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New Stuff 11/29/07

December 3, 2007

Marvel Zombies 2 #2 – Well, the story hasn’t really gotten me quit intrigued yet. I will give it another shot because the first zombie run was so fun, but honestly, this title might have been better left dead. A critical flaw in a lot of these “novel” ideas is overkill, and i can only hope that we can avoid that here. Tread carefully, Marvel, very carefully.  


The Sub-Mariner #6 – Yeesh, what a disappointment. The Sub-Mariner is easily one of (if not) my favorite Marvel character. He’s got history, he’s got charisma, and he is very unique. In this mini-series however, we are given a character that is both flat and linear, he strays too far from his recognizable self and becomes “something else.” My biggest grudge was the inclusion of a before unmentioned son, whom ultimately (WARNING SPOILER) he kills in an all too cowardly fashion (for Namor) to almost no real purpose. It was a dues ex machina, and most unwelcome. Please Marvel, do not this character become what he is turning into.

100 Bullets #86 – 100 Bullets really does need to be read all in one sitting, it’s so dense that the monthly break between stories/characters/plotlines really kills the momentum and pacing. I did enjoy learning more about Victor, who is probably my favorite of the Minutemen right now. This was a single shot issue, so don’t be too afraid to miss it, but something tells me it will be more important very soon. 14 issues to go! 

The Walking Dead #44 – Kirkman continues to crank ’em out. The Walking Dead is in the midst of one of the heavier storylines right now, with an attack on the prison our survivors have learned to call home. I see disaster looming, but you never know. One thing is for sure, blood will be spilt, and in buckets. I am secretly hoping this title ends soon, because it really is starting to become evident that you can’t go too much longer with these people, but I think Kirkman understands what he is doing, so for now, I do trust him. For now…

Invincible #46 – Kirkman is becoming the Brian Michael Bendis of Image (hell, even Marvel). Invincible takes a bit of a break while pieces come into play for the next assuredly intense storyline, but still entertains and maintains the freshness that it has always had. I cannot understand why this title has not gotten more acclaim, but maybe I like it that way too.    

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.

Stuff I read the week of 8/22/07

August 25, 2007

Astonishing X-men #22
The latest issue seemed a bit more grandiose than I would like, as I find Joss Whedon’s themes tend to be bigger than the page allows. I haven’t read his stuff since watching the entire Firefly series last month, and frankly, I feel like he should stick to television at this point, so that he can both establish the obvious comedic/dramatic timing that he intends every other page, and also provide us with more in each issue, as it often feels a bit rushed or cut off. Still, what happens next will either be a really bold move on Marvel’s part, or another cop-out that we have come to expect.

Immortal Iron Fist #8
Ed Brubaker seems to be moving in a different direction with this second run on his revamping/re-establishing of the Iron Fist character. Where the first run was an attempt to bring us back into the life of Iron Fist, this run seems to be more like a Van Damme flick (a fighting tournament? Really? Where’s Christopher Lambert?) and while it should be fun, I can’t help but feel like we are losing sight of the actual character while trying to flesh out an entire universe beyond our own (much less after only 7 issues just getting to know the character). I enjoyed it nonetheless, and expect it to be further surprising, as the first run really helped me like the character I had always made fun of as a kid.