There’s a little bit of everything in this batch. Way old; Way new; Way overdone; Way Crazy!
Writer: Dan Slott
Artist: Mike Allred
Everyone’s favorite Herald returns in his own monthly as Norrin Radd makes a long-awaited comeback to comics. Galaxy spanning tales of science fiction and human morality are on the menu.
Gaumer: It may be sacrilegious to say it but I’m not a big fan of the Silver Surfer when Galactus isn’t around. I’ve read some good Surfer stories over the years, sure, but never anything that made me love Norrin on his own more than with Old Purple Hat. This just isn’t for me.
I’ll, obviously, be ignoring this title on the shelf. Even if I hear raves about the book it’s going to take something really special for me to pick it up.
Jules: Well, I’m a huge surfer fan, I feel like not enough is done with him, he’s got a great story as long as you ignore Galactus this could be a sweet book. Dan Slott is a terrible person. that being said I’m a huge Mike Allred fan, So I’m gonna buy it. Not try, buy. His art is sweet ok.
Taylor: I’m not sure what to think of this one, at least not yet. The way I see it, the Surfer has always had the same problem as characters like Doctor Strange and the Spectre: they are simply too powerful, and their limits too nebulously defined, for their own good. It’s just hard to keep an ongoing series interesting when our hero can bend molecules or reality itself to their will. (You know, I think there’s a post in there somewhere. Keep your eyes peeled.)
That being said, though, Mike Allred is an amazing artist, and as much as fans like to rag on him, Dan Slott has done some great work in the past. But I think the most encouraging thing I’ve seen is the part of the of preview that claims that “human morality” is going to play a big part of the book. If there’s one way to make all-powerful characters interesting, it’s to make the focus about what the characters should do, rather than what the characters can do. Maybe this book can give the Surfer the same treatment the Spectre got in John Ostrander’s run. That’s a big maybe, though, so I’m not going to be reading from the get-go in this one.
Winter Soldier: The Bitter March
Writer: Rick Remender
Artist: Roland Boschi
While only a limited series, a delve into the life of Bucky Barnes during the height of the Cold War as Soviet agent The Winter Soldier. A new slant on an old character deserving of some attention.
Gaumer: I love limited series! They have to do a lot in a, relatively, smaller amount of space, and I can pretty much tell if I’m going to dig what’s coming in a book or two. I like the character, and I just adore Rick Remender. I’m not sure how this can be bad!
Winter Soldier in his Cold War Prime? Hell YES! I’ll be grabbing this entire thing. Even if it starts slow Remender is not going to disappoint. My faith in his ability is way too high for me to skip any of this.
Jules: I AM STOKED FOR THIS! Rick Remender is just such a solid writer I know good things will come of this. He’s known for bringing out the best from character you thought were terrible people, and this is def one of those examples. I feel like this is gonna be that limited runs I wish was longer but I’ll take what I can get.
Winter Soldier, already a sweet character. Winter Solider in the Cold War? Hell to the yes. Rick Remender writing Winter Soldier in the Cold War. As far as I’m concerned I’ve bought every issue they just haven’t come out yet.
Taylor: An intriguing concept, to be sure. Bucky’s exploits in the USSR represent a relatively untapped storytelling landscape that has a lot of potential. Furthermore, this is a story that seems firmly inside Rick Remender’s wheelhouse. Could be some great stuff.
I’m still going to wait for trade, though, because I believe that Remender’s storytelling style is the kind that’s best enjoyed all at once rather than intermittently. So unless I hear some bad reviews, I’ll be enjoying this party a bit later than others.
Writer: Paul Cornell
Artist: Ryan Stegman
A direct sequel to Cornell’s last Wolverine offering, this relaunch sees Logan living more a simplified life, as the X-Man continues living on the wrong side of the law. Look for some B-List villains and plenty of clawed capers early 2014.
Gaumer: Been there, done that, not doing it again. Wolvie still hold a certain appeal for me, but I just enjoy the character better on a team. I’m going to get plenty of that between Wolverine & the X-Men and Amazing X-Men so, I’m skipping it.
Jules: SO much Wolverine, He’s an Avenger, He’s an X-man. The man is in a lot of books, probably more than any other hero in the marvel universe. And I don’t know if this is for me. What I can say is that I do love Ryan Stegman’s art so its gonna be sweet looking at least.
Taylor: I’m with my cohorts on this one. Between the Avengers and Jason Aaron’s X-Books, I’ve got plenty of Wolverine in my life already. If you’ve been enjoying Cornell’s work thus far, I see no reason why that would change now. But for those of us who missed that boat, I don’t feel compelled to paddle up to it at this point in time.
Writer: Si Spurrier
Artist: Rock-He Kim
The new becomes new again as Cable and X-Force and Uncanny X-Force wind down to become a single X-Team in this new #1. This unlikely group of X-Men outsiders will continue to be the same mutant underground wetworks team fans have grown to love.
Gaumer: I called this back when X-Force became two books. Yes, Remender’s run on the book was amazing, but conceptually the things going on in those titles were not very interesting. So, them being cancelled and turned into a single book that shares ideas from both cancelled titles makes good sense. I’m not sure it’s still enough for me to grab the book, though.
Two issues, tops. I love the cast, and the art is bound to be great, but if there’s just boring going on like the last two X-Force books I’ll pass real quick.
Jules: I agree Remender’s Uncanny X-Force was a tour de force, pun intended, of comic book, and the two to follow were simply not up to par. Humpries Uncanny-Force was packed with a sweet cast and was plain flat. Hopeless’ Cable and X-Force, while fun, was not what everyone wanted it to be. I hope this new book will do its best to press on this franchise.
I’m gonna check it out, I like this cast, I really hope it’ll put some new life into the X-force.
Taylor: On principle, I only pick up so many X-Books at a given time. Consequently, I was never interested in picking up either of the X-Force books with Wolverine and the X-Men and X-Men holding down my quota. And so now we have two books I was never interested in combined together to form another book I’m not interested in. I’m not saying that I expect it to be bad, just that it’s not going to be for me. Pass.
Writer: Nick Spencer and Jonathan Hickman
Artist: Stefano Caselli
The Avengers take things to a planetary level, as long-time Avengers writer does a team-up of his own. Big adventure, bug stories, really, really big team of Avengers!
Gaumer: If there’s a writer hotter than Jonathan Hickman right now, I haven’t come across him. But, if there’s one who is close, it’s Nick Spencer. I’ve been following Hickman since he was only writing independent books, and Nick Spencer showed me his amazing skill in the indy hit Bedlam. This book is aiming really high and I think it’s going to hit that mark.
I can’t not get this book! It’s going to be a huge Hickman plot, finished with the finesse of Spencer! Then I’m getting Caselli art for at least a few issues? Yes, please!!
Jules: Holy crap! I’m some kind bewildered about how extremely excited I am for this book. Jonathan Hickman, easily my favorite writer right now, teamed with the Duke of Weird? I’m gonna call him that all the time now; it just breathes like its gonna be radical. Coming off the heels of Infinity, I feel like this is exactly where I wanna be.
Hickman’s ever expanding Avengers is already everything I want it to be, now this just means I get more of what I want and then some. Beyond looking forward to this book and pulling it out of my box.
Taylor: At last we’ve come with the big one as Marvel and Jonathan Hickman continue to expand their flagship franchise. In a strategy that’s as brilliant as it is devious, Marvel has made it so that you can’t really enjoy Hickman’s run on the Avengers without enjoying ALL of his run on the Avengers as it sprawls out into multiple monthly books. Is that just plain evil? Yes, but the results have been amazing. After all, no one in the industry runs the long con better than Hickman. And now he’s getting backup from the highly talented Nick Spencer as well?
Well played, Marvel. Well played.
So yeah, I’m on board and excited to be so.
We got more where this comes from! Maybe only one more, but who the hell know?! If Marvel keeps dishin’ ’em out we’ll keep servin’ ’em up! Check back soon for our next installment in the series, and be sure to like, share and comment. What are you pulling and what are you skipping?