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Comic Book Predictions This Week: 02/06/13

We talk about the upcoming issues of SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN, GREEN ARROW, and IRON MAN!

Thanks for checking out this week's edition of 'Comic Book Predictions!' As you likely know, a crazy amount of new comics come out every Wednesday and it's always fun to speculate what'll happen in the pages of the books we follow. I'll take a shot at three books I'm going to read and provide a few (and totally not serious) "extra predictions." You're welcome to speculate on any new book that you'd like, though!

Let the speculation begin!

Superior Spider-Man #3

If you've read the preview, then you know Jameson creates a "spider signal." Spider-Ock then smashes it because he says it's a clear target for his villains and leaves him open to attack. There's been some pretty funny debates with writer Dan Slott on twitter about this, but I'm all for "Peter's" reaction. Batman is a symbol that criminals fear and the light's a reminder that he's out there in the shadows. But Spider-Man? Despite his power, he's not exactly feared by many in the Big Apple (even Shocker overcame his fears of the wall-crawler). I imagine more than enough of his enemies would be brazen enough to attempt a take down when he visits the signal. So, bravo on that one, Slott.

But the real emphasis on this issue should be Carlie Cooper and her curiosity. As you may recall, "Doctor Octopus" told her about the body switch while attacking the police station. At the time, it just seemed like crazy banter from a dying man, but now that Spider-Man is acting so differently and she's a friggin detective, this should absolutely be the crux of the issue. I have no idea how long SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN will last (at least a year is my understanding) so I doubt she'll get any definitive proof in this issue. That said, I do think Slott will tease us with her making a small discovery or two in #3. He'll definitely do something to whet our appetite with this plot point. The real question is, though... when will "Peter" realize she's on to him and how will he react?

Green Arrow #17

We're going to fall in love again with Green Arrow. He's more popular now, but the show has been mediocre and a lot of people dropped the title due to it's lackluster start... but I suspect that's about to change. With Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino coming to the title and making this feeling like a(nother) reboot, how can anyone resist? It brings in similar elements for fans of the show (the island and his father) and already promises a deadly battle between archers. What's not to love? I just hope they really aim to draw parallels to the show and bring in Deathstroke, too.

Iron Man #6

Now this is what this Marvel NOW! title needs. While the first story wasn't that bad, it completely failed to impress and because of that, I know a lot of people jumped ship. It was diving into too much familiar terrority and really bringing nothing new to the table. Now, though, Tony is heading to the stars and we know it'll eventually lead to a team-up with the Guardians of the Galaxy. And let's be honest here -- most of us are probably at least curious to check that out just because their movie is around the corner.

Hopefully, this'll bring a whole new (and much needed) dynamic and appeal to the title. Will it be a huge improvement? We'll find out tomorrow, but at least it'll be the start of something hopefully fresh. Although, it's safe to say quite a few of you will see "Greg Land" on the cover and run away without giving it a shot.

Extra Predictions

Harbinger: Will continue to prove why it's one of the best books out there.

Hit-Girl: She'll have a potty mouth.

Shadowman: Mr. Twist will probably die and, if so, I might shed a tear.

Thunderbolts: We'll want to like it, but we won't.

TMNT: Mikey will smack something or someone with a nunchuk.

Venom: This new Toxin/Eddie Brock story will make me do a happy dance because I'm a fanboy like that.

Gregg Katzman is a freelance writer for Comic Vine & IGN Entertainment. Be sure to follow him on Twitter.

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Posted by Cafeterialoca

I'm extremely excited for Fearless Defenders tomorrow!

Posted by Decoy Elite

Agree with the Venom prediction.

Personally I think Slott shot himself in the foot by making Ock not even try and be Peter. Now no matter what he does Superior will feel drawn out.

Edited by G_Money_Christmas

I gave up on Superior Spiderman after issue 1 and I love Jeff Lemire and I'd love to check out Green Arrow, but there's only room for 1 archer in my pull list, and Hawkeye has that slot. TMNT is the only one from this list I'm getting.

Posted by CrimAldan

I still read Superior Spider-Man, and I have no idea why. I'm sure that is the case for others as well. I actually look forward to Earth 2 the most tomorrow. As for the next couple weeks, Guardians of the Galaxy will hopefully be my favorite. Avengers Assemble Annual might be worth a read too.

Posted by CircularLogic

I laughed at the Thunderbolts comment, but did anyone want to like it? It's Way and Steve Dillon.

Green Arrow, though. Considering how the character was ruined by the reboot, it can only get better under Lemire. What that means though is yet to be seen.

Posted by ANDRELO

You're right bout thunderbolts

Posted by gotwillpower

Yay, Shadowman predictions!

Posted by ME24601

I'm predicting that the climax of Rotworld will be disappointing.

Posted by Cavemold

i think twist will die to

Posted by jayskee

Superior Spider man and green arrow for me

Posted by thenexusrebound

No love for Ultimate Spidey? It and Venom are the only two comics for me this week.

Posted by Ghidoran

Arrow is not a mediocre show...

Edited by Reignmaker
Hell yeah!

Prediction 1:Shadowman #4 will be the most awesome thing available on the stands.

Prediction 2: Tragically, mediocre titles like "Iron Man" will sell more copies, because most people prefer their "fast food" over "fine cuisine."

Posted by Dark_Vengeance_

No Batman predictions?

Posted by Waddly_Hobbins

I'm picking up Green Arrow 17 for sure.

As for Arrow, the show, the first few episodes were mediocre. However, it seems that CW must have seen how good the ratings were and started throwing money at the show. The quality started to rise dramatically, especially in the episodes after the winter hiatus. There is no longer the horrible, horrible narration, the acting is much better, plots are now more diverse (instead of attacking very generic rich scum bags.) In my opinion, Arrow has gone from what used to be a guilty pleasure show that I was seriously considering dropping, to a show that has earned its spot on my DVR schedule.

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

I want to like Green Arrow again but I think Lemire is a very mediocre writer 
Also I hate the fact Iron Man is anywhere near the GotG

Posted by Loki2u

Did I miss the weekly feature "This Weeks Essential Comics"? Or did it not get posted this week?

Posted by InfamousFish

@thenexusrebound: Ultimate is going to be really good now that Miles is actually fighting a real villian.

Posted by MadeinBangladesh

True about Thunderbolts. Stupid Way ruining all these awesomeass chararacters

+ I'm Loving HAWKEYE and now another arrowhead joins my list

Posted by Mia26

Am picking up Green Arrow #17 tommrow, I read the preview and it kept me wanting more and it looks to be the Green Arrow I love.

Posted by RedOwl_1

I'm so thrilled about Green Arrow :D Maybe this time they will make it right

@Ghidoran said:

Arrow is not a mediocre show...

Yeah It's not the best thing EVER but it's pretty decent.

Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus

Green Arrow probably has the most to improve on to us the fans so I'm really excited for that title above all else.

Posted by hunter5024

Aww no photo captions. I imagine that was probably the hardest part.

Posted by entropy_aegis

When I first heard about Lemire taking up the Green Arrow job I was beyond excited but the more I hear about it(interviews,solicits etc) the less I care.Lemire's ideas seems like a retread of the same territory Ollie's been through(rediscovering himself and his life) seriously how many times could a character do this?

He also ruined this new Komodo villain by claiming that he is an infinitely better marksman and archer than Ollie(even though he hasn't even shown up yet),there goes the suspense and thrill,I'm already getting a terrible vibe from this villain(Hush).

Finally I dont see any cool supporting characters(Mia,Connor Hawke),bummer.

Should be consistent and coherent with solid character work but meh.

Posted by Overlander

True statement about Thunderbolts being terrible. I'm still cautiously optimistic about All-New X-Men. I enjoy it, but in spite of glaring things that bug me.

Posted by minigunman123

I loved the prediction for TMNT.

Mikey will hit stuff with a nunchuck.


Posted by kid Apollo

Thunderbolts prediction is great!

Posted by MyComicStoreDotNET

Won't be getting my copy of Green Arrow until next week. I predict that I will not enjoy the wait.

Posted by ShadowMonkey

@Loki2u: Ya, I always look forward to it as well.

I noticed that Thunderbolts was missing from the review articles. I guess Comicvine gave up on this one. I don't read the comic, but it's fun to throw in a bad book every once in a while on the reviews.

Looks@k4tzm4n said:

Thunderbolts: We'll want to like it, but we won't.

Posted by SaintG

SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN is good I can't see why nearly everyone hates it ( maybe the art isn't too good) it is by far the best title in marvel at the moment with avenging spider-man ( now superior!) I wouldn't be reading marvel if this didn't came ( okay I might like other marvel titles but still) DC is by far the best.