fit into the Marvel Universe as a whole. Three stories by Matt Fraction and artists Whilce Portacio (UNCANNY X-MEN), Jamie McKelvie (SIEGE: LOKI) and Steven Sanders (S.W.O.R.D.) taking you all around the Marvel Universe!

Ryan: There are three reasons and three reasons alone for me to pick this up. 1) Steven Sanders absolutely killed on S.W.O.R.D. with his unique flair and great storytelling. 2) I’ve never read a book with art by Jamie McKelvie, but I’m constantly impressed with the preview pages I see online. This seems like a good place to start. 3) Molly freakin’ Hayes graces the cover and I’m having some serious Runaways withdrawals.

Kirk: I didn't even pay attention to this until I saw Ryan had it on his pull list.  Not a huge fan of Portacio's art, but both McKelvie and Sanders handling duties on this?  I'm sold.  Hopefully the shop has some extra copies lying around.

Written by Craig Kyle and Chris Yost
Art by Gabriele Dell’Otto

Just when you thought it was over, we pull you back in—it's the X-Force story everyone's been talking about, finally delivered! Wolverine and Domino have always had a special relationship, but everything goes upside down when the Assassins Guild puts out a hit on our gun wielding bombshell. Why do they want her dead? And more importantly, how many people have to die before Wolverine and Domino can spend some quality time together?

Ryan: I’ve been waiting on this one for a while. Kyle and Yost have done some great work with Domino in the past and it will be cool to see them really push the envelope in this series. Plus, Dell’Otto interiors should look pretty dang good, even if he’ll be drawing a furry little man knocking boots with an extra pale assassin.

Kirk: Gabriele Dell'Otto is the reason to get this.  Yost & Kyle doing some Domino and Wolverine centric work is just icing on the cake.  

Written by Various
Art by Various

The end is here. Sacrifices have been made. The most dangerous and successful attempt at the extermination of mutants is upon us. Who will walk away?

Ryan: We know that the vast majority of the X-Men make it out of Second Coming thanks to stories that have take place after this issue, as well as the solicitations for the rest of the summer and early fall. We also know that Hope defeated Bastion last issue. So, what is left to tell? Aside from some explanation of Hope’s powers and the new breakdown of X-Teams, I can’t imagine there is a lot of story left for this issue to tell.

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Ryan K Lindsay said...

Ryan, I suggest you take your BatDollars off #701 and invest into something perhaps a little more creator owned (especially seeing as I'm sure you would like people to support your possible future endeavours perhaps you should give something back first...?) and the second issue of The Sixth Gun by Cullen Bunn hits shelves this week and it's debut was a FCBD offering and easily the best thing of that day, by far.

Anonymous said...

how long was it since the last thanos imperative? it feels, like forever, should be a great week for comics, birds of prey, USM, Thanos Imperative, daredevil, and girl comics, i wonder which one will come out on top

twobitspecialist said...

My two cents:

Amazing Spider-man - I hope no hopes for this storyline. Marvel always does shoddy resolutions when it comes to its flagship character.

Avengers Academy - I enjoyed the first issue. I'd like to see some reactions to the revelation to last issue.

Batgirl - That cover is amazing.

Birds of Prey and Girl Comics - like someone else said on the TWC comments, DC has been put out great comics headlined by women: Power-Girl, Zatanna, Super-girl, Bat-girl, and of course Birds of Prey. Marvel's shtick is that 2010 is "celebrating the woman" year, and yet they've CANCELED both Spider-Woman and Ms. Marvel.

Daredevil - Might pick this one up since I'm getting Shadowland. Seems like required reading.

And three X-books? That's in addition to the two from last week. How many are there?

Didn't Domino die during Fall of the Hulks or something (I know She-Hulk did)?

Flip The Page said...

@twobitspecialist She-Hulk did not die. Domino did not die. both are fine.

Anyway, BATGIRL! One of DC's 4 best titles at present (Red Robin, Batgirl, Secret Six AND Power Girl, though the last of which may drop at any moment) finally finishes year one. It's soon to enter BATMAN ROBW tie-ins I hear, but honestly if people don't jump on with issue 13 they're missing out (i wouldn't recommend issue 12 because that's the end of a fairly chunky arc).

... Okay that's all I got. sleep now. unwell

Anonymous said...


I just saw the preview for Batman 701, and it rocks!!! I really missed the narrative in the always impressive Bruce Wayne by Morrison.

That missing piece between RIP and final crisis I have been waiting for ages!!! Thanks the DC gods for letting us having this... Finally!!!

And the art by Tony Daniel seems to be at his best.

I bet that Batman 701 will be among the top 10 for this month.


Dennis N said...

What happened to Domino and Cable? Dude sacrifices himself and literally one week later she's with Wolverine, for no other reason than he sells so many comics? And hell, I thought he had a girlfriend? That normal girl from San Fran.

Anonymous said...


hey man I'm with you on batman 701, I just read the toughts of bruce wayne while he is getting out of the choppa and it is awesome how a bad-ass he is!

I think Morrison is writing the best Batman he has given us so far and it is only getting better!!!

I hope he does not leave Batman soon as the title will be loosing a lot of happy readers like me!


Kirk Warren said...

@Dennis N - Domino wasnt Cable's girlfriend at this point in time. They havent had a thing for a while. And this painted series is either set earlier in X-Force's series or an undisclosed timeframe. It's been in the works for like 2 years and it's just going to be a self-contained story.

Anonymous said...

morrisonites... how original

Anonymous said...

I like it more when Daniel draws than when he writes... he is not near to the morrison league. Hopefully he will leave batman before more readers get scared with his run.

Dennis N said...

I get it now, but I still wanna know why Wolverine's girlfriend hasn't been mentioned in months.

That and I'm tired of Wolverine getting all these women. I just don't think it makes sense.

Anonymous said...

I heard David finch will launch a new bat title: Batman Dark Knight, and i think that is an epic fail. He is going to write and draw. I do not see the need to have more bat books.

Anonymous said...

@anonymous 12: how can you judge something that has not been even published yet? they have not even pitched a preview of this!!!

You have a good point, there are so many bat books but a lot of them have been great and some excellent, want some examples?:

Excellent: batman and robin, return of bruce wayne, red robin, streets of gotham, batgirl
Good: detective comics
Bad:batman before #700

Ivan said...

Has Finch ever written a comic before? I'm not trying to be snarky, I honestly have no idea.

Anonymous said...

no sir, he hasnot... and looking at the run of daniel and the upcoming run of batwoman by Williams, I do not think that there is going to be a good run by an inexperienced writer-artist

Kirk Warren said...

@Anonymous #15 - Williams at least has experience collaborating with other writers and will only be co-writing Batwoman with W. Haden Blackman (1st arc) and Amy Reeder Hadley (second arc). I have much more faith in that project.

Kirk Warren said...

Oops,sorry, mistake ont hat last one. Haden is cowriting and Amy will handle art on the second. Really need an edit button one of these days. But the poitn still stands, Williams will have some help with his writing. The other artist cum writers will not.

Eric Rupe said...

Actually, Williams has done some co-writing before on Chase and Legends of the Dark Knight so he's not completely inexperienced.

Anonymous said...

@Kirk: any idea of when is batwoman coming out? I mean the Williams run? Having seen how it works it will be delayed at least for early next year

Anonymous said...

Morrison's Batman us unlike anything the title has ever been in years. It's a monster, epic run full of symbolism and excellent character writing and scary villains. I would not miss any of his issues.

Anonymous said...


@anonymous 20: I could not have expressed better myself; what Morrison is doing with batman is akin to that Scott Pilgrim phrase: "it is an epic epi of epicness"

twobitspecialist said...

Anon #9 - Lol. Morrisonites. Yep, they seem to be out in force.

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