Crystal Balls

2 01 2009

As it’s the New Year, here’s a few predictions for what’s hot in ’09 in the comics world…..

Top Ten Comic Events of 2009


Dark Reign (Marvel)

At the time of going to press, it’s unsure what Marvel’s Dark Reign is all about. Spinning off from events in the soon to be concluding Secret Invasion, Dark Reign is what happens after the huge battle between the Skrulls and the assembled might of Marvel-dom. Do the Skrulls take over or does Thor die for a second time? Find out in a few months True Believer.



Ultimatum (Marvel)

Marvel’s Ultimate universe (a line of books that are continuity-free and set in a world where Peter Parker became Spider-Man in this decade rather than the 60s) is set for a shake up and we’re being promised that no-one is safe in the line-wide cull. Not even Spidey. Will the book live up to the hype? We’ll see. But if something happens to loveable lush Ultimate Iron Man we’re gonna be pissed. And not in a good way.


Batman Cacophony (DC)

Cacophony marks the return of slacker icon Kevin Smith to the four-colour world. The three issue mini-series features Bats taking on Smith’s own creation Onomatopoeia and is sure to become a mainstream smash hit (providing he can make his deadlines of course).


Mighty Muggs Wave Five Released (Marvel)

If you’re like me then not only do you love comics, but you also adore action figures and having them do sweet poses beside your trades and hardcovers. Marvel’s Mighty Muggs line are a cool little twist on the usual action figures and Wave Five will be released in 09 and feature Iron Man (Mark I) the Vision, Ultimate Captain America and my personal favourite the Skrull (check out his ears!). If you haven’t yet picked up any Mighty Muggs then check out the Dr Doom figure. Homeboy’s cape is worth 10quid alone.


Watchmen released (DC)

After years and years of speculation, Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ much-lauded comic Watchmen gets the silver screen treatment in a few months time. The trailers look phenomenal but then again so did the trailer for Lethal Weapon 5 and look how that turned out. Love it or loathe it, it seems Watchmen will be one of the most talked about films in ’09 and if it turns some new readers onto comics then that’s no bad thing.


Hulk and Skaar confrontation (Marvel)

For those out of the loop, Skaar is the son of the Hulk and two years ago old green genes left him behind on the planet Sakaar thinking him dead. While both characters have their own series and are unaware of each other we think it’s only a matter of time before they have a family reunion.


Movie debut of Deadpool (Marvel)

The Merc with a Mouth makes his silver screen debut in ’09 in the up-coming Wolverine: Origins. Van Wilder, Party Liason plays Deadpool (or Ryan Reynolds as his mum calls him) and he’s a perfect fit for the character.


More Lenore (Slave Labour)

Roman Dirge’s goth comic is back in ’09 and once again features Pooty, Ragamuffin, Taxidermy and more in what’s sure to be one of the independent releases of the year.


Return of Cap (Marvel)

It’s been two years since Brubaker killed Captain America and we think it’s high time he returned. Hopefully this will be the year Steve gets his resurrection.


Mark Millar’s Ultimate Avengers (Marvel)

Millar returns to the universe he co-created with fresh new take son some old characters. Promising Ultimate debuts of Ghost Rider, Blade and She Hulk, Ultimate Avengers will fly off the shelves.

(this is an extract from the recent issue of AU).

Avengers Assemble!

12 11 2008

Today I spent most of my time putting together my comics pages for the Christmas issue of AU.It took a while assembling everything, but I will say that Ed Brubaker’s Captain America won ‘Book of the Year.’

When it gets close to crimbo I’ll post up the published piece, but for the time being I thought I’d give you some images of Cap in the alternate opening scene of the Incredible Hulk.

If you need a closer look, here he is, lying under his shield….