Defenders Assemble!

Defenders #1 by Matt Fraction and Terry Dodson

Next week, Marvel releases the highly anticipated return of the Defenders.  After years of sitting on the side lines, Marvel’s premiere “non-team” returns with a new line-up, new focus, and new creative team in “Fear Itself” writer Matt Fraction and former “Uncanny X-Men” artist Terry Dodson.

Though Fraction and Dodson have previously worked together on “Uncanny X-Men,” this is the first time they will be working in the “Marvel Style.”  The “Marvel Style” essentially amount to Dodson working off of Fractions plot rather than a full script, giving both creator’s a chance to equally add to the series.

The “Defenders” spins out of the aftermath of “Fear Itself” with the Incredible Hulk reaching out to former Defenders comrades Dr. Strange, Namor the Sub-Mariner, and the Silver Surfer for help.  During “Fear Itself” Hulk was possessed by the entity known as Nul, Break of Worlds, through an enchanted hammer.  When Hulk destroyed the hammer, he inadvertently released Nul in the process.  Hulk reaches out for help, and get it not only from his Defenders teammates, but the Immortal Iron Fist and Red She-Hulk as well.

This first story arc, however, is only the tip of the iceberg.  During this mission, these Defenders stumbles upon a secret that puts the Marvel Universe into perspective, not to mention mortal danger.  To make matters worse, this secret prevents the Defenders from telling there family, friends, and fellow heroes about the dangers to come.  Therefore, the Defenders take it upon themselves to defend humanity from this threat and “protect reality from insanity.”

The Defenders do battle with Nul, Breaker of Worlds

Marvel hopes the “Defenders” are able to find a wider audience with this newest iteration of the team.  With the “Avengers” continued success, one has to wonder if the “Defenders” are mighty enough to share shelf space with “Earth’s mightiest Heroes.”  The test of time only knows; even so, the “Defenders” make their triumphant return December 7th, 2011.

To Be Continued…

Batgirl: Bird of Prey

Batgirl officially joins the Birds of Prey cast in issue 4!

With the debut of DC Comics’ “New 52”, Barbara Gordon, one of the most popular female characters in all of comics, returned to her original identity of “Batgirl.”  This announcement came the time that an all new Birds of Prey comic by Duane Swierczynski and Jesus Saiz.  Barbara Gordon, who was the disabled “Oracle” in the old DCU, originally created and led the “Birds of Prey.”  While DC stated that Babs’ history with the “Birds” was still in continuity, the team would supposedly continue without her.

However, last week on the official DC Comics blog, “The Source” it was announced that Barbara Gordon would be returning to the “Birds of Prey” as “Batgirl!”  Though this was originally announced as a guest appearance, series writer Swierczynski confirmed that events in the title would lead ‘Batgirl’ to become a permanent member of the team.  Issue 4 is also promised to be a major status quo change for this volume of the series.

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To be continued…

Power Pack Returns! got an early look at some Marvel February Solicitations, and one book in particular caught my eye; FF #15:

FF meets PP!

The regular creative team of this series, Jonathan Hickman and Juan Bobillo will reunite the Power Pack in the pages of FF.  The predecessor for this series, Fantastic Four, is set to return next week for its 600th anniversary issue, and will continue from there.  However, the week after, FF will continue to issue 12 and onward as its own series, focusing its attention on the rest of the Future Foundation.  The cast of FF will include Franklin and Valeria Richards (the children of FF founders Reed and Sue Storm Richards) Alex Power, Dragon Man, and Dr. Doom.  The solicitation text is as follows:

FF #15
• ALL HOPE LIES IN DOOM, PART 4: The Fall of Doom

To be continued…

Amazing Spider-Man, the World’s Greatest Superhero

Marvel Comics has many iconic heroes in its camp; Captain America, Iron Man, Wolverine, and The Thing are some of the most iconic heroes in all of comics.  One hero, however, stands above the rest in both heroism and popularity: The Amazing Spider-Man!

Over the last year, Spider-Man has been all over Marvel comics, from the all new Ultimate Spider-Man Mile Morales, to his inclusion in the all new FF (soon to be Fantastic Four once again), to the debut of new comics, including Venom and the just launched Avenging Spider-Man team-up book.

This February, Marvel will release Amazing Spider-Man #679, with an all new subtitle to go with its iconic title:

Image courtesy of iFanboy's February Solicitations Preview

With Marvel already teasing a new Spider-Event, Ends of the Earth, everyone’s favorite neighborhood wall-crawler is going to have a busy year!

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To be continued…