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Chris’ Comics Special Edition: Making sense of Civil War II and DC Rebirth

This past week saw Civil War II #0 drop, and this upcoming Wednesday sees the release of DC Rebirth #1. Both comics are being marketed as huge event comics with massive repressions, but neither of them are particularly new reader friendly. Also both these event were spoiled on Reddit, because this is 2016, and this is how things work in this day and age.

So let’s pretend you dear reader would like to read one or both of these comics, but haven’t been paying close attention to Marvel or DC as of late. Which given the numerous reboots/relaunches/crossovers, is understandable.

DC Rebirth #1 is the result on the constant slumping sales of DC Comics over the past DC-Comics-Rebirth-Coveryear. As creatively successful the DC You initiative was, the who movement was crippled by the poor selling Convergence event (remember that). And after Superman V Batman: Dawn of Justice under-performing, DC needs a hit. DC Rebirth #1 is the comic that will kick off a company wide series of relaunches and reboots, and is a pretty good value at $2.99 for 80 pages. It’s written by Geoff Johns, one of DC’s top dogs, who’s written such comics as Green Lantern Rebirth, Flash Rebirth, and the Batman Earth One books. Drawing this comic is the team of Gary Frank, Phil Jimenez, & Ethan Van Sciver. As I said earlier, reddit, and then Bleeding Cool, spoiled the hell of this comic, with IGN and Newsarama following suit. It sounds pretty bonkers, but if you’re lapsed DC reader, this may not be you thing. Johns and co pull from Pre New 52 era DC comics, obviously the new 52, and make a BOLD decision to bring in some characters who never really fit into DC Continuity. I applaud DC for trying something, but this also reeks of desperation to a certain extent.

Despite the first issue not dropping until June, there are already 2 chapters of Civil War 2 out. There was a prelude by writer Brian Michael Bendis and Jim Cheung that civil-war-II-cover-96a7edropped on Free Comic Day a few weeks ago, and then this past week saw the release of Chapter 0. Written by Bendis and drawn by Oliver Coipel, this comic takes place before the Free Comic Book Day story, and focuses on She-Hulk and War Machine, both whom had really bad days in that free prelude comic.

The plot for Civil War 2 is strikingly similar to the movie Minority Report, something I’m sure Marvel and Bendis are tired of hearing. Newly hatched Inhuman (ugh) Ulysses apparently has the ability to predict the future.  Captain Marvel wants to use this Inhuman to prevent FUTURE CRIME, whereas Iron Man rather have disasters come about the natural way, despite once being all about the US Government having access to all super hero’s secret identity. And of course since this is cape comics, this debate can only be resolved via PUNCHING. David Marquez will be drawing this book, so at the very least, this will be a GREAT looking comic event.

There’s some cynicism surrounding the whole event, as Marvel hasn’t exactly been gun shy about massive crossovers involving heroes punching each other since the O.G. Civil War. We’re also only a few months removed from Secret Wars, which was well received, and generally agreed upon being the best Marvel crossover event in recent history. It is doesn’t help that it appears to be a bit of a cash grab, as there is that whole Captain America: Civil War movie in theaters as we speaking, making Marvel and Disney “Sick cash”.

So there you have it. 2 different events coming real soon, designed to “CHANGE THINGS FOREVER” and drain your bank accounts. That being said, if you’re up for big name creators taking some chances and throwing some insane ideas at readers, Rebirth and Civil War II are definitely going to do that. If you’re looking for something a little more low-key to be your entryway into Marvel or DC, you’re probably better off with a Squirrel Girl, Batgirl, Ms. Marvel or Gotham Academy.

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Troy’s Toys, but with Comics: Crimes againist Inhumanity

FPNYC Faithful, I have a sore throat and IT IS THE WORST, PLEASE SEND HELP/A NEW THROAT.

Inhumanity-1-coverInhumanity #1

Matt Fraction/Oliver Coipel/Leinil Yu, Dustin Weaver/ Mark Morales/Laura Martin

Marvel, $3.99, 40 pages

THIS WEEK IN CONFESSIONS: Aside from a few (4) tie-in issues, I pretty much skipped over Infinity these past few months. HOWEVER,  Inhumanity #1 recaps what you need to know quite nicely, so you can enjoy it and still wait for that pricey hardcover to drop in February.

Rumor has it the Inhumans are getting a big push due to FOX having the rights to the X-men movie franchise and Marvel needing something that can be feared and loathed on the big screen for $$$. If that’s the case, Marvel Comics has definitely assembled the right team to get that ball rolling, as Matt Fraction has been on fire for the last year, and his run on the Fantastic Four books has shown that he knows how to write those characters. Pair him with 3 of Marvel strongest artists in the form of Coipel/Yu/Weaver and chances of this book being a hit are good.

And it is! Karnak makes an excellent tragic lead, and Fraction tosses his fan base a nice little bone by throwing in some quality Iron Man and Hawkeye scenes. It’s nice seeing Matt flex some different creative muscles, as this book feels ways different than some of his recent big hits. And Coipel and friends deliver as well, offering some unique visuals and character moments that hit hard. Inhumanity is off to a strong start, and I’m hoping it can keep this level of quality going.

tumblr_mt25ubqonv1qg8i80o1_1280Burn the Orphanage: Born to Lose #2

Sina Grace/Daniel Freedman/John Rauch

Image/ $4.99/32 pages

 

The first issue of BtO:BTL was arguably the best comic of this year that I never asked for. Sina Grace and Daniel Freedman created a nice homage to beat ’em video games and had they ended the series there I would have been pleased. HOWEVER, issue 2 is a homage/parody to fighting games, specifically Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter, and YO, I am quite BOUT that!

Everything about this 2nd issue is a step up from the already impressive debut. Grace’s art is less sketchier this time and feels a lot more finished. The script takes a few unique twists, leading to some great fight pieces, cool locales, and really solid jokes. And the fights this time are a lot more brutal, which says a lot considering the 1st book ended with some dude getting his head kicked off. Except to cringe at least twice when reading this.

However, this 2nd issue drops the ball in two area. $5 for 32 pages seem like a lot, especially since this lacks the free digital copies Marvel and DC usually offer for that price range. And the ending is more abrupt than a cliffhanger. Still a great read though, Burn the Orphanage #2 is worth the cash if you want more good indie comics that pay homage to video games.

 

Longshot_Saves_the_Marvel_Universe_Vol_1_3Longshot saves the Marvel Universe #3

Christopher Hastings/Jacopo Camagni/Victor Calderon-Zurita

Marvel, $2.99, 20 pages

With this third issue, Longshot saves has gone in full Dr McNinja territory. The Marvel Universe finds itself at war with various “What-If” variants of themselves, all while the fabric of reality is threatened. Also Senile Magneto may be the character find of the year.

This month’s (or week’s, I have no idea if this mini is monthly or bi-weekly) issue sees Victor Calderon-Zurita help out on pencils, as seen on the cover. Victor’s pencils are very similar to Cagmani’s, although some characters eyes look too big for their skulls are certain times. Still, the book remains a delightful romp, as Chris Hastings knows how to balance action with comedy perfectly. The humor is this book’s strong point, but there’s some moments of badassery too. With an issue left (I think.), it’s been a very fun little mini that I hope sticks it’s landing.

 

 

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