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Preview: Morrison, Quesada, Milligan & Allred Unite – A New Look at All-New Miracleman Annual #1!

It was the series that changed comics forever, injecting new sophistication into the medium and becoming one of the most significant works in comic history. Marvel is proud to present your new look inside December’s All-New Miracleman Annual #1, bringing you new stories from legendary talents! Celebrated comic creators Grant Morrison, Joe Quesada, Peter Milligan and Mike Allred unite for a star-studded, can’t-miss comic event that will have the whole industry talking!

Comic book icons Grant Morrison and Joe Quesada team for the first time to bring you a story over 20 years in the making. Famously written over 20 years ago, Grant Morrison’s long-lost Miracleman tale will finally see print in this epic, oversized annual! Brought beautifully to life by legendary artist & Marvel Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada, this notably unpublished story and much talked about piece of Miracleman history will finally be available for the first time ever! Experience a foreboding tale of the once Kid Miracleman prior to the cataclysmic Battle of London.

Then, comic superstars Peter Milligan and Mike Allred take you back to the glory days of Miracleman’s past for an all-new look at the classic Mick Anglo era as Miracleman, Kid Miracleman and Young Miracleman do battle against a fearsome and terrifying foe! But amid the Miracleman Family’s awe-inspiring clash, there is a sense of unease. Something is not right. Something in Miracleman’s own mind! Is this all a dream? What is Project Zarathustra?

Plus, All-New Miracleman Annual #1 comes jam-packed with bonus extras that should not be missed – including Grant Morrison’s original script, sketches, original art and more!

Debuting on New Year’s Eve, All-New Miracleman Annual #1 stands as one of only two Marvel Comics hitting shelves on the final day of the calendar year. Launching alongside S.H.I.E.L.D. #1, Marvel Comics is ready to close out 2014 with a colossal bang! Be there when Grant Morrison, Joe Quesada, Peter Milligan and Mike Allred take the Miracleman mythos to new heights for the blockbuster All-New Miracleman Annual #1– hitting comic shops and digital devices on 12/31!

ALL-NEW MIRACLEMAN ANNUAL #1
Written by GRANT MORRISON & PETER MILLIGAN
Art by JOE QUESADA & MIKE ALLRED
Cover by GABRIELE DELL’OTTO
Variant Covers by JOE QUESADA & JEFF SMITH
On-Sale 12/31/14!

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Review: The Multiversity: The Society of Super-Heroes: Conquerors of the Counter-World #1

THE_MULTIVERSITY_THE_SOCIETY_OF_SUPER-HEROES_CONQUERORS_OF_THE_COUNTER-WORLD_1The Multiversity is Grant Morrison‘s sweep through DC Comics’ multiverse looking at unforgettable characters across the 52 known Earths. The series features a two-part framing story (the first is already out) and six complete extra-sized #1 adventures, each set in a parallel universe.

The Multiversity: The Society of Super-Heroes: Conquerors of the Counter-World #1 takes us to Earth-20, and pulp super hero action with a post-modern twist. Who is the demon-like Green Lantern protecting Earth-20? What secret does Doc Fate hold that could save the world? Who are the hand-to-hand and air-to-air combat queens known as the Blackhawks? And what happens when these heroes come face to face with their diabolical Earth-40 counterparts – led by Vandal Savage – for an epic war between parallel worlds? The title alone tells you the type of story you’re about to read.

I wasn’t too keen on the first chapter of The Multiversity. Without a deep knowledge of DC Comics lore, I felt that reading the comic so much was going over my head, and I missed much of the point. This issue however continues the overall theme of heroes battling ultimate evil and undying hatred, however the inside nods and winks are less prevalent, making the entire issue much more enjoyable.

The entire issue has a pulp sense about it, in both look and story, and bringing back the feel of what comics should be, fun to read. The issue is a throwback to the classics, paying tribute to them. That also extends to the story in this issue. Though it’s tied into the larger event, the issue itself is self-contained. You’re able to pick it up without reading The Multiversity #1 and still enjoy it. It isn’t weighed down by nods and winks at all. It has a balance for those who want an entertaining self-contained story, those who care about the larger narrative, and then then those who know all the DC historical references that are present. Though I’m sure those references are there, I didn’t feel like I was missing out on not knowing them all.

Morrison is helped in the feel of the issue due to Chris Sprouse‘s amazing art. A pulp adventure should have a certain look to it all, and Sprouse harkens back to the classics, in both style, but also pacing and panel layout. Add in beautiful coloring, and you have a comic that’s fun to read, and fun to look at.

I love to read a fun, entertaining comic whose goal is to tell a self-contained story, and to be able to do that, while also tying into the greater narrative is impressive. For those who want a fun pulp adventure, this is a must read, for fans of Morrison’s work, you won’t be disappointed either.

Story: Grant Morrison Art: Chris Sprouse
Story: 8.25 Art: 9 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy

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Grant Morrison Goes BOOM!

BOOM! Studios has been releasing a whole bunch of announcements in the lead up to San Diego Comic-Con. Their final one, they’ll be working with Grant Morrison on… something.

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Image Expo 2014: Grant Morrison and Chris Burnham’s Nameless is Coming…

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Grant Morrison Chats at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

Writer Grant Morrison has famously reinvented several iconic superheroes, including Batman and Superman and in his book Supergods he critically examines US comic heroes via his own idiosyncratic aesthetic and passionate world views. Ahead of his event at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, Morrison answered a few questions about his early influences and why he loves the comics format.

Review: Action Comics Vol. 2: Bulletproof

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Generally I don’t subscribe to the hype surrounding writer Grant Morrison and this trade paperback shows off quite well the issues I have with his writing. This new Action Comics hardcover collects five issues and the first annual, featuring President Superman, Nimrod the Hunter, The Forgotten Superman and much more! Plus: meet “The Boy Who Stole Superman’s Cape,” in a tale from Clark Kent’s early days in Metropolis. That’s a lot to cover and partially why I had issues with this second volume.

I stopped reading Action Comics with the first or second issue. This second volume is the middle of Morrison’s epic storyline, and having read the very beginning and the tale end, some of it makes more sense to me, but still the stories are disjointed a common issue I have with Morrison’s writing. It’s like he has grand ideas, but issues explaining them coherently.

Bouncing back and forth across the multiverse, Morrison in these issues covers multiple Supermen, never really focusing on one for too long. Some of the stories are fantastic, but also feel like they’re dropped in the middle of an ongoing story, not connected at all to what’s going on. That’s a shame too. At least one of the the Supermen covered deserves an arc all to himself, but this second volume jumps around too much to get us to focus on the Clark Kent and Superman we know.

What confuses me more is Action Comics at this point is set years before where DC’s New 52 is in time. It’s the origin of Superman. With a lack of focus on that character, how are w supposed to really connect with him? This seems like a grand-storyline for down the road, not to kick things off.

Then there’s that time issue. Some of it is in the past, some of it is in the present, you have to guess based on the costumes. Some of it makes no sense whatsoever.

If I could sum this up with one word, it’d be “disjointed.” For die-hard Superman fans only.

Collects Action Comics #9-12, 0 and Action Comics Annual #1.

Story: Grant Morrison, Sholly Fisch, Max Landis Art: Rags Morales, Brad Walker, Cully Hammer, Gene Ha, Ben Oliver, Cafu, Ryan Sook, Rick Bryant, Andrew Hennessy, Bob McLeod
Story: 7 Art: 7 Overall: 7 Recommendation: Read

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Review: Batman Incorporated Vol. 1: Demon Star

Batman Incorporated Vol 1Batman Incorporated was always a weird comic series for me. It’s clear Grant Morrison has a maxi-story in mind. The series began a bit before DC Comics’ shake-up and after a break returned. The series continued the story, from what I remember, and to me never quite fit in DC’s New 52. Was it part of continuity? Was it not in continuity? I never knew, and as a whole, I’m not a huge Morrison fan, so I stopped reading the series after a few issues.

The first volume has Batman and Robin facing off against and assassin calling himself Goatboy while in the background Leviathan develops their mission. There’s a hit out on Damian too, hence that whole Goatboy thing.

While the story is interesting, but the tone is a bit comedic to me. It never quite clicks. that has nothing to with Morrion’s ability, it’s more my tastes. There’s some great moments, but I feel like you need to enjoy a certain type of Batman story to dig it. Add on top of that the later tragic events, and the comedic tone is an odd choice to me.

We also get glimpses at the concept of Batman Incorporated with some of the volume dedicated to setting up its worldwide franchises. That though is a bit short in the story. If the focus is the idea of a global network of Batmen, the focus should be on that network, it’s still mostly on Batman and Robin here.

The story does put Talia Al-Ghul in the spotlight though. Fleshing her out in a way that makes her really feel like a threat and worthy successor  to her father’s empire.

The art isn’t bad but, the style isn’t my personal taste and that is where I am with this first volume. It’s a lot of set up and a lot I like, but at the same time, it doesn’t quite click for me.

This collects Batman, Incorporated #0-6.

Story: Grant Morrison Art: Chris Burnham and Frazer Irving
Story: 6.75 Art: 7 Overall: 6.75 Recommendation: Read

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Review – Requiem’s Batman Incorporated #9, Teen Titans #18, Nightwing #18 and Red Hood and the Outlaws #18

Batman Incorporated #9

batman incorporated #9 coverThe fallout from last month’s shocking turn of events has Batman on the run! Is The Dark Knight a murderer? Batman Inc. is still battling their foe, Leviathan. This is the continuation of the previous issues shocking event. Batman and his allies deal with the death of Robin and getting their collective butts handed to them.

This issue is filled with sorrow. There’s also another death of a Batman Inc. member that has to be dealt with and that’s done as well. But, again, there’s a lack of emotional heft that I’ve felt has been an issue with a lot of the  “Requiem” tie-in comics.

Morrison, in the last issue, gave us what should have been an emotional and shocking moment. Instead, it came off as a stunt in that issue. Here, I’d hope for a melancholy issue full of emotional outpouring. Instead it feels like the regrouping of Batman and his allies after getting their asses handed to them.

There just hasn’t been a reflection that I’ve been hoping for. Face it, this isn’t the first time Batman has gotten a kid killed. You’d think there’d be some more reaction, just based on that.

Much like most of what I’ve read of Morrison’s the story jumps around, almost to the point of choppiness. I know some folks are huge fans, but I’m not one of them. I can only recommend this issue for folks who have been keeping up with the storyline. Definitely not a point for new readers to jump on and find out what’s going on.

Story: Grant Morrison Art: Chris Burnham and Jason Masters

Story: 7 Art: 7 Overall: 7 Recommendation: Read

Teen Titans #18

Teen Titans #18 coverUnknown to the Teen Titans, Red Robin’s condition is worsening after the events of “Death of the Family.” And now Red Robin must face an even greater tragedy! The new Dr. Light is coming for Solstice! Guest-starring the Suicide Squad!

Red Robin (was he a Robin? I’m kind of confused) is a close member of the Batman family and here he deals with the death of Damian in some pretty touching scenes. They’re a little by the books, but still touching.

What’s good though is Lobdell uses this death to focus on Red Robin’s mission. He formed the Teen Titans to protect super powered teens. With the death of Damian, he failed. And there’s all the other death’s on his hands. He’s not doing so hot when it comes to his mission.

So, he takes the Teen Titans on a mission to free another teen from Amanda Waller’s prison. That puts them directly in the cross hairs of the Suicide Squad. Lots of fighting ensues and it’s entertaining.

There’s also a nice twist, but that I don’t want to give away.

Overall, the issue feels like a bit of a kick start and mission statement for the series. Nice to see the death of a character lead in a positive direction and used for the narrative good, instead of just shock.

Story: Scott Lobdell Art: Eddy Barrows and Eber Ferreira

Story: 7.5 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Buy

Nightwing #18

Nightwing #18 coverDick Grayson lost so much during “Death of the Family” that some new events are going to push him right over the edge! Nightwing has almost no hope left until the chance for vengeance presents itself. What decisions will he make?

We know there’s some big changes in store for Dick Grayson. With the next issue, he heads to Chicago, so this issue is a bridge between the death of Damian and his new location. It’s a reflection of the past as well as a look towards the future.

The issue feels like it’s an attempt to wrap up some plot points and ghosts haunting Grayson. He still spent time as Batman in the New 52, so he was a partner of Damian’s. The death of his former partner weighs on him, as well as his past role as Robin. And out of all of the characters, his seems to be the most emotional and believable. There is some catharsis and reaction here that totally makes sense. And it’s more than welcome, since it’s missing from a few other issues where it should have been more prevalent.

The issue is solid for another reason, it’s a good jumping on point. There’s some big changes coming for Nightwing, and this is the point new readers can hop on to find out this change’s motivation. It accomplishes two things, allows Nightwing to deal with the past and look towards the future. It’s one of the best of the “Requiem” tie-ins.

Story: Kyle Higgins Art: Roger Bonet

Story: 7.75 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.75 Recommendation: Buy

Red Hood and the Outlaws #18

Red Hood and the Outlaws #18 coverJason Todd suffered terribly at the hands of The Joker in “Death of the Family,” and now he’s changing the Outlaws’ mission! Something is bound to break with all that’s happened…will it be Jason’s soul?

So, did Jason die in the New 52? I stopped reading this series only a few issues in, so not sure what was retconned and which is still events. But, I’m going to assume that Jason was still killed at the hands of the Joker, instead of just being beaten severely.

So, you’d think next to Batman, Jason would be the most affected. Especially since the Joker tortured him a bit more than the rest. The story is two parts. There’s Jason struggling with his torture. The other part deals with Bruce/Batman dealing with the fact he has failed twice now when it comes to Robins.

First, there’s the pseudo issue with the fact this has Batman sitting around a lot when the other issues has him acting a lot and getting his aggression out by beating people up.

Then there’s what’s going on within Jason’s psyche. I really don’t know much about his coming back from the dead and whatever else was referenced in this issue. It’s interesting, but predictable. I’m sure there’s more to it for long time readers and fans.

The issue had a bit of the emotion other issues of “Requiem” has missed. It’s a predictable issue, but a decent read.

Story: Scott Lobdell Art: Timothy Green II

Story: 7.25 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.25 Recommendation: Read

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Review – Batman Incorporated #8

robin-batman-inc-8It’s the biggest buzzed about comic this week, Batman Incorporated #8 got the major newspaper treatment with it’s shocking twist spoiled before the Wednesday release date. This is the final showdown between Batman Inc. and Leviathan and everything that Morrison has been planning since the beginning of the series has lead to this issue’s stunning events.

Batman Inc., a global organization created by Bruce Wayne and his allies, has changed the world by using the symbolic power of the Batman on a global scale. But, Batman Inc. has been facing it’s greatest threat, Leviathan.

Leviathan is a terrorist organization formed by Talia al Ghul. They’ve created a “ring of terror” ensnaring hundreds of innocent children and turning them into killers targeting Batman and his allies across the globe.

I am a read who read the first two issue of the series, then dropped it, it didn’t do a whole lot for me. To me Morrison is very hit and miss, and his Batman has been largely miss in my eyes. But, this is an issue I thought I had to read due to the main stream media headlines. Yes, DC’s press shop did their work and got me to want to check out the series.

I found a fairly spare comic with little dialogue and lots of action. I felt like I was dropped in the middle of an action movie during the big action sequence towards the end of the movie. I missed the set up, I missed the reasons. I’m just watching the ass-kicking, but don’t really know why it’s going on.

But this issue is about that shocking moment. I read the other Batman books, so wanted to see the act that’ll impact them. And that to me is this comic. It’s lots of hoopla over one panel. The comic itself feels flimsy to me story wise. There’s lots of action. There’s lots of quips. And it’s fun, but without reading the rest of this story, this issue doesn’t quite have the impact I’d have expected it to.

I like Damian, he’s grown on me as a character and I enjoyed watching his relationship with Bruce/Batman grow. Sadly it was cut short way to soon and in a way that robs the character of the emotional impact he deserves.

But, there’s something, not sure what that just feels empty to me with how this act goes down. The emotional part of it is missing to me and overall that’s a let down. I think the greater impact of this issue will be the aftermath shown in other books, because based off of this issue, we’ll have to look for that key component elsewhere. That’s where I’m hoping to find that feeling of loss that this issue lacked.

Story: Grant Morrison Art: Chris Burnham

Story: 6.5 Art: 7.25 Overall: 6.75 Recommendation: Pass

Preview – Happy! #4 (of 4)

Happy! #4 (of 4)

Story by: Grant Morrison Art By: Darick Robertson Variant Cover by: Frank Quitely
Price: $2.99

Christmas is here and the bad men are about to open their presents! It’s showdown time but can Nick Sax save the day without Happy to help him – or will he screw this up like everything else? You must not miss the blood-drenched conclusion of our heartwarming Yuletide classic!

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