Hi folks! This was a strange week. The comics I liked, I really liked. The rest were, in the words of Chris, just “Meh.” DC has been wrapping up their first year since the reboot and focusing on expanding their new backstory in the upcoming #0 issues. Marvel’s AvX event is finishing up and I’m wondering how much more tension they can build without some sort of resolution. Hopefully the next couple of issues will close it out with a satisfying ending and not like LOST did with their stupid purgatory nonsense. I WASTED 6 YEARS OF MY LIFE ON YOU! Woosah…woosah…
Hit the jump for the list of releases and picks for this week. Plus a surprise contribution from my esteemed coworker Mike Eaton!
List of releases for 8/8:
American Vampire Lord Of Nightmares #3
Batman And Robin #12
Batman Arkham Unhinged #5
Before Watchmen Ozymandias #2
Demon Knights #12
Frankenstein Agent Of S.H.A.D.E. #12
Legion Lost #12
Night Force #6
Resurrection Man #12
Suicide Squad #12
Avengers Assemble #6
Captain America #16
Captain America And Iron Man #635
Daredevil Annual #1
Deadpool Kills The Marvel Universe #2
Fantastic Four #609
Incredible Hulk #12
Mighty Thor #18
New Avengers #29
Scarlet Spider #8
Sensational Spider-Man #33.1
Space Punisher #2
X-Men Legacy #271
If you love Spider-Man, this is the issue for you. Spider-Man has always been one of the most beloved heroes in the Marvel U. Before reading this issue, I couldn’t tell you why. After seeing the physical and psychological ringer he gets put through, I’m a believer. He’s never taken a beating like he does in this issue. I can’t say too much about this one because it’ll turn into one big spoilerfest but suffice it to say, things come to a head in the final panel and my excitement level is at an all time high.
Batman and Robin #12
People love the Nolan Batman trilogy. At some point you’d think that DC would have to incorporate some elements from it into the canon continuity. While they don’t go as far as to flat out copy aspects of the movie, this issue has a lot of nods towards the movies. A certain scene over a body of water comes to mind. With as much fanservice there is in this issue, there’s also a good amount of looking back towards the past of the comics.
This one panel that really stood out to me as the creative team embracing the history of the character, while understanding that the future is theirs to create.
Remy LeBeau has been a hero, villain, and a lot of things in between. It feels good to read a comic that takes him back to what he’s best at, being a master thief. The writing is great and the artwork takes full advantage of his signature black and red eyes. I’ve always loved this character and hopefully this new series means he’s about to make the jump to the big leagues.
And now here’s the last comic book old man Eaton ever read (joking):
Here’s a little bit of a look back for all of you. It was August 1986, and a 12 year old me was just getting to the conclusion of one of the most amazing guest runs of a comic I’d seen.
But first, a little backstory. Frank Miller earned his early reputation as a major talent by taking over Daredevil, at the time considered to be a ‘B’ level series. His run from 1979 to 1983 is tough, violent, and absolutely outstanding, featuring the entire Elektra/Bullseye story arc, some unforgettable appearances by the Punisher, and a gritty world rarely seen in the Marvel Universe. Post-Miller, the series was taken over by Denny O’Neill and David Mazzucchelli.
Miller returned to the series for a six-issue story arc in which Matthew Murdock’s ex-girlfriend Karen Page, hopelessly addicted to heroin, gives up his secret identity to the Kingpin who subsequently destroys his life. The story tracks his downfall and redemption. When The Kingpin learns that Murdock is still alive and soon returning to action, he takes a desperate measure: Nuke. Nuke is a pill-popping, American flag-tattooed psychopath who does Black Ops for Uncle Sam. In the August 1986 issue, ‘Armageddon’, Nuke is let loose on Hell’s Kitchen to kill Daredevil and anyone else who gets in the way. It’s a riveting conclusion to the arc, and a stellar example of why Daredevil was my favorite character back in the day. It also makes me endlessly furious at that piece of shit movie which completely wastes the potential of the series, but that’s for another day.
One last thing — about six months after this story run, Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli teamed up again for a miniseries which covers some similar ground as the Daredevil run — It was called Batman: Year One.