DC Comics will be launching a Legends Of Tomorrow anthology to coincide with the new television series in March of 2015 featuring work by Keith Giffen, Yilidiray Cinar, Gerry Conway, Aaron Lopresti & more. Details at DC Comics
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.
In early 2016, DC Comics will be launching several miniseries of some of their own off brand superhero’s, with many of the comics written by the character’s original creators. Lein Wein will be returning to his Swamp Thing creation in addition to writing a new Metal Men series. Marv Wolfman will be writing Raven, Gerry Conway will be writing Firestorm and Mike Barr will be writing Katana. Other series will include a long demanded via twitter Poison Ivy series by Amy Chu, a Metamorpho book Aaron Lopresti & a Sugar & Spike comic by Keith Giffen. More details at USA Today
By Gerry Conway, Eduardo Pansica, Rob Hunter, Corey Breen, Aaron Lopresti, Matt Banning, Chris Sotomayor, Micheal Heisler, Keith Griffen, Bilquis Evely, Ivan Plascencia, Tom Napolitano, Len Wein, Yildiray Cinar, Trevor Scott, Dean White, Steve Wands
DC tries to capitalize on the hit CW TV series Legends of Tomorrow by making a comic of the same name and using one of the characters from the show. Continue reading Legends of Tomorrow #1 Review
The Punisher is one of Marvel Comics’ most iconic characters, but the lethal vigilante almost got another name.
The 16.1 issue of Marvel’s Amazing Spiderman series is a mash up of dated styles that don’t really fit together in any way that feels interesting or coherent. The entire story is basically a set up with some action sprinkled in here and there for New York City Police Captain Yuri Watanabe to become The Wraith, and play off Spiderman, in an attempt to avenge her older mentor who was shot and injured during a shoot out with Tomb Stone. Yuri tries to go to the police chief with evidence of corruption, police chief dismisses said evidence, Yuri decides to take justice into her own hands as The Wraith, end of story. Gerry Conway’s work on Spiderman is legendary, in his time on the title he showed Gwen Stacey die in a failed attempt to save her by Spiderman and created The Punisher, two radical idea’s at the time that had major impacts on comics up to our present day in a variety of ways. I don’t know how long it’s been since Conway has written a comic but he feels rusty here, the story is cluncky and disjointed, the dialogue is flat and lifeless while the concept feels clichéd and uninspired. This doesn’t change the fact that Gerry Conway has forgotten more about comics then I’ll even know but that also doesn’t make it any good. Character’s don’t really develop in anyway here that makes the story engaging, and with Spiderman & his various Rouges being either agents to further the plot, sounding boards or background it’s hard to buy into a group of characters you know nothing about. Thinking about this in comparison to something trying a similar concept in exploring the interior of Spiderman’s world, like the first issue of Superior Foes Of Spiderman where it’s character’s and concept feel fully formed within the first few pages, 16.1 meander’s along without giving any reason for it’s existence other then, it’s a story with Spiderman in it. Carlos Barberi is a great illustrator who has done strong work on recent titles like Thunderbolts but here it all feels too shiny and clean to the point that his work feels reduced down to the sort of sub-manga style of cartooning that was common at Marvel for a short period of time, the type of illustrations takes the styles cute and cartoony characters without any of the dynamic visual story telling that helped it revolutionize the medium. It looks flat and basic with too much digital sheen to let the art get a life of it’s own. Amazing Spiderman 16.1 is a lot of promise that feel’s unfulfilled, Conway will always have his past work as a totem of Marvel’s cannon, but this issue won’t be joining it.
Other than my very limited exposure from the current run of Thunderbolts, the movies, and a few various issues here and there, I knew little about Frank Castle, a.k.a. The Punisher. To prepare for Nathan Edmondson and Mitch Gerards’ first issue of Punisher coming out this week, I picked up Circle of Blood by Steven Grant and Mike Zeck. Aside from his guest appearances, this five issue miniseries was the first story truly defining the character. From there I went on to read Garth Ennis’ Born; Welcome Back, Frank; and the following Marvel Knights series. Needless to say, beside my continued reading of Uncanny X-Men, this was a Punisher week. (We all know the force triggering Frank’s transformation into a one man army–his wife, son, and daughter are murdered during a shootout–so I won’t focus on that too much.)