This month Marvel debuted 3 new ongoing series, Nightcrawler, Iron Fist:The Living Weapon, and Silver Surfer. Soon we will also see the debut of the new Amazing Spider-Man series. From the 3 new debuts, Marvel is bringing great books to store shelves worth following.
Iron Fist: The Living Weapon #1
Kaare Kyle Andrews takes the reigns on this series on his own doing the art, writing, and cover. In this series we see a darker and more serious Danny Rand. The new Iron Fist shows him on a quest for vengeance as he battles through high-tech zombie ninjas. Andrews' Iron Fist brings a character who has become distant and gritty. The art matches the dark tone of the series that promises more intense action and fights for the further issues. I highly recommend adding this to your pull list.
A good first issue but I expected a bit more. It could have gone in depth about Kurt's return from death and his difficulties adjusting to the changes. Instead, it jumps in as if he was never gone in the first place, like he just went on vacation, which made his temporary death seem hollow. The issue's villain pops in at random to wreak havoc in Saturday morning cartoon style. Chris Claremont is a very good writer so the series will definitely get better as it moves forward. The art by Todd Nauck is good, but pretty basic. It's the kind of art we're used to seeing in mainstream series. There's nothing wrong with it, it just isn't anything warranting a detailed analysis. Nightcrawler is my favorite X-man so I want to see this series succeed, but I also wouldn't be surprised if it gets canceled around 15 issues in. Finally seeing Nightcrawler get to break away and go on his own adventures is something I look forward to. If your a fan of Nightcrawler and/ or Chris Claremont you may want to add this to your pull list, if not, wait awhile to see if the story picks up before committing to it.
Silver Surfer #1
Easily the best of the new releases of the month. Dan Slott brings his amazing brand of superhero humor mixed with Michael Allred's beautifully unique drawing style and Laura Allred's rich and expressive coloring. The story is setting up for hilarious space romps. Issue #1 kicks off the series with a humorously compelling story that attaches a somewhat reclusive girl into an adventure with the Silver Surfer. The first issue alone has outstanding amount of action, adventure, imagination. I hope this team stays on this book for a nice long run. If you want serious story you still get it here and you get well-timed humor to lighten the mood. There is no reason not to put this on your pull list. Marvel wanted to bring us another incredible comic and Slott and the Allred's delivered.
The new Marvel Now! line has brought out some really wonderful books such as Superior Spider-Man, Savage Wolverine, FF, Thor: God of Thunder, and Daredevil. They are keeping the good stuff coming.