John and Migs set up camp and talk about Return of Bruce Wayne #5, Superior #1, and New Avengers #5. After a round of quick shots, the boys bring you the first edition of TK Comics 101: What are Legacy Characters?
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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.
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Welcome to another Super-sized edition of Prejudged!, where we judge the books by their cover. This week sees the release of many major titles like Batman and Robin, New Avengers, Green Lantern, Superman: Secret Origin, Detective Comics, Chew, Punisher, and the long awaited last issue of Captain America: Reborn. That’s a lot of ground to cover, so let’s get to it.
Let’s start it off with Captain America: Reborn #6 by Brian Hitch:
SPOILER ALERT! In this issue, Steve Rogers comes back from the dead!!! (wink wink, Marvel) Even though we all saw this coming for months now, you could always approach this the same way you did Revenge of the Sith. Sure, you already knew that Anakin was going to turn into the universe’s most awesome douche, but it’d be nice to know how it all happened. Looking at the cover (which probably took Hitch years to finish), you can see that this’ll be just like a billion other Avenger stories…. I mean, come on. Really?? The “just-throw-all-the-Avengers-in-there” concept does not a good cover make. You know what EJ would call this? Generic. There. I said it.
Next is the cover to Batman and Robin #7 by Cameron Stewart and Frank Quitely:
This issue promises to offer some clues on the death of Bruce Wayne and also features Morrison favorites, Knight and Squire, along with one of my favorite new characters, Batwoman. This is the beginning of a new story arc where we find Batman across the pond. I’ve always thought that Batman was a perfect fit in England. Like a cosplaying Sherlock Holmes. Also, people can finally stop whining about Philip Tan’s art (myself included), since we are now graced with the stylings of Mr. Cameron Stewart. The title has been on a bit of a slump since its explosive first three issues. Hopefully, this story arc can bring back that same momentum.
Now we have the cover to Irredeemable #10 by Peter Krause:
It’s hard for me to tell how far Mark Waid can take this “Superman Gone Wrong” story, but I guarantee I’ll be along for the ride, ever step of the way. Irredeemable, of course, is the “Superman Story DC Wouldn’t Let Mark Waid Write in DC”, and reading the book, you could probably see how this really was intended to be told in the DC Universe. Most of the characters in Irredeemable have their DC Universe counterparts, and it’s always fun to play “what if”. One thing though; I’ve kind of developed some kind of sympathy for the Plutonian. Not the “him throwing a tantrum” part. The whole “him being underappreciated, hence him throwing a tantrum” part. Is that weird?
Here, we have the cover to New Avengers #61 by Stuart Immonen:
This is a really badass cover. You know, THIS is why we have Steve Rogers back. So, he can pull off an Uncle Sam point and say “I WANT YOU…. to buy this comic book”. Who could say no? Well, Jihadists for one, but that’s beside the point. This is the kind of comic book cover that gets me excited to pick it up. It just demands attention. But also, if you try and focus on the image, specifically into Captain America’s eyes, he doesn’t seem to be looking directly at you. I wonder if I caught something “No-Prize” worthy there.
Up next, the cover to Superman: Secret Origin #4 by Gary Frank:
Geoff Johns seems to be DC’s authority on continuity, from rebirths to reboots, they let him do it all. And I believe that the DC Universe is better for it. He not only made Hal Jordan and the entire Green Lantern Corps relevant, but is now setting the stage for what I think will be the biggest rebirth/reboot/retcon in the history of comic books through Blackest Night. Superman: Secret Origin, on the other hand, is nestled in its own time, unaffected by the zombie infestation of present continuity. Although, this isn’t as much about another retelling of the origin of Superman as it is about setting the record straight about Big Blue’s beginnings. Plainly put, this’ll be the definitive Superman origin story. For now.
There you have it. Your weekly dose of Prejudged! comic books. Join me again next week. Same Bat-time, same Bat-channel.
Welcome the very first, EXTRA-SIZED installment of “Prejudged!”, where we attempt to review the week’s coming comic book releases based solely on their covers. This is raring up to be a big week in comics with titles like Green Lantern, Detective Comics, New Avengers, Chew, Fantastic Four, and the big Captain America one-shot, so let’s get to it!
First off, we have the cover of New Avengers #60 by Stuart Immonen:
For those of you who already follow this title, you’re already well aware of what’s happening in this cover. For those of you who don’t, GET OUT NOW! I WILL SPOIL!… Ok? Now, we all know Luke Cage has been out of commission for the past few issues with a heart problem, i.e. the spider-like device Norman Osborn put in there. Despite what looks like another marketing ploy by Marvel (I still love ’em though), the most affecting part of this cover is in it’s very composition of how our viewpoint allows us to share in this moment as if we ourselves where part of the team. This is doubled by having Jessica Jones and the baby be the focal point of the cover, seeing as they’re the only ones in color. You can expect a few tears shed in this issue and probably a few guest appearances (My guess is Danny Rand). Also, it looks like Wolverine’s back.
Next, we look at the cover of Detective Comics #860 by J.H. Williams:
Man, Kate Kane’s got a huge face! Look how tiny her hands are! Dude… Despite the discrepancies in terms of character proportions, this cover actually tells a lot about the story inside the book, this being the conclusion to Batwoman’s origin story, which has her putting on the mask for the first time. This is a striking image of a sinister looking smile on her blood red lips. I’ve always appreciated how Rucka and Williams make Batwoman look almost frightening in her costume, not partaking in the “Let’s make all women hot” mantra in comic books. Greg Rucka has always handled his female characters very well, and Batwoman is his most fleshed-out character to date.
A quick look at the cover of Captain America: Who Will Wield the Sheild:
Finally, we have the cover of Chew #7 by Rob Guillory
Call me weird, but the first thing I noticed on this cover was the rat’s monocle and the fact that it has the image on Tony Chu in it. Aside from the obvious, this cover’s got a lot going on in it with the USDA pin to the smart-looking rat. Plus, good use of negative space. This one’s sure to grab your attention on the shelves. Great cover.
Read the Article in it’s entirety on Migs’ site for cover reviews of Fantastic Four, Green Lantern, and The Last American Crime.
So, that’s it for this EXTRA-SIZED inaugural edition of Prejudged! Come back next week for another batch of Prejudged! comic books.
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.
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And the hits just keep on comin’ as Alex and John bring you reviews of the recent week’s hottest books — Punisher Annual #1, Superman: Secret Origins #1, and Giant-size Wolverine: Old Man Logan #1! We also kick off a new segment: AUDIENCE REVIEWS, where we read your reviews of the latest comics you’ve read. After a round of Quick Shots and War of Thumbs, the boys talk about the power of digital comic distribution.
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Cover of the Week is my presentation of the best cover from last week’s comic book releases, based on the art, design, and overall good looks.
I’m a big fan of minimalism. You know, less clutter and more emphasis on design. So this week’s covers features non-cramped covers with minimalist design. And boy do I like ’em! And the fairest of them all is none other than Darkseid!
Final Crisis #4 (cover by J.G. Jones)
He’s the King of the Week! The Master of Evil! The Anti-Life Equator! (Equator?) Anyways, J.G. Jones makes pretty awesome art, from interiors to covers to interiors back. Like I’ve said, it’s nothing grand, just a simple figure of Darkseid occupying the page, but it delivers the feel of his presence and how big his role is in the book. For that, I give you this week’s medal! And a candy bar.
Honorable mentions: Punisher #63 (Dave Johnson) & DMZ #35 (JP Leon)
Panel of the Week: New Avengers #46 (last panel/page, art by Billy Tan)
Pretty awesome, yeah?