Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Post-Crisis Comic Book Previews for 02/29/12

Whoa, Feburary 29th, eh?  Now there's something you only see every four years.  And getting the Post-Crisis Previews to fall square on the day is probably even rarer!  But who's to say?  The important thing is that we've got some quality comics to accompany this occasional occasion, including a very spacey Amazing Spider-Man #680Green Wake #10, and (could it be?!) Justice League #6, among others.  So don't just sit there, hit the jump and let's do this!

Written by Dan Slott
Art by Giuseppe Camuncoli

• Because you asked for it- SPIDER-MAN IN SPAAAACE!
• Trapped 22,300 miles above the Earth, Spidey has to rescue John Jameson from the ongoing machinations of Doctor Octopus!
• Plus: a guest star so special- and so secret- we can't even tell you until next issue! 

Grant: Okay, I'm not sure who's been asking for it, but I'm way down with spaaaace, so let's do this.  This kind of wackiness is a big part of the reason that I've stuck with Dan Slott throughout this past year-plus of Spidey-stories.  There may be some missteps sprinkled along the run (including this month's #.1, which was pretty ho-hum), but then he busts out something so ridiculous and far-fetched that it can do nothing but be amazing.  I'm pretty sure outer-space hijinx falls firmly within that category.

Written by Kurtis J. Wiebe
Art by Riley Rossmo

The tragic finale of Lost Children culminates with final retribution against one of Green Wake’s occupants. Morley unlocks an integral clue to his first steps in uncovering Green Wake’s earliest secrets. 

Grant: Wait, this is the last issue of Green Wake?  I'm embarrassed to admit that I hadn't realized that it had been switched off from the earlier reported ongoing status.  I'm frankly surprised that this news wasn't picked up on more (read: any) comic book sites.  This is a damn shame, because Green Wake is a great series.  It's a challenging book that never gave any easy answers, but left it to the readers to connect the pieces.  And Riley Rossmo's art has been something else.  This whole package has been one of the most reliable comics on stands, and I'm sorry to see it go.  Green Wake is leaving us too soon and it will be missed.

Written by Geoff Johns
Art by Jim Lee & Scott Williams

The Justice League is united at last against Darkseid! The awesome consequences of this high-stakes battle will resonate within the series for years to come! Geoff Johns and Jim Lee end their historic first arc with a bang!

Grant: This, on the other hand, could not end soon enough.  Geoff Johns and Jim Lee's opening arc for Justice League, DC's flagship book for the New 52 has been lackluster at best.  The pacing could easily be described as glacial, the story has been light on substance, and much of the characterization has left something to be desired.  Call me a glutton for punishment, because I've stayed around for every issue, despite these problems, and despite the fact that DC has been going my least favourite $3.99 for twenty-two pages of content route.  At least this arc will finally be at some type of a conclusion, although I can't even begin to imagine how they'll wrap this whole thing up.

Written by Jason Aaron
Art by R.M. Guera

The searing final arc starts here in “Trail’s End” part one. Beginning months after last issue’s shocking finale, we pick up with the citizens of the Prairie Rose Rez, some of whom have found a peace they never could have imagined, while others are in more trouble than ever – with at least one person plotting his next move from behind bars. 

Grant: Okay, all this ending is getting a little ridiculous, and yet here we are at the final arc of Jason Aaron and R.M Guera's phenomenal Scalped.  Good God has this been building forever - but definitely in a good way.  I have no idea what the heck is going to happen in these last five issues, but I can't wait to read it.  This series is yet another example of the amazing things that continue to come out of Vertigo, and while it will be a shame to see it done, at least it will get to run its course.

Written by Brian Azzarello
Art by Eduardo Risso

On the run and running out of time, Orson’s life can’t get any worse – until a bounty hunter gets on his tail. Trouble is, this ain’t no ordinary detective. He’s a spaceman, too. Don’t miss the series that H.G. Wells calls “the comic I wish I was alive to read!” 

Grant: So, I'm still not in love with this book, which probably means that it isn't for me.  However, as Justice League will show, I can be rather stubborn at times.  So we'll see if this issue can change my mind at all.  Either way, at least I can rest easy knowing that it's going to have one sweet ass looking cover.  Seriously, that thing looks great.

Written by Nick Spencer
Art by Wesley Craig & Sam Kieth

The Subterraneans have been fighting among themselves for decades, but now they've been united by a dangerous leader. The T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents are humanity's best hope at stopping this looming threat, but how can they when the team is falling apart at the seams? Featuring a sequence by guest artist Sam Kieth!

Grant: Goodness, gracious me.  I often find myself kind of forgetting that T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents is actually happening (considering that Nick Spencer is on that "exclusive" contract over at Marvel), but every time we roll around to another week where it's coming out, I get excited for this series all over again.  The second volume has been moving along at a torrid pace, wasting little time (which is for the best, considering there's only 6 issues to tell the whole story), and I'm having a time and a half.  And that gorgeous cover we have, courtesy of Raphael Albuquerque is some excellent icing on this cake.

Written by Mike Carey
Art by Peter Gross & Gary Erksine

On the battlefields of the First World War, old myths die and new ones are born: The Crucified Soldier. The Comrade in White. The Corpse Factory. The Poison Rain. As the balance between reality and fiction tilts crazily in the crucible of war, a young Wilson Taylor has an experience that will change his life forever. 

Grant: I'm sorry, is The Unwritten having a First World War crossover?  This is possibly the best news I could ever hear.  World War One is kind of the best (at least when it comes to fiction), so having one of my favourite comics tying into that fills me with excitement.  With the amazing things that Mike Carey and Peter Gross have been putting on offer, I have no idea how this isn't going to be as good, if not better.  It looks like comic book Christmas is coming early this year!

Now this is the way for a month to go out on a high note.  There's lots to like here, and I can't wait to feast my eyes on it all.  February 29th should be comic book day more often, no?

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Jon said...

I hear you on Justice League. I find myself reading it every month and then wondering why. I also feel like Darkseid being the first bad guy is sort of...too fast? I feel like he would have been better off as a third or fourth arc kind of big bad.

As for Green Wake, I don't really follow it (don't ask me why, the first arc was AMAZING), but that solicitation makes it look more like the final issue of that arc, not of the series? I'm sure I missed something there, though.

Jon said...
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Jon said...

I guess I should click on links when you put them.

that makes me sad, although I`m a contributor to it's demise.

CombatSpoon86 said...

FF, Shade and Venom for me

Steve said...

Wow, I hadn't heard about Green Wake either. What a shame. I'll be picking up the second trade as soon as it comes out, and hoping that we'll eventually get another miniseries or one-shot.

Anonymous said...

It's all about the return of Orc Stain for me!

btownlegend said...

This whole Green Wake ending is no bueno. I dream about frogs and a river...truly sad.

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