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Sometimes you just want to see hot comic book shelf porn. Well, we’ve got you COVERED! Here’s the best comic book covers of the week.
Jules: All-New Ultimates #2
I really dug on the first issue! Michel Fife has brought the Ultimate Universe it’s sorta own New Warriors! It may not be your parents Ultimates but it certain is a new take on the Ultimates Franchise. A younger step in the next directions something the Ultimate Universe has had the advantage of doing is moving forward with its heroes. Letting characters die and stay dead. This youthful Ultimates is just what the doctor ordered as they take on the Serpent Skull Gang( Ultimate Serpent Society) I’m excited to see what happens next!
ALL-NEW ULTIMATES #2
MICHEL FIFFE (WRITER) • AMILCAR PINNA (ARTIST)
Cover by DAVID NAKAYAMA
Artist variant by RON WIMBERLY
THE NEXT GENERATION OF ULTIMATES!
• The YOUNG ULTIMATES are put to the test as they try to survive their first mission: going head to head with the city’s most ruthless gang, the SERPENT SKULLS.
• KITTY PRYDE takes the bait and finally joins the team in an effort to push back the unrelenting wave of brutality.
• Jessica Drew takes on the mantle of BLACK WIDOW!!!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99
Taylor: Avengers #29
As Original Sin ramps up, it seems that many characters’ past transgressions will come back to haunt them. And for the Avengers, that means we’ll get some pay off to a plot point that’s been simmering for over a year as the Illuminati’s manipulation of Captain America is finally brought to light. This promises to have some high drama, and should make for a good read.
Jonathan Hickman (WRITER)
Leinil Francis Yu (ARTIST)
Teaser Variant also available
WHAT DID HE SEE?
40 PGS./Rated T+ …$4.99
Christian: Batgirl #31
There’s a lot of books I’m looking forward to this week – Futures End #2, Batman Eternal #6, Batman & Frankenstein – but all those books are missing one very important thing: Gail Simone. And she’s bringing Ragdoll back? This makes the top of my stack easy.
Written by GAIL SIMONE
Art by FERNANDO PASARIN and JONATHAN GLAPION
Cover by ALEX GARNER
1:25 BATMAN ‘66 variant cover by MICHAEL ALLRED
On sale MAY 14 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Clandestine meetings, tapped phones, video surveillance – Barbara Gordon is being watched! Who has it in for her, and how can Batgirl investigate without compromising her secret identity?
Gaumer: Deadly Hands of Kung-Fu #1
It doesn’t feel like that long ago that I would sit back on a Saturday afternoon and enjoy a really bad, but really awesome, old-school Kung-Fu movie. The bad voice-over, the cheesy sound effects, the over-the-top karate action! It was almost too much for my childhood self, and I’m looking for that same sort nostalgia, albeit with an updated feel, from Deadly Hands of Kung-Fu #1. Will it deliver? I’m betting the top spot on my stack this week that it will.
DEADLY HANDS OF KUNG FU #1 (OF 4)
MIKE BENSON (WRITER) • TAN ENG HUAT (ARTIST)
Cover by DAVE JOHNSON
MURDER! MYSTERY! MARTIAL ARTS!
A former lover of Shang-Chi’s is murdered in cold blood while working deep undercover for MI-6. When Shang-Chi travels to England to pay his respects he learns all is not as it seems, and if he’s not careful he may be next to die! Old friends, new enemies, espionage and kung fu collide in this riveting story from Mike Benson and Tan Eng Huat!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99
All-New Ultimate #1
Writer: Michel Fiffe
Artist: Amilcar Pinna
Let me be the first to say this isn’t your parent’s Ultimates. This is a step in a new direction for the Ultimates. Taking the group of misfit teens from Brian Michael Bendis’ Ultimate Spider-Man. A new much younger Ultimates is assembled in this issue. Staring the Ultimate Universe’s Kitty Pryde, Spider-Woman(Now the Ultimate Black Widow), Spider-Man, Bombshell, Cloak and Dagger. This is obviously a different kind of Teen Team. One that is trying to take themselves more seriously. Their Universe’s S.H.I.E.L.D. is now completely defunct and the surving members of the orignal Ultimates have left to purse new things. The legacy of the Ultimate is left in the hands of these young heroes.
It was def a good call to not make Miles Morales(Ultimate Spidey) the focal point in the story. Morales may be the most popular Ultimate Character, but he has his own title. The focus on Kitty’s confusion with her new found popularity for saving the world and confusion on how to move forward really made for some convincing plot. I liked Jessica Drew(Formerly Ultimate Spider-Woman now new Black Widow) taking charge of the team and pressing them to work harder. The Skull Serpent Gang is honestly a cool homage to the Serpent Society from the 616 and I totally dug it. Pinna art nails the look of everyone early which is def what you need in a 1st issue. I think this is a great step in the right direction, doing something we have all thought about. What if the young heroes got their chance to take the mantle from the Originals. While we may never seen the Young Avenger become the Avengers. We can see these Ultimate young heroes take the Ultimates Mantle!
This is certainly not the easiest first issue to get if you haven’t been reading Ultimate Spider-Man. Its fine to ignore previous Ultimates titles but you kinda needed to read Ultimate Spider-Man right before Cataclysm to know just what is going on. A lot is thrown in to this issue which is pulled for the rest of the Ultimate Universe. While the team is all new Ultimates, not a very all new start to them meeting. If you don’t get that this is more of a replacement of Ultimate X-Men as the teen heroes, then you might now understand why the Ultimate are so young. Ultimate FF will certainly be the real Ultimates replacement.
Having recent become a fan of the Ultimate Universe this is def one of those examples what they can do in the Ultimate Universe that can’t be done in regular continuity. It’s a cool concept and I really hope it can go all the places its meant to. I enjoyed what was laid out in this issue and think it can only get better from here. This is not for everyone. I’m sure all the hardcore Ultimates Fans did not like this issue, and the Hardcore Ultimate Spider-Man fans loved it. As regular 616 Marvel readers you know the Ultimate Universe may not be for you. As a long time All Marvel fan I liked this issue and will pick up the next one.
This issue got 3 Ultimate Teen Brigades out of 5
Jules: Cataclysm: The Ultimates Last Stand #5 of 5
I’m really looking forward to the final issue of Cataclysm. It has been a really enjoyable little event over in the Ultimate Universe, and I can’t wait to see where they take the Ultimate Universe from here! What’s left of the Ultimate X-Men are now fighting the good fight. Most of Ultimate S.H.I.E.L.D. is gone. What’s left has to put an end to this. This is it. I’ve really enjoyed the way Bendis and Fiakolov handled the whole thing and I want the end. Plus, I’m a huge fan of Mark Bagely’s art, he’s pretty much Marvel Royalty. Just how do the Ultimates stop 616 Galactus for good?!
CATACLYSM: THE ULTIMATES’ LAST STAND #5 (of 5)
BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS • MARK BAGLEY (A/C)
Variant Cover by Jorge Coehlo
THE BIGGEST ULTIMATE EVENT YET! MARVEL’S GALACTUS VS. THE ULTIMATES
• The stunning conclusion of the biggest Ultimate event ever!!!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99
Gaumer: The Wake # 6 of 10
It seems like forever since this last came out, but the first half of The Wake was so very good that the second half is well worth the wait. A 200 hundred year time jump means plenty of surprises should be in store, and I cannot wait! Flooded wastelands? Apocalypse by Ocean? Mermaid monster cities? Whatever it is, it’ll be the top book on my stack come Wednesday afternoon.
THE WAKE #6
Written by SCOTT SNYDER
Art by SEAN MURPHY
Cover by ANDREW ROBINSON
On sale FEBRUARY 26 • 32 pg, FC, 6 of 10, $2.99 US • MATURE READERS
“My name is Leeward, and this is where my story begins…”
Our story jumps two hundred years into a flooded future where nothing is the same. The second half of THE WAKE starts here!
Taylor: Fantastic Four #1
This week brings us the relaunch of Fantastic Four, one of Marvel’s cornerstone franchises, with James Robinson and Leonard Kirk at the helm. It’s good for Marvel when their first family is in a strong book, and the FF have always been at their best when they’ve embraced a grand scope and high-flying adventure. I’m looking forward to seeing the tone of this relaunch, and hoping that it can be the start of something good.
FANTASTIC FOUR #1
JAMES ROBINSON • LEONARD KIRK (A/C)
Variant Cover by Jerome Opeña
75th anniversary VARIANT by ALEX ROSS
75th anniversary sketch VARIANT by ALEX ROSS
Young Variant by Skottie Young
ANIMAL VARIANT By KATIE COOK
Blank Variant also available
“THE FALL OF THE FANTASTIC FOUR” PART 1
The world’s greatest comics magazine begins anew with Marvel’s First Family, the Fantastic Four! But as the brilliant MR. FANTASTIC, the compassionate INVISIBLE WOMAN, the ever lovin’ THING & the hot-headed HUMAN TORCH embark on a strange mission, they aren’t met with new beginnings, but an untimely end! As the family of cosmic explorers head towards their darkest hour, who could possibly be behind their downfall? And how is one of their oldest enemies, the sadistic dragon known as Fing-Fang-Foom involved? Prepare for the fantastic!
32 PGS./Rated T …$3.99
Crimson Chris: Batman/Superman #8
This title has been surprisingly awesome. Greg Pak has certainly delivered DC’s two giants of night and day in the way we actually want them to be, instead of how we expect it to be. This time around Power Girl and Huntress, the New 52’s Worlds Finest meets the O.G.’s! Let’s remember, Power Girl and Huntress are stuck here from Earth 2 so just how will they react when they come face to face with a long since dead Cousin and Father?! In only it’s eighth issue this is the title you need to catch up on! Do not miss this one!
Written by GREG PAK
Art and cover by KENNETH ROCAFORT
1:25 Steampunk variant cover by TOMMY LEE EDWARDS
On sale FEBRUARY 5 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T • Combo pack edition: $4.99 US
Retailers: This issue will ship with three covers. Please see the order form for more information.
The Worlds’ Finest teams of two worlds meet at last in chapter 1 of “First Contact”! With Power Girl’s abilities on the fritz, see what happens when her long-lost cousin Superman approaches her! And a major threat returns in a way you won’t believe! Continues in this month’s WORLDS’ FINEST #8.
This issue is also offered as a combo pack edition with a redemption code for a digital download of this issue.
J. Jonah Jesse: Dead Class #2
Solid first issue no matter how many ways you cut it. It was fun, it was different from what’s being done right now. I’m really looking forward to what happens in the this issue. I love the art. Being a huge Rick Remender fan and everything he’s doing over at Marvel this indie title really looks like it’s gonna be one worth picking up. I mean, come on! Assassin Prep school? That’s just an awesome little concept as long as long as it gets handled the right way.
DEADLY CLASS #2
story RICK REMENDER
art / cover WESLEY CRAIG & LEE LOUGHRIDGE
FEBRUARY 5 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.50
It’s Marcus’s first day at the Kings Dominion High School for the Deadly Arts. A locker full of death threats, a schedule full of brutality, and whispers in the hallway about his mysterious past…which is fast catching up to cut out his freshly broken heart.
Those are our picks, what’s on the top of your stack in comic shops this Wednesday?
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