Outright Geekery follows the ever-changing lineup of comics hitting the shelves from Marvel in Part 3 of our delve into All-New Marvel NOW! Who needs a reboot when you pull this stuff every year?
This batch includes some old stuff made new by bringing back to the old, a couple of brand new takes, and a book that’s so new it’s new again!
Be sure to check out Part 1 and Part 2 of our series, comment and tell us what you’ll be adding or skipping!
Writer: James Robinson
Artist: Leonard Kirk
Old-school FF family drama is on the menu as the First Family of Comics is taken back to their roots. High drama is on the menu, and a split-up that will change the FF forever!
Gaumer: I’ve been a diehard FF reader one time, and one time only: When Hickman had the reins. That is definitely going to change when this title relaunches in February. Robinson is a champion when telling these old-school tales, and Kirk’s art is quite pleasant. Yeah, I’m going to have to find room for this damn book!
Jules: I downright called this book as soon as the end of the current F4 and FF books were announced. And I couldn’t be more excited. Not since Hickman’s beautiful run with the First Family have I been so excited about whats coming down the pipeline for them.
I’m already a fan of Robinson’s work, I honestly can’t wait to pull this out of my box and read it.
Taylor: As someone who loves the Fantastic Four and wants to read their book, and as someone who has been avoiding Matt Fraction as of late (see Part 2), I can’t tell you how happy I am that I’ll finally be able to jump back into the exploits of Marvel’s First Family. I have confidence in James Robinson to deliver the sprawling, imaginative tales that the FF scream for, and in Leonard Kirk to depict these tales with solid artwork.
That’s all I need to get on-board with the Richards clan again, hopefully for a long haul.
Writer: Ales Kot
Artist: Garry Brown
Tony Starks’ buddy James “Rhodey” Rhodes dons the War Machine armore yet again, only this time with a brand new, star-spangled painted suit. Rhodey tries to balance his government job with the rest of his life, and family/work drama seems sure.
Gaumer: Rhodey doesn’t get enough attention! I think he deserves his own book; I think the reuse of the Iron Patriot style armor is cool; I like the ideas being suggested for story elements; and I think the creators are talented. But I won’t be getting this book.
I could make room for this book in my stack, but I’m just not overly interested in it. It seems counter to everything I’m feeling, but, when I think about it, I’m just not excited enough to pull this title.
Jules: Man this is def a great idea. Off the heals of the successful Iron Man movie franchise, Marvel said, you know we really should do more with that Rhodey character who was such a badass. Dude he was the best Iron Man, until Tony got sober and said here have this overly 80’s suit and call yourself War Machine. Ugh. Such a bad call.
I like where this going I just don’t know if I’m gonna be able to squeeze this into my pull box but I might try.
Taylor: I get that they’re trying to build off of Rhodey’s role in Iron Man III, but the MU Iron Patriot identity is kind of sullied by Norman Osborn’s shenanigans, no? Well, whatever.
I have to confess that though I like the character, I’ve never really followed Rhodey on any of his solo adventures before. And I’m probably not going to start now. I’m just not interested enough to invest the money, plain and simple.
Loki: Agent of Asgard
Writer: Al Ewing
Artist: Lee Garbett
Loki gets a new gig as a secret service style agent in this new take on an old favorite. The fan-favorite character finally gets his own book again, and gets one with a twist never tried before.
Gaumer: Who doesn’t love Loki? He’s just plain, old fun! What I’m not sure about is the angle they are taking with the whole thing. It could easily get campy or bogged down in nonsense as they try to fill in gaps that we didn’t even know existed, as often happens with characters like these, but, hey, it’s Loki! Al Ewing is also doing a great job on Mighty Avengers, so, it won’t be bad.
I’m on this for 4 issues before I make a decision. Look for reviews of this title from me as soon as it drops. I’m excited to read, not because I think it will be excellent, but because I think it has the most potential out of all of the Marvel NOW! books. High expectations, however, often lead to high disappointment.\
Jules: Damn. Fangirls/Fanboys you made this happen for sure. Loki was always the damn villain, he was ever barely likeable, but you let Matt Fraction write Thor for a while and Tom Hiddleston play him in some movies, and all of the sudden Loki is the damn hottest thing to come out of Asgard. Seriously.
All my b#tching aside, I’m gonna give this a for real try. I really like Al Ewing’s writing. he’s def sold me on things I thought I wasn’t gonna like. Greg Land’s art for instance, which I’m still not into, but that hasn’t stopped me from enjoying Mighty Avengers at all has it? Nope. Gonna try this out.
Taylor: This one actually has me in a bit of a conundrum. Loki is a character that I like. Al Ewing is a good writer. I’m unfamiliar with artist Lee Garbett, but his work looks strong.
But I’m still feeling iffy on this book because I hate to see Kieron Gillen separated from the Loki character. Starting with his work on Journey Into Mystery and continuing through Young Avengers, Gillen has been doing amazing stuff with the God of Mischief. Rarely have I seen a writer who had his fingers on the pulse of a character more than I did with that pairing.
And now I’m afraid that I’m going to hold it against Al Ewing going in. It would be like watching Mom date some new guy right after she separated from Dad. I know that’s not fair to Ewing. At all. But I’m probably going to hold off and hear what other people think before I take a look myself.
Writer: Christopher Yost
Artist: Marcus To
It’s been quite awhile since we’ve seen a New Warriors book, and even longer since we’ve seen one with so many recognizable faces. Pulling in characters from every corner of the Marvel U, this old team, with new characters, and even newer flair promises to be joyride for old fans and newcomers alike.
Gaumer: This feels like another “been there, done that” book, and I’m just not interested. I don’t think we need another, new team of young heroes, they need to use the teams of youngsters that already have. Unless that are eventually take Speedball to Murder World!
Jules: I kinda still really like Chris Yost’s writing, its just got that 90’s edge to it. I meant that in a good way, I really enjoyed his Scarlet Spider run and I see now that’s where he’s moving Kaine to. I used to be a huge fan of the New Warriors back in the day, so I’m gonna try it out.
Taylor: With very few exceptions, I use a general rule of thumb when looking at a team book: If there isn’t a single member of the team whose solo adventures I would read, I take a pass. Such is the case here. Pass for me.
Writer: Ales Kot
Artist: Michael Walsh
Spider-Woman joins the best damn field agents S.H.I.E.L.D. has to offer, but Maria Hill’s newest recruit has a sordid past so full of lies that her new assignment may end up breaking her. Super-hero team-up spy action thriller.
Gaumer: The team itself for this title is going to be great! All skilled agents in their own right and unique ways. There’s some great potential here for some great things to happen, and this book is going to be one of those “anchor books”, supporting individual books from at least two of the team’s members. I’m just not sure I have room to jump on another book, especially one that will surely tie-in to an event at some point.
I may get the first issue of this; dip my toe in the water, so to speak. But unless the water is really, REALLY nice, I’ll not be staying at the pool long.
Jules: I’m sad to see Nick Spencer not returning to this book since he’s currently writing Secret Avengers. I really like the line-up, Spider-Woman is a great addition to this team, but I’m gonna miss Mockingbird, I know what you’re thinking, I like Mockingbird. Sue me.
I’m gonna try the first few but I’m not looking for anything.
Taylor: Broadly speaking, I’ve always felt that in the world of superheroes, spies and other espionage specialists work better in solo adventures, or as the sole sneaky members of larger teams, rather than as part of a large team of only spies. This is largely a matter of personal preference, of course, but that still means that this book isn’t my cup of tea.
This is especially true when you take into account how unfamiliar I am with both the writer and the artist.
That’s it for today. Check back soon for more, cause if Marvel is going to keep shoving out the Number 1’s we’ll be dishin’ the goodness! Check back next week as we continue the series. As always, Comment, Like, Share…all that jazz!