Embargoes have been lifted and the reviews of Doomsday Clock #1 are in! Are you checking them out? Are you excited for the series? Sound off in the comments below! While you decide on that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning round.
The Beat – C.B. Cebulski’s appointment as EiC signals that the old Marvel is dead – Some good info here.
Kotaku – Marvel Heroes Players Are Demanding Refunds For In-Game Purchases – A very good question. What happens to your digital goods when a game shuts down?
KHOU – Dad creates comic book character with Down syndrome for his son – This is fantastic. More of this please!
The Beat – Wizard World shuts down publishing plans – Yeah…
Talking Comics – Ninja-K #1
Atomic Junk Shop – Roughneck
It was new comic book day yesterday. What’d you get? What’d you dislike? Sound off in the comments below! While you decide on that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.
Around the Tubes
ICv2 – ‘Son of Shaolin’ OGN – At this point are there comics not optioned?
Norwich Bulletin – Items damaged at Putnam comic book store following Tuesday’s storms – This sucks! Go support this store!
Fresno Bee – His neighbor’s Atwater home burned down. Then he stole their comic books, police say – This is a rather strange story.
Kotaku – Marvel Heroes Stops Selling Fantastic Four Stuff – Interesting… Let the conspiracies spiral out of control!
Kotaku – Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite Aims To Prevent Endless Combos – Are folks happy or sad about this?
Around the Tubes Reviews
Newsarama – Batman/Elmer Fudd Special #1
CBR – Batman/Elmer Fudd Special #1
Newsarama – The Defenders #2
Talking Comics – Secret Empire #5
Newsarama – Secret Empire #5
CBR – Secret Weapons #1
ICv2 – Spell on Wheels TPB
Newsarama – Wonder Woman #25
Marvel Heroes Omega assembles one of the largest gatherings of iconic Super Heroes, Villains, and locations from the Marvel Universe in gaming history for its upcoming debut on PlayStation 4 later this year.
Band together with fellow adventurers in Earth’s mightiest Action-RPG, take the fight to Doctor Doom in an epic nine-chapter story campaign, and experience your favorite Heroes, including Captain America, Iron Man, Spider-Man, Wolverine, Deadpool, and more!
Ant-Man is the latest in the Marvel NOW! launches for characters that previously were better known for their roles in teams. For various reasons, the characters are ones that might never have been thought about whether they could lead their own series, and in Scott Lang’s case it would seem that it is because on the scale of Marvel Heroes that he is considered to be somewhat on the B-list of heroes. Certainly he has his fans, but the question is always whether that and enough buzz is enough to carry a series by itself. There is also an obvious tie-in to the future, as the upcoming Ant-Man film is likely to generate some interest in the character as well, and this series did have the benefit of premiering one day after the world got its first look at a trailer for the upcoming film.
The story takes a lot of this into consideration as it launches the character onto his own. Scott Lang is a very different Ant-Man than Hank Pym, and he is not one that is considered to be one of the smartest characters as is his predecessor. This is made abundantly clear throughout, that Scott while talented in his own ways, tends to be more reactive in his actions than proactive. This is perhaps less true in his heroics than it is in his private life, but both are woven together well here. The story revolves around Scott applying for a job as head of security at Stark Enterprises, and it is an interesting way to fill in his back story for the fans who are less familiar with the character. At the same time, he is shown dealing with the issues in his personal life that are harder for him to juggle than being a superhero, namely his failed marriage and his desire to maintain a parental role with his daughter. There are some high points throughout, particularly when he is competing for the job and then later in the last few pages when he comes to some conclusion over his family, and not any real low points throughout.
The end result is a well-packaged story that is a fun and often times funny read. There will be those that might think to disregard an Ant-Man comic because the hero lacks the same powers as others, but in doing so they would be overlooking a less common occurrence from the big two publishers, namely a story that is character driven more so than plot driven. As shown here, Ant-Man is a person first and a hero second, and with the tone of the book matching the sometimes awkwardly funny personality of the character, this series is likely to have a cult following for as long as it lasts.
Story: Nick Spencer Art: Ramon Rosanas
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy
See Drax, Gamora, Star-Lord and many more as the Guardians of the Galaxy add to the Marvel Heroes experience in 2015!
Doreen Green’s bushy tail and bashful smile may not look intimidating, but her powerful claws, formidable fighting skills, and unique mutant ability to command massive squirrel armies have helped her take down some of the most powerful villains in the Marvel universe including MODOK, Doctor Doom, and even Thanos.
In Marvel Heroes, Squirrel Girl can summon hundreds of squirrels to tear into her enemies with thousands of tiny teeth. Far from your average rodents, some of her furry friends come equipped with military-grade explosives and even Hulkbuster armor!
Summer is officially here and there’s lots of great movies out there, but more importantly, what comics will you be reading this summer?
Around the Tubes
ICv2 – Geek Movie Date Shuffle – Huh.
Cracked – The 5 Most Ridiculous Attempts to Reinvent Superheroes – I can think of worse.
Kotaku – General Zod and Man of Steel ’s Superman Fly Into Injustice Next Month – I want the Terrance Stamp version.
Around the Tubes Reviews
CBR – Batwoman #21
CBR – X-Files Season 10 #1
Eurogamer – Marvel Heroes
Koatku – Marvel Heroes