20 Apr 2011

Incoming... 20/04/2011

New comics are released Wednesday in the States and guess what, in the UK too! Here's a brief look at our expectations for the books we're picking up this week.

Stewart R: “Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No wait... RAAAWWWWRRRRR!” Oh yes indeedy, this is the week when Image crowns it’s campaign of bombarding us with new material with Robert Kirkman and Jason Howard’s Super Dinosaur #1. A madcap tale of science, adventure and a modified tyrannosaurus with giant robotic arms controlled by his tiny rex arms - this sounds like pure Kirkman comedy gold. From Walking Dead to Haunt to this newest effort, Robert Kirkman has shown that he has a varied writing style and knows how to bring fun to a story when required. Following a fairly serious and dark line-up of excellent debuts from Image it’s good to see that there’s some scope for some light relief in the mix and I’ve hopes that this will be a proper grin-fest.

And how about a little ‘Green-fest’? DC are certainly going for one as we have the next two chapters of the War of the Green Lanterns out today when Geoff Johns’ Green Lantern #65 and Tony Bedard’s Green Lantern Corps #59 make their way into my waiting arms. This has been a highly entertaining event already following three installments of well thought out story telling from three different writers working to tell one story from three different angles. It really shouldn’t work so well but each writer - Johns, Bedard and the masterful Peter J. Tomasi on the Emerald Warriors title - are still able to write in their own style and about their own focused characters while keeping the precarious position that the Green Lantern Corps find themselves in as the driving plot point. In these two latest chapters I’m anticipating something of a fightback from Hal and Guy against Krona’s nefarious plans and in all likelihood a glimpse of Ganthet’s troubles going from bad to worse.

In Thunderbolts #156 this week it looks like Warden Walker’s attempting to make bad people into better people aboard The Raft which isn’t sitting too well with the current Thunderbolts roster who have actually been developing their feelings of empathy and sense of teamwork in recent months. Jeff Parker gets an opportunity to play with an expanded cast in this issue as a veritable ‘who’s who’ of C-list villains will get a shot at trying out to be the next Thunderbolt member. I’ve really grown fond of the current dysfunctional line-up of Ghost, Moonstone, Juggernaut and Man-Thing over the past year but I like the fact that Parker keeps the Thunderbolts boat rocking and shows that any of their lives could be forfeit or turned upside down at any moment when on mission. It keeps them and us on our toes!

So who out there is NOT currently getting Rick Remender’s awesome X-book and isn’t planning on picking up Uncanny X-Force #8 this week? C’mon, show yourselves, for you need to be educated my friends and shown the true path to true reading nirvana! (Insert winking emoticon here as I’d never mock you for what you don’t pick up... but seriously, reading THAT, are you serious?? Haha). Two triumphant arcs down and now Remender and Billy Tan are treating us to the start of the new arc just a week after #7 wowed many of us. While the threat turns to an impending nuclear threat to New York City and floating mutant refuge, Utopia, I’m going to guess that the real story will come from the continued agonizing and contemplation each member is experiencing while remaining on this team. I’ll tell you now that I’m certainly yet to agonize over whether I should be buying this title or not. When I first heard that Billy Tan would be taking over on pencils for this latest arc I was a little worried that his style wouldn’t quite fit but once again the previews swimming around the net show that Dean White’s colours make a heck of a lot of difference and will keep a genuine feeling of artistic continuity.

1 comment:

Tom P said...

Image do have a great non dark book! It’s called Marine Man and you should ALL check it out!