Want a little peek into the mind of creating weekly geeky listicles? So there I was putting together a list of comic book clowns based on the movie It, since I watched it and enjoyed it this month, and everybody loves comic book clowns. But as I was writing an intro — just like this one — I started talking up the awesomeness of The Losers Club. Those kids were the best part of the movie!
Granted, the kids themselves weren’t losers, they were pretty great. But it got me thinking about all the best loser clubs in comics! Not every super team can be the Justice League or even the Legion of Doom. Sometimes we get purposefully silly teams of losers who are too pathetic to amount to much! And I tend to love all those teams! They’re too pathetic and adorable not to love!
Join me after the jump for the best, most endearing teams of super losers in comics!
Happy Fourth of July, my American readers! I hope you’re all out blowing up a small part of your country today! I’m picnicking with the family and hopefully having a blast. My brother is in town, so he and I can finally have a face-to-face conversation instead of staying in touch via the comments section on my blog.
We’ve got some quality comics this week, especially out of DC. I’m finally buying a regular Superman comic after years ignoring Big Blue. I only wish I could say the same about Bizarro. I had such high hopes for that book. Marvel delivered a cosmic one-two punch with both Darth Vader and Princess Leia, and my humor quota is filled by another great issue of Unbeatable Squirrel Girl.
Which easily wins Comic Book of the Week when Squirrel Girl takes on the Avengers!
Though it has some stiff competition from Secret Wars #4, which I reviewed over at Word of the Nerd. Secret Wars might be the best crossover in a while. I’m really enjoying the power and energy of Jonathan Hickman and Esad Ribic on that series.
Comic Reviews: Action Comics #42, Bizarro #2, Darth Vader #7, Princess Leia #5 and Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #7.
Good news, everyone! The Gamer Girl & Vixen Kickstarter hit it’s goal yesterday! I’m going to get to make my comic! Woohoo! And you’re all still welcome to head on over and pre-order your copies of Gamer Girl & Vixen! Big thanks, of course, to you Henchies you already have. You peeps are the best!
Meanwhile, I’ve got a mega stack of other comics to review this week! After last week’s super dinky pile of comics, and considering DC is finally done with Convergence, I decided to just go nuts today and review a heck ton of comics! I’m really surprised with myself…and may have overdone it a little bit. We’ve got Action Comics, Bizarro, and Green Lantern, as well as a whole bunch of Marvel comics to boot! If you like reading Hench-Sized Comic Book Reviews, then today you get your fill!
Comic Book of the Week goes to that wonderful, that delightful, Unbeatable Squirrel Girl! There’s just nothing funnier!
Over at Word of the Nerd, you can check out my review of Secret Wars #3. That series is humming along nicely. I’m reading a few of the tie-ins, but none of them are in this review stack, unfortunately. There were just too many worthy regular comics to read.
Comic Reviews: Action Comics #41, All-New X-Men #41, Bizarro #1, Darth Vader #6, Green Lantern #41, Princess Leia #4, Spider-Woman #8, Star Wars #6 and Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #6.
Breaking comic book news today is that DC Comics is going to do a little rebranding of the New 52 this June. They aren’t producing 52 comics a month anymore, so the name doesn’t make any sense. The New 52 continuity and characters will remain the same, but they’re bringing in 24 new comics and basically just doing away with the ‘New 52’ name tag. All of this will launch after the April-May Convergence mini-series. IGN has part of the scoop. And CBR has some more! And Newsarama has even more!
Chief among the new comics will be something called We Are Robin. I have no idea what this is, but I am hugely excited!
I’m going to be scouring the Internet for any news about this series. Will it star the various Robins already hanging out in Gotham City? Or, like the cover implies, will it be about a bunch of street kids who wear Robin-branded clothing? Who knows! I am beyond excited to find out.
Also announced is a new solo series for Damian Wayne, which will replace the Batman and Robin ongoing. Robin: Son of Batman will be written and drawn by Patrick Gleason, a true superstar!
No word yet why Robin will be teaming up with a giant red monster.
There will also be new comics for Bat-Mite, Bizarro, Black Canary, Cyborg, Dr. Fate, Martian Manunter and many more. My favorite comic book artist, Bryan Hitch, will also be taking over both writing and art duties on Justice League! Check out the various titles at the links above.
Another announcement I’m excited about will see Starfire split away from the long-running Red Hood and the Outlaws comic into her own series, written by the Harley Quinn team of Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner, with art by Emanuela Lupacchino. That sounds pretty amazing, considering I love me some Harley Quinn comic. The Outlaws book will be shrunk down to just Red Hood/Arsenal. Could this be an attempt to finally cater to fans of the Teen Titans cartoon? Starfire’s new costume seems to suggest as much (though she’s still wearing incredibly short shorts)!
That is a damn good idea, since everybody was pretty soured to Starfire in the New 52, whereas she could be getting a ton of fans.
I’m going to try to update this post throughout the day with new information as it comes in! For me, I’m just excited to see Robin getting some attention! I can’t wait to find out more about We Are Robin!
What do you henchies think? Any of these new comics look good to you? Or do you think DC should do away with the New 52 entirely? Looks to me like they’re going to take a play out of the Marvel NOW! playbook and just introduce waves of new titles to see what takes off. The focus of this new rebranding is to reach out to a wider audience. When the New 52 launched, it was rigidly tied to DC’s grim and gritty house style, but then both Marvel and DC had much more success with a wide variety of comics (like Ms. Marvel and Batgirl). Now it looks like DC learned their lesson. The house style is out and variety reigns!
I like the sound of that!
Sound off in the comments!
Christmas has come and gone, and both major comic book publishers decided to go really light this week. What’s up with that? Do they think we comic book geeks aren’t going to buy our favorite books just because New Comic Book Day falls on a holiday? For shame! But hey, at least my wallet isn’t complaining.
Even though this week saw only a few books released, they are some big ones. Origin II continues the early years of Wolverine, and Forever Evil and Justice League continue the whole Forever Evil foofarah. I hope it’s going somewhere good. Comic Book of the Week goes to Avengers #24! Jonathan Hickman actually delivers a comic I really enjoyed. I only wish his entire run had been this good.
Comic Reviews: Avengers #24, Forever Evil #4, Justice League #26 and Origin II #1.