- DC has an extra week of #15 releases on the first week of January (January 2), since they only had two issues out on Christmas week, which were: Justice League #15 and Aquaman #15 (Throne of Atlantis) Geoff Johns finally gives us a bit more characterization in the Justice League, stepping up from the previous issues that seem a bit filler. We get a glimpse of Cyborg's current relationship with his father Clark and Diana on a date in secret identity mode and later saving people together mode (with Lois looking on wistfully maybe?) and a bit of a team-up
- When I first heard about Amazing Spider-Man ending and being replaced by a new Superior Spider-Man series starring someone other than Peter Parker, my first thought was: maybe they're finally retiring Peter for good. Peter is at a pretty good point in his personal life: he has a good, fulfilling job at Horizon Labs so he doesn't have to miss the bills, Aunt May is well taken care of by Jameson Sr. so he doesn't have to worry about her all the time, and there were even some signs of how he and Mary Jane still cared so deeply for
- It's "Last Week in Marvel NOW!" since this is going up on Sunday/Monday. And what a lot of Marvel NOW! we got, since many of the top titles are double shipping this month. Hopefully the schedule normalizes back to monthlies soon, I'm already reading far too many books as it is! (Well, that's kind of a good problem to have right?) Luckily Marvel only has two books coming out on Christmas week, gives me some time to catch up. The best books this week are the same ones I've been raving about the past month. We start with Avengers #2
- For some reason I remembered today this D&D roleplaying session with some people a while back (I wasn’t participating, just observing). The party had come into a village tavern looking for information, and there was this tavern wench who was acting a bit suspiciously in their eyes. As she exited the main tavern room (presumably to get more ale or whatever), one of the party members who for some reason was armed with a pitchfork declared that he would stop her from leaving the room by throwing the pitchfork in her path. A couple of disastrous rolls later and the
- There's really far, far too many comics I read each week to cover them in one blog post so I'll just cover them in groups. First, the non-Marvel NOW! series: Hawkeye #6 is the highlight of this week's Marvel releases. The book is consistently funny, down-to-earth and awesome, and this issue is one of the best so far. If you haven't heard about it, the series written by Matt Fraction is one of Marvel's best ongoings right now. The book tells stories of what "Hawkguy" is up to when he's not out Avenging against alien threats or hydra or whatever.
- Well, missed posting about last week's comics due to some technical difficulties with my home computer, let's see if we can't get back on track. There's a lot to look forward to this week on the Marvel side. There's All-New X-Men #4 where we'll finally get to see Cyclops face off with his younger/older self. My other favorite so far of the Marvel NOW! books has the second issue this week: Avengers #2 continues the introductory arc to Jonathan Hickman's Avengers epic, let's see how he handles the large cast he's playing with. Hawkeye #5 (David Aja returns!), Daredevil #21
- Easily the best comic I've read this week (and I've already read a lot!) is the Marvel NOW! Relaunch of the Avengers book. Avengers vol. 5 #1 by Jonathan Hickman and Jerome Opena ushers in a brand new era of Avengers; bigger, bolder and looking to be a lot more epic. Jonathan Hickman, fresh off what many consider to be the best Fantastic Four run in recent history (if not all-time), takes over from former Avengers showrunner Brian Michael Bendis and immediately shows us how his take on the Earth's Mightiest Heroes is going to set itself apart from Bendis'
- It's actually kind of a light week this week. There's a couple of Marvel NOW! #1s coming in, and nothing too exciting particularly on the DC side. The #1 I'm most looking forward to the most this week has to be Jonathan Hickman and Jerome Opena's Avengers #1 (link leads to preview pages). It's a new era for the Avengers as a new creative team takes over from Bendis, and it looks like Hickman will be bringing over his tendency for epic-scale adventures from the Fantastic Four books over to the Avengers franchise. Then we have Amazing Spider-man #699 which