Dan Abnett and I.N.J. Culbard's Wild's End is most aptly and succinctly described as War of the Worlds meets Wind in the Willows; a classic alien invasion tale set in an English village in the 1930s, with the unusual twist that all the characters are anthropomorphic animals --- an approach that allows readers to make a different kind of attachment to the book's beleaguered cast. Sometimes animal heroes are actually easier to identify with and sentimentalize.
In the first Wild's End story, the residents of Lower Crowchurch averted the threat of alien invasion --- or so they believed. The sequel, The Enemy Within, posits that the aliens may already be among us. Of course, the 'us' in this situation consists of adorable talking squirrels and cats and foxes as they wrestle with the paranoia, violence and horror of alien infiltration. Check out an exclusive preview.
The Marvel Comics line is about mid-way through its giant line-wide crossover event Secret Wars, in which reality has been rewritten by god-emperor Doom, and the heroes have been re-imagined more than a dozen times over in different domains paying tribute to stories from throughout Marvel's publishing history.
One of those domains is a version of House of M, another reality-rewriting crossover event that cast the Marvel heroes in different roles, which ran ten years ago. House of M launched the current era of Marvel events, kicking off a steady steam of universe-shaking storylines that continues into Secret Wars. To mark the tenth anniversary of House of M, and ten years of event-driven storytelling, we're asking you to determine which of these events was the very best.
Hercules is getting another shot at an ongoing solo title this winter, courtesy of the creative team of writer Dan Abnett and artist Luke Ross. Debuting in November, the new series positions the hairy-chested demigod as a hero trying to recapture the glories of his past as a celebrated champion (not the glories of his past as a celebrated Champion). The series also sees Herc with a militarized new look courtesy of Ross.
A more appropriate name for DC Comics' Convergence event, at least the miniseries that will accompany the main series for two months next spring, may be "Nostalgia Trip."
DC has been rolling out titles and creative teams for the 40 planned series week by week. The first batch focused on the publisher's pre-New 52 continuity. The second focused on the 1990s (including WildStorm), and the third seemed to center on the 1980s.
The fourth and final group of miniseries, which DC announced Tuesday, covers a much wider time period: All of DC's pre-Crisis On Infinite Earths continuity. And there's another twist: They all take place on defined and listed alternate Earths which existed before the company's last line-wide reboot in the 1980s.
The Tangent universe is a recurring feature in the third week of titles for DC's spring 2015 Convergence event, cropping up by name in the solcitations for the Flash, Justice League of America, and New Teen Titans two-part minis -- and "tangent" seems like an apt term to describe DC's impenetrable two-month event that offers all the confusion and frustration of a reboot with none of the narrative consequence.
Besides the Tangent universe, the other unifying theme of the third wave of books is that dig into DC's pre-Crisis On Infinite Earths past, with writer Marv Wolfman returning to the New Teen Titans, Len Wein taking another swing at his own creation, Swamp Thing, Diana Prince back in her modish 1968 white jumpsuit, and the return of the mid-80s Detroit Justice League.
The way I've always understood anthology series is that you never want every story to end at the same time, because the idea is that by chaining everything together, the reader never has a chance to jump off. That might sound mercenary, but really, it's just simple economics: If everything you're into ends all at once, then you've got a lot less incentive to come back for the next issue. Right? Right.
Well, it seems that last week's issue of 2000 AD went against that little bit of conventional wisdom by capping off every story that they had going so that they could set up this week's offering: Their 1900th issue, which celebrates the milestone by launching three new stories, and provides a perfect jumping-on point. If you haven't been reading 2000 AD and want to see what all the fuss is about, this is the issue to get -- and you should definitely get it, because all three stories are pretty awesome.
In my experience, the best comics are the ones that answer questions that you didn't even know you were asking until you saw them, and Wild's End #1 does that pretty beautifully. The question: Wouldn't War of The Worlds have been better if it was about a sleepy English hamlet populated entirely by friendly anthropomorphic animals? The answer: Yes. Yes it would be.
As weird as that premise sounds, it's not that shocking that the book would turn out great. It's the product of writer Dan Abnett (Guardians of the Galaxy) and artist INJ Culbard (Brass Sun), and if there's one thing I've learned from previous experience with those creators, it's that they're more than capable of taking strange sci-fi premises and running with them to create something incredible -- which is exactly what they've done here.
After a couple years of focusing on non-comics work -- novels and screenplays -- Dan Abnett is returning to write some of the characters that rocketed him and writing partner Andy Lanning into the comics stratosphere a few years ago, the Guardians of the Galaxy, with the new Guardians 3000 series, which comes out in October.
Before that, though, Abnett has another Guardians-themed project coming out. He co-wrote the new mobile game from Disney Interactive, titled Guardians of the Galaxy: The Universal Weapon, and it's more than just a movie tie-in. He told ArcadeSushi, "What we didn't want to do was create a game that tied so tightly to the movie that they strangled each other. The movie has its own story and the game has its own story."
Ever since the trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy hit -- heck, ever since the movie was announced -- the public has been clamoring for more Rocket Raccoon and Groot, the alien warriors who just happen to be a tiny furry cartoon animal and a talking, walking tree, respectively. Now, it seems that excitement over the two characters has hit a fever pitch, with an all-new prose novel by Dan Abnett called Rocket Raccoon and Groot Steal The Galaxy!set to hit bookshelves in July.
One more time, that's a prose novel about Rocket Raccoon and Groot, set to capitalize on the presumed success of the upcoming major, big-budget Guardians of the Galaxy feature film. This is the world we live in now.
DC Comics' digital first Adventures of Superman offers exactly what many readers have been asking for: a cast of great creators, free of continuity constraints, telling fun stories about the Man of Steel and the characters around him. So far talent like Jeff Parker, Jeff Lemire, Chris Samnee and Riley Rossmo have created tales featuring Superman, Bizarro, Brainiac, and more, and in the upcoming tenth chapter, writers Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning get their turn. Featuring art from Wes Craig and Craig Yeung, Adventures of Superman Chapter 10 shows a day in the life of Lex Luthor, which entails, among other things, Luthor doing exactly what you'd expect: making notes on his list of ways to kill Superman.
DC Comics has provided ComicsAlliance with a preview of Adventures of Superman Chapter 10, which you can check out after the cut.
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