Let's do this the way Tom Brevoort requests. Nay, the way these works of art deserve.
I thought some of the metaphysical imagery was really particularly effective. Interesting rhythmic devices too, which seemed to counterpoint the surrealism of the underlying metaphor of the humanity of the writer's compassionate soul, which contrives through the medium of the art structure to sublimate this, transcend that, and come to terms with the fundamental dichotomies of the other, and one is left with a profound and vivid insight into... er... a bunch of people standing around not doing much as depicted in panels that don't flow together very well, moving forward some ponderous stories by a snippet or two.
Ok, that covers most of what i had to say, but just a few footnotes:
Iron Man #5 - I'm ready to drop this. Kieron Gillen is doing the best he can but i can't take Land any more. I'm also intrigued by the Iron Man In Space plans and the tie-in with Guardians of the Galaxy but i can't take Land any more.
New Avengers #1 - The sad thing is, i thought the throwaway intro story would have been interesting. "Wakanda kicks off a new space race". But then those characters got killed off. The rest of this story was intently boring (and the similarities to the plot in the other Hickman Avnegers book don't help) and i'd say drop it right here but i'm fairly certain that issue #2 will be out before we can act on that. WHY YOU DO THIS TO ME MARVEL WHY YOU PUT HICKMAN WITH EPTING BUT GILLEN WITH LAND? P.S. what's with the BP's attitude towards the "illuminati" characters? What's his problem with Black Bolt?
All-New X-Men #5 - All-Talk X-Men is more like it but i have to admit i'm still more or less enjoying this. That Bendis is hammering home the fact that Xavier will just mind-wipe the young X-Men when this is all over comforting; it lets me just go with it. I am kind of dreading what happens next issue without Immonen, though. I do wish Marvel would LEAVE THE BEAST ALOOOOOONE at this point.
Punisher War Zone # - Was Carmine di Giandomenico always on art? I didn't exactly love his Thor here. I don't know what i really wanted out of this book; i was kind of expecting the Punisher to fight the Avengers. I didn't know how that was going to work but Thor and the Punisher having a beer together was an unexpected twist, in any event. At this point, with the Punisher already in the Thunderbolts i'm really just ready for this to end so i can move on, and i'll pay someone a dollar if they'll make it so this series ends with Captain America making a recruitment recommendation to Red Hulk.
Avengers Arena #3 - Does it feel like there's not a lot going on at Arcade Island? Like, most people are just kinda sitting around? Rationally, you'd think everyone would get together and talk about what they're going to do about the mess they're in. I get that that would ruin the premise of the series though. So in lieu of that, how about a lot more fighting? One of these issues could probably handle about two additional threads of character interactions without feeling cluttered; right now it's the opposite of cluttered. I'm also... not... sure... what happened to Justin. The art looked like... i don't know what. But the dialogue said it was "folding in on itself and around that kid". So i guess it was it was meant to be Justin dying. I dunno, this has been... ok, i guess, so far, but mainly i hope it doesn't continue at this pace.
Red She-Hulk #61 - I think i go into every issue of this just looking for an excuse to drop it, but i come out thinking it's not bad. I like the art, i obviously love Parker's writing generally, and i like his Machine Man here. I'm still not sold on this unrecognizable version of Betty, let alone Red She-Hulk. It's not that Betty ever really was much of a character (maybe during the PAD run?) but that's kind of the point; i haven't yet seen how we get here from there. I'm probably just being impatient; Parker got me to believe Red Hulk as a credible character through a series of good scenes and flashbacks, but they didn't all come right away. So i just need to hang in there. Right?
Thunderbolts #3 - This i am enjoying with no waffling. Sure, i don't approve of orangutang killing. But it's a fun, funny book with distinct characters that are being handled well, and i like the use of the Leader and the reveal for the reason why. And Steve Dillon on art.
By fnord12 | January 16, 2013, 9:08 PM | Comics
IM: i feel bad cause Gillen keeps getting stuck with Land.
nearly every panel is a close-up headshot, which adds to the stiffness of the overall art. that and you rarely see more than 1-2 people per panel even if the room is full.
but on the rare occasions Land actually draws a full body shot, it's still totally stiff. how is he tracing a picture of a live person and still getting it wrong?
NA: i have full confidence in my reading comprehension skills but...i have no clue what the hell is going on in this book.
i got that a portal opened up and some space people showed up that they fought. then a planet blewed up and the sky stopped being red. i don't really see how all the dots connect, though, or why this requires the Illuminati.
ANXM: despite all the talking, nobody in the book who asked a question received an actual answer. what with people dying or turning evil, i am sympathetic to Angel's concern about where his present self is, but nobody wants to bother letting him know cause they're too busy making speeches.
and, really? Jean's going to be a bitch to past Cyclops for stuff he didn't do? she's a telepath now. she's reading everyone's thoughts, including Wolverine (please, not this love triangle crap again), so she knows this Cyclops a) is in anguish over what his present self has become and b) is totally in love with her. i mean, i get that mebbe she needs some quiet time to digest it all. that's a far cry from "Leave me the hell alone".
also, i've read 1960s X-Men fairly recently, and Jean Grey's not a take charge character at that point in her life. so, that bugs me, too. if you're going to go and bring in past characters, mebbe you could keep them in character.