Should hopefully be getting a couple of reviews up this week and next but in the mean time enjoy the pretty pictures!
Superman Exile (Dan Jurgens, Jerry Ordway, George Pérez & Roger Stern with Kerry Gammill, Dan Jurgens, Mike Mignola, Jerry Ordway, George Perez & Curt Swan)
Superman Exile has been on my to read list for a long time and thankfully I received a copy of the trade as a stocking filler type Christmas present! I finally got around to reading it the past couple of weeks and it did not disappoint! It is also oddly a very topical read in light of a recent movie that came out to do with the Man of Steel. So yes that does mean I will be talking about that particular film so there will be,
You have been warned!
Spoilers to blockbuster films to one side this is a very good read in itself. It is the first major post Byrne-era Superman story, so it is full of the trappings and humanism that John Byrne added to the character with his run on the various Superman titles at the time. So while I may not like the way Byrne handled Superman’s origins for his reboot I did like a lot of other aspects that he changed and introduced. This is a Superman who is actually a person; he has thoughts, feelings, a sense of self and doubts. Y’know just like most people in the world super or not. So if you are not a fan of Superman being a three dimensional character and prefer him on a holier than you pedestal that he can never live up to then this is not the book for you. But if you are a fan of Superman behaving like an actual person in extraordinary circumstances while going through a genuine crisis of faith about himself and his mission then yes, read this book! Read it ASAP!
I was going to throw up an embed/link to this video on Tuesday but life got in the way (this time it is epic car problems!). Still here it is, a look at Trinity War narrated by writer, Geoff Johns. It is a sort of trailer/story catchup. It is quite interesting really and it gives you a good look at what Geoff has been building up to with Justice League and Justice League of America the past year or so. Personally I’m looking forward to seeing how Trinity War plays out and the first issue of the crossover did not disappoint. (Hint: stuff went down and people on the internet got angry!)
So check it out and if you like the look of it pick up Justice League #22 which came out on Wednesday!
UPDATE: Marvel UK have released an easily embed-able YouTube version of the trailer!
I have a soft spot for trailers for comic book events and story lines. They are always cheesy and always exciting. They wet my appetite nicely and it is so infrequent/random as to which books get trailers that it is always a surprise when one comes along.
Infinity is an event that I have been watching the build up to closely. With the advent of Marvel NOW! I decided to give the cosmic side of Marvel’s output a go. I instantly fell in love with the characters and sheer epicness of the cosmic Marvel Universe so this big event bringing the cosmic and the normal together is a big deal for me. It is what Jonathan Hickman has been steadily building towards with his run on Avengers and New Avengers too so the payoff promises to be a big one.
However the most recent Marvel event, Age of Ultron left me a bit cold as it promised so much but failed to deliver on multiple levels. So I am hoping that Infinity sides on the good event book end of the scale rather than the pit reserved for things like Fear Itself among others.