Greetings, Viners, and welcome to the latest 'Comic Book Predictions!' This is the place to be if you want to speculate about what'll take place in tomorrow's new comics. I've picked 3 books to briefly discuss and also provided a few additional (and lighthearted) predictions. You, however, are free to discuss any of the new issues!
Now, let the speculation begin!
Can one truly predict what writer Jonathan Hickman has in store for us? The next issue has the build up of a simplistic good vs evil encounter on the Red Planet, but knowing him, this is probably also creating about 32,071 different plot points.
The solicitation indicates that the Avengers and the Garden's battle will reach an end on Mars, but defeating the likes of Ex Nihilo and this new Adam certainly won't conclude the story arc. After all, seeds have been sent to Earth and are already swarming various locations. One thing is for sure -- there's going to be a fight with the Hulk! Mark Waid is delivering awesome Hulk action over in INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK, but some extra smashing each month can never be a bad thing -- especially if it's directed at his peers.
Justice League #16
Despite being The New 52's A team title, I really wasn't feeling the past few stories in this book. However, Geoff Johns is quickly winning me over with 'Throne of Atlantis.' The build up has been jaw-dropping and now the water is really going to hit the fan.
We know Arthur will clash with his allies in an attempt to stop the war, but let's be real, that's not going to work. It seems clear his brother is beyond negotiation, especially taking into account that the US Government is absolutely going to respond to this massive attack on its coast. I think we'll get a bit of Aquaman vs Justice League, but ultimately he'll be back in their good graces by the end of this one. To me, this war seems inevitable now. The country has suffered far too many causalities for this to now turn into a civil discussion. Not to mention the Trench are about to make matters a whole lot worse.
X-O MANOWAR #9
PLANET DEATH IS HERE! As you can tell by the name, this isn't going to be a stroll through the park with butterflies and sunshine. This is going to be a super pissed off X-O Manowar vs. The Vine. It has been said that someone from his past will return and it'll motivate Aric to bring the fight to the aliens. The most obvious choice is his wife and her death would definitely set the warrior into beast mode. I feel bad for the Vine... a whole lot of pain is heading their way. You're finally reading this book, right? If not, this is the time to get on board.
Deadpool #4 - Zombie Lincoln is totally talking a bullet to the brain.
TMNT: Secret History of the Foot Clan #2 - I'll give it a 5/5.
Harbinger #8 - Torque will bring "bro" to a whole new level.
Uncanny X-Force #1 - No matter how good it is, I'll be crying on the inside over the loss of Remender's run.
Nightwing #16 - Dick Grayson will do at least one flip. Two if we're extra lucky.