Tuesday, June 08, 2010

The Return of Good Comics

Two books have put me back in fanboy mode here recently.
One of them is from DC Comics and the other is from Marvel Comics...

#1 - LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES

DC has brought back the Legion in all their glory. The group has been reconnected to their long, colorful history that led to them being one of DC's big team books of the '80s. Thanks to the guidance of Geoff Johns (who revived the Green Lantern franchise and injected a lot of excitement into the DC Universe with Blackest Night) the Legion has been reintroduced and are as dynamic as ever.
Add to this the return of one of the Legion's best writers ever, Paul Levitz (who created the Levitz Paradigm, a wonderful guide to creative storytelling using subplots) and you have magic happening before your eyes.

Most would expect the story to be full of exposition, long narrations and other old-school storytelling conventions (see Chris Claremont's original return to X-Men) but happily that doesn't happen here. Levitz does a great job of mixing his writing style with a more modern approach.

I'm excited to be reading this and I'm looking forward to ADVENTURE COMICS when it comes in.

Currently subscribing: LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES, ADVENTURE COMICS.
Adding to wish-list: JLA: THE LIGHTNING SAGA TPB, SUPERMAN AND THE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES TPB, FINAL CRISIS: LEGION OF THREE WORLDS TPB.

#2 - ATLAS

I have been watching this one with a curious eye for the last few years. I always wanted to try it out but never could get around to it.

It has the makings of a comic that is right up my alley... a talking gorilla, a robot, martial arts, super-heroes... a b-movie feel... and from what I've read, a lot of fun.

So here we have a new #1. Marvel relaunched the series as part of their Heroic Age event hoping to bring more attention to the title. And it worked. I finally gave in and tried it out.

I don't regret it. ATLAS is very enjoyable and I really liked all the extra goodies at the back. It's obvious that Jeff Parker is having a lot of fun with this book and I'm planning to stick with it for some time.

Subscribing: ATLAS, GORILLA MAN
Adding to wish-list: AGENTS OF ATLAS TPB, AGENTS OF ATLAS: DARK REIGN TPB, AGENTS OF ATLAS: TURF WAR TPB, AGENTS OF ATLAS VS. TPB, ATLAS: MARVEL BOY TPB.

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