TMNT Villain Microseries: Krang #1
SOLO is one of the best experimental books in the past twenty years, letting creators just go crazy with DC characters however they see fit. It didn't set the world on fire when it was released, but it's always gotten strong praise. Hopefully the hardcover makes enough waves to warrant another chance at the format, or at the very least Marvel should steal the idea.
Jupiter's Legacy, Today
Faith Erin Hicks On A Monthly Comic?!
I don't think I've talked about her before here at TWC, but I really like Faith Erin Hicks. I first discovered her through her brilliant story of Wolverine buying eggs from the supermarket (which is even better than you imagine), and that soon led me to her equally wonderful webcomics, Superhero Girl, which tells the story of a young superhero who doesn't do all that much superheroing. Both of those projects were pretty big on the levity, which appears to be the opposite of what we'll be getting in The Last of Us: American Dreams. It's apparently a comic book prequel to Naughty Dog's new video game, The Last of Us, which is a post-apocalyptic survival-horror game. That doesn't really jive with what I've seen from Hicks, but I do know she's a talented creator, so if her name is attached, I'll be there to check it out.
Still Reprinting Secret Identity
I regaled you all in our last solicits column with how amazing Kurt Buisek and Stuart Immonen's Secret Identity is, but while the reprint of that amazing tale was listed in the March solicits, it isn't actually coming out until April 3rd. Therefore, it's totally still fair game for me to talk about it again, which I will, because it's so amazing. This is probably the best Superman story you'll find (with the possible exception of All-Star Superman, of course). Set in a real world where Superman is a comic book character and nothing more, a young man from small town Kansas who was named Clark Kent by his parents will discover there's more to that story than he once believed. Seriously, if you haven't read it, go out and buy this reprint when it drops. You won't regret it.
I'm just straight up continuing Ken's qualms about DC's WTF month, because it's so flummoxing. There's so much that I dislike about this gimmick that I don't even know where to begin. Firstly, it follows the "let's spoil the contents of the very comic book you're about to read on the cover" school of thought, a practice which galls me to no end. Secondly, having 52 major reveals in one month is pretty much the definition of dilution as far as I can tell. I can't imagine how any of these will stand up when something "extraordinary is happening in every single title. And thirdly, word goes that many of these covers were made without the book's creative team's input, sometimes even after some books had been scripted. The whole thing strikes me as a rather creatively bankrupt way to simply shoehorn ideas into books without rhyme or reason - that latter aspect particular so. I guess that's why this is a gimmick and not a good idea.
Additional Bullets Need Not Apply
Looking at solicitations as often as I do for Previews and these columns, I can't help but be annoyed by how little effort some companies put into their solicits. I'm thinking especially about the Big 2, who have seem to be continually going from bad to worse. Once upon a time I was quite annoyed by Marvel and DC's switchover to doing all of their solicits in bullet point. Today, I am incensed that DC has seen fit to eliminate all but one bullet per title. That's right, each and every one of DC's main books gets a single bullet to explain what's happening and sell a reader on why they should be buying the title. Call me old fashioned, but why should we care about any of these if the company itself doesn't think their titles are worth talking about for longer than one sentence?
X-Men Without Those Pesky Men
I really like the X-Men. My reading habits may not reflect this fact, but I was all upons the mid-90s cartoon show and have had a soft spot for the franchise ever since that point. Unfortunately, Marvel seems to have a habit of marketing the heck out of this corner of their universe, making it hard (if not impossible) to keep up with continuity. They also have a habit of slapping $3.99 price tags on those books - and we all know how I feel about that. However, X-Men just may be the book that forces my hand on that policy. It's got Brian Wood writing, Olivier Coipel on art, and it stars a team of all female X-Men. I don't know about you, but that sounds like something I want to check out, and it certainly looks like I'll be doing so come April.
Time For A Journey Into Mystery?
I jumped in and out of Kieron Gillen's amazing run with Kid Loki on Journey Into Mystery, but I haven't given more than a glance towards Kathryn Immonen and Matteo Scalera's time with the title. That being said, I have been hearing a lot of positive buzz about the title, and the description for this month's comic sounds like a lot of fun: it's got monsters in the lower kitchens of Asgardia, Sif, Thor, the Warriors Three, and pretty much anything else you could want from the Thor corner of the Marvel U. I guess the other exciting part about this is that it looks like a solicitation might actually get me to pick up a book I wouldn't have read otherwise, which seems to never happen. I guess there's a first time for everything, eh?