The Comics Rope: 29th August 2011

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There were some good comics, there were some great comics, and there was one really disappointing comic this week. Cliffhanger!


DC published their final Old DCU issues this week, the most notable of which being Action Comics. The world’s longest running comic book ended at issue #904 this week. There was also Batman: Arkham City, Batman: Gates of Gotham, Batman Incorporated, Batman: The Dark Knight, Gotham City Sirens, Green Arrow, Green Lantern: Emerald Warriors, Justice League of America, Teen Titans, Wonder Woman and Xombi.

Another week, another heap of big books from Marvel. Astonishing X-Men, Captain America and Bucky, Deadpool, FF, New Mutants, Punisher, Ultimate Comics Ultimates, Uncanny X-Force, Wolverine and X-Men all came out this week.

There were new American Vampire, Chew and Incorruptible books on the stands, while the perpetually-delayed Kick Ass 2 #3 finally saw release. A new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles ongoing series launched with Turtles co-creator Kevin Eastman at the helm. The DC Presents series continues to impress with JLA: Heaven’s Ladder by Mark Waid and Bryan Hitch getting reprinted this week, with Green Lantern #1,000,000 by Ron Marz reprinted in the back of the book for no real reason.

Batman Incorporated #8, or The One Where Grant Morrison Broke My Heart, is quite possibly the worst comic ever released with Grant Morrison’s name on it. The strange, CGI artwork was horrific and quite honestly painful to look at, and the story was so plain and boring that it couldn’t even come close to redeeming the images on the page. And the fact that, as I’ve mentioned before, the following two issues (which, by the way, have stellar artists Cameron Stewart and Chris Burnham attached to them) have disappeared completely makes this “final issue” all the more heartbreaking. I’ll still be here when Batman Incorporated #9 is finally released, but I’ll be more than a little jaded.

Chris Samnee has this amazing gift where any comic he draws is guaranteed to make you smile. Captain America and Bucky #621 is no exception. Captain America and Bucky tells the story of Cap and Bucky’s first missions together, although it focuses on Bucky’s side of the story. Brubaker and Andreyko write to Samnee’s strengths, with enough humour to perfectly balance out the heavy character moments and action set pieces scattered throughout. Like a good comic should.


Ultimate Comics: Ultimates #1

After months of waiting, the all new Ultimate Universe is here. For the uninitiated, Marvel launched their Ultimate imprint in 2000 as a way of updating their flagship titles for the modern era. The line was a hit, with Brian Michael Bendis’ Ultimate Spider-Man and Mark Millar and Bryan Hitch’s post-9/11 interpretation of the Avengers, The Ultimates, consistently outselling their traditional Marvel U counterparts. However in recent years the line has hit a bit of a brick wall, with attempts to breath new life into the line leading to some of the worst comics ever made. So now, eleven years later, the Ultimate Universe is relaunching. And Jonathan Hickman, Marvel Architect behind FF and Secret Warriors, is at the helm.

The Ultimates centers on Nick Fury, Director of S.H.I.E.L.D., and his attempts at policing the world. The majority of this issue is spent in Fury’s command centre in the Triskelion, and it very cleverly introduces multiple plot threads, focusing on many different characters, all in one, extended scene. Ultimate Comics: Ultimates hits the ground running, and if that’s where the Ultimate Universe is heading, we’re in for one hell of a ride.


DC have announced that the Justice Society of America, the original superhero team and Golden Age predecessor to the Justice League of America, will be returning to the NuDCU in 2012. The future of the JSA has been uncertain in recent months, as DC made it very clear that in the NuDCU, the Justice League of America would be the world’s first superhero team. But DC will be falling back on the Multiverse yet again to work around this problem, with the JSA tales being set on Earth Two, traditional home of the Justice Society (it’s all very confusing at DC). The new Justice Society book will be written by James Robinson and drawn by Nicola Scott.

Marko Djurdjevic quit Marvel in spectacular fashion over the weekend at FanExpo Canada, being very vocal about his decision to leave the publisher at the ironically-titled Team Spirit panel. Claiming that his artistic direction was being micro-managed, saying “When they would not interfere with my direction, they would get results that would amaze even me.” Djurdjevic even managed to call out one J. Michael Straczynski, who he said writes “like toilet paper”, which is pretty accurate, really. Comics creators such as Jonathan Hickman and Ed Brubaker have jumped to Djurdjevic’s defense on Twitter, implying that Marko was just being straightforward and honest with the Canadian crowd. Either way, we won’t be seeing him painting The Avengers any time soon.

Also coming out of FanExpo Canada is the announcement that Brian Wood (DMZ, Northlanders, Demo) will be coming to Marvel in 2012, and it’s all but stated that he’ll be writing a Wolverine book. Let’s just hope this doesn’t go the same way as his Supergirl book (I’m still reeling about that one).

And today (well, today in America) is the birthday of the late, great Jack Kirby, King of Comics and creator of, well, almost every character in the four colour world. He may not be getting the respect he deserves from the company he helped build, but he’ll always be the greatest creator in the history of comics.

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2 Comments on "The Comics Rope: 29th August 2011"

  1. vandolf September 25, 2011 at 3:20 pm -

    ui sana mkalaro na qoh nuh….

  2. vandolf September 25, 2011 at 3:24 pm -

    sana mkalaro na qoh nuh…..

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