The Comics Rope: 25th July 2011

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After a not-so-short hiatus, The Comics Rope is back to bring you your weekly recap of the goings-on of the comic book world. It just so happens that we’ve come back during San Diego Comic Con so there’s a lot to cover this week. But first, the important stuff.


It was a very Marvel-heavy week, with new issues of Avengers, Invincible Iron Man and Ultimate Fallout, along with the highly anticipated Daredevil relaunch hitting stands. There was yet another slew of Fear Itself tie-ins, the most notable of which being Fear Itself: FF by Cullen Bunn and Tom Grummett.

Besides the launch of the Retroactive series and their own share of Flashpoint tie-ins, things were relatively quiet for DC this week, a calm before the storm as everyone tries to wrap up their storylines before the September relaunch.

And there was a new issue of The Walking Dead. Need I say more?


Daredevil #1

For the better part of the last thirty years, Matt Murdock has been the Marvel Universe’s unofficial punching bag. When life gave him lemons, his wife would get brain damage and be institutionalized before he even had the chance to make lemonade. This led to some truly amazing comics, both Frank Miller and Brian Michael Bendis can attest to that, but it’s about time Matt Murdock caught a break. Enter Mark Waid, Paolo Rivera and Marcos Martin.

Waid has the unenviable task of trying to write away the appalling events of Shadowland, and for that he must be applauded. However, the real standout here is the breathtaking art from Rivera and Martin, who knock this one out of the park. It’s hard to decide who drew it better, but at the end of the day, I don’t want to choose. The dialogue is sharp, the art is gorgeous, and the stories are fun. I think Matt summed it up best himself, speaking as much to the audience as he is to Foggy:

In short, Daredevil #1 is truly fantastic comics.


Most of this week’s comics news came in the form of Comic Con announcements. Marvel TV have a high number of projects in the works, many of which have been rumoured or announced for a while. In animation there’s Ultimate Spider-Man, Hulk and the Agents of SMASH and a new season of Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, while in live action, Alias (which will be renamed aka Jessica Jones, thanks to JJ Abrams) is currently in development, as well as Mockingbird and Cloak and Dagger.

DC brought a large amount of footage for the upcoming Green Lantern: The Animated Series, as well as a fake trailer for Bruce Timm and Conan O’Brien’s The Flaming C.

Brian K. Vaughn, the genius behind Y: The Last Man, Ex Machina and some of the best episodes of LOST (yeah, I’m a fan), announced a new ongoing series, Saga, with gorgeous art by Fiona Staples. Saga is a “balls to the wall sci-fi book” that will be published by Image Comics in 2012, and I, for one, am very excited.

There was also a flood of long awaited comic book trailers in the last week. The Dark Knight Rises, The Amazing Spider-Man and The Walking Dead: Season Two all had new trailers, while an unofficial teaser trailer for The Avengers was featured in the post-credits of Captain America: The First Avenger.

To say The Dark Knight Rises is highly anticipated would be downright disrespectful to Christopher Nolan, but at this point I don’t think there’s a word in the English language that adequately describes the hype surrounding the final installment in the Dark Knight trilogy. Although the majority of this first teaser trailer is footage from Batman Begins, there’s some new footage featuring a hospitalised Jim Gordon and glimpses of Batman facing down Bane. Warner Bros. did not disappoint with this one.

The first trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man also hit the screen, and opinions are mixed. If you were looking for more of the same from this reboot, then this is the trailer for you. In many ways, this first trailer is thematically indistinguishable from the original film (excluding the bizarre Mirror’s Edge-style first-person sequence at the end). If on the other hand you were hoping that director Mark Webb (500 Days of Summer) would bring a different incarnation of the webhead to the screen, a fun version more akin to the incredibly underappreciated The Spectacular Spider-Man, then this trailer is probably pretty disappointing for you. Guess which side I’m on.

And with that, The Comics Rope has returned. I’ll leave you with a heartwarming moment from The Amazing Spider-Man panel delivered by a particularly special Spidey fan:

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2 Comments on "The Comics Rope: 25th July 2011"

  1. Me July 26, 2011 at 9:30 am -

    Brilliant post!

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