Blue Beetle #0
– Jaime Reyes is the current host of the Reach scarab Khaji-Da, but who wore it before Jaime? This “Zero Issue” brings a tale of the Reach solider that made Jaime’s scarab a household name.
– Kelly Sue DeConnick has given Carol Danvers a whole new voice, and it’s been for the better. After years of playing pawn to Marvel’s major events, Carol is now getting the quality treatment she deserves from a writer who knows this character inside and out. I mean, DeConnick was recently given Avengers Assemble, as well, proving she has what it takes in today’s comic industry. If you aren’t already reading this one, I suggest you start.
DC Universe Presents #0
(Bedard, Robinson, Liefeld, Didio, CAFU, Mychaels, Derenick, Battle)
– In homage to some of the titles cancelled back in April to make way for the “Second Wave” of ‘New 52’ titles, DC Universe Presents #0 brings five stories about Hawk and Dove, O.M.A.C., the Blackhawks, Mister Terrific, and a special story about Deadman. DCUP has been an excellent anthology series thus far, so I’m excited to see how these smaller stories will fare.
– Billy Batson is the focus of this Justice League origin issue, leading in from the “Shazam” back-ups in the pages of JL over the past few months. Will Shazam join the Justice League? How will Billy balance his attitude with his new responsibilities? Find out this week!
Spider-Men #5 of 5
– After an issue a bit too stuffed with big battles, I’m hopeful Brian Michael Bendis can pull Spider-Men out from just being another fan-service series and turn it into something that affects both Earth-616 and the Ultimate Marvel universe.
– Questions will be answered! In a true “Zero Issue”, we find out who sent Kara to Earth on the eve of Krypton’s destruction. Also, Kara discovers who murdered her father! Supergirl has been one of the most consistently impressive series DC releases, so I have high hopes for this origins issue.
Sword of Sorcery #0
(Marx, Bedard, Lopresti, Ryan)
– To be honest, I’m seriously not very interested in this series, but I’m still willing to give it a chance to win me over. I’ve never been a huge “dragons and magic” fantasy buff, and it’s looking more and more like that is what Sword of Sorcery is going to be, albeit with an alien world thrown into the mix. Plus, the “Beowulf” back-up just seems silly. But who knows – maybe I’ll be wooed by Christy Marx’s writing and Aaron Lopresti’s artwork.