The comic book world’s biggest highlight this week is easily the Superior Spider-Man conclusion and readers will rejoice as things slowly revert back to status quo for Peter Parker. Elsewhere there’s some fresh #1’s in DC and Marvel with Sinestro getting his first solo series and the Hulk beginning another volume. If those aren’t your bag there is lots more this week with a new Justice League, Ms. Marvel, Thor God of Thunder, a few X-books, more Kara Zor-El as a Red Lantern, and Mega Man has Mega Man X!
Superior Spider-Man #30 (Marvel)
This is the end of the road for the Superior Spider-Man. The “Goblin Nation” arc reaches a conclusion meanwhile the overarching thread of Peter Parker returning to his own body not only sets the stage for the return of Amazing Spider-Man in two weeks but means things are going to hit the fan for Otto Octavius. The Superior title has been a well written and well presented run, even in the presence of all of the backlash and disapproval from the body switch in the concluding issues of the last volume of Amazing Spider-Man. It is of note that this ostensibly oversized issue is retailing for $5.99.
Batman #30 (DC)
Of course I’m going to feature the Scott Snyder Batman, this book is awesome. Issue 30 begins the last leg of the long “Zero Year” origin, and so far it has been a great re-imagining of the Dark Knight’s origins after the seminal “Year One” by Frank Miller back in 1987. Granted, while the stories so far have been good, they have also been very dense. Don’t let that deter you as Snyder weaves a wonderful yarn and Capullo absolutely nails it with his art.
Hulk #1 (Marvel)
The door closes on an adjective titled Hulk book and a new chapter begins as Hulk launches this week with the same writer from Indestructible Hulk (Mark Waid), but with a new artist (now Jerome Opena). Indestructible Hulk had a great premise, with Bruce Banner trading his services as the Hulk to S.H.I.E.L.D. in exchange for scientific resources. The book started well but seemed to waver and didn’t really hit a stride. It might be no coincidence that this re-launched title has dropped the Indestructible adjective after the events of the finale as Bruce Banner is in rough shape.
Sinestro #1 (DC)
I’m not one for spinoff solo titles, and the Green Lantern family already has four monthly titles, but there’s plenty to be excited about with Sinestro’s first solo book. First off, the Green Lantern books have been very entertaining, especially since “Lights Out”. Eaglesham doesn’t have a very steady resume, as most of his work was in previous Green Lantern books and some work on Justice Society of America. On the other hand, Bunn has some pretty impressive books under his belt, mostly with the Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe series. It will be interesting to see the cadence and direction for this book with a writer who gained most of his steam via Deadpool books.
Ultimate FF #1 (Marvel)
The Ultimate Universe is getting a fresh start after the result of Cataclysm, and the FF book is the one that leads off. The initial team of Tony Stark, Sue Storm, Machine Man, and Sam Wilson read more like a makeshift Avengers squad than a traditional FF team. It’s a great entry point for any reader who is interested in the alternate Marvel universe as three fresh titles are set to launch (Ultimate FF, All-New Ultimates, and Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man).
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