In 2016, Dynamite will be relaunching there Red Sonja, Dejah Thoris & Vamperilla titles with redesigns by artist Nicola Scott & overall direction from writer Gail Simone. The series will be written by Marguerite Bennett, Aneke, Frank Barbiere & Kate Leth. Press release below Continue reading Simone & Scott Overseeing Dynamite Relaunch By Barbiere, Bennett & Leath
After Mike Marts left Marvel Comics earlier in 2015 to start his own comics publisher, Aftershock, the company just revealed the line up of creators working on properties with the publisher. Garth Ennis, Jimmy Palmioti, Amanda Conner, Frank Barbierie, Marguerite Bennett, Justin Jordan, Phil Hester & Paul Jenkins will all be doing creator owned work with the new imprint. Neil Gaiman, Jim Starlin, Amy Chu & Brian Stelfleeze will all be contributing to it’s initial anthology. More details at Deadline
In addition to the Warren Ellis project, Bleeding Cool is announcing several new Marvel series & creative teams. They are as follows:
Update: Newsarama confirms The Vision series by King & Walta
Sean Ryan & Cory Smith will be taking over Nova
Writer Nick Spencer & artist Daniel Acuna will be taking over Captain America from Rick Remender & Stuart Immonem
Jeff Lemire & Humbert Ramos Extraordinary X-Men is confirmed from this interview on CBR
New Avengers title relaunching with writer Al Ewing & artist Gerardo Sandoval
S.H.I.E.L.D will be relaunched as Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D with writer Marc Guggenheim taking over on writing duties and artist Mike Norton becoming the full time series artist
Writer Gerry Duggan & artist Ryan Stegman will be taking over Uncanny Avengers from Rick Remender & Daniel Acuna
Scarlet Witch series written by James Robinson
Carnage series from Gerry Conway & Mike Perkins
Ultimates comic in the mainline Marvel continuity by Al Ewing & Kenneth Rocafort
New Illuminati series by Joshua Williamson & Shawn Crystal
New Vision series from Tom King & Gabriel H Walta
Mike Costa will be continuing Spider-Verse as Web Warriors with artist David Baldeon
Daredevil by Charles Soule & Ron Garney
Uncanny X-Men by Cullen Bunn & Greg Land
Extraordinary X-Men by Jeff Lemire & Humberto Ramos
All New X-Men by Dennis Hopeless & Marc Bagley
New X-23/Wolverine by Tom Taylor & David Lopez
Venom: Spaceknight by Robbie Thomas & Ariel Olivetti
Howling Comandos of S.H.I.E.L.D by Frank Barbiere & Brent Schoonover
Angela Relaunch With Marguerite Bennett remaining as the main writer on the series and art from Stephanie Hans & Kim Jacinto
Deadpool relaunch by Gerry Duggan & Mike Hawthorne
Writing duties on Old Man Logan will be taken over by Jeff Lemire with Andrea Sorrentino remaining on art.
Thor, Guardians Of The Galaxy, Ms Marvel, Amazing Spiderman, Legendary Star Lord, Howard The Duck, Spider-Woman, Hawkeye, Spiderman 2099 & Silk will also feature the same creative teams that are currently writing the books.
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HERE ARE SOME ISSUES THAT WILL NOT DISAPPOINT.theotherbluth gets his wish with… A-Force #1 A while back I did a post regarding my picks for an all female “season” of Young Avengers, this book is about as close as I’ll get to seeing that dream come true, for now. This tie-in series looks like all kinds of fun, with the mightiest women of the Marvel universe teaming up for some serious heroing–that’s a verb right? A solid creative team, and a book with Shulkie, Miss America Chavez, and Medusa; need I say more?!?
By Michel Fiffe, Felipe Smith, Val Staples, Jeremy Whitley, Marguerite Bennett, Katie Cook, Gurihiru & Kris Anka
Among the many positive decisions Marvel made in designing their Secret Wars Event was throwing open the doors to all types of genres .Besides the usual superhero antics, tie-ins have ranged from the common (sci-fi and horror) to less frequently explored (Westerns). This week, Marvel adds another to the latter category: romance. Their Secret Love anthology takes the tropes of romance comics, blends them with superheroes and serves up a delightful one-shot.
The first story (“Guilty Pleasure”) is also the most ambitious. Written and illustrated by indie star Michel Fiffe, it revisits the Ann Nocenti/John Romita Jr. era of Daredevil. The set-up is more or less a classic love triangle: Matt/Daredevil loves Karen, but Karen is jealous, as lately her boyfriend seems to be infatuated with the mysterious Mary/Typhoid Mary/Innocent Mary/Bloody Mary/et al. And so, Karen trails Daredevil as he does the rounds of Hell’s Kitchen. Fiffe locates his tale in the Inferno domain, which lets him evoke a specific segment of Nocenti’s long run on the title (immediately following Nocenti’s initial Typhoid Mary arc, she penned the series’ Inferno tie-ins).
Continue reading Review of Secret Wars Secret Love #1
by Marguerite Bennett, Kieron Gillen, Stephanie Hans & Marguerite Sauvage
I picked up this book not really knowing what to expect .I tried the debut issue of Bennett/Gillen’s Angela: Asgard’s Assassin series. With the exception of Hans’ handful of pages, it left me meh and I never bothered with another installment. Honestly, while I continue to enjoy Gillen’s creator owned work, his Marvel output post-Young Avengers has left me wanting. Still, I was curious to see what he and Bennett might do with Neil Gaiman’s 1602 alternate reality. Plus, there was the promise of more Hans art, which is always a good thing.
The results were decidedly mixed.
Following the structure of Asgard’s Assassin, Witch Hunter is split between different stories and creative teams. There is a brief introductory tale which sets up who Angela is and what she does. As the title suggests, she is a witch hunter, which in the 1602 reality really means mutant hunter, as witchbreed is a derogatory term for mutants. As in Gaiman’s original series, the historical King James is portrayed as a proponent of virulent racism, dressed up in religious rhetoric. In Gaiman’s hands it was an effective remainder of the ubiquity of racism, as well as the continued timeliness of Charles Xavier’s message of tolerance.
Continue reading Review of 1602 Witch Hunter Angela #1
The great thing about all these Secret Wars tie-ins which are resurrecting old storylines, it makes me want to go back and read the source material. In some books this source material is closer related than others. Either way, the tie-ins allow a new reader to get familiar with an old concept they might enjoy, or it allows an experienced reader to revisit a story which they loved, perhaps told in a different way this time around. Days of Future past is one of the most loved X-Men story lines from the great run of Uncanny X-Men through the Chris Claremont era. Not to mention the terrific X-Men movie released last year by the same title and following the same story. Prior to the movie coming out I reviewed the source material found here. If you remember Days of Future Past it was only two issues long. The trade paperback is quite large but it is filled with other “stuff”, the actual story takes place over two issues. There is so much room to expand on this concept and take it in a few different directions. A Secret Wars Years of Future Past book seems like a no brainer.
I thought the title of the book was very interesting. Many of the Secret Wars books are not changing the name of the source material they are resurrecting; Old Man Logan, Runaways, Siege, Civil War, etc. I think the title choice for Years of Future Past was a smart one. There is obviously the movie titled Days of Future Past. It does not appear that this storyline is going to have the elements of time travel or sins of the past to deal with. The mutants of Days of Future Past had no hope to save the existing world except to travel back in time. In Years of Future Past there is some hope in the present day. The title Years of Future Past correctly alludes to the story we will be getting, but also lets the reader know there are a few key elements that will be different.
This comic was very good. Most of these Secret Wars tie-ins I enjoy, this book was one of the only books where I didn’t want it to end. I wish I had issue two piled up right beside me so I could continue on. It is very intense and entertaining. The comic is driven by the good that is still in the mutant characters. They live in a world where as mutants they have to be marked and confined to specific living quarters where their powers are suppressed. The President would be happy if there were no mutants left at all, they are almost extinct. However, there is a team of mutants that has a plan to save their kind. Even on the brink of extinction their plan does not include revenge, only redemption. I’m not going to spoil any of this fantastic story. This is a Secret Wars tie-in you should definitely pick up. Bennet and Norton are a fantastic match for this book. I can’t wait for issue #2.
Angela: Asgrad’s Assassin #1 by Kieron Gillen, Marguerite Bennett, Phil Jimenez & Stephanie Hans
This week Marvel unveiled the latest chapter in their ongoing attempt to integrate Angela into their comic universe. Originally created by Neil Gaiman and Todd McFarland back in 1993, Angela was subject to years of legal wrangling over ownership. The eventual winner was Gaiman, who handed the character over to Marvel. Since then, Marvel has been experimenting with how to make her click within the Marvel U.
First they took the cosmic track, adding her to Brian Michael Bendis’ Guardians of the Galaxy. More recently, she has been switched over to the mythological side of things. Original Sin revealed Angela to be the daughter of Odin and Freyja. Long thought dead, she was raised by Heven, whose inhabitants consider Asgard their sworn enemies. Having rejected Asgard, while being disowned by Heven, Angela finds herself in a type of Ronin limbo. (The title Asgard’s Assassin is a bit misleading in this regard; I guess editorial thought that the Thor branding would help. Or perhaps, it’s a giveaway to where the initial arc is headed?).
The first issue makes a pretty decent go of working through chunks of this background; new readers need not be afraid of picking up what is going on with the character. The down side is that the actual plot does not have much time to get simmering. Readers meet Angela, her companion Sera, and learn their backgrounds. That’s pretty much it, until the cliffhanger pops up on the final page. Gillen’s Marvel work can be inconsistent and this is not one of his strongest efforts. That said, it is not bad, and does leave plenty of room to grow.
The highlight of the issue is a flashback interlude scripted by Marguerite Bennett and Gillen with art by Stephanie Hans. Hans’ work is immediately striking, full of bold colors and beautiful images. Her action sequence is stunning, capturing in three panels the grace, savagery and speed of Angela’s attack. Hans has been an underrated talent for a while now; hopefully this title can bring her the wider recognition she deserves.
All in all, this was a decent issue. I am not 100% sure that I shall return for issue #2; however, I am curious to see what happens next.