BearSleuth Opinion Piece: Pre-Summer Hype Train

Next week marks the start of Marvel’s Civil War II event with Issue 0. If you’re not familiar with comics, Issue 0’s are common, they’re a just weird thing we like to do. Two weeks from now will mark the start of the DC Rebirth event which will essentially soft reboot the DC Universe, another weird thing the comic book community likes to do. Throw in a few minor events, like the new DC Hanna Barbera line, and it looks like this is going to be one massive summer for comic books. While we have a little calm before the storm I just want to make a few predictions and talk about my thoughts on Civil War II and DC Rebirth.

Civil War II May Be A Flop


While I have every confidence in Brian Michael Bendis as a series writer, there hasn’t been a single Marvel event upon which he has been the main writer that’s excited me. The absolute nadir of Bendis’ writing comes from the Age Of Ultron event which was criticised across the board for the over use of splash panels and an all round lack of story. The first Civil War, written by Mark Millar, was an epic, moving between a cast of dozens easily and comfortably, but I am concerned whether Bendis has the ability to pull the same style off. Due to his character focused style, most of his team books can feel a little cluttered at times and this only get worse in big events. That all being said, I am still excited for the event in total, it’s nice to see that the X-Men will be playing a large part in the coming battles and there are some really interesting ideas for tie-ins. Civil War II: Kingpin and Civil War II: Gods Of War look like the ones to watch and hopefully Bendis will be able to pulls something together for the main series but I am a little sceptical.

Rebirth Is A Worrying Sign


A company slashing prices, increasing advertising spacing and making big grabs for our attention, that sounds like a company losing momentum to me. It’s no secret that DC’s sales have been in a decline recently, and with the hope that Batman V Superman might boost sales dashed, there only remains one course of action. Do the exact same thing DC comics did last time that were struggling and reboot the crap out of everything. I know Geoff Johns and Jim Lee gave that beautiful and heartfelt speech on why Rebirth is important and special but I have to say I am not at all convinced on the need for a Rebirth. But even if the event is an unnecessary publicity stunt, it has to be said DC are pulling out all the stops. The new Tom King Batman series looks amazing and the work being done on Superman, Wonder Woman and even some of the lesser known books is nothing sort of brilliant. I think, just like the New 52, the first wave of this event will be something absolutely spectacular, but whether DC will be able to maintain their momentum could be the difference between the companies success or failure.

It’s Not Just A Great Summer For The Mainstream


All in all it’s going to be a fun summer for comics but I would also like to take a moment to draw your  attention away from the mainstream comics. Summer is a time where we all get to do a little bit more of what we want and if you’re into comics that normally means sitting in the back garden with a book in front of you. I want to urge you this year to make that book something from a smaller company, grab an Image Comic or, even better, go to a convention and buy a stack of small press books. Go out and read something without capes, read a comic book that does something completely different with the medium and then come on here and comment all about it!

…That was this week’s BearSleuth Opinion Piece!!! Check back on Wednesday for a new Comic History 101!!! I’ll be at Manchester Film and Comic Con this week getting a whole stack of interviews so the Comic Book Bundle will be delayed till next Monday!!!

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