The Comics Rope: 15th August 2011

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No messing around this week. Let’s talk about some comics.


We’re coming into the final run of old DC books and with the impending relaunch comes a whole heap of final issues, with Batman and Robin, Batgirl, Birds of Prey, Booster Gold, Detective Comics, Red Robin, The Spirit and T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents all saying their goodbyes. Batman, Inc. is absent yet again, after missing the last two weeks in what was already a tight schedule engineered to wrap the story up before the relaunch. And with Batman, Inc. #9 and Batman, Inc. #10 being removed from altogether, I’m more than just a little bit worried about my favourite (okay this is a position shared with Jonathan Hickman’s Fantastic Four/FF) ongoing comic.

Also the cover of Batman and Robin #26 by Chris Burnham is fantastic and kind of makes me wish I didn’t drop that book after Grant Morrison left.

Marvel had their fair share of big releases this week, with three(!) event comics out on one day. From the “Brawl!” in the major Fear Itself #5, to the first official installment of Spider-Island in the medium Amazing Spider-Man #667, all the way down to some super-villains doing things in the minor Vengeance #2, everything you know will change, or is changing, or something. In all seriousness, Marvel are trying this new thing where they make sure their events are pretty good, and it’s working out well so far. Except for Ultimate Comics Fallout, whose fifth installment was released this week. Now there’s a great example of killing my enthusiasm for an event before it’s even started.

And then there’s the books that are just really good; American Vampire: Survival Of The Fittest #3, Criminal: Last Of The Innocents #3, The Red Wing #2, PunisherMAX #16 and, yes, Mega Man #4. We’ve been spoilt, dear readers.


Detective Comics #881

Here’s a situation you might be familiar with: You follow something, whether it’s a TV show or a film series or a comic book, from the moment it’s first released. With every new installment your expectations for the inevitable conclusion are built up, higher and higher. It gets to the point that no matter what happens, there’s just no way that the finished product could even come close to the expectations you’ve set in your mind. This didn’t happen with Detective Comics #881. The final issue in Scott Snyder, Jock and Francesco Francavilla’s run on Detective Comics, and the final issue of Detective Comics before the new #1 in next month’s relaunch actually managed to exceed expectations.

Not only is this the conclusion to the best Dick Grayson of all time, but it will go down as one of the greatest Batman stories ever told. Snyder manages to tie together plot threads from the preceding nine issues, while introducing enough twists and turns to keep readers guessing the entire time. Jock and Francavilla swap art duties throughout the book in a surprisingly fluid fashion, while giving Dick Grayson, Jim Gordon and Barbara Gordon a fitting send-off in their last book before continuity is wiped away. This is the perfect ending to a terrific run, no matter which way you look at it. Please, buy this book, now.


Throughout the week, Marvel have been rolling out a series of one-page teasers for upcoming titles, the most notable of which is a series of Fantastic Four images teasing “November 2011″. The teasers culminated in the announcement of Fantastic Four #600, but fear not, Hickman fans (me), because the next day yet another teaser was released, this time for FF #12. Long story short, Fantastic Four is coming back, but FF isn’t going anywhere, and both books are being written by Jonathan Hickman. This is awesome.

There were also teaser images for Uncanny X-Men, Wolverine And The X-Men, Astonishing X-Men (Storm and Scott?! Gross!), Thor and, one I’m particularly excited for, Victor Von Doom #1 by Nick Spencer and Becky Cloonan.

Apparently Robert Kirkman is looking at doing a prequel to The Walking Dead, a Volume Zero focusing on the time Rick Grimes spent in a coma and the explaining the cause of the zombie outbreak. That’s right, the creator of a beloved franchise is going back to answer questions no one was asking. Midi-chlorians, anyone?

Cartoonist Ty Templeton has attempted to explain the controversy surrounding Miles Morales, the new half-black half-hispanic Ultimate Spider-Man. Let’s hope that clears everything up.

And that’s the week in comics. I’ll leave you with a drawing of Spider-Man slinging pizzas at Electro by Pendleton Ward, creator of Adventure Time. I’m too good to you guys.

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5 Comments on "The Comics Rope: 15th August 2011"

  1. Vicki January 24, 2014 at 4:10 pm -

    Ah yes, nicely put, eveeoynr.

  2. Isa February 21, 2015 at 11:18 am -

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  3. Aveenash April 5, 2015 at 11:52 am -

    Thanks man! Yes, for anyone not clear, McKnight57 wetirs all of the reviews. I honestly haven’t read a new comic book in a long time, and none of the ones he’s reviewed so far. Living 500 miles from the nearest comics shop pretty much stopped my readership.You can tell it’s him and not me by the by McKnight57 portion of the credit right beneath the headline.

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