This week, it seems like the entire comic book industry is taking a step back and holding its breath. That’s caused, of course, by the release of BEFORE WATCHMEN: MINUTEMEN #1 from DC Comics. At least in comics press outlets (like, say, ours), there’s been a tremendous amount of ink spilled, discussion, and speculation about what the Watchmen prequels would be like. Well, come Wednesday, we’ll know. So that’s happening.
It’s not the only big release from DC Comics, though. There’s the double punch of ANIMAL MAN #10 and SWAMP THING #10, as they move towards their massive “Rotworld” crossover. And there’s also the now highly anticipated EARTH 2 #2, which contains the first appearance of now gay Green Lantern Alan Scott. Whether the massive amount of press DC Comics did in advance of the issue will pay off in sales, we’ll have to wait and see.
Marvel isn’t resting on its laurels, though: this week we get AVENGERS VS X-MEN #5, which the publisher has promised is not just the end of “Act One” of the event, but also the beginning of big changes to the Marvel U. The next issue has been teased with the phrase, “No More Avengers,” to give you an indication of where things are going. For Marvel fans, the fall-out should be appropriately huge.
We’re also looking forward to DARK AVENGERS #175, which launches a new team of bad guys possibly looking for redemption under the excellent team that used to be writing Thunderbolts (and are still kind of writing Thunderbolts). Also DEFENDERS #7, which is our favorite go-to for one of the weirdest, most idiosyncratic titles coming from Marvel. It’s great to see writer Matt Fraction stretching his weird muscles in the 616, and jumps to the top of our stack every month.
Over at Valiant, we’ve got the second of their launch titles, HARBINGER #1, which gives us a brand new take on one of the most popular comics of all time. And SUPURBIA #4 wraps up the mini-series with some seismic events… We’re hoping there’s way more to come.