We’ve taken our fair share of potshots at DC lately, with their new reboot, but Marvel’s doing their share of retooling, too, from the relaunch of Uncanny X-Men to the introduction of Miles Morales in the Ultimate line. But what if they did a full relaunch, a la DC? For this week’s LIST we present Our Proposals For a Marvel Reboot.
Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters is under close government supervision due to violations of the No Child Left Behind law.
Fantastic Four no longer becomes a team in issue 1. Instead it takes 12 issues and 6 ancillary miniseries.
In a new series set “7 years ago,” Kree soldier Corporal Mar-Vell begins his adventures on Earth.
Heroes now endorse Tastykakes rather than Hostess Fruit Pies.
The Adventures of Li’l Warren Ellis reignites Marvel’s all-ages line.
US 1 is a flagship title in the 616 Marvel #1’s released.
The visible effect of Gamma radiation is now paisley, not green.
The Infinity Gems now form Captain Planet when collected.
Ego the Living Planet now has a costume, manages recruitment for the Nova Corps
Art-wise, there is a re-institution of a Marvel house-style. Every man looks like either Bruce Campbell or Abe Vigoda while all female characters look like Jennifer Love Hewitt or Bea Arthur.
Captain America’s cowl wings have been replaced with Mickey Mouse ears.
Professor Zoom goes back in time, pushes Aunt May down a set of stairs
A weird melange of comics coming out this week! Here’s this week’s noteworthy titles.
- FEAR ITSELF HULK VS DRACULA #2 (OF 3) – Lord, I’m a sucker for an unusual matchup.
- FF #9 – I’ve found a few issues of Jonathan Hickman’s FF, but I can’t really dive into it until I find Fantastic Four #587 and 588, and FF #1. Anyone know good places to snag those on the cheap? They’re definitely the hardest to find titles of this experiment.
- GODZILLA KINGDOM OF MONSTERS #7
- HERC #8 – I’ve found the first couple issues of Herc and found it lacking a lot of the joy I got from the Incredible Hercules, so I think I’m going to stop here until I get a bit more caught up and can better judge the title.
- HOLY TERROR HC – I’m torn on this one, so I’ll be keeping a close eye on the reviews for Frank Miller’s Batman vs Al Qaeda minus Batman. This one may very well just come down to where your politics lie.
- SECRET AVENGERS #17
- VENOM #7 – See: Herc #8 and FF #9
- WOLVERINE #16
Expect more reviews next week, as I’ll have had a chance to read The Big Lie #1, and large chunks of Jeff Parker’s Hulk and Gail Simone’s Secret Six, an incredibly hard title to track down.
And before wrapping it up this week, I’d just like to wish Arthur Curry a happy birthday; He turned 70 yesterday. Many happy returns, buddy!
That’s it for me, what are YOU looking at?
Many changes in the DCnU are getting major press both inside and outside of the comics industry. Each week of new issues reveals new changes for fans to rave and rant over until the next Wednesday. Below, you’ll find some of the changes that won’t be making headlines… if they’re noticed at all.
QWERTY keyboards blinked from existence. They’ve been replaced by the OHBUGER board (pronounced “Oh Bugger).
Atlantis is no longer an agrarian-based society.
The most popular search engine in the DCnU is Alta Vista with it’s popular brand of Automaton phones and products.
Greedo did, in fact, shoot first in 1977’s theatrical release of “Star Wars.”
Vanilla Ice enjoyed a long and popular career before being gunned down in a car with Suge Knight.
Joker Gas is now contains no caffeine.
Mirror Master is still an apprentice. However, true to his villainous nature, he’s keeping his name the same.
The gravity is 1.025 times greater than it was in the DCU.
Purple and green have never been associated with villains. Khaki and shades of taupe are the DCnU villain colors.
Earth-Prime's DC Comics still uses the DC Bullet.
The Joker beat Jason Todd with a prybar, not a crowbar.
I’m not sure if this is what I want out of my superhero comics, that’s what Spawn is for. Anyone out there read this issue? Is it better in context?
(Taken from http://www.bleedingcool.com/2011/09/21/what-does-the-t-grade-mean-for-dc-comics/, where there are plenty more examples.)
There is just a huge amount of Marvel titles I’m looking at right now, both due to quality and an addiction the New 52 isn’t filling. Here’s this week’s noteworthy titles.
- AVENGERS #17
- DAREDEVIL #4 – By all accounts, Mark Waid is knocking this one out of the park.
- HULK #41
- MARK TWAINS AUTOBIOGRAPHY 1910-2010 HC – Michael Kupperman’s new book finally makes it out this week! Even though I miss Tales Designed To Thrizzle, getting a new OGN makes it all worthwhile.
- RED WING #3 (OF 4) – I confess, Jonathan Hickman’s time travel epic hasn’t done a whole lot for me, but it’s still worth seeing where it goes.
- TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES ONGOING #2 – I picked up the first issue last month and it was pretty solid. I’m not entirely sure what’s going on here, but I’m 90% sure this is an entirely new continuity. Worth picking up if you’re a fan of the Turtles.
- THUNDERBOLTS #163 POINT ONE
- X-MEN SCHISM #4 (OF 5)
The Rob and Robert Kirkman’s Infinite #2 shows a marked improvement over the first issue, although Rob, whose work is improving, still needs to focus on his consistency, as the pouches, pockets, straps, and miscellanea change with characters from panel to panel. Even worse, the inconsistency occasionally spreads to Hi-Fi Design’s colors. Kirkman’s story, though not revelatory, is solid and serves the story.
One benefit to waiting until Saturday to get new comics is that you have the opportunity to review your pull list between Wednesday and the trip to your comic shop. After reading several positive reviews I decided to pick up Pigs #1, by Nate Cosby (former Incredible Hercules editor and source of that titles amazing onomatopoeias), Ben McCool, and Breno Tamura. It’s not a perfect start, but it is a very good start. I could have done with less pages of an old man on a bicycle — who only exists to get killed off — and more explanation of who the talking heads are, especially the Cuban family. The investigators also reminded me more of TV police officers rather than federal agents. Still, the intrigue of a KGB Cuban sleeper cell in the US is intriguing enough to keep me coming back through the first arc. I’m hoping this book turns into The Losers, though that may just be the influence of the beautiful cover by Jock.
That’s it for me. What are YOU looking at?
The DCU is a big place, but occasionally heroes just get…displaced. Just ask Psycho Pirate. For every Resurrection Man that gets another shot at the big time, there’s a Power Girl or an Oracle* who fades out. For this week’s LIST we present what the DCU’s former heroes are doing now.
Phantom Lady (Stormy Tyler) – Lunch lady at an elementary school in New Jersey
Connor Hawke – Newsstand vendor. In fact, in the New 52 he’s the hack in Watchmen
Wizard SHAZAM! – shill for Sham-WOW Industries.
Mxyzptlk, Bat-Mite, Qwisp – Three words: interdimensional midget porn
The Spectre – Working in Disney’s Haunted Mansion
Ray Palmer – moved to the Marvel 616 Universe hoping to study under Hank Pym.
Tawky Tawny – Killed Tony the Tiger in a fight club for his power, using them to shill for Frosted Flakes
‘Mazing Man – Manager of a Planet Krypton in New Orleans.
Lobo – Doin’ yer mom, comprende?
Mikaal Thomas – marketing a healing crystal through Urban Outfitters.
Captain Marvel – Herald of Galactus
Jack Ryder – back up keyboardist for the Parliment Funkadelic
Jack Knight – Collecting Bakelite and Viewmaster reels in Opal City
*Try not to dwell on the thought that it’s DC’s women getting demoted.
In company wide cross-overs, it’s difficult to find a balance between telling the story in the a mini/ maxi, and letting it happen within the issues of the company’s regular books. Sometimes a company relies too much on it’s regular titles and those only marginally interested in the story either feel compelled to pick up all books or avoid the whole event. With that in mind, Marvel’s Fear Itself has mostly done a good job with that balance. The first issue or two (of the six out) were a little light; instead it was more like a preview of events we could be reading in other titles. These later issues have done much better. This week’s issue #6 was probably the best of the bunch so far. We see Cap (Steve Rogers) trying to keep himself and the troops together in the face of seeming inevitable oblivion. There’s a great scene with Odin. It’s just damn good character work in the story.
Speaking of great character work and story who ever guessed that there’d be a story where GI JOE’s Sneak Peek would be interesting and or featured. Hama’s GI JOE: A Real American Hero has been a really solid title giving classic and obscure characters a lot of play. Like I said, Sneak Peek gets some panel time this issue as he’s being debriefed by Chuckles. Seriously, everything in this series is good. Hama’s stories are still fresh and fun after almost 30 years. That IDW is doing such a good job with the JOE’s is hopeful for the classic Transformers book in the works.
In the disappointing column was Resurrection Man #1. It felt a little tedious in a way that I don’t remember the original series being. Although DnA are setting up some potentially good things for the arc, I think it’s mostly that I’m probably done reading books that are written blatantly for the trades.
Herc #7 started off a little confused, but ended up being pretty good once we got to the flash back. Pak and Van Lente are making some interesting hay with the tie-in to Spider-Island. Anytime you bring in Anansi and Arachne is okay in my book.
Finally, Frankenstein, Agent of Shade was pretty meh compared to the Flashpoint mini. I gave issue 1 a shot, but I don’t think I’ll be picking regularly. On the other hand, I’m hearing such good things about this week’s Mr. Terrific. I might see if I can find a copy and give that a shot.
There it is, that was the week that was.