Marvel Comics: What’s on Tap?

Upcoming cover art for Marvel titles, including AvX, AvX Consequences, Winter Solider, Dark Avengers, Marvel NOW, and Wolverine and the X-Men. The final issue of AvX is slated to hit in September leading into the launch of Marvel NOW in October, which isn’t a re-boot or a re-imagining or a re-launch or re-levant (ha). Marvel Heroes: Never Stop Punching Faces.

(Via Comic Book Resources)

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This Week’s Comic Haul With BONUS Reflections

This is what happens when you slack off; you have to combine two posts into one.  NOW YOU KNOW.  Let’s get to it:

Animal Man #10 – The exceptional run continues.  Buddy Baker’s wife continues to ignore good advice, his son with the exceptional mullets meets someone unexpected, flying dogs to the rescue and Buddy finding out what’s in store for him…good issue.

Avengers vs. X-Men #05 – GAH.  My brain…definite points for coming up with an ending I did not see coming.  Whether that ending is any good…I’ll discuss further in the comments to keep this as spoiler free as possible.

Before Watchmen: The Minutemen #01 – So torn on buying this book but in the end, what are you going to do? Not buy it?  It’s Watchmen, for chrissake.  Even if it is a complete and utter train wreck.  But you know? I didn’t hate this issue.  There were some interesting allusions made, some tentative groundwork laid.  HOWEVER. Was Watchmen so successful due in some part to the fact that you didn’t have the complete story?  That even after 12 issues, you had to drawn your own conclusions?    Whatever this series becomes (I’m talking about the entire Before Watchmen plan DC’s got) I’m hoping it doesn’t trample upon the original too much.  I’ll definitely be reading the original 12 after these all wrap up.

Detective Comics #10 – Seemed like a placeholder title, honestly.  I’ll give it until #12 before I decide whether to continue reading or not. The villain had a cool design at least.

Harbinger #01 – YES. SO AWESOME.  I have zero idea how old you are or how long you’ve read comics, but I first became aware of Valiant Comics through my local comic shop & Wizard back when I was still buying every shit derivative Blood/Fire/Death/Hell/Stryke book Image was putting out.  By then it was too late; the early books were way too scarce and way too expensive for someone with a 20 hour a week minimum wage job to pick up.  But the sense that these were somehow different and better  definitely permeated the first few years of Valiant, before they expanded their line, got caught up in the creative and production death spiral that was Deathmate (look it up), started pumping out double chromium covers on everything and eventually got bought by Acclaim before finally dying an ugly death.  WELL.  Now it’s back and back to basics and it F’N RULES.  Buy this.  X-O Manowar too.  So excited to see where these go from here.  Toyo Harada is a bad mutha.

Swamp Thing #10 – This also had the feel of a tweener issue. The artist also swapped out for the book, so that was a bit disconcerting.  I’m intrigued by Anton Arcade though.  Seeing as how he killed Swamp Thing and all this…

Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #11 – Like Phil Collins said, I don’t care anymore.  Sorry Miles, I’ve been with you for 11 issues and I’m getting your book out of habit more than anything else.  Time to break on out of here.

Uncanny X-Men #13 – I think Marvel wants me to stop giving them my money.  At least for X titles.  Storm narrating how her husband The Black Panther beat the shit out of her? “He eventually got his K.O.”? Is this a video game? Then Rulk snapping Psylocke’s arm via joint manipulation?  LIKE HE WOULDN’T HAVE JUST TORN IT OFF AND BEAT HER TO DEATH WITH IT.  GTFO.  Then some story about some X third stringers I don’t care about.  Then a last page appearance by Super Slut Force. (See comments as I don’t want to give any spoilers here).

XO Manowar #02 – Can I just read this every week? So awesome. In case I didn’t say it strongly enough earlier, you should really be reading these Valiant books.  Especially with Bloodshot and Archer & Armstrong on the way. 

This Week’s Comics Haul

GIGANTIC is the word.  Good thing I get paid tomorrow.  I picked up the following (a few more on the way, I wanted Bloodshot #1 but no dice):

Amazing Spider-Man: Ends of the Earth (one-shot) – Maybe it’s good?

Avengers vs. X-Men #04 – This I know isn’t good; in fact it’s stupid.  The Cap vs. Wolverine scrape from last issue was ridiculous and not in a good way.  This is just a dumb hero v hero battle comic, shades of the marvel/DC crossover where fans voted on whether Logan could beat Lobo, etc.  Stupid on another level too, ’cause I keep getting them.

Dancer #01 – I had all but written Image off but someone they’ve come back strong with a varied line of interesting super-hero/non-super hero material that’s kept me intrigued.  I’ll at least pick up a first or second issue of a new series. Speaking of:

Danger Club #02 – hooked from the first issue.

Daredevil #13  – This new quasi-lighthearted take on DD has me looking forward to this every month.  Let’s hope Waid can string together a run like Bendis.

Fantastic Four #605.1 – Impulse purchase.

Fury Max #02 – I loved both Punisher MAX series, so if Ennis is involved I’m there.

Hardcore #01  – See Dancer and Danger Club.

Incredible Hulk #07.1 – Where did you go Marc Silvestri???

Justice League #09 – I swore for years I would never read a Justice League comic and yet here we are. Stil marveling (heh) at the fact that the New 52 gamble seems to have paid off.

Locke & Key – Clockworks #06 – When I first heard Stephen King’s kid was getting into comics, I gave the news an eye roll and that’s it.  That was before I started reading L&K.  Now I tell everyone about this.  Read it.  It’s good.

Pigs #06 – I forgot to get this issue at some point, so this is backfill.  Another very intriguing pick from Image.

Saga #03 – The art isn’t exactly my thing, but hell, BKVaugh is writing it so I’ll give it a good, oh, 20 issues.

The Manhattan Project #03 – I LOVE this so far.  The closest thing I can compare it to is Planetary, which I could read on a daily basis.  That series might be in my Top 5 All Time.

Uncanny X-Men #12 – See AvX #4. I’m a sucker for crossovers, especially ones staring the X-Men.  I believe this affliction started way back at X-Cutioner’s Song.

Winter Soldier #05 – Impulse.

Wonder Woman #09 – Another favorite New 52 title.  I can honestly say I’d never picked up a Wonder Woman book before this reboot but I’m glad I gave this book a chance.

X-Factor #236 – I didn’t really check the cover too carefully, ’cause I thought it was Gideon on the cover.  What can I say, I lie his name and I like his topknot.  Sadly, it’s some doucher named Scattershot which sounds like your run of the mill mid-’90’s Image character.  BloodStryke! HellWulf!