Monday, February 14, 2011

Post-Crisis Comic Book Previews for 02/16/11

This Monday we have another guest post from Justin Miousse. Just like last week, he is doing the Post-Crisis Previews for all the books he is picking up. It's a pretty big week, with books like Brightest Day, the Green Lantern books and another issue of Wolverine. There's also the debut of Silver Surfer, and the final issue of the first volume of S.H.I.E.L.D. Hit the jump to see them.

This week's post comes courtesy from Justin Miousse who has been a regular reader of The Weekly Crisis for 3 years and a returning fan of comics. He can be reached through Twitter at @JustinMiousse.

Amazing Spider-Man #654.1

Written by Dan Slott
Art by Humberto Ramos

Justin: The preview for Venom was pretty awesome. Exploring Flash Thompson should be on of the highlights of the Spider-man mythos, although it might overshadow Tobin's awesome work on Spider-Girl. I'm not quite sure what's up with this point one issues, as the last two have been very different. This one seems to be more in continuity than the Wolverine issue. Do we get more Spider-Man costumes this issue? And is there going to be some mention of him joining the FF? I'm excited, and I haven't been excited for Spider-man in a very very long time.

Batman #707

Written by Tony Daniel
Art by Tony Daniel

Justin: After reading Batman RIP, Tony Daniel had me on the fence with his work. However, I'm really enjoying his work since he's been handed the reins on Batman. Daniel and Morrison have distinct differences. Grant seems to weave things into one huge arc, that could span 50+ issues, while Daniel usually gives us strong, short arcs. That being said, I'm enjoying this one from him. I'm hoping the finale is good, and we might see this character later on in Batman INC.

Brightest Day #20

Written by Geoff Johns and Peter J Tomasi
Art by Ivan Reis, Patrick Gleason, Ardian Syaf, Scott Clark and Joe Prado

Justin: After seemingly wrapping up the Hawkman/Hawkgirl storyline of things in the last few issues, we seem to be heading to the conclusion of the Aquaman side of things. These short little arcs for each returned character are fun, if not devastating. Aquaman lost his hand, again, though it seems to be the one he hadn't lost the first time. I'm not sure what's to come of Aquaman, seeing as though Hawkman and Hawkgirl are now dead, again. Nonetheless, I'm liking what they've been doing with him, and would enjoying reading a series about him. Johns, get on that.

Green Lantern #62

Written by Geoff Johns
Art by Doug Mahnke & Christian Alamy

Justin: Not only does this seem like a prelude to War of the Green Lanterns, but also of that for Red Lantern Corps. The character work they've done on Atrocitus has been awesome, and Spectre has always been one of my favorite characters. I'm not sure what's going to happen here, as Johns has been susceptible to lackluster endings to arcs, however I'm guessing it all fits into the master plan he has. I'm afraid that  the great sacrifice might be the death of Rayner's girlfriend... poor guy.

Green Lantern Corps #57

Written by Tony Bedard
Art by Tyler Kirkham & Batt

Justin: Wait, Firestorm is guest-starring? I thought he was like, in limbo trying not to blow up the universe. How did he get to Qward, and what can he possibly do to help the GLC. If he gets struck with a weapon, doesn't he asplode? Ugh. This arc was good fun, despite making Stewart the stupid army grunt. I like the character work on Sinestro here, whom I would have expected a book for before the Red Lantern Corps. I hope they bring the Weaponer back often, he's a fun character in the GL mythos.

S.H.I.E.L.D. #6

Written by Jonathan Hickman
Art by Dustin Weaver

Justin: There's a volume 2? Nice move, Marvel. I've enjoyed this series, despite all the hype concerning it, it has lived up the billing. I'm curious if the next volume is going to be bi-monthly also. I'm not sure what can be said about this book, anymore that we don't already know. Hickman and Weaver have been creating an awesome, although somewhat confusing, story here. Everyone should be reading this series, at the very least when the trade comes out.

Silver Surfer #1

Written by Greg Pak
Art by Stephen Segovia

Justin: The first issue of the Surfer's newest series. I really wish they'd give him an ongoing, but DnA has been keeping him important in the cosmic section of things lately so I can't complain. I don't know what to expect from this series, but Pak hasn't let me down lately. The only shortcoming I can think of is that Pak has been much better with large arcs, than with short ones. Also, bringing in the High Evolutionary can be very hit or miss. Still looking forward to this, though.

Spider-Girl #4

Written by Paul Tobin
Art by Matthew Southworth

Justin: This book is awesome. I didn't know anything of Spider-girl/Anya from before I started picking this up, and I've been a big fan since the first issue. Great character work from Tobin, awesome dialogue, and some decent action. The action part seems to switch gears here with the new arc, and with a new artist. I didn't read the last arc about Kraven, but all I heard was good things. I have faith in Tobin, so I'm expecting good things. Also hoping this book stays around a long long itme.

Uncanny X-Force #5

Written by Rick Remender
Art by Esad Ribic

Justin: The scariest part of me picking up any of Uncanny X-Force was the though that it could turn into the last volume of X-Force, or that they would use Deadpool as nothing but humor. Neither have been true, and the character work on Fantomex, as well as Archangel, has been awesome. I loved it when they announced the roster to this volume, and they've even made Psylocke interesting again. I didn't read Franken-castle or anything else from Remender before so I didn't know what to expect. My main concern is how much the X-verse will come in to contact with this title. It seems like they've been pushing Deathlok to be a big part of the X-verse recently, with his inclusion in Wolverine, and now in X-Force. No complaints here.

Wolverine #6

Written by Jason Aaron
Art by Daniel Acuna & Jae Lee

Justin: The Point one issue was a nice done in one affair. The action seems to go from Hell to worse with this issue as Logan is confronted by the head honchos of the X-men. You know it's going to be epic when Magneto and Wolverine square off. If Aaron's character work on logan continues strong, I'm expecting some nice bashing of Scott and the rest of the x-leaders. Who would have thought that Scott Summers would be teaming with anti-heroes in Emma Frost, Magneto, and Namor, to be a teacher. I liked the Fear Itself image of Scott with Magneto's armor, as there seems to be more and more comparisons.Time's are a changin'.

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Jikorijo said...

You guys have the wrong cover for Brightest Day. The cover you have is from #19.

Matt Duarte said...

Thanks for the heads up, I guess Midtown had the old cover by accident. Fixed it now.

Anonymous said...

Spidergirl isn't strong , using twitter isn't a good narrative technique what would a teenage girl say on twitter when her dad died " FML dad's dead but hey gossip girl is on at seven" nothing that's what :L

Jikorijo said...

@Matt No problem. Any chance I get to see Ivan Reis draw the Aquafamily, I consider it a privilege. Especially, seeing Reis draw Mera.

Ethereal said...

@Anonymous Post 3
You're upset that the narative of a death wasn't strong? I beg to differ...

Midnight Monk said...

UXF-Wow Avengers showing up in X-Force? That can't be good for Wolvie's rep especially with the high and mighty Steve Rogers crashing the party

And I'm not gonna bother with any of these Point One Issues, they all seem unneeded. Hell, that Wolverine 5.1 was a waste of money, glad I just skimmed it before buying poorly drawn mess

Logan said...

It's the number one reason I hate comics! Just when I think I have control of my wallet, a week like this comes out! Looking forward to just about everything on this list!

Anonymous said...

Using twitter is not a strong narrative . Why? Because nobody would use twitter when someones dad died

twobitspecialist said...

@Anonymous8 - In a world where a large red monster causes havoc in NYC after drinking coffee, you are worried about a girl tweeting after her dad's death not being realistic?

Come on, son!

Anonymous said...

I did not complain about it being unrealistic I was complaining about the weak narrative. Come on son my criticism is easy to pinpoint

Anonymous said...

I was complaining about the narrative not the realism . Come on son my criticism was easy to pinpoint

Klep said...

Anyone else picking up Wolverine and Jubilee? I thought the first issue was great and I'm looking forward to the next.

twobitspecialist said...

@Anonymous - But you are saying the narrative is weak because "nobody would use Twitter when someone's dad died." You are basically saying it's unrealistic. You don't give other reasons why it should be weak.

Better luck next time.

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