Panel Picks – The Greatest Fight in Comic Book History

GO AHEAD TELL ME I’ M WRONG I’LL WAIT. (From The Defenders #7). This book has just been so good thus far & I’m worried it’s gonna decline rapidly once Bendis heads off to the Distinguished Competition (maybe he already has?). Ah well.  Least we get this epic multi-page rampage. How amazing is David Marquez, by the way? Damn.

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Trailer Park: Powers

Here we are, fresh from New York Comic Con 2014: The first trailer from Brian Michael Bendis’/Michael Avon Oeming’s Powers series, only on AMC HBO FX Playstation Network? Hmm.  Well, ok.  Let’s have a look.

Well.  Umm.  Huh.  You know..huh.

I love Powers.  I credit it with getting me back into reading comics in the early 2000’s. I think Bendis and Oeming crafted something interesting that had a lot of influence.  That being said…I’m not so sure about this. I’m not really buying Sharlto Copley (yes, real name) as Walker either.  Look, I’ll still watch the thing. But I will do so from my ivory tower perched atop my very highest horse.

Age of Ultron Is (almost) Here, But So Are the Gimmick Covers

prv14901_cov Let’s hope Marvel doesn’t ruin the nice thing they’ve got going with a return to the comic-market killing gimmicky ways of the ’90’s; poly-bagged, chromium, glow-in-the-dark, quad-gate foldouts, non-stop collectible #1’s…maybe this foil cover for Age of Ultron is just a one-off and not a sign of things to come.  This is how it ends; not with a bang but with a limited edition, poly-bagged, one-of- seven-different-cards-included whimper. THANKS ULTRON.

Written by Brian Michael Bendis with art by Bryan Hitch, it looks like Braniac Ultron is back to wreck havoc on The Justice League  The Avengers. Last time he showed up, Ultron killed an entire country. Who knows what mischief he’ll get up to this time?

The standard Marvel event boilerplate is in effect:

With the robotic revolution in full force, no fan can miss how Age of Ultron will ultimately change the Marvel Universe leaving no hero or villain unscathed!

Sure thing.

But who cares! Crazy killer robot action & menace will get my dollars! And it’ll get them fairly soon; Age of Ultron is set to begin this! very! March!

Head over to Comic Book Resources for more details as well as a brief chat with Brian Michael Bendis. Below, some two pieces of artist Hitch’s interior art for the series.

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This Week’s Comics Haul:

Strong showing this week! Good to see the semi-annual appearance of Powers; I have no idea what’s happening in that book but I’ve been buying it for so long and it’s so rare that it actually comes out I feel I owe it to…me? Bendis? Marvel? My priorities are messed up. Otherwise, the Before Watchmen experiment continues while Grim Leaper concludes, Aquaman (hopefully) wraps up the Black Manta arc before heading into DC’s incredibly stupid #0 issue gimmick.  Although certain web-comic creators would vehemently disagree, Gambit is actually pretty decent. Well, decent enough to warrant a purchase of a second issue.  What did YOU buy this week?
American VampireAquaman 12Before Watchmen: Minutemen 03Grim Leaper 04Gambit 02JIMPowers 11Wolverine & Friends XO Manowar