Well, this was a pleasant surprise. I did not know what to expect and I really enjoyed this first issue a lot.
We’re introduced to the characters during ‘their’ time – 1945 – and are shown why we haven’t heard from them in over 50 years. The issue also ends with quite the cliffhanger (which might also lead to comparisons to Watchmen). While some of the names our heroes use may be underwhelming, I found myself attached to them and hoped for the best after the first act of the issue.
And as if being a Nazi isn’t evil enough, we see one of the villains help himself to copping a feel. While not an unspeakable act, it’s still something you look down on. Especially considering the circumstances.
I’m looking forward to the next issue. While JMS doesn’t always ‘wow’ me (see Fantastic Four), I am interested in seeing where we go from here and how this story unfolds (see Thor). The art, while off in some spots, moved things along nicely. Weston and Leach make a pretty good team. There were a few instances where the art took me back to The Invaders and made me feel like I was looking at a book from the 80s.
Writer: J. Michael Straczynski
Pencils: Chris Weston
Inks: Garry Leach
Colors: Chris Chuckry
Letters: Jimmy Betancourt
Editor: Tom Breevort
Happy New Year! We’re back to kick off 2008 with new releases, Pick of the Week, (spoilers) Current (spoilers) Events (spoilers), Bring ‘Em Back, and some comments on One More Day.
Pat Loika talks about Amazing Spider-Man, World War Hulk: AfterSmash, What If…?: Civil War, Ultron continuity, and Messiah Complex. There’s also a voicemail from Carlos! And some nonsense from your somewhat inconsistent host.
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Marvel Titles On Sale, 1.4.08:
Anita Blake VH Guilty Pleasures #7 (of 12), $2.99
ANNIHILATION: CONQUEST #3
COVER BY: ALEKSI BRICLOT
WRITERS: DAN ABNETT and ANDY LANNING
PENCILS: TOM RANEY
INKS: SCOTT HANNA
The cosmic blockbuster rocks on—as things go horribly wrong for our heroes! The Phalanx closes in on Star-Lord and his scrappy squad, Ronan comes face-to-face with a vengeful enemy, and Quasar & Moondragon discover a deep secret that could save the Kree…but they both might be dead before they can use it! Writers Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning join forces with superstar artist Tom Raney to bring you the sci-fi event that Aint It Cool News says is “…a worthy sequel and every bit the equal to the impressively cohesive and thoroughly entertaining crossover event ANNIHILATION from last year!”
Rated T+ …$2.99
Exiles Days Of Then & Now, $3.99
Hedge Knight 2 Sworn Sword #4 (of 6), $2.99
Howard The Duck #4 (of 4), $2.99
Magician Apprentice #12 (of 12), $2.99
Marvel Two-In-One #7, $4.99
MOON KNIGHT #14
COVER BY: ARTHUR SUYDAM
WRITER: MIKE BENSON
ART: JAVIER SALTARES and MARK TEXEIRA
“GOD AND COUNTRY,” PART 1 OF 6
Award-winning TV writer Mike Benson (Entourage) takes over the reins, with co-plotter Charlie Huston!
Moon Knight is back in the game—leaving a trail of broken bodies in his wake — and everyone wants to know the same thing: Who the hell gave this psycho a Registration Card? But no one wants to know more than the architect of the Initiative, Tony Stark. As the body count grows, the pressure to bring in the poster child for super-powered irresponsibility might grow too much for Stark to ignore. And when that happens…?
Parental Advisory …$2.99
Ms Marvel #23, $2.99
Omega Unknown #4 (of 10), $2.99
Silver Surfer In Thy Name #3 (of 4), $2.99
Thunderbolts #118, $2.99
ULTIMATE HUMAN #1
COVER BY: CARY NORD
WRITER: WARREN ELLIS
PENCILS: CARY NORD
It’s the Ultimate war between the Hulk and Iron Man! Desperate for a cure to his dark disease, scientist Bruce Banner begs Tony Stark for a release from the curse of the Hulk! Stark agrees, but in the midst of the experimentation, something goes horribly wrong. And you know what happens next: man and monster collide! Be there as writer Warren Ellis (ULTIMATE GALACTUS) begins his next Ultimate epic—and is joined by amazing artist Cary Nord (Conan)!
Rated T+ …$2.99
UNCANNY X-MEN #494 (and VARIANT)
COVERS BY: DAVID FINCH and SIMONE BIANCHI
WRITER: ED BRUBAKER
PENCILS: BILLY TAN
INKS: DANNY MIKI
The Marauders are back on the hunt for the messiah baby. They’re a step ahead of the X-Men, but how will they fare against the new X-Force? Also, the traitor reveals his (or her) plan for the baby and alters the landscape of the battle dramatically. Who benefits from the actions of this wildcard, if anyone?
Rated T+ …$2.99
AVENGERS WEST COAST: DARKER THAN SCARLET
COVER BY: JOHN BYRNE
WRITERS: JOHN BYRNE, ROY THOMAS, and DANN THOMAS
PENCILS: JOHN BYRNE and PAUL RYAN
The Witch is back! The shocking truth about her children revealed, the Scarlet Witch suffers a nervous breakdown and descends into madness. Manipulated by her father, the mutant terrorist Magneto, Wanda faces her teammates – and her brother, Quicksilver. Can they rescue her from the clutches of Immortus – and save her very sanity? Plus: the return of Iron Man, and the reunion of wartime allies Captain America and the Human Torch. Also featuring the villainy of the Mole Man, Loki, the U-Foes, Master Pandemonium and Hydro-Man! Collecting AVENGERS WEST COAST #51-57 and #60-62.
ESSENTIAL POWER MAN AND IRON FIST VOL. 1
COVER BY: DAVE COCKRUM
WRITERS: CHRIS CLAREMONT, EDWARD HANNIGAN, JO DUFFY, STEVEN GRANT, and BOB LAYTON
PENCILS: JOHN BYRNE, MIKE ZECK, SAL BUSCEMA, LEE ELIAS, TREVOR VON EEDEN, MARIE SEVERIN, KERRY GAMMILL, ALAN WEISS, and GREG LAROCQUE
A new era of greatness begins for the most unlikely team of all! From a Night on the Town to the Day of the Death Machines, Power Man and Iron Fist — Heroes for Hire — face the Living Monolith, El Aguila the Maggia and more! Guest-starring the Uncanny X-Men and the Daughters of the Dragon! Collecting POWER MAN AND IRON FIST #50-72 and #74-75. (NOTE: #73 featured Rom. Also, this is volume one because the first 16 issues were titled Hero For Hire and 17-49 were published as Power Man, available in two Essential tomes, Iron Fist has one Essential collecting the first series from the 70s.)
Rated T+ …$16.99
MARVEL ADVENTURES SPIDER-MAN VOL. 8: FORCES OF NATURE
COVER BY: PATRICK SCHERBERGER
WRITER: PETER DAVID
PENCILS: POP MHAN
All-new, all-ages, all-action fun featuring the Grey Gargoyle and – glub blub blub blub – HYDRO-MAN!!!!!!! Plus, it will be awfully hard for our resident Wall-Crawler to crawl said walls when Whirlwind’s blowin’ ‘em down! Collecting MARVEL ADVENTURES SPIDER-MAN #29-32.
All Ages …$7.99
MOON KNIGHT VOL. 2: MIDNIGHT SUN PREMIERE
COVER BY: DAVID FINCH
WRITER: CHARLIE HUSTON
PENCILS: DAVID FINCH and MICO SUAYAN
Three months back on the job, and they’re already coming out of the woodwork. The bad guys you expect. The gangsters and the hoods with old axes to grind. They all come with the territory. But the heroes — them you don’t expect. Popping up to give you the eyeball and make sure you’re toeing the line. Their line. Spider-Man and his wisecracks…Frank Castle, the angel of death himself, telling you he’ll be keeping an eye on you…even the fugitive Captain America, with a word to say about crashing an aircraft into the sides of buildings in New York City. And now, this other thing. Someone is out there. Someone hitting the old haunts, scenes of the old crimes. Leaving messages. Leaving bodies. Someone who knows you. Someone who crushes steel and pulls off limbs. All to get your attention. Someone out of your league! Collecting MOON KNIGHT #7-13.
Parental Advisory …$19.99
MS. MARVEL VOL. 3: OPERATION LIGHTNING STORM
COVER BY: GREG HORN
WRITER: BRIAN REED
PENCILS: ROBERTO DE LA TORRE and AARON LOPRESTI
A new beginning for Ms. Marvel! Carol Danvers made herself a promise to be “the best of the best” – but after the events of Civil War, has Ms. Marvel lost her way? As the stress mounts and Carol finds herself less and less sure about what she’s doing or why, a crossroads is reached and a decision is made – a decision that will change the course of Ms. Marvel’s life – and possibly the Marvel Universe! Brian Reed (New Avengers: Illuminati) and Roberto De La Torre – plus guest-stars Iron Man, Araña and Wonder Man – kick-off the new era! Collecting MS. MARVEL #11-17.
Rated A …$16.99
POWERS VOL. 11: SECRET IDENTITY
COVER BY: MIKE AVON OEMING
WRITER: BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
PENCILS: MIKE AVON OEMING
Walker and Pilgrim have been homicide detectives and partners for years, but secrets they’ve kept from each other are now too big and too dangerous to remain secrets for long. Things are about to get really crazy…even for the Eisner Award-winning Powers! From the writer of New Avengers! Collecting POWERS (Vol. 2) #19-24.
200 PGS./Explicit Content …$19.95
COVER BY: MIKE MAYHEW
WRITER: ERIC JEROME DICKEY
PENCILS: DAVID YARDIN and LAN MEDINA
The epic, untold love story between Marvel’s two pre-eminent black super heroes – Storm and the Black Panther – is finally told, as only New York Times best-selling author Eric Jerome Dickey can do it! An orphaned street urchin, living by her wits on the unforgiving plains of Africa, struggles to harness her slowly developing mutant powers. A warrior Prince, embarking on his rite of passage as he ponders the great responsibility in his future. And a crew of ruthless mercenaries who’ll stop at nothing to capture an elusive creature of legend: the fabled wind-rider. What sparks occur when their paths intersect? Don’t miss out on this prelude to the wedding of Storm and the Black Panther! Collecting STORM #1-6.
Rated T+ …$14.99
X-MEN: PHOENIX – WARSONG
COVER BY: MARC SILVESTRI
WRITER: GREG PAK
PENCILS: TYLER KIRKHAM
The sequel to the best-selling X-MEN: PHOENIX – ENDSONG! The Phoenix is back! Or is it? Something’s not quite right with the Stepford Cuckoos, and the X-Men better figure out what it is…and fast! Also, what does Weapon Plus have to do with all this? Collecting X-MEN: PHOENIX – WARSONG #1-5.
Rated T+ …$14.99