The Confusing One
Summer's definitely here, so you know what to expect: events, relaunches and relaunch events … Disclaimer: Might get a bit soapboxy!
The Rebirth Conundrum
DC keeps doing their Rebirth thing, so there are plenty of books to buy. However, I cannot help but think something's off about the whole thing. Let me explain … MCS is selling most of the first issues at $10 (some of which just came out last week!) if they even have them on stock. Midtown has a 1 per customer limit on all of them and they still have sold out of most of the titles.
So here's my problem with this: does this mean they underordered or that there's a lot of people out there buying a lot of copies? Because both cases are a bit scary, to be honest. Scary because there's no way they weren't expecting a big success, or scary because some people will end up with longboxes of comics nobody wants … as in the 90s. I am crossing my fingers hoping we are not headed to another market crash, but between this and the Hastings bankruptcy (how many books did they order that are not being ordered anymore?), things are not looking good. But, as always, this means opportunity too … Don't get burned!!!
On to this week's Rebirths … variant-style!
|Action Comics #958
People are excited about Superman again. If Superman and Luthor fighting Doomsday sounds like your kind of thing, this will deliver in spades!
The never-ending road to make a bad-ass out of Aquaman continues. If you look back and see the history of this character you will realize how difficult this can be.
|Detective Comics #935
The first issue was a classic recruitment issue and it was fun, considering some of the recruits. So far my favorite of the Bat-titles.
A new speedster and a lot of trouble ahead. The Rebirth one-shot was a bit of fun and it seems they have a good take on Allen. I am onboard!
| Wonder Woman #1
Nothing says we care about this female character of ours like a serious Frank Cho cover. This has always been one of the hardest titles to get into, but I hope they get it right.
| Justice League #52
If this cover sounds familiar, it's because you might already have it once or twice (depending on how much of a completist you are). What's another time among friends? Last issue of the Justice League series!
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|Deadpool V Gambit #1
Weird team-up, with two of the most polarizing characters in the X-Verse … If anything, Acker & Blacker have proved time and again that they can write a good Deadpool. The question is can they (or anyone, mes amis) write a good Gambit?
|Gwenpool #3 Variant
This series seems to have fallen into the Harley Quinn vortex of no one seems to be reading it but everybody wants the variants. I think the series had potential, but haven't really had the time to read beyond #1.
|Rocket Raccoon And Groot #6 Tom Angleberger Variant
When I saw this cover, I immediately thought it had to be drawn by one of those crazy indie artists like Johnny Ryan or something like that. Reality, however says that Tom Angelberger is a children's book writer / illustrator. Kind of fun!
|Web Warriors #8
How often do you think we are going to be able to feature a cover with Spider-Ham, Spider-Punk and a giant Spider-Man robot? Tedesco's been killing it with his Web Warriors covers for a while now!
|Star Wars Episode VII The Force Awakens Adaptation #1 John Cassaday Sketch Variant
||Star Wars Episode VII The Force Awakens Adaptation #1 Joe Quesada Sketch Variant
|Star Wars fans have to be one of the most exploited fans in any hobby. In this case, Marvel decided to have 1:200 and 1:300 covers for the adaptation of a movie! You can be sure they wouldn't do that for Ant-Man.
As always, the main focus of this look at indie comics is to see what's new or particularly exciting. Not much going on this week, except the return of Jason Pearson to pencils. And that's excellent news and my pick of the week.
|Lucas Stand #1
A comic (probably adapted from some sort of pitch written) by Kurt Sutter, creator of Sons of Anarchy. As always, keep an eye on this for the possibility of fans of SoA crossing over, but how well did that SoA comic series do?
|La Muerta Descent #1
Already sold out at Midtown in all its versions, it might be worth a look. I personally have always liked that design style based on Mexican Día de los Muertos folklore.
Jason Pearson's back and that's all I need to know to get this. The story, if you are not sold yet, is about a superheroine who loses her powers and starts enjoying the feeling of pain again. All-ages fun!!! I hate to do the “… NOT!” bit, but probably not All-Ages gun.
|Street Fighter Unlimited #7 Long Vo Homage Variant
These SFU homage variants are great. And they are going out of their way to make sure they are doing covers nobody's even thought about doing. A lot of fun for people who were there in the 90s.
That's it for this week. What would you buy? There can be only one!