Ryan L's Thoughts
Also, as a sidenote, Jason Aaron continues a trend of having the most expensive comics in the business (bar maybe Bendis). I don't get why all his output is $3.99 because his fanbase might roll deep but surely not that deep. The price point has kept many readers away, myself included, because it just feel unwarranted. I get why Marvel charge $3.99 for Bendis and Fraction but I'm still not sold on Aaron needing that much cash. Maybe I'm just being harsh on a brother.
Secret Warriors Ends
I didn't even notice that there was no Secret Warriors in the June solicits. That's a skipped month in preparation for the final issue. Talk about teasing. I've been a fan of Secret Warriors, through its ups and downs, and it will be missed. I'm keen to see the end game Jonathan Hickman has in mind for it in this issue so let the countdown begin.
Fear Itself Tie-Ins
Man, there's a lot of tie-in material for this Marvel event. And I know you don't have to buy them all, hell, you don't even have to buy any. You buy what you want. My problem is, I'm interested in a fair degree of it. But I know I can't buy them all, the budget only spreads so thin, so I have decisions to make. I can already hear people crying, "So, your biggest annoyance is a publisher putting out too much content you want, boo hoo!" but that's not here, here's the sticky part. I know some of these tie-ins will be garbage. That's just an easy rule of thumb. You look over any event and their tie-ins have some real dreck in there, but sometimes there's an actual hum-dinger. I don't want to miss that quality one but I can't buy a bunch to cover my bets. I just have to say that even though I buy Uncanny X-Force, I won't be getting the tie-in mini. It's that simple. I'll possibly sample Cullen Bunn's Defenders tie-in, and the Fearsome Four looks like it could be awesome, or really not, but other than that the standard Wolverine and Deadpool minis will be a miss for me.
The Best Things In July
|Captain America #1|
I know it'll likely see delays up the ying yang before a new artist steps in on the second arc, but I am quite looking forward to seeing Steve McNiven draw some Captain America action. It should be interesting to see Ed Brubaker writing Steve Rogers again, who picks up the shield again with the relaunch, after all this time with Bucky as Cap.
Joe the Barbarian Deluxe HC
This book was too good and way too pretty not to get a deluxe hardcover version. Going to be a long wait until September for this, but well worth it.
The Worst Things In July
Fear Itself & Flashpoint Tie-In Overload
I'm quite happy with how Fear Itself started and it looks to be on track to be a very good event, but I had a hard time finding any comics not tying into the event in the solicits for this month. As for Flashpoint, it's not quite as bad as Fear Itself for tie-ins, but no slouch itslef. Going to be hard following either event in full capacity for even the most dedicated of fans.
While I'm not upset about Daredevil getting a relaunch in and of itself, I am upset about taking the old Daredevil book and renaming it for Black Panther when said DD title was already previously relaunched and then renumbered to the original series numbering for sales boosts. Any takers on how long it takes until this new DD series gets renumbered to coincide with another anniversary sales boosting number?
The Coolest Thing In July
I'm a huge Black Bolt fan, as you may know, and seeing him on the covers of FF #6 and 7 is definitely the coolest part of this month's solicits. I was actually tempted to double list this in the Worst part of the solicits as well because of his return not being handled by Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning over on the cosmic side of the Marvel books, but with Jonathan Hickman at the helm, I don't think there was too much to worry about in terms of quality. I just hope they touch on his War of Kings "death" at some point.
|Detective Comics #879|
Scott Snyder has made this the best DC book, without a doubt. And the public seems to agree; since Snyder took over with #871 the book has been one of the few in this market to gain readers every month. This month we get the conclusion to his genuinely creepy James Gordon storyline, which doesn't resort to excessive violence but rather stringing both the reader and Commissioner Gordon along to wonder what really is the truth. This is becoming textbook material for how to write a mystery comic.
Defenders: From the Marvel Vault #1
I've enjoyed these "from the vault" stories, and hope that Marvel cleans out their inventory shelves some more. I mean, they already paid for them, might as well earn some money back on them. And anytime you see Busiek, Nicieza & Bagley together, it's like hitting all 7's at a slot machine.
The Worst Things In July
|Batman: The Dark Knight #4|
Not that I continued picking up the book after a generic first issue, but the fact that with months and months of lead-in time, on top of delays since last November that all point to Dave Finch reverting back to his Aphrodite IX tardiness, issue #4 now has art by newcomer Jay Fabok. How's that exclusive contract working out for you, DC?
Superman Is Still Sad
Written by J. MICHAEL STRACZYNSKI and CHRIS ROBERSON
Art by EDDY BARROWS and J.P. MAYER
Cover by JOHN CASSADAY
1:10 Variant cover by JEFF SMITH
What could possibly make The Man of Steel decide to stop being Superman? Superboy and Supergirl catch up with him in Portland, Oregon, and they want answers!
It feels like this story will never end, and it's almost cycling back on itself. We get it, Superman is sad, can we just have this all be a dream on the last page and let Roberson get a shot at writing a Superman story without having to handle JMS' plot?
Fear Itself and Flashpoint Title Glut
Like Ryan L and Kirk wrote, Fear Itself doesn't know now if it wants to have stand-alone tie-ins or have them connect with the current ongoing series in the Marvel Universe. And the Flashpoint books in general look uninteresting and scream "cash grab," with the exception of Sterling Gates' Kid Flash mini and the Lois Lane mini by Abnett and Lanning. And I keep thinking that George Perez might have been better suited for drawing a 3-issue arc in Action Comics or JLA instead of a Flashpoint mini.
The Coolest Things in July
I like the idea of Moore coming over to draw a stand alone issue of Fables focusing around Sleeping Beauty, who hasn't been seen for about 30 issues (hopefully that's vague enough for everyone reading the book in trade).
It's hard to believe that this will be Mark Bagley's first creator owned work in his nearly thirty year career. That alone makes me want to see how he changes his style for this series. The only caveat is that the series is scheduled to be bi-monthly, but 30 pages of story each issue.
X-Men by Chris Claremont & Jim Lee Omnibus vol. 1
While there are basically 6 of the 28 issues in this omnibus drawn by Jim Lee, this era of the X-Men is what set the stage for the 90's, both the good and the bad. And the stories in this run are pretty darn fun; the first appearances of Jubilee and Gambit, Psylocke goes Asian thanks to Acts of Vengeance, the end of the Australia era, and buildup to Claremont's final big story with the Shadow King.
The Best Things in July
|Absolute All-Star Superman Reprint|
I'll admit that I rag on DC quite a lot, but I was impressed with some of the reprint choices offered recently. It seems that they are doing a better job these days of keeping things in stock. Asides from several quite popular omnibuses, such as All-Star Superman and Watchmen (among others), there's also new printings of popular trade series like Hitman, Transmetropolitan and Sandman. Keeping these trades in stock is an important job, and I'm glad DC is doing it.
Captain America Double Serving
Everyone has seen the come back of Steve Rogers to the Captain America role, particularly since the movie was announced. However, for the longest time, I have thought that it would have been a good idea to produce two Captain America titles, one set in the past with Steve under the role, and one set in the present with Bucky. What Marvel offers for July is no quite that, but it still sounds pretty good to me. Ed Brubaker, Mark Andreyko and Chris Samnee on the Captain America & Bucky title sounds absolutely fantastical.
The Worst Things in July
|DC Retroactive: Wonder Woman – The ‘70S #1|
I really, really don't understand these Retro-Active series of comics. Superhero comics already feed largely on nostalgia of eras past, so I can see why this would seem like a good idea at first glance. However, they are also largely exclusively for people who have read these comics in the past. Having not even been born in 70's, let alone fondly remembering the comics of that era, I have absolutely zero interest in this project. Should be interesting when they get to the 90's though...
The Bigger They Are...
I know everyone else already mentioned it, but holy crap, Fear Itself is HUGE and seems to be getting bigger every month. Just from a quick head count, there are twenty five tie-ins to Fear Itself (plus the main series). This means that in July, there are going to be on average eight FI titles on the stand every week. That's a whole lot of event comics!
The Coolest Things in July
|Jason Aaron's Wolverine Omnibus|
It's no secret that I love Jason Aaron. His run on Wolverine has been phenomenal, and I am glad that he is getting an Omnibus collecting basically all of the Wolverine stories he has written up until the latest relaunch. I already own almost all of it already, but I think I might buy this Omnibus anyway. It would certainly look nice next to my Ghost Rider by Jason Aaron Omnibus!
Green River Killer: A True Detective Story
This sounds absolutely fascinating. A crime comic that is non-fiction, detailing the investigation behind a real serial killer a couple of decades ago. Comics have always lacked in the non-fiction department (barring autobiographical comics), and I am glad that Dark Horse is releasing this one. Should make for a very interesting read, at least.