By Suraph Comments
(Cross posted: here)
The solicitations for the major publishers are now out for March 2013 comics, so let’s take a look and see what might be worth taking a look at down the road.
47 Ronin #3
Mike Richardson/Stan Sakai
Stan Sakai’s name alone is probably enough to make me want to get this book, but the fact that it’s based on the quintessential Japanese samurai story makes it all the more appealing. An excellent tale done by an excellent creative team.
Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi: Prisoners of Bogan #5
Joh Ostrander/Jan Duursema
The Dawn of the Jedi books have been a rather interesting look into the ancient history of Star Wars, and the finale to the second arc should prove to be as exciting as the first arc’s.
Star Wars: Legacy: Prisoner of the Floating World #1
Corinna Bechko/Gabriel Hardman
The original Legacy series was a bit too dark for my tastes with Kade’s near continual fight with the dark side of the Force getting just too overbearing at times. Perhaps taken from a different angle, and with a new protagonist, the series can click this time around. It certainly merits a look, at the very least.
DC ComicsWorlds’ Finest #10
Paul Levitz/Kevin Maguire
I’m disappointed by the lack of George Perez drawing a part of this issue, but Kevin Maguire is hardly someone to scoff at. This dynamic duo series has never failed to entertain yet, even if I don’t think it has quite reached its potential.
Action Comics #18
Andy Diggle/Tony Daniel
I’d pretty much given up on Action Comics after the first arc finished, but pulling in one of my favorite action writers might get me to give it another whirl. Sure he’s a bit outspoken about his feelings on superheroes in general, but Andy Diggle tends to provide some very exciting stories when he’s really going. We’ll see how he does with Superman.
Mike Johnson/Mahmud Asrar
This series has been hit and miss for me, but more hit than miss. “H’el on Earth” really hasn’t been that great a crossover so far, but now that we’re moving past that maybe things will pick up again.
Scott Snyder/Andy Kubert
“Death of the Family” has been an odd arc so far, and I’m not really sure how much I like it, but there’s no question that Scott Snyder knows how to craft a story. Doubtless this will be another fine issue all around.
Demon Knights #18
Robert Venditti/Bernard Chang
We haven’t yet seen what Robert Venditti will bring to the table, but there’s enough momentum still going from Paul Cornell’s run that I’m looking forward to seeing where things are going. Bernard Chang sticking around on art certainly helps, too.
Paul Cornell/Alan Davis
Generally speaking Wolverine is a character I enjoy, but not so much on his own as in a team (which certainly doesn’t leave me lacking in choices, to be sure), but it’s hard to ignore a creative team as strong as this. Paul Cornell is coming off an excellent run on DC’s Demon Knights, though he is no stranger to the Marvel Universe either. Alan Davis is a legendary artist who is worth taking a glance at even in the worst of times. Could this be the first Wolverine solo-title I pickup in a long, long time? Very well might be.
Avengers Assemble #13
Kelly Sue DeConnick/Pete Woods
Avengers Assemble under Kelly Sue DeConnick has been a surprisingly good book that caught me a bit off guard back at issue #9. It’s not a perfect book, but it’s my favorite of the books bearing the “Avengers” name for the time being…
Young Avengers #3
Kieron Gillen/Jamie McKelvie
… but that’s only because Young Avengers hasn’t come out yet. Continuing Kid Loki’s story from Kieron Gillen’s run on Journey into Mystery would be incentive enough for me, to be honest, but adding in original Young Avengers like Hawkeye (the female one) and Hulkling is icing on an already delicious cake. I have high, high hopes for this book.
Indestructible Hulk #5
Mark Waid/Lenil Francis Yu
Indestructible Hulk was a shockingly good comic, and that’s from someone who has never read a Hulk book in his life. I suppose it shouldn’t have been, afterall Mark Waid is a rightfully acclaimed writer who revitalizes Daredevil and has a CV that would make most writers drool.
Thor: God of Thunder #5
Jason Aaron/Butch Guice
This issue may not be part of the superb Godkiller arc currently running, but Butch Guice drawing Thor is its own reward. Aaron’s Thor has been off to a great start, and I see no reason why it can’t continue here.
Iron Man #7/#8
Kieron Gillen/Greg Land
Iron Man hasn’t been as good as I had been hoping it would be, but it’s still been solid entertainment nevertheless. We’ll see how well it holds itself separate from Guardians of the Galaxy (which I’m on the fence about), but Iron Man in Space should give the series a good kick in the right direction.
Kieron Gillen/Peter David/Giuseppe Camuncoli
I haven’t been reading this series, but a Mr. Sinister/Loki story by Kieron Gillen? Sold. Adding on a Peter David story is just a delightful bonus on top of that.
Peter David/Leonard Kirk
X-Factor has been dragging a bit for me of late, but with a lot of plots starting to converge now maybe the time for the series to turn itself around. I have good hopes that it will.
Wolverine & the X-Men #26/27
Jason Aaron/Ramon Perez
This has been one of the most consistently insane titles Marvel puts out, and it doesn’t seem to be letting up. I don’t know who “Dog Logan” is, but I’m sure I’ll enjoy being introduced to him.