Happy first new comic day of 2012! If you’ve been mulling over an easy to keep new year’s resolution, here’s a no brainer, READ COMICS! Simple right? For the past few months I have found myself back in the habit and stretching out of my comfort zone, each week grabbing a handful of books that I wouldn’t normally pick up, and it’s been fun, expanding your horizons and trying something different is really great for you and helps you grow as a person.
Now if we could just get the big two comic companies to do the same.
Yes, I have a bitch to pick here and it is about the brewing mega-events both of the big guys have planned. Now, I am not going to go after Marvel for their latest superhero vs superhero slugfest, A vs X (we all know Civil War was amazing, please don’t cheapen it by ripping it off, again.) I will say this though, they have announced that there will be midnight launch parties for the first issue of Avengers Vs X-Men at participating comic book stores. Yep, you’ll be able to pick it up a whole 14 hours earlier! Oh sure, I sound cynical, but I’ll be in line too.
Now over DC Comics they have been teasing this strange purple hoodie lady since the end of Flashpoint/start of the New 52. Yes, she made a background Where’s Waldo-esque cameo in each of the new number ones and yes we are all pretty clear she has something to do with the new continuity, but how? Who? When? Well, over at DC’s official blog, The Source, they at least gave us the ‘who’ – apparently her name is Pandora. Really guys? That’s the best you can do? Any interest I had fizzled with such a stock throwaway name. According to DC Editor-in-Chief Bob Harras we’ll “soon see the next step in this character’s evolution in the pages of ‘Justice League,’ and in the months to come you will see more events ripple across titles as we continue to weave the DC Universe together and tell even more amazing stories.” It feels like another shot at the DCnU just being the dreaded dark 90′s all over again to me. Buckle in, because I am pretty sure she ties into the all new, all different, yet completely the same as it always was multiverse for DC Comics. Oh sure the new continuity will remain, Supes still won’t have his undies, but my call is the next big event will be all about the new playing field of multiple earths, that while different, amount to the same as it’s been.
Now, let’s see whats on the shelves today. Honestly, a lot of really good books. Yes, there are new issues of Swamp Thing and Animal Man, two books you really should be reading. Wolverine And The X-Men: Alpha & Omega kicks off and looks like fun read. The second issue of the previously reviewed Defenders is out and the cover alone makes it a must, purely for the look on Doctor Strange’s face. The Boys, The Goon, Irredeemable, and Uncanny X-Force also look really good this week. Oh, and don’t forget, The Annotated Sandman is finally on the shelves, $50 is a small price to pay for Neil Gaiman‘s incredible work on this Vertigo series.
That’s enough staring at the shelves, let’s get into some books. Stop me if you’ve heard this one, baby gets rocketed from his dying planet, lands on earth to be raised… yes, I know you are screaming stop, but I don’t care, for the gazillionth time Superman’s origin is being told, let’s see how Grant Morrison feeds us the same old story. I’ve also grabbed yet another horror/vampire looking book, but this one comes from Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips, so I am willing to give it a chance. Lastly, my habit of revisiting Marvel characters I haven’t read in years continues, now it’s Frank Castles turn.
Hit the jump for the fast and dirty rapid fire reviews.