Now we get the official confirmation from USA Today that Matt Fraction is on Fantastic Four and FF. I really wasn’t sure about this one, Fantastic Four, FF and myself have been at odds overall. I’m overall a fan of what Jonathan Hickman has done with both series, though I don’t buy them regularly because of budget really, though I do plan on checking out the eventual omnibus editions that Marvel will do for his run. Now Matt Fraction has the unenviable task of following up Hickman’s tenure heading up the Fantastic Franchise. With Mark Bagley on Fantastic Four and Mike Allred on FF, I like both artists, yet like I said I wasn’t sure on either one and then I read the USA Today interview and now I have to say I’m interested.
With Fantastic Four, Matt Fraction is setting up the greatest road trip in the universe. With Fraction having the Fantastic Four take Valeria and Franklin on a historical trip throughout time and space. I love this concept, this should be really a lot of fun to see. Let’s face it Mark Bagley now gets the chance to cut loose on a truly inspired direction for this series. I can even tell that he’s excited about the prospect of this series. It keeps the family and fantastic aspects of the concept alive. Two factors absolutely necessary for the Fantastic Four series. I think this will be a fun comic, though while this would be cool to start out with, the idea behind FF is a cool concept in its own right.
While I am a fan of what Fraction is doing with Fantastic Four, FF is one that catches my attention a bit more. The idea being that the FF are the new guard lining up, chosen by the Fantastic Four personally, carrying on the legacies of each member of the team. While the Four are way on their road trip, they need someone to keep Earth protected and that’s where the FF comes in. Reed Richards (Mr. Fantastic) chooses Scott Lang as Ant-Man, Sue Richards (Invisible Woman) chooses Medusa, Ben Grimm (The Thing) chooses She-Hulk, and Johnny Storm (Human Torch) chooses a girl he was with the nice before he leaves and gives her a Thing costume. It’s that classic moment of, this is all awesome and then here’s this girl wondering what Johnny Storm got her into. Now it is this legacy team with one girl woefully unprepared for what she’s in for. I like this, a new team dealing with the villains of the old. This should be perfectly suited to Mike Allred.
Two new takes on the Fantastic Franchise set in one giant interview, now finding myself interested in both of them. With these I have faith that Matt Fraction can make them work. Though as a trade off in November, The Defenders are getting canceled with #12. I never could quite find myself into that series but I know it has its fans. Though hopefully Fraction’s two new comics should fill the gap of that series. Marvel NOW! has a couple other concepts that have caught my attention more than I expected. I can easily find myself checking the first issues of both of these series. There’s an immense amount of potential here and I’m willing to see where this all goes.
Confirmed officially today by IGN, Deadpool is on the way by Brian Posehn, Garry Duggan, and drawn by Tony Moore. In the wake of this one, I wasn’t sure quite what to expect on this front. Deadpool is truthfully one of my favorite characters in the Marvel Universe. I’ve always been a fan but there’s been two takes that I’ve really liked, Joe Kelly and Gail Simone. They are two of my favorite creators for a reason, they also cut their chops on Deadpool. Their runs on the series define the character and the nature of him for me. Any creator taking on Deadpool I usually keep an especially careful eye on. For example, I really don’t like Daniel’s Way take on the character, I’ve never quite been able to get into it. Though from this first interview, I’m hopeful.
Duggan and Posehn seem to have a handle on a truly bizarre take on Deadpool from the beginning, their first story had me laughing out loud. Dead presidents coming back and wreaking havoc. Sounds like my idea of a good time! It’s so appropriate that this is going to hit in November, considering that by this point we’ll be wanting some stress relief from this election. Deadpool relating our thoughts on the electoral process, and endless TV ads, especially if you live in certain states, I digress though. Though while the story is gloriously weird yet sounds like so much fun, it’ll also be about the character and just how they handle Deadpool’s personality too. I think if they find that nice balance there, they can make any kind of story work. That was the key to both the Kelly and Simone runs for me.
I love that they got Tony Moore for Deadpool, he has such a great style and you can’t help but say they made a good choice. Mixed in with that wonderful Geof Darrow cover for the first issue, I find myself optimistic about this relaunch. There’s a good feeling about this and I can’t wait to see more as it gets closer to release. Because really, while this is a bizarre story, this could work. Considering that a lot of Way’s choices in my opinion just didn’t entirely work for the character and pushed way too much into one direction. I will say I’m at least in for a couple issues of the run just to see what they do. I just really want a book that truly makes me like Deadpool the way I once did a few years ago. This might be the closest Marvel has come to that point. We’ll see in November.
In reading the Newsarama article about Iron Man, we finally start to get the details on just what the Kieron Gillen written and Greg Land drawn Iron Man #1 will be about. Let’s face it, I like Gillen’s writing for the most part, it’s really the Land factor that makes me unsure of this one. I can’t hardly hide it, I’m not a huge fan of Greg Land’s artwork. I used to be back in the day when he was working on Birds of Prey, Nightwing, and up till he started to develop his current style in the midst of Sojourn via Crossgen. Now knowing the details behind this series, I am curious as to where this story could end up taking itself because really, there are some good ideas here.
Gillen’s Tony Stark for one has immense potential. Taking Stark to his basic elements will be a lot of fun to watch. It seems that Gillen really is embracing the international playboy factor that Stark has within him. The one thing I absolutely love is the fact that he’s aiming for done in one stories for his early issues. Gillen is not just embracing Tony at his core but also making it easy for new readers to pop on throughout any point within the first few issues. I love the fact that also Gillen is going to be introducing new villains to the universe and that’s something that’s sorely needed. New blood isn’t a bad thing and by golly Iron Man could use that dash of new blood. We’ll see how a lot of this plays out.
The Land factor is going to be weird. I’m willing to give the first issue a go based off of the potential of Gillen’s story, but Greg Land is my teeter totter. One part may be up, but the other part can easily go straight down for me. Some people though absolutely love Greg Land and others like myself started the term LANNNNDDDDD!!! in reference to what we think of him on occasion. Me, I don’t like him but at least I can say that I will give this a fair chance. I’m not going to miss out on some cool ideas just because I’m not a huge fan of the artist, I’m not one to just straight up dismiss a title just because of one factor, at least anymore anyway. I used to have more of that in me, but I’ve mellowed in my older age, okay I’m 30 but you know still that is older age.
Marvel NOW! looks to be an odd situation to say the least, Iron Man has potential on this round. We’ll see what further developments happen with the other titles in the weeks to come. All I know is this, I’m hoping this works for Marvel, I really am. This is their answer to the New 52 and more power to them if this works as well as that did initially for DC Comics. I’m all about a successful comic industry and anything that helps grow the audience, I am all for. We’ll see come November if Iron Man will be a big hit for Marvel and if the Kieron Gillen and Greg Land team will be a good for the series.
Okay, somehow there hasn’t been a full list nice and handy for people to check out the Marvel NOW! teams so I thought to myself to make a quick one for you all. Here you go! All titles listed below are tentatively set to launch in November.
Tagline: Soldier Captain America Marvel NOW!: Writer: Rick Remender Arist: John Romita Jr.
Tagline: Family Fantastic Four Marvel NOW!: Writer: Matt Fraction Artist: Mark Bagley
More than likely with Tagline: Extended FF Marvel NOW!: Writer: Matt Fraction Artist: Mike Allred
Seems like with Tagline: Legacy X-Men Legacy Marvel NOW!: Writer: Si Spurrier Artist: Tan Eng Huat
Tagline: Chimichangas Deadpool Marvel NOW!: Writers: Garry Duggan and Brian Posehn Artist: Tony Moore
Tagline: Indestructible Incredible Hulk Marvel NOW!: Writer: Mark Waid Artist: Lenil Yu
Tagline: Worthy Thor Marvel NOW!: Writer: Jason Aaron Artist: Esad Ribic
Tagline: Invincible Invincible Iron Man Marvel NOW!: Writer: Kieron Gillen Artist: Greg Land
That’s in addition to the series previously announced being,
Uncanny Avengers #1 Marvel NOW!: Writer: Rick Remender Artist: John Cassaday Launch Date October 19th
All New X-Men #1 Marvel NOW!: Writer: Brian Michael Bendis Artist: Stuart Immonen Launch Date November 7th
A + X #1 Marvel NOW! is a cast of rotating creators for team up stories that launches October 31st
New Avengers #1 Marvel NOW!: Writer: Jonathan Hickman Artist: Steve Epting Launch Date: January 2nd
Avengers #1 Marvel NOW!: Writer: Jonathan Hickman Artist: Jerome Opena Launch Date: December 5th
Hopefully this helps you all out there for a nice comprehensive list, I will update as further creative teams are announced over the coming months.
I’ve been wanting to do a back issue feature for a long time, then recently a siren call echoed out to me. Looking through a back issue bin I found the glory that is What if? #104 from Volume 2 of the series. It’s appropriate that my What if Journey begins with one of my favorite characters of the Marvel Universe, The Impossible Man from Poppup. Impossible Man is one of my favorite characters because a story involving him usually involves me being endlessly amused. Add in the fact that the cover has Impossible Man with the Infinity Gauntlet and I just had to see what was going to happen within these pages. Because if Impossible Man with the Infinity Gauntlet doesn’t scream fun to you then by golly you’re boring.
The story takes place right at the end of the classic Infinity Gauntlet story by Jim Starlin. This time around we have Joey Virkaitis being the scribe for this unfathomable journey with Gregg Schigiel who you may know as the man to drew the Spider-Man Anti-Drug story “Fast Lane” inserts. Let’s just say from the set up of the original Infinity Gauntlet just dives this story in directions you would never imagine. I liked how Virkaitis started this out deadly serious and then the weird crap begins out of nowhere. That title page of our favorite Impossible Man carrying the Infinity Gauntlet it’s one part hilarious and the absolute terror at the Impossible Man having the all powerful object. Because even Thanos can’t handle Impy at this level of power.
I do love the expressions Schigiel adds to this as everyone is trying to figure out what to do with Impossible Man and the Gauntlet. I actually laughed out loud because Virkaitis adds some hilarious lines as Silver Surfer and Impossible Man are negotiating him even having the Gauntlet. It’s weird when the story starts to try to put in a serious tone for a short time when Zenn-La comes into play that the story doesn’t entirely work. I think it’s more off putting because of how fun the story is and when a serious tone is put in I couldn’t help but start scratching my head.
By the end of this though, even with some weak moments, the end of this story truly makes the issue. Just strange enough to make sense and I’m amazed at how Virkaitis turned this into a nifty story in the process. I even learned that this was Glenn Shigiel’s first work drawing comics and while a little rough at times he does a cool job. This is an engaging and effective little story, even better than I only paid 48 cents for this at my local used book store. I also can’t find any credits of Thomas Virkaitis outside of this and that’s a shame because this was a good read overall. If you find this for the price I did I recommend grabbing it. Though of course my love of this one started because of the fact that I am a huge Impossible Man fan, but even if you’re not go read this if you like fun. I know you all like fun out there too. Till next time, as Wesley’s What if Journey continues.
This is a collection of my thoughts and reviews on the Avengers vs. X-Men event thus far. I’ll do more updates on this end as I do reviews for this adventure. This is probably one of the bigger events I’ve covered and it’s been an interesting experience so far. It’s an event that’s so far mostly setup and more setup. Oh the setup galore by this point in Avengers vs. X-Men. Check out my reviews and thoughts, so far this has been quite a ride.
and my look at the first tie-in for this event being New Avengers #24,
Let me know what you think on my coverage so far, because this will be my journey, my epic adventure into the great wide world of the Marvel Event. I say at this point if I could review the entirety of Avengers X-Sanction, Avengers vs. X-Men has been quite a bit better than that limited series was so far. Even with some of my mixed reactions to Avengers vs. X-Men. Till next time!
In my latest reviews of the Extreme Studios revival here’s,
Both books are on two different levels with me as you’ll see both of these perspective reviews. It is really fascinating to me to realize just how well this Extreme Studios revival has gone. I think that Prophet and Glory take the concepts and push them in entirely different directions and that’s a good thing. Bloodstrike is a beast of embracing just how fun this concept could have been and taking it to the next level. I’m pleasantly surprised, I mean really I’m still in awe of how this has gone over. Image Comics has literally managed to develop one of the strongest lineups in comics right now even outside of the Extreme Studios material. That’s just a small piece of the impressive creator owned pie.
In fact I’ve been asked recently to do a sort of post on my favorite comics and just my favorite things period..maybe that’s not a bad idea.
Okay just a reminder, here’s my look at Avengers vs. X-Men #0 here,
Give it a look, also I’m even surprised at my reactions to the comic, which you’ll only find out if you read the review. I will be following the entire main event of Avengers vs. X-Men so you can have that to look forward to. I also will be grabbing some of the tie-ins. I already read Wolverine vs. the X-Men, so that’s a given. I am going to add the main Avengers title because Walt Simonson is doing the art and I am not missing out on Walt Simonson. I might take a look at the other tie-ins all depending on just interest and if something about the tie-in catches my eye. I will be reading the Versus stories though because big smashy Avengers vs. X-Men fighting goodness isn’t a half bad thing either. Yes I did just use big smashy but hey it works for what I’m saying. Welcome to the adventures of Wesley and Avengers vs. X-Men. If this was a Chuck episode it would be Wesley vs. The Big Event.
In an effort to keep my blog more regularly updated I’m going to let you all know what I plan to get for the week, in turn let you know what I’ll more than likely be reviewing. That way you’ll know what I plan on reading and you’ll all know what to expect on mycomicnetwork.com within the week.
All Star Western #7: One I’m sad I haven’t gotten the chance to review yet but I plan on doing this sooner rather than later since I do like this comic. I’ve always like Jonah Hex and putting him more in play in the DC Universe has worked for me overall. The first arc I’m not going to lie was a little hit or miss for me but I do like the series. I loved the last issue especially.
New Deadwardians #1: Vertigo’s relaunch has been a mixed affair so far. I liked Saucer Country and there’s enough there to really keep me interested to give it a fair shake. Voodoo Child was there, just kind of there. I liked parts of it but I just couldn’t get into it as much as I would’ve liked. I loved Denys Cowan’s art though but everything else left me cold. New Deadwardians is by Dan Abnett who I generally like so I will be giving this a look. The mix of zombie and vampire cultures is a curious one and I want to see how Abnett pulls this together. I say this should be worth a shot, also you can guarantee I’m reviewing this one.
Bloodstrike #26: I can only imagine how Bloodstrike is going to go for me. I got nothing, this is the ultimate wildcard out of the Extreme Studios relaunch. Loved Prophet and Glory and if Bloodstrike turns out well we will be three for three. From the preview pages I’ve seen there’s a good chance this is going to go over fairly well. This is a definite review since I always find I have a lot to say on the Extreme Studios books thus far, especially the first issues.
Morning Glories #17: Ah not much to say outside of I look forward to seeing how this one comes together, especially since this has been some heck of a story arc thus far. Especially realizing that there’s been so many twists and turns. I’m excited.
The Walking Dead #95: The story arc: A Larger World thus far has been one that’s really been on the level of really the Prison in game changing The Walking Dead to this point. Now this will eventually turn I have no idea but dang, am I ever interested in every single issue to come, I can’t believe it’s about to hit the 100th issue soon. Time flies.
Avengers vs. X-Men #0: The beginning of Marvel’s oh my sweet Christmas crossover event of 2012. I’m actually interested, my mixed feelings on Avengers X-Sanction aside this could be a cool story. I’m sort of shocked I’m as into this as I am but hey in life you have to keep an open mind right? Yes you all know I am reviewing this sucker and looking over it with a fine tooth comb, considering I’ve been telling you all on twitter about this for ages.
Crossed: Badlands #2: I didn’t expect to enjoy the last issue as much as I did but wow I really got into this one. Crossed is twisted fun and appeals to my darker sense of humor at times. Not for everyone but if you’re into it you will have fun and I think it should be cool.
Avenging Spider-Man #5: I am going to give Avenging Spider-Man another chance because I saw the preview for the latest issue and it cracked me up. I was laughing just from the first few pages so I’m more than happy to check this one out again. Just Spider-Man and Captain America and dealing with Cap’s history as an comic artist is going to be hilarious.
One final one is Atomic Robo: Real Science Adventures #1: I cannot wait to read this and I’ve been looking forward to this one for awhile. My friend managed to get it before me because of Comixology somehow having it up a couple weeks early. Bah! Oh well though, I get to read it this week so all is well.
There you go, that’s about what I’m getting this week. I do plan on making this an every either Monday or Tuesday depending on what’s happening. I will be updating my blog much more now that I have an idea of what I want to do with it. Till next time!
These reviews I just posted up here represent the beginning of my look into Rob Liefeld’s Extreme Studio Relaunch. Collecting my shock into just how much I liked both of these books. It’s a clever idea with Liefeld to let a diverse group of creators and let them cut loose. Prophet under Brandon Graham and Simon Ray went for a Heavy Metal/European inspired book going in directions I couldn’t have ever imagined. While Glory had Joe Keatinge and Ross Campbell taking the concept of Wonder Woman and taking it to new heights. It’s taking the concepts that Rob Liefeld had back in those days and taking them in brand new or just improved directions.
I’m amazed at both books instantly hitting my new favorites list. The new issues of both can’t arrive for me fast enough. Though Prophet #22 comes out next week, which is going to feel like forever. Glory #24 hits next month and I want time travel to be invented so I can have it now. They’re the sort of books that as a comic fan just make you happy. These are also the books that if you ever want to tell people why you like comics, show them these and it’ll explain it. For goodness sake, Glory has a scene where she punches out of a tank after decimating a lot of Nazi soldiers. How cool is that? I ask you, how cool is that?
While Prophet is awesome in just all the ideas that are within the issue. I honestly say as well for me that the Warren Ellis recommendation put it over the top. Then I saw Simon Ray’s artwork for the first time and it fascinated the life out of me. I had to have this book in my life. Which when I got it in my life, I then had to take Glory more seriously from there. Then Glory turned out to be great and now I want to try out Bloodstrike when it comes out next month.
Extreme Studios, a concept that I never imagined I would have wanted back. Now the comic book universe is all the better for having these characters back. Welcome back Extreme Studios and if you keep being this wonderful, may you never leave again.