International Iron Man #1(Marvel Comics)
Spin-off series are always a bit of a hard sell. Sure, when you have one or two series for a character like Spider-Man or Batman it makes sense, since other series can cover more aspects of the character, but most times the spin-offs don’t really justify their existence, which is definitely the case for International Iron Man, the new Iron Man series from Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev. Read the rest of this entry
Old Man Logan #1 (Marvel Comics)
Marvel’s “All New, All Different” relaunch has done a lot of strange things. In fact, some might accuse them of just throwing ideas at the wall to see if they’ll stick, which may be the reason for Old Man Logan, the new ongoing series that places the former Wolverine who starred in Mark Millar and Steve McNiven’s fantastic original series into the main Marvel 616 (sorry, Marvel PRIME) universe. It seems like a gimmick, and it is. But with writer Jeff Lemire and artist Andrea Sorrentino on the series, it’s able to transcend the gimmickiness of its premise and plant the seeds for a pretty intriguing tale. Read the rest of this entry
Extraordinary X-Men #1 (Marvel Comics)
Given Marvel’s current “let’s try to make the Inhumans a thing” policy, it’s surprising that the X-Men are still getting a huge push in All New All Different Marvel. Of course they’re still immensely popular (and profitable), but no one would be blamed for thinking that Marvel would start churning out garbage featuring the merry mutants in order to try and get X fans to check out Uncanny Inhumans. Thankfully this is not the case, as superhot writer Jeff Lemire and Marvel megastar Humberto Ramos are on the roster for Extraordinary X=Men, the new flagship X-Men book in the All New, All Different Marvel relaunch. Read the rest of this entry
We’ve all been waiting for Marvel to announce their books post-Secret Wars, and now with the release of the All-New All-Different Marvel preview book, we’ve gotten a look at some of the new titles coming our way this fall. And boy, Marvel sure is living up to the All-Different part of the initiative. From a Howling Commandos book to a series starring Carnage, there’s lots of new offbeat series to come. But with so many to choose from, which ones should you look out for? Well, I can’t make that decision for you, but I can at least tell you which ones I’m interested in: Read the rest of this entry
Princess Leia #1 (of 5)
Since they’ve received the license, Marvel has wasted no time in publishing Star Wars comics. After the stellar releases of the main title and the Darth Vader spin-off, we now welcome the lovely Princess Leia Organa (Skywalker) to our comic shelves. Written by comics legend Mark Waid and drawn by Terry Dodsen, Princess Leia is the third Star Wars spin off, and unfortunately it doesn’t quite live up to the hype that Star Wars and Darth Vader have given it. Read the rest of this entry
The next big Marvel event is HERE! Original Sin, written by Jason Aaron and featuring art by Mike Deodato, kicks off today, and so far it’s a pretty cool murder mystery. Someone has killed Uatu the Watcher, and it’s up to some of Marvel’s top heroes to piece together who killed the big bald guy.
I’ll refrain from the major spoilers for this issue, but I will say that this is one of the better starts to a Marvel event. Jason Aaron doesn’t waste any time setting up this mystery, and gets to the death of Uatu fairly quickly. The stage is set for our heroes from that point, with Captain America calling on the retired Nick Fury (the old white guy one) to assemble a group of heroes to try and find the killer. Read the rest of this entry
Inhuman #1 is the long delayed start of Marvel’s “next big thing”, and when I say it’s been delayed, I mean it’s been delayed. At times it seemed like the book would never come out, and for once, it has nothing to do with Joe Madureira handling the art duties. After original writer Matt Fraction jumped ship over “creative differences”, new writer Charles Soule was brought on board to shed more light on the fallout from Black Bolt’s Terrigen bomb that blew up waaay back in Infinity. However this caused the book (which was originally scheduled for January) to be pushed back 3 months so Soule could get a start on writing. After such a long wait, is Inhuman worth it?
The rings of the Mandarin are searching for new hosts, and it’s causing Tony Stark a whole lot of problems in Iron Man #23.NOW, the new jumping on point for Marvel’s Iron Avenger. Written by Kieron Gillen and featuring art by Luke Ross, this issue serves as a pretty good launching point for new readers, even if it does stumble a few times. Read the rest of this entry
“The Trial of Jean Grey” starts in All-New X-Men #22.NOW, and I gotta say, this opening issue is pretty fantastic. The fantastic Stuart Immonen is back on art, and writer Brian Michael Bendis’ script is an excellent starting point for not only the new storyline, but for new readers as well. The big events of the past 21 issues are quickly recapped in the typical opening “previously in…” Marvel page, and at no point is anything referenced that would cause a new reader to go “wait, I’m confused”. I may hate seeing a giant “#1” on an issue that also has the actual issue number on it, but if it gets people to check this out, I’m okay with it.