Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Post-Crisis Comic Book Previews for 11/10/10

Post-Crisis Previews coming at you.  We've got Big Time starting in Amazing Spider-Man, the Return of Bruce Wayne wrapping up, Thanos Imperative's conclusion and more this week.  Hit the jump and find out what Ryan and I will be buying and our thoughts and expectations for each!

Written by Dan Slott
Art by Humberto Ramos

BIG TIME BEGINS! Big changes are happening for the Amazing Spider-Man: Bigger threats, bigger guest-stars, and a big opportunity that could turn Peter Parker's life around! Which cast members are staying and who's saying goodbye? Find out as we're introduced to new characters and reintroduced to a number of Spidey villains as they make the triumphant return to the book! Plus: New developments for Mayor J. Jonah Jameson, the staff at Front Line, and The Sinister Six! The next chapter in Spider-Man history starts here! Guest starring THE AVENGERS and THE FANTASTIC FOUR in a giant-sized, 39 page lead feature! PLUS! An All-New Adventure featuring the All-New SPIDER-GIRL! PAUL TOBIN & CLAYTON HENRY bring a tale of action & intrigue, and make a strong argument for why you can sometimes send a Spider-GIRL to do a Spider-MAN's job...

Ryan: I dropped Amazing Spider-Man after the quality to quanitity ratio got out of balance midway through The Gauntlet storyline. I simply couldn’t justify picking up the series three times a month when only one out of every five or six issues was all that great to me. That being said, I’ve missed the ol’ wall-crawler and I’m excited to jump on board with Dan Slott and Humberto Ramos (one of my favorite artists)—even if its still a twice monthly expense. Plus, even though I’m in the minority on this, I’m glad to see Peter with Carlie Cooper!

Kirk: I dropped Amazing Spider-Man (again) midway through One Moment in Time, but I'll be picking this issue up specifically for the Spider-Girl story.  I'll likely stay for an arc or two with Slott now as the sole writer. 

Written by Tim Seeley
Art by Salvador Espin

Two of Marvel's smallest heroes must join forces and get over one BIG elephant-in-the-room! Eric O'Grady once STOLE the Ant-Man suit from Hank Pym. But now, Eric is the only one who knows about a secret AIM plot to steal Pym's greatest invention! Can the two men get along long enough to save the soul of the former GOLIATH, Bill Foster? Tim Seeley, creator of 'Hack/Slash' brings us the big story of the two smallest Avengers! And make sure you check out this adventure before the astonishing events of AVENGERS ACADEMY #7 next month!

Ryan: I’m really on the fence with this miniseries. On one hand, I really don’t want to take on any more books than I already am, but on the flipside, Tim Seeley is a fantastic writer and I’d love to see what he can do with Eric O’Grady (a character that hasn’t been the same since the original Robert Kirkman/Phil Hester series that was criminally overlooked). Plus, Salva Espin impressed me with his work on Generation Akira…I mean Generation Hope last week. This will be in an in-store decision.

Written by Bryan Q. Miller
Art by Dustin Nguyen

It's a new year and a new look for Batgirl as superstar artist Dustin Nguyen (DETECTIVE COMICS) joins the creative team! The unsinkable Stephanie Brown's second semester at Gotham U. starts like any other - new classes, new allies, a vigilante stalker - everything a gal could want! But what Gotham City's Batgirl isn't prepared for is the arrival of the mysterious 'Order of the Scythe.' Who are they, and why have they set their sights on her? 'The Lesson' begins here!

Ryan: My love for Bryan Q. Miller’s Batgirl series is well-documented and I’ve been a huge fan of Dustin Nguyen for years now. As much as I hate to see Lee Garbett leaving this series, I could not ask for a better replacement. This should be an excellent jumping on point for new readers and I highly recommend you give it a shot if you haven’t before. I can guarantee this series is so much better than you’d ever expect—it’s easily amongst DC’s finest titles!

Written by Grant Morrison
Art by Lee Garbett

Grant Morrison and BATGIRL artist Lee Garbett deliver the final chapter of this time-spanning epic! With Bruce Wayne just steps away from returning to present day Gotham City, the timestream might have a few more surprises in store for The Dark Knight! Do not miss this issue, as it paves the way for the shocking future era of Batman!

Ryan: Honestly, with all of the Road Home one-shots behind us, plus Batman and Robin last week, I’ve lost all interest in this storyline. Bruce Wayne is back and ready to kick criminal tail once again. I really don’t care about him being a time displaced super weapon or anything like that at this point. I’d probably skip this if not for the art from Lee Garbett, who kicked all sorts of ass on Batgirl over the last year.

Kirk: Gonna have to agree with Ryan here.  Batman and Robin rocked the house for me last week with the conclusion to the Hurt story adn whole Batman Incorporated reveal and the Road Home one-shots have pretty much killed all the suspense and momentum from Return of Bruce Wayne.  I'll still be picking this up, but going to take a lot to get me excited about it again.

Written by Gail Simone
Art by Alvin Lee
Dinah Lance struggles to clear herself of murder charges, leaving Huntress and Lady Blackhawk in Thailand to face the invincible Shiva without the aid of the Black Canary! And a major moment occurs in the lives of Hawk and Dove!

Ryan: Birds of Prey has been a tad disjointed since returning earlier this year, which has been hard for a lot of longtime fans to swallow. The character work has been as solid as ever, but the plotting has been quite haphazard. I’m hoping that things turn around for the series starting with this issue, as I’d love to see this once-mighty book return to being one of DC’s strongest books.

Written by Peter Tomasi
Art by Fernando Pasarin

Green Lantern battles Green Lantern and a new villain storms the scene. But what are his plans and what association does he have with a tiny, mysterious hooded figure? Plus, Guy Gardner's rage boils up!

Ryan: This series has been surprisingly slow out of the gate, but things started to pick up last month with Bleez joining Guy Gardner’s quest after a stop off to visit the Blue Lanterns. So far we have only seen setup, but if things start coming together to form a more concrete plot, this series will finally start reaching towards its potential and could be very hard to beat. Will it happen in this issue? I sure hope so.

Written by Paul Cornell
Art by Jimmy Broxton

In this second issue, our trusty heroes venture into rural England - or as they know it, home. But when someone starts using dangerous dark magic, they spring into action only to face a surprising and unassuming enemy. Can they take down a powerful magical enemy and still make it home for supper?

Ryan: The first Knight and Squire issue was a perfect introduction to the British dynamic duo, though it surprised me by not really setting up the overarching plot of the miniseries. It felt more like a very strong one-shot or the start to an ongoing series. Of course, none of this matters because it was bloody brilliant. Hopefully Paul Cornell and Jimmy Broxton can repeat that magic this week, as I’m quick to consider this one of the frontrunners for this week’s Rankings. If you haven’t picked up the first issue, you definitely should so that you are well-prepped for what could easily be this week’s Book of the Week.

Written by Fabian Nicieza
Art by Marcus To

How does the return of Bruce Wayne and the beginning of Batman, Inc. work into Red Robin's plan to initiate an international stranglehold on crime? If Batman approves of everything Red Robin has set in motion, what will he do when his protégé decides to release the gang-leader-and-maybe-undercover-cop Lynx from prison? And guess which surprise guest star you'll see when Red Robin takes a quick trip to Hong Kong!

Ryan: Tim Drake Red Robin has really become a better surrogate Batman than Dick Grayson did during Bruce Wayne’s absence, so it will be interesting to see how the return of the original Caped Crusader will the intricate plans that Tim has built to crush crime in Gotham and beyond in the most systematic way possible. I’m glad to see that we’ll see more of Lynx here, as her few appearances so far in Fabian Nicieza’s run on this title have been incredibly intriguing. While books like Knight and Squire certainly have a chance to unseat it, Red Robin is the book to beat this week!

Written by Harrison Wilcox
Art by Ryan Stegman

SPINNING OUT OF WORLD WAR HULKS! THE SENSATIONAL SHE-HULK RETURNS! Jen Walters teams up with LYRA, the all-new SAVAGE SHE-HULK, to bring the hurt down on the fugitive members of THE INTELLIGENCIA. Klaw, Mad Thinker, Red Ghost, Trapster, and Wizard tried to take over the world and now must pay for what they've done. Guest starring THE INCREDIBLE HULK in this all-new story of She-Hulk smackdown!

Ryan: To be truthful, I have only read a handful of She-Hulk comics and I can’t say that I’ve ever really enjoyed any of them. The character has just never really appealed to me. You are probably asking yourself why I’d pick up this issue then and I don’t blame you. The truth is, I’m only picking this up because it features one of my favorite artists in the industry today, Ryan Stegman. If you’ve seen any of his work lately, you’ll understand why I don’t care what book he is drawing, I’m not going to miss it!

Written by John Jackson Miller
Art by Federico Dallocchio

Jedi Knight Kerra Holt thought she was prepared for anything that could happen on the volunteer mission that took her deep into Sith space. But now, trapped behind enemy lines, Kerra looks toward a life without the support of the Republic...and if her headstrong ways continue to lead her actions, she may end up without any support at all!

Ryan: The debut of the newest Star Wars series, Knight Errant, wasn’t terribly interesting and lacked the hook that most of Dark Horse’s comics in this franchise have built upon. I was pretty disappointed by it, but my love of the franchise is going to trump that this week as I give this one another shot. I definitely think that there is some potential for the adventures of Kerra Holt; I just hope this book finds it sooner rather than later.

Written by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning
Art by Miguel Sepulveda

Nova, Star-Lord, the Guardians of the Galaxy and more make their valiant last stand in this, the end...of everything! The war against the abominable Cancerverse reaches its climax. Only Thanos can decide the fate of two universes - but what choice will he make? Star-Lord believes he can use The Mad Titan as a weapon, but when you've deployed a weapon that absolute, can you ever stop it again? The staggering and shocking finale to the cosmic event of the year comes here.

Ryan: This, in theory, should be the big one! With no announcements being made on the future of Marvel’s cosmic arm, this could very well be the swansong for its architects Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning. These two have made Marvel’s space-faring heroes the cream of the publishing crop and with this final issue, all of that build-up comes to a head. Which side will Thanos choose? Who will survive? How long am I going to have to wait for new Nova comics? Wednesday can’t come soon enough for the answers to these questions!

Kirk: There's a lot left to do in this cosmic story with only this final issue to wrap it all up.  I have faith Abnett and Lanning will be able to finish this event off strong and consider this my most anticipated book this week.

THOR #617
Written by Matt Fraction
Art by Pasqual Ferry

THE WORLD EATERS continue their rampage down the World Tree on an unstoppable blitz to Asgard. The magnificient residents of the nine worlds flee their rampage...coming to Asgard for protection. Can the Fallen City protect the exiles of seven worlds from an unimaginable evil? And what on earth is Thor doing in Paris? And who has he found there...? You wouldn't believe us if we told you.

Ryan: After bursting onto the scene with a great debut issue, the Matt Fraction/Pasqual Ferry era on Thor ran into some rocky territory last month with its second outing. This storyline has a great high concept, but Fraction needs to stay focused and grounded in his exploration of it, or this will run into the same issues that last month’s disjointed issue did. I’m hoping for the best, but I’m approaching it with caution.

Written by Jonathan Hickman
Art by Carlos Pacheco

As Asgard celebrates victory, rumblings of Ragnorok near. What shocking revelation will the All-Father unveil to his chosen son? And what does Baron Zemo have in store for the gods? Jonathan Hickman (SHIELD) and Carlos Pacheco (Ultimate Avengers) rock out another thrilling tale of Thor's thunderous debut!

Kirk: Loved the first issue of this.  It featured frost giants in nazi uniforms attacking Asgard during ragnarok.  That's the kind of crazy stuff I read comics for in the first place! 

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twobitspecialist said...

No Avengers: Children's Crusade #3? Are you guys trade waiting it?

Ryan K Lindsay said...

The thing I don't get with the Return of BW is that we all always knew he was going to come back, right? The title of the series confirmed it, and then titles like Batman Inc were solicited which confirmed it more.

The what was never in question, it was only ever the how. If it's been a good story then you should care about the how. That's what this situation feels like to me, if there's no point in reading the tale because you know he's coming back then I guess that means it wasn't going to be well told. I can't imagine anyone was going to race through the issue to see if he made it back or not, we knew he would, but don't you care HOW it happens?

I would not be surprised if Morrison planned it for this issue to go late, fracture the narrative a little bit.

Also, I love me some Stegman but my fanboy idolatry can only spread so far. No She-Hulks for me...

Kirk Warren said...

@twobit - I dropped it due to the excessive wait between issues. I'll grab it on the trade.

Anonymous said...

I agree with the excessive wait between issues of Chilren's Crusade. Even though the art is spectacular and the story (thus far) engaging the wait is killing any momentum it may have. In contrast Thanos Imperative has been an incredible rollercoster!

- Retcon Joe

Dennis N said...

Ant-man and Wasp looks like a must read. I don't remember them ever having any extended interaction in the past, but if they have, let me know so I can pick it up.

And question: When legacy characters pick up high science heroes tech, how do they maintain it? If O'Grady's shrink belt breaks, he doesn't seem smart enough to fix it.

Chaos War - Thor #1
New Avengers #6
Taskmaster #3

twobitspecialist said...

@Dennis - I think Tony Stark and Hank Pym took the Ant-man suit from O'Grady once. When they couldn't find another suitable candidate to operate it, they went with O'Grady again. So if the thing broke, I'm guessing S.H.I.E.L.D., Osborn's people, and currently Beast make the necessary repairs.

Ant-man and the Wasp #1
New Avengers #6

Anonymous said...

While there's no sign of Nova or the Guardians series returning, Abnett & Lanning are hardly finished. There's a Rocket Racoon & Groot special coming this December, plus a one-shot epilogue to the Thanos Imperative in January.

From the solicitation copy, it sounds like it'll focus more on the Inhumans, which leaves the survival of Nova & most of the Guardians in doubt. My bet is most of them will be trapped on the bad side of the Fault at the end of Thanos Imperative #6... or maybe half of the Guardians will be killed (reminiscent of the deaths of Warcry & Captain Universe back in the Star Lord mini.) As for Nova, he'll eventually return, though I bet the "Nova Antiquus" reference in Avengers means Richard Rider will be M.I.A. for a while.

I will pick up the epilogue to see what happens with the Inhumans. The last Inhumans mini-series promised a very nefarious role for Medusa in the Thanos Imperative (i.e., using the undying horrors to get the Kree out of their evolutionary dead-end), but that sub-plot was apparently jettisoned when Nova and GotG suspended publication. It should appeal to all the fans who enjoyed "War of Kings".

Let's get the sales up on these titles, folks. Otherwise, somebody at Marvel may decide to do another Annihilation without Abnett & Lanning... and frankly, I'm not interested in seeing Fred Van Lente tackle Annihilation. Chaos War is just not interesting to me, and Marvel Zombies 4 was just god awful.

Dennis N said...

I think I'm gonna pick up the Irredeemable Ant-Man trades on the way home, I really liked him in the Thunderbolts...

I'm dropping Thor after this week if it doesn't turn itself around. The art has been good, but the story has been worthless. This solicit sounds really enticing, but then again, so did the last two.

I got Knight and Squire #1 but I doubt I'll get #2. It's too Britishly confusing, I have no idea what they're going on about half time. Have the same problem with The Boys: Highland Laddie. I admit it, the ugly American.

Ken said...

Dustin Nguyen on Batgirl, that's going to be a very good matchup.

Thanos Imperative #6, if it goes the way it's rumored to go, I'ma be one sad panda.

Servando said...

I have to say of all the previews listed here, The cover for Birds of Prey i found to be the most intriguing. At least at first glance.

Fenris said...

Re: "There's a lot left to do in this cosmic story with only this final issue to wrap it all up."

Well, there's The Thanos Imperative: Devastation coming out January 26th.

Ryan Schrodt said...

@Twobit - I read all of the Young Avenger's books in trade, so I'll check this one out then. I've heard good things though.

@RyanKL - I wouldn't be as down on Return of Bruce Wayne if the story was more engaging. It's been sketchy at best so when you have Bruce Wayne's spectacular return in other books, it's hard to get excited about this issue. The stage has been set for the next step forward, so its hard to look back.

Also, have you seen the She-Hulks preview pages? Stegman is killing. I don't care what he is drawing--as long as it looks that good, I'm on board.

brandon said...

Two words: Atomic Robo

Other stuff I'm getting are Knight & Squire, Return of Bruce Wayne, American Vampire, Chew and possibly Incredible Hulks and Hama's GI Joe.

Chew and Atomic Robo make this a fun week no matter what the results are from the rest of the lot.

Anonymous said...

what is so good about young avengers i mean it is the twilight of the marvel teenage genre
sigh at least avengers acdamy is good

twobitspecialist said...

Children's Crusade is far from being "The Twilight of the Marvel teenage genre." Just in issue #2, and without spoiling it too much, we already had the Avengers, Magneto, Quicksilver, the Scarlet Witch, and Dr. Doom involved. If anything, I want to see Wanda back into the Marvel U, so there's that.

And no vampires!

Anonymous said...

The numbering you put on Amazing Spider-Man can't possibly be right.

Matt Duarte said...

Fixed it now.

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