If you don't have kids or aren't something of one yourself, Skylanders is a weird display with toys that you occasionally see in the video game section of Target. For kids, they're a super-popular mix of toys and video games. How popular? Basically the "new" Pokémon. And now it's coming to comics for the first time.
IDW has teamed with Activision to start up a new Skylanders comic written by Ron Marz (Green Lantern) and with art by Mike Bowden (Ame-Comi Girls) and David Baldeon (Nova), with a #0 issue set to hit at San Diego Comic-Con.
Dan Slott must have been saving up his jokes over the past 16 months or so.
The Amazing Spider-Man #1, the issue that officially reintroduces Peter Parker to the Marvel Universe after a lengthy absence during which his body was under the control of Doctor Octopus, is chock full of laugh lines that really hit. Slott, artist Humberto Ramos, inker Victor Olazaba and colorist Edgar Delgado get the tone just right, but I couldn't help but feel that the story itself was a bit lacking in forward momentum, as the lingering effects of Superior Spider-Man dominated the issue's lead story.
Back when I was just hitting the perfect age to be swept up into the Marvel Universe, there were two things that hooked me more than anything else. The first, of course, was the 1990s X-Men cartoon that seemed to be scientifically designed to get ten-year-olds to care about Wolverine and Gambit despite their hilarious voices, but the second was a black-and-white paperback reprinting four issues where the X-Men battled against Arcade.
"Young Allies" fans may want to sit down. In this morning's Diamond Previews Product Changes update, the series' fate seems to have been cemented:
• Young Allies #7 (OCT100642, $2.99) is cancelled. The series will end with issue #6.
Written by Sean McKeever with art by David Baldeon, "Young Allie
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