Welcome back to Four-Color Bullet! The reviews aren’t quite so plentiful as last week, but let’s get down to business!
My pull list this week consisted of The All-New, All Different Avengers #10 from Marvel, Moon Knight #3 from Marvel, Civil War II #1 from Marvel, Rebirth: Green Arrow, Rebirth: Superman, Rebirth: Batman, and Rebirth: Green Lanterns. All number ones and all from DC Comics. In ANAD Avengers, the all new, all different team go on their first space mission to find Nova’s dad. By Mark Waid and Mahmud Asrar. In Moon Knight, Marc and company continue their escape from the mental asylum, which may or may not be an illusion crafted by Ammut, servant of the god Seth. By Jeff Lemire and Greg Smallwood. In Rebirth: Green Arrow #1, the start of DC’s new status quo continues as Green Arrow and Black Canary are inexplicably drawn together, just in time to investigate the disappearance of Seattle’s homeless. By Benjamin Percy and Otto Schmidt. In Rebirth: Batman #1, Batman takes on the Calendar Man, and recruits a new ally. By Scott Snyder and Tom King and Mikel Janin. In Rebirth: Superman #1, the pre-Flashpoint Superman takes over the role after the death of the New 52 Superman. If you haven’t been keeping up with Superman, like I haven’t, I would suggest picking up the eight-issue mini Superman: Lois and Clark before reading this one. It might allay some of the confusion. In Rebirth: Green Lanterns #1, Corps trainer Hal Jordan literally forces Lanterns Simon Baz and Jessica Cruz of Sector 2814 to work as a team, and just in time to face a threat from the Manhunters. By Geoff Johns, Sam Humphries, Ethan van Sciver, and Ed Benes. Great books, all.
Another war begins. The spoils? The future.
The Marvel Universe is about to have to choose sides. Friend will fight friend, and the line will be split down the center of the Marvel Universe. If this sounds like 2006’s Civil War, you’re not wrong. But the stakes are higher this time, and the shocks and twists are bound to be plentiful. The debate this time isn’t to register or not to register. This time it’s, if you have the means to change the future, do you?
Without giving spoilers away, because it’s possible some of you haven’t read it (and I don’t want to be that guy), “protect the future” or “change the future” are the choices the heroes find themselves up against when they discover a means to change the future. If you find out something bad is going to happen, do you stop it? If you find out that someone is going to grow up to be the worst tyrant the world has ever known, do you kill that someone? Is the future set in stone or will things happen differently? Where do you draw the line?
Captain Marvel and her team, The Ultimates, which exists by that very mission statement, to stop crimes before they happen, acts on information provided from the future, which results in the very unexpected death of a beloved B-list character. And as if that wasn’t bad enough, it results in the apparent death of still another important member of the Marvel U. And from there, things get nuts.
Writer Brian Michael Bendis is no stranger to big events, and he solidly delivers on this one. The story takes off at page one, with almost all of Marvel herodom assembled. David Marquez and Justin Ponsor knock it out of the park with art and colors. Clean, and crisp, exciting visuals from both.
This is more than a fight from government oversight. There is a big decision to be made. Because Captain Marvel’s group acted before an agreement could be reached on how to use this new, prophetic tool, there’s a price to be paid. I think we’re all suffering from event fatigue, but this is one to take a deep breath and hop into. This is just the beginning, and you won’t want to miss out on what happens here. Be sure to read the issue before you see spoilers. The Marvel Universe is about to explode. The next big event is here, and there will be blood.
That’s it for this week. Not to sound like a DC shill, but go check out Rebirth if you haven’t already. I think you’ll be pleased. I won’t give you your money back if you don’t like it, but we can always talk about it.