So Many New Comics!

Apparently the time has come for Marvel and DC to start announcing new comics for the Fall. DC has a slew of new titles, while Marvel is relaunching Captain America yet again – but this time with a pretty big twist!

In All-New Captain America #1, Rick Remender will be writing about a new hero taking over Captain America’s mantle. Apparently in the latest Cap stories, the Super Soldier Serum has been pulled out of him, leaving Cap as a 90-year-old man stuck in a hospital bed. He’ s still as sharp as ever, and determined to be a leader, but it’s time for someone new to take on the mantle.

Let it be Cyclops!

Remender had this to say about Cap:

“He’s a man in his 90s now without the frame or physical strength, but that doesn’t mean he’s out of the fight. He’s basically orchestrating things and playing tactician, fighting against Zola, using his friends in the Avengers to try and do so. He’s waging a war from a room rather than the front lines, which is new for Steve. There might be some shuffle boarding in his future. I do like the idea of giving Steve a bit of a break once the new Cap steps up and takes the mantle for a while. Steve’s going to continue to play a role in the series as mentor and tactician and eye in the sky, running ops and things. He’s got all of his faculties and is still the super soldier he earned the right to be called; he just lacks the physical form.”

Obviously Steve Rogers will return to the role of Captain America before too long. Probably in time for the Avengers next year, or his next movie. Hopefully Remender will get an awesome story out of the change, like Ed Brubaker did when he had Bucky take over as Captain America for awhile, or when Dan Slott wrote about Doctor Octopus taking over as Spider-Man. Both were great comics.

I haven’t been reading the series, so I don’t know who’s in the running to be the replacement, but Bleeding Cool has a pretty good idea. Don’t click if you don’t want to be spoiled…though it’ll probably be spoiled on the Internet at large before too long.

Bleeding cool also seems convinced that a Spider-Woman and an Ant-Man comic are on the way. The latter one is guaranteed, considering the movie. And if it really is drawn by Chris Samnee, then count me in thricefold!

Meanwhile, DC Comics is doubling down on titles that will surely be cancelled within the year. First there was Arkham Manor and Gotham Academy announced a few weeks ago, which I foolishly forgot to write about. The latter of the two might actually be pretty neat, considering Becky Cloonan is writing. I’m pretty sure she’s awesome.

Then DC announced yesterday a new series called Trinity of Sin starring Pandora, Phantom Stranger and the Question.

She’s missing her fedora

I have no idea what would possibly compel DC to publish this comic. For some reason, they still seem to think that anybody cares about Pandora. I don’t think anybody has ever cared about Pandora. And it didn’t help when the big reveal of Pandora’s Box and the Trinity War turned out to be nothing but a prologue to Forever Evil. The big secret behind the New 52 was nothing but a prologue!

Is anybody reading the Pandora or Phantom Stranger comics? Not that every comic needs to be about Batman, but these characters are just so boring! And I can’t imagine DC doing anything interesting with their new cosmic version of the Question. That may be my least favorite New 52 character revamp.

There’s an interview with writer J.M. DeMatteis at that link. I can’t bring myself to care enough to search through it for a good quote. Nothing against the guy, I know he’s a great writer, but I can’t imagine there’s one iota of interest in this comic from the reader community.

The other DC trainwreck is going to be Lobo, by Cullen Bunn, starring that new Lobo DC created that everybody either hates or forgot existed.

A gun and a sword? He must be cool!

Remember him? I do, barely. What I remember most is that everybody hated the design. And when I read his comic, I was completely underwhelmed. And that was, what, a year ago? Why didn’t they give Lobo a comic back then? Why wait all this time? Were they specifically waiting for everyone to lose interest in a character they never liked in the first place?

Is my bias showing through? I’m excited for what Marvel has to offer, and I’m pretty sure DC are still just throwing crap at the wall and hoping something sticks.


About Sean Ian Mills

Hello, this is Sean, the Henchman-4-Hire! By day I am a mild-mannered newspaper reporter in Central New York, and by the rest of the day I'm a pretty big geek when it comes to video games, comic books, movies, cartoons and more.

Posted on July 8, 2014, in Comics, DC, Marvel and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. The Spider-Woman series will apparently be drawn by Greg Land. So I definitely won’t be picking it up, but it does hopefully mean that the hack will be leaving Mighty Avengers. If he does, then I’ll be so happy.

    With the Ant-Man one we’ll see. Though, a quick note: The sketches from that article were from 2010, and were actually a redesign for Hank Pym. (Also, even if Samnee does the design for Lang, that’s no guarantee he’ll draw the interiors. Let’s not forget that, since doing the amazing redesign of the Captain Marvel uniform, Jamie McKelvie still has yet to draw her in a comic. Anyway, if they make an Ant-Man series, my vote for writer goes to Kelly Sue DeConnick or Kathryn Immonen. They’re pretty much my default first choices for ANY book right now.

    The easy betting is on Falcon replacing Captain America.

    • Those Samnee Ant-Man samples may be old, but that’s exactly what I want an Ant-Man costume to look like. I loved Scott Lang’s late 90s costume with a passion.

      Kathryn Immonen on a Scott Lang Ant-Man comic sounds like a dream come true. And yes, drawn by Samnee, because I can dream.

  2. The important thing for me is that Catwoman is getting a new creative team. Finally the era of Ann Nocenti has come to an end.
    Of course, there’s a very high chance that the incoming team will suck, just because it’s DC. But I’m holding out hope.

  3. Also, the new Lobo comic sounds awful. Apparently they’re going to try to make him more relatable and sympathetic. Which is the dumbest idea ever. It’s Lobo. Lobo is not complicated. Lobo is not emotional. Lobo smokes, hits shit and makes funny quips. How hard can this be?!

  4. You’re wrong about the Phantom Stranger. I think it has been a great book, and I’m really sorry it has been cancelled. You’ll also find quite a few reviewers who feel the same, along with readers. So, I will read the Trinity of Sin.

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