Friday, December 19, 2008

Dark Reign: New Nation

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Dark Reign: New Nation is a one-shot featuring five different stories from different creative teams, giving a little sampling of what's to come in five upcoming books debuting with Dark Reign's...well, reign.
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The first story is from Secret Warriors, written by Brian Michael Bendis and Jonathan Hickman, with art by Stefano Caselli. This little prologue to the series has Nick Fury recalling an inspirational speech Captain America gave him in the past, and turning it on his secret warriors, which includes the superpowered people he recruited during Secret Invasion, as well as Maria Hill. I really enjoyed Maria Hill's character during Civil War and Secret Invasion - Bendis just writes her badass, so I'll probably check out the series proper for her inclusion alone.
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A new Agents of Atlas series is debuting this next year with Jeff Parker back on writing chores, and Carlo Pagulayan illustrating what's easily the best art among the chapters included in this comic. I never checked out Parker's fan-favorite mini-series, but after this little adventure, I think I'm going to give it a looksy. This story was a lot of fun with cool characters.
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Adam Felber and Paulo Siqueira's War Machine was utterly underwhelming. A simple, dull story with a forgettable villain, featuring a cold dynamic between War Machine and some girl in a satellite. Easily the weakest offering in this anthology.
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Skrull Kill Krew had a cute little story about skrulls diguised as cows in the sticks, and shooting the hell out of them. The new book will be written by Adam Felber and drawn by Paulo Siqueira. It was a little weird, but had decent art and was pretty fun.
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Hawkeye and Mockingbird try to form a new bond in New Avengers: The Reunion, following events from Secret Invasion which saw Bobbi Morse exit a skrull ship amid other kidnapped heroes, alive and well after years of being presumed dead. She's acting a little strange and distant, and I think there's potential for some nice dynamics there. This story's by Jim McCann and David Lopez.
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Overall, this was a nice sampling of new books to come. There are a few books that I will definitely not be checking out based on the chapters provided here, but a few I wouldn't have picked up before reading through this. Which was kind of the point of a book like this.

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