The X-Men soft rebooted again last week (is this like the 4th one so far? I lost count) but I ain’t even mad at you, Marvel for doing it.
I was really enjoying the last incarnation of the Uncanny X-Men that started up last year and then I heard that they were going to stop Uncanny again (Ugh!) and restart with 2 new books: House of X #1 and Powers of X #1.
Now the names aren’t so great – House of X sounds like a 1990s fashion show and Powers of X sounds like a math book, but I was very excited about the creative teams on these books.
House of X is by writer Jonathan Hickman with art by Pepe Larraz
Powers of X is by writer Jonathan Hickman with art by R. B. Silva
Having read other Jonathan Hickman Marvel projects like Fantastic Four, Avengers and Secret Wars – I knew that the X-Men were in good hands and we can expect a really compelling story.
This is exactly what we got. Jon and I review the first 2 issues of House of X and the 1 issue of Powers of X that have come out so far. What I like best about these 2 series is that if you are new to the X-Men or a long time reader (like us), you start on the same page by getting introduced to familiar characters but in a new situation and trying to figure out where the story will go next. Sit back and enjoy the ride.
Spoilers on this podcast – we talk about the story in both but since it is only the beginning, there isn’t much to spoil. Jon and I take guesses on what the creative teams will do next.
We know you have been waiting for it and it has returned once again – a new comic review from Jon and Jim! Hurrah!
There are hundreds of titles that come out each month and some deserving comics get lost in the shuffle so it is up to us at Comics Misremembered to point out comics that are worth reading and you should pick up on your next trip to the local shop.
This week’s round-up are the following (including the time stamp in the podcast):
6:00 – Rough Riders – by Writer Adam Glass and Artist Patrick Olliffe. Published by Aftershock Comics
15:40 – Kill Or Be Killed – by Writer Ed Brubaker and Artist Sean Phillips. Published by Image Comics
34:10 – Avatarex: Destroyer of Darkness – by Writer Grant Morrison and Artist Jeevan J. Kang. Published by Graphic India
46:30 – The Black Monday Murders – by Writer Jonathan Hickman and Artist Tomm Coker. Published by Image Comics
All 4 of these comics are fantastic reads with incredible art work. They are different than your usual Super Hero books and that’s why we like ’em!
Listen to our review podcast for more detail on each book.
I have been reading comics for a few years now and have seen creative teams come and go from books. This is a fact of life in the industry. The team of writer and artist that is on your favorite book may not be there in a few years. When that creative team leaves, will you continue to read that book?
A recent example comes to mind: Jonathan Hickman was given the Fantastic Four to write about 4 or 5 years ago. I have always like the Fantastic Four and was excited to see what ideas Hickman would bring to the “Greatest Comic Magazine”. I was not disappointed. Hickman crafted a sprawling multi-year story arc that was epic in size and scope. One of the best runs on that title in years. He helped redefine the First Family of Marvel and breathed new life into a book on the verge of cancellation. But all good things must eventually come to an end. Hickman finally finished his story and moved on to the Avengers. Matt Fraction was the following writer. Nothing against Fraction, I think he is another great writer but the book wasn’t the same to me any more. I read a few more issues but finally left the book.
In our podcast this Sunday, I will be talking about another example like this but with a different writer and book.
Do you have any examples of books you left once the creative team changed?