Check out the best comic book writers of 2016, including our critics’ picks, listed in alphabetical order, and the comics you voted the runners up and winner in this category! This is the very best of 2016!
This month, in Marvel’s March solicitations, we've got some surprising returns, a most welcome homecoming, and the Marvel Comics debut of one of the best superhero cartoonists in the business today.
The Marvel Universe is full of superhero teams, but when the United States of America is particularly threatened, there's one team dedicated to standing up for the nation: A.I.M.
Yes, that's the same A.I.M. that made MODOK, but the super-science collective has already been revamped into a force for good in the pages of New Avengers, thanks to the efforts of Roberto DaCosta, aka Sunspot. And now Avengers Idea Mechanics (the New Avengers) is becoming American Intelligence Mechanics (the U.S.Avengers) for reasons that will only become clear in the series itself. Check out a preview of U.S.Avengers #1.
The past few years has seen Marvel trying to fit the square peg of the Inhumans into the round hole of the rest of the Marvel Universe, and while the comics have often been good, the behind-the-scenes push has seemed forced. However, next year sees a resumed focus on the familiar Inhuman royal family as they head back out to space in new ongoing title Royals, and Al Ewing and Jonboy Meyers will be the ones to take them there.
There's a lot of reasons right now not to feel super great about being an American, but one reason to celebrate is the impending release of Marvel's USAvengers by Al Ewing and Paco Medina. The new series sees Sunspot's Avengers Idea Mechanics go national and government sponsored, and to commemorate the first issue Marvel has over fifty variant covers by Rod Reis, one for every state in the union and some more besides.
This week saw the conclusion of the first volume of Marvel's newest incarnation of the Ultimates, which brought together a team of heavy hitters charged with defending the Earth from the most cosmic of threats. Next month, the title relaunches as Ultimates 2 by Al Ewing and Travel Foreman, and Marvel has provided us with a first look at unlettered pages from the first issue.
Over the course of the past year, across a number of titles, Al Ewing has slowly been re-establishing and redefining what the Marvel Universe looks like following the remaking of reality at the end of Secret Wars. This week in the pages of Ultimates #12, Ewing and Christian Ward tapped a new universe to introduce a team of familiar heroes. Spoilers for the issue follow.
When Marvel's new U.S.Avengers, by Al Ewing, and Paco Medina, launches in January, the first issue is going to have 52 variant covers by Rod Reis, depicting an Avenger for each American State --- as well as Puerto Rico and Canada. It's unclear (if unlikely) whether the characters will have any connection to those states in the narrative, but since there will be 52 of them, most probably won't even be in the book.
Civil War II has completely overwhelmed the Marvel Universe, with all of your favorite titles tangentially tying into the event in whatever way they can in hopes of a sales bump. With a founding Avenger dead and battle lines nearly drawn, it's time to dig back into the story for more Civil War Correspondence, and review where I stand on the conflict. I reserve the right to flip-flop at will, although that's looking less and less likely.
This time around we’re looking at the fourth issue of Civil War II, as well as two issues of The Ultimates, and I finally pick a side as a fan-favorite Marvel character crosses a line and becomes potentially irredeemable.
Welcome to Cast Party, the feature that imagines a world with even more live action comic book adaptations than we currently have, and comes up with arguably the best casting suggestions you’re ever going to find for the movies and shows we wish could exist. This week I'm turning my attention to one of Marvel's most interesting current team books, The Ultimates, by Al Ewing and Kenneth Rocafort.