Despite my best efforts to trim my pull list to something approaching reasonable, new comics come out demanding my attention. Current titles and storylines such as Secret Invasion and “Old Man Logan” force their way into my hands. Looking ahead, the promise of even more great titles ensures that I’ll need to pick up another long box or two.
The five upcoming story arcs that have me the most jazzed …
5. Incredible Hercules: Love and War
Like a lot of people, I expected the Incredible Hercules series would suck. I never considered for a moment how good this title would be. Greg Pak and Fred Van Lente spin one amazing tale after another in these pages packing them with humor, adventure and a clever take on Greek lore. Each story is better than the last and it doesn’t hurt that Clayton Henry’s pencils are beautiful. This next arc promises lots of fun. I mean, who doesn’t want to declare war on Atlantis?
4. Dark Reign
I have no idea what this is about. All I know is that if Bendis is on board, then so am I. I’ve been a fan since his (definitive) run on Daredevil. I’ve absolutely loved Secret Invasion. I dunno what that guy plans on serving up, but I’m going in with a big appetite.
3. Guardians of the Galaxy
Rocket Raccoon emerges as team leader. ‘Nuff said.
2. The return of the Milestone Comics characters!
I know some folks disapprove of integrating the Milestone characters into the DCU. There is a risk of losing those qualities that made these characters so unique when plunging them into the wide world of the DCU, but I think McDuffie and DiDio are invested in keeping ICON and the rest true to their design. Besides, some new Milestone is always better than no new Milestone.
1. Blackest Night
There should be a law, a universal law as compelling as gravity. Geoff Johns should always write Green Lantern. I enjoyed the Ron Marz run on GL, but Geoff Johns has brought so much energy to the title. His work on Sinestro Corps War was brilliant. I have not enjoyed Final Crisis one little bit, but I’ll be picking up Johns’ Final Crisis: Rage of the Red Lanterns. Ever since reading that last page of the Sinestro Corps War promising the Blackest Night? Hoo-boy! I cannot remember being so excited about an upcoming arc. Excited I was. Excited I remain. Bring it!