Axis #1-2 - Almost immediately after committing to follow this series, i regretted it because i knew that from a certain point of view it wasn't really a special event, it was just Uncanny Avengers renamed. They put that series on hiatus and created this series with the same storyline, characters, and writer. And we'd already decided we didn't like Uncanny Avengers. So that's why Min is refusing to read this. But i figured they know more readers will be coming in to see this and the point of my resolution was less about getting something that i would love and more about just being able to follow the big events that are going on at Marvel. And issue #1 does open with a two page recap to catch me up on what i've missed (including the Magneto series). And it does work as my "keep up with Marvel" series, showing me how old man Cap is operating while Falcon is now Winged Captain America, Thor's got his axe, Young Apocalypse, etc.. And a big collection of additional characters show up as well. So, mission accomplished from that perspective. As to whether or not i actually liked it, the jury is still out. I definitely don't think much of the scripting. All characters equally alternate between blandly quippy and blandly earnest, with the occasional angst getting thrown in. The most character-ful moment was when Thor told Falcap the he "will not clean weeds while there is battle to be had", but then i realized that was part of the Red Skull's hate wave. Plotwise, there were definitely some cool moments, like when one group of X-Men showed up to rescue the captive group and there was a reconciliation. The adamantium Stark Sentinels are a good threat for an issue or so, too, and Remender is doing well poking at the idea that Tony Stark rebooted his mind after Civil War. I don't know that i love the retroactive idea that Stark has been keeping enemy lists since childhood, but the idea that Civil War era start would have compiled ways to defeat all his hero buddies makes sense. Overall, i won't say i'm hooked but i'm not regretting my decision to follow this series. My two concerns so far are 1) that Red Onslaught and his Stark Sentinels are so immensely powerful that the good guys are just crashing into such a wall of immovable force that the fight scenes are almost meaningless and 2) if i understand things correctly, many of the heroes have been wiped out (i.e. killed) which means that we're in alternate universe or cosmic reboot territory, which is exactly what i don't want from my "keep up with Marvel" series. But it's only two issues so far, and a surprisingly non-decompressed two issues at that, so we'll see where it goes.
Daredevil #9 - At least once before i worried that Waid was going to give in to the rich history of depression and misery in Daredevil's backstory and he pulled back from the brink. But he's doing it again! Well, if so, i've enjoyed Happy Daredevil so i'm sure i'd enjoy Waid's Miserable Daredevil too. As for this issue, a nice continuance of the plot. I liked that blind Daredevil didn't know that the kids were purple instead of like, feeling the heat from their skin and knowing they were purple or something. I also liked seeing the Purple Man rise from the dead; it recalled the scene from Bill Mantlo's Alpha Flight. That was a horrible issue but i still love references like that.
Ms. Marvel #9 - It's good; you should get it. This issue Ms. Marvel learns that she's an Inhuman, but she won't let them keep her in the Refuge and she goes back to her regularly scheduled plot. One problem is that Alphona's art is overly messy for fight scenes. The very stylized art is fine for the normal tone of the book which is mostly downtime, but the fights in the beginning and the end against mechanized opponents didn't come off very well. I think it would be better if we got Ms. Marvel some super-villains to fight instead of all the mechanical stuff sent by Cockatiel Thomas Edison. The other weird thing is the cartoonishness of the art in certain contexts. In the battle at the beginning, which is happening at a school, the school is completely turned to rubble and you can see students getting buried in the rubble and their hands sticking out. But it's all played for laughs. Seems kind of gruesome to me.
Superior Foes of Spider-Man #16 - The last issue. It seems to suffer for it a bit. The conclusion (in the sense that the various SFOES show up with their various factions to betray each other) is actually fine, but there's some dropped threads that maybe should have been fully removed. Like, the Punisher shows up for no reason. And they show us Mach VII getting a pep talk from Tony Stark about how he can take Boomerang by himself, but that goes nowhere. It's also not clear to me at all who Boomerang swapped costumes with in the end; i don't know if something got dropped in the compression for the final issue or if i have reading comprehension problems. I really didn't like that conversation with Tony Stark, by the way. First of all, it was just really dickish. Stark is not that much of a dick that he'd send some random guy that he doesn't know off to fight super-villains, does he? Second of all, Mach VII isn't just some random guy. He's the original Beetle, someone that Stark has fought on occasion. Does he really want to just blow that guy off instead of ensuring that he stays on the side of the angels? And why is Carol Danvers like Tony Stark's secretary or something? I squinted hard at the blow-ups of whatever document she's filling out but it seemed to be from a generic form; was it supposed to be a joke or important information or what? Also i guess i'll just note for future continuity purposes that this series ends with Boomerang and Shocker definitely not friends (c.f. Elektra #6) and while Carol Danvers is on Earth.
By fnord12 | October 21, 2014, 4:33 PM | Comics
My reading in Axis made it seem that the sentinels were using Pym particles to shrink the other heroes and store them inside themselves.
Ah, they did mention Pym particles, that's right.
I thought Axis #3 (out today) was leaps and bounds better than #1-2. Just FYI.
Thanks, Michael. Due to the way i get comics it will probably be a couple of weeks before i read issue #3
Minor Spoilers to this story (issue 1-2)***************************
I agree it would be pretty dumb if Stark programmed the sentinels to fight his friends but not his enemies, but i'd wait and see what happens in issue #3. Plus, the villains include two Asgardian wizards, Dr. Doom, and the Absorbing Man, so those may be guys that the Sentinels aren't really capable of neutralizing.
I don't think Stark put a lot of thought into programming the Sentinels while being mind controlled. I think Red Skull made him program the Sentinels with info from the Civil War files because the good guys will be the obvious ones to stop him. I'm sure he didn't plan on the bad guys getting in his way because they're not the ones who cause him problems and the Red Skull isn't usually a think-outside-the-box guy. ("Daily checklist: eat corn flakes, hate Jews, crush Rogers, GO TO GYM.")
Neither did i understand the ending of The Superior Foes. Any ideas?
The consensus in the SuperMegaMonkey household is that we have no idea!
Fnord, there's still one issue left. Superior Foes ends at issue 17...
Huh. Well that's good. Maybe that will clear things up.