The Marvel Rundown: HEROES REBORN is Marvel’s best event in years

Welcome to the Marvel Rundown! We’re trying something a little different this week. Instead of taking a look at one book in particular, we decided to delve into the Heroes Reborn event so far, consisting of two main issues and two instead good tie-ins, and analyse why this event is frankly a lot more engaging than a lot of Marvel’s more recent events.

We’ve got all that and some quick beliefs on some books in the Rapid Rundown section, all ahead in this week’s instalment of the Marvel Rundown!

Heroes Reborn debuted less than a month after the conclusion of Marvel’s latest event, King in Black, and that is pretty odd. To start, they’re both not” original events .” They both to be derived from their respective runnings, Donny Cates’ Venom and Jason Aaron’s Avengers, but what organizes Heroes Reborn apart from King in Black is that it isn’t inevitably illustration the Marvel Universe as we know it to its centre. It’s an alternate world tale, one that I admittedly was not looking forward to at all given how I feel about Aaron’s run on the name, and quite frankly might be Marvel’s most unique event in years. There’s no invading legion , no dome around the world that allies can’t access , no charismatic yet creepy-crawly villain that has readers wondering if their heroes can even stop them. This is a story where one dude, Blade, knows that there’s something severely wrong with everything, and that he somehow needs to set it right.

From Heroes Reborn# 2

The highlight of the occurrence so far, in its second week, has been its tie-ins: Hyperion& the Imperial Guard by Ryan Cady, Michele Bandini, Elisabetta D’Amico, Erick Arciniega, and Cory Petit,& Peter Parker: The Amazing Shutterbug by Marc Bernardin, Rafael De LaTorre, Ron Lim, Scott Hanna, Jim Campbell, and Ariana Maher. These books has more or less supported a thought that I’ve been echoing internally for a couple of years, which was well articulated in a wonderful article/ discussion by Vishal Gullapalli and Ritesh Babu, that Aaron is clearly very inspired by the DC Universe when it comes to his take on Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, and that Heroes Reborn serves as an unambiguous,” What if Marvel … but DC ?”

Heroes RebornFrom Hyperion and the Imperial Guard# 1

The Squadron Supreme appeared early on in Aaron’s run, which invited some merriment commentary into the fundamental difference between Marvel and DC’s superhero universes, but this event just smashes them together in a really refreshingly obvious direction. You’ve got Hyperion who has always been a Superman analogue, various members of the Squadron who very closely reflect DC characters like Wonder Woman and Batman, and, uh, Peter Parker is Jimmy Olsen. On top of that, you’ve got this, frankly, very Injustice layer of darkness settled in on top of everything. In Hyperion’s tie-in, he loses the desire of his life and his close allies in a fight with the Brood, and later on comes across as very aggressive and unforgiving despite his image as America’s premier superhero. Peter photos Hyperion and other superheroes for the Daily Bugle, but secretly detests Hyperion because his actions during a big fight lead to the death of Aunt May. It skirts on the edge of grimdark, like with the scene where Hyperion perfectly eviscerates the Hulk with his laser-eyes while he cries out for Steve Rogers’ assistance, confused as to why everything is wrong in the world. Again, extremely Injustice.

The artwork is obviously a major stopgap in the analogy “re going too” far. Dale Keown, Carlos Magno, Ed McGuinness, and Ron Lim are all somewhat proved Marvel artists and their designings and figures certainly keep the Marvel spirit intact. I merely wish that, merely two issues in, the event had a little more artistic consistency. The lead story is already being handled by two artists while McGuinness is attracting a short coda.

As I mentioned before, a huge positive is how different this event is from more recent events. Even events with good openers like Empyre follow the same formula, so I like how Heroes Reborn is seemingly going to play out at a slower speed. I’m sure it’ll get in a big climactic battle, but I sure hope there’s not going to be a generic army for our heroes to take on.

I really recommend this event so far, though I said the same of Empyre last year and it didn’t turn out so well. The main issues have been pretty strong and the tie-ins both tell a singular narrative and dedicate a little more background and flavour to the world and characters. It’s certainly the best that Jason Aaron has been in a while.

Heroes RebornFrom Peter Parker: The Amazing Shutterbug# 1

Rapid Rundown!

Children of the Atom# 3

Three issues into this series and things are starting to pick up. The structure of the serial, with each issue narrated by a different member of the team as a direction of introducing them to readers, continues to be a clever way to get to know these brand-new personas, and Vita Ayala’s character work even outside of the recital has been pretty solid throughout. It’s a little disappointing to see a fill-in art team so soon on this volume, but Paco Medina and David Curiel do a penalty chore maintaining some visual consistency with the serials’ regular artistry team. Still, there are a lot of mysteries in this series that feel more like a hinderance to the story than a compelling reason to keep reading at this level. The flashbacks in this week’s issue seem like the beginning of clearing up the central mystery of the serial, but the string also heightens a ton of new questions. Hopefully things are now beginning to stimulate more sense soon, and this serial can push forward in a meaningful way. — JG

Star Wars #13

This issue has Luke, Chewbacca, C3-P0, and R2-D2 traveling to Nar Shaddaa following the events of the War of the Bounty Hunters- Alpha, to investigate a contribute in their search for Han Solo and his captor the infamous reward hunter Boba Fett. The Star Wars books have had a very tight continuity since a majority of the members of the comics have come back to the Marvel banner and the War of the Bounty Hunters storyline establishes it feel like a Marvel stun, for good or bad. Right now Marvel’s creative lineup is possibly the best squad of Force nerds for this, and if they can sustain this level of artistry, then I look forward to the other 32 volumes in this event. Hats off to writer Charles Soule, artist Ramon Rosanas, and colorist Rachelle Rosenberg for, without spoiling too much, this issue’s very cool, maybe iconic, lightsaber times. — GC3

Next week, Heroes Reborn continues, and Immortal Hulk: Time of Monsters ultimately debuts!

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