Baltimore Comic-Con was fantastic! I may be exhausted, but it was definitely worth it, and many posts should be coming soon because of it! But for now what is going on this week? We’ve got some new number ones, some series coming to a close, and others doing their thing – par for the course. Then there’s DC being DC, Marvel releasing some new stuff, and maybe a few laughs to be had along the way.
Eternal Warrior #1 - Hey look, it’s a new series from Valiant, who have so far done an excellent job on several new titles. This new one comes from Greg Pak, who has written some great series (*cough* Planet Hulk), and is arguably doing some good stuff over at DC, as well. Trevor Hairsine has long been hailed as one of the next batch of superstar artists, but has not yet had a consistent run where he might define himself as such. Lots of potential here, so definitely one to watch!
Mighty Avengers #1 - I know, I know, it’s yet another Avengers series, but this is one that I’ll be checking out. Al Ewing is a rising talent, and the cast of the title is certainly one we’re not bound to see often – in short, this title should end up being a little different than most of the other Avengers comics, or even most other superhero teams out there right now – and that’s a good thing. I’m even willing to overlook the Greg Land artwork.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 #25 - Season Nine has been good, and so much better than Season Eight. Not only has Angel & Faith been a solid comic-book, but now as the season is about to wrap the Buffy comic has also picked up considerably. For the first time in a while, it feels like just the show, and for any fan of the show this should be pretty awesome. Not a jumping on point! Not new reader friendly! But should be an awesome and exciting end to what has been a great season.
Astro City #4 - Why must everyone with superpowers become a superhero? Have you ever wondered what might happen if a super-powered individual chose a simple life? Well Kurt Busiek has! This may not be the first time we get to see Mattie Sullivan in the pages of Astro City, but this is the first issue to spotlight her exclusively. This should be another issue Astro City doing what it does so well, definitely a must buy!
The Manhattan Projects #14 - Jonathan Hickman is writing some great stuff at the moment, and while God Is Dead didn’t quite turn out as well as I’d hoped, this is still undoubtedly the best series he’s writing at the moment. The last few issue have slowly been setting the stage for great things to happen, and some of that should be starting to go down soon. As close to a perennial must buy as it gets!
The whole Batwoman thing, and why I just dropped the title
You just can’t make this up. Yet more creators walked away from DC recently, and did so in a very public and outspoken manner. I am of course talking about J.H. Williams & Haden Blackman walking off of Batwoman. This in turn sparked all kinds of reactions from well thought out essays on how DC banning marriage is anti-character, to revelations of a saddening nature – Williams and Blackman won’t even get to finish their current story arc.
Now, I have no issues with Marc Andreyko, in fact I’m very glad that DC is giving him a book to write. Manhunter has actually long been on my list of things to read. But, even so I will no longer be reading Batwoman. This isn’t even necessarily as a protest. Frankly, I’ve been looking for any reason to drop more DC books. There’s a ton of other stuff out there to read, and money is sadly finite. The only things that were keeping me on this title were Williams on art, and the sheer curiosity of what might happen next. Williams is gone, and the current storyline is about to get butchered, so why stick around any longer?
I’m sure Didio wanted to keep things fresh, but in this case it’s just another excuse for me to drop a DC title.
More Marvel Now!
While I find myself dropping another DC book, Marvel is tempting me in all manner of ways. Two new titles have been announced, Inhuman, by Matt Fraction and Joe Madiurera, and All-New Invaders by James Robinson and Steve Pugh. I am definitely going to give anything Fraction writes a chance, and after Robinson’s strong showing on Earth 2, he will get the same benefit. Not to mention that Joe Mad and Steve Pugh on art are also a draw. Anyway, not a crossover, not a rehash (well not exactly), well worth a look!
Ryan Browne should write Thor, or uhm…. Thoor(?)
That is all! Proof!
Hey folks, remember to laugh…
With all the anger going around (what with the Batwoman thing and the Affleck thing), sometimes it’s good to remember to laugh. Good thing Ty Templeton is out there, doing his thing!