Alex and John sit down and talk about last week’s hot books. This episode features Batman and Robin #12, Hellboy in Mexico, and Brightest Day #1. In the panel discussion, John raises some concerns about comic industry trends and compares the comic fanbase to manga enthusiasts.
In this special episode of TK, John and Migs are joined by Comic Book Club’s Alex Zalben, all the way from New York. The guys talk about Alex’s first Marvel series, Thor and the Warriors Four (out in the states today), and then they have an in-depth review of last week’s finale to DC’s Blackest Night.
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
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
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
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.
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.
John, EJ, and Migs volt in this week (but not the way you would think… sicko) and review Flash: Rebirth #6, New Avengers #62, and Blackest Night #7. After a round of Quick Shots and War of Thumbs, the bastards discuss the possibility of burn out caused by an over-saturation of comic book films in the cinemas.
It’s the 2009 Year Ender Episode with not two… not seven… but FOUR Komikeros at the microphones. Listen to EJ, Alex, John, and Migs recount the year’s best and worst comic moments, single issues, moments, and of course, ongoing titles. Enough with the preamble — this episode’s jam-packed, so get to listening!
With EJ never being around when Alex is, and vice versa, John is beginning to think the other two komikeros are actually (dramatic pause) THE SAME PERSON! Keep listening to Tres Komikeros to get to the bottom of this chilling mystery.
Oh also we read some comics: Blackest Night #5, Image United #1, and New Avengers #59. After an audience review and a round of quick shots, the boys played a healthy game of thumb warfare.
Lastly, a sensitive topic is tackled in this week’s panel discussion — Comic Book Elitism. Yeah.
While Alex is away rallying the forces of his PINK LANTERNS (yeah, I just went there!), EJ and John are left to review the biggest books of the past couple of weeks WHILST defending against zombie hordes. Dark Reign – The List: Punisher, Blackest Night #4, and New Avengers #58 are this week’s main reviews, and the boys discuss what real world issues could be interestingly dealt with in comics.
Don’t worry, ladies! EJ, Alex, and John are back and cockier than ever. Fresh from their hiatus in which they soaked up some R and R, enriched their mojo, and generally just got on with their lives, they’ve realized that they missed each other.
Admit it. You did too.
This week’s reviews include the hottest books of recent weeks, including BLACKEST NIGHT #1 and #2, ULTIMATE AVENGERS #1, and BATGIRL #1. After a modified quick shot round, the boys discuss summer events and what the Big Two are doing right and/or wrong with the yearly events.