Welcome to the weekly previews for July 13th , 2011 here at Bloody-Disgusting.com! The truth is everyone would read all the books if they had the time and money, but in reality most of us don’t. Here you will find a little taste of some major comics being released each week, my take on them, and, as always, feels free to discuss below. Whether you have been into comics since you were a little one, or are new to the game, I’m here to help you decide which books are for you. I’ve picked out some comics I feel will stand out in the coming week and listed them under their respective publisher, with over a dozen previews of some of your favorite books such as “AMAZING SPIDER-MAN”, “GREEN LANTERN”, “HELLRAISER”, and “30 DAYS OF NIGHT”. Read on for the skinny…
Amazing Spider-Man #665
WRITTEN BY: Dan Slott
ILLUSTRATIONS BY: Ryan Stegman
“’INFESTED’ ENDS WITH SPIDEY AT THE ‘CROSSROADS’ As Spider-Man, he’s a member of the FF and TWO different Avengers teams. As Peter Parker, he works all hours on his dream job at Horizon Labs. That doesn’t leave him with much time for anything or anyone else. This is where he pays the price. In this landmark issue, one of Peter’s greatest sins– comes back to haunt him. And the life of someone dear to him hangs in the balance. Plus: With New York’s Infestation complete, the run-up to Spider-Island is over. Prepare for hell to break loose.”
Well, well, well, finally we’ve arrived at the last issue before the much-anticipated SPIDER-ISLAND! Although this issue is not officially part of upcoming Spider-event, it’s definitely one you’ll want to read if you plan on reading Spider-Man over the next few months (and trust me, you want to). Get read boys and girls, for what should be one of the best Spidey-stories in a long time.
Captain America #1
WRITTEN BY: Ed Brubaker
ILLUSTRATIONS BY: Steve McNiven
“Bestselling Cap writer Ed Brubaker and superstar artist Steve McNiven bring you the next huge chapter in Steve Rogers life, and it’s a perfect jumping-on point for fans of the Cap movie. A funeral for a fallen friend turns into a race against time as the original Captain America makes his explosive return!”
Why the hell does Marvel keep doing this stuff to Cap?! I’m all for a new series, and rebirths, but it seems as if Captain American has been restarted more times than a computer with Windows Vista. Thankfully they’re bringing back Brubaker for this new ongoing, so at least we can rest assured it’s going to be good. If you plan on seeing the Cap movie, and haven’t been into the comics, here’s your chance!
Fear Itself: Spider-Man #3 (of 3)
WRITTEN BY: Christopher Yost
ILLUSTRATIONS BY: Mike McKone
“FEAR ITSELF TIE-IN! Day Three of the Fear. Spider-Man hasn’t slept in 72 hours… he’s hurt, exhausted, and he’s the only hope the people of New York City have. And just when things seem as bad as they can get… it gets worse. The blockbuster event ‘Fear Itself’ continues as Spider-Man comes face to face with a friend under the Serpent’s grip, a friend with every intention of killing Spider-Man with a very big hammer.”
Spider-Man is an extremely busy dude, I mean jeez, The Avengers, FF, Spider-Island, fighting Venom, and in the midst of Fear Itself! Can the guy catch a break or what? Considering they just killed off Spider in Ultimate comics, I think killing him again this month would be too much heartbreak for fans to handle.
WRITTEN BY: Jonathan Hickman
ILLUSTRATIONS BY: Greg Tocchini
“The Return of the King. Black Bolt is back and is determined to reclaim his throne.”
As I said last month, FF is hands down my favorite new ongoing from Marvel. I was never a huge fan of the Fantastic Four, I found it hard to get into, but FF is almost perfect. The first couple issues set out the story and characters brilliantly, and although it was a tad slow, it’s exactly how a new series should start. This week, it’s clobberin’ time! Prepare yourself for some hefty action this Wednesday as things pick up for the FF.
Ultimate Comics: Fallout #1 (of 6)
WRITTEN BY: Brian Michael Bendis, Jonathan Hickman and Nick Spencer
ILLUSTRATIONS BY: Mark Bagley, Sara Pichelli and more
“Following the tragic events of DEATH OF SPIDER-MAN, prepare for the birth of the new Ultimate Comics Universe.”
Holy moly, look at that writing team! Spidey might be dead, but what does this mean for the world of Ultimate Comics? While it may not be a complete reboot of the universe, like our friends at DC, it’s going to be a big step for Marvel. Since the launch of the Ultimate line a few years back, it’s given rise some of the most beloved books in Marvel’s catalogue. The Ultimate Universe has allowed Marvel to introduce some of the most controversial storylines to longtime readers, and gain a new audience with its novelty. I can’t wait to see what Marvel has in store throughout the coming year in the Ultimate Universe.
X-Men: Schism #1 (of 5)
WRITTEN BY: Jason Aaron
ILLUSTRATIONS BY: Carlos Pacheco
“After a mutant-triggered international incident, anti-mutant hatred hits new heights. Now, when the X-Men need one another more than ever, a split among their ranks threatens to tear the mutant team in two. Teammates will become enemies in SCHISM!”
Whether you love the recent goings-on in the X-world or not, Schism is finally here and much will change for the X-Men. Despite the minimal number of mutants left, they still can’t seem to get along and are once again separating into two new teams. Wolverine finally gets his own team, and he’ll be battling against one of his longtime friends. Hopefully this X-Event will capture the interest of new readers and set the X-Men in right direction for the coming year.
Booster Gold #46 (Flashpoint)
WRITTEN BY: Dan Jurgens
ILLUSTRATIONS BY: Dan Jurgens PRICE: $2.99
“FLASH QUESTION: Will he be able to find The Flash in time?”
According to some major critics, Flashpoint seems to taken a turn for the worse and plummeted in quality since the first issue. Although a lot of critics are saying that this event is a disappointment, I think it’s a bit harsh to pre-judge so quickly when the event has barely reached it’s halfway point. Personally I can’t get enough Flashpoint. Booster Gold started with a phenomenal Flashpoint tie-in to kick off the event, and I don’t see Jurgens letting this one slide away from him. Booster Gold is one Flashpoint book you don’t want to skip
DC Comics Presents: Batman Gotham Noir #1
WRITTEN BY: Ed Brubaker
ILLUSTRATIONS BY: Sean Phillips and Scott McDaniel PRICE: $7.99
“Don’t miss this Elseworlds set in a stylish Gotham City straight out of classic mystery films, starring a down-on-his luck cop called Jim Gordon and the mysterious Bat! Plus, from BATMAN #604, The Dark Knight returns to Crime Alley for an encounter with Catwoman!
Not since The Long Halloween has there been a Batman book that captures the mood and setting of a traditional hardboiled detective story. Based on the awesome throwback cover of this book, and the simple fact that Brubaker is manning the helm, this could be one of the best Batman detective stories in a while. At $7.99 and a healthy 96 pages, this is a treat for fans of Batman and noir fiction alike.
Detective Comics #879
WRITTEN BY: Scott Snyder
ILLUSTRATIONS BY: Jock PRICE: $2.99
”For years, Jim Gordon has been tormented by the possibility that his son, James Jr., might be a killer. Tonight, he’ll get the answers he’s been after. But is the truth about James even darker than the Commissioner, or even Batman, could have guessed?
It’s Scott Snyder writing Batman…Enough said.
Flashpoint: Citizen Cold #2 (of 3)
WRITTEN BY: Scott Kolins
ILLUSTRATIONS BY: Scott Kolins PRICE: $2.99
“FLASH QUESTION: Will Central City’s greatest hero be able to stand against the Rogues?”
Citizen Cold has always felt like a pretty weak villain to me, despite the obvious adoration other fans feel for him. While I’m not super stoked about this Flashpoint tie-in myself, it’s undeniable one of the most interesting character changes of the event. If you’ve got the extra cash to blow on some Flashpoint this week, you may want to check this out.
Flashpoint: Emperor Aquaman #2 (of 3)
WRITTEN BY: Tony Bedard
ILLUSTRATIONS BY: Adrian Syaf and Vincente Cifuentes PRICE: $2.99
“FLASH QUESTION: Will his loss destroy the world?”
Boy oh boy, somebody looks angry! The whole war between Aquaman and Wonder Woman is actually quite entertaining, and something we’d never really thought would happen: a war between two superheroes threating to destroy the entire world (err, or maybe we have seen this before). Nonetheless, Flashpoint Aquaman is nothing short of a total asshole, making for a great take on the character.
Flashpoint: Frankenstein Creatures of The Unknown #2 (of 3)
WRITTEN BY: Jeff Lemire
ILLUSTRATIONS BY: Ibraim Roberson
“FLASH QUESTION: Can our heroes find the cure to their afflictions, or will the monster hunter Miranda Shrieve kill them before they get the chance?”
Although I don’t think this tie-in has much bearing on the actual events of Flashpoint, it’s one of my favorite reads this year. It may be my love for Frankenstein, or my love for Jeff Lemire, but this book has fun exploding out of every page. Both writing and art are fantastic, and who doesn’t want to see some monsters kicking ass.
Green Lantern #67
WRITTEN BY: Geoff Johns
ILLUSTRATIONS BY: Doug Mahnke and Christian Alamy
“”War of the Green Lanterns”. The blockbuster “War of the Green Lanterns” comes to a universe-shattering conclusion! How will Krona’s rampage ultimately affect the Green Lantern Corps? All we can say is it will change EVERYTHING!”
Concluding the War of the Green Lanterns this week, much should be revealed about the future plans for Hal Jordan and the gang. The end of last months issue revealed a ridiculous cliffhanger ending in true Johns fashion, and this week promises to maintain the excitement. Johns is almost single handedly responsible for the mythos that has become of the Green Lantern in recent years, and although the film was a flop, it will be sad to see this all end come September.
Blackest Night (Trade Paperback)
WRITTEN BY: Geoff Johns
ILLUSTRATIONS BY: Ivan Reis and Oclair Albert
“The prophecy of The Blackest Night descends in this trade paperback collecting the best-selling BLACKEST NIGHT #0-8. Now, Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps lead DC’s champions into battle to save the universe from an army of Black Lanterns made up of the DCU’s deceased heroes and villains!”
If you don’t know what Blackest Night is, I honestly feel bad for you. Finally available in paperback, the biggest, baddest, and best event of DC’s past few years. If you’ve somehow managed to wait for the trades, wait no longer, they have landed.
WRITTEN BY: Clive Barker and Christopher Monfette ILLUSTRATIONS BY: Leonardo Manco PRICE: $3.99
“One of the greatest horror franchises of all time returns, now under the control of its original creator! The machinations of Pinhead’s plans become more intense, and the horror they will unleash is getting closer to Kirsty! She thought she had a new life with friends and a fiance, but the past is never buried for long! Covers by Tim Bradstreet and Nick Percival.”
This series had eluded me for a while, until last week when I was urged by a friend to pick up the first issue, and I’m very happy I did. Clive Barker finally returns to Hellraiser, and does it right. Not since the original film has the infamous Pinhead been so terrifying. Any fan of the films should not miss this series.
B.P.R.D.: Hell On Earth Monsters #1 (of 2)
WRITTEN BY: Mike Mignola and John Arcudi
ILLUSTRATIONS BY: Tyler Crook PRICE: $3.50
“While the Bureau’s off fighting giant bat-eared beasts in Texas, Liz Sherman is kicking hillbilly ass in a trailer park! ‘The acronym ‘B.P.R.D.’ has become for us synonymous for a good read . . . Keep up the good work Dark Horse!’-MTV Geek”
All of the B.P.R.D. books are so enjoyable to read, I don’t see any reason not to pick this one up. Mignola has created something truly great and deserves a lot of attention for bringing us into his world of magic, mystery, demons, and the supernatural.
30 Days of Night: Night, Again #3 (of 4)
WRITTEN BY: Joe Lansdale
ILLUSTRATIONS BY: Sam Kieth
”Refugee cannibals? Maruading vampires? Attacking, wild bears? A homicidal golem, asleep for ages yet read to rise once again, and out for blood? An unforgiving, icy tundra? Yes, all this insanity and more in this issue, all from twisted tale-spinners Joe Lansdale and Sam Kieth! Believe it… believe it all.”
Easily one of the best story arcs since the orginial series. I know, I know, it’s a big statement, but seriously, 30 Days of Night: Night, Again is terrifying, and exactly how vampire stories should be. Lansdale does a great job with the script, and Kieth’s art is second to none when it comes to horror books.
Crawl to Me #1 (of 4)
WRITTEN BY: Alan Robert
ILLUSTRATIONS BY: Alan Robert
“Wire Hangers creator/hard-rock musician, Alan Robert, is back for blood with an all-new horror comic series, titled Crawl to Me. The story centers on Ryan, as he struggles to protect his family from what appears to be an evil entity living within their basement’s crawl space. It is only after a series of violent events occur, when Ryan realizes he must set aside all he believes to be true in order to face his shocking and inevitable reality. This intense thriller will keep you guessing every step of the way. Written and illustrated by Robert, with covers by Robert and Menton3 (Silent Hill: Past Life), plus incentive covers by U.K. artist, David Lupton.”
By this point in my life I ‘m pretty much willing to give any new horror series a chance. Truthfully I don’t know much about this series, nor do I have any idea what to expect, so I’m as much in the dark as you are on this one.
American Vampire: Survival of the Fittest #2 (of 5)
WRITTEN BY: Scott Snyder
ILLUSTRATIONS BY: Sean Murphy
“Vampire hunters Cash McCogan and Felicia Book get shot down over the mountains of Romania and find themselves trapped between Nazi patrols – and vampires.”
This marks the second installment of the American Vampire spin-off, from the godlike creator, Scott Snyder. Snyder’s American Vampire has been praised so much, it’s hard to say anything other than, “just read it”.