snickfic: close-up crop of Storm (drawn by Ibanez) (Storm)
Snick's somewhat-monthly reaction post to solicits news returns!

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* SAGAAAAA. Saga is back, as is almost the entire cast! :DDDD

* This new #1 sounds intriguing: The Empty, by Jimmy Robinson: Tanoor lives in an empty apocalyptic world of poison and decay. Her village is all that remains of humanity as they struggle against mutant beasts and rotting bones.But Tanoor finds a chance to save her people when a stranger drifts into town. A stranger armed with the power to grow life from death. A stranger who could change the world—if Tanoor can keep them alive in the deadly world of The Empty.

* Likewise Postal by Hill/Hawkins and Goodhart: The townsfolk of Eden, Wyoming wake up to the first official murder the town has seen in 25 years. Their reaction to this isn’t normal, and there’s a reason for that. Eden operates as a haven for fugitive criminals who remain here while new identities, often including facial reconstruction, are created for them. There is zero tolerance for any illegal activity that might draw attention to the town and an “official murder” is the last thing they want. A single, tight-knit family runs Eden with the youngest oddball son Mark Shiffron overseeing the postal branch, the only means of shipping in or out of the city.

* Lots of next issues for series I'm enjoying, including East of West, The Wicked + the Divine, Lazarus (although I'm behind on that).

Marvel
* Elektra canceled. The art was so pretty, but the story was so cold. IDK. I wanted to love it.

* Lots of new female-led titles: Spider-Gwen, Silk (both Spider-man affiliated, kind of? Spider-Gwen is AU somehow), and by then we'll be three issues into Angela: Assassin of Asgard, which I must say is not a book that I'm filled with hope for, although I do like women are involved in both the writing and the arting.

* Jorge Molina is taking a shift (or taking over?) on Thor. Given the kind of style he had when he filled in on X-Force, I think he'll be a good fit, especially if they keep the same colorist. Solicit seems to imply that we still don't know new Thor's identity?!

* MS MARVEL VERSUS LOKI. ALL MY DREAMS ARE COME TRUE. I mean, just look at this cover. (Sad we don't have Jake Wyatt back, though - artist this issue is Takeshi Miyazawa, whom I'm not familiar with.)

* I will be interested to read the rest of X-Force once it finally comes to MU. This Fantomex-as-antagonist thing seems designed to make me unhappy, but Spurrier is a clever and complex writer. IDK.

* Storm #8 - Phil Briones arting this issue. I recall quite liking his work on Humphries' UXF, although not as well as I've liked Ibanez.
snickfic: close-up crop of Storm (drawn by Ibanez) (x-men)
My last post for the day. Probably.

* I'm all caught up with Mighty Avengers just in time to find out that it's being relaunched soon as Captain American and the Mighty Avengers (because Sam Wilson is going to be the new Captain America, as you've probably heard). It's going to have the same writer, Al Ewing (YAY), and a new artist (YAY), and is going to keep building on what came before, just with more Sam Wilson. In general: YAY. This continues to be my favorite team book.

* I also caught up with X-Force. I still hate Kim's art, but this is a smart, clever book that really rewards careful reading. Spurrier has a lot going on in it, and things that are presented as facts early on are given the lie to later on. House to Astonish has a great review of the first arc. (I love that they review arcs instead of just individual issues. I wish more review outlets did.)

* Also caught up on: X-Men. Ugh what is even happening with this 50-50 split. This is so dumb. And yet I'm invested in Storm's daughter from the future, Kymera, and I want all the Storm-Kymera stuff. Also, am I supposed to take that Psylocke really actually was sleeping with the danger room guy? In summary: UGH.
snickfic: half-portrait of Natasha (art by Noto) (Natasha)
First, in general comic book news, I discovered that there is a brand new comic shop that is literally on my way home from work and has friendly staff who don't skeeve me out and didn't bat an eye when I said I was looking for old Barbie comics. And they do pull lists, no minimum, so I may trend that way after some of my Marvel subscriptions run out. Yay.

New books:
Black Widow #6 )

Loki: Agent of Asgard #4 )

X-Force #4 )

Old books
Longshot Saves the Marvel Universe #1 )

Deadpool #19 )

Amazing X-Men #1 )
snickfic: close-up crop of Storm (drawn by Ibanez) (x-men)
Full solicitations listing here.

Thoughts:
- Oh look, yet another artist for X-Men. Matteo Buffagni, whom I'm not familiar with but whose work looks fine. That's six artists in 17 issues, unless I've missed one: Coipel, Lopez, Dodson, Anka, Mann, Buffagni. That seems excessive. I'd care more if the writing hadn't become such a complete train wreck.

- Rock He-Kim is back on X-Force; apparently the Jorge Molina issues were just fill-in. Feh.

- I know just enough about Runaways to be mad about the Avengers Undercover solicit.

- Meanwhile, the solicit for Black Widow:
BLACK WIDOW #8
NATHAN EDMONDSON (W) • PHIL NOTO (A/C)
• On a snowy night in Prague, Natasha must fight her way out of disaster alongside the WINTER SOLDIER!

Given... events, I wonder if this is flashback issue, or...?

- The Moon Knight cover is sooooo pretty.

- IDC about Cyclops, but "Young Cyclops has space adventures with his space pirate father" is the kind of premise I can get behind. Also, Greg Rucka. I await reports.

- Has anyone read any of the new Wolverine & the X-Men? I got reeeally tired of the old one, but the new looks to be putting more emphasis on characters I care about while toning down the zaniness a lot.
snickfic: half-portrait of Natasha (art by Noto) (Natasha)
So now that there a bunch of new books out, here are my unspoilery thoughts on the ones I've tried. Roughly in descending order of how much I like them.

Loki: Agent of Asgard - Al Ewing, Lee Garbett
Another Ewing book, which I picked up solely because I liked Mighty Avengers so much, and I have not been disappointed. This last issue involved a Marvelverse retelling of a Norse myth; the retelling featured a rocket launcher. Also a brand new character was introduced in the second issue who is both interesting in her own right and the perfect Loki foil, and I am super excited to see more of her. And have I mentioned the fanservice? *fans self*

Ms. Marvel - G. Willow Wilson, Adrian Alphona
Kamala Khan is a Pakistani-American teenager living in Jersey who idolizes Carol Danvers and then acquires super powers. We're only two issues in, but this book is brimful of HEART.It's pretty much the most adorable thing ever. Alphona's art is a little bit whimsical and hits exactly the right note.

Moon Knight - Warren Ellis, Declan Shalvey/Jordie Bellaire
So far this seems to be largely an experiment in form, but oh, what a gorgeous form it is. Ellis is dry and understated, and the Shalvey/Bellaire combo is pretty much my dream team, especially working on something a bit more fantastical like this. Every idea Ellis is throwing at them, they're knocking out of the park.

Black Widow - Nathan Edmondson, Phil Noto
The art here is really gorgeous, especially if you like sort of a dreamy, painted look to your spy action. The story is a bit thin so far; I will likely never be enthralled by one-off spy plots, especially ones that offer so little characterization to compensate. Edmondson's penchant for metaphor-heavy, first-person narration does the book no favors either. However, the continuing plot is finally picking up now, and I like Noto's art even more than I did at first.

Captain Marvel - Kelly Sue DeConnick, David Lopez
Carol Danvers goes to space! I really love the art here, and I think Lopez is by far the best fit tonally for this book out of the many artists who've tried their hand at Captain Marvel in the past two years. However, I think I just don't like Carol Danvers that much. If you do, then you should definitely check this out.

X-Force - Simon Spurrier, He-Rock Kim
I wanted to like this because it has Psylocke and Fantomex in it, and Spurrier seemed like an interesting choice as he comes off his success with the zany fringe title X-Men: Legacy, but I hate the art here so much - SO MUCH - that I can't even tell how I feel about the rest of it. However, we're picking up Jorge Molina for a few issues here soon, and I like what I've seen of the previews for those issues, so maybe there's hope.
snickfic: [Hawkeye] Kate looking over the top of her sunglasses (Kate)
Marvel April solicits are out. My feelings:
* Gosh, I hate that cover art on X-Men. HATE. Jubilee's so shiny, her limbs are weirdly elongated, she has exactly the same body as every other Dodson cover woman ever (except for being slightly less busty than some, so we should give thanks for small favors), and there's no background. Ugh. Dodsons, Dodsons, go away.

* Speaking of art, we're onto yet another new artist for that title, Clay Mann this time. I wonder if the plan was originally to rotate in a new artist every three issues, or if Marvel has decided to turn a bug into a feature, or what. Mann will be the fifth artist in 13 issues.

* However, I am pleased that we're getting more story about Shogo's backstory.

* I don't know Moon Knight from a hole in the ground, but the covers, the interiors I've seen, and the silly overhype ("The best new comic of 2014," what) reeeally make me want to pick it up. And it's Warren Ellis, whom I frequently like quite a lot.

* ELEKTRA. Finally solicited, yay. Cannot wait to get my hands on that one. Cannot wait to just see some del Mundo interiors on that one.

* So you all know Nightcrawler has a new ongoing, yes? Written by Claremont, no less. I doubt I'll care much, but, you know, Nightcrawler.

* Gosh, the X-Force art is SO UGLY. If the writing turns out to be good, then fingers crossed that we'll switch artists out pretty fast.

* Aaand we're back to Greg Land on Mighty Avengers. Sigh.

* More Annie Wu (and therefore Kate) on Hawkeye. I haven't been excited about how Fraction's written Kate lately, but the fact that she's sharing the title with Clint these days still makes me happy, and I like Wu's work quite a lot.

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In other news, I just realized that the Captain America and Black Widow series I was enthusing about the other day does not have its last two issue on MU, despite originally being released over a year ago. (Usually things go up on MU after six months.) I had already decided I needed a trade, but perhaps I will be getting it sooner rather than later. Grr.

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