Friday, August 16, 2013

SWEET AS: The Best From Marvel Comics' November 2013 Solicitations

When we Kiwis find something we like, we say it's 'Sweet as'. From new writing teams on both Fantastic Four and FF, to Infinity and beyond (hey, someone had to say it), when I'm looking at the best and new releases from Marvel for November 2013, these comics make the 'Sweet As' grade:

 COVER OF THE MONTH:  LEINIL YU  CATACLYSM: THE ULTIMATES LAST STAND #1 

When is Galactus on a cover more than it's usual truck load of awesome? When he's drawn by Leinil Yu. Of course. Silly me.

Marvel says: Written by Brian Michael Bendis and drawn by Mark Bagley, Galactus steps through into the Ultimate Universe and hungers!

 UNDER COVER TALENT  PHIL JIMENEZ  SAVAGE WOLVERINE #12 

His run on Wonder Woman for DC and Marvel's New X-Men with writer Grant Morrison are still masterclasses in comic detail and action. 

Now Jimenez takes the comic version of 'the best there is at what he does' and pits him against a killer in Africa, one that takes Wolvie back to the equally dangerous streets of Madripoor looking for answers!

 THE NEWBIES:  

CATACLYSM: THE ULTIMATES LAST STAND #1 (As above) 

CATACLYSM: ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #1
(W) Brian Michael Bendis (A) David Marquez
Has Miles Morales become Spider-Man once again only to lose his world? Not if Cloak, Dagger and Spider-Woman can help it! 

CATACLYSM: ULTIMATE X-MEN #1 
(W) Joshua Hale Fialkov (A) Alvaro Martinez
The weapon that can stop Galactus may wipe out mutant kind.

CATACLYSM: ULTIMATES #1 
(W) Joshua Hale Fialkov (A) Carmine Di Giandomenico
Nick Fury has defied the odds all his life and is no stranger to extinction level events - now he faces the masterclass in both!

MARVEL KNIGHTS: X-MEN #1
(W/A) Brahm Revel
The Marvel Knights relaunch continues with Wolverine, Kitty and Rogue, rescuing new mutants from being murdered in a small backwoods town where their help is not as welcome as you'd think.

LONGSHOT SAVES THE MARVEL UNIVERSE #1
(W) Christopher Hastings (A) Jacopo Camagni
In the sights of a 'Lucky' killer, X-Man Longshot, is hunted by super-heroes, villains, S.H.I.E.L.D. and cosmic entities alike!

PAINKILLER JANE: THE PRICE OF FREEDOM #1
(W) Jimmy Palmiotti, (A) Juan Santacruz, Sam Lofti
Painkiller Jane is back, protecting a Saudi Arabian princess in NYC from a number of people who want her dead! Plus a 10 page back-up story! 

AMAZING X-MEN #1 
(W) Jason Aaron, (A) Ed Mcguinness
The X-Men's heart and soul, Nightcrawler returns! Well, if Wolverine, Storm, Beast, Iceman, Northstar and Firestar can succeed that is!

X-MEN: GOLD #1
(W) Chris Claremont, Stan Lee, Louise Simonson, Fabian Nicieza (A) Walter Simonson, Bob Mcleod, more
It's the 50th Anniversary of the X-Men! Chris Claremont and Bob Mcleod tell an untold story of the X-Men, with features from the other all-star creators from the franchises past as well!

 What do you think?  For the full list of Marvel's November 2013 solicitations, click the jump!

4 comments:

  1. that art with Galactus is epic.

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  2. Im currently re-reading my Wonder Woman collection, and am up to issue 177, the almost end-point of Jimenez's tenure on the book. His work was very evocative of Perez in many ways indeed.
    Good to hear from a source of mine that Karl Kessel [hey, great name!] has signed on apparently to write Fantastic Four, only for four issues mind, to bring an ending to what has been a far from satisfactory writing gig by Fraction.
    This Galactus tale is dividing critics and fans alike - theyr not sure how to take the merging of Galactus with his Ultimate counterpart Gah Lak Tus, not to mention the shoddy characterization of Rick Jones as a hip-talking teenager [and wheres Jones been for the past few years anyhoo?].

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  3. Thanks Dave - it sure is!

    Karl, I dug Phil's WW run heaps. I still don't think anyone's nailed Diana/Lois like he did.

    As for my thoughts on the rebooted FF titles.... isn't Saga a great book? ;-)

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  4. As much as I loved Jimenez's art on Wonder Woman [coming to the end of his run later tonight as I read them] the writing of Diana came across as a bit soap-opera bitchy at times, in fact the storylines were reminisicent of movies on the Lifetime channel. Seeing Diana reduced to calling Circe street trash and arguing with her mother in a restaurant were prime examples.
    Anyhow, some god news regarding WW [and its rare anyone ever says that anymore, lol]...get the first issue of Snallville that features Diana, its brilliant! Shes all decked out in white and silver,a t-shirt with a 'W' on it, an updated nod to her 'mod' look from the 60s, very much the urban warrior but still comes from Themyscira. Of particular note are the flashbacks where Artemis is chasing an impish Diana, and Diana leads Steve round like a pet and makes a football [no seriously this isn't as bad as it sounds] a great piece of writing, and I adore how for once Diana and Lois come across as friendly with each other, no jealousy.
    Really recommended by me and highly impressed with this new take on Diana, hope it keeps up.

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