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New Comics: Micronauts

IDW Publishing announced, last October, that they would be adding two more beloved toy properties to their stable, pulling both Mego’s Micronauts and Parker Brothers’ ROM out of limbo and onto the comic book shelves. Or, to be fair, back onto the comic book shelves. Like IDW’s G.I. Joe and Transformers properties, both Micronauts and ROM: Spaceknight were fan-favorite Marvel comic books in the late 70’s and early 80’s. And, as opposed to some of the lesser-known action figure lines that earned shoddy cross-promotional series (think Sectaurs or Crystar), the Micronauts and ROM books were as fun, if not as successful, as their Hasbro brethren.

Marvel's Micronauts #1 (1979)
Marvel’s Micronauts #1 (1979)

I wasn’t lucky enough to have any of those sweet “plastic and die-cast metal” toys of my own, being a little too young when they were popular, but I loved the comic book, and especially loved when my favorite Marvel heroes crossed over into the Microverse and vice-versa. Some of those original comic book Micronauts, not under the toy license, have remained in Marvel’s ownership and have survived into modern continuity, like the Guardian of Galaxy, Bug. The rest of those stalwart defenders of the sub-atomic realm, as well as the tyrant Baron Karza and his evil minions, would need to wait years to see their adventures continue in a monthly series.

From reading the afterword, it’s clear that if anyone other than Cullen Bunn was tapped to write this series, we may have had a problem. His lifelong passion for the Micronauts will, we hope, save the IDW series from being the third stalled attempt at rekindling that Micromagic. Bunn’s words are paired with the crisp, vibrant art of David Baldeón, and the whole package is a characteristically beautiful IDW release. I can only imagine how excited the bloggers of the excellently named Blog for ROM Fans Who Aren’t Dicks are for the Free Comic Book Day premiere of that new book. Now if only they could get cracking on Shogun Warriors.

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Ranking the All New All Different Marvel: 20 – 11

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Uncanny X-Men

Cullen Bunn & Greg Land
An X-Book that is straight to business from the get-go. This is the classic X-Men premise of mutants protecting the world, and protecting themselves from the world. Except now Magneto is at the center, and he doesn’t seem as peaceful as he’s been in previous conversions. Once you get past the roll call in the first few pages, the real plot picks up, and I’m into the Inhumans/Mutants race war. The “Dark Riders” don’t seem to have a lot of allure outside of being mutant-hating Inhumans, but I’ll look forward to seeing this badass X-team go off on chumps. On a Greg Land note, outside of the cover, it seems he’s stepped back a little from his signature photo-realistic style, and I still think it looks crisp, but now it’s got grit. Also: What happened to Angel? Can we stick a mutant’s brain in there or something? – RF

First collection: Uncanny X-Men, Vol. 1: Survival of the Fittest (July)

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Squadron Supreme

James Robinson & Leonard Kirk
Awesome. Both James Robinson books are must-reads for me. Feels like one of the early Millar/Bendis Ultimate U books. Maybe it’s a bit confusing with all the references to the Incursions and the atrocities committed by Namor and The Cabal… but I think the shock value is intact. Plus, I freaking hate Namor. – MMDG

This is easily gonna be one of my favorite capes ‘n’ tights books of this ANADM. I have liked the alternate realities of Squadron Supreme that I’ve read, and seeing them combined permanently in the Marvel U (not just an Ultimates crossover) is exciting. I think Marvel is pretty excited too because they’re letting Ross do the covers. The Squadron I’m familiar with has always been about gritty interpretations of classic hero types (Superman, Batman, Flash Wonder Woman, etc.) and the less sentimental Squadron will easily clash with the moral stances of many classic Marvel heroes. I’m surprised this cover doesn’t advertise the Namor fight; that seems like kind of a huge deal. Next issue they face one of the oldest MU characters ever, as well as their newest, strangest Avengers team, and as long as this book can maintain it’s “MAX-line” quality, I think I’ll keep reading. – RF

First collection: Deadpool, Vol. 1: By Any Means Necessary! (June)

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All New All Different Marvel – Week 21

We’re approaching the mid-year mark on Marvel’s All New All Different relaunch, and many of the initial storylines have wrapped and are being prepped for the first collected editions of the ANAD era, due late next month.

Although this week doesn’t give us any series premieres – other than the Max Bemis-penned Worst X-Man Ever limited series – the new release shelf of your local comic shop should be absolutely spilling forth with Mighty Marvel Mania. Among the new books is the sixth issue of Mark Waid’s ANAD Avengers book, which will hopefully provide an answer to why Vision seems to be reverting to his old, sinister ways. We also get the long-awaited second issue of Ellis and Zaffino’s Karnak. Everyone here at The Institute is overjoyed that this series has re-commenced, but the truly good news is that Warren Ellis, who experienced some health scares last year, seems to be back to his good ol’ cheeseburger & cocktail self, steering well clear of another “terrible neurological event that hospitalises you and leaves you with mysterious, frightening neurological and physical deficits that science cannot explain…”

Continuing and related titles
All New Inhumans #4
All New X-Men #5
All New All Different Avengers #6
Amazing Spider-Man #1.3
Angela, Queen of Hel #5
The Astonishing Ant-Man #5
Daredevil #4
Drax #4
Hercules #4
Howling Commandos of S.H.I.E.L.D. #5
Karnak #2
Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #4
New Avengers #7
Patsy Walker AKA Hellcat #3
Silk #5
Spider-Man 2099 #7
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #5
Venom: Space Knight #4
X-Men: Worst X-Man Ever #1 (of 5)
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All New All Different Marvel – Week 6

Week six of Marvel’s All-New All-Different relaunch puts that mouthful of a moniker right smack on the cover of at least one flagship title. Waid and Kubert’s Avengers title isn’t New or Uncanny, or even Ultimate (also debuting this week), but it does feel like the focal book of the Avengers line. We got out first tease of this series back in May with a Free Comic Book Day edition, and now, in its full-length glory, Earth’s Mightiest kick-off a galactic romp that hearkens back to the pre-Disassembled Kurt Busiek days.

"Awesome: RTJ shirt. Not awesome: those poses" - RF
“Awesome: RTJ shirt. Not awesome: those poses” – RF

The seven new series hitting shelves this week brings the total up to an even thirty. X-23 takes up the Wolverine mantle. Team Hawkeye picks up from Perez and Lemire’s 5-issue run earlier in the year. A psychopathic super-villain gets top-billing. A cluster of Spider-people are the new Exiles. Heroes for Hire gets worked. And more! Including The Mandarin in a sweet suit.

All New All Different premieres
All-New All-Different Avengers #1
All-New Hawkeye #1
All-New Wolverine #1
Carnage #1
Illuminati #1
Ultimates #1
Web Warriors #1

Continuing titles
Spider-Gwen #2
Spider-Man 2099 #3
Uncanny Avengers #2
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All New All Different Marvel – Week 4

Three more All-New All-Different titles debuted this week, alongside three number-two issues.

Marvel’s new Blade was meant to hit the shelves this week as well, but as reported by Bleeding Cool, the title has been delayed for an unspecified time, presumably to allow more time for the Marvel media engine to align its plans for the next Blade film. This could be another opportunity to bemoan the grand Hollywood takeover of Marvel characters and storylines, but we’ll instead try to focus on the positive.

This week, unfortunately, that means a pair of goofy premieres and one confusing tale that, based on the Idle Time focus group, is completely inaccessible to anyone unfamiliar with Angela’s (albeit brief) Marvel backstory (“what the hell did I just read?!” “rarely am I this confused by a Marvel book”).

All New All Different premieres
Angela, Queen of Hel #1
Howling Commandos of S.H.I.E.L.D. #1
Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #1

Continuing titles
Captain America: Sam Wilson #2
New Avengers #2
Spider-Man 2099 #2
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All New All Different Marvel – Week 2

Six more All New All Different books hit shelves this week, bringing the total number of new series launches up to ten. Week 2 features two more books from the Spider-verse, and our first official full-length look at two of the Avengers teams.

All New All Different premieres
Captain America: Sam Wilson #1
Guardians of the Galaxy #1
New Avengers #1
Spider-Gwen #1
Spider-Man 2099 #1
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First Obsessions: TMNT

A few weeks ago, it came to my attention that we were not properly celebrating a new “National Day” designation. Not to be confused with Free Comic Book Day, which happens the first Saturday of May each year, National Comic Book Day is one of those arbitrary days of observation that was seemingly birthed thanks to the Internet and the ability to generate buzz with a hashtag or flash sale. We should put a National Day of Idleness on the calendar. I think our pals at Idle Times SF would get behind that.

Regardless! Far be it from us to miss out on a chance to celebrate one of the key pillars supporting our clubhouse of frivolity. So I started asking various Idlers to share a comic or comics that stand out in their memory as personal game-changers, formative issues, or books that set them on a path of irrepressible obsession. We’re starting with RF’s recollections on TMNT. – MMDG

image1The first thing I ever obsessed over was Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. I was only four or five, but I had already had strong, nerdy inclinations and everything in my life had to be TMNT, including birthday cakes, a sleeping bag, turtle pajamas (colored headband included), and my prized collection of action figures. Of course, the cartoon show was part of my fix, as I spent hours watching rented VHS tapes on a daily basis. Everything stemmed from this show, and if something had a picture of a ninja turtle on it, I had to be a part of it. And I suppose, that’s how I ended up possessing volumes three and four of the original Eastman and Laird comic book series. Continue reading First Obsessions: TMNT

All New All Different Marvel – Week 1

Marvel’s latest series relaunch is its most ambitious to date, with up to sixty new titles debuting this winter. Unlike similar events in the past, whether it was Heroes Reborn whose issue re-numbering eventually defaulted and resulted in schizophrenic dual-numbered issues, or the more recent Marvel NOW! which seemed to target properties that were developing their own cinema-inspired identities, this year’s All New All Different Marvel bears a few significant differences.

For one, the name is pretty dumb. It doesn’t have the snap of DC’s “New 52” or even the brevity of “Marvel NOW,” but maybe the cumbersome label makes it easier to shed, months down the road, when this new universe has been established as the new normal. Which brings up the second key difference: this time, the relaunch is universal. In the wake of the latest Secret Wars event, bits and pieces of various Marvel realities – some that we are familiar with and some of which are brand new – are coming together to form this new universe. All of the groups are affected: the X-Men books, the Spider-books, and, of course, the Avengers titles.

As we did with the 52 series that comprised DC’s relaunch, a dedicated team of Idle Timers will be reading the first issue of every series under the All New All Marvel banner. We’ll then rank them from worst to best, and share insight from both long-time comics fans and neophytes. Sometimes the best feedback, for a venture designed to hook new readers, comes from folks coming in cold. MH hadn’t even ever heard of Doctor Strange, if you can believe it. Continue reading All New All Different Marvel – Week 1