Welcome to What To Look Forward To!
Here is a quick look at some highlights on the shelves this week, plus a review of last month’s Convergence titles corresponding with what’s coming out today. Marvel’s Secret Wars continues with a bunch of tie-ins this week as well. A few new series out from Image, plus a very special guest writer joins Adventure Time, so let’s dive in…
Fight Club 2 #1 – Written by Chuck Palahniuk; Art and Cover B by Cameron Stewart; other covers by David Mack (shown) and Lee Bermejo
- It’s here! Ten years after the events of Project Mayhem, the narrator is about to reacquaint himself with an old friend. Written by original Fight Club creator Chuck Palahniuk, this is the official sequel to the book and movie.
Adventure Time #40 – Written by Christopher Hasting, with Henry Leo and Matt Fraction; Art by Zachary Sterling and Mike Oeming; Regular Cover by Paul Pope, variant covers by Lauren Dawson and Simon Leclerc
- Mostly, I’m mentioning this for the short story written by Henry Leo, son of Matt Fraction (Hawkeye)! I remember Matt mentioning this a while ago but hadn’t heard much since and I’m glad this has come to fruition. Plus, with a cover by Paul Pope, this will definitely be in my box this week. EDIT: Henry Leo and Matt Fraction’s contribution to this issue has been delayed to a future date.
Deadly Class #13 – Written by Rick Remender; Art and Cover by Wes Craig
- Looks like a new arc is starting for the gang, and Marcus is heading back to school. Some previous reading may be needed, so Vols. 1 & 2 are out now.
Material #1 – Written by Ales Kot; Art by Will Tempest; Cover by Tom Muller
- Critically-acclaimed Zero writer Ales Kot begins a new tale of materialism in our day. I really liked Zero a lot more than I was expecting, so I’ll definitely be getting in on this.
Sons of The Devil #1 – Written by Brian Buccellato; Art and Cover A by Toni Infante; other covers by Francis Manapul and Paolo Rivera
- I’ve been a fan of Brian Buccellato since his run on The Flash with Francis Manapul kicked off in the New 52, and though this is quite a stretch from that, this should be a pretty cool series. I haven’t seen much Tony Infante art before, but it looks great in the previews. I’ll be keeping an eye out for more of his work as well.
Providence #1 – Written by Alan Moore; Art by Jacen Burrows
- Hyped to be the Watchmen of horror, Alan Moore returns to Avatar for what plays as the prequel and sequel to Neonomicon, which was published some years ago; the story centers around some of H.P. Lovecraft’s classic characters. I’m always a bit skeptical when a story is compared to a classic like Watchmen, especially if the comparison is drawn because they’re from the same writer, but this has been a story building for a few years so we’ll see where it goes.
While I am not up to speed with Secret Wars yet (I’ve been busy keeping up with Convergence mostly) check out Paul Miranda’s Secret Wars Declassified for all the details and what’s been going on. Here’s a checklist of all the tie-ins coming out this week:
Secret Wars Journal #1
Inhumans: Attilan Rising #1 (Battleworld)
Inferno #1 (Warzones!)
Infinity Gauntlet #1 (Warzones!)
M.O.D.O.K. Assassin #1 (Warzones!)
Old Man Logan #1 (Warzones!)
Secret Wars 2099 #1 (Warzones!)
Where Monsters Dwell #1 (Warzones!)
The end is near! Convergence is wrapping up this week and what happens next will shape the DC Universe to come. It’s been a wild ride, so let’s take a look at what’s in store for the final week, as far as tie-ins are concerned…
Action Comics – Of all the Convergence titles, this was one I was looking forward to most. I will admit it wasn’t quite what I was expecting, but it wasn’t too bad either. I had a problem with every character being in Moscow at the time when the city was taken, but I did like the opportunity to see Superman and Kara in Metropolis without powers. All the characters being in one city at the same time seemed to happen all over Convergence, mostly in Metropolis or Gotham, so I’ll let that one slide. Overall, I am still looking forward to the next issue.
Detective Comics – Another story featuring Superman of Moscow. Between this and Action Comics, I found this characterization rang a little more true to the original story. While ubder the dome, he has lost all superpowers and was on the border of losing all political power, he must take on Helena Wayne and Dick Grayson of Pre-Crisis Earth-2, who are dealing with the recent passing of Batman and deciding who should take up his mantle. The fight didn’t get off to the greatest start, and we’ll see where we land next issue.
Plastic Man and the Freedom Fighters – Well, I was not expecting that! I was hoping this issue would be good but not that good! Plastic Man, Uncle Sam, and the rest of the Freedom Fighters get locked up in Nazi-occupied New York City after they lose their powers to the dome. As the dome disappears, their powers return but find they must face a second foe, the robot villains from Future’s End! This is a surprise hit for me and I’m definitely on board for the next!
Shazam – Not as much Gotham by Gaslight as I was hoping for, but a good issue all the same. The Marvel’s, like so many of our heroes, have lost their powers to the dome. But when they return, it’s an all-out family battle against Dr. Sivana, Ibac, and Mr. Atom! Hopefully next issue will have more Gaslight!
That’s it for now, happy reading everyone! See you next week.
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