Continued from Yesterday...
REALM OF KINGS: SON OF HULK #1 (of 4)
Written by SCOTT REED
Penciled by MIGUEL MUNERA Cover by ALEX GARNER
Meet a new monster for a new age, and a challenger to the warring Kings of the Cosmos...he is Hiro-Kala, SON OF HULK, and this young apocalyptic visionary has a destructive destiny: obliterate the Universe! This monsterous Son of Hulk has been abducted to Jarella’s sub-atomic world deep in the Microverse, where his father once found love and acceptance. Now he must battle an invasion force of murderous aliens…even if it means unlocking a new, horrifying power within him that can never be controlled. Book one of “THE CONQUEST OF JARELLA’S WORLD”, a mind-breaking adventure from critically acclaimed writer, Scott Reed.32 PGS./$3.99
Jim: So my friend Rusty has been singing the praises of this book and as it joins the Realm of Kings story line I will try out issue #1 of this series. The Hulk for a long term character used to have one of the cleaner histories in comics. Now with multiple colored hulks (ripping off what Johns was doing) and various children running around the Hulk is now mired in continuity hell.
Lee: I'm not sure the colored Hulks are ripping off Johns. That's really stretching it. But, I do agree that the Hulk line is getting stretched thin. And, why do we have Hulk children floating around? It still seems like a silly idea to me.
KICK-ASS PREMIERE HC
Written by MARK MILLAR
Pencil/Covers by JOHN ROMITA JR.
The greatest super hero comic of all-time is finally here! Have you ever wanted to be a super hero? Dreamed of donning a mask and just heading outside to some kick-ass? Well, this is the book for you--the comic that starts where other super hero books draw the line. KICK-ASS is realistic super heroes taken to the next level. Miss out and you're an idiot! Collecting KICK-ASS #1-8.
Lee: The movie has already been made and trailers abound on the internet so I’m surprised it’s taken this long for the hc to see print. Normally I would avoid something as over the top violent as this is, but I think I’m caving to the hype. Somewhere this went from being just violent to being cool violent.
Jim: Well any reader of this site knows I think this missed cool and went to pornographic violence, but there is a part of me that understands the appeal. I think the hard cover had to wait until the comic was completed.
INVINCIBLE IRON MAN VOL. 1 HC
Written by MATT FRACTION
Pencil/Cover by SALVADOR LARROCA
Collecting INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #1-19.344 PGS./Rated A …$39.99
Lee: Now isn’t this interesting, a 300 page $40 hc. This makes the already expensive Masterworks look even more expensive by comparison. I know this is only being done for the movie but I like this size collection, less than omnibus but more than Masterworks. Very cool.
Jim: This is a very cool format and makes you wonder why more books can't be done this way.
X-FORCE VOL. 1 HC
Written by CRAIG KYLE & CHRISTOPHER YOST
Penciled by CLAYTON CRAIN, MIKE CHOI, SONIA OBACK & ALINA URUSOV
Collecting X-FORCE #1-11. 264 PGS./$29.99
Lee: Not that I care about X-Force but between Iron Man and this, there appears to be a trend towards longer more complete collections. It will be very interesting to see if this replaces the premier 6 issue hc’s.
Jim: I hate the 6 issue hardcover and love the oversized 12 issue formats that have usually been done, so if this is that, then I'm all for it. Not this book itself, but the format.
MARVEL MASTERWORKS: THE AVENGERS VOL. 10 HC
Written by ROY THOMAS
Penciled by NEAL ADAMS, SAL BUSCEMA, BARRY WINDSOR-SMITH & JOHN BUSCEMACover by BARRY WINDSOR-SMITH
Collecting THE AVENGERS #89-100
Lee: One of the best runs on Avengers ever! The Kree-Skull war really started here and was been mined by future writers for a million other stories. Add a rare super hero Windsor-Smith story in issue #100 and this is great. If you only buy one masterwork this year, you should get this one.
Jim: Agreed, agreed, agreed.
CAPTAIN MARVEL: THE DEATH OF CAPTAIN MARVEL PREMIERE HC
Written by JIM STARLIN, STEVE ENGLEHART & DOUG MOENCH
Penciled by JIM STARLIN & PAT BRODERICKC
overs by JIM STARLIN
Collecting CAPTAIN MARVEL (1968) #34, MARVEL SPOTLIGHT (1979) #1-2 and MARVEL GRAPHIC NOVEL #1: THE DEATH OF CAPTAIN MARVEL. 128 PGS./$24.99
Lee: Another one of the seminal moments in Marvel history. This is a great collection and I am absolutely getting it!
Jim: It is hard when I agree whole heartily with something. It was some of Jim Starlin's best work and Captain Marvel has actually remained dead.
The conclusion tomorrow