A Brilliant Week and DC’s First 52

If you ever wanted to know what it was like to see a movie done in comic book fashion, read the absolutely stunning and gorgeous issue of Uncanny X-Force #14 by Rick Remender and Jerome Opena. This book was one heckuva emotional thrill-ride from the get-go.

Uncanny X-Force

One awesome thing about this book is that there is no Wolverine to overshadow everything. He is never the main character. But if you want a brilliant X-book to pick up that stands alone, read Uncanny X-Force right now! P.S. *Spoiler* Archangel is becoming Apocalypse. Read this now!

I don’t even care if you’ve never read a comic book before in your life. This story with its art, is the best thing to have hit shelves (and that I’ve actually read).

But speaking of emotional thrill-rides, this week also concluded Greg Pak’s entire run of Incredible Hulk! Yes, with Incredible Hulks #635, the series has officially concluded and will be, of course, rebooted in October.

Incredible Hulks

The story was quite the epic conclusion with two great stories. One with a big battle in the end while the other is very heartwarming. It’s an over-sized issue for $3.99 and is completely worth every cent.

As for what things are worth, Wednesday sparked DC’s FIRST new issue of the “New 52.” Justice League #1 was released and already problems are arising. You see, along with the release, DC also decided that on the same day as the physical copy is released, that they will publish the comic digitally too – via a paid subscription. Yes, it will possibly change the comic book medium forever. However, the big problem is that pirates have already started leaking the first issue about an hour before it was released digitally to the world.

At this current time on ThePirateBay, there are 276 Seeders (people who upload), while there are only 8 Leechers (people who download).

Meanwhile, Comic Book Resources recent poll shows that about 50% of people polled found the book either average of sub-par.

DC! What are you going to do?!

Meanwhile, here’s some canceled video game art from The Avengers video game. I hope you like villain spoilers.

Keep on Space Truckin’!

Post 100 – Gi*Joe, Spoilers, and Astonishing X-Men

Here it is! The 100th post on Uncanny Derek! I hope it has been worth-while thus far. Here’s to another 100!

But first: Some news!

Bruce Willis is confirmed to be General Joe Colton in Gi*Joe 2! If you do not know who Joe Colton is, he was the first named Gi*Joe. He wasn’t really considered a “big name” like Duke or Snake Eyes. However, hardcore Joe fans must be excited. In my opinion, Willis will probably have ten minutes of screen-time, tops.

According to the University of California, San Diego, spoilers in stories are a good thing. Apparently they make the story telling fun? What do you think? Buying did knowing Superman or Captain America would die ruin the read? What about movies? Gah!

But the big news:

Greg Pak is taking over Astonishing X-Men!

And look at this cover!:

Cyclops Storm Astonishing

So, what is going on here?

I personally love Greg Pak’s storytelling. His work reinventing the Incredible Hulk comics since 2006 have been a staple in great stories with a classic character. But WHAT IS THIS?!

Pak says in an interview at Marvel.com:

After Xavier, the X-Men’s two greatest leaders are Scott and Ororo. They’ve borne responsibilities few others can conceive. And just those experiences alone should provide them [with] reasons to bond. But maybe they’ve just never had a moment to consider it; each has always seemed to be wrapped up in a wild romance with someone else. The current Scott/Emma and Storm/T’Challa relationships are amongst the most passionate in the Marvel Universe. So yes, what the heck is going on? I’ll just say that everything that’s happening is utterly inconceivable, but completely real, completely in character, and completely in continuity.

Albeit Pak really hasn’t steered any stories I’ve read awry, this just seems wrong. (Then again, it’s also fictional. So no one, including myself, should stress-out too much over this).

I mean, this could go either way. And who knows where the X-Men will be post-Schism?

At least with Pak signing on, this guarantees Astonishing X-Men will be – for the first time since 2008 – on schedule.

Keep on Space Truckin’!