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Hey, you remember where we first met?
I think with this we'll be all caught up to my usual "one week behind" state (but don't ask me about Hulk Smash #5). This is also my first "think positive" Speed Review; we'll see how that goes.
Avengers Assemble #6 - Last issue we were told that Thanos' name "translates to" Thanos. This issue, the Badoon's dialogue is depicted as weird symbols, except for one word: Thanos. I guess it's a cognate. But i'm being positive, and that means i'm not asking any questions about Star Lord's hair color or how he escaped the Cancerverse, and i'm just focusing on the fact that Rocket Raccoon is in this book. Yay!
Avenging Spider-Man #9 - This was good enough to get me hopeful about the Captain Marvel series. I do think it might have been better as a one-and-done with no twist ending, but we'll see where that goes. I'm not a big fan of the Dodsons, and i thought the cover was a little wonky, but i actually liked the interior art.
Battle Scars #6 - As i said before, if you accept that they were going to do this, this was about as painless as it was going to get.
Captain America #14 - A comic immediately loses 5 points if i can't remember by looking at the cover what happened in the issue. But this was a nice conclusion to the D-Man fight (and i assume min will be happy to see D-Man kicking some ass) and i'm actually enjoying the larger Bravo/"Other Hydra" plotline. Nice character-driven dialogue; decent art (even some Deodato). So i guess this issue gets a 95?
Daredevil #15 - The thing i remember and liked best about this issue was Samnee's depiction of Iron Man blocking the bullets at the end of this issue. Very not-actually-but-suggestive-of-old-school-ish. Beyond that, i'm enjoying this as usual, but i'm nervous because min has threatened to be put out if this book goes dark the way Daredevil books usually do, and it's looking like that might actually be the case. Also, and i'm sure this is just a reading comprehension problem on my part, but did it seem like Daredevil was getting his sight back to compensate for the loss of his other senses? Is that going to persist?
Fantastic Four annual #33 - I like Alan Davis' art, and i remember liking what i've read of ClanDestine, but it's been a while and this book either took it for granted that we remembered who these characters were, or assumed it would work as a good introduction, and neither of those things were true for me. I was still able to enjoy it as a "Thing & Human Torch meet weird people" adventure story, but i imagine there was supposed to be more to it than that.
X-Factor #240 - I don't know what people who haven't seen Run Lola Run made of this. As for me, i have to say i don't think the art did a good job depicting the possibilities/time-split or whatever. Kind of bland at a time when the story actually called for something innovative. And here's the thing about PAD's gigantic cast of characters in X-Factor. I've been reading this for contractual reasons for 10 issues now. I know Layla Miller from her brief appearance in House of M, and these past 10 issues. The recap page says her power is Resurrection. I've seen characters discussing the implications of her resurrections over the past 10 issues. I've never seen anything about this alternate future vision business. So what am i to make of this? I assume that at some point over PAD's 300+ issue run on this book, this was clearly explained, but is there any consideration for "new" readers? Fair or not, this book has to fight my "Peter David Pension Fund" perception every time i open it, and stuff like this doesn't help. But accepting the premise and rolling with the punches, this was fine, if a little sentimental at the end. However, Strong Guy vs. the Man-Elephant and we see but a single panel of it?
Avengers vs. X-Men #8 - We all know that this is where my "no negativity" policy is going to be put to the test. Nnnnnnngh! I'm... sure the people who produced this issue worked very hard? No, i actually thought this was one of the better issues (once you accept the shifting premise). But since this issue was basically "heroes vs. cosmic powered entity" it would have been nice if the fight was actually shown. A panel showing a hammer touching Namor's face, and then the Thing's fist, etc., doesn't really make for an exciting battle. A narration panel saying "And then they fought for a while" would have served just as well. See, the three panels where Namor grabs Rulk's finger and twists it worked very well. More like that, please. What else? Still waiting to understand why the Scarlet Witch is the anti-Phoenix. Professor X's confrontation with Cyclops might be interesting. And i did like the dialogue better this issue; the Bendis tics are noticeable but at least people have personality (Spider-Man's line at the end was amusing).
New Avengers #28 - Amazingly, the K'un-Lun issues seemed to actually be relevant to the main story, but this issue is pure water treading. And it didn't do much as a character-focused story, either. In a story like this, if you can't move the plot forward and you're focused on three character reacting to the same situation, you'd think you might use it as a way to do some character development by drawing distinctions between how they act. Maybe Luke Cage shows some sympathy with the way mutants have been treated in the past, and he tries to reason with them, while Spider-Woman agrees to join the X-Men and then betrays them, and Hawkeye fights even in the face of overwhelming odds. I'm sure you can come up with something better, but along those lines. Instead all three characters are plucky fighters who never give up. I dunno. The story was fine; it just feels like we got nothing out of it. I actually felt like more distinct personalities were given to the X-characters who turned out to not even be real.
Spider-Men #3 - Peter Parker is acting like he's never been in an alternate universe before. ;-) But i'm enjoying this. I still say the pacing is a bit slow but min tells me to get over it.
New Mutants #45-46 - I guess they don't teach Reed Richard's theory of time travel at the X-Academy. Or maybe at Marvel. As always, i like the character interactions in this book a lot, but the "character development by evil future self" plot has me wondering if it's a way to quickly get to where DnA planned to go with Cypher but couldn't since the series is wrapping up, and i didn't really love it as a story. The cover to issue #45 looks like something i would do.
Uncanny X-Men #15-16 - I really liked these. I actually don't know much about Mr. Sinister. I've probably read a ton of comics he was in, but they were mainly in the 90s and he generally just showed up and acted mysterious without revealing anything. But i know he's into cloning, and that he was specifically interested in the Summers and Grey families and if i understood the back-up story in Classic X-Men #43 correctly, his Madelyne Pryor clone of Jean Grey actually messed with the Phoenix in some way, so he seems like a good fit here. And i really like how Sinister continually thwarted the Phoenix Five (*snicker*) and especially Cyclops in these issues. It's kind of unfortunate that something of major significance (a heavy super-villain has stolen the Phoenix Force) is relegated to a side-story in a tie-in book that will probably have no impact on the main event, but at least we're getting a good story out of it here. I like the character interactions (the palpable anxiousness combined with feelings of uselessness from the non-Phoenix X-Men), i like the art, and i like Gillen's take on Sinister.
Avengers Academy #33 - Phew, the Sentinel is safe! I have no complaints about these past few issues, but i was reminded during a group shot that there are characters at this Academy that haven't been getting any attention (Thundra-Shulk and the new Power Man, for example) which i guess is inevitable with a cast this size but is exasperated by the AvX crossover. And looking at the ads for the upcoming issues plus the fact that the school is apparently getting shut down, should i be worried that this book isn't going to survive the upcoming reboots?
Dark Avengers #177 - I guess Parker's just going to build his own mini shared universe by bringing in Sharzhad from the Red Hulk book. It's a fine tradition; many a writer has kept his creations alive this way. And i'm fine with it because it also keeps alive my hope of seeing some Rigellian action. I really like this book. It's not just that i really like Parker; any book about villains is going to get a few extra points. But it's really that i like Parker. I would like the time travel stuff to finally stop now, though. And i don't know if you noticed it, but Moonstone kills the
Journey Into Mystery #641 - Oh, no! Leah! No no no no no! On the other hand (heh) we were already going to be purchasing Fraction's Thor because of the Alan Davis art, but Surtur being involved sure sweetens the pot.
By fnord12 | July 25, 2012, 7:44 PM | Comics
normally i wait until i've read all of the comics before i comment, but whoo-ee! those are some low riders Namor's sporting. i hope he doesn't bend over cause his ass might fall out.
course, he hangs out with Emma, so mebbe she imparted her knowledge on how to keep your scraps of clothing in place. sock glue.
Take a little trip
I made no promises to be positive.
AvAss: why is Starlord dressed as a SHIELD agent? why does this story suck? Black Widow and Hawkeye? rilly? just stop it.
AvSM: fnord12 says the babbling chick is a nutter and for that, i guess i should cut her some slack, because what i was really thinking the whole time was that Spider-Man should have pushed her off the wing of the plane just to shut her up.
Battle Scars: you want me to believe that Cheese is Coulson?
CA: so...no, not happy about D-Man cause he kicks some ass for the first time ever and what happens? he gets shot dead. he just can't win.
DD: i know they've been looking for Daredevil all of this time, so it's not inconceivable that they had a team in Europe searching. but Daredevil only broke the signal jammer 10 seconds before Mr. Monocle shot at him. Iron Man's extremely timely rescue was a little too timely. I know Iron Man's super fast, but i think i need at least a 5 minute period between when the jammer gets busted to when they Avengers locate and save DD.
XF: they actually have mentioned in nearly every Layla appearance that she knows how everything turns out. last issue, Madrox specifically asks her how his investigation into Far Sight's suicide goes. and there have been other comments in previous issues.
AvXM: it's difficult to understand why comic book artists are having such a hard time drawing action scenes that are clear and comprehensible. do they see the world in a jumbled flurry? they must trip alot.
NA: uh...where's Spider-Man?
SM: i like it. i like the panel where Spider-Man says "Really? I'm standing right here." and webs the convenience store robber. just the front facing shot coupled with the line was really nice.
NM: there wasn't nearly enough Hell-Wolf in this story.
UXM: i think there might be something wrong with that Sinister guy. i think mebbe someone should get him some help. he made a city full of clones of himself. that is just creepy.
AA: Green's art leaves much to be desired. i think the last page with the group shot says it all. every female pose is identical and awkward. the male poses aren't much better. just cause they're not real people doesn't mean he has to draw them like they're cardboard cutouts.
DA: you know what i like about Dark Avengers? Skaar and talking Man-Thing.
JiM:fnord12 tells me it's going to be cancelled, so i guess that means it's ok for me to admit that i like this comic alot.