The Impact: January 7th-13th 2012

Published on January 13th, 2012

Hey Guys, I hope everyone is having a great week. This was a very busy week in the comic world as the announcements were coming in left and right. Six books fall from the “New 52” as six books rise. Walt Simonson joins Brian Michael Bendis on The Avengers and Mark Millar announces several new and exciting projects this week. All of this and more in this week’s installment of The Impact.

DC Comics Announces the Second Wave

On Thursday DC announced that this April six of their titles launched during September’s “New 52” will end. Blackhawks, Hawk and Dove, Men of War, Mistert Terrific, O.M.A.C and Static Shock will all conclude with their eighth issue. Taking their places will be six new titles which include

dial-hBATMAN INCORPORATED – Writer: Grant Morrison. Artist: Chris Burnham. The acclaimed ongoing writer of ACTION COMICS, Grant Morrison, presents a fresh take on BATMAN INCORPORATED, in which the Batman brand is franchised globally in preparation for a major international threat.

EARTH 2 – Writer: James Robinson. Artist: Nicola Scott. The greatest heroes on a parallel Earth, the Justice Society combats threats that will set them on a collision course with other worlds.
WORLDS’ FINEST – Writer: Paul Levitz. Artists: George Perez and Kevin Maguire. Stranded on our world from a parallel reality, Huntress and Power Girl struggle to find their way back to Earth 2. Perez and Maguire will be the artists on alternating story arcs.

DIAL H – Writer: China Miéville. Artist: Mateus Santoluoco. The first ongoing series from acclaimed novelist China Miéville, this is a bold new take on a cult classic concept about the psychological effects on an everyman who accidentally gains powers to become a hero.

G.I. COMBAT – Writer: J.T. Krul. Artist: Ariel Olivetti. Featuring the return of a classic DC Comics series, THE WAR THAT TIME FORGOT, along with rotating back-up stories and creative teams – including THE UNKNOWN SOLDIER, with writers Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti and artist Dan Panosian; and THE HAUNTED TANK, with writer John Arcudi and artist Scott Kolins.

THE RAVAGERS – Writer: Howard Mackie. Artist: Ian Churchill. Spinning off from TEEN TITANS and SUPERBOY, this series finds four superpowered teens on the run and fighting against the organization that wants to turn them into supervillains.

Some of these books sound interesting (Earth 2, and Dial H) and I’m happy that Grant Morrison will get to finish his Batman Inc. but really none of these books particularly grab me. What do you guys think?

Marvel Bombards the Blogosphere with April Announcements

Courtesy of MARVEL.COM. This was a big week of announcements for Marvel, every day this week they held a press conference announcing a new and exciting projects and collaborations, lets break it down.

Walt Simonson Returns to Marvel to Join Brian Michael Bendis on The Avengers.

avengers_simonsonWalt Simonson will team up with Brian Michael Bendis for a six-issue arc of the series starting with April’s Avengers #25. During the press conference very little was revealed about the arc in terms of specifics. We do know the arc will tie in with the Avengers Vs. X-Men Mega event. What was expressed was each creator’s mutual respect for one another. Bendis in particular was eager to gush.

“This is truly one of the most exciting things that has ever happened to me at Marvel. When I was a young, strapping lad trying to break into comics, I’m talking years and years ago, I met Walt at a convention. I showed him my childish sketches and he treated me like a peer. He was so generous an empowering and set me on a course to be where I am now. He would keep sending me letter of encouragement and critique. That was the moment I knew I wanted to do this. He is one of the most important people in my creative life. I always made it very clear if he was ever back at Marvel I would love to work with him. I’m so happy he decided to come join us and when I asked what he wanted to do, Avengers was a big pile of everything he wanted to do.”

Just when I thought I was out on Avengers Marvel pulls me back in…Well done Marvel. Well done.

Captain America and Bucky Concludes Relaunches as Captain America and Hawkeye.

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Captain America and Bucky is dead long live Captain America and Hawkeye. Announced this week with the creative team of Cullen Bunn and Alessandro Vitti, C&H will also launch in April and continue the same numbering as it’s previous incarnation. As the summer progresses Cap will be teaming up with other Avengers in the book. I’m really surprised they are not just calling this book Captain America Team-Up since that sounds like a more apt description.

Daredevil, Punisher, and Spider-Man Team-up for “The Omega Effect.”

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“So Daredevil, Punisher, and Spider-Man all walk into a bar…”  Wait I want to read that issue. Make it happen Marvel. But in all seriousness coming this April those three heroes will be teaming up in a three part crossover co-written by Mark Waid and Greg Rucka with art by Marco Checchetto. The crossover will be taking place in Avenging Spider-Man, Daredevil and The Punisher and will focus on the three heroes deciding what to do with the Megacrime hardrive Daredevil acquired at the end of  Daredevil issue six. Not only are these my favorite Marvel heroes but they are being written by two of the top writers at Marvel who clearly get the voices of the characters involved but Marvel is giving us a complete event in only three issues… Amazing!!! Can’t wait to pick this one up.

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Marvel Announces Animation Block on Disney XD.

The Ultimate Spider-Man animated series finally has a confirmed premiere date. Fans will finally see the much anticipated series April 1st on Disney XD. Ultimate Spider-Man will air alongside The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, Disney is also promising “exclusive Marvel content, including new animated short-form series, live-action interstitials.” Considering the amazing creative teams both series have April can not get here soon enough.

Mark Millar Unveils Two New Projects.

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Love him or hate him no one can deny that Mark Millar is a consummate showman. This week on CBR Millar has been making announcements about future projects. Most of which Millar had hinted at their existence but never gave us any specific details…until now. First up The Secret Service written by Mark Millar Art by Dave Gibbons. Launching in February Millar describes the series as,

The Secret Service is about a number of things, but one of the central thrusts is about a young, wayward hoodie kid from North London learning how to be James Bond. There’s a great story about Terence Young, the director of ‘Dr. No’ and the guy who really established the tone and look of the movie Bond we all understand. He liked Connery, but felt he was a bit crumpled and rough around the edges and so took him under his wing and turned him into the gentleman he needed for the role. He took him to his tailor, his barber, casinos and all the best restaurants. He taught him how to order the best wine and how to engage in the kind of well-read chatter James Bond would be able to handle as an ex (well, expelled) Etonian. I guess it was like ‘My Fair Lady’ in a way, but mixing this together with counter-terrorism training really seemed fun to us and become the spine of this project.”

To say this sounds cool is a huge understatement. Add to that Dave Gibbons beautiful preview art and we have quite the book on our hands. The next major project Millar talked about was Jupiter’s Children which reunites him with his Authority collaborator Frank Quietly. The superhero opus will focus on the children of  shallow priveleged children of superheroes. They also included a first look at the cover, which is nothing but enticing.

Entertainment Weekly Unveils New The Dark Knight Rises Pics.

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Nothing really to add here. In this week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly the magazine covers the major films of 2012, one of which being The Dark Knight Rises. They included these stills one of which gives the briefest of glimpses of the Bat Cave… or at least the costume cabinet in the Bat Cave. The Dark Knight Rises opens in theaters July 20th 2012.

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Well there you have it guys, there is all the excitement making its way around the comic blogosphere. I hope you all enjoyed this week’s installment of The Impact,  have a great weekend.

Matt Todd

matthew@comicimpact.com