The big comic book news of the month is that writer Brian Michael Bendis has finally made the jump from Marvel to DC! This is pretty huge news! Bendis is one of the most popular and noted comic book writers of the modern era, having had a big hand in shaping the Marvel Universe for the past decade and beyond. This is the guy who created Jessica Jones, turned the Avengers into a popular comic book franchise and recreated the wheel with Ultimate Spider-Man.
It has always made sense for Bendis to eventually try out DC Comics for awhile. Lots of writers jump back and forth between the Big Two. Heck, Bendis was notable for having not done that. So it feels inevitable that some deal would be reached and his creative energy would be employed by the direct competition.
I, for one, am rather excited to see what Bendis writes at DC. I know I’ll be picking up his new comics, whatever they might be. And I just happened to have a couple suggestions.
Iron Man is going to be in comic books! The biggest movie star of the past decade is going to have his very own, mainlining comic book, written by one of the best writers in the industry. But then I’m being a little facetious. One of the first major comics of the All-New, All-Different Marvel relaunch in September will be Invincible Iron Man by Brian Michael Bendis and artist David Marquez, the team from Ultimate Spider-Man!
Bendis and Marquez were great together on the adventures of Miles Morales, so you better believe I’ll be picking up this new series. Based on the interview in USA Today, Marvel wants to make Iron Man the star of their comic book universe in the same way that he’s the star of the movieverse. That makes total sense to me. They tried that off-kilter Superior Iron Man for a bit, and I don’t know if it worked or not, but it was definitely off the beaten path. Now we’re going back to a more traditional, streamlined and hopefully awesome Iron Man.
I still fondly remember Matt Fraction’s Invincible Iron Man, which was also made to coincide with the movies. That was the first ongoing Iron Man comic I ever bought, and I bought and read the whole thing, it was that good! So I have high hopes for this new series.
Exciting news, boys and girls! Your new favorite X-Man and mine, Goldballs, finally has a legitimate superhero costume! It debuted in this week’s Uncanny X-Men #19! Check it out!
For those of you who don’t know, Goldballs, real name Fabio Medina, is the greatest new X-Man of the 21st century. And I’m being serious, unlike my take on Rush, the real character find of the 21st century. Goldballs is legitimately cool and funny, and I seriously want him to be an X-Man for a long time to come. Who does Brian Michael Bendis have to bribe to make that happen?
Goldballs has the awesome mutant power of launching golden balls out of his body. It’s an insanely weird power, but that is its appeal. Goldballs is weird, fat and dopey, the exact opposite of what’s expected of superheroes. And that’s why Goldballs is so cool! He’s an average guy with a weird power, but he could end up standing shoulder-to-shoulder with the likes of Wolverine, Nightcrawler, Storm or Colossus!
It would be neat!
It was only a few weeks ago that I was lamenting that Goldballs was fighting monsters in jungles in just shorts, sandals and a T-shirt.
So I’m glad to see him in a proper X-uniform! It’s not very personalized just yet, but it’s definitely perfect for a would-be X-cadet and trainee. It’s even got a touch of the 90s with that mask.
He might also get something even newer in June.
We’ll see! For now, Goldballs remains generally awesome.
Because why not?
Apparently Marvel took a look at their exhaustive Avengers comic book franchise – Avengers, New Avengers, Dark Avengers, Secret Avengers, Uncanny Avengers, Avengers Assemble and Avengers Arena – and realized that they don’t have a comic using the adjective ‘Mighty’, which is the classic Avengers adjective. So faster than you can say “give me another Avengers comic”, it seems that Marvel is going to do just that.
All week long, Marvel has been unveiling the lineup for a new series that so far is only titled ‘Mighty’. But why else use that adjective if you’re not then going to combine it with ‘Avengers’? The new comic isn’t going to be called ‘Mighty Heroes 4 Hire, that’s for sure’. That would never sell. The concept for the team is going to revolve around the upcoming series Infinity, Marvel’s next Big Event comic. While the normal Avengers are out in space dealing with Infinity, Luke Cage is going to remain on Earth and assemble a new team. I guess that’s a good enough reason to pop out yet another Avengers comic.
Unfortunately, I couldn’t care less about the characters on the team.
We’ve got Cage, She-Hulk, Superior Spider-Man, White Tiger, the new Power Man and Adam, the Blue Marvel, a character you’ve probably never heard of before because he only ever appeared in a single mini-series several years ago as a Superman-esque hero.
Are you kidding me!? Brian Michael Bendis is taking an obscure, Superman rip-off who only ever appeared in a single old mini-series and turning him into an Avenger? Does he live in some kind of fantasy land where he thinks people actually liked the Sentry? The Sentry was terrible. How could Marvel possibly think the Blue Marvel could be any better?
Alright, enough angry ranting. I just wish I knew what rules are in place when a writer puts together a new superhero team. How many times has this been done before? A writer creates a new comic and throws in a bunch of random characters to make a team. Bendis himself does it at least once a year. His original New Avengers reboot was that exact thing. As was every iteration of the Avengers comic that Bendis ever wrote. What about Matt Fraction’s Defenders series from a few years ago? Or any of a bajillion different X-Men comics?
I just don’t think team membership means anything to anyone anymore. Where are the days when team members actually meant something to one another? When they could actually build bonds and stick together for awhile? Why are these characters so utterly interchangeable, and why does Marvel feel the need to just keep cranking out random assortments of superheroes and calling them Avengers?
Anyway, that’s my rant for today. Take it for what you will.
Believe that Brian Michael Bendis can write a good Event Comic, that is. Marvel and Bendis finally got around to revealing the worst kept secret in comics: that his time on the Avengers will end next year with a 10-part Age of Ultron!
In good news, Bryan Hitch will be drawing the first half. And Bryan Hitch is amazing.
So basically, based on this interview, Age of Ultron is a story where the evil robot Ultron finally achieves world domination. Pretty fun, right? And from what I can tell, a few heroes like Spider-Man, Hawkeye and Moon Knight (of all people) are left to figure out how to save the day. Because Bendis absolutely loves Moon Knight, even though he couldn’t get his Moon Knight comic series to sell. The series is going to ship between March and June next year, so another quick event, similar to Avengers vs. X-Men. This is a smart way to do it. We don’t want Event Fatigue.
Bendis is definitely excited about it.
“I couldn’t be more excited for this book to hit the stands,” Bendis says. “Literally not a day has gone by that people haven’t asked me about this online. I know that people are looking forward to this, and have voiced so to me, so to finally debut it, and for it to be, I imagine, much more than people thought it was going to be, is very exciting for us. It takes one of Marvel’s classic villains to a level we’ve never seen before, and it pushes our Marvel heroes into a place that they’ve never been before, and gets us to a place in the Marvel Universe that you won’t be able to guess.”
Personally, I’m luke warm about this idea. I’ve never been a particularly big fan of Ultron, and he was already the major villain in Annihilation: Conquest a few years ago. He was defeated then too. However, considering how lame the Serpent turned out to be in Fear Itself, perhaps going with a known villain as the big bad is a smart way to go. Plus it’ll be a relief to have the heroes fighting a super-villain for once, instead of each other.
I’m also not a big fan of Bendis’ events. House of M, Seige and especially Secret Invasion were bollocks. They all basically amount to a lot of pointless build up, all leading to just a giant fight at the end where somebody shouts ‘Avengers Assemble!’ That’s how it always goes. So I don’t have much faith in him to pull this off.
But I can hope…