New Stuff 11/14/07

November 14, 2007

New Avengers #36
At this point, Bendis must be driving himself insane. Scheming/writing both Avengers teams titles, Illuminati, Ultimate Spider-Man and the upcoming Secret Invasion arc, he seems like he might actually be slipping a bit. This issue felt very confusing and disjointed to me, too many different storylines rolling into one together. It is incredibly dense, and Bendis’ style of dialogue might be a bit too much for the delicate situations we are being presented with. Interesting read, but too quick and too broad to keep me happy.

Thor #4
I have never been to strong a supporter of Thor, it always kind of felt like Marvel was cheating by introducing a character with historical resonance, but alas, here we are. Last months issue was awesome, if you don’t know why, pick it up ASAP. This month, the issue got a little too preachy for my tastes, by throwing Thor in the middle of an African tribal dispute. “Really? Amidst all the stuff that was moving forward with him, you send him to Africa?” It was a little too much of a “real world” scenario in a comic book, which I never really care for (article coming soon on that topic!). Beautiful art by Coipel though, whose work I always look forward to seeing.

World War Hulk #5
Exactly what I feared would happen when Pak was given the duty to write such a large, expansive story? Dissapointment. The entire run had some moments of note, basically anytime the Hulk delivered an ass-whupping to almost every hero in the Marvel Universe, but where we should have found some sort of definitive end/insight into the Hulk as a character, the whole ending just sort of threw up all over the 48 pages of confusion and grandiose action. I have no idea what just happened. Okay, so who’s dead? Who’s alive? Is New York a steaming pile of rubble? Can the Hulk glow now? Is he red now? Perhaps another read is needed, but it just seemed like had they given this writing task to another person (Millar?) we would have seen a bit more cohesion and an ending without a deus ex machina (yep, there’s one of those). Overall, all I can say “Meh.”

All Star Superman #9
For all the lack of interest I give DC, All Star Superman is surely their best title. Why? It’s essentially an Ultimates version of Superman, the entire mythos restructured by Grant Morrison, whose work is often hit or miss, but here plays well with the world-famous character. It’s more of the same, sure, but ASS (wow, that’s an unfortunate acronym) is always fun. Great art from Frank Quitely too.


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