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Ranking Marvel NOW! 40 – 26

Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows

Gerry Conway and Ryan Stegman

So much fun! This book has everything I want from a Spider-story, slice-of-life Peter Parker mayhem, wisecracking Spider-Man, dinosaurs! Oh yeah, it also has this excellent new Spider-team consisting of the Webhead, Mary Jane, and their daughter Annie. Great writing, great art, great all-around. I loved this book, and will absolutely be reading more. – IP

I’m glad they have the Earth-2 stuff still going (been around longer than the Ultimate U!) but I’ve never been into it, and this book isn’t changing my mind. – MMDG

First collection: Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows Vol. 1: Brawl in the Family (June)



Matthew Rosenberg and Ben Torres

Good, not great. Still a big fan of Rosenberg’s work, so, even though I’m not partial to the “other side of villainy” tales, I trust that this writer – especially with the titular character – can make it work. – MMDG

First collection: Kingpin Vol. 1: Born Against (September)


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Justice League of America: Rebirth

Back when my daughter Maggie was about 5 years old, we use to play this game called “The Test.” I would pick up a copy of JLA. We would sit together on the couch, and I would point at the superheroes on the cover.

“Ok, who’s this?”


“Correct. What about her? Who is she?”

“Wonder Woman.”

“You got it. How about this guy?”

“The… umm… The Flash!”

“Yes! Nice job!”

Maggie would always get a perfect score on The Test.

Cut to five years later….

Maggie and I decided to hit the comic shop before dinner tonight and see what’s new. As we looked over the books I saw Justice League of America: Rebirth #1. Cool, I picked it up.

“Hey Maggie, wanna do The Test? Who’s this?”

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DC Rebirth – Week 7

DC’s Justice League, the successor to comics’ first super-team, the DC/All-American Justice Society of America, has become something of an institution among comic book fans and pop culture junkies in general. For most of us who grew up with Super Friends every Saturday morning, this was the definitive assemblage of superhero icons, and in an era in which Hollywood has rabidly placed its hooks into every cape, cowl, and domino mask, trying like mad to control perceptions and dictate narrative directions, it’s more important than ever for these comic book institutions to stand on their own.

Bryan Hitch has the reins for this week’s Justice League: Rebirth, one of the “zero issues” that precedes the proper first-issue series reboot in DC’s Rebirth initiative. It’s a mostly familiar roster centered on the Batman/Superman/Wonder Woman trinity (albeit a pre-New 52 Superman who is still being regarded with some suspicion by his comrades). Aquaman and Flash are there, of course, as is Cyborg who, a few years ago, graduated from the Titans to the JLA. Taking the place of Hal Jordan are the two newest Green Lanterns of Earth, Simon Baz and Jessica Cruz.

This one-shot succeeds, possibly more than any of the Rebirth introductions to date, at offering an ideal starting point for new or returning readers. Obviously that has a great deal to do with the fact that these are all recognizable characters; even beyond our cultural familiarity with DC’s franchise heroes, however, Hitch does an excellent job of featuring the individual powersets, the organizational dynamic, as well as the new status quo with an unfamiliar Superman and new Lantern recruits.

That’s a lot to cram into 22 pages. Oh, and there’s a giant techno-organic space beasty invading the city (more Watchmen-crossover hints?) attempting to harvest the populace. And because that’s a lot to tackle, the comic stumbles a bit. Not to give away too many spoilers, but there is a climactic everybody-shoot-at-once scene inside the creature that would feel lazy even in a Saturday morning Super Friends episode. Not to mention that it isn’t at all clear where they are when the guns are blazing (or still trapped inside its tummy when it flees the atmosphere?) It’s a super-team book, and that’s a tough dynamic to iron out. When you’re tasked with tidying up a complete story that involves a major extinction-level threat in the confines of one issue, then you’re going to deal with some wrinkles.

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