Avengers: Free Comic Book Day - I'm amazed that they picked such a strange plot and bad artist to use in the book that was going to be given away to non-comic book readers. But apparently Brevoort has a very different opinon of Cheung. "astoundingly gorgeous". I thought everyone looked ugly to the point of exaggeration, and i thought the action scenes were lifeless and confusing. I did appreciate the story, which references the Ymir/Surtur battle from Dr. Strange #178/Avengers #61 in 1969. And the dialogue was funny. So it was fine for me; i can live with bad art. It just seemed an odd choice for Free Comic Book Day.
Nova #24 - Kind of a typical "newbies go to war" sort of story, but done well enough. Gladiator is way too powerful, but that's nothing new. Interesting to see a Nova story that barely featured Nova, but i didn't have a problem with it. I was confused by the ending, though. Are they saying the the Worldmind has really been Ego all along, or that it's subsequently been infected with Ego, or are they just showing that the Worldmind is in control of Ego? If it's the third, we already knew that, so why the shocking cliffhanger-style reveal?
War of the Kings #3 - See now this is exactly what this series needed: the Guardians of the Galaxy. A raccoon with a mop facing down Gladiator = awesome. But there's Gladiator again, being way too powerful. This entire war pretty much hinges on where his loyalties lie, and that's got to feel limiting from a plot writing perspective. Also, Black Bolt and Medusa are being a little too manipulative towards Crystal. Seems out of character to me. We'll just have to reveal that they've been manipulated by Maximus this whole time. Still, this series is shaping up.
Dark Avengers #4 - The cover depicts the Green Goblin fighting Dr. Doom, which doesn't come close to happening in this issue. I just want to point out that Doom didn't just send Morgan Le Fey back in time. He sent her back to a time when cavemen and T. Rexes were both hanging around. Doom just makes up his own time periods. Who's going to tell him he can't? This is a great book. All the interactions between villains are really fun. Osborn's regret over the Sentry seemingly dying was a good moment, though, especially building on top of their previous discussion. Deodato, now there's an artist you might want to put in front of people for Free Comic Book Day.
Agents of Atlas #4 - I know i've said it before, but this is a book that can't fail to deliver me a talking gorilla every month. And it's got fun retro-sci fi and super-hero fights besides. It's just a good book.
By fnord12 | May 17, 2009, 10:14 PM | Comics
Doom didn't send her back in time. He sent her to the Land of the Lost. That's why dinosaurs and cavemen were hanging around together.