Friday, November 18, 2011

Marvel Preview Review For January Part 2 of 2

Finishing up an intellectually stunted conversation about Marvel's latest solicitations.


Dave Lapham (W) Kyle Baker (A/C)
• Deadpool’s got a price on his head. And Agent X is about to cash in!
• Featuring the triumphant return of Crazy Inez, Deadpool’s sane-again, insane-again girlfriend!
32 PGS./ $3.99
Lee: OMG! This is just like my house except instead of a dude it’s my wife and instead of bullets it’s all sorts of bitchy words and instead of a newspaper it’s a comic book… but other than that it’s the EXACT SAME THING!
Greg:  Ummm...

More below the break...

Christopher Yost (W) • Ryan Stegman (A/C)
Variant Cover By Ryan Stegman, Mark Bagley
Venom Variant Cover By Tba
Blank Variant Cover Also Available
• Spinning out of Spider-Island, The Secrets of the Brand New Scarlet Spider stand revealed in 40 Pages!!
•Who is the new webbed wonder – and why has he come to face corruption in Houston, Texas?
40 PGS./ $3.99
Lee: First there was hoodie Superman and now there is Hoodie Spiderman. Actually, Hoodie Spiderman was before Hoodie Superman so this is really the return of the hoodie in the Marvel U.
Greg:  I don't think the hoodie is going to stick around long. I used to avoid Yost's stuff, as they typically descended into a cartoonish level of violence, BUT his work the Avengers cartoon has been great and more importantly, the preview of this in Point One was pretty good. If he can keep this from being too grim and gritty, it'll be worth a shot.

Skottie Young (W) Clay Mann (A/C)
• Magneto faces off against his clone Joseph (yes, the one from the 90’s) and an all new Brotherhood! 32 PGS./ $2.99
Lee: YAHOOO!!! I was excited about the return of hoodie Spiderman but the return of Magneto clone is even cooler than that. It’s like 90’s have returned.
Greg: The DCU has been rebooted to look like the 90s, every obscure 90s Marvel character is coming back, it is a good time to have started reading comics during the 90s.

Written by Peter B. Gillis
Penciled by Brent Anderson & Whilce Portacio
Cover By Brent Anderson
A savage alien race called the Horde has invaded Earth, enslaving its people and plundering its resources.
Scientists have devised a method of fighting back — the Morituri Process, which grants enhanced abilities to a select few compatible humans — but the transformation is fatal within a year. Now, a handful of brave volunteers make up Strikeforce: Morituri — an elite, experimental and highly effective fighting force against the depredations of the Horde. But the heat of every battle, the celebration of every victory and every quiet moment alone is tainted by the inescapable knowledge that — win or lose — their fate is sealed. Collecting Strikeforce: Morituri #1-13. 328 PGS./ $34.99
Lee: In a really good move on Marvel’s part, they are also publishing the first issue of the series for 99 cents. That way you can try it before spending huge amounts cash on the tpb. That said, I seem to remember this having a really devoted fan base and being a pretty good story too. I might have to check this out.
Greg:  I've always heard alot about this, but never seen it. Hell, I'll check it out for 99 cents.

Written by J.M. Dematteis & Peter B. Gillis
Penciled by Don Perlin, Alan Kupperberg, Sal Buscema & Mike Zeck
Cover By Bill Sienkiewicz
Elves, Gods, and Over-Minds — oh, my! What else can you expect when your team’s lineup consists of a sorcerer, a gargoyle, a Valkyrie, a pair of X-Men, a former model, the Son of Satan and more of Marvel’s wildest warriors? Far-out fantasy the likes of which you’ve never seen, that’s what! Guest-Starring Odin, the New Mutants and more! Collecting Defenders (1972) #122-124 and New Defenders #125-131. 256 PGS./ $29.99
Lee: I picked this as a warning to everyone out there. This material is really, really bad! Even by my pathetically low-everything from the Marvel silverage rocks standards this is bad. You really just need to stay away from this.
Greg:  True, but is there a better example of how completely insane Marvel got during the 70s?

Written by Daniel Way
Penciled by Javier Saltares, Mark Texeira & Richard Corben
Cover By Mark Texeira
Once upon a time, Johnny Blaze made a deal with the Devil – and to no one’s surprise but his own, he got shafted. Now trapped in hell, with the Spirit of Vengeance bonded to his immortal soul and weighing him down, Johnny may have finally found a way out. But at what cost? From the depths of Hell to the glittering spires of Heaven, the Ghost Rider rides again, blazing new trails and dispensing fiery vengeance in his wake. The demonic team of Daniel Way, Mark Texeira and Javier Saltares reunite to put ol’ Flamehead back in the saddle where he belongs. Ready or not, here he comes! Collecting Ghost Rider #1-19. 448 PGS./ $34.99
Lee: I can never remember if Greg is or isn’t a Daniel Way fan. Since I can’t remember I shall have to err on the side of caution and pick it. I picked it for you Greg.
Greg: Ugh. You're such a sweet heart. Despite adding a nice twist to the Ghost Rider mythos, this is totally average in every possible way. Skip it and buy the Jason Aaron run instead.

Written by G. Willow Wilson
Penciled by David Lopez
Cover By Amanda Conner
Eisner Award-nominated writer G. Willow Wilson (Air, Superman, Cairo) and superstar artist David Lopez (Hawkeye/Mockingbird, Catwoman) join forces to bring you the story of two seemingly ordinary orphan girls whose lives are turned upside down by magic. One of them will find herself responsible for saving the world — and the other will become her mortal enemy! Collecting MYSTIC (2011) #1-4. 96 PGS./ $14.99
Lee: And ending on a high note, I am getting this. David Lopez is a great artist. The book had generally good reviews and I really liked the other Crossgen story Ruse. It’s worth checking out!
Greg: Ruse was excellent and I've heard very good things about this. The art looks incredible. Worth a look.

Lee: It's not great but there really are a couple of things that I am looking forward to, including Mystic and Brain Wood's Wolverine.
Greg: Hey, at least Daredevil is trying not to fart.

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