Al Ewing & Paco Medina
This book seemed bizarre to me. All of these alternate universe characters feel like red-shirts in Star Trek; I don’t care about them. This book really just reeks of that crossover-tie-in funk that bogs down so much of what Marvel publishes. There isn’t really anything substantial in the book even worth writing about – a really lousy comic. I will in no way shape or form be reading any more of this book. – IP
I did not like this at all. I don’t want to play your damn game and I don’t want to read your confusing tie-in. – BC
First collection: Contest of Champions, Vol. 1: Battleworld (May)
64 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Marc Guggenheim & German Peralta
I’m so confused. I thought even with multiverses collapsing, the Marvel Movie U and the ANAD Marvel were separate things. Is that Robert Downey Iron Man? I don’t see this book capturing a wide audience. I don’t think the TV show’s audience is really hankering for more B-listers and primetime tropes in comic form. This is some classically lame, cross-promotional baby shit. Ugly drawings. Boo boo, Peralta. – RF
First collection: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Vol. 1: The Coulson Protocols (August)
Over the last six months, on the heels of the game-changing Secret Wars mini-series, Marvel has rolled out 65 new ongoing* titles as part of its All New All Different Universe.
(*some of those titles have already been ticketed for cancellation… but never fear, because Marvel has quite a few more new books primed to take their place)
This week sees the release of that 65th series, X-Men ’92, an ongoing version of the Secret Wars tie-in of the same name. It’s a book in the all-ages camp along with Spidey that, for some reason, didn’t qualify for the “Marvel Universe” line of books that exist outside the main continuity. Maybe because it’s also geared towards folks who loved the X-Men animated series from the 90’s more than the actual X-Men comics of the 90’s. Or, you know, are nostalgic for rollerblades.
The real highlight of week twenty-six, however, is Captain America: Sam Wilson#7. In addition to continuing the excellent Nick Spencer and Daniel Acuña storyline that now embroils Sam in the Avengers Standoff mini-event, this mammoth book is a celebration of Cap’s 75th anniversary. And one of the bonus stories, “Presentation, ” features an Astonishing X-Men reunion of Joss Whedon and John Cassaday.
You can also pick up a sourcebook guide featuring several updates on ANAD heroes like Dr. Strange and Iron Man, as well as the first trade paperback collection of an ANAD series.
New Titles: X-Men ’92 #1
Continuing and related titles: All-New X-Men #7 Amazing Spider-Man #1.4 Captain America: Sam Wilson #7 Daredevil#5 Drax #5 Hercules #5 Moon Girl & Devil Dinosaur #5 The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #6
Collected Editions: Uncanny Inhumans Vol. 1: Time Crush (collecting #0-4)