Hickman's gotta be my favorite writer over at Marvel right now. He's really weaving a compelling story and I put both his books at the top of my pile whenever a new one comes out. Always the first book I read (and that was especially hard to do this week with Uncanny X-Men annual, Amazing Spider-Man, Afterlife with Archie, and others all on my pull list). Really looking forward to how this all shakes out in preparation for Secret Wars 2015.
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Omnipotent madman forcing all the heroes and villains to fight each other because ????? is kinda weaksauce in the first place - although I liked Secret Wars the first time around. Doing it all over again is just plain uncreative.
I agree but I don't think they will simply be "doing it all over again" - my thought is that the Beyonder is going to see that the space time continuum is getting really jacked up and he'll realize the Marvel 616 universe is the reason. To set things straight and save all reality as we know it, he'll make the heroes from the various timelines and realities face off - with only one version being allowed to survive / live and return to 616. Thus saving the Time stream and re-establishing the balance of all reality.
I realize it's a silly theory, but that's kind of the direction I see it going: Beyonder sees what's happening, realizes it could tear apart and destroy the entire fabric of space time, and tries to fix it.
Remember what AoU Tony Stark said to Wolverine about constantly jumping back in forth in time / between realities:
@mightymodok: I don't think Secret Wars and its Tie-Ins are going to be a reboot of those series, but the repercussions of the story could result in the entire Marvel Universe getting a Reboot - similar to what DC did with the New 52 after Flashpoint. But that's just speculation - no one knows what the end game is (if there even is one) other than a select few at Marvel.
I kind of figured this was the direction they were going in with this once they said the various teasers were all going to be tied to Secret Wars. I started reading comics about the time the original Secret Wars came out so the plot/story makes sense and is pretty exciting. I'm really looking forward to it.
As for the new trailer video, there are several "countries" that are left blank after landing the 15 stories/events. Does that mean there could be other events (yet to be named) that will be included in the overall Secret Wars Arc?
So far, here's what's been listed:
1. Infinity Gauntlet
3. Old Man Logan
4. Civil War
5. Armor Wars
6. X-Men 92
7. Future Imperfect
8. Age of Ultron vs. Marvel Zombies
9. The End
10. Planet Hulk
11. Age of Apocolypse
12. House of M
13. Years of Future Past
14. Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows
15. Inhumans: Attilan Rising
I stopped reading Detective several months ago but seeing the cover today at my LCS piqued my interest so I picked it up. So glad I did. I am not familiar with Manapul & Buccellato's previous work with Flash, so reading this was a welcome surprise both visually and from a story-telling standpoint. Looks like I'm back to reading Detective Comics again for the foreseeable future.
Cool story but also don't like the interruption of Zero Year. It just seems like a marketing stunt to hype/hawk yet another new Batman title. I'm sure it will be cool but come on DC, I feel like I just spent $4 for you to tell me to go out and buy yet another series. I'd prefer to have spent the money on a book that I've been loyally reading since the first issue - not on an advertisement for a new title.
I think there have been real-world studies that show people trust and feel more comfortable around people who are similar to them - hence he's showing people the most ideal and trusting person they can imagine, which is themselves. Combine that with the chemicals he apparently gives off, and its likely he's exhibiting an aura that is most appealing to his subject. And I would suspect that all this influence - even the visual - is on a subconscious level, so the person he's trying to influence isn't outright thinking "wow, that person looks just like me. I think I should trust him/her."
So his power isn't intended to "seduce" in most cases, but rather make folks more comfortable around him, and to portray himself as most trustworthy as possible. It's all about his Aura - which really is a fitting codename for him, now that I think about it.
I liked the story and agree it was a nice change of pace. I enjoy a good epic cross-over and on-going story as much as the next comic fan, but sometimes you just want a stand-alone issue that works on character development, and that's what we got here.
Quick question regarding comic shop etiquette: Is it appropriate/acceptable for a comic shop owner to hold copies of certain books the day they come out so he can read them, then put them on the rack afterward?
We got a shop owner here in my town who does this. I don't know why but this really annoys the hell out of me that I might be reading a "second-hand" book. Your thoughts?