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Comics Screed : Kevin Smith, X-Men, Superman, Legion of Superheroes
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© Jay Willson
August 25, 2008

Howdy! I'm back again with another Screed about current comics. Let’s take a look at some of the latest news that has come our way:

ITEM! Smith Batman on the schedule! Batman: Cacophony #1, written by Kevin Smith with art by Smith pal Walt J. Flanagan, features covers by Adam Kubert. Film writer/ director Kevin Smith (Green Arrow, Daredevil, Clerks) writes this 3-part miniseries beginning in November, in which Green Arrow villain Onomatopoeia returns to drive Batman batty with a click and a bang.

ITEM! Marvel Team-Up. A four-issue miniseries featuring the X-Men and Spider-Man begins in November, from writer Christos Gage and artist Mario Albert. X-Men/Spider-Man (great name, huh?) is a miniseries that involves a number of the X-characters, and takes place over generations, with the story beginning during the Silver Age, around the time of X-Men #66.

Boy, another book written by Christos Gage. This guy must have cloned himself.

ITEM! X-Kings. X-Men: Kingbreaker is a four issue mini-series sequel to X-Men: Emperor Vulcan and is part of the storyline that leads to the War of Kings series. Written by Chris Yost, Kingbreaker involves Havok, Polaris, and Rachel Grey in a battle against Vulcan (the bother of Alex and Scott Summers) who is now the ruler of the Shi’ar. The artist for the series, yet to be named, starts in December.

I love the artwork of Yet to be Named. He’s a fan-favorite.

ITEM! More X: Weapon X: First Class, written by Marc Sumerak and features artwork by Mark Robinson and Tim Seeley, will be out in November. The story features Wolverine during his involvement in the Weapon X program, bringing new details to light about his horrible past. Each issue also features a 10 page back-up story that focuses on characters who are part of Wolverine’s past, such as Sabretooth, Deadpool and Gambit.

I may turn into “Weapon Y" if I have to read another story involving Wolverine and his past.

ITEM! New Robin Writer. Tying into the events of Batman R.I.P. from the point of view of Robin, Fabian Nicieza's is scripting the next stage in Robin's life in the Search For A Hero storyline, with art by Freddie Williams (Flash). I was sorry to see Chuck Dixon leave Robin, especially with his clever reintroduction of the Spoiler to the series, but we’ll see what Fabian Nicieza does with the character. Right after I figure out how to pronounce Nicieza's name, that is.

ITEM! Superman gets a New Krypton. October marks the start of a nine-part epic starring Superman and the sudden appearance of 100,000 Kryptonians on Earth. Featuring stories by Geoff Johns, James Robinson and Sterling Gates, these issues are illustrated by Pete Woods, Gary Frank, Renato Guedes, Jamal Igle and others. The series starts with Superman: New Krypton Special #1 in October, and continues in a 12 part series tying into the Superman, Action and Supergirl storylines of the fall.

I was just getting used to old Krypton, and now this?

ITEM! Black Panther gets Scalped. Jason Aaron, fresh from Vertigo’s Scalped series, is the new writer on Black Panther. Joining him is artist Jeff Palo. The “See Wakanda and Die" storyline began in July and will run for the next few months. I wouldn’t mind seeing Wakanda, but you can keep the "die" part.

Decent Read of the week: Final Crisis: Legion of Three Worlds #1 I feel like I’ve died and gone to geek heaven! Geoff Johns and George Perez doing the Legion of Superheroes, with Johns taking on the explanation for the multiple versions of the Legion appearing in the DCU.

This is a great first issue, with terrific artwork by George Perez and Scott Koblish, and Johns brings his usual excellence to the writing of the book. Although this is just part 1, things get off to a rollicking and fun start. A must have for all Legion of Super-Heroes fans.

No turkeys this week, at least none that I’ve read, yet. See you next time in THE COMICS SCREED!

If Jay Willson ruled the Shi'Ar, he'd get some stuff done around there.

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