"Gail's off the book now? Dammit... oh, well, wonder who the new writer's gonna be? J. Michael Straczynski? YES!"note This, however, was undone by the actual story he wrote...
Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne. Batman, fighting his way through all of history, with the first edition being illustrated by Chris Sprouse and written by Grant Morrison. Epic. Win.
The existence of the Jason Rusch run of Firestorm was full of these, having reappearances by the supporting cast of the Ronnie Raymond days, including: Firehawk, Pohzar/Mikhail Arkadin, and several of the original Firestorm villains (Killer Frost, Multiplex, Typhoon, even Cliff "Thinker" Carmichael). Raymond even came back from the dead in a story arc, and eventually Rusch would be joined by Martin Stein himself to form Firestorm. In one issue, Rusch even makes a veiled fourth wall reference to the fandom rejoicing in his book, as he comments about how he fashioned his costume to look more like the "classic" Firestorm design.
Okay, so DC is putting out one last issue of several long-cancelled titles to "resurrect them" as a tie-in to Blackest Night. Sounds like a crossover stunt to- HOLY SHIT OSTRANDER AND SIMONE ARE WORKING TOGETHER ON A SECRET SIX/SUICIDE SQUAD TEAM-UP AND O'NEIL AND COWAN ARE DOING THE QUESTION!
Oh Bart Allen is back... AND HE'S BACK TO HIS OLD PERSONALITY?!
The realization that Eric Wallace's run on Titans is going to be cancelled after August's issue, a run that immediately got off to the wrong start with the death of Ryan Choi and proceeded to get worse as it went on.
James Robinson's writing a 12-issue series focused on The Shade! Woopwoopwoopwoop!
There's going to be a New 52 Earth 2? Let's just see how they manage to screw it up.... They got James Robinson to write it?! And it features completely different origins for the heroes?!
Earth2 was great, but now James is leaving it, it's going to crash and.....TOM TAYLOR!
Yeah, but still not so sur...wait, Nicola Scott is staying on?! Okay!
Hmm, Trinity War is neat so far, and Forever Evil looks decent, but how can they really....The CRIME SYNDICATE OF AMERICA!? ULTRAMAN, OWLMAN, SUPERWOMAN, POWERRING AND....DEATHSTORM!? Lex and Ultraman in battle....or Black Adam and Ultra Man....DC TAKE MY MONEY!
Man, the Superman titles haven't been doing all that well (Bar Morrison run Action Comics), it says something when Lobdell is the best writer in the family. Wait, a Superman title done by Scott Synder!? Nice, but it seems to be sort of on its own, so does that really.....GREG PAK IS WRITING A BATMAN-SUPERMAN SERIES, AND ACTION COMICS!? The World War Hulk writer on Superman.....YAY!
The New 52 is still missing a ton of characters, and the fans won't be happy until they all appear, but with all the changes can they even all....Wait, who was Lex Luthor talking to in Forever evil...Thomas Kord, the father of Ted Kord?, and written by Geoff Johns, the Silver age Lover....This is promising, very promising.
Better yet, Johns confirms that Ted Kord is coming back!
Ah, New York Comic Con; a perfect time to find out little tidbits that just get the fans to rejoice, wonder what gets posted first.....a weekly Batman title? Okay, there is such thing as too much Batman you know.....wait, did Snyder just say Stephanie Brown!?!?
So, the Flash is getting a creative team that is on par with his old one? Nice, but what sort of things will be put on the table....W...Wally West is returning!
When Brian K. Vaughan announced his departure from Runaways, there was much speculation as to who the "worthy replacement" he promised could possibly be. It turned out to be Joss Whedon. Unfortunately, Whedon's Runaways arc was not terribly popular with fans. But at the time, it sure shut up complaints. His replacement Terry Moore on the other hand was more of a What The Hell, Casting Agency? moment, though.
and yet again with Kathryn Immonen (writer of the Hellcat mini)
Amazing Spider-Man #611 will feature a showdown between Spider-Man and Deadpool. A showdown that will, apparently, degrade into "Yo Mamma-geddon". And it's being written by Joe Kelly.
God, I hate Carly, yet Quesada keeps insisting that she's Spider-Man's perfect girlfriend. Good grief when is this ever going to... wait? Carly broke up with Spidey? Woo-hoo! The MJ train is back on track!
The announcement that Brian Michael Bendis will be wrapping up the Avengers story he's building up at 2012 AND retiring his position as the head writer are met with much rejoicing.
Ed Brubaker resurrecting Bucky (one time sidekick to Captain America) was so popular, that news of his death in the pages of Fear Itself angered fans. That anger turned into rejoicing after it was revealed in a post-event comic that Bucky didn't die and that he's going to star in a "Winter Soldier" on-going written by Brubaker starting in January 2012.
As for The Avengers, there's Avengers: The Childrens Crusade. Full stop. Basically a series that exists simply to outright overturn the much hated "Avengers Disassembled" storyline as well as allowing Allan Heinberg to finish the storylines he was banned from doing in Young Avengers (confirming Wiccan and Speed as Scarlet Witch and Vision's kids and bringing back Scott Lang, which was foreshadowed at the end of Heinberg's first Young Avengers arc).
Writers under Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso seem to be making a habit of tacitly undoing many of the more unpopular creative decisions made by Alonso's predecessor Joe Quesada. We have Children's Crusade and the end of Bendis's Avengers mentioned above, as well as Spider Island in which, in addition to the aforementioned breakup with Carlie, the magic spell that prevented anyone from learning Peter's identity is undone and Mary Jane admits she's still in love with Peter (although not to his face, unfortunately) after she of all characters had been repeatedly used as a Shipper on Deck for Peter and Carlie. As well, Avengers Vs X-Men issue 9 torpedoes the much-malignedBlack Panther/Stormmarriage with a single throwaway line, and foreshadowing within the same storyline seems to indicate that the Decimation and possibly the Cyclops/White Queen relationship may be on their way out, too.
Consequences, the Post-AVX mini, exploring Cyclops' side in the whole situation, setting up a new Status Quo for him, and basically establish that he really wasn't a villain, but a victim of circumstance? YES! Wolverine gets called out on his hypocritical bullshit? Double YES!
When it was announced that Kieron Gillen was leaving Journey into Mystery come October 2012, there was much fear that Kid Loki was finally going to die and that the status quo would be unfortunately restored. However, previews for Marvel NOW show that Gillen will be writing a story with Kid Loki, Wiccan, and Miss America. Then this came out and showed that perhaps Kid Loki's adventures are not quite over yet...
And then "Journey into Mystery" #645 came out...and there much less rejoicing after that.
And then issue #1 came out and the fandom rejoiced all over again!
Hawkeye getting his own Ongoing? Written by Matt Fraction and art by David Aja? OK, that's pretty cool but-*Reads first few issues* Marvel take my money now!
And Kate Bishop, the second Hawkeye is basically a second lead character? And she's getting an annual focusing on her?! Take even more of my money!
Secret Avengers coming to an end? That sucks-wait, its being relaunched, and will add Phil Coulson, Daisy Johnson, Mockingbird, and Taskmaster to the team!? So what if the story behind the team doesn't sound great, its got Taskmaster!
Wait, they're actually getting consent to suppress the team's memories of the missions, and they still feel bad about it? Sold!
A+X isn't really notable, though fairly enjoyable, besides being a team up book that has a rotating artist and writer for every issue...then they announced they were going to do a multiple part story. OK, that doesn't sound too...The story is going to be about Captain America and Cyclops teaming up, meaning that they may finally resolve their differences? Fuck. Yes.
Marvel released a teaser for their post-Infinity status quo. Pfft, they did that for Marvel Now, so what....is that.... is that The Amazing Spider-Man? No, I mean TheAmazing Spider-Man? He's back? You gotta be... Is that Nightcrawler? Two of Marvel's most popular characters are comic back after being killed off? Ladies, Gentlemen, we can officially Squee.
Oh man, Marvel Now is so obviously movie (And Superior) dominated it is sort of sicken....wait, a series of all X-Men girls? Hmm, sort of gimm...Brian Wood?! Better, though Storm's still in that weird new... JUBILEE! SHE'S BACK!!
Battle of the Atom....another event!? Sure, its not taking over ALL the books, but its written by Bendis and Aaron....yuck, there is no way that can be any good. X-Men from the future....hasn't that been done to death.....and what the hell with some of these guys; Deadpool isn't an X-Men, Beast's redesign is hideous, and no one really likes him at the moment, an Ice Hulk is the worse idea for a character since Red H....wait, one of the future X-men is MollyHayes, and She Is All Grown Up! Maybe it might be a decent read.
Now for Marvel Comic Con 2013, what sort of interesting stuff are we getting on the other side...blah blah Inhumans, blah blah Avengers, blah blah She Hulk ongoing and Ghost Rider in the Thunderbolts....wait, what was that last one!?
Oh, look, more Marvel NOW! releases... wait, Doop is getting a series?! And... PETER PARKER'S BACK IN CONTROL?! NO MORE Superior Spider-Man?!
But, the fans who like both Amazing and Superior can possibly have their cake and eat it, too! It looks like PETER DAVID is taking over Superior Spider-Man!
There's a new Godzilla comic series out. Ho-hum, same old cheesy battles against monsters no one cares abou-Wait, is that Mothra on the cover? Anguirus too? This is going to be awesome!
Well, the covers are probably going to look cra- Awesome!
Godzilla Legends? Okay, I don't see why- wait, Anguirus fighting Destoroyah? An entire issue dedicated to Rodan? The Simeons? Retro-style Mecha-Godzilla? Miki Saegusa? Matt Frank doing the interiors for the first issue? SWEEET! Art Adams, Bob Eggleton and Chris Scalf doing the covers for the first time since the Dark Horse Godzilla comics doesn't hurt either
James Stokoe Orc Stain doing Godzilla comics. Don't let me repeat that.
In Godzilla Kingdom of Monsters, Space Godzilla. In Godzilla Ongoing, Mothra, Kiryu and Gigan.
The facts were these. Pushing Daisies had met an unfortunate demise at the hands of an apathetic network after suffering in its first season thanks to the writer's strike, meaning that the much awaited Ned vs. zombies plotline would indeed never happen and many loose threads would, alas, remain lose. But then, as though gifted with the piemaker's touch, Warner Brothers production company resurrected the program by gaving the okay to one Bryan Fuller to recruit three of the show's other writers to continue the story in comic form, and series composer Jim Dooley to release a companion soundtrack. Said books are due to be released sometime this year. At this very moment, nine million, four-hundred and sixty thousand nerds are punching their fists in the air.