New Comics Wednesday is upon us again, and some of us here at Outright Geekery are running down the top pick on our comic stacks for this week. What are you looking forward to reading this week? Continue reading Geeks’ Picks for New Comics: April 1st, 2015
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Now I know what you are thinking, who cares about Ultimate Marvel? Well for one JulesTrue does, and I’m here to let you know it’s pretty frickin awesome if you give it a chance. Once a week I’m gonna hit you with a story arc from the Ultimate Marvel Universe starting from the beginning. I’ll spotlight on whats brilliant, what’s not so brilliant, and what might be a good idea for the 616!
This time I’m diving into the second title to join the Ultimate Universe! The Success of the recently launched Ultimate Spider-Man gave the folks at Marvel a hunch they were onto something. The whole translation of classic characters into the modern age seeing how they would cope in this new digital age was brilliant. So they figured which characters would translate just as well for a whole new generation of readers. Well the answer was easy especially since the success of Fox’s X-Men movie which had created a big buzz around the characters once again. However as we all no there isn’t exactly an easy jumping on point for the Children of the Atom. So Marvel did the next best thing to rebooting the X-Men and created the Ultimate X-Men!. From the Creative powers of Mark Millar, Adam and Andy Kubert!
Review: Robin Rises Omega
Written by Peter J. Tomasi
Art by Andy Kubert and Jonathan Glapion
Batman is dead set on reviving Damian and will do whatever it takes to do so, even if that means teaming up with Ra’s al Ghul to fight the hoards of Apokolips. This is a really action packed issue that does a really good job of filling the new readers in. Unfortunately, what helps the new readers may anger the old.
Tomasi obviously knew this would be a major jumping on point for a lot of people because the first seven pages of this book is nothing but a recap of Batman continuity from his time with Ra’s al Ghul in the desert to the present. This helped me out greatly because I haven’t been reading Batman and Robin since the beginning of the New 52. It told me everything I needed to know so I did not feel like I was missing anything when the actual action started. Glorious Godfrey and a host of parademons show up in this book which I personally enjoyed. It’s been a while since I’ve seen Darkseid be a real presence in the New 52, excluding his villain’s month issue. Hopefully we will get to see more of the big lug as this story progresses. Andy Kubert’s art is as you would expect from him. It is pretty good and has no real flaws to it. That said, I wasn’t wowed by it either.
This book is five bucks. That right there is the biggest drawback. It has a ton of pages in it, though, so you would think it would be at least a little more worth the price. Unfortunately the first seven pages are nothing but a retelling of Batman continuity. Sure, it helped me a lot, but that is seven pages of what could have been new story that old readers are cheated out of.
If you can get past the steep admission price and the overtly long recap at the beginning, this is actually a pretty fun book. The is a lot of action, plenty of fun guest stars, and some decent writing. Plus there is Frankenstein. I can’t get enough of that guy.
Story: 4 out of 5
Art: 4 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5
Jules: All-New X-Men #25
Brian Michael Bendis is bringing another giant collaborative issue this week. Regular artist Stuart Immonen is joined by Art Adams, Bruce Timm, Dan Hipp, David Mack, David Marquez, J. Scott Campbell, Jake Parker, Jason Shiga, J.G. Jones, Jill Thompson, Kent Williams, Lee Bermejo, Maris Wicks, Max Wittert, Paul Smith, Rafael Grampa, Robbi Rodriguez, Ronnie Del Carmen, and Skottie Young, so this issue is bound to at least look awesome! Coming off the heels of the Trial of Jean Grey, a crossover with the Guardians of the Galaxy, we find the original X-Men in disarray. Young Cyclops has left the team to pursue adventure with his father in space, leaving X-23 to help lead the team. Jean having now discovered a new side to her powers, which just may match her Phoenix abilities. Will Beast now swoop in on Jean now that Cyclops is gone? Is everyone gonna start paying attention to Angel? I really cannot wait to see what Iceman has to say about all of this. Grab this issue.
ALL-NEW X-MEN #25
BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS (Writer)
ISSUE #25 – STUART IMMONEN, ART ADAMS, BRUCE TIMM, J. SCOTT CAMPBELL, SKOTTIE YOUNG, RAFAEL GRAMPA AND MORE! (Artist)
ISSUE #25 –
• OVER-SIZED 25th ISSUE!
• Artist Stuart Immonen is joined by a practical comic book artist hall of fame for this special landmark issue!
40 PGS./Rated T …$4.99
Jesse: East of West #11
It’s hard not to look forward to the beautiful alternate American History Epic that has been Jonathan Hickman’s East of West. As Death grows closer to finding his son, the mysterious Judge looks to step in as the next trial. With the Chosen continuing to make a mess of the known world, I honestly can’t say I know what’s gonna happen next?! I can say I can’t wait to finish the issue and stare at Nick Dragotta’s seriously brilliant art he provides for this title. Every issue has been worth every cent. If you haven’t touched this title you need the trades, and everything that leads to this issue.
EAST OF WEST #11
story JONATHAN HICKMAN
art / cover NICK DRAGOTTA
MARCH 26 / 32 PAGES / FC / T+ / $3.50
“THE NATION, XIAOLIAN”
The Bride of Death makes her first moves in the great game of Nations. The Chosen begin to splinter.
Taylor: Captain Marvel #2
Issue #2 of Kelly Sue DeConnick’s Captain Marvel hits the shelves this week, continuing the title character’s adventures through space. With the plot picking up steam and the venue expanding to cosmic proportions, this issue promises to be a lot of fun. And honestly, it’s hard to not like a book where the main character names her cat “Chewie”.
CAPTAIN MARVEL #2
Kelly Sue DeConnick (Writer) • DAVID LOPEZ (Artist)
Artist Variant by J.G. Jones
• Higher, faster, further…. WAR?!
• Captain Marvel forges towards the final frontier—and is thrown into the frontlines of battle.
• Can this half-alien survive in an all alien-world?
• The breakout hit of 2012 makes a glorious return!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99
Christian: Batman Eternal #1
This is a book I’ve been looking forward to for a while now. If any single character in the DC Universe deserves a weekly title, it’s the Dark Knight himself, Batman. I’m expecting a face-paced, entertaining story that not only makes this first issue a must-read but also shows some building for the future. They’ve got a lot of issues to fill in this series, and if they want to sell all those issues this first one is going to have to be awesome. So look for it to be.
BATMAN ETERNAL #1
Written by SCOTT SNYDER, JAMES TYNION IV, JOHN LAYMAN, RAY FAWKES and TIM SEELEY
Art and cover by JASON FABOK
1:50 Variant cover by ANDY KUBERT
On sale APRIL 9 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for details.
Don’t dare miss the start of the Bat-story so big it’s going to take every week of the month to tell! A massive cast of Gotham City’s best (and worst) examines the relationship between Batman, his allies and his city. In this debut issue, Commissioner James Gordon is caught on the wrong side of the law!
Gaumer: All-New Ghost Rider #2
There were moments in Ghost Rider issue #1 where my jaw dropped and I audibly gasped at the speed and beauty of Tradd Moore’s amazing work on art, and I have the highest confidence that he will be repeating that brilliance with issue #2 of All-New Ghost Rider. Writer Felipe Smith was no slouch on the story from ish #1, either, and I’m really excited to learn more about the newest Ghost Rider, Robbie Reyes, as we go on this life-altering journey along with him. There’s plenty of questions leftover from the first ish of this series, and I’m ready to get to some answers.
ALL-NEW GHOST RIDER #2
FELIPE SMITH (Writer) • TRADD MOORE (Artist)
Variant by FELIPE SMITH
Vehicle Variant by Pop MHAN
“ENGINES OF VENGEANCE” PART 2
• ROBBIE REYES has been given a new awesome power but can the teen handle it or will it drive him to a path of destruction?
• Who owns the HAUNTED RACE CAR and what will they do to get it back?
• What are the PINK PILLS and who is behind their creation?
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99
Those are our picks, what’s on the top of your stack this Wednesday?
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