It’s shaping up to be a marvelous week, based on both the Comic-Con announcements and this week’s releases. Get it? Marvelous. Because of Marvel. Yeesh, tough crowd. Anyways, here’s what looks good for this upcoming Wednesday.
House of X #1 (Marvel Comics)
(w) Jonathan Hickman (a) Pepe Larraz
The book that killed any excitement for Marvel’s previous slate of X-titles is finally here. Jonathan Hickman’s much-anticipated run on Marvel’s mutants kicks off with this six-issue miniseries (that will alternate releases with Powers of X) which sees Charles Xavier enact his plan to bring mutants to the forefront of public consciousness. After languishing for what seems like an eternity, readers (including yours truly) are hoping Hickman can finally return the X-Men to glory… and maybe without the confusing, impenetrable continuity.
Valkyrie: Jane Foster #1 (Marvel Comics)
(w) Jason Aaron, Al Ewing (a) CAFU
You thought War of the Realms would be the final feather in the cap of Jason Aaron’s work in the Thor-verse? Wrong! Well, actually, no one thought that… the point is there’s a new book from Jason Aaron, this time joined by Immortal Hulk writer Al Ewing for a new chapter in the life of Jane Foster. It goes without saying that, at this point, any time Aaron does something even tangentially related to Odinson is worth checking out. However, readers may come away looking for more work by CAFU, who had previously cut his teeth on many of Valiant’s titles since their 2012 relaunch.
History of the Marvel Universe #1 (Marvel Comics)
(w) Mark Waid (a) Javier Rodriguez & Alvero Lopez
One of the best things that came out of DC’s Crisis on Infinite Earths was the miniseries History of the DC Universe, which detailed how everything fit into their new continuity. Given how much they’ve rebooted or messed with their own universe’s history since, it’s surprising that they haven’t produced another similar miniseries. It’s an easy cashgrab. Marvel, on the other hand, has never had an issue pouncing on a cashgrab (see: Marvel Comics #1000). Though they have never had a Crisis-level relaunch, opting for a “sliding timescale” approach, that doesn’t mean dedicated Marvel readers won’t want to have the official history of Marvel in their collections. Though his more recent output has not lived up to past standards, Mark Waid’s encyclopedic knowledge of Marvel’s history makes him the perfect writer for this project.
The Flash #75 (DC Comics)
(w) Joshua Williamson (a) Howard Porter
The conclusion of the Flash’s “Year One” story, Barry Allen must find a way to save the future from a now badass Turtle. That’s not at all sarcastic. This story arc has made the Turtle, one of the lamer villains in the Scarlet Speedster’s rogues gallery, a legitimate threat. Also, by having a story that takes place in the Flash’s early days, Howard Porter has been given a chance to draw the iconic costume without all of those stupid lines that have been a regular feature since the New 52 launched in 2011. While varying in quality, if Williamson can stick the landing, this has the potential to become a true classic, something the Flash’s backlog is sorely missing.
Archie vs. Predator II #1 (Archie | Dark Horse)
(w) Alex de Campi (a) Robert Hack
The first of these was a surprise hit, but don’t expect more of the same. Though Alex de Campi returns to writing duties, the classic style of Fernando Ruiz’s art looks to have been scrapped in favor of Robert Hack’s more modern style. This means expect a more realistic and gritty story than the slapstick, campy violence that characterized the original series. However, given the quality of Archie’s horror line, expectations remain high.
GLOW Summer Special #1 (IDW Publishing)
(w) Devin Grayson (a) Lisa Sterle
Though seeing Devin Grayson writing always gives me pause after her Nightwing run in the early 2000s, but she had produced a few gems. Also, IDW’s handling of the GLOW license has been fantastic. Capturing the look and feel of the Netflix series, the GLOW comics have been charming, funny, and heartfelt, and this looks to be more of the same.