Monthly Archives: March 2010

Prejudged! 03.30.10

Here we go with another edition of Prejudged! This week sees the release of a new issue from Jonathan Hickman’s run on Fantastic Four, the start of X-Men’s Second Coming, and the Blackest Night finale.

X-Men: Second Coming #1

X-Men: Second Coming #1

written by: Craig Kyle & Chris Yost

art by: David Finch

cover by: Adi Granov

This is to the X-Universe, what Siege is to the Avengers Universe. X-Men Second Coming is the culmination of four years worth of X-Men stories from House of M to Decimation to Messiah Complex and Utopia. This event promises that “MANY WILL BE WOUNDED. SEVERAL WILL DIE.”, and I’m guessing that by “SEVERAL WILL DIE” they’re referring to several C or D-list characters you’ve never heard of, along with one or two major characters who you know are coming back eventually. Despite that, it’ll be interesting to see how it all turns out in the end. Will all the Mutants who lost their powers in House of M get them back? Will Hope be the new Phoenix, and if so, will Scott and Logan start fighting over her? Will those two ever get over their obsession with red-heads? How will Kitty’s return figure into all of this? For one thing though, this whole Second Coming deal has made me want to jump back on the X-Men wagon. Let’s hope it’s the bumpy thrill ride that every event promises to be.

Fantastic Four #577

Fantastic Four #577

written by: Jonathan Hickman

art by: Dale Eaglesham

cover by: Alan Davis

This is part three of Jonathan Hickman’s Prime Elements arc, called Universal Inhumans. This issue sees Marvel’s First Family on the Blue Side of the Moon discovering that the Inhumans have a deeper and richer history than previously thought. Hickman’s run on the Fantastic Four has been stellar; deconstructing the team with the “Reed Solves Everything” arc and bringing the team back to it’s roots with this “Prime Elements” arc.  He’s done a good job at bringing in big Kirby-sized ideas to the title, and along with Dale Eaglesham adapting that classic look and feel to the art, they have brought about a Fantastic Four Renaissance of sorts. It’s great to see a creative team that’s capable of playing on how different the Fantastic Four instead of making it more realistic and gritty. Hickman recognizes that the whole idea of the team is in fact quite outrageous and out of this world, and yet is able to bring it down to more human level with themes of family and friendship. This has been a fun and brilliant run, and I hope Hickman and Eaglesham stick around for a very long time.

Blackest Night #8 (no text)

Blackest Night #8

written by: Geoff Johns

art by: Ivan Reis

cover by: Ivan Reis

Here it is! This one’s for all the marbles! It’s the final battle between Sinestro’s Rainbow Corps and Nekron’s Caped Corpses. There’s a lot riding on this issue. Yes, the whole Blackest Night series has been awesome so far, and all it needs is one big finale to take it home. I’ll save any thoughts I have on this for the podcast since I’m 100% positive that we’re reviewing this baby. All I’ll say is that I am totally pumped for this that with all the anticipation that he’s built up throughout this event, Geoff Johns better make sure that this multicolored superfest that is Blackest Night ends with a ginormous bang, like a firecracker going off in the center of that huge cloud of balloons holding up that old guy’s house in that movie. WHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!

And as a bonus, I stumbled onto this fan made poster of the upcoming The First Avenger: Captain America movie starring Chris Evans.

Chris Evans as Cap

This image totally sold me on Evans playing Cap, granted that he bulk up a bit more. I can actually imagine Evans saying the “You think this letter on my head stands for France!?” line from the Ultimates, and not be grossed out by it. Adding the shield to the poster wouldn’t hurt either.

Another poster can be found on FilmSchoolRejects.com, but I liked this one better. The other one had Evans pouting his lips a little too hard. Both posters are brought to us by a regular Film School Rejects.com reader, Christopher M.

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Tres Komikeros 44

John, Alex, and Migs volt in to bring you reviews of Millar and McNiven’s Nemesis #1, Green Lantern #52, and Uncanny X-Men #522!  After a round of quickshots, the boys discuss the official news about Evans being Captain America, the Image Guardians of the Globe teasers, and the Scott Pilgrim movie trailer.  Lastly, the panel discussion has the boys asking the question: “Which comic character should already die of old age?”

Also look out for the new segment entitled “Spoil Me” interspersed throughout the show.  Deal with it, kids.

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Tres Komikeros 43

John and Alex team up to bring you reviews of Brave and the Bold #32, Green Hornet: Year One #1, and Siege #3!  After a round of quickshots, the boys discuss the rumor about Evans being Captain America and then go serious to discuss the trend of violence in comics and how it hurts the industry.

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At the tail end of the show, John makes a personal announcement and introduces the TK Book Club — the monthly group reading activity that TK will spearhead to expand comic fan interaction.  April’s TK Book Club Pick is Alan Moore’s Saga of the Swamp Thing (volume one).  Listen to the show to learn more.

Prejudged! 03.09.10

We’re back for another slam-bangin’ edition of Prejudged!, where we judge the books by their cover. This is looking to be a pretty light week in comic books with mostly mid-level titles and a clear absence of anything related to Blackest Night or Siege, although there are a few familiar titles coming out, including new issues of Batman and Robin, Ultimate Spider-Man, and Daytripper. For a more comprehensive look at this week’s comic book releases, you can go here.

First off, is the cover to Batman and Robin #10 by Frank Quitely:

It looks like Damian’s finally had enough of playing second string to Dick Grayson’s smiling Batman and is taking matters into his own hands… with a fucking Claymore. In Grant Morrison’s new story arc, aptly named “Batman vs. Robin”, we see the dynamic between this duo turn violent when Damian decides to claim the mantle he believes is rightfully his.

This should make for very interesting comic book storytelling from Morrison, backed-up this time by Andy Clarke’s pencils. If you’d been turned away from this series by the let-down that was Philip Tan’s art, now would be the perfect time to pick it back up. The spectacular Frank Quitely covers alone should be reason enough.

Next up is the cover to Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #8 by Takeshi Miyazawa:

Last issue saw the beginnings of new super powered being in the Ultimate Marvel Universe, and from the looks of things, he has a big part to play out. Although it isn’t yet clear what exactly Rick Jones can do (aside from being able to teleport Spidey all the way to Ann Arbor, Michigan), we know this: he’s not a mutant and that a floating eyeball (the Ultimate Watcher) gave him his powers. That’s as far as we can call at this point. But then, the real grab of this story arc will be the interaction between Spidey, Torch, Iceman, and Rick Jones, and the misadventures of the rest of the Parker Household. Ultimate Spider-Man is still by far my favorite title that Bendis does, and Miyazawa is doing a decent job filling in for regular series artist David Lafuente. This title is still a lot of fun and a definite must-read.

Finally, we have the cover to Daytripper #4 by Gabriel Ba:

This series so far has been brilliant in its execution; from the achingly honest storytelling to the powerfully breathtaking artwork. Every word and every panel feels like it’s bursting with so much emotion, taking its readers through the everyday life (and deaths) of obituary writer, Brás de Oliva Domingos.

In this issue we witness the birth of Brás’ son along with everything that such an event can bring about. This should also bring out some unresolved issues between Brás’ and his own father. Daytripper is a resonating and captivating look at the different passions we all have in life from love, death, family, relationships, and every else in between. This series should one day be recognized as a modern day literary masterpiece and is a joy to read.

That’s all the time we have for this week’s Prejudged! Check back again next week to get your regular dose of Prejudged! comic books.  Have a good one, folks!