Is this the end? We honestly have no idea! Outright Geekery follows the ever-changing lineup of comics hitting the shelves from Marvel, in Part 5 of our delve into All-New Marvel NOW! Check out Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4 of this series.
Writer: Warren Ellis
Artist: Declan Shalvey
Marc Spector moves from L.A. back to NYC, and writer Warren Ellis promises, his words, “Weird Crime”. Moon Knight takes on the dirty underbelly of the city while dealing with his own splintered psyche.
Gaumer: I have to admit, I’ve never ever been a fan of Moon Knight. Nothing against the character, the timing was just never right for me to jump onboard the title. I never really got the appeal of the whole concept of Moon Knight either, and I have no idea about the new mental disorder elements that have been added.
With that said, I think I’m going to grab this first issue. The time for excuses is over! But, if it isn’t amazing from the start, I’m not going to waste my time on issue two.
Jules: I can honestly say I’m really looking forward to this book. I’ve been a big fan of the character since the ol’ West Coast Avengers, so him getting his own book again is the right choice for me. I really enjoyed Bendis’ run on MoonKnight, the appeal for the character is already there for me, and Warren Ellis of all people to handle this book is a damn fine idea. I’m a fan of his work, and I’m ready to see what he can do with Moon Knight
I’ll for sure be picking it up and letting you know if I love it or I hate it.
Taylor: This could end up being something special. Warren Ellis had a brief time to get acquainted with the character during his stint on Secret Avengers a few years back, and has shown there and in other places that he knows how to write unbalanced psyches. Pair that with Declan Shelvay’s gritty yet stunning artwork, and you have a recipe for success.
I’ll certainly be giving it a shot.
Writer: Mark Waid
Artist: Chris Samnee
Matt Murdock travels west and sets up shop in San Francisco, as the Man Without Fear goes through some radical changes. We’ve been promised the same sort danger and destruction that comes with any DD book, with a whole new backdrop.
Gaumer: Stupid. Dumbass. Idiot. Yeah, I didn’t jump on Waid’s first stint on Daredevil when I had the chance. I won’t be making that mistake again! This is going to be a fun ride!
I’m on this for better of for worse. I have enough confidence in Waid with this character that even if he wants to take his time with a build-up, the payoff is going to be that much better. Seriously, grab this and thank me later.
Jules: When I heard about this title being relaunched I was scared, Mark Waid has had such a fun run on this title I didn’t think I could handle who the next person to try Daredevil. But all fears aside when the last issue of the previous run was announced I took a breath of fresh air and said I’ve gone through worse before. As it turns out Waid is stay and just moving the location of the title.
I love Mark Waid’s run on Daredevil I’m happy for it to continue, you better believe I’m picking this up. I’m a huge fan of Chris Samnee’s art, and Javier Rodriguez’s colors are perfect. If you haven’t seen what those two guys have made Daredevil sonar look f#cking radical! I’m def picking up this book and you should too!
Taylor: If it ain’t broken, don’t fix it; I’ve yet to meet a single person who has had a single bad thing to say about Waid’s run on Daredevil, and why should they? Along with stellar artist Chris Samnee, Waid has been doing strong work, and will likely continue to do so.
Give it a try if you haven’t already.
Wolverine and the X-Men
We didn’t leave for very long, but we go back to the Jean Grey School for Higher Learning, with a new creative team and a new focus. It’s all about the students in this All-New Wolverine and the X-Men, with the fallout of Battle of the Atom a big part of the book.
Gaumer: I was a huge fan of Wolverine and the X-Men…when Jason Aaron was at the wheel. Now, that’s not reason enough to not pick up this new volume, but, as fun as the Jean Grey School student body is, there’s way too much Battle of the Atom mentioned to make me overly excited.
I’ll not be grabbing this when it drops. The characters at the school are awesome, just not awesome enough for me to care about them dealing with a future that was in no way interesting. I’m not worried either: If it’s good, the back issues will be a plenty.
Jules: I’m skeptical about this book, Jason Aaron is honestly a hard act to follow, and I understand he’s moved over to Amazing X-men to continue his story, but this is gonna feel weird without him. Saying all that, Marvel has done well with picking new writers to take the reigns of different books at the right time, very rarely do they give the wrong man the job anymore. Not to say they didn’t used to.
I’m gonna give it a shot, X-books can always be fun, at worst the art will be super fly, yeah I said super fly, judge me. I’m not gonna say I’m extremely happy with this change but I can see where it goes.
Taylor: I’ve loved Jason Aaron’s run on Wolverine and the X-Men, largely because it was a book that had good characters and because it knew how to have fun. Heck, this run is the reason why Quintin Quire is now one of my favorite mutants.
The sad truth, though, is that I don’t really see how the things that made this book work can survive without Aaron; the zany, off-the-wall nature of his stories is what made this book work so well, and really defined the experience.
But even if the book will be different, that doesn’t necessarily mean it will be bad. I won’t be there to find out though, as I’m going to be migrating over to Aaron’s Amazing X-Men instead.
Writer: Cullen Bunn
Artist: Gabriel Hernandez Walta
The Master of Magnetism becomes judge, jury and executioner to anything he deems a threat to mutantkind. Erik become a one-man X-Force, and even gets the attention of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Gaumer: Sure, why not? I love Magneto. I like the concept. Cullen Bunn isn’t terrible. This book has a ton of potential. I want to see Marvel give us more titles starring underused characters NOT on a team, and supporting this, hopefully, supports that.
I’m in for the first arc at least. I want to see some really ruthless Magneto mayhem, and less of the way overused ominous threat lurking in the shadows. It’s all about the short game for me, and if the book puts too much focus on the long-term, I’m out.
Jules: Honestly I love Magneto, he’s always been such an interesting character, as far a good guy/bad guys go, Far more interesting than Loki, seriously. I’ve always thought the Master of Magnetism could carry his own book, I’m just I’m just a little skeptical about the writer. No offense but Cullen Bunn is known for closing out books, and never really saving them. He’s not terrible, but he’s not great either.
I’ll give it try but I can’t say I’m going all in on this book. I love Magneto, so if Bunn messes this up, I’m gonna hunt him down, and make him read a Chris Claremont book!!!!!
Taylor: This one falls squarely in the “wait-and-see” bin. Magneto is easily one of my favorite mutants, and possibly the best sympathetic villain in comics. But I’m not familiar enough with the creative team to be excited about their interpretation of the character.
So if it’s good, I’ll be glad to pick it up in trade. If not, I’ll keep my distance.
That’s it for our 5th and, possibly, final part of our All-New Marvel NOW! series, but if Marvel keeps dishing it out, we’ll keep dicing, slicing and cooking up the goodness. As always, tell us what you think about the books in the comments and on Facebook and Twitter. And be sure to share the love!