It’s the second official batch of Marvel NOW! books and the boys are right on top of them! Like, literally. Alex, Migs, and John talk about Thor the God of Thunder #1, Fantastic Four #1, and All-New X-Men #1!
The gang is back to review the week’s hottest books! John, Migs and Alex discuss X-Men #15.1, Batgirl #24, and Fear Itself #5! After a brief round of quick shots, the boys read your responses to the question posted on the Tres Komikeros Fan Page:
What comics are currently in your To-Read list, and why are they there?
Usually I don’t agree with the Marvel Comics’ tactics when it comes to their absurd numbering schemes. It seems that whenever given a chance, whether it be a new movie (like this summer’s blockbuster hit Thor), a milestone number (Captain America # 600) or seemingly for no reason at all (this past month’s Moon Knight # 1) the publishing giant has not been to shy to pull the trigger on changing the number of a current series as if to say, “What the heck? Nobody looks at the number anyway!” The changes in tone and style in the new The Mighty Thor book however make the change in numbering (Thor rebooted last month keeping the original numbering with new/really old title Journey into Mystery) actually almost, almost make sense.
The Mighty Thor # 2, from comic scribe extraordinaire Matt Fraction (Uncanny X-Men) and recurring Thor artist Olivier Coipel (House of M), is another fantastic addition to the mythical/sci-fi fusion-styled issues that Fraction has penned since joining the series in Thor # 615 (September, 2010).
The issue starts off with a fantastic, yet nonsensical training exercise where Thor unleashes a giant rock colossus on the rag-tag, newly formed Brigade of Realms. The Brigade of Realms, which consists of refugee warriors from the Nine Realms and child-Loki (who will henceforth be referred to as lil Loki), proceed to fight the stone beast for about five seconds before papa Thor gets bored and destroys the thing himself. Not much depth to the fight, but I’ll be damned if the art work wasn’t cool as bones. Then we proceed to get a cool little scene with Odin and Heimdall which begs the question, “Has Odin always been this much of a dick? Or did somebody just wake him up in the wrong cycle of his Odin-Sleep?” My bet is on the latter.
Finally, about half way through the issue, we get to the Silver Surfer which was where, inquisitive minds will remember, we left of with at the end of The Mighty Thor # 1. The Surfer cruises around Broxton, Oklahoma (the U.S. home of Earth-Asgard) messing fools up and breaking windows and eventually gets to the Asgardian ruins to deliver to Odin Galactus’ old-school WWF-style ultimatum. All pretty cool stuff.
The action of this issue is pretty well paced, except for the fact that we don’t get to the Silver Surfer part until the end of the issue (dang, for a guy who can fly through the cosmos at light speed dude sure takes his time getting around on Earth). Sure the fight with the rock colossus at the beginning doesn’t really make any sense, but who cares? The people crave blood! And I’m sure that a creative mind like Fraction’s isn’t going to give us something that has no bearing on the story moving forward. At any rate, Coipel’s beautiful artwork makes reading the book, even if you’re just going to look at the pictures as I occasionally do, totally worth it.
The Surfer scene also played out very nicely. The confrontation between Odin and the Silver Surfer had all the anticipation of a heavyweight bout and sets the ground for the battle between the eye-patched All-Father and the foreboding Devourer of Worlds. Of course, in the midst of all this shit talk, Thor—notorious hothead and Australian Dancing With The Stars finalist (oh wait, that’s the movie Thor)—was not just going to stand idly by while the king of the gods was being talked down to by a naked glittery errand boy. So the sucker punch that Thor delivers at the end of the issue shouldn’t surprise anybody but does thoroughly get the blood pumping for the melee that should ensue in The Mighty Thor # 3.
If there is one thing I can complain about with Fraction’s Thor run however, it’s that he takes way too long to get to the bloody action! In the previous “World Eaters” storyline (Thor # 618 – 621) I don’t think the bad guys even showed up until two or three issues in. Plus when they did show up they kind of got punked. Poor show World Eaters, poor show. I believe in building the anticipation but I don’t think, in that case anyway, that the fight scene was epic enough to pay-off the setting-up of the confrontation. In any case, this fight IS about to kick off, (I can feel it in my junk), and it should be a hoot. I’ve honestly never, ever, wondered what a fight between Odin and Galactus might turn out. But now that Fraction has opened my mind to this awesomely foreign concept I find myself tingling with anticipation. And before you ask, no, not in my junk.
THOR fever has hit all of comics fandom, and John, Migs, and Alex have convened under the shadow of the world tree to discuss The Mighty Thor #1! Also discussed this week are Planet of the Apes #1, Locke and Key: Keys to the Kingdom #6 and a ton of other books.
John, Migs, and Alex brave a rainstorm to bring you a special episode of Tres Komikeros. THE LIST is our compilation of 100 comic recommendations we think you guys should read. Now. And in this initial installment, we bring you the first ten items.
EJ, Alex, and John sit down on 24 Hour Comic Day to record the last episode of TK for this season. The boys review Superman #701, Batman #701, and Invincible Iron Man #28. They also discuss the recently released Green Lantern suit, as well as share thoughts on the green-lighting of Warren Ellis’ Hellblazer story, Shoot.
This week on Prejudged! we’ll be looking at titles that all have been or will be (or are in line to be) adapted into big blockbuster movies, like Batman, Jonah Hex, Iron Man, and the X-Men. It’s another big week in comic books, folks!
JONAH HEX #56 Written by Justin Gray & Jimmy Palmiotti
Art by Phil Winslade
Cover by Darwyn Cooke
Coinciding with the release of the Jonah Hex movie, this special issue shows Jonah’s savage origins (one of many) along with another tale that sees Hex having a hand in American History.
It’s good to see this book finally get the recognition it has long deserved, what with the movie coming out and all. I’ve always said that Jonah Hex has been one of DC’s most consistent titles, and incidentally the easiest title to jump onto with its done-in-one issues. This is a fun book that should make for one helluva movie.
INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #27
Written by Matt Fraction
Art by Salvador Larroca
Cover by Salvador Larroca
Continuing the “Resilient” story arc, this issue has lots of things going on, from Tony building his empire, Pepper going under the knife, the Hammer girls making their move, and Detroit Steel.
This cover is clearly trying to bank on the success of Iron Man 2, having the familiar image of Iron Man and War Machine back to back. A little disappointing to see a more run-off-the-mill cover with this issue though, considering the radical covers this title has been going with for the past few issues, but still a great book.
UNCANNY X-MEN #525
Written by Matt Fraction
Art by Terry Dodson
Cover by Adi Granov
We’re now neck-deep into Second Coming and all hell has broken loose. With the mutants trapped within Bastion’s forcesphere, Cyclops and his X-Men are now in the biggest fight for the future of their species. Lives have been lost and everyone is looking to Hope to save the day.
With the new X-Men movie finally getting its wheels turning, it won’t be long until we welcome back our favorite mutants onto the big screen. Soon enough, we’ll all be playing “Casting” games with our friends about who’s playing who, and we already even have our younger Professor Charles Xavier in the form of James McAvoy.
Written by Grant Morrison
Art by Tony Daniel, Andy Kubert, David Finch, Richard Friend & Frank “Effing” Quitely
Cover by David Finch
That’s not a typo, people. “700”. That’s SEVEN HUNDRED Batman-tasic issues, and Bruce Wayne isn’t even back yet. This issue also marks the return of Grant Morrison to the title since leaving after Batman R.I.P. and we all should be happy to have him back, in all his mind-blowing glory. This also features three tales from three different Batmen; Bruce Wayne, Dick Grayson, and Damian Wayne.
On the cinematic front, the Messiah, Christopher Nolan, has gone on record to say that he has no intentions of bringing back the Joker for the series’ third installment. However you feel about that (I’m pretty bummed out, personally), there’s still a chance for the Riddler to be played by Hugh Laurie.
And there goes Prejudged! If you have any thoughts about any of the movies mentioned above, or about any other upcoming superhero movie, feel free leave your thoughts and ideas in the comments section below.
EJ, Alex, and John reunite to review Ellis and Granov’s iconic contemporary take on Iron Man, which laid down the groundwork for modern stories about ol’ shellhead. The boys also discuss the newly revealed movie outfits of Cap and Thor.
In the panel discussion, the boys discuss the biggest changes in their geekhood since they began the podcast almost two years ago.
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.