Comic Vine News

54 Comments

Comic Book Predictions This Week: 1/09/13

What's going to happen in tomorrow's big comics? Join us in taking a guess or two!

Welcome to the first edition of "Comic Book Predictions This Week." What is it, though? Well, every Tuesday (assuming traffic does well!) I'm going to take (hopefully educated) guesses at what I think will happen in the new issues I'm excited about. Additionally, I call upon you (yes, you) to join in on the fun and attempt to predict what'll happen in your favorite comics. Later, we can bump the feature to see if any predictions held true or if they were totally off the mark. I'm sure many Nelson "ha ha!" memes shall be had when we're dead wrong.

Each week I'll pick 3 issues to discuss. However, you're welcome to guess about any of the new releases (click here for the full list). If my coffee has kicked in and granted me enough energy, I'll also add a few lighthearted predictions at the end of the segment.

If you've managed to get early spoilers on any of these issues, please be a dear and don't ruin it for the rest of us. Thanks.

FANTASTIC FOUR #3

This is also the cover of their first album.

Matt Fraction's adventure for Marvel's first family has begun! Reed's family has left time and space with the belief it'll be a mere family trip, but they're oblivious to his hidden agenda. You see, he's dying and there's no cure for it in his universe, but he also suspects he's not the only one infected. So, he's traveling to parts unknown in hopes of finding a cure while his family thinks it'll just be a fun expedition.

So what do I think will happen with issue #3? I'm guessing this will have one heck of a cliffhanger where someone else will discover Reed's secret, or at least stumble onto him while he's fiddling around with his injured arm. But who? Sue would be the most logical choice because it would provide the biggest emotional impact. He's blatantly lied to her and this will cause a huge rift in their relationship. Seeing him struggle to pick up the pieces of his marriage while trying to save everyone would be quite interesting.

While Sue would generate a better emotional hit, seeing Johnny or Ben's reaction would prove far more humorous. They'd naturally be mad at first, but I imagine Reed could persuade them into going along with his lie... and then seeing either of them struggle to hold onto that lie could be hilarious -- and hilarious just happens to be what Matt Fraction does best (Hawkguy, bro).

Do you think someone will find out about Reed's secret in the next issue or would you rather see that revelation saved for a later date?

== TEASER ==

SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #1

"AGH! My childhood!" says any irrational fan.

If there's one thing villains tend to be good at, it's running their mouths. Ock says he's going to be a "superior" Spider-Man, but I'm calling his bluff. I don't think he has what it takes to fill Peter Parker's shoes... at least not immediately. While he's been hit by a tsunami of Peter's memories and experiences, I don't believe he's done anything to prove he has the drive to endure Parker's chaotic life. Stopping petty criminals, stopping major criminals, team membership annnnnnnnd maintaining a job at Horizon Labs. That's a lot to juggle and I imagine Ock, despite his brilliant mind, overlooked the obvious when switching bodies -- being Spider-Man isn't a walk in the park.

Because of this, I believe the first issue will essentially focus on Ock having an epiphany that he's not prepared for the daunting challenges Parker faces on a day-to-day basis. Will this force him to crumble? Probably not. We'll likely see him have his moments of doubt before reverting back to his "anything he can do, I can do better" mindset. What do you think will go down in tomorrow's issue?

WAR ZONE #3

"You want me to put the hammer down?!"

Okay, Punisher eluding the likes of Black Widow is believable. But Thor? The God of friggin' Thunder? Yeah, good luck with that one, Frank. Yes, Castle has escaped the likes of Sentry before with a bomb threat, but I'd like to believe writer Greg Rucka will have something else up his sleeve.

Frank knows the Avengers are gunning for him and if he could barely get away from Spider-Man, what hope does he have to evade the bigger threats? Frank is by no means a dumb man. He knows Captain America, a tactical genius, is pulling the strings and has powerhouses like Thor at his command. If I had to take a guess, I'd say Frank is aware of the fact that he'll eventually get captured. After all, with his now fairly limited gear (compared to the days of Pym Particles and such), he has no practical means of defeating or even holding off the Asgardian. I'm sure he's going to annoy Thor quite a bit with some explosions and what have you, but ultimately, I think Thor might succeed in bringing Frank in. That said, would this be part of Frank's plan all along? That, or Frank will elude Thor by forcing him to save innocents, but that would just be rehashing last issue and his encounter with Sentry. Regardless of what happens, I'm excited to see what Rucka has in store for us. Do you think Thor will be the man to bring the Punisher in... or will Frank get away yet again?

Extra Predictions

AVENGERS ARENA #3 - A character will die and no matter how well it's written, it's going to piss off a lot of fans... even if they don't read the issue.

STAR WARS #1 - It'll give us a strong urge to re-watch the franchise. Yes, even the prequels.

SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #1 - Despite a huge amount of fans claiming they're going to hate it, many will still end up shelling out $3.99 for the first issue.

SHADOWMAN #3 - Will be super awesome but not get the amount of attention it deserves.

54 Comments
  • 54 results
  • 1
  • 2
Posted by Cavemold

shadowman will be great give a shot people

Posted by zackattack529

WAIT!?! Warzone is comming out this week!?! uggh damn marvel website. i thought it was comming out the end of the month >:/

now i gotta skip the new stars title this week...oh well

Posted by hunter5024

I laughed out loud at the Fantastic Four album comment.

Posted by ArtisticNeedham

I love that idea of ock not understanding all it takes. Underestimating Parker once again. Thinking it will be easy for him just because he has Peter's memories and powers and body. But he doesn't have his drive, his will, his heart, his soul.

It will have a series of trials and failures probably.

Also, what if everyone finds out its not Peter right away? What if thats why he is fired from avengers. Dr. Strange, Wolverine, Daredevil, many others can probably tell its not Peter, so maybe he is fired because they know and now Ock not only has to be a good hero, but has to deal with everyone knowing he is a villain too. That would be fun too. It would take care of lots of worries too, like how they deal with MJ and Peter, how they deal with Ock pretending to be Peter to all his friends. Maybe its quickly revealed, but now Ock is determined to honor Peter's memory.

Posted by RedHush1

Excited for Avengers Arena #3! If your prediction is right I wonder who they will kill off

Posted by benblanks
SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #1 - Despite a huge amount of fans claiming they're going to hate it, many will still end up shelling out $3.99 for the first issue.

So true.

The Walking Dead - Carl's young, easily-influenced mind will start seeing Negan as superior to Rick, and Negan will continue trying to be a mentor to him, possibly by trying to get him laid because Negan is a twisted son of a bitch. That or Carl will be awesome and pretend all this then finally just shoot Negan in the head and say "you're all free!"

Wolverine and the X-Men - Some more stupid circus shit will happen in this ridiculous filler arc in what was once the best Marvel book on the stands will finally end and people will start picking it up again. This doesn't even feel like Jason Aaron was writing it, it's SO off base! I mean, this really feels like the book was gone for the last three months. But honestly, I have no real prediction other than it will end and this book will be GREAT again, and I don't know, a clown will throw a pie maybe.

Posted by bunkerbuster05

SHADOWMAN FOR LIFE MMAAAAAAN.

Seriously, it's really neat and needs more attention.

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

now this is a feature I like. I'm gonna call a Scarlet Spider and Octopeter showdown in the near future 

Posted by ccraft

Is Superior Spider-Man 2x a month?

Posted by sparty-dbq

It'll be interesting to see how well Superior Spider-Man sells, because the guy at my LCS said that 24 people cancelled their pull orders for it after ASM 700.

Edited by ComicFan93

I really hate the quote ""AGH! My childhood!" says any irrational fan." under that picture of Spider-Ock. So what, someone can't be irritated because some pretentous hack decided to kill off one of the greatest superheroes of all time, JUST so sales can go up so they can fill their own dirty pockets? We're fans, and when something like this happens, i don't think being angry is considered irrational.

Posted by Miss_Garrick

Here's my prediction for the next couple of months: Marvel will suck at everything except the live-action movies. DC will continue to be cool. The final Elf Quest story will make me cry buckets even if it does have a perfect happy ending.

Edited by k4tzm4n
@ComicFan93 said:

I really hate the quote ""AGH! My childhood!" says any irrational fan." under that picture of Spider-Ock. So what, someone can't be irritated because some pretentous hack decided to kill off one of the greatest superheroes of all time, JUST for money? We're fans, and when something like this happens, being angry isn't irrational.

Not liking the story is perfectly fine. But thinking it destroyed your childhood or your memories of Peter Parker? That's irrational and exactly the kind of ridiculous opinion I've seen thrown around far too much. It's mocking those that are being way too ridiculous over something that clearly will eventually return to the status quo.
 
@Jonny_Anonymous said:

now this is a feature I like. I'm gonna call a Scarlet Spider and Octopeter showdown in the near future 

Sweet, thanks!
Posted by ComicFan93

@k4tzm4n said:

Not liking the story is perfectly fine. But thinking it destroyed your childhood or your memories of Peter Parker? That's irrational and exactly the kind of ridiculous opinion I've seen thrown around far too much. It's mocking those that are being way too ridiculous over something that clearly will eventually return to the status quo.

I never said this destroyed my childhood. I just hate how sarcastic that remark is. It makes it sound like anyone who's angry for what they did to Spider-Man is instantly some raged lunatic.

Posted by Decoy Elite

Nice article.

Although I think you should pick some less obvious stuff next time. :P

Posted by Decoy Elite

@Miss_Garrick said:

Here's my prediction for the next couple of months: Marvel will suck at everything except the live-action movies. DC will continue to be cool. The final Elf Quest story will make me cry buckets even if it does have a perfect happy ending.

Thor: God of Thunder, Venom, and Scarlet Spider will ruin this prediction.

Especially Thor, which is the best thing Marvel will be putting out.

Edited by k4tzm4n
@ComicFan93 said:

@k4tzm4n said:

Not liking the story is perfectly fine. But thinking it destroyed your childhood or your memories of Peter Parker? That's irrational and exactly the kind of ridiculous opinion I've seen thrown around far too much. It's mocking those that are being way too ridiculous over something that clearly will eventually return to the status quo.

I never said this destroyed my childhood. I just hate how sarcastic that remark is. It makes it sound like anyone who's angry for what they did to Spider-Man is instantly some raged lunatic.

It's not sarcasm, it's serious. If someone thinks Slott's story is destroying their childhood or even the character, I believe they're being irrational. Peter Parker will be back in time.  Slott's even said that himself.  There's a huge difference between not liking the story (which is how you feel) and then the absurd claims I was clearly mocking (those who sent death threats to Slott and think this is blasphemy/destroying all that is Spider-Man). I honestly thought my intentions were crystal clear with that comment :/
Edited by k4tzm4n
@Decoy Elite said:

Nice article.

Although I think you should pick some less obvious stuff next time. :P

Har har!  Thanks. 
 
@hunter5024 said:

I laughed out loud at the Fantastic Four album comment.

:) 
 
@Miss_Garrick said:

Here's my prediction for the next couple of months: Marvel will suck at everything except the live-action movies. DC will continue to be cool. The final Elf Quest story will make me cry buckets even if it does have a perfect happy ending.

Say whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa? Come now, you've gotta give at least some love to titles like HAWKEYE or THOR: GOD OF THUNDER!
Posted by dondave

Cool Feature

Posted by JamesKM716

I'm waiting for a hardcover combined edition of Punisher: War Zone, is that a good idea?

Seperately, no DC?? What's up with that?

Posted by haydenclaireheroes

Another unique and awesome new segment!

Posted by k4tzm4n
@dondave  said: 

Cool Feature

Thanks! 

@JamesKM716 said:

I'm waiting for a hardcover combined edition of Punisher: War Zone, is that a good idea?

Seperately, no DC?? What's up with that?

 Can't know for certain yet since we're only on issue 3 of 5.  Right now it's worth it, though. 
 
Nothing against the publisher, it's just a veeeeeeeeery light DC week for me and I'm not even that thrilled about the titles I'm picking up.  Just like 'Best Battles,' this is sure to fluctuate every week when it comes to publisher representation.
 

Posted by kriminal

@ccraft:

of course. its marvel.

as for superior spiderman i will support the series. i still feel that killing peter was retarded and if you want a different spidey read scarlet spider or venom or ultimate. but whatever. even though im mad cant resist seeing what happens and i overall like what ive seen out of slott, i started at 678

Posted by ME24601

@ccraft: Yes, just like Amazing was. The main reason I'm not reading it is that I'm limiting myself to only one bimonthly $3.99 book, and I'm going with Avengers.

Posted by Overlander

@hunter5024 said:

I laughed out loud at the Fantastic Four album comment.

Me too. It was very funny.

@ComicFan93 said:

I just hate how sarcastic that remark is. It makes it sound like anyone who's angry for what they did to Spider-Man is instantly some raged lunatic.

I agree....Though I read his comment as being more condescending than sarcastic. But it was probably with the intention of:

  1. Generating comments & discussion (which it has successfully done)
  2. Being condescending (which at least two of us have noted and are unlikely to appreciate in the future)
  3. Covering for an even less entertaining caption

I like the new content ideas showing up this week. Keep it up!

Edited by k4tzm4n
@Overlander:  

Being condescending 

 
Yeah, to people who think Superior Spider-Man is destroying their childhood, not anyone that doesn't like the story and expresses it in a reasonable manner. There's a big difference. 
 
And thank you. 
 
@haydenclaireheroes said:

Another unique and awesome new segment!

And thank you, too!
Posted by JamesKM716

@k4tzm4n: I'm just messin with ya :p

If i may be so nosy, what is your pull list?

Posted by daak1212

So I guess I am the only one who thinks the Doc Ock thing is kinda cool? Am I the only person who likes to see evolution in comics?

Posted by InkInk

My guess is that SSM will attempt to be guns a blazing out of the starting gate. I see the first issue being really light in terms of story, they will attempt to win people over with action and it will end with a big cliffhanger of ether Carlie saying hello Otto to Peter or Slott will try to get peoples hopes up that Peter is still alive threw something someone makes at Horizon Labs. Also you know what its one of those things Marvel knew what they were getting ino they wanted people to be pissed so let them be.

Posted by k4tzm4n

@InkInk: Regarding Horizon Labs...

Did you notice in ASM 700 Uatu said something about communicating with ghosts? ;)

Posted by GothamRed

Avengers Arena is just a bad idea because there's no way they can end it in a way that satisfies anyone.

Posted by GothamRed

@Decoy Elite said:

@Miss_Garrick said:

Here's my prediction for the next couple of months: Marvel will suck at everything except the live-action movies. DC will continue to be cool. The final Elf Quest story will make me cry buckets even if it does have a perfect happy ending.

Thor: God of Thunder, Venom, and Scarlet Spider will ruin this prediction.

Especially Thor, which is the best thing Marvel will be putting out.

Also Wolverine and the X-Men, All-New X-Men, Hawkeye, and the current Avengers series

Posted by InkInk

@k4tzm4n said:

@InkInk: Regarding Horizon Labs...

Did you notice in ASM 700 Uatu said something about communicating with ghosts? ;)

Yes I did, which gives me a little more hope that this SSM is part of a bigger picture to help fix some of the bad stuff that has happend to Peter over the years. My problem is will this comic live up to the hype and outrage and I do not know if it can or not.

Posted by InkInk

@GothamRed said:

@Decoy Elite said:

@Miss_Garrick said:

Here's my prediction for the next couple of months: Marvel will suck at everything except the live-action movies. DC will continue to be cool. The final Elf Quest story will make me cry buckets even if it does have a perfect happy ending.

Thor: God of Thunder, Venom, and Scarlet Spider will ruin this prediction.

Especially Thor, which is the best thing Marvel will be putting out.

Also Wolverine and the X-Men, All-New X-Men, Hawkeye, and the current Avengers series

You could also both the Fantastic Four and FF both books have been really good and there leading up to something big. Never understood the people tha Hate Marvel or Hate DC both companies do good things and bad. I mean I hate what DC ha done to Superman but I do not hate the company over it I just do not read Superman books now.

Posted by Yung ANcient One
" AVENGERS ARENA #3 - A character will die and no matter how well it's written, it's going to piss off a lot of fans... even if they don't read the issue.  SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #1 - Despite a huge amount of fans claiming they're going to hate it, many will still end up shelling out $3.99 for the first issue."  - This is totally going to happen... Dog Gon Fanatics aka Fanboyssss (+)
Edited by ArtisticNeedham

@Miss_Garrick said:

Here's my prediction for the next couple of months: Marvel will suck at everything except the live-action movies. DC will continue to be cool.

except Fantastic Four, FF, Wolverine and the X-men, All New X-Men, Avengers, Hawkeye, X-Factor, Daredevil, Indestructible Hulk, scarlet Spider, Uncanny Avengers, (apparently Venom), (probably Punisher Warzone and Daredevil the End), Secret Avengers (is going to star Hawkeye, Black Widow, young Nick Fury, and mention Budapest I have heard), some people like Avengers Arena. Also Cable's X-Force, X-Force, and the upcoming Cyclop's team story. There are lots

and it bugs me when someone says something so definitive like this writer is a hack, he/she only did this story because of the movie or to boost sales. Sometimes its because they are a good writer who has planned an epic story involving a character's death. If you don't care for his writing thats OK, but others do. Its only been like 3 issues of Amazing and Superior 1 hasn't come out yet (tomorrow). We haven't had enough time to look back and say if it was good or bad yet really.

Posted by TheCerealKillz

Sad to see Rants and Raves go, but I'm liking this a lot as well. Keep up the work Gregg!

Posted by doordoor123

I don't read much Marvel and I haven't started reading Shadowman yet... I have nothing here to read.

Posted by jwalser3

@Cavemold said:

shadowman will be great give a shot people

I always walk past it in my store, I'll give it a look at.

Posted by Reignmaker

"Superior" is for people who have been reading spider-man for a while. So yeah, it's a fresh start for them. But if you're like me and haven't dipped your toe into Spidey waters for a while, why the heck would you start now with no Peter Parker? As a few other knowledgeable people on here have already pointed out, Shadowman will be the best book this week. I have already executed two DC titles on my pull list to make way for the stuff Valiant has been doing.

Posted by jstndmnd

Sometimes I feel stupid, because I never seem to read any of the "Big" Comics. I'm just looking forward to Earth 2 this week. I am excited to hear about the whole Superior Spider-man, not read the comic just hear what is really going on with the story.

Posted by darkhorse3581
STAR WARS #1 - It'll give us a strong urge to re-watch the franchise. Yes, even the prequels.

Nothing could urge me to re-watch the prequels.

Except maybe a lobotomy...

Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus

All of them I'm definitely curious about this week, but probably none more than Star Wars #1. Going to a signing/release party event for it this Saturday, actually! ^_^

Posted by k4tzm4n

@RedheadedAtrocitus said:

All of them I'm definitely curious about this week, but probably none more than Star Wars #1. Going to a signing/release party event for it this Saturday, actually! ^_^

Posted by JamDamage

I'm looking forward to Superior Spider-man. Peter always seemed to get shit on, and I don't think Doc Ock is going to let that happen to him. It's not going to be a villain in a super heroes body either. The whole "With great blah blah blah" will be in full effect and I think we're going to see Ock try to be a real hero, not just try to be a BETTER hero then Peter was. Not having Peter as Spider-Man failed pretty badly when they had Ben as Spider-Man. As much as everyone loves the scarlet Spider. I do hate the toes and finger claws thing on Ocks suit tho. It just looks stupid.

Posted by Sharkbite

Avengers Arena, the preview shows Darkhawk vs Juston. The solicit says Runaways vs Avengers Academy. The solicits down the road reveal that Darkhawk is still alive at least until issue #5. "Avengers Academy" is current comprised of Juston, HazMat, X-23, and Reptil remaining in Murderworld, and we know from Issue #1 that at least HazMat and X-23 are surviving on Day 29.

If I were a betting man, I would put my money on Juston dying. I might even go as far as saying Juston dies but his Sentinel survives the battle, giving a berserk Sentinel a place on the island; Academy established that after all it's other directives to protect Juston, follow Juston's orders, and never abandon Juston, still hidden in the programming somewhere deep inside of it is it's lowest priority objective "Kill All Mutants". With Juston dead, many of those other priorities will be obsolete, so Juston's Sentinel might start hunting the mutants on the island.

If Juston survives, then most likely it's Chase Stein on the chopping block.

Posted by Crimsonlord53

I think Val,s gonna find out about her dad just a feeling.

Posted by Agent_Prince

Not feeling this article concept, but then again, I don't read into speculation, predictions, etc. I just keep them in my head and wait for the next issue :)

Posted by usabfb

Avengers Arena goes greatly under appreciated for the third time because people don't like to let stories play out and instead focus on what they think is going on. Because a lot of people aren't reading this series. So they don't know what it's like. It's not great, but it's worth three dollars.

Posted by crazyflashfan11

@zackattack529 said:

WAIT!?! Warzone is comming out this week!?! uggh damn marvel website. i thought it was comming out the end of the month >:/

now i gotta skip the new stars title this week...oh well

I know!!!

  • 54 results
  • 1
  • 2