The New York Comic-Con will be happening this Friday and Marvel has released a ton of promos for new NOW! Titles. Here are some of my predictions for new books (and some rebrands)
Hey, so I know I’m a month behind, but who wants some old reviews to comics you’ve probably forgotten already! Plus, we have a new Batman and Scarlet Witch (or Wanda) is an Olsen. Big week folks, buckle up.
Starting in August, Marvel will begin it’s next big event called Infinity, which will tie into; Avengers, New Avengers, Thanos Rising, Guardians of the Galaxy as well as some other such as Captain Marvel and Nova. The story this time around has Thanos arriving to Earth to attack it in a very vulnerable state as the Avengers are out in space battling a new enemy. It will be up to what’s left of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes to take on the Mad Titan and whatever he has coming with him.
So, the first wave of Marvel NOW! titles has officially come to end with the release of this week’s all new book simply titled X-Men (featuring an all female X-Men team). With a second wave already in the works, why don’t we take a look at what you should be reading from wave 1.
This week’s Superior Spider-Man #9 promises a big change, what could possibly be bigger than the death of Doctor Octopus and Peter Parker?! If you have been following Superior Spider-Man (if you haven’t you should, it’s one of the best Marvel NOW! titles) then you know the changes that Spider-Man has gone through. The Superior Spider-Man has become far more aggressive (even deadly in one case) in the way he deals with adversaries and not only that he has also alienated himself away from his family, friends and even the Avengers. Otto has become increasingly unstable and it appears to be finally coming to a head as Peter has found a way to gain control of his body back!
Superior Spider-Man #6 AU was a bit of a mixed bag for me. The story feels a bit jumbled because it comes a few weeks after three issues of Age of Ultron even though the events of this book take place during AU #1. Even though, this tie in does manage to tell a great standalone tale as Otto tries to takedown Ultron by himself and nearly succeeds if it wasn’t for his pride getting in the way of his intelligence.
The only reason I decided to pick up this book was because I’m a huge fan of Psylocke and was interested in seeing where Sam Humphries would take the character and the X-Force as a team. I respect that Humphries decided to take this story in a different direction than Remender did in his Uncanny X-Force though some similarities still remain.
In this issue of Superior Spider Man the relationship of Mary Jane Watson and Peter (Otto) Parker is in the spotlight as we see Otto try to weasel himself back into Mary Jane’s life. It isn’t that easy though as we see Mary Jane taking things very slowly and as if she is dating Peter for the first time (she is technically). I was a bit worried (and still am) about how Slott was going to handle this icky situation with Petey and MJ but Slott has handled this very delicately but I feel that MJ has taken a slight step back in terms of character growth.
This is how an origin story should be written! Nova is a character with a very rich history and I felt that Jeph Loeb really did a fantastic job of helping us to ease into getting to know this character. Sam Alexander is the new Nova, but this story is about him and his alcoholic father who was also a Nova Corps member. The story blends both his Dad’s final mission (?) as a Nova and gives us a great look at the character of Sam and his family. Sam is very similar to Hal Jordan in terms of how he acts, I’m not quite sure if that’s a complaint or insult.
Last Thanksgiving, Marvel announced the first event of 2013 would be the Age of Ultron. Written by Brian Michael Bendis and illustrated by Bryan Hitch, Brandon Peterson and Carlos Pacheco will help tell us the story of Ultron (an Android created by Hank Pym) taking over the world as what’s left of the world’s heroes tries to form a resistance to stop him.
The month of December was a big one for Peter Parker and Spider-Man, well for Spider-Man at least. If you haven’t heard yet…Peter Parker is dead (again?) and the new SUPERIOR Spider-Man is none other than Doctor Octopus! Allow me to explain and this has been in the work for about 100 issues (still working reading through them). Sometime during one of their encounters; Doctor Octopus implanted his memories into the body of Spider-Man/Peter Parker and vice versa.
The initial shock of the original X-Men as they see what Cyclops was is one of the great comic book moments. You could feel some of the innocence being lost as these characters get a glimpse of their future counterparts in action. So many new and interesting plot points have emerged with this issue and it’s guaranteeing some great stories in the future.
The theme of this series so far is expansion and the first issue hit the point home even further as the team was split in two. The team is growing in size, the question will be how can Hickman balance the team and its members and keep things moving along without biting off more than he can chew.
The Phoenix Four (Cyclops, Magneto, Magik, Emma Frost) powers seem to be all over the scale and uncontrollable. Cyclops isn’t able to focus his optic blasts (shown in the art by its chaotic style) Magneto’s power to control metal seems to have diminished greatly, and Emma can’t read minds or so she says. The only one that doesn’t seem to have been affected is Magik, whose powers might have actually gotten stronger.
The other side of Jonathan Hickman’s Avengers story featuring the Illuminati as the New Avengers. Hickman is telling such a big story with the Avengers that he had to split it up into two different books (much like Fantastic Four/ FF) and although the threats are different for each team, they are similar in size and scope.