Welcome to a special mega-size edition of the Comic Roundup! This edition, a new story begins for Aric in X-O Manowar #1, the Superman Reborn storyline comes to a close in Action Comics #976, Spidey is on the hunt for Norman Osborn in The Amazing Spider-Man #25, and Bane goes on a rampage in Batman #19
X-O Manowar #1 (Valiant)
Matt Kindt / Tomas Giorello / Diego Rodriguez / Dave Sharpe
The Valiant universe is full of fun and interesting characters, and one of the most interesting of them all is Aric.
We last left Aric on Earth, finally achieving the peace he has long since been after. However, in X-O Manowar #1, we see a far different Aric in an unfamiliar setting. Much like our protag, were thrust into a violent and bloody world full of excitement and danger.
For new fans, now is the perfect time to explore the awesomeness of the Valiant universe!
Action Comics #976 (DC)
Dan Jurgens / Doug Mahnke / Jaime Mendoza / Christian Alamy / Trevor Scott / Wil Quintana / Rob Leigh
The Superman Reborn story arc comes to an end as we finally get the answers we’ve been clamoring for since The Last Days of Superman.
Many fans, myself included, had theories on the sudden appearance of Rebirth Superman and the death of New 52 Superman. Now, in the last issue of the Reborn storyline, the mystery is solved!
It turns out, the OG Superman was split in two (Super-Dad and New 52 Superman). The same thing happened to Lois. Basically, this shocking revelation is the opposite of what many of us thought. We were led to believe the other Superman and Lois (Super-Dad and Superwoman) were from the pre-New 52 era but that apparently isn’t the case. They were split and thanks to Jon, Lois and Clark’s son, the pair was able to come back together to form one being.
So what does all of this mean for the DC universe? Well, apparently, the New 52 is officially gone and in its place is “A new, existence-wide, single reality, rebuilt from two.” And speaking of reality altering, once again Dr. Manhattan from the Watchmen has been teased.
Overall, this issue was a solid ending and new beginning for the man of steel. Did we get all the answers? No, but we did get enough to satisfy us until the next reality manipulating event comes out.
The Amazing Spider-Man #25 (Marvel)
Dan Slott / Stuart Immonen / Wade Von Grawbadger / Marte Gracia / Joe Caramagna
After the conclusion of the Clone Conspiracy, we jump right into another exciting event in issue #25. Ladies and gents, welcome to The Osborn Identity!
So what’s this event all about? Well, following Dan Slott’s Clone Conspiracy arc, Peter goes on the hunt for his longtime foe Norman Osborn. Oh, and before I go on, the villain of this latest event is indeed Norman Osborn and not the Green Goblin. Long story short, a while back, Peter cured Norman of his Green Goblin persona. So in the Goblin’s place is the even more devious Osborn.
What makes this issue so great is the “back to basics” feel it invokes. We see Spider-Man be Spider-Man for the first real time since Marvel revamped his character by making him a billionaire like Tony Stark.
The beginning of The Osborn Identity holds a lot of promise. And if it proves to be anything like the last event, you definitely wanna pick this up!
Batman #19 (DC)
Tom King / David Finch / Danny Miki / Trevor Scott / Sandra Hope / Jordie Bellaire / Deron Bennett
No one gets between Bane and his target. And if his target happens to be Batman? Well, nothing but a world of pain awaits anyone bold enough to stand in his way.
Batman #19 begins with Bane doing what he does best: beating people up. In fact, all throughout this issue we see Bane unleash his hate and anger on anyone in his path.
So, you probably should pick up issue #18 before jumping into this one. Folks new to the latest storyline will likely get confused by page-after-page of Bane fighting Gotham’s most dangerous villains in Arkham Asylum.