Welcome to the Marvel Rundown! We’re trying something a little different this week. Instead of taking a look at one book in particular, we decided to delve into the Heroes Reborn event so far, consisting of two main issues and two rather good tie-ins, and analyse why this event is candidly a lot more engaging than a lot of Marvel’s more recent events.
We’ve got all that and some quick estimations on some volumes in the Rapid Rundown section, all onward in this week’s instalment of the Marvel Rundown!
Heroes Reborn debuted less than a month after the conclusion of Marvel’s recent event, King in Black, and that is pretty odd. To start, they’re both not” original occasions .” They both to be derived from their respective drains, Donny Cates’ Venom and Jason Aaron’s Avengers, but what adjusts Heroes Reborn apart from King in Black is that it isn’t necessarily paint the Marvel Universe as we know it to the international centre. It’s an alternate world story, one that I admittedly was not looking forward to at all given how I feel about Aaron’s run on the deed, and quite frankly might be Marvel’s most unique event in years. There’s no conquering infantry , no dome around the world that allies can’t access , no charismatic yet macabre villain that has readers wondering if their protagonists can even stop them. This is a story where one dude, Blade, knows that there’s something dangerously wrong with everything, and that he somehow needs to set it right.
From Heroes Reborn# 2
The highlight of the incident so far, in its second week, has been its tie-ins: Hyperion& the Imperial Guard by Ryan Cady, Michele Bandini, Elisabetta D’Amico, Erick Arciniega, and Cory Petit,& Peter Parker: The Amazing Shutterbug by Marc Bernardin, Rafael De LaTorre, Ron Lim, Scott Hanna, Jim Campbell, and Ariana Maher. These bibles has more or less supported a thought that I’ve been echoing internally for a couple of years, which was well articulated in a wonderful article/ discussion by Vishal Gullapalli and Ritesh Babu, that Aaron is clearly unusually inspired by the DC Universe when it comes to his take on Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, and that Heroes Reborn dishes as an unambiguous,” What if Marvel … but DC ?”
From Hyperion and the Imperial Guard# 1
The Squadron Supreme materialized early on in Aaron’s run, which invited some merriment note into the fundamental difference between Marvel and DC’s superhero universes, but this event exactly crushes them together in a really refreshingly obvious lane. You’ve got Hyperion who has always been a Superman analogue, various members of the Squadron who very closely indicate DC personas like Wonder Woman and Batman, and, uh, Peter Parker is Jimmy Olsen. On top of that, you’ve got this, frankly, particularly Injustice layer of darkness settled in on top of everything. In Hyperion’s tie-in, he loses the desire of his life and his close allies in a fight with the Brood, and later on comes across as unusually aggressive and unforgiving despite his image as America’s premier superhero. Peter photographs Hyperion and other superheroes for the Daily Bugle, but secretly detests Hyperion because his actions during a big fight lead to the death of Aunt May. It skirts on the leading edge of grimdark, like with the scene where Hyperion utterly eviscerates the Hulk with his laser-eyes while he cries out for Steve Rogers’ cure, confused as to why everything is wrong in the world. Again, exceedingly Injustice.
The artwork is obviously a major stopgap in the analogy going too far. Dale Keown, Carlos Magno, Ed McGuinness, and Ron Lim are all moderately launched Marvel masters and their schemes and representations certainly keep the Marvel spirit intact. I precisely said that he hoped that, exclusively two issues in, the happen had a little more imaginative uniformity. The lead story is already being handled by two artists while McGuinness is sucking a short coda.
As I mentioned before, a huge positive is how different this event is from more recent events. Even occurrences with good openers like Empyre follow the same formula, so I like how Heroes Reborn is seemingly going to play out at a slower gait. I’m sure it’ll get in a big climactic battle, but I sure hope there’s not about to become a generic horde for our protagonists to take on.
I genuinely recommend this event so far, though I said the same of Empyre last year and it didn’t turn out so well. The main issues have been pretty strong and the tie-ins both tell a singular narration and impart a little more background and flavour to the world and references. It’s certainly the best that Jason Aaron has been in a while.
From Peter Parker: The Amazing Shutterbug# 1
Children of the Atom# 3
Three issues into this series and things are starting to pick up. The arrangement of the sequence, with each publish narrated by a different member of the team as a mode of introducing them to readers, continues to be a clever way to get to know these brand-new characters, and Vita Ayala’s character work even outside of the recital has been pretty solid throughout. It’s a little disappointing to see a fill-in art team so soon on this book, but Paco Medina and David Curiel do a penalize racket maintaining some visual firmnes with the serials’ regular prowes team. Still, “thats a lot” of mysteries in this series that feel more like a hinderance to the story than a fascinating reason to keep reading at this item. The flashbacks in this week’s issue seem like the beginning of clearing up the central puzzle of the streak, but the cycle too promotes one tonne of new questions. Hopefully things will begin to obligate more sense soon, and this streak can push forward in a meaningful direction. — JG
Star Wars #13
This issue has Luke, Chewbacca, C3-P0, and R2-D2 traveling to Nar Shaddaa following the events of the War of the Bounty Hunters- Alpha, to investigate a lead-in in their search for Han Solo and his captor the abominable bonu hunter Boba Fett. The Star Wars books have had a very tight continuity since the majority of the comics have come back to the Marvel banner and the War of the Bounty Hunters storyline obliges it definitely sounds like a Marvel stun, for good or bad. Right now Marvel’s artistic lineup is possibly the best squad of Force geeks for this, and if they can sustain this level of craftsmanship, then I look forward to the other 32 journals in this event. Hats off to writer Charles Soule, master Ramon Rosanas, and colorist Rachelle Rosenberg for, without botch too much, this issue’s very cool, possibly iconic, lightsaber times. — GC3
Next week, Heroes Reborn continues, and Immortal Hulk: Time of Monsters ultimately debuts!
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