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The Rough Guide To All New, All Different Marvel

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.

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2015 Harvey Award Nominations

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Review of All-New Inhumans #2

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By James Asmus, Charles Soule, Stefano Caselli, Andres Mossa, Joe Sabino

The Inhuman team led by Crystal is on the hunt for Nuhumans, and their search has taken them to the isolationist nation of Sin-Cong. A nation that purports to be devoid of any people of Inhuman lineage.

It’s odd to see a group like the Inhumans, a group that once moved to the dark side of the Moon to get away from Humanity, traveling the world and working with SHEILD on a Inhumanitarian mission. It feels like something more in line with the X-Men.

Sin-Cong is quite obviously meant to be a satire of North Korea, a country which a very questionable leadership and human rights record. The leader of Sin-Cong bears a striking resemblance to Kim Jong Un, except he a has a mustache. The whole tone of the story reminded me of the movie The Interview. In that, two television TV personalities are recruited to assassinate Kim Jong Un by the CIA. While the movie is funny, it’s humor at times felt too crass and tasteless. I have no love for Kim Jong Un or his fictional counterpart and I don’t wish to handcuff Asmus or Soule’s creativity, but I feel like they should use some caution in further exploring this subject matter. A joke about the famous dictator could easily be mistaken for a racist joke about people of Asian descent, for example.

The story itself deals with Crystal meeting with the leader of Sin Cong, while her hidden team searches the country for Nuhumans. It’s clear that the leader of Sin Cong is a monster and hiding much more than he lets on.

The art by Stefano Caselli is very clear and good at depicting the story. He uses widescreen panels to depict the scale of the story, ten story high robots, people flying through the sky, etc. His style works as a natural complement to Steve McNiven’s style in the other Inhuman book. He also manages to clearly draw each member of the cast, which is pretty large, very well even out of costume.

All-New Inhumans premise seems to be right there in title, introducing new Inhuman characters to the Marvel Universe. Jumping on to the series for this issue, I had a decent idea from the writing what was happening. However, it feels less exciting to the title that Soule is writing in Uncanny Inhumans. It’s not bad, but feels very familiar despite all the changes that have happened. The cliffhanger at the end was surprising and I am somewhat curious to know what happened.

Rating: Poor, Fair, Good, Great, Excellent

Indubitable Issues

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HERE ARE SOME ISSUES THAT WILL NOT DISAPPOINT.

 
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I do not usually recommend a comic I know nothing about but that is because I have never come across a comic about Fugue state written by Ed Brisson.  “A man wakes in a field wearing nothing but his underwear. He’s got no idea who he is or how he got there. His only connection to the outside world is a cell phone that receives mysterious texts warning him of impending danger.” Does it get any better than that? I don’t remember…
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The Week’s Finest: Quantum & Woody, The Goat #0

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Tom Fowler

High expectations can be a double-edged sword. You can get all excited about something only to be severely disappointed. Or it’s not bad, just, well, not quite what you were hoping for. See you build it up so much in your mind that it would be near impossible for the final product to satisfy. (I suspect this was part of my problem with Nolan’s third Batman film). Of course, I shouldn’t be so dour. There are plenty of examples where expectations were met, if not surpassed. I am happy to report that this week delivered another of these positive outcomes Continue reading The Week’s Finest: Quantum & Woody, The Goat #0

The Moment We’ve Been Waiting For Is Almost Here. The Hour Is Upon Us. The Vincent Van Goat Issue Is Arriving

QUANTUM AND WOODY: GOAT #0
Written by JAMES ASMUS & TOM FOWLER
Art & Cover by TOM FOWLER
Pullbox Exclusive Variant by MATTHEW WAITE
Variant Cover by CHIP ZDARSKY

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