Matthew Rosenberg is the one writer that would get me to pick up a comic that's drawn by Greg Land. I've been a fan of his from the moment I got a review copy of We Can Never Go Home #1. His new X-Men series features characters that have either never been the epitome of the team or are at a place where they just don't fit in with the core team. However, can a comic drawn by Greg Land still be good?
Before I start reviewing this latest New Mutants series, I want to make one thing clear. I always want to review any comic written by Matt Rosenberg. Since We Can Never Go Home, he's been one of my favorite writers.
I really don't know why I've held off from reviewing an issue of the Archies for so long. I love the writing of Matt Rosenberg, and Alex Segura has never let me down, and I have no problem with the concept of the Archies as a band. Maybe with "the New Riverdale," I was a little hesitant how it would work with the story working its way through the core title.It was a slow day for me and the Archie Comics previews arrived in my inbox, and liking Tegan and Sara since "Hell," I wanted to give it a fighting chance.
I've made no secret that I'm a big fan of Matthew Rosenberg. The promise of his new Kingpin series was one of a Crime Noir drama, deep and rich and worthy of a character like the Kingpin. Kingpin has faced down super-heroes and proven himself capable of recovering from defeat more than once. He has been in both the penthouse and in the gutter, and always been true to his own character. If I were to be the one to choose the writer for a continuing series starring Wilson Fisk, I would probably pick Matthew Rosenberg. However, even the best writers can have problems centering a series around a villain, is he up to the challenge?
Archie Comics sent us a preview yesterday of Archie Meets The Ramones. I was looking forward to reading it, as I'm a fan of both Matthew Rosenberg and Gisèle Lagacé. Archie Comics has become one of my favorite publishers as well, but I was initially apprehensive about how this special crossover would be in execution, as Archie crossovers always seem a little odd. I blame the Punisher and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Nevertheless, the creative team looked awesome, and I've always been a big proponent of the concept that no idea is bad if it's executed properly.
Archie Meets Ramones is at first glance another Archie crossover that feels unlikely and a little forced like crossovers with Predator and Sharknado. This one has some of our favorite people on the creative team and looks so promising, if for no other reason than the musical history Archie has in the comics, even though it does seem miles away from the Ramones. Co-written by Matthew Rosenberg and drawn by Gisèle Lagacé, the comic looks worthy of at the very least giving a try. If it were being put together by a standard Archie creative team from four or five years ago, we would probably not even mention it, but those names connect to it make it worth checking out.
Matthew Rosenberg is a writer that I will follow anywhere. His series We Can Never Go Home was one of my favorite comics last year. He has started to get noticed for his writing for Marvel Comics, the latest being a spinoff book for the Civil War II event featuring the Kingpin.
While you wait for the sequel to We Can Never Go Home, the series that put Black Mask on the comics industry map, you can not pass by 4 Kids Walk Into A Bank. Matthew Rosenberg is slowly unraveling a mystery that is drawing in four misfit kids. It's a fantastic set-up that is unfolding nicely. The first issue's second print arrived in shops next week and the second issue arrives this week. You should be able to catch up easily.
There's an elephant in the room regarding any event in North Carolina that 4 Kids Walk Into A Bank is addressing. If you've paid any attention to the news from North Carolina, you know that a recent bathroom bill was passed into law that targets transgender people. It has fans of HeroesCon concerned that some creators and/or fans may boycott this year's show to avoid giving any tax money to the state government. Matthew Rosenberg, publisher of Black Mask Studios and writer of 4 Kids Walk Into A Bank.
You may have a little trouble getting a copy of 4 Kids Walk Into A Bank at your local comic shop. It's entire print run has sold out in solicitations. However, if past Black Mask Studios titles are any indication, a second printing is likely to be announced any day now. There are bound to be reviews all over the Internet, because word of mouth for this series is exceptionally hot. Given that we were so fond of writer Matthew Rosenberg's We Can Never Go Home, you know we're going to review this one.
Black Mask Studios really caught the attention of a lot of people in 2016. With titles like Young Terrorists, Space Riders, and of course, We Can Never Go Home, they really showed fans of great comics what can be done. They've just announced a very impressive and interesting slate of title launching in 2016. Check them out and keep on the lookout for them in your local comic shop. Heck, you probably want to go ahead and let them know to add them to your subscription folder.
Matthew Rosenberg has a great new series coming out from Black Mask in April, 4 Kids Walk Into A Bank. First reported by io9, the new series follows on Rosenberg's success with We Can Never Go Home, which became one of the surprise hits of 2015.