Every week, CBR has more news and features than Wolverine has variant covers. Week in Review is the one-stop source for the highlights of the week, the results of our weekly features and the cool stories you may have missed in the rush to get to the juiciest news.
Cover of the Week had Massimo Carnevale’s “Conan the Barbarian” #1 cover besting “Thief of Thieves” #1, “PunisherMAX” #22, Becky Cloonan’s “Conan the Barbarian” #1 variant and “Blue Estate” #9 for the top spot.
In a hostile takeover of The Bat Signal by the Court of Owls, The Owl Signal had a full week of “Night of the Owls” coverage including Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo and Mike Marts on the crossover as a whole, Kyle Higgins on “Nightwing,” Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray on “All-Star Western,” Peter Tomasi on “Batman and Robin,” Judd Winick pulling triple duty on “Catwoman,” “Dark Knight” and “Batwing” and Scott Lobdell on “Red Hood and the Outlaws.”
X-Position spoke with Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning on their “New Mutants” run and what the future holds for Cyclops’ cleanup crew in San Francisco.
The Buy Pile saw “Amazing Spider-Man” #679.1 jump from the Read Pile to the Buy Pile this week, making it the second consecutive issue to receive the bump-up.
Robot 6’s weekly offerings included a Wednesday Sequence featuring Joe Kubert’s “Hawkman,” The Middle Ground discussed the unreliability of memory and Wikipedia, Grumpy Old Fan went through DC’s May solicitations, Women of Action delved into Black Canary and the Birds of Prey and as always Food or Comics continued the existential debate of starving for sustenance or content on new comic book day.
On CSBG, Comic Book Legends Revealed took a close look at “The Greatest American Hero,” The Line It Is Drawn lampooned “Watchmen,” Comic Book Easter Eggs found the Simpson family in “Spider-Man” and there was an all-new Cover Theme Game.
Finally, Brian Michael Bendis guest-starred on a special Axel-in-Charge.
This week saw the unfortunate passing of wester, war and humor comics icon John Severin. Severin passed away at his Denver home at the age of 90 on Tuesday.
In other legal news, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. is suing Dynamite Entertainment over the comic company’s “Lord of the Jungle” and “Warlord of Mars” comics, accusing the publisher of trademark infringement and unfair competition.
Marvel had a series of its Next Big Thing live press conference calls including Kieron Gillen and Andy Lanning on the “New Mutants”/”Journey Into Mystery” crossover event “Exiled,” Jason Aaron on the next “Incredible Hulk” arc “Stay Angry,” Sam Humphries and Jonathan Hickman spoke to their collaborative efforts on “Ultimates” and Rick Remender and Mike McKone expounded on the upcoming “Final Execution” of “Uncanny X-Force.”
Nick Spencer talked his upcoming arc of “Ultimate Comics X-Men,” Cullen Bunn expounded on “Wolverine” and Mark Waid teased plans for “Daredevil.” Bryan Q. Miller spoke about the “Smallville Season 11” comic and Howard Mackie explored N.O.W.H.E.R.E. and adolescence in the “Second Wave” title “Ravagers.”
Mark Evanier spoke to CBR about BOOM! Studios’ “Garfield,” the editors of First Second spoke to the company’s 2012 catalogue, Tristan Jones brought the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles into IDW’s “Infestation,” Andrew Chambliss discussed Buffy’s choice and the controversy behind “Buffy Season 9” and Sam Humphries ascended to “Higher Earth.”
“Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance” directors Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor spoke to this weekend’s Marvel film, while Katie Calautti gave the second installment of “Ghost Rider” a favorable review, saying, “The effects are solid, Cage’s performance is off the charts and the pace is relentless. It’s Neveldine and Taylor doing Marvel — what more could you want?”
In video game news, “Prototype II” heads to Las Vegas while “Darksiders II” got a release date and details. Telltale Games’ “The Walking Dead” point-and-click adventure revealed new information and screenshots.
While the biggest breaking news on Robot 6 had to do with the uproar surrounding the ruling against “Ghost Rider” creator Gary Friedrich, including Neal Adams’ call to arms to aid Friedrich and a debate between creators about sketching Marvel and Disney characters at conventions, there was also other legal news such as Julie Taymor settling the royalties feud with “Spider-Man: Turn of the Dark. Additionally, Stan Lee Media lost the fight for the rights to “Conan the Barbarian” and Viz Media forced a group of fan translators to stop posting chapters of “Shonen Jump” online.
Speaking of scanners, one of the most interesting stories of the week occurred when David Brothers and David Uzumeri discovered the pirated Marvel scans appearing online every week could be coming from an inside source. The hack turned out to be a security leak, not a person, which Marvel has since closed.
Spinoff started the week off with Kevin Melrose’s recap and review of “Nebraska,” the midseason premiere of “The Walking Dead.” Melrose called the episode, “a shining moment for Rick, who for so long had played a reactive, secondary role in his own story. While Shane and Daryl acted, Rick has talked and moped and talked some more, too busy anguishing over his own missteps — Carl’s accidental shooting, the loss of Sophia, etc. — to actually do what needs to be done, proving the criticisms of him correct. Here, though, he takes charge, and he’s badass.”
Katie Calautti reviewed the Sundance Film Festival’s “Bachelorette,” saying, “this movie will burrow into some stubbornly deep-seated emotions. As hard as it was for writers to watch Mavis Gary in ‘Young Adult,’ ‘Bachelorette’ also provides those squint-and-it-could-be-me facets in its characters. It’s uncomfortable, it’s hilarious, it’s realistic, it’s schadenfreude on celluloid.”
Josie Campbell took a look at Studio Ghibli’s new animated film “The Secret World of Arrietty”, calling the Disney and Studio Ghibli adaptation of “The Borrowers” “an absolutely mesmerizing animated film whose glossy style is matched by its heartwarming substance. A meditation on life and friendship, it’s a beautiful story sure to thrill audience members of all ages.”
Finally, Katie Calautti reviewed “This Means War” starring Chris Pine, Tom Hardy and Reese Witherspoon, giving the movie less than stellar marks, saying the film is “a sub-par excuse to blow up some stuff, get three good-looking characters in their underwear and toss in some penis jokes.”
What would a week be without reviews? Here are the best of the best this week, getting a 4-star rating or above.