Well folks, it’s the end of the month, which means it’s also the end of DC Comics’ gatefold month promotion. I’m glad to see it go, as very few of the gatefold “twists” were anything more than attention grabbing nonsense, but also sad that I can no longer flip open the cover and proclaim “WHAT A TWEEST!” in my best M. Night Shymalan voice. Oh well. We’ve still got a bunch of great stuff this week. The fallout from the death of Damian Wayne continues over at DC, while Marvel gets ready to kill at least two entire universes of X-Men. Here’s your Pull List for April 24, 2013.
The Flash #19
Published by DC Comics / By Brian Buccellato, Marcio Takara and Francis Manapul
Solicit: “What is the latest and greatest threat to The Flash and all those closest to him?”
It was only a matter of time, but the Reverse Flash has returned. Last seen during the Flashpoint event that restarted the DC Universe, all signs point to the new Reverse Flash being an entirely new, sinister figure. Either way, snag this first appearance; who knows what’s going to happen with this new iteration of the popular villain?
Morbius: The Living Vampire #4
Published by Marvel Comics / By Joseph Keatinge, David Lopez Lopez
Solicit: “After killing the Godfather of Brownsville, Morbius incites a gang war.Will Morbius be able to protect his new friends? Or will he give into the monster?Find out why Morbius is the breakout hit of Marvel Now!”
I never thought I would say this out loud, but I am genuinely enjoying the hell out of the new Morbius on-going. The book’s got a really great feel to it, and Keatinge does a spectacular job playing with the heroes undead abilities and viewpoint. Definitely one to pick up, and probably my pick for the diamond in the rough of the Marvel NOW! campaign.
Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #22
Published by Marvel Comics / By Brian Michael Bendis, Sara Pichelli
Solicit: ““VENOM WARS” CONCLUSION! Venom versus Spidey! The Final Showdown! How does Gwen Stacy figure into it and how will it change her and Miles’ life forever? Guest-Starring Mary Jane Watson!”
Who…or what…is behind the new Venom? Any answers you’re going to get are going to be here, assuming the infamously cryptic and long game playing Bendis plans on revealing Venom’s secrets just yet. Regardless, they’ve been doing amazing things with this book, turning Miles Morales into an interesting character overtaken by the shadow of Peter Parker. Look for whatever fallout of the “Venom Wars” arc there is to affect not just Miles, but the life of Peter’s remaining loved ones.
Also shipping this week….
Batman Inc. #10 (DC Comics) In the wake of Damian Wayne’s death, can even Batman survive his own wrath? By Grant Morrison, Chris Burnham & Jason Masters.
Red Lanterns #19 (DC Comics) The penultimate issue of the Wrath of the First Lantern event. What has the Red Lanterns turning against their own leader? By Peter Milligan & Miguel A Suplveda.
Uncanny X-Men #5 (Marvel) Magick, the Demon Queen of Limbo, was last pulled into Limbo…against her will. What Marvel U magic user could be strong enough to do that? Days Missing artist Frazer Irving joins up this issue to tackle Marvel’s Merry Mutants! By Brian Michael Bendis & Frazer Irving.
X-Termination #2 (Marvel) As entire universes face their ends, Jean Grey takes on the power of Apocalypse. As the X-Treme X-Men and Age of Apocalypse series draw to a close, who can dare survive the oncoming Extermination? By David Lapham & Mike Deodato.
Young Avengers #4 (Marvel) Kate “Hawkeye” Bishop and Marvel Boy finally turn up, just in time for Marvel Boy’s origin to get retconned. By Kieron Gillen and Jamie Mckelvie.