This week's comic book news was a bit of bad and a bit of good.
Marvel actually had a really great week as Captain America: Civil War opened overseas to over $200 million. Yeah, that's pretty crazy. We can't wait to see where those numbers go when it releases over here on May 6.
Marvel's The Punisher Netflix series has also been officially confirmed, with John Bernthal set to return as Frank Castle. Fox has dropped out of this year's San Diego Comic Con because of piracy. Bummer. But on the flip side, Taylor Swift might be showing up as Dazzler in X-Men: Apocalypse.
DC had a not so great week. The director of the upcoming The Flash film has officially dropped out of the project due to creative differences. Seth Grahame-Smith, who was set to helm the project, is the author of the bestselling Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and Pride and Prejudice & Zombies books. Hey, at least we found out Jeremy Irons is returning as Alfred in Justice League. That's good news.
No matter which side you're on, here are some must-reads for this week.
Avengers Standoff: Omega #1
In this explosive finale issue to Nick Spencer's Avengers Standoff event, a classic cosmic Marvel hero makes their long-awaited return, though it's a bit different. As I'm sure you've heard, Wendell Vaughan, otherwise known as Quasar, makes an appearance in the final pages of this issue, though he passes on the power bands to Avril Kincaid, an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. looking to become the newest cosmic Avengers.
On top of all of this, we see Steve Rogers return as Captain America (But Sam's still around. As the book says, there are two Spider-Men, right?) Bucky begin to form his Thunderbolts and we get a brief hint at Civil War II. There's a lot packed into this finale, but it's all done so well. Good on Nick Spencer for creating a riveting, action-packed event.
As the next installment of the Spider-Women event, this issue was actually pretty enjoyable, considering the event so far has been a bit lackluster. Here, Jessica Drew seeks out her otherworldly counterpart, who just so happens to be Jesse Drew, basically a super villain in this world.
It's a weird concept to buy into, but it works. This issue also touches a bit on how Drew reacts when she's away from her child, something we've never really seen from a Marvel hero. She kicks ass and takes names, but at the end of the day, she's also a parent.
You see, this is the final issue of Batman from writer Scott Snyder and artist Greg Capullo, who together revitalized the Batman comic brand and brought us some of the most captivating, dark and emotional tales of the Bat in years. We salute you, Snyder and Capullo.
This issue is all about a power outage in Gotham, and Batman makes his rounds to see who the big bad is this time. And, well, it's not really anybody. We catch glimpses of all of the major players, from Penguin to the Joker, plotting their next move. But they all say: "Not tonight."
It goes to show that even in peace, Gotham finds a way to pull at the soul. In a wonderful throwback issue that chronicles these last few years of stories, the conclusion rides a wave of perfection. Wow.
Justice League #49
Hey guys, we're almost to the end of The Darkseid War. In a lot of way, this Justice League is very reminiscent of Marvel's Secret Wars. The event is great. It's got everything we want, but we already sort of know about what comes after. In this case, we're pretty much set up for Rebirth by the time it starts later this month.
But either way, this issue is still a stunner. Superwoman finally has her baby, and he may as well be the anti-Christ, since apparently he's the ex machina set to take own not only Darkseid's legacy, but the Justice League as well. This was a good holdover, now let's finish this.
Well, we've finally reached the end of another volume of Saga, and that means a hiatus is on its way. But that's OK, because this issue gave us enough to ponder on for the next few months. Without to many spoilers, let's dive in.
This book does a lot to shift its characters around a bit. We almost lost Mr. Ghüs and Friendo, but they're finally, and so is Robot Jr. The Will has something pretty gruseome happen to him, but he's also fine, and it looks like his quest will change in the next few issues. And of course, there is Marko, Alana and Hazel, who have a nice moment in this issue.
But again, no spoilers. This was a solid arc, and we can't wait to see what's next.