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.
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.