During Fear Itself, not only was Journey Into Mystery directly tied to the main events but it also had some of the best writing and art out of anything I read. Natrually, when Fear Itself ended, I decided to continue getting the book especially since the things they’ve done with Loki recently is really cool. [Spoilers]
New Avengers #17 left me wondering who they would choose this time around for Norman Osborn’s Dark Avengers. I mean, they did such an awesome job before with Mac Gargan/Venom as Spider-Man and Daken as Wolverine. Everyone seemed to fit really well and I found it funny that Osborn would try to take on the roles of both Captain America AND Iron Man. The great thing about this comic is that it’s all build up to who these new Dark Avengers will be and in a couple places (especially the last page) it mirrors the first issue of Dark Avengers from last time around. If you care to be surprised about who is who then read no further because honestly there is little else to talk about for this book. [Spoilers]
Schism left each X-Men title with a choice of joining either Wolverine or Cyclops. X-Men (no adjective needed) chose Cyclops and not only that but it changed focus as well. Prior to issue 20 X-Men had been a little more cartoony and focused primarily on their interactions with other Marvel heroes such as Spider-Man. Now it’s about the team in charge of security of Utopia. The cast has switched to be mainly Psylocke, Jubilee, Warpath, Colossus, and Domino. This first arc also features Storm prominantly. I found this a welcome change as I was actually pretty close to dropping the title after the last arc. [Spoilers]
Writer: Grant Morrison
Artist: Rags Morales (Issues 1-3), Brent Anderson (Issue 2), Gene Ha (Issue 3)
Covers: Rags Morales and Brad Anderson
This goes with next to no explanation. It’s Action Comics, the corner stone of DC, written by Grant Morrison, one of the best comic writers around. So, “SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!!”
This is great, Here we have a costume-less Superman fleeing from the MPD (Metropolis Police Department) whilst being shot. It’s a great action shot which really makes the potential buyer think “Wait superman wears jeans, and he’s pissed off the cops?” It’s such a break from the usual Superman that it provokes a deeper look.
The First Page:
Here was have two older guys talking about some sort of “done deal” which they seem to have the inclination of celebrating about. Unfortunately for them we also see a read streak, followed by a crouched and sniffing Superman. Superman says he smells rats with money at which point the guards pull out guns making him respond that they are rats with guns and that he is their worst nightmare. I like to imagine that they promptly shit their pats; because if a 6 foot, cut man, in blue jeans, and a red cape flew into my loft and threatened me with red laser eyes I would promptly have a bowel movement, just saying.
Writer and Artist: Tony S. Daniel
Oh man Detective Comics. It’s a buffet of awesomeness, and I’m not just saying that because I’m Bat-biased. This review is going to cover issue one; issues two and three will follow shortly. Spoilers ahoy!
Having been pleased by Wolverine and the X-Men and the changes it brought, of course I was also looking forward to the relaunch of Uncanny X-Men. I admit I was a little less excited over this one as it didn’t seem that it was going to be much different than the previous Uncanny X-Men title other than it would be missing the characters that went with Wolverine. Well if I knew what was in store, I would have been a lot more excited. [Spoilers]
Good to know there was not an immediate drop in sales.
p.s. The Bear messed up his back real bad and this has caused a delay in reviews sorry to any who care about his opinion, god knows we don’t.
Because Fear Itself and Schism weren’t enough for events this summer, we also get Spider Island. Thankfully this is another case of the tie-ins not really being imporant. The one exception to this is Venom which thankfully, I read already. If you read Venom and Amazing Spider-Man you’ll get main story (although the tie-ins I did read were quite humerous). [Spoilers]
With the end of the series being called the Increbible Hulks (plural), Marvel decided to go back to #1 and return to just the single Hulk. I felt this would be a good point to jump onto the series and it turned out to be true since this story shoots right out of the end of Fear Itself. [Spoilers]
When I first heard about about Wolverine and the X-Men, I thought “what a terrible title. They only picked that because they’ll sell more books having Wolverine’s name on it.” Well, I still think that but that doesn’t stop me from enjoying the book. Just like the cartoon, you have to look past that title and enjoy the story itself.
The cover is quite terrible. The main reason i say this is I hate the way Chris Bachalo draws Wolverine like he’s some kind of troll. Other than that, the layout on these Regenesis comics is pretty good but that hardly makes up for Wolverine looking like he has a square head. That’s all I’m going to complain about on that because what makes a comic worth reading is certainly what’s inside the damn thing.[Spoilers]