Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the first Pulp of 2015! I hope Christmas and New Year celebrations have been kind to you and that many a comic was read over the holiday break. Without any further ado, let’s dive in. First cab off the rank: Kieron Gillen (Young Avengers, Iron Man) and Jamie McKelvie’s (Young Avengers) new(ish) Image series, The Wicked + The Divine.
So Halloween is normally a time for scares, candy and running around dressed in costumes, but for comic fans it’s something even better – the time for Free Comic Book Day number two! I hope you all had an excellent Halloween and picked up some great comics – I’ll talk about what I picked up next issue. Now, onto the main event!
I’m going to go a little off-topic today and talk about movies. But they’re comic book movies, so it’s okay! Unless you’ve been living under a pretty large pop-culture/internet-blocking rock, you’ve probably noticed that DC has made some serious moves into the entertainment world.
So I figured that it was about time that I talked about Identity Crisis. I’ve had the book for a while now – I picked up an Absolute Edition pretty cheap – but I haven’t talked about it until now because quite frankly I didn’t know what to say about it. Now, I might be something of a DC fanboy, but even I will admit that their content has been really sub-par of late.
So, here’s the thing: I’m generally pretty open about my distaste for the X-Men. What I generally don’t let on to my comic-loving chums is that I find Wolverine to be one of the worst of the lot. I’m still not sure exactly what it is about Wolverine that I don’t like – though I must confess that I really enjoyed Wolverine: Origin and Origin 2 for the sheer tragedy of Logan’s early years.
So, unless you’ve been living under a very large rock, chances are you’ve noticed that Marvel has put out a new movie: Guardians of the Galaxy. What’s unique about GotG is that chances are that when you first read the name, your first reaction was probably something along the lines of “Who?”
Despite their inability to create a live-action movie series that doesn’t deviate substantially from the source material, DC can certainly churn out good quality animated movies when they want to. They’ve put out plenty of gems over the years, from classics like Batman: Mask of the Phantasm to more recent efforts like Justice League: War, based on Geoff Johns’ excellent run on the relaunched Justice League book.
Who doesn’t love Deadpool? It’s hard not to, really. Despite starting out as a blatant Marvel parody of DC’s Slade Wilson (aka Deathstroke), the ‘Merc with a Mouth’ has (arguably) gained a popularity beyond that of Deathstroke himself. Depending on the situation, Deadpool can be funny or utterly vicious – usually a satisfying combination of both. I’m a huge fan of Gerry Duggan and Brian Posehn’s run on the current Deadpool series – having Deadpool re-kill zombified US presidents was just nuts!
Ladies and gentlemen, prepare yourselves – it’s a new era of all things PULP. Cameron has moved on to greener pastures, so you’ll have to put up with a double dose of my ramblings from now on! Suckers. This week I’m delving into the dark and outright scary world of Arkham Asylum: Living Hell, written by the excellent Dan Slott (The Amazing Spider-Man, She-Hulk) and drawn by Ryan Sook (Seven Soldiers: Zatanna). Strap yourselves in; it’s gonna get spooky.
As you might have heard, DC is making a few changes to their titles. Gail Simone is off Batgirl, Brian Azzarello is finishing up on his excellent Wonder Woman run and Scott Lobdell is (rather controversially) back writing Red Hood and the Outlaws. Most controversially, however, DC decided to fake Dick Grayson’s death at the end of their annoyingly long Forever Evil arc. Yup, the vast majority of the DC heroes (sans Batman, naturally) think he’s dead. Nightwing is no more, replaced by the new series Grayson, written by Tim Seeley (Revival, Batman Eternal) and former counterterrorism officer Tom King.