So I haven’t written anything in a little while, and with an incredible amount of change about to occur, I wanted to write about the state of the comic world before I get back to my regular comic reviews. Let’s start off by breaking it down by the big players.
Ok, so this is the biggest game changer going right now. As you all know, or should know, DC is rebooting their entire comic library in order to pretty much start anew. Or are they going to start anew? There has been so much speculation about what’s going to happen that it’s hard to keep track. Here are the things I do know: Grant Morrison will ruin Superman like he did Batman; Bruce Wayne is coming back as Batman, with Dick Grayson going back to Nightwing and Barbra Gordan going back to Batgirl; some stories in the old DC universe will be paid homage to (i.e. “The Killing Joke” and “Under the Red Hood”) while others will be forgotten entirely; and finally expect the unexpected. Listen, who knows what direction DC is going to go. Will they bring back Ted Kord? Was Arsenal a junkie prior to his book? Will Wonder Women be in shorts or pants (they’ve shown evidence of both)? Will Grant Morrison ever go back to making good comic stories that don’t destroy well known and beloved characters? All these questions will be answered in the coming months. This is an exciting time, but in the same moment it is a fearful time because for the first time in decades there are not chains that bind DC. Dear readers I would keep an open mind for the first few issues of each, then make a judgment. Give DC a chance to either win you back, or lose you forever. Check out Flashpoint #5 to see how it all ends, then begins again.
Marvel is the most confusing right now. They are in the middle of an extremely long story called “Fear Itself” and with each issue I am more confused and pushed away. First, they make heroes and villains alike into avatars of fear, and then they kill of Bucky Barnes, or the new Captain America as he was called. Then to top it off they are going to kill Thor and make Iron Man an alcoholic again. I don’t know about you but there are some things that just don’t seem right. Plus, the telling of the whole story is taking far to long to get through. I feel like we won’t know what happens till well after NY Comic Con, which is not for another month and a half. With all the off shot books, I’m having trouble keeping track of what every character is doing. Too much going on with not enough substance.Lets hope Marvel finishes Fear Itself soon, and gets back to story’s that made the Heroic Age great. On the brighter side for Marvel, the X-Men are about to enter a new stage, where Wolverine and Cyclops are both leading their own X-Men squads over various books. At the end of this big Schism storyline, the X-Men world will shift drastically, thus making it very interesting and possibly leading to an eventual showdown between the two sides. This is exciting. Marvel wasn’t lying by saying 2012 would be the year of the X-Men.
Other companies you should be watching:
IDW continues to put out great G.I. Joe and Transformer comics. Their recent storyline with Snakeyes having to fight through various obstacles to show he is the best ninja ever was amazing, while their Cobra Civil War has really brought to light how great a villain organization Cobra is. I just hope they continue to put out great stories, and don’t rest on their laurels. So far there is no sign of that, especially after they finished their big Zombie IDW run through many of their comic lines.
Ah yes, who could forget Stan Lee. Boom is on the brink of something very interesting. If you haven’t ventured to Boom’s books, here are two you should know about; “Irredeemable” and “Incorruptible”. They both take place in the same comic universe, but so far their stories have been pretty much separate. That’s were it gets interesting. Apparently in the near future the two stories are going to intertwine for a time, thus changing the whole landscape of the universe. I can’t wait to see it happen, and for those of you who haven’t seen either, start reading right now to catch up.
Why Image you ask? Two simple reasons. One is a comic called Invincible. I got to the party late on this one, but I’m pretty pumped about it now. This comic is a real “teenager coming into his powers” story, but not with all fun fuzzy stuff. The problems this guy goes through are pretty realistic, and that’s what makes it enjoyable. I would highly recommend this book. Second reason Image should be on the radar is because of Robert Kirkman’s absolutely amazing run on The Walking Dead. Need I say more? I think not.
I will be back to reviewing some actual comics this week with Flashpoint #5 and Justice League #1, but until that comes think about what I just said and remember the state of comics is at an interesting impasse. Will you jump on board, or wait to see what happens. The choice is yours…..choose wisely young padawan