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Welcome to Prejudged! Entry Wounds, where we look at the week’s upcoming releases that make great jumping on points for new readers. This is a huge week for Marvel, with 7 new number ones. Anyone looking to get into comic books or just looking to jump onto new titles will have a big selection of books to choose from.
Written by Brian Michael Bendis
Art by Alex Maleev
Cover by Alex Maleev
This new title marks Bendis’ return to creator owned series work. Scarlet tells the story of a woman who starts a modern American revolution. If you’re into tales about strong women who can kick a lot of ass and look good while doing it, then Scarlet is definitely a pick up. Also featuring stunning art from long-time Bendis collaborator, Alex Maleev, who alos brings us this jaw dropping cover. Bendis always puts out his best work when he’s just doing his own thing, like Power, Alias, and Jinx, and this should be no exception.
STEVE ROGERS: SUPER SOLDIER #1
Written by Ed Brubaker
Art by Dale Eaglesham
Cover by Dale Eaglesham
Need more Steve Rogers in your life? I do. And who better to write him than the man who killed him, Ed Brubaker. After replacing Norman Osborn as the world’s top cop, Steve is the busiest guy in the Marvel Universe right now, so you can expect him to pop up in about every book in Marvel. What? Osborn did it. Why can’t Steve? Super Soldier also features acclaimed artist Dave Eaglesham, fresh off his pitch perfect work on Fantastic Four, so expect big things. Good cover from Eaglesham too. I don’t remember Steve ever wielding a gun though.
Written by Andy Diggle
Art by Billy Tan
Cover by John Cassaday
From Solicitation: “Matt Murdock Dared Evil.” Yeah, I know. It’s a terrible pun. But this story has been brewing a bit in the main Daredevil title, and it all comes to a head in Shadowland. Daredevil wages all out war on Bullseye, and he has an entire legion of ninjas to do his bidding. Stepping in to prevent war are Marvel’s street-level heroes, the Punisher, Iron Fist, Luke Cage, Moon Knight, and the amazing Spider-Man. If you just want a bunch of superheroes all in one book, Shadowland #1 is a great book for you.
AVENGERS: THE CHILDREN’S CRUSADE #1
Written by Allan Heinberg
Art by Jim Cheung
Cover by Jim Cheung
Series creators Allan Heinberg and Jim Cheung bring back the Young Avengers in this 9-issue maxi-series. With Wiccan’s reality-altering powers beginning to rival that of the Scarlet Witch’s, he sets out on a quest to find her that spans the Marvel Universe and will pit him against the Avengers. This will hopefully address long-standing issues about Wanda’s disappearance and maybe even the mysteries behind House of M and the infamous “No More Mutants”. Heinberg’s original series was very well received by both fans and critics alike, and Jim Cheung interiors are as rare and as awesome as they come. Looking forward to this.
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.