Saturday, September 19, 2015

SWEET AS: The Top 6 From Marvel's December 2015 Solicitations

When we Kiwis find something we like, we say it's 'Sweet as'. When I look at Marvel Comics' December 2015 solicits, these six make the 'Sweet As' grade:

 PICK OF THE MONTH:  DAREDEVIL #1 & 2 Back in black and on his home turf, Daredevil begins again in New York City as a new enemy emerges. Meanwhile his alter ego, Matt Murdock, is on a new side of the law in the District Attorney's office. Fighting crime in the shadows, prosecuting bad guys in the light, it's a whole new chapter for our man without fear -- including the arrival of the devil's advocate. Welcome to Hell, Blindspot. (W) Charles Soule (A) Ron Garney (A/C)

 SOUNDS LIKE AWESOME  INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #4 Tony is knee deep in trouble from enemies both old and new. But here comes Mary Jane Watson and his world will never be the same again! (W) Brian Michael Bendis (A) David Marquez


DOCTOR STRANGE #3 Dr. Strange wakes up, nearly naked with none of his magical tools or spellbooks and no memory of how he got there. Nor does he know where all the monsters chasing him came from! (W) Jason Aaron (A) Chris Bachalo

HERCULES #2 Creatures of ancient myth still linger in the world, but they are on the brink of extinction. But Hercules has moved with the times--only he can protect them against the crushing weight of the future. Except he is part of the old age too, born in ancient times before the risk of civilization, the world's first super-hero. If he fails in this struggle, he dies with them. Forever. (W) Dan Abnett (A) Luke Ross

BLACK KNIGHT #2 Why did Dane Whitman end up in Weirdworld? What were the circumstances that led him to flee Earth? Whatever they were, it's enough to have the Uncanny Avengers show up on his doorstep, looking for him! Have Dane's past actions finally caught up with him? (W) Frank Tieri (A) Luca Pizzari

 MERRY CHRISTMAS  GWENPOOL SPECIAL #1 She-Hulk throws a holiday party and invites the entire Marvel U! Deadpool teams up with both Hawkeyes - Kate and Clint - to...stop a pickpocket?! Ms. Marvel takes on her most dangerous threat yet: the holiday blues! And then there's the reason for the season(al special): Gwenpool! Yup, you read that right - Gwen. Pool. C'mon, you know you're curious. 50 pages (W) Gerry Duggan, Charles Soule, Christopher Hastings (A) Danilo Beyruth, Langdon Foss, Gurihiru

 What do you think?  Full Marvel's December 2015 solicitations here.


  1. I definitely have mixed feelings about Mary Jane now showing up alongside Tony, while Marvel/Disney makes Peter ape Tony's gimmick, but we'll see.

    The DD one is interesting in that Charles Soule can write lawyers, so that should work. But training Stick's son? Who the hell did Stick knock up recently?

  2. Thanks Dale. Charles is actually the unknown for me on Daredevil. Garney's preview art is amazing, but having thought Charles real-world job would lend him well to She-Hulk and then kind of falling flat, I'm cautious about where he goes this time.

    What is good is DD is back in NYC, back in black, and back in noir. I might like Mark Waid, but Daredevil light was no DD for me.

  3. It wasn't all light, and honestly, DD's been overly dark since Miller, with a brief interlude during Karl Kesel's run. Balance is what's needed really, especially when it comes to a character like DD.

  4. DD needs to be how Frank, Ann, Kevin, Ed and others wrote him - the TV show captures that. He's not Spider-Man. Foggy is there for balance not Matt. That's why he's an important part of the character set-up he's the light that anchors Matt and reminds him of the line. Waid lightened it too much and thankfully that time has passed.

  5. I think Waid's approach was needed at that time, because again, after Miller, Bendis, Diggle, and so many others put him through the wringer, it was time change. I definitely agree that DD's not Spider-Man, but he shouldn't be Mr. Overly-depressing either. I think writers like Ann Noceiti and maybe, big maybe on this one, Kevin Smith hit a much-needed balance.

    That being said, I instantly fell in love with the Netflix version, and can't wait for the 2nd season with the Punisher. Could've sworn they said it was coming out this month, but here we are and no such luck. Next year then I suppose since filming and production hasn't wrapped yet right?

  6. We might just have to agree to disagree on that one :D

    Nope Daredevil Season II is next year, Jessica Jones and Luke Cage are up first mate. Can't wait for that last one!!