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Taylor: The Wicked + The Divine #2
All-Star creative team Keiron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie are back with the second issue of their new indie book, The Wicked + The Divine. Issue 1 did a lot to establish a captivating premise, a rich mythology, and engaging characters, and I’m excited to see them carry over that momentum into this second installment. And with Gillen and McKelvie in charge, I have confidence that the results will be outstanding.
THE WICKED + THE DIVINE #2
story: KIERON GILLEN
art / cover: JAMIE MCKELVIE & MATT WILSON
JULY 18 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.50
Diabolically divine pop-god Lucifer is in trouble. She offers superfan Laura an unprecedented deal if she helps. It’s a bargain. A Faustian bargain, and they always turn out so well. Who knows who Laura will turn to fulfill it? We do. Clearly. It’s our comic. You can know too if you buy this fine pictorial narrative with your human money coins.
Gaumer: Teen Titans #1
I’m not even ashamed to say it: My name is Gaumer, and I’m a Teen Titans fan. But, I also have to admit that it’s been a whole lot of crap from this team of heroes since The New 52 began, and even though I’m still not getting Cyborg on my favorite union of underage uber-folks, finally, Beastboy is back. Yes, I know that he’s “been back” but now he is REALLY back! I can take or leave Bunker, but the rest of the Titans make for a great team, and Kenneth Rocafort’s art alone is worth the price of admission. Can’t wait for this one!
TEEN TITANS #1
Written by WILL PFEIFER
Art and cover by KENNETH ROCAFORT
BATMAN 75 variant cover
1:25 Variant cover by CLIFF CHIANG
On sale JULY 16 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Retailers: This issue will ship with three covers. Please see the order form for details.
Red Robin, Wonder Girl, Raven, Bunker and Beast Boy step out of the shadows of the adult heroes of the DC Universe to offer bold, exciting and sometime dangerous ideas on how to protect a world full of superpowered teenagers – any one of whom could be the next heroic figure or major villain!
Those are our picks, what’s on the top of your stack this Wednesday?
Jules: The Wicked + The Divine #1
The creative team behind last years Young Avengers are back with an all new indie title. Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie have once again joined forces to deliver a wonderfully honest and illustrious story! Every ninety years, twelve gods incarnate as humans. They are loved. They are hated. In two years, they are dead. The team behind critically thermonuclear floor-fillers Young Avengers and PHONOGRAM reunite to start a new ongoing superhero fantasy with a beautiful oversized issue. Welcome to THE WICKED + THE DIVINE, where gods are the ultimate pop stars. But remember: just because you’re immortal, doesn’t mean you’re going to live forever. This just sounds like its gonna be a cool read and it more than likely will.
The Wicked + The Divine #1
Story By: Kieron Gillen
Art By: Jamie McKelvie
Colored By: Matt Wilson
Cover By: Jamie McKelvie
Variant Cover By: Bryan Lee O’Malley
Cover Price: $3.50
Digital Price: $2.99
Published: June 18, 2014
Every ninety years, twelve gods incarnate as humans. They are loved. They are hated. In two years, they are dead. The team behind critically thermonuclear floor-fillers Young Avengers and PHONOGRAM reunite to start a new ongoing superhero fantasy with a beautiful oversized issue. Welcome to THE WICKED + THE DIVINE, where gods are the ultimate pop stars. But remember: just because you’re immortal, doesn’t mean you’re going to live forever.
Taylor: Thor: God of Thunder #23
We finally reach the epic conclusion of The Last Days of Midgard, with King Thor and our Thor doing their all to defend earth in parallel stories. With each passing month, this series continues to feature one of the best combinations of a writer and artist perfectly suited to the right character. I’m looking forward to a showstopping end.
JASON AARON (WRITER) • Esad Ribic (ARTIST)
Cover by Agustin Alessio
THE LAST DAYS OF MIDGARD Part Five
• Thor’s war to save the earth comes to its epic conclusion. In the far future, King Thor makes a dark decision that may save the day, but at what cost?
• And in present-day Broxton, Oklahoma, Thor makes a final stand against the forces of ROXXON, but not even a god can save everyone.
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99
Christian: The New 52 – Futures End #7
The thing I like most about this weekly book from DC Comics is the way it’s slowly weaving multiple threads of mystery into what is lining up to be a very fun story, and doing that while making the expected slow-crawl of a weekly title interesting along the way. Although I’m really ready for this book to give me some meat with those potatoes, I think this is going to be the ish that cements Futures End as a must read story, and it’s on the top of my stack this week.
THE NEW 52 – FUTURES END #7
Written by BRIAN AZZARELLO, JEFF LEMIRE, DAN JURGENS and KEITH GIFFEN
Art by AARON LOPRESTI and ART THIBERT
Cover by RYAN SOOK
On sale JUNE 18 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
The two halves of Firestorm encounter big troubles: some personal, some potentially deadly! And Plastique comes face to face with the DC Universe’s horrifying future! Five years from now, the DC Universe is reeling from a war with another Earth, leaving the world unprepared for an approaching evil that threatens to destroy the future. Can a time-traveling Batman Beyond help a massive cast of the DCU’s finest avert the impending apocalypse? Find out in this new weekly series that will forever alter the direction of The New 52!
Gaumer: Uncanny X-Men #22
Despite two weekly books from DC and Marvel’s Original Sin event in my stack this week, I’m really not that stoked about this week’s offerings. Uncanny X-Men has come to a fun point in its story, as Dazzler of all people is sure to be severely pissed off and out for some vengeance. I’d be upset too if I was kidnapped, drugged into a coma, and milked for mutant growth hormone. Look out, Mystique, things are about to get complicated.
UNCANNY X-MEN #22
BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS (WRITER)
CHRIS BACHALO (ARTIST)
• The war between the Uncanny X-Men and S.H.I.E.L.D. heats up!
• Can Cyclops and his team track down the source of this new brand of sentinels? And is S.H.I.E.L.D. really behind these attacks?
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99
Those are our picks, what’s on the top of your stack this Wednesday?
Whether you call it the Comic Shop’s Catalogue or the Best Bathroom Reading in the World, the monthly edition of Previews is just as much a part of my regular geek reading as the comics it solicits. Outright Geekery takes a look into the near future (no TARDIS required) as we touch on some of the highlights of this month’s Previews.
There’s not much new stuff dropping in June from the House of Ideas but there are a couple of things that grabbed my attention. First off was a slew of tie-ins to Marvel’s event of the Summer, Original Sin. Fantastic Four gets a tie-in, All-New Invaders gets a tie-in, Mighty Avengers gets a tie-in, EVERYONE (it seems) is getting a tie-in! Of course, this is standard operating procedure for any Big Two Publisher event, and the best thing about it is you either get a better look at characters you love in the context of an event you’re following, or you skip the event altogether and save yourself a few bucks by skipping an issue or two that ties-in to the event. But something wicked and newly sinister this way comes, as Marvel is taking the whole idea of an event tie-in to new lows by having an event book tie-in to itself! While Original Sin is scheduled to be only 5 issues long, June sees an issue 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, and 3.4 also being released, forcing this comic fan to shake his head in confusion. All this is really doing is putting more pressure on issues 1 and 2 of this event to be amazingly good, because, with so many tie-ins, it’s going to be really easy to say “Screw it!”
Next, and finally, from Marvel (I told it was a weak month for new stuff) we have a book that will easily go under a lot of peoples’ radars, will barely sell enough copies to even justify the book being green lit, and probably belongs in the Kids’ Section of most comic shops. The next installment in Marvel’s Disney’s Adventure Series of titles, Figment #1, launches in the month of June and is noteworthy to me for one plain and simple reason: Writer Jim Zub. I doubt you recognize the name, but Jim Zub has been cranking out one of the funnest, if not oddest, fantasy/adventure comics I’ve ever read, Skullkickers. Zub’s whimsy and unique sense of humor should be a perfect fit for this kind of book, and the mere thought of Zub getting some work over at Marvel gives me hopes that we may see the writer get some work on more mainstream Marvel books. He’d be a great fit for Deadpool, Wolverine and The X-Men, or any number of other “weird” Marvel titles. My fingers are certainly crossed!
DC Comics was equally weak when it comes to anything new actually coming out in June. Their weekly titles Batman Eternal and The New 52 Futures End continue to trudge along, and we continue to see some fallout from DC’s latest event Forever Evil, but there’s not much new stuff to rave about. I did find a couple of gems, however.
DC launches a new book in June titled Infinity Man and the Forever People, as Dan DiDio and Keith Giffen resurrect one of Jack Kirby’s New Gods and brings him screaming into the modern age. I’m sincerely not sure how I feel about this, but I love seeing something so great being used and Dan DiDio may just have the passion to pull this off. I need a bit more info, but you should keep an eye out for this one.
Finally from DC, we have some huge, and much needed, news for the Man of Steel. Beginning with issue #32, which is hitting shelves on June 25th, DC’s hottest writer, Geoff Johns, will be taking over duties on Superman. As if that news wasn’t big enough, longtime Marvel artist John Romita Jr. will be the artist on the title. Anyone who knows comic history knows that John Romita, Senior is synonymous with Marvel Comics, as was one John Romita, Jr. up til news of this epic team-up of creators was announced. It may be weird to see Romita’s name plastered on the cover of a DC comic book, but a shake-up of this level has been needed on this title for quite some time. Superman should be one of DC’s highest selling books, yet it fails to muster numbers even remotely close to titles like Batman, when Superman, as a character, deserves every but as much quality as good old Bats. Hopefully this breath of fresh air is enough to pull the book out of the obscurity which it has sunk, but it sure has hell isn’t going to hurt it. Look out for this to fly off shelves, so be quick when you got to grab one!
As usual, Image Comics is coming out with a ton of new stuff this month. I cannot begin to touch on all the greatness coming from this publisher month on and month out when it comes to dropping new, different, and uniquely interesting title on readers, I just wish we all had more money to get it all. Be sure to check out your shop’s issue of Previews, or get your own copy you cheap bastard, and check out all the fun. Until then, here’s a few books I thought deserved some real attention.
The creators who brought us great titles like Marvel’s Young Avengers and the epic Indy hit Phonogram bring us a new take on the whole “gods on Earth” scenario, with The Wicked and the Divine. Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie have delivered in the past, and there’s simply no reason to believe this won’t be a spectacular offering from these guys. Bonus, a Bryan Lee O’Malley variant that is sure to be awesome!
From The Walking Dead creator comes a new sort of horror comic. Moving away from the money printing machine that was his zombie fetish, Kirkman takes on demonic possession in the new title Outcast, with artist Paul Azaceta. I give Kirkman a lot of shit but he knows how to write some horror. This should be good.
Finally from Image Comics is That’s Because You’re a Robot, a one-shot written by David Quantick, a writer on the HBO comedy Veep. The solicit promises a “pop-art, cop buddy story set in a near future Los Angeles”, and if that isn’t enough to sell you they throw in this gem: “Two cops, and one’s a robot, only they don’t know which.” Then they’re throwing in the wickedly cool art of Shaky Kane on top of that. Yup, I’m sold! This is going to be a fun joke of a book with some amazingly different art, and is the perfect thing to cleanse the palette of way too many capes, tights, and seriousness. Give this a shot!
June is a big month for changing the calendar, getting ready for the second half of the year, and preparing for the next. I wish I had something poignant to say to follow that up, but it’s really just a huge month for calendars. Everything from Avengers to Who and anything in-between that your little geek heart may desire is currently available to order. You’d be amazed! Give it a look.
Finally from merch, I have something super special. I was a huge fan of He-Man back in the day, and thank goodness there are companies out there that have realized I will never grow up. This is a fantastically detailed statue of Skeletor’s base of operations itself, Snake Mountain. This is being put out to accompany a Castle Gray Skull statue that will drop in a month or two, and these replicas are well worth the money. Wait. They’re 3oo bucks each?! Maybe not so much…
Well, that’s it for Previews this month. Pick one up at your local comics shop, or check them out here, and share your favs in the comments!