Waiting for comics that have been announced, but that have not come out yet is a big part of being a comics fan. The new book has a writer you really like, an artist that is good, and a character or two that you really enjoy. So it has to be GREAT! Right?
Comics are a hit and miss media. It's easy to make bad comics. It's hard to make mediocre comics. And it is almost impossible to make really, really great comics. That magic lightning of comic greatness only ends up on the page once in a while. But as fans, we keep hoping. And when that next project sounds like it has increased odds of maybe, just possibly manifesting into our reality as a genuinely great book, well... we get all excited with the possibility.
Luckily, for me, I am a fan of mediocre comics and I even secretly love the really bad comics. So there is plenty there to keep my attention. But I still keep hoping that this next book is going to be the one that redefines what is possible in this incredible media called comics. I am 100% positive that there are untapped riches of comics that have not been discovered or imagined yet.
So learning to enjoy the anticipation phase of comics is important. Anything is possible when Writer X meets Artists Y and Z while exploring Characters A, B and C!
Also, to be fair, a lot of what we love about comic characters takes place between the panels and between issues anyway. There has never been a Doctor Strange comic as cool as the Doctor Strange in my imagination. And every time a new Doc Strange project is announced I think, maybe this time the good doctor's true mystical potential will make it onto a page.
Don't get me wrong, there have been Good Dr. Strange comics. But there has never been a truly GREAT Doctor Strange comic....Yet. But he is Sorcerer Supreme again, so maybe someday soon...
So what books are in Anticipation Mode right now?
Thanks for asking.
Guardians of the Galaxy. Can Bendis unlock the wacky weirdness that is Rocket Raccoon? And not ruin it with too much Tony Stark?
Fearless Defenders. Will Dani Moonstar get a chance to show how incredibly cool she is while standing back-to-back with Valkyrie? Hel Yeah!
Books that have passed out of Anticipation Mode and into actual comic pages?
The Iron man reboot. A good book, so far. But not Great.
The Fantastic Four/FF Fraction takeover. Hickman's FFs were literally "fantastic" 80% of the time. So Matt Fraction has big shoes to fill. But he is doing a good job of making things fun and he is really capturing the "family" vibe of the Fantastic Four and the FF. So far so good.
Young Avengers #1 Wow! What can I say. This time the actual book is better than my level of anticipation! A Great Kick Off to new series with some of the most interesting young Marvel characters. If you can get your hands on this book, read it. Billy is doing well intentioned, but really stupid things (just like his mom, the Scarlet Witch does). I mean, even Kid Loki was trying to stop him.
Newly moved into Anticipation Mode...Young Avengers #2
Can Kieron Gillen and James McKelvie keep things at the high level set by #1? Will this be more than just one Great Comic? Will if be a great Story Arc? Or dare I say it, a Great Comic Series? We shall see... Anything is possible.
Anticipation can be fun.
-- Jay Larsen
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