It’s been a pretty big week in comics. A lot of Big Sellers, a lot of Comics I Love and a heap of Comics I Wish I Was Up To Date On. We also wrapped up San Diego Comic Con so naturally there’s a whole list of recently announced books to look forward to in the coming months. But most of all, there were some quality comics out this week.
As I’ve already mentioned, there were a lot of comics this week. In terms of Big Sellers we had new issues of Action Comics, Green Lantern Corps, The Mighty Thor, Venom and X-Men: Schism. The Spider-Island event launched in Amazing Spider-Man #666 and David Finch managed to get Batman: The Dark Knight #4 out the door just seven months after the first issue was released (and he didn’t actually draw it).
In Comics I Wish I Was Up To Date On, we had American Vampire #17, Criminal: The Last of the Innocent #2, Butcher Baker Righteous Maker #5 and Xombi #5, which has been confirmed to not be returning in the New 52 and will be cancelled after issue six is released next month. So, you know, buy the trade.
Speaking of Comics I Wish I Was Up To Date On, Jonathan Hickman’s Secret Warriors concluded this week with issue 28. If I hadn’t been waiting for the trade this might have been the Pick Of The Week, but right now I wouldn’t know. I will say that I have absolute faith that Mr. Hickman can deliver a satisfying conclusion to his definitive Nick Fury tale and when I pick up the trade in however many months, I doubt I’ll be disappointed.
Just to embarrass me a little bit more, the most recent chapter in Alan Moore’s League of Extraordinary Gentlemen series, Volume III: Century #2 – 1969, was released this week, although reception has been mixed. Although technically not a comic, Grant Morrison’s highly anticipated novel Supergods, part exploration of the concept of the superhero, part autobiography, was released this week, but it’s really big and I haven’t read it yet.
In Comics I Love, Invincible continues to be thoroughly disappointing as it struggles through it’s post-Viltrumite War slump, although this issue was certainly an improvement on the last two. Ultimate Fallout #3 is now the first series I’ve ever continued to buy without really enjoying it, purely because I care about the characters, and have been tricked into buying this bridging series between the Old Ultimate U and the New Ultimate U, which I am very excited about (I mean Bendis, Hickman, Spencer, come on).
PICK(S) OF THE WEEK
Detective Comics #880, Uncanny X-Force #12 and FF #7
There are four ongoing series which, in my eyes, shine above all others whichever week they’re released. Those comics are Batman, Inc., Detective Comics, Uncanny X-Force and FF and as fate would have it, three of those four came out this week. I honestly can’t choose between them.
I’ve said it before, but Jonathan Hickman’s run on Fantastic Four could very well be the best comic book run I’ve ever read. FF has taken a brief detour from the regular tales of the Future Foundation to tell the story of Black Bolt’s return to the Marvel Universe, and although I’m missing my favourite comic book family, it’s no lull.
Rick Remender’s Uncanny X-Force continues to take all the ridiculousness from the 90′s and turn it into great comics, with the team venturing into the Age of Apocalypse to find a life seed and rescue Warren Worthington from the grip of his alter-ego, Archangel. This was the norm fifteen years ago.
The penultimate issue in Scott Snyder’s definitive Dick Grayson story set in the pages of Detective Comics completed the awesome-comics-hat-trick, building towards what promises to be an amazing conclusion before the slate is wiped clean in the New 52 relaunch and Scott Snyder moves to Batman and, more importantly, Bruce Wayne.
There were a heap of new books announced in the last week at the tail end of SDCC. Marvel will be following in the footsteps of DC’s Brightest Day by releasing a bi-monthly follow up to Fear Itself entitled The Fearless, with a rotating creative team of Matt Fraction, Cullen Bunn, Christopher Yost, Mark Bagley and Paul Pelletier. Matt Fraction will also be teaming up with Terry Dodson for a new Defenders ongoing, starring Doctor Strange, Namor, Red She-Hulk, Silver Surfer and Iron Fist, while Jason Aaron and Mark Silvestri will be relaunching The Incredible Hulk with a new #1 in October.
Jeph Loeb and Ed McGuiness will be teaming up again for Cable: Reborn, a book no one asked for. There will be a new Fables spinoff in Fairest, which will star the “fairest [females] of them all” from Bill Willingham’s Fables universe, with a rotating creative team featuring Willingham himself, as well as Phil Jimenez and Chris Roberson among others.
But the announcement I’m most excited about is also the one I had no idea I wanted to hear, and that is the Chris Roberson penned Star Trek/Legion of Superheroes crossover. The book will be published by IDW, will feature the original incarnations of both groups with art by Jeffrey and Philip Moy.
In film and television, Frank Darabont has walked away from The Walking Dead midway through production of it’s second season. Between firing his entire writing staff before production began on the second season, vocally complaining about AMC cutting his budget, and the vocal disappointment from fans (myself included) over the first season’s finale, the show’s future isn’t looking so great. Meanwhile both the Man Of Steel Superman relaunch and Star Trek 2 have had their release dates pushed back into 2013.
So that’s the week in comics. If you’ll excuse me, I received an Amazon order this week. Time to read Parker: The Outfit.