The Week Begins – June 15th 2009

Quite a few great and interesting looking books this week. So much that I skipped last week’s books in order to get this week’s books.

Dark Reign: Young Avengers #1

Written: Paul CornellArt: Mark Brooks

After a strong opening issue I’m hopeful that Cornell can keep the twisted fun going with this brawl between the two teams. I do hope that it’s more than just fighting. Hopefully, we will get some plot advancements and good character moments. However, from the looks of it, Cornell is using this issue to get our two teams familiar with each other which could still make for a really cool read. Having said that, with the worry that it might not turn out well, I’m avoiding this for my Most Anticipated.

Batman: Streets of Gotham #1

Written: Paul Dini
Art: Dustin Nguyen

Morrison opened very strong with an awesome issue of Batman and Robin #1; though I must admit I was nearly as excited for this book as well. My only real worry is a possible lack of direction. The concept sounds perfect for Dini, let him focus not just on Batman but the whole of Gotham City. Though, at the same time, it could be so easy for this book to be derailed and lose any real focus that a small level of worry is sticking with me. Still, it reunites Nguyen and Dini who did an incredible job on Detective Comics so I’m looking forward to this.

Ultimate Spider-man: Requiem #1 *Most Anticipated*

Written: Brian Bendis
Art: Stuart Immonen and Mark Bagley

Why the final issue of Ultimate Spider-Man needed to be $3.99 made no sense to me. However, $3.99 for this issue makes a little more sense. From the preview, it looks to be a powerful emotional read and that’s exactly what Bendis can excel at when it comes to Spider-Man.

As for Peter’s fate? Well I remain hopeful that he’s survived, whatever way he may have, and that this may be more like Spider-Man Resurrection. Still, as someone who’s loved this series since it’s debut I am excited to see how Bendis closes this incredible era of storytelling.

Destroyer #3

Written: Robert Kirkman
Art: Cory Walker

All right kids, let’s do a simple math equation. Robert Kirkman + Family Member in Danger (Destroyer’s daughter in this case) = what? If you said “Dead” then you are right.

I don’t want to sound cynical (guess I don’t have a choice) but seriously, it’s Robert Kirkman. This guy loves to kill of family members and important characters like that. Still this will probably be another awesome read. Really, wish I was buying this comic…but…must…resist. Must…resist. Trade waiting has never been so painful.

Invincible #63

Written: Robert Kirkman
Art: Ryan Ottley

Speaking of Robert Kirkman, seems he’s got another awesome comic coming out this week. Invincible #62 was a simple, but awesome read. I hope Kirkman can hook us onto the Conquest arc with this chapter, as next issue it seems another character is about to bite the dust. Oh, and that cover is sick as all hell. That’s going right in the nursery when I become a father one day.

Mighty Avengers #26

Written: Dan Slott
Art: Stephen Segovia

Hard to believe how excited I am to read this issue. Much to my surprise, it seems this mild filler arc is going to be the best story so far for the Mighty Avengers. I am not exactly sure how this will all play out, but my hopes are high this time for an awesome read from Slott.

Marvel Zombies 4 #3

Written: Fred Van Lente
Art: Kev Walker

Wow. This issue snuck up one me. I decided to pick this 4th volume more on a whim than a necessity like with the prior three. I’ve always loved Marvel Zombies, but this series is such a radical departure that I just cannot even call it that. But, hey, this issue has Man-Thing, one of my all time favorite characters in Marvel so it should be awesome to see what Van Lente does with him.