New Comic Books For February 4, 2009

DC COMICS

FINAL CRISIS LEGION OF THREE WORLDS #3
MIGHTY #1
TERROR TITANS #5
TRINITY #36

MARVEL COMICS

AGENTS OF ATLAS #1
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #585
ASTONISHING TALES #1
IMMORTAL IRON FIST #22
INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #10
SECRET WARRIORS #1
WAR OF KINGS DARKHAWK #1
X-MEN NOIR #3

We have a total of 12 titles headed to the Bunker today. This week is definitely Marvel heavy.

Which DC comic book am I most looking forward to reading? Eh, this is a pretty weak selection of comic books headed from DC today. I am going to go with Mighty #1. I know nothing at all about this title other than the fact that Peter Tomasi is the writer. And that by itself is good enough for me. Tomasi has earned my respect and faith with all of his strong work on Nightwing and Green Lantern Corps.

Which DC comic book am I least looking forward to reading? As always, I am not excited to read Trinity #36. And Terror Titans #5 continues to be an unimaginative and shallow read. McKeever has managed to take a great character like Rose and make her just a bit less cool. And McKeever is regressing Rose’s character in the process compared to the nice work that Johns did with Rose during his run on Teen Titans.

However, the DC comic book that I am least looking forward to reading is Final Crisis: Legion of Three Worlds #3. Johns has never impressed me with his handling of the Legion. And it continues with Final Crisis: Legion of Three Worlds. And it appears that this “seminal” Legion mini-series is about to be hijacked by the Green Lantern Corps. And that is consistent with DC’s big push with the upcoming Darkest Night event. Maybe DC should have re-titled this mini-series Blackest Night: Legion of Three Worlds?

At any rate, I am sure we will get a story that focuses more on Superman and the Green Lantern Corps than we do on the Legion. And I also expect the body count to start rising as Johns starts mowing through all these “extraneous” characters called Legionnaires.

Which Marvel comic book am I most looking forward to reading? Marvel is spoiling us with a second consecutive week of good reads. There is certainly plenty to be excited about with what the House of Ideas is giving us this week. We have three new titles headed to the Bunker today. Two of them come spinning out of the conclusion of Secret Invasion. I am interested in Agents of Atlas #1. I am unfamiliar with this team, but the fact that they have a giant talking ape on their team immediately makes it a title worth buying.

I am also excited to read Secret Warriors #1. I have enjoyed how Bendis has written Nick Fury’s character in the various Secret Invasion tie-in issues. Plus, we are getting Jonathon Hickman as a co-writer on this title. I have never read anything by Hickman so I am hoping that Hickman can compliment Bendis and make up for Bendis’ weaknesses in writing team titles.

The third new title this week is a War of Kings mini-series, War of Kings: Darkhawk #1. I have always liked Darkhawk so I am glad that he is getting a mini-series and a chance to shine. I have loved everything that we have gotten that is connected with War of Kings so I expect this issue to be a good read.

However, the Marvel comic book that I am most looking forward to reading is X-Men: Noir #3. Van Lente and Calero have combined to deliver a strong read. Calero’s style is the perfect match for Van Lente’s pulp noir story. I expect this issue to have a few more surprises for the reader.

Which Marvel comic book am I least looking forward to reading? I am not all that excited to read Amazing Spider-Man #585. Due to the constantly rotating creative teams this title continues to be a very hit or miss read.

However, the Marvel comic book that I am least looking forward to reading is Invincible Iron Man #10. Fraction continues to mail in unimpressive read after unimpressive read. The character work is non-existent. The dialogue is generic. The pacing has been slow. And the story is shallow. So far this title has been all style over substance.

4 Comments

  1. ..

    Does this mean you’re not going to review X-Men vs Hulk?

    Hehe.

    ..

  2. LEGION OF THREE WORLDS #3 is fine if you know your Legion.
    I skipped a lot of the three-boot stuff reading it now and then and reading reviews on the 2 Major Legion web-blogs.
    Way too many characters trying to do to much in a small space.
    The art is a lot better than the art of Final Crisis.
    It helps that I am a George Perez fan from long long ago.

    AGENTS OF ATLAS. The mini-series was excellent and this on-going is Very Good. (9 of 10)
    Secret Warriors was good too but I am only giving it 7 of 10 since most of the characters don’t hook me like those in Atlas.

    Black Panther #1 is okay.
    I guess every hero is going to “die” or be hurt in some way that he will have to have a replacement for a year or so.
    Sigh. It’s been done.
    And I don’t care if it was Dr. Doom the Panther is always prepared.
    I give it 7 of 10. It would be 6 if the art wasn’t so good.

    Spider-man was kinda okay. We found out who the villian is and we knew with all the foreshadowing it wasn’t going to be Harry; too obvious.

  3. I’m actually looking forward to L3W. At least it will make sense and be more Crisis-ey. Meanwhile, get a load of what Morrison said over at Newsarama:

    “GM: Final Crisis is absolutely linear until the last issue when time folds down on itself and even then it’s pretty straightforward A to B to C.”

    Pretty straightforward, huh. I’m glad he didn’t try to be oblique.

  4. Too bad that Adventure Comics #0 didn’t make your list. The “Origins and Omens” piece has had me making “squee” noises (unattractive in a man my age) for days. It makes a nice companion for the Lo3W book, as it turns out.

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