Big things happening in May! Avengers: Age of Ultron! Free Comic Book Day! Along with that, we have DC’s Convergence winding up its short and quick Spring event as Marvel starts theirs with Secret Wars. If that wasn’t enough boom for your pleasure, we’ll finally find out who the new (lady) Thor is. It’s a whole new worlds that are coming our way.
LANTERN CITY #1
Authors: Paul Jenkins & Matthew Daley
Artist: Carlos Magno
Main Cover: Benjamin Carré
Sander Jorve just wants to keep his wife and son safe. Living in the brutalized lower class of Lantern City means living in near constant darkness, the enormous walls of the city always looming overhead, while the upper class enjoys the elevated, interconnected towers and airships above. When Sander’s brother-in-law, the persuasive activist Kendal, convinces him to infiltrate the brutal ranks of the Guard, he’s set on a dangerous path that will test his abilities and beliefs, all in the name of making a difference for his family and his caste.
Company: Boom! Studios
My thoughts: Over the past year, Boom has been getting more and more from me (and hopefully plenty of others too). The new titles they’ve coming up with, ongoing and minis alike, have been great reads with wonderful art. Lantern City looks to be added to the list, especially with Paul Jenkins writing. His stories are entertaining and imaginative. The concept alone is grappling and makes you want to know more.
Written by JEFF KING
Art by ANDY KUBERT and SANDRA HOPE
Cover by ANDY KUBERT
The threat to the Multiverse grows as Brainiac confronts his creation Telos, and the surviving heroes of Earth-2 are stuck in the middle! Plus: A specific moment in time signals a call to all the cities that have been battling each other! Witness the final fates of the winners and losers of Convergence!
Company: DC Comics
My thoughts: For an event that’s meant to tie everyone over and keep comics being published while DC moves offices from coast to coast, it’s still very entertaining. I will admit it was confusing at first trying to understand what Convergence was about without having read other books to truly get the event, but still I dove and and don’t regret it. It’s going to be interesting to see how this all gets tidied up in the end.
CONVERGENCE: BLUE BEETLE #2
Written by SCOTT LOBDELL
Art by YISHAN LI
Cover by BRET BLEVINS
STARRING HEROES FROM CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS! A battle you never thought you’d see: Blue Beetle, Captain Atom and The Question battle an army of Legionnaires!
Company: DC Comics
My thoughts: The great thing about Convergence is getting to see old favorites and characters you just enjoyed seeing and reading before New 52. Seeing them again, like this Blue Beetle, is like seeing an old friend you haven’t seen in a very long time. Sadly the visit is only temporary, but you’ll take what you get while it’s around. And come on — Blue Beetle team up with The Atom and The Question? Doesn’t matter who they’re going against, these three will kick some booty.
CONVERGENCE: BOOSTER GOLD #2
Written by DAN JURGENS
Art by ALVARO MARTINEZ and RAUL FERNANDEZ
Cover by DAN JURGENS and DANNY MIKI
STARRING HEROES FROM CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS! Booster Golds…Time Masters…is it possible that the combined might of these heroes can put an end to the Convergence battles?
Company: DC Comics
My thoughts: Dan Jurgens. Booster Gold. Double check yes. I feel like this is classic goodness right here and hopefully that is what we get. I very much enjoyed what Dan Jurgens gave us while he wrote the Booster Gold ongoing series some few years back and even though this is just a two-issue special stint, I’m still going to enjoy it too.
ROCKET GIRL #6
STORY: BRANDON MONTCLARE
ART / COVER: AMY REEDER
ROCKET GIRL RETURNS!
DaYoung Johansson was prepared to live a normal life — as normal as 1986 New York City could ever be for a teenage cop from a high tech alternate reality 2014. But time travelling isn’t so simple: changes made in both the future and past are now at war, and the present is stuck in the middle.
My thoughts: A comic series that started last year, it was meant to return last September, but never did. I recall seeing it re-solicited before, but never did it come out. Now as we get into May, let’s hope nothing happens for the comic to disappear again. The story of a girl with a rocket (lulz, get it!) from 2013, the future, (as the comic’s present day takes place in 1986) was like reading a comic from the past where they envisioned the future to be super advanced in technology. The comic is a very humorous, sci-fi adventure romp and should be given a read if ever the chance should arise.
SOUTHERN CROSS #3
STORY / COVER: BECKY CLOONAN
ART: ANDY BELANGER
COLORS: LEE LOUGHRIDGE
The Southern Cross begins to give up its secrets, and Braith finds that the more she learns about her sister’s death, the less she actually knows her.
My thoughts: I was going to read this book before even knowing who the writers was. A space thriller/adventure with amazing visuals with the art was magnificent in the preview pages and I was sold immediately. Then I noticed it was co-created by Becky Cloonan. Don’t recognize the name? She co-writes the amazing Gotham Academy for DC. If I wasn’t sold before, her name alone would’ve done the job. Hopefully either or does it for everyone else too.
SECRET WARS #1 (OF 8)
JONATHAN HICKMAN (w) • ESAD RIBIC (a)
Cover by ALEX ROSS
• THE FINAL INCURSION IS HAPPENING!
• THE MARVEL UNIVERSE IS COLLIDING WITH THE ULTIMATE UNIVERSE!
• AND NEITHER WILL SURVIVE!
My thoughts: To quote the Joker from Nolan’s The Dark Knight: “And here… we… go!” The event that literally… literally literally will change the Marvel Universe forever is here. The MU and Ultimate Universe will collide and soon become one new version of the 616 dimension. This is actually the moment where asking “Who will live? Who will die?” is definitely appropriate.
CULLEN BUNN (w) • PAUL DAVIDSON (a)
Cover by DAVID YARDIN
• Earth is on a collision course with oblivion…and Magneto’s just learned time is running out.
• With everything he’s fought for being brought to an unescapable end, how will the Master of Magnetism spend his LAST DAYS on Earth?
• Will Magneto celebrate his legacy…or be tortured by it?
My thoughts: One of the greatest X-Books being published right now, this issue begins the Secret Wars tie-in, falling under the LAST DAYS banner. The series, the way Cullen Bunn has been writing it, it fits perfectly under said banner, rather than the others. With the MU as we know it about to end (so to speak), what will happen with Magneto and what he’s been doing in the last couple issues? How will it all end? Only way to find out is to read.
ULTIMATE END #1 (OF 5)
BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS (w) • MARK BAGLEY (a/C)
• MILES MORALES and the rest of the heroes of the ULTIMATE U face final extinction
• As the end of their world becomes inevitable, will the heroes’ heartbreaking sacrifices make any difference?
• The dramatic end of an era begins here!
My thoughts: The Ultimate Universe was a grand idea and was working effortlessly when it began. It had its ups and downs, but still it hung in there. Sadly, after 15 years, Marvel is calling it in. Once Secret Wars is over, there goes the Ultimate Universe for good as it merges with the main MU, forming a new version of it. We know Miles is making it through. Question is: is anyone else?
UNCANNY X-MEN #600
BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS (w)
CHRIS BACHALO, STUART IMMONEN, MAHMUD ASRAR, KRIS ANKA and FRAZER IRVING (a)
Cover by CHRIS BACHALO
• The final explosive issue in Brian Michael Bendis’ epic X-Men saga!
• Scott Summers – savior or destroyer? Questions will be answered!
• The Jean Grey School, the New Xavier School – it’s all going to change.
• The X-Men are at a crossroads. And not everyone will make it through in one piece.
• Featuring 40 pages of a host of popular X-Men creators!
My thoughts: Uncanny X-Men hits a huge milestone with its 600th issue. Lot of big questions and moments will be answered and told in this issue, not just from what the solicitation hints at, but what else is happening from other books as Bendis wraps up his 2-year run on the title. If you ask me, the book should’ve been 60 pages to sort of commemorate the issue number, but hey, what do I know, right?