Fall is upon us but while Secret Wars and it’s many tie in’s sit in delay purgatory for the time being, Marvel is once again relaunching it’s superhero line with a whole bunch of #1 issues for their comics. With that said, the publisher is moving from a different position than they were in with Marvel Now & All New Marvel Now. With the former, Marvel had a lot of young creative talent that they were able to re-position during the relaunch to give their line a fresh make over and give creators they had brought up on their lower tier titles a higher profile like Jonathan Hickman, Jerome Opena, Esad Ribic, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Jason Aaron or Rick Remender. After Marvel Now was a success, they added several new talents into their fold by building off the success of the original relaunch, giving creators like Ales Kot, Tradd Moore, Michael Walsh, Felipe Smith or Michel Fiffe their first shot at a major comics launch with the publisher. Now, much of the talent from both those initiatives has moved on from the publisher. In their place, Marvel has new creators coming on from all sorts of different mediums in addition to some of their old standby’s like Brian Michael Bendis, Mark Waid or Greg Land, and they are publishing a lot of comics. Probably too many. Below is a list of all the announced new series categorized into grouping of Yay, Mayhaps or Nah like we did with Secret Wars. Keep in mind that I won’t be including series that are basically the same creative talent and that Marvel will surely have more books to announce in the months ahead.
Writer Charles Soule of Uncanny Inhuman, Letter 44, She-Hulk, Death Of Wolverine, Swamp Thing & Superman/Wonder Woman will be doing another Inhumans comic titled All-New Inhumans focusing on the once object of Johnny Storms eye, Crystal. Art will be provided by Stefano Caselli of Avengers, Avengers Assemble, Secret Warriors & The Amazing Spiderman. More details on the This Week In Marvel Podcast
As Warren Ellis has been teasing for some time, Bleeding Cool is reporting that the writers new Marvel series will be on the Inhuman character Karnak in October of 2015 with artist Gerado Zaffino of Winter World & Mad Mac Fury Road. Warren Ellis has retweeted the story in his twitter feed, seemingly validating Bleeding Cools story. More details at ye olde Bleeding Asshole
It’s almost summer of 2015 which means Marvel comics will be dropping another event much to the delight of comics shops & corporate shareholders. But this time around feels a little different, this time we are getting something bigger, something different and something that feels like uncharted territory. Starting in May of 2015 and going throughout the summer and beyond, Marvel comics will possibly alter, stop publishing or shake up their entire universe in it’s Secret Wars initiative. Instead of Avengers comics there will be a series of titles upon titles that appear out of continuity. What is going on here? What does this all mean? Is there anything worth reading out of all this? Let’s try an extrapolate what we know below.
In case you didn’t know, I have a fondness for the Inhumans. Aside from the name, I think they’re a great cast of characters that haven’t had alot to do except for recent developments. You also may not know I have a soft spot for father/son stories, and so it was sort of inevitable I would pick this as TWF.
I mentioned that I’m fond of the Inhumans, but that only goes as far as them actually having the story be about them. Not unlike Namor the Sub-mariner (“The First Mutant!”, “Atlantis is gone”, “He flooded Wakanda!”, “Atlantis is gone again?!”), it seems hard to get stories about the main group of the Inhuman royal family without some odd extra element.
I know from Infinity that Black Bolt blew up Attilan after Thanos’ attack and released Terrigen mists throughout the world to save his species. The why is something I haven’t figured out yet, but that’s not important. What is important is that this book is about the next step for Black Bolt with new Inhumans around the world.
The story begins with him stopping some opportunistic thugs from abducting Inhumans during their cocoon transformation, and grabbing a sample of Terrigen mist. He then goes to see his wife Medusa, informing her of his mission to find their missing son. After getting some help from Eldrac, Black Bolt appears in front of a sprawling castle with Medieval archers and huge battle turrets. Black Bolt dispatches them quickly and meets the master of the castle, Kang the Conqueror. Kang has been watching over Black Bolt’s son all along, while his son has grown to resent his father. Black Bolt tries to salvage their relationship with a surprise mind-meld and impromptu Terrigenisis. He then asks Kang to take his son away from the danger that threatens the current timeline, which Kang agrees to with the caveat that he will now be the boy’s father.
Charles Soule’s script reminds me of two other father/son stories: Hook and Stephen King’s Storm of the Century. Hook in how the villain turns the son against his father, and the latter because of the sacrifice a father makes not just of himself but the life of his child. Black Bolt has always been somewhat of a tragic character, in how he could never explain the reasons for his actions or share his feelings of love for his wife Medusa. With him facing the consequences of his work with the Illuminati, and his fall from grace in the eyes of his wife and subjects, losing his son again adds an interesting wrinkle to his story. With these seeds planted, there is plenty for Soule to use over the course of the series.
Steve McNiven, one of my favorite Marvel artists, turns in a impressive array of pages. His action is dynamic, his facial expressions are arresting, and the way he depicts the Inhumans themselves feels fresh. He nails the body language of a super being that can’t speak without destroying his surroundings, or an angry wife with living hair. I love the way he depicts Black Bolt’s strength and resolve.
I’m pleased to see such top notch creators on an Inhumans book, and surpass my expectations right out of the gate. Soule has managed to craft a Shakespeare-like drama just from Medusa and Blackagar Boltagan, and I can’t wait to see what he does with the rest of the Royal family. Hopefully McNiven will illustrate more of these stories for as long as possible.
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Matt Kindt’s 2013 was probably his best year ever as comic professional. For a guy who’s been producing self-published comics since 1990, was first published over ten years ago, and was nominated for multiple Harvey and Eisner awards during that time, it wasn’t until last year that mainstream comics seemed to catch up. Starting with a run on DC’s Frankenstein: Agent of Shade in 2012, Kindt’s profile continued to rise as interest increased for his fantastic creator owned comics Mind MGMT his take on Valiants crossover Unity , his stint on Suicide Squad, and his original OGN Red Handed. Kindt is a brilliant comic creator who’s been leading the innovation of the medium for over a decade by playing with panel layouts and designs in ways that comics like Young Avengers, Batman Inc and Hawkeye wouldn’t catch up to for years. So it’s ironic that Kindt’s work on the largest publisher in comics would go largely unnoticed from comic fans and media alike, but it’s probably fitting; even when he gets the largest audience he’s ever had, his strongest work for hire on the biggest stage possible gets ignored. But that’s also at a loss for the fan base because his work on Marvel’s Inhumanity: Awakening and Marvel Knights Spiderman is the closest that Kindt has gotten to the kinetic energy and creative force of his creator owned comics on a work for hire assignment, and just like over the last thirteen years, comic readers are ignoring some of his strongest modern work even now that they know who he is.