Spawn has a tendency to not make a lot of news, anymore. This weekend, that all changed. It was announced that not only would creator Todd McFarlane return to draw the character for his 300th issue, but Greg Capullo would return to draw the character as well. Capullo rocketed to stardom with his work on Spawn, after getting noticed by McFarlane for his work on X-Force. McFarlane's last time drawing his creation was in Spawn #200.
It's time to get back to covering the Legion of Super-Heroes stories that hooked me in the 1980's. When last we left the Legion of this Era, Tales of the Legion was focusing on Shadow Lass and Mon-El returning to Talok VIII. There, they ran afoul of Lady Memory, the inheritor of a legacy of hatred of the Mallor family. As I recall, this came out when I was in eighth grade. The cover made an impact on me, and when it came time to decorate a field trip journal for school, I did the Legion, copying this cover and adding the rest of the Legion. My classmates were impressed, but my teachers really hated that I didn't illustrate the theme of the field trip, Washington, DC. They expected me to draw something really nice on my journal cover, but super-heroes wasn't it. It was beautifully colored, though, a rarity for the journals my class had. Enough of that , though, let's get onto the comic.
It was announced this week, through Twitter and an interview at comicbook.com that this summer, Marvel would cancel all X-Men titles and relaunch starting with two series.
I've come to love Giant Days, the wonderful slice-of-life comic series from BOOM! Box, an imprint of BOOM! Studios. I love getting the newest issue, but with any character-driven series that has been running a while, I wish I knew the entire history. That's why I've started the Giant Days Project.
We get plenty of press releases and we really try not to just regurgitate them. Quite frankly, it's a symptom of the sorry state of comics journalism that my Google News feed is about six of the exact same article, written by the publisher. However, when I saw this one come across, I had to open it. Once I opened it, I had to share it.
Things get a little ahead of you when you have a lot going on. I first read Bettie Page #4 a week ago and intended to write up a review of it, but other things got in the way. This week, I was going through the new releases, trying to see what I want to review and noticed this book. I decided that I have to make this the first comic this week that I needed to review.
Oni Press is merging with Lion Forge. The announcement makes it seem that Lion Forge's parent company, Polarity, is purchasing Oni Press, but the move is being marketed as a merger. I'm still trying to determine what this news means.
This week, I was all set to write a review of Uncanny X-Men #17 when the news broke that there was controversy around it. The issue depicts the death of Wolfsbane in flashback as Wolverine goes to exact his preferred form of vengeance and justice on her killers. Unfortunately, Rosenberg apparently made several mistakes that likened the attack to violence against trans women.I'm a little late to the party on this topic, but I feel like I need to go over it, given my support of Matthew Rosenberg in the past. I hope I haven't stepped all over this topic in exploring it.
In a continued push to offer more reviews of new comics, this week I'm looking over one of my favorite series from BOOM! Studios, Giant Days. I'm going to try to do this without spoiling anything. I think I succeeded since this review is brief, but as always, be warned.
In 1983, Ray Palmer was a hero without direction. If it hadn't been for his role in the JLA, he wouldn't even have been published. This was a time for change, though. The industry was seeing a rise in creativity, although the great British invasion had not yet occurred. The reasons for this rise in creativity need to be explored on their own, so we'll stick a pin in it.
I've been ignoring Heroes In Crisis. I've read the occasional review, but the gist I gathered was a bunch of D-List heroes and a few b-listers like Arsenal, Wally West and Poison Ivy were killed. The whole concept was that the heroes had created a place where they could talk through their problems and deal with them. To be honest, it didn't appeal to me. However, the latest issue begged for my attention, and worked me up a little. That's right, it's one of those reviews. Also, there's spoilers ahead.
I was feeling guilty that I hadn't done an Independent comic in Reviews Of Old Comics. Among the new comic series that I regularly review, Savage Dragon sits on that list. It has evolved over the years, often taking a swift change in direction. One of the first was Dragon leaving the police to join Special Operations Strikeforce. The second major change came in the issue I'm going to review right now. Of course, this drastic turn came with some exploration of a classic time travel conundrum. The question always is, "If you could go back in time and kill Baby Hitler, would you?" Unfortunately, the paradox comes in eliminating all of Hitler's evil deeds, there is now no reason for you to travel back and kill Hitler. This was the first time that Dragon learned that good deeds can have horrible consequences.