The Impact: January 29th – February 3rd 2012

Published on February 3rd, 2012

Hey Guys, this has been quite a week. DC Comics made quite a few announcements this week one of which pretty much set the internet ablaze. You know the one I’m talking about a little event called Before Watchmen. You can check out all the details at the link below and get my take on the story. Feel free to let me know what you think about it in the comment section below. But that was far from the only news to break this week so sit back, relax and check out this week’s installment of The Impact.

DC Creative Team Shuffle Continues
Courtesy of The Source. The comics equivalent of  musical chair continues as DC shuffles it’s creative team around the “New 52.” Earlier this week it was announced that Jeff Lemire will be no longer writing Frankenstein Agent of S.H.A.D.E he will  be moving to Justice League Dark starting with issue 9. The original writer for Justice League Dark, Peter Milligan will be moving to Stormwatch with issue 9.  Lemire’s replacement on Frankenstein will be writer Matt Kindt.  Sadly there was nothing announced or confirmed about the possible The Robins series I discussed last week.

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Penguin: Pride and Prejudice writer Gregg Hurwitz will be taking over as writer on Batman The Dark Knight Starting with issue 10. Artist and former writer David Finch will continue to stay on the book. When talking with The Source Hurwitz was more than happy to share his excitement.

“Okay. So this is the job I’ve been waiting to get since I was eight years old. I’m thrilled to be tackling one of the world’s greatest characters with one of the industry’s greatest artists. Finch and I are very fired up to take the Batman into dark and dangerous new terrain, presenting a story that’ll be epic and sweeping and juuust a little bit twisted.”

He also went on to say that the first villain Batman will face will be the Scarecrow. I for one am very happy to see this happen. I liked Finch’s artwork when the series began but I found the story to be quite lacking. I really liked Hurwitz’s take on Moon Knight and have heard great things about his Penguin mini-series. I will definitely be picking up his first issue.

Marvel Releases New Teaser For…Spider-Men???

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Earlier this week Marvel released this mysterious teaser. The image which shows half of Amazing Spider-Man’s logo and half of Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man Miles Morales logo. Now the question is posed will Marvel’s 616 universe Spider-Man meet Miles Morales? Is the Ultimate Universe Peter Parker coming back to life? Who knows, hopefully Marvel will elaborate on it’s announcement sooner rather than later.  I hope if anything this is 616 Peter meeting Miles and not Ultimate Peter. “The Death of Spider-Man” was one of my favorite stories Bendis has written and I do not want him to be brought back so quickly. Stay tuned as more information is released.

Happy Birthday Image Comics.

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Nothing really to add here I just want to wish Image Comics a very Happy 20th Birthday.

MacFarlane Gaiman Settle Spawn Suit.
Courtesy of the AP. After ten years Todd MacFarlane and Neil Gaiman legal slugfest over Medieval Spawn, Angela, and Cogliostro has come to an end. While the exact terms of the settlement were not disclosed Gaiman appeared to be quite happy with the results. In an interview with The Washington Post Gaiman was quoted as saying,

“delighted to put it behind [him]”. “Truthfully, I think all of the decisions were incredibly good for all kinds of copyright.”

Matthew Vaughn Will Return for X-Men First Class Sequel.

Earlier this week it was announced that Matthew Vaughn will return to direct the sequel to X-Men First Class. While a sequel was all but guaranteed Vaughn’s return was not. The Hollywood Reporter also reports that Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence will be returning as well. I’m thrilled. I thought X-Men First Class was one of the best films of 2011 and the thought of seeing Michael Fassbender re-donning the helmet of Magneto is just awesome.

CW Casts Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen inArrow.
Courtesy of Deadline.Wasting no time, CW announced that it had cast Hung and Vampire Diaries actor Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen/ Green Arrow in their new pilot Arrow. Personally I am unfamiliar with Mr. Amell but I wish him the best and hope that the CW can deliver a fun adventure series with Arrow.

Well there you have it folks that is this week’s installment of The Impact. Have a great weekend. Take care.

Matt Todd

matthew@comicimpact.com