Starting tomorrow, the Avengers and the X-Men, two of the most popular franchises in comics history, go to war! Yes indeed, Avengers vs. X-Men starts tomorrow! It’s gonna be a 12-issue twice monthly series — well, I guess you can make that a 13-issue series counting this zero issue — featuring what looks to be some of the biggest and baddest superhero fights in recent memory.
AVENGERS VS X-MEN #0 (OF 12)
Written by Brian Michael Bendis & Jason Aaron
Art by Frank Cho
The return of the Scarlet Witch! What does this mean for the mutant messiah Hope? Three of the hottest names in comics kick off the biggest event in Marvel history! And did we mention Frank Cho on art?!
The "biggest event in Marvel history," eh? Well, all marketing skepticism aside, I do have to say they have a mighty impressive line-up of talent on this sucker. Aside from those names above, look for Jonathan Hickman, Ed Brubaker, Matt Fraction, John Romita Jr. and more.
I guess the story goes a little like this: the Avengers and X-Men have learned that the Phoenix Force is on a crash course for Earth… and it needs a new host to unleash its immeasurable power. And I guess that leads to Avengers vs. X-Men? I don’t know. But I do know I really dig that massive promo image. And props to Marvel for supporting it in multiple media, including a Google+ hangout! If you’re into that sorta thing.
Marvel Comics’ Avengers vs. X-Men #0 comes out this Wednesday!
Though the big Marvel event of the week is clearly Avengers vs. X-Men (which we’ll discuss a little later today), right now we want to mention all the other titles the House of Ideas has lined up for Wednesday! We’ll start things off with Avenging Spider-Man #5! Though next issue kicks off the "Omega Effect" featuring Punisher and Daredevil, before we get there Marvel’s giving us what looks like it could be a rad little one-off by writer Zeb Wells and artist Leinil Francis Yu!
AVENGING SPIDER-MAN #5
Written by Zeb Wells
Art by Leinil Francis Yu
Spider-Man Meets Captain America…And It May Hurt A Lot! Special Guest Artist Leinil Yu Brings Together The World’s Two Favorite Super Heroes As The Most Action Packed New Book Of The Year Continues! You’re Going To Need New Pants After This One.
Also from Marvel this week, we can’t leave all the avenging work to Spider-Man… some of it has to go to Avengers #24.1 and New Avengers #23! Both feature a distinctly Hulk-ish flavor. In the former, we get a Vision story and are taken back to the moment when She-Hulk literally ripped Vision and half. (He’s healed.) In the latter, Skaar has dropped his cover and is about to start busting some heads.
And speaking of Hulk, he graces the cover of Ultimate Comics Ultimates #8 (which you can see on the New Comics This Wednesday post). Don’t bother him, he’s busy taking it to the Children of Tomorrow. Also look for Daredevil #8, which I have to say features one of the coolest covers of the week (you’ll have to wait til tomorrow to see it) and finds DD, as they say in the opening credits of The Wire, "waaay dooooown in a hooooole!"
Finally, there’s Mighty Thor #12. It’s part five of The Mighty Tanarus storyline. When last we saw him, it had been revealed that he was not really the God of Thunder, but Ulik the Troll. Meanwhile, the real Thor is fighting his way free of the Demagorge’s digestive tract!
MIGHTY THOR #12
Written by Matt Fraction
Art by Giuseppe Camuncoli
Thor Vs Tanarus! Asgardia Vs. The Troll Insurrection! The All-Mother Vs. The Norn Queen!
All those comics and more come out on Wednesday!
Some great jumping-on points are the story for DC’s lineup this week! Starting with Superman #7, which boasts the new writing team of Keith Giffen and Dan Jurgens. So, if you weren’t really into the very talky 1970s vibe of George Perez’s writing style, you can hop on this week for the 1980s vibe of Giffen and Jurgens! Hey-O-O-O-O! But seriously, just taking a flip through I can tell it has a totally different feel to it.
Written by Keith Giffen, Dan Jurgens
Art by Dan Jurgens, Jesus Merino
The start of an insanely epic arc from the new writing team of Keith Giffen and Dan Jurgens! New love interests, new roommates, and a new foe: the wicked Helspont! What does this monster want with Superman, and how does it all connect to the Daemonites?
Also this week, there’s Aquaman #7 from writer Geoff Johns and artist Ivan Reis, which likewise kicks off a new storyline! Who destroyed Atlantis? We just might find out.
Finally, the big event of the week in the New 52 might just be the start of the "Rise of the Vampires" crossover story, which starts in Justice League Dark #7 and continues into I, Vampire #7! The latter has been one of our favorites since the DC relaunch and is easily the biggest surprise. The story will be four parts, finishing up in next month’s issues of the above titles.
I VAMPIRE #7
Written by Joshua Hale Fialkov
Art by Andrea Sorrentino
Straight off the shocking events of last issue and continuing the story from this month’s JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #7, Andrew Bennett finds himself in a place he never thought he’d reach during his countless decades walking the Earth. But his absence on Earth signals a deadly loss of order in the vampire hierarchy, as the savage attack on humanity he’s long feared looks like its coming to pass.
Those titles and more all come out on Wednesday!
Another new series debuts this week from DC Comics’ Vertigo imprint! This time, vampires and zombies…
NEW DEADWARDIANS #1 (OF 8)
Written by Dan Abnett
Art by I. N. J. Culbard
Another vampire/zombie comic? Really, Vertigo? Trust us. This is different.
In post-Victorian England, nearly everyone of the upper classes has voluntarily become a vampire to escape the lower classes who are all zombies. Into this simmering cauldron is thrust Chief Inspector George Suttle, a lonely detective who’s got the slowest beat in London: investigating murders in a world where everyone is already dead! But when the body of a young aristocrat washes up on the banks of the Thames, Suttle’s quest for the truth will take him from the darkest sewers to the gleaming halls of power, and reveal the rotten heart at the center of this strange world.
The New Deadwardians is brought to vivid life by fan-favorite writer Dan Abnett (Resurrection Man, Legion Lost) with art by newcomer I. N. J. Culbard (At The Mountains of Madness).
You have to appreciate their self-awareness on this one. Vampire and zombie stories seem to be taking over. But to their credit this one does sound pretty cool. Writer Dan Abnett is normally known for his work over at Marvel with co-writer Andy Lanning, but I guess he’s branching out! I also like his pitchj for the story:
"This is a story about zombies and vampires, but don’t reject it wholesale on those grounds. It’s essentially a Victorian Gothic detective story set in an alternate history England, circa 1900. It’s Downton Abbey (hugely popular British period drama) meets The walking Dead. I imagine it having quite a formal, serious style, like From Hell as drawn by Herge."
DC Comics/Vertigo’s The New Deadwardians #1 comes out on Wednesday!