24
Jan
2012
The Watchtower
Return of The Watchtower
Chris
The Watchtower is a weekly roundup/analysis of comic news and rumors. Each column will include noteworthy releases for the week. As always comments and discussion are welcome. Until I think of something better, news items will be titled by HORRIBLE PUNS.

-Cullen It As We See It
Looks like Marvel is fast tracking Cullen Bunn as one of their Young Guns (hot new writers being groomed for prime assignments). The April Solicitations reveal that he will follow Jason Aaron on Wolverine. Whether this is a full time gig or a fill in remains to be seen but the wording of the solicitation makes me think he's on board for the long haul. This makes two April debuts at Marvel for Bunn as Captain America & Bucky transitions into a Captain America team-up title also under his pen. Not interested in grabbing either of these myself, but it does give me even more incentive to check out The Sixth Gun, Bunn's Horror/Western from Oni Press, both because I love Westerns, and I wanna see what all the buzz is about.

-Saying Good Knight
What's next for Brian Bendis? The April Solicitations from Marvel have revealed that Moon Knight will come to an end that month, meaning that the writer will be leaving four out of five of his Marvel titles in 2012 (Avengers, New Avengers, Avengers Assemble, and Moon Knight, he will remain on Ultimate Spider-Man). Bendis has made it clear that he is not leaving comics or Marvel and that the seeds of one of his new endeavors will be planted in Avengers Assemble. Bendis is known to carry a large load of titles at a time, anywhere between 7 and 9 at once. So assuming Brilliant isn't just a one arc thing, that makes three titles alongside USM and Scarlet. So let the games begin as we speculate on what four titles (give or take) Bendis will be jumping onto or launching come next Fall. My money is on a Heroes for Hire revamp.

-Shocking Revelations
For those who missed the Tweet yesterday, John Rozum posted an interview discussing why he left Static Shock

http://robot6.comicbookresources.com/2012/01/john-rozum-explains-his-exit-from-static-shock/

Considering that Xombi was one of the most critically acclaimed books of the year, and that Static was one of the most critically panned, it should come as little surprise that Rozum claims his contributions were marginalized. As more and more information leaks out from behind the iron curtain of non-disclosures, I'm getting the distinct impression that under Didio's current editorial direction, Editors and Artists are running the show, and the writers (at least the ones who aren't named Johns, Morrison, Snyder, and Azzerallo) are becoming more and more marginalized.

That's it for this week. Be sure to check out these titles in store tomorrow!
-Secret Avengers #21.1 (Remender and Hardman's first issue.)
-Justice League #5 (Slipped a week, first new 52 late ship, the Justice League together at last!)
-Aquaman #5 (New Story Arc)
-X-Men Legacy #261
-Fantastic Four 602
-FF #14
-All Star Western #5
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