“This Week in Comics” by Nerds in Babeland Stephanie Wooten: Wednesday 12/15/2010

- 12-15-10Comics, Featured Posted by Luke Gallagher

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[Editor's Note: In nerdbastards team-up with female nerd community site Nerds in Babeland Stephanie Wooten, NIB comic expert will be coming into the nerdbastards fray. She’ll be stopping by every Wednesday to give you bastards the word on the week in comics. Not only will she tell ya what are the good grabs for the week, but she’ll also keep you a float of all the good stuff going around the comic-book water cooler (Industry news, major story lines, etc.) She has boobs and reads comics. What more do you need to know? -Luke]

First up, comic book related news.  Last week we got the teaser trailer to Thor, with tons of proof that the movie was definitely made with the intention of being released in 3D.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a 3D hater.  I just wish we would stop making movies based around the concept of “let’s have things fly out at the screen” and instead focus on unique action sequences and…oh, I don’t know, plot?  Still, the movie looks like it could be good and I know I will definitely be going.  Natalie Portman is beyond adorable (yet again) and Chris Hemsworth is not unattractive himself.  I’m also a huge fan of the character of Loki in general so I’m definitely curious as to what they do with him.  What do you guys think?

We also got some pretty awesome news about an upcoming Green Lantern animated series that will premiere in Fall 2011.  This, of course, is in addition to the feature and an animated movie, Green Lantern: Emerald Knights, which is set to be released in June 2011.  If you want to read more about all of this you can go to MTV’s Splash Page to find Rick Marshall’s interview with Bruce Timm.

Yesterday, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association nominated a crap ton of movies and TV shows for stuff.  The most important nominations? Red & The Walking Dead both got nominations for “Best of..” Of course, Red got nominated for Best Comedy &/or Musical which is…random..but I guess it doesn’t count as a drama so we should just be grateful it got recognition, right? The Walking Dead seemed fairly obvious to me not only because it has gotten great reviews from critics but also because of its ginormous success.

The biggest comic book related news is Jon Favreau passing on Iron Man 3.  I guess after the ‘work of art’ that was Iron Man 2, he felt as though he was done with the series? There is speculation based on comments he made during an interview about Cowboys and Aliens that he is unhappy with the evolution of the series into the Avengers, etc.  You can read more about it here.

Now how about some actual comic BOOK news? Marvel debuted Spiderman’s new Spider-Armor, which will be officially introduced in March 2011 in Amazing Spiderman #656 (written by Dan Slott and art by Marcos Martin).  This, of course, is not to be confused with the new Spidey suit that is shown off this week in Amazing Spiderman #650.  From the cover preview, the armor looks pretty awesome.  And it’s black-ish so, you know, won’t show dirt as easily.

Over in the indy comics world, Archaia brings us the next installment in the Mouse Guard epic saga.  This week we get Mouse Guard: The Black Axe which is actually the prequel to the events of the first series, Fall 1152. Archaia has had an awesome year, what with Return of the Dapper Men selling out at distribution level it’s first week and Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard Vol. 1 HC selling out in it’s first week of release.  On top of all that, Return of the Dapper Men was named Best Original Graphic Novel of the year by IGN.  I’m super excited about this next prequel mostly because I haven’t had the chance to read all of the Mouse Guard series yet.  I’ve read bits and pieces but I need to start picking up all the books in order.  The art is amazing and (from what I can tell so far) the world is beautifully crafted.  You can read more about The Black Axe before it is released (or before you pick it up at least) here.  I’m super excited about starting this one up as soon as I get my hands on it.

Okay, so, there is a hint of the news from the week.  Let’s get into the pulls.

DC/Vertigo:

On the Vertigo side of the table the big pull of the week is Unwritten #20.  I will be honest and admit that, while I’m obsessed with this series, I’m waiting for the issues to be released as TPB.  It’s the kind of series where I can’t wait month-to-month for the next issue (it’s difficult enough waiting for each TPB to be released). If you’re reading the series already, you know why.  If you’re not, seriously. Go pick up the first TPB.  It’s $15 and so incredibly worth it.  I’m kind of in love with Mike Carey right now (I’m not ashamed to admit it) and you will shortly find a review of his fictional novel work from me at Guerrilla Geek (when I finish fine-tuning it that is).

Batman #705

So DC has a lot of great pulls this week. First off, we have Batman #705, which continues the storyline involving Batman, Peacock & Sensei.  Tony Daniel is doing the writing and the art and so far I like both.  Plus, I always love a good Batman pairing with another female superhero or villain.  Also in Batverse, we get Batman & Robin #18, the second part of the Dark Knight, White Knight storyline.  I still can’t get over Miss Nemo and the massive hole in the middle of her forehead, but I suppose that will come with time :)  However, probably the Batverse book I’m most excited about this week is Birds of Prey #7.  Gail Simone is rocking it on this series and Ardian Syaf (from Brightest Day) makes his Birds of Prey debut.  From the preview art it looks like it’s going to be utterly amazing and the cover has Batman by Oracle’s gravestone (even though, she’s quite there yet).  I’m sure it is not going to be that cut and dry but it is a gorgeous cover and even more incentive (if you needed any) to pick up the book.

I’m personally excited about The Spirit #9 if for no other reason than Paul Dini.  I love that man.  The primary writer is David Hine, with Paul Dini writing the co-feature…which is going to be about a bad Santa! Yup, should be fun.  Then we have more awesomesauce from Geoff Johns & Peter J Tomasi in Brightest Day #16. The story continues as we find out more about the new Aqualad and the extent of his powers.  Plus, you know, even more badass DC women-ness as Aquagirl joins up in the battle.

I hate doing this because all of these books deserve a little write-up but seriously, there are too many awesome DC books coming out this week and I need to leave room for Marvel & Independents!

Other DC Pulls:

Green Lantern #60 – We learn more about the truth behind the Indigo Tribe members and their Entity, Proselyte.  Written by Geoff Johns; Art and cover by Doug Mahnke & Christian Alamy ; 1:10 “DC 75th Anniversary” Variant cover by Frank Quitely (squeee!) Green Lantern: Emerald Warriors #5 – The truth about Guy Gardner’s past is revealed to his teammates. Written by Peter J. Tomasi; Art by Fernando Pasarin & Cam Smith
The Mighty Crusaders #6 (of 6) - The last part of this miniseries.  Written by Eric Trautmann & Brandon Jerwa; Art by Julian Lopez & John Lucas; Cover by Stanley  “Artgerm” Lau
Supergirl #59 – Honestly, all you need to know to get excited about this one is Arkham Asylum.  Just sayin’ Written by Sterling Gates; Art by Jamal  Igle; Cover by Amy Reeder
Superman #706 – Time travel, Superman, Nuclear Apocalypse. ’nuff said (oops, wrong universe). Written by J. Michael Straczynski; Art by Eddy Barrows; Cover by John Cassaday; 1:10 Variant cover by Sami Basri
Titans #30 – More Arkham Asylum!! Written by Eric Wallace; Art and cover by Fabrizio Fiorentino
DMZ #60 – First part of the final year of DMZ.  Written by Brian Wood;  Art by Shawn Martinbrough

Marvel

The big Marvel pull of the week, at least for me, is Amazing Spider-Man #650.  Last week we found out who is the new Hobgoblin is (no spoilers here ;-)) and this week we find out how he/she got there.  Also? The previews show a most awesome use of Lady Gaga in the first few pages…so that’s exciting.

Another big pull for Marvel is Black Panther: The Man Without Fear #513 which promises to be ridiculously interesting. If you don’t recognize that title it’s because the Black Panther has taken over where Daredevil left after the Shadowland.  He’s going to be the new protector of Hell’s Kitchen and he already has a new nemesis, Vlad the Impaler.  I’ve never been a huge fan of the Black Panther (it was just never a title I picked up) but I’m really looking forward to this series.  Interesting way to continue on after a storyline and all (not as though things like this haven’t happened before in comics but still..)

Wolverine #4 not only has a demonically possessed Wolverine fighting Colossus, but we also get a whole crap ton of other villains, including Mystique, Sabretooth, and the Ghost Riders.  Also in the X-Universe, Thor teams up with X-Factor in X-Factor #212 in order to take down Hela while Uncanny X-Force #3 has the team fighting Apocalypse’s Last Horseman and then Apocalypse himself.

Other Marvel Pulls
Avengers Academy #7 – The return of Giant-Man! Written by Christos Gage; Art by Mike McKone
Thunderbolts #151 – Moonstone delves into the psyche and history of Ghost.  Written by Jeffrey Scott Parker; Art by Kevin Walker; Cover by Greg LandNew Mutants Forever #5 (of 5) – The last part of this miniseries in which the fate of Nova Roma is decided.  Written by Chris Claremont; Art by Al Ri0
Independent

Dark Horse brings us Metalocalypse/Dethlok #2 (of 3) which is of course based on the super awesome Adult Swim animated series.  I generally really enjoy books that bring together multiple media and this one does a good job of getting the feel of music combined with comics.

IDW gives us Angel Aftermath #40 and Iron Siege #1 (of 3). As much as I love Angel (and all things Buffy), I’m really excited about Iron Siege.  It’s a WWII themed book where something is so dark and evil that it causes some Allied soldiers to team up with Nazis.  I mean, it could be really cheesy but the preview pages look pretty awesome so I’m excited.  Plus, while WWII took over the History channel forever ago, it hasn’t really dominated comics for quite some time.  So, I think this looks interesting and the interview provided at CBR definitely caught my attention.

I’ve already mentioned Archaia’s big release of the week but they have another fun one (actually, another WWII based one) that is worth checking out, The Secret History Book 13.  And last, but certainly not least, we have Top Cow’s Velocity #3 (of 4).  Velocity is a former Pilot Season winner and a fabulous book about Carin Taylor, the fastest girl in the world.  She works with Cyberforce and this issue is essentially about her racing against the clock to help save her teammate.  I love the art by Kenneth Rocafort (she’s just so damn cute) and you gotta root for a fellow red-head, no?

A little personal side note, this week Marvel is release a TPB of Generation X Vol 1.  I’m not going to recommend this as a “MUST BUY” unless you are a big X-Universe fan already (it isn’t really crucial to any present X storyline..unless you want to count the evolution of White Queen into the character she is today but still…)  It was just a fun series that lasted for a few years and introduced some awesome stories and great new characters (namely, Cannonball’s little sis, Husk, and M, a current member of the X-Factor team).  We also get to see a little more of Jubilee (most famously known from the cartoon in my mind) and we got a hilariously cheesy but memorable made-for-TV movie out of this series also.  Of course the movie butchered the story and didn’t really have much to do with the comics (except the inclusion of many of the same characters) but still. Made-for-TV mutant movie! I wish I could get my hands on a copy of that now…or perhaps it is better that I don’t.  Anyway, when I saw that this TPB was being released it brought back fond memories. If you consider yourself a hardcore X-fan (or just a more recent X-fan with a little extra money to spare..hah, in the holiday season), then I’d say this is worth checking out.  I do really love some of the characters introduced in the series and I was sad that it was canceled before it even hit 100 issues.

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