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Comic Countdown #60: A Look Into Marvel NOW!

Posted on March 3, 2013 AT 06:48pm

Welcome to the sixtieth installment of the Comic Countdown! Since the inception of Marvel NOW! late last year, a lot of great books have come out of the woodwork, making this seemingly silly brand launch into something of a force in the comic book community. With many great titles going into the Marvel NOW! label, now seems like a good time to look back and see some of the titles that stood out the most. So with that, it’s time for the Countdown!

#10: Cable And X-Force

This title, by Dennis Hopeless and Salvador Larroca reunites Cable with his beloved X-Force team. While Larroca’s artwork has received some criticism, Hopeless is doing a fine job writing the series and the art has shown some signs of breaking Larroca’s normal style. Hopeless is beginning to make a name for himself with this title, and hopefully, it stays that way.

#9: FF

By Matt Fraction and Mike Allred, this titles seems to be the more interesting of the two titles lead by Fraction. With a brand new team not of Ant-Man, She-Hulk, Miss Thing and Medusa, this title has seen some interesting conflicts and will continue to be one of the more visually stunning books of this series. Fraction is a stellar writer, and this talent is being shown in every issue he writes.

#8: Thor: God Of Thunder

Jason Aaron and Esad Ribic have really taken the Thunder God to a whole new level with this title. The book thus far has been very strong, and hopefully this trend will continue, considering this is one of the best creative teams to be placed into a Marvel NOW! title. Jason Aaron has been known for doing some great work with a story, and so far, he’s proving that to many readers of this title.

#7: Iron Man

Keiron Gillen had some a bit skeptical when he was placed onto this title with artist Greg Land, who has gotten his share of criticism, but with the launch of the latest volume of Iron Man, things have gone pretty well. Stark is a very human character, and with Gillen’s writing, Stark is definitely taking on that form, as well as showing off the heroic side of Iron Man himself.

#6: Captain America

Rick Remender and John Romita, Jr. have done a great job with the Star-Spangled Hero thus far. Writing for one of the longest running franchises in history is a bit of a big deal, especially when that character is the First Avenger. Cap is a historic figure and this book is showing to be a great addition to the catalog of Captain America. Remender is doing some stellar work, and this looks as if it’s going to continue with this title.

#5: Thunderbolts

After his huge run on Deadpool, Daniel Way has been given the opportunity to write a team book, with artist Steve Dillon on the new Thunderbolts title. With a group of huge names, an interesting opening arc and another run-in with the Merc With A Mouth himself, this book has been fun, bloody and full of ridiculousness. Just like Way enjoys it, seemingly.

#4: Deadpool

Speaking of the Crimson Comedian, Brian Posehn, Gerry Duggan and Tony Moore have taken a unique look at Deadpool with his new solo run. While he doesn’t have the visual style that the rotation of artists on the last run did, Moore has given Deadpool an interesting new appearance, and the team of Duggan and Posehn have started this book off properly. While the first few issues were in poor quality, the book has picked up nicely since, and will hopefully keep on that pace.

#3: Indestructible Hulk

Mark Waid is one of the best writers in all of comics right now, and his take on the Hulk is one that has so far been able to prove that. Teaming up with terrific artist Lenil Yu to create a brand new volume of Hulk stories, this is shaping up to be one of the more interesting takes on the big man himself.

#2: Uncanny Avengers

For Marvel fans, there is little more needed than a great creative team (Rick Remender and John Cassaday) and some of the biggest heroes in the Marvel Universe teaming up. A combination of Uncanny X-Men and Avengers members, this is a star-studded book with the best of both worlds looking to make the world a better place. As the flagship title of this relaunch, it’s lived up to it’s name, but isn’t the biggest surprise of the new-look Marvel.

#1: All-New X-Men

That would be this one. Brian Michael Bendis and Stuart Immonen launched this book in the beginning stages of Marvel NOW!, and in the first half dozen issue, this book has impressed more than any other. The concept of time-traveling X-Men seemed like it was a bit silly at first, but it has turned out to be a well-written, visually stunning title that continues to impress every issue and shows no signs of stopping.

That’s it for the Countdown this week, be sure to check back next Sunday for more of the Comic Countdown!

Russ Pirozek, known as "Noobcrawler" to some, is a gamer and comic book fan who sometimes gets around to writing for DigitalNoob.com. He's also awesome. If someone looked up "awesome" in the dictionary, his picture wouldn't be there, but that's because he's too busy being awesome to pose for a photo.

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