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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: February 11th, 2015
MARVEL ANNOUNCES “RUN THE JEWELS” VARIANTS
April, Deadpool #45 & Howard the Duck #2 will feature variant covers inspired by Run The Jewels
Marvel, in collaboration with the rap group, Run The Jewels, will be release two unique variant covers to celebrate the one of the currently most distinctive and celebrated names in rap. Deadpool #250, by Skottie Young, and Howard the Duck #2, by Mahmud Asrar, will feature Deadpool, Howard the Duck and Rocket Raccoon, as they display their love for this rap group by replicating their socially iconic logo on these variant covers. Continue reading Rap Group ‘Run The Jewels’ Team With Marvel For Variants
Every few years or so Marvel Comics likes to put a big spotlight on their bullpen of up-and-coming art talent they’ve dubbed The Young Guns. Former Young Guns include artists like Jim Cheung, Olivier Coipel, David Finch, and Steve McNiven, and this year Marvel has put another group of hot, young talent on some of the publisher’s best titles. What better way to showcase these artists then showing off their stuff? Here’s a rundown on these hot, young artists, where you can find current work, and my favorite work from each.
Ryan Stegman @RyanStegman
Currently seen in Inhuman
Best Shot: Fantastic Four
Currently seen in Guardians of the Galaxy
Best Shot: Wolverine & the X-Men
Mahmud Asrar @MahmudAsrar
Currently seen in Wolverine & the X-Men
Best shot: Dynamo 5
Valerio Schiti @ValerioSchiti
Currently seen in New Avengers
Best shot: Hellboy
David Marquez @DaveMarquez
Currently seen in Mile Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man
Best Shot: Secret Warriors
Sara Pichelli @Sara_Pichelli
Currently seen in Guardians of the Galaxy
Best shot: Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man
Writer: Jason Latour
Arist: Mahmud Asrar
Quentin Quire now in the hands of the Phoenix Corporation. Wolverine and Storm workinf hard to beat a Cable wannabe. The kids at school readying themselves for what’s to come ahead. A look in Quentin’s past verbal attacks on Genesis(Kid Apocalypse) as he realizes he may have damaged the future. Wolverine and Storm struggle with their past sins which has lead them to this moment, courtesy of the Cable wannabe. The best is gotten of the two X-Men, and the mysterious Age of Apocolypse Road Warrior makes his way to the school. He claims to have been one of their own in his past. Faithful John Break-Sky Boy, his name, and one thing on his mind, stopping Genesis. Meanwhile Quentin gets a Phoenix history lesson from the head of Phoenix Corp. The wheels begin to spin on Latour’s Wolverine and the X-Men
Asrar’s art really stands out in this issue. Cladded in flashback’s and fights. The look of this issue really sets a solid vibe in whats to come. I really like Latour expanding on just what happened in Battle of the Atom. Up until recently it felt like the event had been a waste of time. Latour thankfully has made me feel like it was money well spent on expanding on Quentin being the Phoenix, and that maybe the inevitable happens with Genesis becomes Apocalypse. I’m gonna be honest when I say I think Latour is one of the few handling Wolverine’s lack of healing factor well. Its a hard device to put in, but so far this title has done well with it.
I feel like the mark has been missed with some of the students. The use of certain familiar students has been appreciated like Armor, Hellion, and Rockslide. Some of my honest to goodness favorite X-Men. But with so few interactions beyond the overlooking quips here and there I feel like a great source of story is being missed out on. Now we are only three issues deep into this run and he may expand on what has been lingering in each issue with the exchanges with some of these characters. Like many I’m impatient and a fan boy. Hellion and Armor are just awesome when used properly, and I wanna see them more in this title doing something!
Not a bad issue at all. I think this title has the ability to move forward, but it really has to sell me on the importance of the Phoenix Corp arc in the next issue. Too much mystery surrounding these villains. Nothing wrong with not knowing a lot with the villians, but I need something a little more concrete than a couple of names. I don’t need to know the entire end game, but a lil more about where they came from would be nice. I did still enjoy the issue but was left wanting afterwards.
This one gets a 2.5 more X-Men needed out of 5
Wolverine and the X-Men #1
Writer Jason Latour
Artist: Mahmud Asrar
Its very hard when a title loses its seminal writer, Jason Aaron launched this title three and a half years ago, and in its relaunch has decided to hand it over to his friend and collaborator artist Jason Latour to write this title alongside artist Mahmud Asrar. The result was better that anticipated. Wolverine off battling in a prison for monsters. Quinton Quire made a teacher’s assistant. Storm furious about the whole thing. A lot to open the title up but nothing opened the title up more the first spread of Quinton Quire as the Phoenix fighting Genesis as Apocalypse.
There is a lot going on for this title like maybe the fact that Battle of the Atom actually has some bearing on it. I really dig the fact that Quinton feels very aware that the adults treat him different and thrust upon him responsibilities having seen a future where he is the phoenix. I gotta say the joke about how Rockslide is still in school was hilarious. The art was exactly what I wanted it to be, having been a big Dynamo 5 fan back in the day I love to see Asrar does nowadays. What I really enjoyed and convinced me I’m gonna be picking up the next issue is a SPOILER ALERT… You can skip down to everything else. Is the fact that Wolverine is out picking up Fantomex from this awful prison, and asks him to join the staff. As huge Remender’s Uncanny X-Force there is a moment which I won’t spoil had me tear up just a little bit.
Gonna be honest when I say this is not Jason Aaron’s Wolverine and the X-Men. This is the sequel, and as we all know not everyone likes the sequel and I’m sure many will moan and complain about how it doesn’t hold a candle to the original. To them I say, “Gaumer it could always be worse.” This was a really busy issue. I understand Latour wanted to come out of the gate strong and really make his title feel different, which he accomplished, but maybe too much. This issue feels like a couple issues crammed into one, which makes for plenty of story, or for some too much story. I just felt like some of the current status of what Aaron’s title ended with didn’t have to be addressed immediately.
Overall not a bad issue to pick up where someone left big shoes to fill. Latour certainly did better than Fraction did when he took Fantastic Four/FF of Hickman’s hands. Sorry it had to be said, Matt Fraction is a great writer on the right title, those weren’t for him is all. I’m def gonna pick up the next one, I like the choice of character’s he’s set off in this first issue I interested to see where he takes them from here
A uncanny 3 Quire quips out of 5.
Writer: Jeff Parker
Pencils: Mahmud Asrar
A young Bruce Banner and Tony Stark are seen at a conference for young gifted geniuses about what to do in the field of science. A moment in their past that put them on their paths to become who they are now. When S.H.I.EL.D. uncovers a possible threat created by their former mentor the two team up to get to bottom of just what’s been happening on a very strange island. We start out with Banner and Stark discussing their past, and get to a question we all sort of forget about, “Why the gamma bomb?” just as banner goes to answer he’s attacked by a strange creature and The Hulk and Iron Man begin their journey to this mysterious island.
Upon reaching the island Hulk is myseriously transformed back in Banner, having only been the Hulk for three minutes Banner and Stark become a little concerned about just where they are and what the hell is going on. With no time to get the sand off them, litterally, the beach itself forms crystal monsters out of the sand and begin assault on our heroes, with trap and peril ahead they find themselves face to face with their former mentor as his has turned this island into a weapon and himself into the controlling force on the island. Of course to top it off can prevent Banner from becoming the Hulk…that is until Stark pisses the hell out of him, barraging him with insult after insult, no power can match Tony Stark’s power to be a total @$$. It ends in the comic book, which you should buy.
The Bad: Its not a huge issue but why did Jeff Parker write this issue, he’s about to take over Aquaman over at DC why is he stepping in for the Annual instead of Mark Waid, who was solicited to write this issue. I feel also cheated that it stepped away from how intense things with Banner’s staff has been getting! I know annuals sometimes have nothing to do with whats going on in the actual title, but come on!
The Good: Mahmud Asrar paints the picture I want in an issue with both Iron Man and the Hulk, looking at this issue gives me hope for at least how cool the Relaunch of Wolverine and the X-men is gonna look. While this maybe his only stint at Marvel for a long while, it was cool to see Jeff Parker write this issue, and did a great job with Stark and Banner’s relationship.
The Verdict: It served its purpose as an Annual that had nothing to really do with whats been going on, but it is a fun read, a little lighthearted at times, a little dark at times. I’m not gonna say this was the Hulk Annual you thought was coming in Mark Waid’s run, but its worth a once over. Its a wait for the trade kinda issue.