Monthly Archives: August 2012

My Thoughts on Matt Fraction’s Marvel NOW! Fantastic Four and FF: Family, Extended

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.

My Marvel NOW! Thoughts on Deadpool: Chimichangas!

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.

My thoughts on Marvel NOW!: The Further details of the Kieron Gillen/Greg Land Iron Man

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.



Current Marvel NOW! Creative Team list (at this point) because it will make life easier

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.