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To Be Continued: 2002 Comic Book Sequels, Part 1
We look at some fascinating four-color follow-ups on the way in 2002
By Arnold T. Blumberg
June 29, 2002
Artwork for APACHE SKIES
© 2002 Marvel Comics
The comic book medium has certainly been susceptible to the same trends as other entertainment forms over the years, and one of the most prevalent pop culture gimmicks is, of course, the "sequel." We've seen them come and go in comics, from the second Secret Wars - ugh - to the recent long-awaited (and perhaps too
anticipated) DARK KNIGHT 2
- ugh - and countless others besides. Let's face it, the history of comics has been lousy with sequels. Trust us.
But while this isn't quite the 'Summer of Sequels' in comics as it is in films, there are a number of intriguing projects that might be termed "follow-ups" or "sequels" of sorts hitting comic shop shelves between now and the end of the year, and we're here to give you the lowdown on some of them, including a few that are in progress even as we speak. So let's begin, shall we? And remember, none of these will be shown in THX Dolby sound, but that doesn't mean they won't pack the same entertainment value as MEN IN BLACK II
or DIE ANOTHER DAY
. Having said that, let's begin:
Terry Moore tackled another famous lesbian couple, Willow and Tara, in a popular BUFFY spin-off one-shot from Dark Horse Comics.
© Dark Horse Comics
This follow-up to BLAZE OF GLORY
will attempt to bring some excitement back to the dust and horses genre, traditionally a far less popular category in comics. The Rawhide Kid and a new Apache Kid are on the lookout for the men who killed the first Apache Kid.Publisher:
John Ostrander and Leonardo MancoBuzz:
Westerns may not be the most popular category in comics these days, but the first escapade did well, so the team is back again with another raw MAX cowboy tale, fully painted and rarin' to go. If you're in the mood for something a bit less spandex-y, you might want to give this one a try, pardner.Release date:
July 2002BLACK WIDOW: PALE LITTLE SPIDERSynopsis:
Marvel's new Russian secret agent in black latex is back in this dark adventure written by the creative talent behind Oni Press' WHITEOUT
Greg Rucka and Igor KordeyBuzz:
Under the MAX imprint, this underground tale of Russian bondage clubs and deadly predators can go all out, and you better believe Rucka is going to do just that. Now, now, there won't be any explicit, racy stuff (sorry to disappoint so many of you), but there will be edgy intrigue and a strong noirish sensibility, so that will have to suffice.Release date:
Summer 2002BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER: WILLOW AND TARA - WILDERNESSSynopsis:
Following up on last year's "Willow and Tara" one-shot, Dark Horse will release a new two-issue miniseries this summer, again co-plotted by the late, lamented Tara herself...with help from novelist and comic scribe Christopher Golden. Willow, Tara and Dawn wander into an enchanted wood, where danger lurks in every shadow.Publisher:
Dark HorseCreative Team:
Amber Benson, Christopher Golden, and Ajit JothikaumarBuzz:
This project kicks things up a notch by adding the skills of animation talent Jothikaumar to the mix, but with the well-liked team of Benson and Golden guiding the adventures of the Sapphic witches and their youthful companion, this should delight Buffy fans everywhere.Release date:
Thanos is at it again in INFINITY ABYSS #1.
© 2002 Marvel Characters Inc.
Jim Starlin returns to the cosmic-themed storytelling he made famous in the '80s and '90s, resurrecting one of Marvel's recurring '90s miniseries premises with an all-new Infinity tale. Thanos, Warlock, Captain Marvel, Pip the Troll and a cast of thousands all return.Publisher:
The Infinity projects ran out of steam years ago, and expectations are predictably low for this return engagement. But you never know. Some people say "Why?" but Starlin and Marvel said "Why not?" Vote with your wallets.Release date:
Summer 2002 (Now! Go to your comic shop)
Don?t worry, there are more comic book sequels to come. Next time, we?ll get reacquainted with some very old literary heroes (and villains) from Victorian England, look back at a well-loved chapter in a certain wall-crawler?s long and varied career, and learn the World War II origin of a returning cyborg crusader. All this and more when our survey of 2002 comic book sequels concludes.
TO BE CONTINUED