· This Week’s Comic News:
Marvel Cancels 2 Milo Manara Covers.
(Newsarama.com. Michael Doran)
On Tuesday sept 23rd, Diamond Comics Distributors informed comic book retailers that two upcoming variant covers solicited to be drawn by Milo Manara, were cancelled. Other artists will instead draw the variants. Siya Oum will draw the Axis #1 variant, and the new artist for the Thor #2 variant has yet to be named.
Manara’s artwork for Axis #1 and Thor #2 has not been released to the press or retailers prior to their cancellation, so it remains unclear if the covers were ever actually illustrated.
I think it’s easy to assume that the cancellation had something to do with backlash from Manara’s Spider-Woman #1 variant cover.
However, in an interview with Comic Book Resources, Marvel Editor in Chief Axel Alonso did not claim that as a cause:
“Clearly, unequivocally, I want to state that this is only a scheduling problem,” Alonso told CBR. “The Manara covers were recast due to his schedule. He will be doing more covers for us, in fact, he’s working on one right now that will be announced sometime soon. This is purely an issue of his schedule not permitting him to do the two covers, ‘AXIS’ #1 and ‘Thor’ #2. We overbooked him, and the timing didn’t work out.”
So there it is. Nothing to do with the backlash over S-W#1.
So long New 52?:(Alec, Clem’s Store Manager)
When I went in to Clem’s on Wednesday to pick up my comics, Alec told me to be on the lookout for news that DC was opening the door for a possible return of the DC universe that existed before the New 52 relaunch.
Now, it’s hard to go into this topic without getting lost in the weeds of comic book continuity, but I’ll give it a try.
In Booster Gold: Futures End #1 and Superman: Doomed #2, released last wednesday, it was revealed that a pre-Flashpoint DC Universe still exists within the multiverse.
Flashpoint was a DC event from 2011 that rebooted the DCU & created the New 52 by merged the continuity of DC, Vertigo, and WildStorm.
Now, at the end of Flashpoint it was thought that the mystical immortal known as Pandora had merged the multiverse into one single reality, however, with the clues and innuendos hidden within the Future’s End and Multiversity comics there is a theory being floated around that Pandora didn’t fold the universes together, but instead created an entirely new universe.
Some clues include:
Booster Gold appears to be a pre-new 52 version with ties to the “52” event.
At the end of Superman: Doomed #2, there are clues that some alternate realities from the Crisis on Infinite Earths event might still exist, including the pre-52 earth.
Discovery of uncharted universes appearing in Multiversity.
Multiverse spanning Darkseid in Batman/Superman #4.
Pre-New 52 Barbara Gordon appearing as Oracle in Sensation Comics #1.
This begs the question, will DC scrap the new 52 and return to the old continuity, will they keep both continuities running in parrallel, or will it be some combination of the two?
More multi-verse insanity is planned for next week’s issues of Action Comics and The New 52: Futures End.
Read more nuts & bolts of the story here:
Prometheus 2 Movie: Update
(Screen Daily, Andreas Wiseman)
Headline: Ridley Scott Says There Will Be No Xenomorphs In Prometheus 2!
In a recent interview with Yahoo, Ridley warned everyone not to expect any more of the iconic aliens in his movies:
“The beast is done… after four movies, I think it wears out a little bit. There’s only so much snarling you can do. I think you’ve got to come back with something more interesting. And I think we’ve found the next step. I thought the Engineers were quite a good start.”
So it looks like the Engineers will be the focus of the movies, which leaves the xenomorphs and black goo creatures for the comic books.
· Comics Worth Reading:
Aliens Fire and Stone #1 (Dark Horse)
Writer: Roberson, Chris (iZombie)
Artist: Reynolds, Patric (Serenity, various Darkhorse titles)
This book confused me a bit because it took me a second reading to realize that the events in this comic took place 40 years before events in the Prometheus: Fire and Stone comic that I read last week.
This comic begins on LV-426 just as the xenomorph infestation starts to overrun Hadley’s Hope. Basically, a few months before the Space Marines from James Cameron’s ALiens movie arrive to sort it out.
Basically, a group of survivors manage to escape LV-426 and land on the nearby moon of LV-223, which happens to be the planet from the Prometheus movie. Now, I’m not sure this jives with what I know from the movies, but it seems like someone would have inspected lv-223 in the last 100 years before this.
GI Joe #1, IDW
Writer: Traviss, Karen (Sci-fi novelist, Star Wars, HALO, Gears of War)
Artist: Kurth, Steve (AvX, GI Joe 2013)
A friend of mine told me he’s sick and tired of IDW restarting GIJOE every year with a new #1 issue, but for me this was a good jumping on point because it’s starting a new storyline after a major twist from the previous series.
The twist is, that Cobra has become an international peacekeeping force… and G.I. JOE is now under fire from congress and other government agencies who think that GIJOE is no longer needed now that COBRA is seen as a legitimate organization.
As someone who hasn’t read a GI JOE comic since the 80’s, this comic really impressed me with its gutsy storylines and downright subversiveness. The COBRA officers come right out and talk about wanting to fight against American Imperialism and that they are working to stabilize regions that America is destabilizing with its military and foreign policy.
There’s even a point where COBRA is working to find a diplomatic solution to a very Ukranian-like situation, while at the same time the U.S. Government sends the JOES in to assassinate people.
If someone from FOX NEWS got ahold of this comic I think their heads would explode.
I, however, am really interested to see how far they’re willing to take this subversive storyline.
Revival Vol. 4: Escape To Wisconsin TP (Image)
Collects REVIVAL #18-23 & CHEW/REVIVAL #1
Writer: Seeley, Tim (Hack/Slash)
Artist: Norton, Mike (2012 Best Digital Comic Eisner award for Battlepug)
Cover Artist: Norton, Mike
Volume 4 sees Officer Dana leave the quarantine zone in Wassau to chase a renegade Reviver all the way to New York City. We learn more about how Revivers have affected the rest of society, where the black-market reviver body parts are going, and we learn unequivocally what the “Glowing Men” are.
There’s a twist on the final page that could change everything, or nothing, depending on where it goes.
Finally, there’s an add-on story at the end including cibopathic F.D.A agent, Tony Chu. Confirming that Revival and Chew are existing in the same world and doing it with a very meta wink at all comic book crossovers.
Roche Limit #1 (Image)
Writer: Moreci, Michael (Hack/Slash: Son of Samhain, Hoax Hunters)
Artist: Malhotra, Vic (Newcomer, a few X-Files)
Cover Artist: Malhotra, Vic
Blending 2001: A Space Odyssey with Blade Runner, ROCHE LIMIT is the first part of a bold sci-fi/noir trilogy.
To me, this story seems to be about the perils of privately funded space exploration. It takes the idea of billionaires racing each other into space, and comes to the conclusion that those billionaires won’t have the resources or wherewithal to see it through to an end that will benefit mankind.
The whole comic seems to be about broken dreams, failure, and the vices of humanity. Noir in space, basically.
It takes place on a colony world that orbits a mysterious anomaly in space. The anomaly is mostly a mystery, but the colony is a hive of scum and villainy where the rich come to explore their vices and the desperate or downtrodden come to disappear from humanity. The story is fast paced and full of pulpy twists and turns with a handful of salty characters to make things very interesting.
Death of Wolverine #1 & #2 (Marvel)
Writer: Charles Soule (Twenty Seven, Superman/Wonder Woman)
Artist: Steve McNiven (Captain America, Amazing Spiderman)
Cover Steve McNiven
This is a Wolverine like we’ve never seen before. Desperate. De-powered. Dying. In fact, it seems like everything is killing him now that he’s lost his healing factor. Radioactive bones killing him from the inside. An army of mercenaries gunning for him day and night. Even popping his trademark claws has the potential to kill him by introducing disease into his now vulnerable immune system.
To combat these threats, the Wolverine has to disappear and the man known as Logan must use his centuries of accumulated skills and cunning to survive until Reed Richards can fix him.
The art by Steve McNiven adds another dimension to the character and harkens back to one of the great Wolverine arcs, Old Man Logan.
Death of Wolverine is good you guys. Deal with it!
· Topic of the Week: Fatale
What did you think of Clem’s book of the month, Fatale?
Ed Brubaker is normally one of my favorite writers, but I just couldn’t get into this book.
The story was a generation-spanning mystery involving a cursed femme fatale and the men who will do anything to help her evade a deadly cult that wants to sacrifice her to their dark god.
I was a little confused by the story and had to read some pages twice. I was also a little underwhelmed by the whole thing for the first few chapters, but it picked up steam by chapter 4, and I was invested in the outcome by the end.
I probably won’t be picking up the next trade though because I just wasn’t enamored with it enough to have it take up space in the ever-growing list of Trades I need to buy.
· This Week’s Highlights:
Captain America (2012-) #25 (Marvel)
Writer: Remender, Rick
Artist: Pacheco, Carlos (Age of Ultron #6-10, Captain America vol. 6 #10-15)
Cover Artist: Immonen, Stuart
* Who is the All-New Captain America?
* The conclusion to the story that began in Dimension Z as Zola strikes in unison with The Red Skull!
* The final fate of Jet Black!
Thor #1 (Marvel)
Writer: Aaron, Jason
Artist: Dauterman, Russell (CYCLOPS)
Cover Artist: Dauterman, Russell
* The great hammer MJOLNIR lies on the moon, unable to be lifted by anyone in all the heavens! Even THOR!
* Something dark has befallen the God of Thunder, leaving him weakened and for the first time in forever… UNWORTHY!
* But when Frost Giants invade the Earth, the hammer will be lifted and an all-new Thor will arise! A Thor unlike any we’ve ever seen before!
* Who is this new GODDESS OF THUNDER? Not even Odin knows!
* JASON AARON teams with hot up-and-coming artist RUSSELL DAUTERMAN (CYCLOPS) to create a bold new chapter in the storied history of Thor!
The Squidder #4 (Image)
Writer: Templesmith, Ben
Artist: Templesmith, Ben
Cover Artist: Templesmith, Ben
The final chapter. You can’t keep a good squid down. Well, maybe you can-it’s one last shot for humanity and, as it turns out, possibly the entire universe. This is either the end or a new beginning, and only the Squidder himself can decide.
· Panelist Goodbye:
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