How does Dynamite Entertainment follow having all of the masked pulp heroes united together in Masks? In this case, you take writer Jeff Parker and task him with bringing together a new group of pulp heroes, Flash Gordon, The Phantom, and Mandrake the Magician in Kings Watch this September.
The Incal is a classic amongst comic fans. Alejandro Jodorowsky and Jean “Moebius” Giraud crafted a story that sent ordinary private eye John DiFool on a quest unlike any he – or we – could have ever imagined. Now the revered series is going to hit the big screen, being adapted for film by Nicolas Winding Refn – most known for his recent work on Drive with Ryan Gosling. If anyone is up to the task of adapting this science fiction epic to film, Refn is one of the few who could handle this monumental task. The Incal is not a comic series to take lightly, this is not your typical comic work that can be easily adapted.
In light of the release of Man of Steel, I decided to take a look at Superman stories across many periods of his history, calling this The S stands for Superman Tales. From stories that you’ve heard of, others that you may wonder why they exist, and others that I say you should be hunting down. I decided to begin with a lesser story that I’d never heard of until the covers by Dave Bullock caught my eye – “The Harvest” written by Joe Kelly – or the man who wrote Action Comics #775, introducing the Elite. When you have Dave Bullock, who did work on Batman Beyond, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and Justice League doing covers, that can’t help but catch attention. I’m glad they did, Joe Kelly’s “The Harvest” was a unique beast to say the least, which I’ll go into more as we go on. “The Harvest” takes place in the latter half of Joe Kelly’s run on Action Comics, using the idea of a Meta Gene run wild and activating itself in surprising and brutal ways all across America. Throughout “The Harvest” you’ll get a minor introduction into “Our Worlds At War”, President Lex Luthor, and something loosely involving General Zod. Time to take a look at Action Comics #801-805, to see where “The Harvest” takes us.
I have mentioned this before in previous columns and news pieces, I like video games and Popcap Games’Plants vs. Zombies is one particular gaming addiction of mine. With the recent announcement of Plants vs. Zombies 2 and Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare, this is the perfect time for Dark Horse Comics to release Plants vs. Zombies: Lawnmageddon by Paul Tobin and Ron Chan. Quietly put into the recent Dark Horse Comics solicitations in September, the November released hardcover will be initially released digitally by Dark Horse, with an exclusive print copy of the digital comic at San Diego Comic Con International 2013.
In the ever expanding world of HeroClix, WizKids has managed a perfect fit for the line with the July 10th release of Pacific Rim: HeroClix. The line will have characters and monsters from the film and there will be ten figures in all. You’ll have the five Jaegers (giant robots) and five Kaiju (giant monsters), and just from the designs I’ve seen from this line, they do capture the look of the Pacific Rim movie nicely.
Savage Wolverine is probably one of the better ideas for a Wolverine book I’ve seen in awhile, it has little worry for continuity and just features stories about Wolverine on different, sometimes unique adventures. Zeb Wells is taking the direction many Wolverine stories eventually go; Wolverine and ninjas. Originally, Zeb Wells with artist Joe Madureira were going to have this story take place in Avenging Spider-Man, but now it is appearing here in Savage Wolverine. Take note of this before reading, yes this takes place before Superior Spider-Man, which is why you see Peter Parker Spider-Man in play rather than Superior Spidey. That’s really the only thing you need to deal with here and really this is a classic example of an action comic. This is a popcorn comic book at its best and you know what, this is delicious popcorn.
Superman Unchained was the comic that I’d been awaiting since the announcement of the book. It’s Scott Snyder and Jim Lee on a comic together and how can that go wrong? It’s an A-list team that can’t help but get any comic fan salivating. As this comic came out in the same week of Man of Steel, the hype machine was huge on Superman Unchained. I’ll fully admit I was even more increasingly hyped when I saw that wonderful pullout Jim Lee did online. That all being said, Superman Unchained managed to be the kind of Superman comic I’ve been looking for, and managed to exceed my expectations in ways I couldn’t even fathom. After dealing with the messy experience that has been Superman in the New 52, hold tight Superman fans,Superman Unchained is the Superman comic we all deserve.
In This Week in Comic Book History for June 12, 2013, it’s a shorter one than normal because the two events that I’m choosing to focus on this week are big in their own rights. From 1972, the launch of Luke Cage into the Marvel Universe, to the start of the G.I. Joe comic in 1982. While a shorter version of This Week in Comic Book History than normal, the events focused on here are well worth it.
Coming your way in July from Oni Press from Joe Harris and Adam Pollina is Wars in Toyland, when good toys go to war against the evil teddy emperor Roxbury. Think a twisted version of Toy Story as Matthew’s brother, Alex has suddenly disappeared, and now Matthew wonders just what happened to his playmate. Matthew’s loyal toy soldiers take him into Toyland and Matthew learns that his brother Alex is already there, and has been taken captive by the evil emperor Roxbury. The trailer actually has me clamoring for this one.
Whenever a trademark pops up from any company, there’s a good chance that they’re going to be doing something with said trademark fairly soon. Marvel Comics has just registered trademarks for Tales to Astonish and Tales of Suspense, both series starting out as science fiction anthologies, until Astonish became The Incredible Hulk with #102 and Suspense became Captain America with #100. At this point that’s all we know, that Marvel has trademarked two new titles from their past. Though, as has already been speculated, Marvel must have plans to use these either now or later. As they’ve brought back Journey into Mystery, the time sounds about right to bring back Tales to Astonish and Tales of Suspense, but in what capacity are they returning?
The “Mighty” has been teased by Marvel over the past few days – mentioning that it spins out of Infinity and showing hints towards characters of the “Mighty” – and now Marvel has revealed the secret. Mighty Avengers #1 will be written by Al Ewing and drawn by Greg Land and springs out of the Infinity event this September. The series begins as the main Avengers team goes into space to deal with the Builders and Luke Cage forms a team to deal with Thanos, his generals, and his armies attacking Earth while the core Avengers team is away.
DC Comics has been known on Comixology to be the most reliable in doing month by month price drops on their New 52 titles. The plan was that for day and date you pay full price but if you wait, or say new readers hop on board, the next month you can grab the comics for a dollar less to catch up to the series. A neat idea that has served well in driving comics fans to be able to play catch up at a fairly reasonable price. Now, DC has confirmed that it has altered their price reductions. Instead of once a month, it’s now once every eight weeks for all day and date digital comics. The price is still unaffected for digital first comics, they’ll still be 99 cents no matter what, and DC Comics plans on offering back issues of older titles at a reduced rate.
Let’s preface this review simply as Astro City’s return has been one I’ve been anxiously awaiting. While I wasn’t over the moon over the last bit of Astro City, my enthusiasm hasn’t been diminished over the series hiatus. Kurt Busiek has crafted many of my favorite stories within this wonderful world. Now, having Astro City#1 in my hands, I hope to see if after a long hiatus can Kurt Busiek and Brent Anderson capture that magic once more? I have to say while this was an overall positive and wonderful experience, there’s still something keeping this from being a perfect comic.
Were you a fan of the Choose Your Own Adventure book series? Then DC Comics has just the trick, introducing the DC2(aka Dynamic Content) and DC2 Multiverse technology, which is where the choose your own adventure aspect is introduced. With DC2, they’ve taken the existing motion comics technology and then added special effects and better graphic layering.Batman ‘66 will be the first digital comic to use the new technology, which will be available at some point this summer and will be available on select books from there on. Now you’re probably wondering about the choose your own adventure by this point right?
This Week in Comic Book History for June 5, 2013 dives into the start of Malibu Comics Ultraverse, a certain big event involving Superman in 1993, and a personal favorite X-Men comic released back in 1989. All this and more awaits in This Week in Comic Book History.