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After a very long wait the team of Matt Fraction and David Aja have reunited for a new Hawkeye series. Their first series together, The Immortal Iron Fist, was nothing short of spectacular. It completely rejuvenated the Iron Fist character and brought him to the front line of Marvel Comics and a big spot in the Avengers. The question is, can they work the same magic on Hawkeye? After one issue I can safely say they are on the right track.
I’m not sure what I expected in a new Hawkeye book. It definitely wasn’t this. Which is not to say it wasn’t good. In fact, I would go so far as to call it great. The art is fantastic which should be expected from Aja. His work is consistently clean, easy to follow, and does a great job of conveying the story. I’m very excited to see him get to draw some true action sequences in the future. The writing is very good as well. While some of the dialogue comes off as a bit heavy handed, to me anyway, it fits in with the tone and setting of the story. The plot itself plops Hawkeye directly in Bed-Stuy New York dealing with a crooked landlord. It gets a little crazy from there but it does a great job of showcasing Hawkeye’s morals.
Overall the book hits on many levels. I cannot wait for the rest of this series. With the popularity of Hawkeye coming off the Avengers movie, he is primed for a huge breakthrough. Many consider him a poor imitation of Green Arrow which I’ve never really seen. The differences between the two are huge. Hawkeye stands on his own. I’m hoping this book will break Hawkeye from the comparisons to Green Arrow and out of Captain America’s shadow.
The Riddler remains one of my top two favorite Batman villains, the other being Two-Face. With both of the included in this game I am understandably excited. This game may be number one on my 2011 watch list, although MW3 is up there pretty high.
I have always believed the Riddler to be the most undervalued Batman villain. This trailer shows him to be the Jigsaw equivalent in Gotham and it works. Setting traps, leaving clues, being clever, all perfect for Mr. Nigma. What do you guys think?
For those of you not following any current DC or comics news, they are currently running a summer event called Flashpoint. Issue 2 is slated to hit tomorrow, 6/1/11, so you still have time to catch up. The gist of the story is this, something strange is happening in the world of the Flash. Nothing is as it should be. Characters are different. People long dead are suddenly back and running around in tights. And NOTHING will ever be the same. At least, that is what DC is promising. And for once it looks like they may be telling the truth. In a bold move, DC will be relaunching their entire lineup with new number one’s starting in September. All new creative teams, all new continuity. The only number one nit shipping in September will be Justice League #1 by Geoff Johns and Jim Lee! The new Justice League book ships the last Wednesday of August along with Flashpoint #6. The lineup for the book will be the big guns, Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Flash, and Aquaman. The characters will be getting redesigned costumes to go along with the new continuity.
The final piece of the post Flashpoint DC is the publisher’s commitment to day and date digital distribution. And it’s about time.
Look, all of this sounds great to me. It honestly does. I have always been a Marvel guy, ever since I was a wee tot. I love the DC characters a ton, but have never been able to get into their books on a regular basis. I applaud this strategy. To me, this is what is needed for characters over 60 years old that have been through Crisis after Crisis. I hope it sticks and we get new relationships and new angles on old themes. It has potential. It can be great. I hope it is.
Announced at Kapow!, Nick Spencer and Emma Rios will be launching a new Cloak and Dagger series for Marvel. Spencer, currently working on a ton of books including Morning Glories, Infinite Vacation, and Iron Man 2.0, is one of the biggest rising starts in comics. He is a recent Marvel exclusive and a serious talent. I don’t know much if Rios’ work but remember her from the Strange mini a few years back. Her work seems to fit very well with the Cloak and Dagger side of New York.
Cloak and Dagger are two of my absolute favorite Marvel characters. Ever since I was a kid I thought they were just plain cool and have wanted more of them. Joey Q always said that they would do a new Cloak and Dagger book when they got the right pitch and team. I am super stoked for this!
Found over on www.art.com, these wall murals are the bees knees. Selling for $125.oo a piece, these murals are a bit on the pricey side. But, they add to a trend I have noticed recently. Geek culture, while being mainstream for a while now, is becoming fashionable and classy. There is no doubt that these three prints are works of art and deserve a place on the wall with every other painting or print that has been selling for years. Hit the links for the order page for each individual print. Fantastic Four, Thor, Spiderman.
My level of anticipation for this movie is through the roof. Everything about this looks fantastic. Seriously, everything looks perfect. I really have no doubt this will be the best of the Marvel films so far and possibly ever when all is said and done.
I really want to like this film. Honestly, I do. I am a huge GL fan. The GL stable of books is currently one of the very best on the market in both writing and art. The potential for a truly great franchise is there just waiting to be realized. But, this is Warner Bros. we are talking about. While they certainly have handled some franchises remarkably well, Harry Potter and the Nolan Batman films for example, there are others that unequivocally fell short of expectations, the Superman reboot/sequel and the Matrix trilogy come to mind. That being said Green Lantern is basically an outer space buddy cop movie. That’s a pretty hard premise to screw up. I don’t love the casting of Ryan Reynolds as Hal. I like Reynolds enough, just not as a guy who possesses ultimate willpower. The CG looks good for characters like Kilowog and Abin Sur but the costume still looks terrible to me. Judge for yourself in the trailer below.
posted by GW Dan
Embedded below is a quick video blog from Aaron at A Comic Shop in Orlando, Florida. In it he explains his stores decision to no longer carry variant covers for any titles. I support this decision 110%. Variant, chrome, embossed, die-cut, gatefold, jam, 3-D, hologram, stickerfoil, bullshit covers ruined the industry in the 90′s. Marvel Comics, currently the most successful publisher, filed for bankruptcy not so long ago. One of the main causes of the bursted bubble was the fallout from the speculator market. In the 90′s publishers put out a ton of junk just to get people into comic shops under the false pretense that these special covers would somehow be worth more money down the road. Speculators grabbed these books like fat kid at a cake buffet. But then, a realization began to sink in. If everybody bought these covers, and everybody wanted to try and sell them, well then there would be no demand. How many copies of the black-bagged Superman “death” issue did you buy? How many did your dad get? Your neighbor? And now how many could you get for less than a buck at any number of stores around the country? We are heading down a very slippery slope here and it’s nice to see a shop owner calling bullshit on the publishers.
posted by GW Dan
Lighter week this time around but some really good stuff. Here we go…
Avengers Academy 02
writer – Christos Gage, artist – Mike McKone
Issue two of Avengers Academy hits this week and builds off of the decidedly average debut. Gage does a good thing here by focusing the series on Finesse. Her character seems to be the one most ready for expansion into the Marvel U proper. While the overall idea that this group of teenagers are seen as the most dangerous of Norman Osborn’s recruits still doesn’t really work for me, Finesse does seem like she could cause a problem or two. The rest of the team needs to be filled out going forward but I think Gage realizes that this will be her book. And bravo to him because she is a very interesting character that could prove to be a major player if handled correctly. McKone does a fine job on the art, as he always does, though there isn’t really much to do. I’m hopping we get some action soon before this book gets bogged down in teen angst and melodrama.
writer – Andy Diggle, artist – Roberto De La Torre
Part two of Shadowland hits and steers the event in the right direction. Diggle takes a moment after the mini-series debut to flesh out the characters and their place in the world. Foggy is particularly strong here and serves as our voice to Daredevil. DD becoming distanced and walking a fine line between good and evil is nothing new. I can’t think of a modern DD writer who didn’t try it. However, with DD setting up the Shadowland in NY, and kicking out his friends and family, I get the feeling that this time things will go a little differently. Diggle does a good job setting up the pieces for the continuing story and dropping a teaser that has become cliche in recent DD stories but nonetheless gets me excited every time. De La Torre continues the grittiness of recent DD artists and that’s just fine with me. It is a style that works well for the tone and the setting. Hopefully this book shows the direction the series is headed. If so, Marvel should have a very good event on their hands.
Invincible Iron Man vol. 5 28
writer – Matt Fraction, artist – Salvador Larrocca
If we are being honest, I haven’t kept up on my Iron Man reading. I don’t exactly know why either. I love the character. I love the writing. I love the art. I guess I just trade wait too long for this series. That being said, this issue is pretty solid. In Tony’s quest to rebuild his life his company is taking a new shape. No longer a weapons developer, Stark Resilient wants to bring energy to the world. To do this, Tony needs a new team of workers and he interviews them here. He also flies to Japan and has a brief run-in with the Hammer heirs. Most of the issue is talking heads but it works. Fraction is so good on Iron Man that even an issue that has no action is still a high quality book. The art continues to improve as Larrocca refines his already excellent work. Simply put, another solid issue from a consistent team.
Vengeance of the Moon Knight 10
writer – Gregg Hurwitz, artist – Juan Jose Ryp
Issue ten sees an explanation of Moon Knight on the Secret Avengers. It’s an odd match to be sure but it works and this issue really drives home why from Moon Knight’s perspective. I like what they have done to Moon Knight recently. He has always been a solid character with way too many issues. They simply weighed him down. Bendis or Millar could have crafted an awesome story playing with the multiple personality aspect of Moon Knight but why bother? Now, writers have a much clearer path to telling good stories without the crazy baggage. The story itself here is pretty crazy in and of itself. Pirates, the Glove of Astria, a completely mental sea monster, all here. But it serves as Moon Knight’s self realization as to his placement on the team. Hurwitz does well with minimal dialogue between the team members. The story really shines in the art department. Ryp does violence and gore the way of Darrow on Hard Boiled and it is brilliant. He is perfect for this title and I hope he never leaves. Next month crosses with Shadowland. Should be a good time.
writer – Grant Morrison, artist – Tony Daniel
OK look. Here’s the thing. If you need to be out a two part story to fill in the gap between two separate stories that concluded close to two years ago, those original stories didn’t work then. Batman R.I.P and Final Crisis were simply not good. Make no mistakes about it, Grant Morrison is a talented writer. He has no place near superheroes though, especially Batman. The RIP story was a joke without an ending. Final Crisis was a convoluted mess, and I do like Johns work quite a bit. However, the current run of Batman has no business filling in the gaps. If it wasn’t important two years ago it certainly isn’t now. The issue itself is average at best. Morrison offers nothing new to the overall picture because we know Bruce died in Final Crisis and is coming back in a few months. Therefore this issue is just flat. The dialogue between Alfred and Bruce is good but otherwise this is a pass. Daniels’ artwork is among the most inconsistent in the industry. His Bruce here does not maintain the same body throughout the book’s pages. Overall, not worth your money.
writer – JMS, artist – Eddy Barrows
If you had said to me that a comic about Superman walking across America Forrest Gump style would blow me away I would have said, “depends on who’s writing it but probably not.” And I would have been very wrong. This month sees issue one in JMS’s year long Grounded story arc. In this arc JMS is going to examine what it is that makes a hero. There will be some political insight, as there already was this issue, some social insight, as there was this issue, and damn fine character work, as there was this issue. Superman may very well be the perfect choice for this type of narrative and bravo to JMS and DC for allowing it to happen. After years of some pretty mediocre Superman stories, we are going to be reminded or maybe realize just exactly why we love this character as much as we do. In this issue we see Superman making a stop in Philadelphia. And he mostly talks. That’s really about it. And it really, REALLY works. I loved it and am on the hook for more. Barrows does a nice job with the emotion of the story. Admittedly, there isn’t much in the way of panel to panel story-telling. It’s mostly talking heads. But he does well and serves the narrative. Overall this book just works. The next issue can’t get here fast enough.
That’s it for this week. Too much going on to get to anything else. Will update when I get a chance.
posted by GW Dan
Will probably reblog this sometime tomorrow but wanted to get it on here now as proof I had the news before it got old but Andrew Garfield is the new Spider-Man. Sony pictures has put out an official presser stating this fact so there it is.
A quick IMDB search shows that Andrew has been in two episodes of Doctor Who, The Other Boleyn Girl, and the Facebook movie out later this year. He has some other credits but nothing too major. He’s a British actor and is 27 years old. Everything I’ve read has stated that the New Spidey stuff would be in high school mostly and I’m just not sure if he looks young enough to be playing a 17 or 18 year old. I’ll visit some of his work before I really form an opinion on him but at first reaction I’m just not feeling it. Hopefully I’m wrong and this turns out amazing. I want to have faith in the Spidey franchise but without Marvel’s involvement, well, I saw Spidey 3 so…
posted by GW Dan
Tomorrow, the landmark Wonder Woman #600 hits stores nation wide. Now, I know what you’re thinking… How in the blue hell did Wonder Woman make it to issue #600? I have no idea either but there you go. In an effort to revitalize the character, DC has brought aboard J. Michael Stryczynski to write her new adventures. Even JMS however cannot save this character. She is a terrible character who, in every issue I’ve tried to read, has come across as just totally flat. The only time she was written well was by Darwyn Cooke in Justice League: New Frontier. If you haven’t read New Frontier, you need to go pick it up now! It is superb. However, if you’re thinking what else can DC do to possibly turn more people off to the character well, I have your answer. Behold the new Wonder Woman costume…
Holy ass nuts! What the fuck is that? Why? And Jim Lee did this? JIM LEE? Ugh, just ugh. Oh where to begin? First, the choker. No character has ever looked good with a choker. They are utterly useless in design. Second, the jacket. Has WW been rummaging through Black Canary’s closet? What purpose does that serve? A half Jacket with the sleeves rolled up, yuck. Third the pants. If you look closely you can see some kneepads and pipping running down. And by running down I mean down and over her feet. What the shit? And spurs? well, kinda spurs since there aren’t any, you know, spikey things to make the horsey run. The new top is ok and the gauntlets are pretty cool. Other than that though, this is a total bloody disaster. Wonder Woman is a Greek goddess. She is a warrior. She is not a spunky teenager form 199fucking3! I at least expect better of Jim Lee. There is no doubt the man can draw. And I don’t have to have the costume make a lick of sense because ultimately, these characters are just that, works of fiction. But, that doesn’t excuse this hot mess. Not even a little bit.
posted by GW Dan
Dominic Cooper has been oficially confirmed to play Howard Stark, that’s Tony Stark’s dad, in the upcoming Captain America film. This comes just a day after Tommy Lee Jones was confirmed for a role as well. Cap is shaping up to be an awesome flick. Based on the efforts of Marvel studios previously, these actors should knock it out of the park.