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Tue
27
Mar

The Longbox Short-List - Week of March 28, 2018

Welcome back to Critical Blast’s long-running weekly look at what new comics you should check out each week.   Just a warning, I make these picks pretty much a week BEFORE I actually get to read any of these comics, so if something is a stinker, I take no blame on that.  Let's get to it!

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Lot of big anniversary issues this week, and the return of my favorite Valiant series!

Sat
24
Mar

DC announces two new Justice League series

From CBR:

Spinning out of the Justice League: No Justice four-issue miniseries, DC Comics will launch two new Justice League titles with all-new rosters. Justice League Dark will be written by James Tynion IV with art by Alvaro Martinez, Raul Fernandez and Brad Anderson, and Justice League Odyssey with writer Joshua Williamson and art by Stjepan Sejic. Both titles will launch in June.

Sat
24
Mar

Kurt Busiek's Astro City coming to TV

From Deadline:

American Gods producer FremantleMedia North America has acquired the rights to Astro City superhero comic book series to develop as a live-action TV drama series.

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Astro City made its debut in 1995 with Image Comics and is currently published by DC Comics.

Despite the fact that the comic books’ current publisher, DC Comics, is owned by Warner Bros., Busiek owns all of the rights to Astro City, which he will now exploit in TV with FMNA.

Thu
22
Mar

Epic Trailer for Power Rangers: Shattered Grid starring Jason David Frank

You don't often see trailers for comic series, but Boom's MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS series has been a real unique comic book experience.  To celebrate the 25th issue, and the start of the SHATTERED GRID storyarc, they released an incredible trailer starring Power Rangers icon Jason David Frank as the evil version of the original Green Ranger Tommy Oliver called Lord Drakkon.  SHATTERED GRID features the various Power Ranger teams over the years and is shaping up to be one hell of a celebration for the Power Rangers 25th Anniversary.

Tue
20
Mar

"New Status Quo" for Superman, Leaves Lois Lane's Fate in Question

Will Lois Lane and Jonathan Kent be erased from existence?

With Brian Michael Bendis' first Superman story coming in the pages of Action Comics #1000, it is expected to lead into his 6-part mini-series THE MAN OF STEEL. On social media, Bendis has mentioned "new characters" and a "new status quo". Now that we have the FULL solicits available for the weekly mini, starting the last week of May, things are starting to become a little clearer.

And some fans may not be happy.

Something has happened to Lois Lane and Jonathan Kent. Based on the solicitations Superman must come to grips with what happened. Then he struggles to keep it a secret. Then there's no mention of them at all, until the final issue when their fate is revealed.

Tue
20
Mar

The Longbox Short-List - Week of March 21, 2018

Welcome back to Critical Blast’s long-running weekly look at what new comics you should check out each week.   Just a warning, I make these picks pretty much a week BEFORE I actually get to read any of these comics, so if something is a stinker, I take no blame on that.  Let's get to it!

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I am buying quite a few books this week, but not a lot of new and exciting books to talk about...It's always hard to find something new to say about "issue 43" even of a series I am enjoying.

Wed
14
Mar

Laura Kinney is no longer Wolverine. New X-23 Series coming for Fresh Start

From Marvel

This July, Laura Kinney forgoes the Wolverine mantle, and returns to the title that made her famous. Prepare for a new beginning with writer Mariko Tamaki and artist Juann Cabal‘s X-23 #1!

Since her debut nearly 15 years ago, Laura has emerged as one of the most dynamic, distinctive, and ferocious characters in the Marvel Universe. Trained to be a weapon, and sporting a signature two claws on each hand, X-23 has been tested against some mighty forces—as a person and as a hero—but never relents, never gives up. And this summer, she’ll begin again.

Tue
13
Mar

The Longbox Short-List - Week of March 14, 2018

Welcome back to Critical Blast’s long-running weekly look at what new comics you should check out each week.   Just a warning, I make these picks pretty much a week BEFORE I actually get to read any of these comics, so if something is a stinker, I take no blame on that.  Let's get to it!

Wed
07
Mar

DC Comics Releases Tom King's Complete Action Comics #1000 Story

In a shocking move, DC Comics has decided to release Tom King's FULL story for Action Comics #1000, due out this April.

Five pages of beautiful prose and art combined to bring this grown man to tears. Without knowing entirely what's going on, you slowly watch and listen to Superman fill you in on what he's been up to. Where he is. And who he's talking to.

I'm not going to spoil a single thing but I promise you that if you have a heart and a soft spot in your soul for the Man of Steel, you will sucumb to emotion. Clay Mann provides beautiful artwork complimented by Jordie Bellaire's colors. And yes, props to the letterer John Workman for providing text that is easy to follow so you can just sink into the story.

Tue
06
Mar

Skottie Young gives Deadpool a Fresh Start

From Polygon:

Courtesy of Marvel Comics, Polygon can reveal that the Merc With the Mouth is getting his own minty fresh start with Deadpool #1, the beginning of a new series written by Skottie Young and drawn by Nic Klein.

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“Before I pitched Rocket Raccoon back in 2013, I tried to get Deadpool. haha..But he was spoken for so I said ‘well, i can kind of have a similar vibe for Rocket, just cleaned up a bit.’ So my head was already in that place.”

Tue
06
Mar

Jeff Lemire and Kim Jacinto to bring back Sentry into Marvel Fresh Start

From Newsarama:

Jeff Lemire and Kim Jacinto are launching a new Sentry ongoing title as part of Marvel Comics' summer "Fresh Start" initiative.

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Tue
06
Mar

New Iron Man and Ant-Man / Wasp Series coming from Marvel Fresh Start

From Marvel:

On June 20, Tony Stark returns.

He’s back, at last, having been the subject of a long and troubled search throughout the pages of INVINCIBLE IRON MAN. Writer Dan Slott and artist Valerio Schiti will join forces to tell a entirely different kind of story in TONY STARK: IRON MAN.

From the cusp of tomorrow’s dreams to the forefront of imagination, one man always soars on the cutting edge of adventure.

Tue
06
Mar

The Longbox Short-List - Week of March 7, 2018

Welcome back to Critical Blast’s long-running weekly look at what new comics you should check out each week.   Just a warning, I make these picks pretty much a week BEFORE I actually get to read any of these comics, so if something is a stinker, I take no blame on that.  Let's get to it!

Fri
02
Mar

Mark Waid and Jesus Saiz send the Sorcerer Supreme to space!

From Marvel:

This June, writer Mark Waid and artist Jesus Saiz are set for a journey across the universe in DOCTOR STRANGE #1!

The Eye of Agamotto is closed! Doctor Stephen Strange has lost his connection to the Earth’s arcane power, and he can’t wait to recover while nightmares press against the seams of our reality. Tony Stark offers a 21st-century solution: when astral travel fails, try astronautical travel. Enter Doctor Strange: Space-Explorer Supreme!

Thu
01
Mar

Neil Gaiman heading up Sandman Universe Imprint for DC

From CBR:

DC Comics and Neil Gaiman will celebrate 30 years of the Dreaming when they launch The Sandman Universe in late-2018, a line of four different comics based on the writer’s critically and fan acclaimed Sandman series.

Thu
01
Mar

Nick Spencer and Ryan Ottley announced as new creative team for Amazing Spider-Man

From Comicbook.com:

This June, Marvel will launch Amazing Spider-Man #1 from writer Nick Spencer (Secret Empire), artist Ryan Ottley (Invincible), inker Cliff Rathburn & colorist Laura Martin. The new series comes hot off the heels of former writer, Dan Slott's, historic ten year run with the series.

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Wed
28
Feb

Ta-Nehisi Coates and Leinil Yu's Captain America to launch on July 4

From Marvel

On Independence Day, writer Ta-Nehisi Coates and artist Leinil Yu wield the shield.

Today, Coates made the announcement in The Atlantic, where he wrote about the challenge and opportunity of crafting such an iconic Marvel—and American—character.

Tue
27
Feb

Al Ewing and Joe Bennett's The Immortal Hulk added to Marvel Fresh Start

From Comicbook.com

Bruce Banner is returning as Marvel’s Hulk for the company’s fresh start, but this time he’s not just incredible, he’s immortal.

The Immortal Hulk will launch in May from writer Al Ewing (Avengers: No Surrender) and artist Joe Bennett. The series follows up on Hulk’s heavily teased return in the pages of Avengers: No Surrender.

Tue
27
Feb

Multiple Man to return as part of Marvel's Fresh Start

From Comicbook.com:

It turns out you can’t keep a good Multiple Man down. Marvel Comics will launch a new Multiple Man miniseries starring Jamie Madrox this July from writer Matthew Rosenberg (New Mutants: Dead Souls, Phoenix Resurrection: The Return of Jean Grey) and artist Andy MacDonald (Justice League of America), featuring covers by Marcos Martin.

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Tue
27
Feb

The Longbox Short-List - Week of February 28, 2018

Welcome back to Critical Blast’s long-running weekly look at what new comics you should check out each week.   Just a warning, I make these picks pretty much a week BEFORE I actually get to read any of these comics, so if something is a stinker, I take no blame on that.  Let's get to it!

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