Welcome to the Marvel Rundown! We’re trying something a bit different this week. Instead of taking a look at one book in particular, we decided to delve into the Heroes Reborn event so far, consisting of two main issues and two very good tie-ins, and analyse why this event is honestly a lot more engaging than a lot of Marvel’s more recent events.
We’ve got all that and some quick reflects on some journals in the Rapid Rundown section, all onward in this week’s instalment of the Marvel Rundown!
Heroes Reborn debuted less than a month after the conclusion of Marvel’s recent phenomenon, King in Black, and that is pretty odd. To start, they’re both not” original episodes .” They both to be derived from their respective operates, Donny Cates’ Venom and Jason Aaron’s Avengers, but what fixeds Heroes Reborn apart from King in Black is that it isn’t definitely portrayal the Marvel Universe as we know it to the international centre. It’s an alternate world fib, one that I admittedly was not looking forward to at all given how I feel about Aaron’s run on the deed, and quite frankly might be Marvel’s most unique event in years. There’s no attacking infantry , no dome around the world that allies can’t access , no charismatic yet creepy-crawly villain that has books wondering if their superstars can even stop them. This is a story where one dude, Blade, knows that there’s something severely wrong with everything, and that he somehow needs to set it right.
From Heroes Reborn# 2
The highlight of the phenomenon so far, in its second week, has been its tie-ins: Hyperion& the Imperial Guard by Ryan Cady, Michele Bandini, Elisabetta D’Amico, Erick Arciniega, and Cory Petit,& Peter Parker: The Amazing Shutterbug by Marc Bernardin, Rafael De LaTorre, Ron Lim, Scott Hanna, Jim Campbell, and Ariana Maher. These records has more or less fortified a thought that I’ve been echoing internally for a couple of years, which was well articulated in a wonderful article/ discussion by Vishal Gullapalli and Ritesh Babu, that Aaron is clearly particularly inspired by the DC Universe when it comes to his take on Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, and that Heroes Reborn provides as an unambiguous,” What if Marvel … but DC ?”
From Hyperion and the Imperial Guard# 1
The Squadron Supreme materialized early on in Aaron’s run, which invited some recreation narration into the fundamental difference between Marvel and DC’s superhero worlds, but this event merely smashes them together in a really refreshingly obvious behavior. You’ve got Hyperion who has always been a Superman analogue, numerous members of the Squadron who very closely manifest DC references like Wonder Woman and Batman, and, uh, Peter Parker is Jimmy Olsen. On top of that, you’ve got this, frankly, very Injustice layer of darkness settled in on top of everything. In Hyperion’s tie-in, he loses the adoration of his life and his close allies in a fight with the Brood, and later on comes across as very vigorous and unforgiving despite his image as America’s premier superhero. Peter photographs Hyperion and other superheroes for the Daily Bugle, but privately dislikes Hyperion because his actions during a big fight lead to the death of Aunt May. It skirts on the edge of grimdark, like with the scene where Hyperion perfectly eviscerates the Hulk with his laser-eyes while he cries out for Steve Rogers’ facilitate, confused as to why everything is wrong in the world. Again, unusually Injustice.
The artwork is obviously a major stopgap in the likenes “re going too” far. Dale Keown, Carlos Magno, Ed McGuinness, and Ron Lim are all somewhat launched Marvel craftsmen and their schemes and figures certainly keep the Marvel spirit intact. I exactly wish that, only two issues in, the contest had a little more imaginative compatibility. The lead story is already being handled by two artists while McGuinness is drawing a short coda.
As I have just mentioned, a huge positive is how different this event is from more recent events. Even phenomena with good openers like Empyre follow the same formula, so I like how Heroes Reborn is seemingly going to play out at a slower gait. I’m sure it’ll get in a big climactic battle, but I sure hope there’s not about to become a generic legion for our protagonists to take on.
I actually recommend this event so far, though I said the same of Empyre last year and it didn’t turn out so well. The main issues have been pretty strong and the tie-ins both tell a singular story and commit a little more background and flavour to the world and references. It’s certainly the best that Jason Aaron has been in a while.
From Peter Parker: The Amazing Shutterbug# 1
Children of the Atom# 3
Three issues into this series and things are starting to pick up. The formation of the sequence, with each controversy chronicled by a different member of the team as a behavior of introducing them to readers, continues to be a clever way to get to know these brand-new characters, and Vita Ayala’s character work even outside of the yarn has been pretty solid throughout. It’s a little disappointing to see a fill-in art team so soon on this notebook, but Paco Medina and David Curiel do a punishment hassle maintaining some visual firmnes with the series’ regular artwork team. Still, there are a lot of whodunits in this series that feel more like a hinderance to the story than a compelling reason to keep reading at this extent. The flashbacks in this week’s issue seem like the beginning of clearing up the central puzzle of the sequence, but the string also develops a ton of brand-new questions. Hopefully things are now beginning to manufacture more ability soon, and this streak can push forward in a meaningful space. — JG
Star Wars #13
This question has Luke, Chewbacca, C3-P0, and R2-D2 traveling to Nar Shaddaa following the events of the War of the Bounty Hunters- Alpha, to investigate a lead-in in their search for Han Solo and his captor the infamous prize hunter Boba Fett. The Star Wars books have had a very tight continuity since the majority of the comics have come back to the Marvel banner and the War of the Bounty Hunters storyline acquires it feel like a Marvel stun, for good or bad. Right now Marvel’s artistic lineup is possibly the best squad of Force nerds for this, and if they can sustain this level of craftsmanship, then I look forward to the other 32 diaries in this event. Hats off to writer Charles Soule, artist Ramon Rosanas, and colorist Rachelle Rosenberg for, without spoiling too much, this issue’s very cool, maybe iconic, lightsaber minutes. — GC3
Next week, Heroes Reborn continues, and Immortal Hulk: Time of Monsters finally debuts!
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