Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #27
Squirrel Girl has consistently been one of Marvel’s best books and this just keeps up the trend. Making a joke about jumping-on points in comics and evolving the story from there is a really good gag. North and Henderson crush it as always. Silver Surfer bros, planet of squirrels, heroes who can talk to cats, and so many other good jokes litter this comic. As long as they keep making this book, I will read it.
Weapon X #12
I’ve never really liked the X-Force concept that much. The Remender stuff is amazing but it hasn’t since reached that high for me. This was okay, just more of what I expected. A bunch of mutants stabbing other people who hate mutants. It’s been done a billion times. Wasn’t bad but nothing really stuck out for me. Going to pass on the next issue.
Amazing Spider-Man #792
This is the most I’ve enjoyed the Slott Spider-Man! Peter is financially crashing on couches, and public enemy #1 as both himself and Spidey. I am actually invested in the main Spider-Man book for the first time in eight years and that is a good feeling. I’ve always liked Stegman’s art and he delivers on that front. I like all the character moments, like Peter and Flash talking, but the number of symbiotes is a little too much for me. Not sure I understand Marvel’s newest obsession of having multiple versions of the same character out there. I’m not the biggest symbiote fan so while I didn’t hate the book, I don’t know if I am going to read more.
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Peter David & Will Sliney
I didn’t hate it, but that’s about all I can say very strongly. I do like Spider-Man and I think this version might go a more serious route, so I’m willing to give it a chance. For the moment, the prospect of a dark Spider-Man and the awesome covers have me interested….for the moment. – SS
Groaning at the first few pages isn’t usually good. I kind of thought the whole fun of Spider-Man 2099 was seeing the Marvel world in the future so without that concept, I am out. – BC
First collection: Spider-Man 2099, Vol. 1: Smack to Future (April)
Moon Girl & Devil Dinosaur
Amy Reeder & Brandon Montclare
It’s pretty hip in the comic world to resurrect lesser-known Kirby works, but after reading this, I feel like it’s lesser known for a reason. A story with a super genius and a dinosaur pet as main characters initially seems awesome, but I’m not as excited to read further as I am interested to know what the heck is going on. I believe it’s good to not answer all questions right away, but this book could have done a bit more to flesh out the background. And the art is pretty average, not at all Kirby-chic. – RF
First collection: Moon Girl & Devil Dinosaur, Vol. 1: BFF (July)
Continue reading Ranking the All New All Different Marvel: 50 – 41
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
Captain America: Sam Wilson #2
New Avengers #2
Spider-Man 2099 #2
Continue reading All New All Different Marvel – Week 4
Buying floppy comic books from week to week is expensive. It’s a real bummer because there is something special about spreading a pile of comics on your bed and randomly picking a new series to read. That being said, Trade Paper Backs are a great deal, and Image Comics has begun to sell first Trades for under $10. This is the best time to find new amazing comics to follow, and with DC having just relaunched a few years back along with Marvel about to do something similar, this year is a golden opportunity. These books represent those that I had the most fun with so far this year.
My Top 5 from the first half of the year, in a totally random order.
Jason Aaron & Russell Dauterman
After Jason Aaron’s excellent run on Thor came to an end last year the best possible thing happened… Jason Aaron continued writing Thor, this time allowing the mantle of the God of Thunder to be taken up by a woman. This series is fun, brash, and bad-ass. Thor hasn’t ever had this much balls.
The first arc of the series concerns the Dark Elf Malaketh (terribly rendered in the film Thor: The Dark World) who joins forces with the Frost Giants to aid their quest for their king’s skull. The God of Thunder is the only thing stopping them from freezing the entirety of Midgard.
Continue reading 2015 First-Half Favorites: IP’s Top 5 Comics