Art by Steve Epting
"It's the FANTASTIC first issue of FF! A bold new direction for Marvel's First Family featuring new members, old friends, older enemies and uneasy alliances that will send shockwaves through the Marvel Universe. With stunning art work by Steve Epting and Paul Mounts, please join writer, Jonathan Hickman, on the second massive arc in the bold new direction for the 'World's Greatest Comic'”
After the death of ***, Spider-Man is now joining the family (as well as being on two Avengers teams and his own Big Time solo adventures) and we get a big honking relaunch number 1 for our troubles. I get the feeling this one will sell pretty well, but it won’t do Death Bag numbers. The team gets all new white outfits, very scientific and snazzy, and otherwise it’s just business as usual for Hickman on this title.
My problem here is that the last issue didn’t end the story. Not at all, in fact. The death was a big moment but there’s still heaps to come. Hickman’s been writing for a while now and his story has been one big narrative. That narrative isn’t over so I don’t see how they can afford a relaunch number 1. Anyone stepping in now will have lots of back issues of information to deal with.
I guess I’m including this issue because it looks like such a jumping on point but it isn’t really.
Prior Knowledge Needed – Uh, where to start. *** is dead. There are four new cities, representing different species, and they might be going to war. The Baxter Building is now home to the Future Foundation, which includes the Richards children, Leech, Power Pack, and others. Uh…Franklin got his powers back. And apparently all hope lies in Doom. If you’ve got all that straight then you’re sweet. If not, well, you might find a lot of this calls back to immediate stuff that you don’t know. Hopefully they give it all to you again but that won’t necessarily be fun for the continued readers on the title.
Written by Clive Barker and Christopher Monfette
Art by Leonardo Manco
"One of the greatest horror franchises of all time returns, now under the control of its original creator! Clive Barker has touched HELLRAISER only twice: once to write THE HELLBOUND HEART, and once more to write and direct the original HELLRAISER film. Now witness Barker's long-awaited return to tell a new chapter in the series' official continuity—a trajectory that will forever change the Cenobites... and Pinhead! So prepare your soul for an epic journey into horror from one of the medium's greatest voices, and starring one of the medium's greatest characters, in an unforgettable new chapter of HELLRAISER. BONUS: this epic 40-page first issue features a 10-page backup story written by the co-writer and co-director of THE MATRIX trilogy, Larry Wachowski! Featuring covers from legendary artist Tim Bradstreet and LEGENDS: THE ENCHANTED artist Nick Percival."
It's been a long time but Clive Barker returns to comics and I am pretty excited to see it happen. The man knows how to create uncomfortable horror and Hellraiser is a prime example of that. The fact this comic is at BOOM! tells me that anything can happen in this title, and probably will if given enough time. BOOM! is also pretty good at letting a title find its audience so I want to see what Barker will do with this canvas.
Though, there is a skeptical side of me that worries because the first Hellraiser flick was pretty boss and then the next million cash in sequels did nothing for the franchise. Hopefully the fact Barker is signed on to co-write this one should save it.
The Wachowski reprint in the back is also kind of exciting and alluring.
Prior Knowledge Needed - Hellraiser was a horror flick in the late 80s. Sort of the last of the video nasties, and well before torture porn. It deals with angels of pain, Cenobites, who lure humans in and tear them apart with hooks and chains and whatever else can inflict maximum damage. In the first movie, a wife helps an old lover who died come back to life by draining the blood of innocent men. Her daughter gets caught up in the horror of it all and she might just play a part in this comic.
Written by Greg Rucka
Art by Matthew Southworth
There’s so much heart in this comic and brains to boot. Our lead girl takes some hits but she just keeps going back to work. It’s almost inspirational. Also, the art from Southworth is pretty damn awesome. The monthly issues were plagued with delays but you need not worry here because the whole case is presented in one. You should get on it.
Prior Knowledge Needed – Nothing. This one stands completely on its own as a creator owned character and a whole new world and case. If you know a little about detective tropes that might not hurt but nothing is necessary to walk in and be blown away by this one. Enjoy.
Written by Nick Spencer
Art by Bernard Chang
"Nick Spencer (Morning Glories) assembles the cream of the crop of the next generation of DCU super-heroes in this issue – Robin, Static, Miss Martian, Blue Beetle, Batgirl, the new Impulse – to team up with Supergirl and take on a new villain who promises to define this generation as much as Darkseid, Lex Luthor and The Joker did prior ones. Good luck, kids!"
Nick Spencer just signed a Marvel exclusive but this issue comes before all that. This issue is when Spencer was going to take over Supergirl, but now he's just going to have this one issue. It seems DC didn't quite like his take on the character, if you believe some press, so the only chance you'll get of seeing Spencer's Supergirl is in this one issue.
From the solicit it sounds like he was aiming for something big. I wonder how it fares in just one issue, now?
Prior Knowledge Needed - There are a lot of characters mentioned in that solicit. I don't know a lot about many of them. That's not a good thing. The biggest thing you need to know is that whatever happens in this issue probably won't be followed up on. Ever. So just pick it up and enjoy.
If you pick any of these up throughout the week please let us know what you thought of them in the comments.