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The New Heroic Age

Posted in Atlas, Avengers, Captain Britain, Comics, Heroic Age, Iron Man, Marvel, Thunderbolts, War Machine, Young Avengers with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on March 1, 2010 by pieman70

What, no Dark Reign sum up?  No Siege speculation.  Have you seen how out of date my blogging has got these days, my only chance is to blog about things before they happen.

In all seriousness I might comment on Siege post event, but I’m interested at the moment on how the universe is going to unfold post-Siege.  Marvel have been releasing various things regarding the new shape of the MU and it looks brighter, sunnier and happier.  Some have said this could be a response to the Disney takeover but I reckon that with a probable Avengers movie coming out marvel want the universe back on a more approachable tack.

So, what do we know about this new age, lets look at the team books that have been revealed so far.

Avengers

Marvel has released the line-up of this new team in the wake of Siege.  Line-up Includes Iron Man, Captain America (Bucky Barnes Version), Spider Woman, Wolverine, Spider-Man, Thor and Hawkeye (Clint Barton).  Its kind of a half and half, half Bendis’s new avengers, half traditional Avengers.  I’m in two minds about this, on one hand it will be nice to see a more traditional Avengers Team, I’m very happy that we’re not loosing Bucky cap just yet and that Barton is back to being Hawkeye.  On the other hand I’ve never been thrilled with Bendis writing Avengers, his work on Mighty wasn’t bad but I think there are better avengers writers out there.  It does leave at least one question; Barton is taking back his “Hawkeye” identity, what will happen to the Young Avengers Hawkeye?

Secret Avengers

This has been secretive, unsurprisingly.  We know its written by Ed Brubraker which is exciting enough, we know what the team members look like as silhouettes,  we don’t know what the team is about, what their purpose is or indeed the identity of any members, although speculation includes Steve Rogers, War Machine, Moon Knight and Black panther.  Either way this will be one to watch.

Atlas

Another go at agents of atlas, I really enjoyed the previous Agents of Atlas series and like the commitment to keep trying to get them ingrained into the Marvel Universe, and I’m also keen to see the New 3D man meet the team.  Again another good sign.

Thunderbolts.

Another interesting looking title, going back to the concept of criminal rehabilitation that existed throughout Thunderbolts but in particular in “The Initiative” period.  Luke Cage leads a team based on the Raft, Currently looks like the team will include Moonstone, Crossbones, Ghost, Juggernaut and Man Thing with the theme of criminals doing heroic acts as part of their rehabilitation.

There is also an interesting looking title called Heroic Age, not sure if it’s just a one shot or a series but it’s more of an anthology book and will see the return of Captain Britain and MI13 in a short story.  Solo title wise Iron Man has new armour and solicits show that it will feature Jim Rhodes, possibly as War Machine.  And Captain America, at least for the next story will continue to show the adventures of Bucky Barnes which is good as I can still see mileage in that concept.

What are we loosing; to my mind so far it looks like we’ll loose two significant titles.  The first is confirmed axed, that is Ms Marvel.  It’s a real shame because this title has been holding on and with a bit more promotion she could have been Marvel’s Wonder Woman.  Marvel are doing a comic featuring female heroes, but I preferred a female solo book (and with She-Hulk gone as well I struggle to think of any Marvel female solo book).

Second is Avengers: The Initiative, and while I wasn’t enamoured by the “Disassembled” story it’s been consistently good.  I like the concept (Hero boot camp) and I liked the often personal approach to stories they took.  It was an interesting book, so far no announcements of what will become of the initiative but I hope it will survive in some shape or form as it’s really been too good an idea to drop.

Great comics You’re not reading damn you.

Posted in Captain Britain, Comics, Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel, Nova with tags , , , , on March 4, 2009 by pieman70

I should point out to my one valued reader, this title isn’t actually aimed at you since you read at least one of these. However, with She-Hulk cancelled and Ms. Marvel embarking on a potentially ruinous change in status quo I thought I’d list 3 comics that are getting good reviews but not seemingly the readership. Now I’ve not heard that any of these are up for cancellation, but in these trying times there is always a risk. Notably none of these are Dark Reign tie-ins and that always means they run the risk of being dropped in favour of tie ins.

Guardians of the Galaxy

Ok, this and Nova (Will be discussed later) have their own big event in War of Kings. However Marvel’s cosmic events don’t pick up quite the audience of their earthbound cousins. Anyway, Guardians spun out of Annihilation: Conquest in much the same way that Nova spun out of Annihilation. Its been that rare thing, a title that is both a lot of fun and still has some serious plot points. Fun comes from the team not being particularly friendly and hence quite a lot of bickering. There is also the rather heavy concept that there are huge tears in the universe thanks to too many big cosmic events, and the Guardians have to seek them out and seal them. Then the team disbanded, sort of, but we still follow ex-members while focusing on the current team. Overall a very enjoyable title. Slightly duff teams are always a laugh but its fun not to have every character being deeply introspective. It also uses inserts of post-mission debriefings for great comedy effect. The seamless balance of comedy and epic cosmicness is a really good read. Fianlly, it has Rocket Raccoon and a psychic russian dog.

Nova

The first Annihilation event spin off has been a good consistent read thought. I previously had no real interest in Nova, but Post Annihilation I was intrigued to see where he would go from there. Yes, he has been very similar to Kyle Rayner of Green lantern during his last of the green lanterns phase, but Nova has really gone off in a different direction. The latest plot looks like a doozey, it may well take nova into conflict with the Newly reformed Nova Corps and Worldmind itself, all while managing to seamlessly interact with most of the major cosmic and non cosmic events.

Captain Britain and MI-13

This is one that has a good community fighting to make sure it survives. Paul Cornell has really done a good job making me care about a bunch of characters who I barely registered before. The comic has a suitably British voice, and thankfully with Cornell, its properly British, not a cartoon version designed for Americans as so often gets editorially mandated. One of the best titles Marvel is putting out at the moment and its just started a new story arc. No one will laugh at you for buying a comic starring a character called Captain Britain.