Justice League #12
Every once and a while, an event in a comic book will transcend the typical circles. Like the “Fantastic Four” issue where Johnny “The Human Torch” Storm “died.” People who never even stepped into a comic book shop before were asking about purchasing a copy. Another such issue comes around as Justice League issue twelve has Superman dancing tongues with Wonder Woman. Personally I don’t consider it a big deal since Frank Miller had them breaking a hole in the sky in “The Dark Knight Strikes Again” over a decade ago. I suppose it’s a bigger deal now since the relationship seems to be a part of the new continuum. With that in mind, it still doesn’t strike me as hard because a relationship between Superman and Wonder Woman always seemed like a perfect fit. Not only has Lois Lane been a complete (censored by the God of Derogatory Genital Words and Phrases) since the reboot, but there has always been that sexual incompatibility most famously brought up by the movie “Mallrats.” Lois Lane was always just the chick in distress that Superman needed to save, and I’m actually happy to see her left to the side of the road since comic books have evolved a great deal. Plus Lois is only a seven, while Wonder Woman is an easy ten.
Every month Diamond Comic Distributors puts out a fat book detailing just about everything comic book related that is coming out a few months from now. It’s like a crystal ball made out of paper. Granted the publishers have been known to make last minute delays in many things previewed in this book, but it is still a helpful guide to keep updated on the ever changing comic book world. Here are some key printings that I noticed and wanted to share with my fellow Basement nerds.
Indestructible Hulk #1
To be honest, I am deeply interested in this new direction they are taking Hulk. Some might be put off by it, but it should be good if it’s at least as good as Waid’s work on Daredevil.
All New X-men #1
It’s something about the original X-men being sent into the future and seeing how messed up their lives have become. Brain Michael Bendis is writing, and Stuart Immonen is doing some impressive artwork. So much is in the air right now because of Avengers vs. X-men, but it looks like this comic is the landing pad for the aftermath.
Iron Man #1
Jesus Christ look at the art. Greg Land was already an impressive artist before I saw this, but this is clearly his best work to date. Kieron Gillen has been a mixed bag on Uncanny X-men, but I honestly think I’m going to get this comic just for the art.
Thor: God of Thunder #1
Jason Aaron left Wolverine to work on this new Thor comic. Haven’t seen anything that has made me feel impressed, but I hope that Aaron knocks it out of the park.
Rick Remender (writer Uncanny X-force) and John Romita Jr. (artist Kick-Ass 1 & 2) is probably the best team up in recent memory. After being upset at Ed Brubaker ending his near ten year long run on Cap, I now have renewed faith in the continuation of Captain America’s awesomeness. It will be different, but it will still be a wonderful kick to the junk.
X-men: Legacy #1
I don’t really think you can have a legacy on the first issue. The X-men’s C-list comic gets a new unfamiliar writer and focuses on the character Legion. The son of Professor X that he never talks about. I probably won’t be picking this one up.
Fantastic Four #1
Okay, I can see Matt Fraction doing a good job with Fantastic Four after the superb run of Jonathan Hickman. My only real concern is the mile long shoes he has to fill.
Fraction is also doing FF and is creating a new team of four oddball super heroes. My reaction to this is a little more mixed than the main Fantastic Four comic. It just seems like a hard left turn departure to the world Hickman created.
I don’t know these people! Someone tell them to keep their hands off my Deadpool! Police!
Avengers #34 (Final Issue)
I’m a little glad they’re ending this comic. The Avenger world was getting a little too crowded. So much so that they were even making jokes about it in the comics.
Avengers Academy #39 (Final Issue)
Never read it, but I’m sure someone out there cares.
47 Ronin #1 (of 5)
A Usagi Yojimbo style comic based on the legend of the 47 Ronin. Sign me up.
Judge Dredd #1
Just in the time for the movie that hopefully won’t suck, Dredd is getting a re-launched comic. Duane Swierczynski teams up with IDW publishing to hopefully not suck at making comics either.
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