Wonder Man #7
Issue(s): Wonder Man #7
This issue has a few things going for it. First of all, it takes place while the Avengers are still on Earth, and in fact Wonder Man is back at his place in Hollywood, so we can see some of his regular supporting cast. On top of that, Rick Jones is guest starring, and his snark fits the tone of this book nicely. And thirdly, the scenario in this issue has Rick and Captain Atlas continually switching places, leaving Wonder Man unable to have a proper fight with Atlas, and that lends itself well to comedy.
And so we have a lot of this.
Atlas quickly adapts and starts using the timing to his advantage, knowing that Wonder Man can't punch him full force for fear of hitting Rick. But Wonder Man eventually figures out Atlas' rhythm and develops a knock-out blow.
Rick is then sent back to the Pantheon.
And Wonder Man tells his supporting cast he's going to be away for a while.
In other developments, the Supreme Intelligence summons the Demon Druid, aka Ultimus, who we learn is a Kree.
And the solar flares get worse and threaten to engulf Starcore One.
It's a fun issue. Definitely lower in content than the other parts we've seen so far; this issue is basically just a big fight. But that's fine. Rick Jones actually comes across more whiney and mean than i would have expected (he and Wonder Man make up at the end, and that's Scarlet Witch coming to Simon's defense).
I guess it's more in line with the character's long history than the way he's been written recently in Peter David's Hulk.
Quality Rating: C+
Chronological Placement Considerations: This is part four of Operation: Galactic Storm. It continues in Avengers #345.
Crossover: Operation Galactic Storm
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Inbound References (4): showAuteur (Alex Flores), Captain America, Captain Atlas, Doctor Minerva, Glamour Girl (Gloria Angel), Neal Saroyan, Peter Corbeau, Quasar, Rick Jones, Scarlet Witch, Starfox, Supreme Intelligence, Ultimus, Wonder Man
this was one of two Galactic Storm comics I had (the other was THOR) and I got to say I LOVED this and I thought the timing of Wonder Man counting down to knock out Capt. Atlas was really clever, this def had an interesting plot and I give them a lot of credit.
Posted by: Brimstone: Wrestler, Celebrity, Actor, Comics CEO | January 27, 2016 7:36 PM
Yep, this issue does a solid job of still being a Wonder Man issue despite being a part of a large crossover.
Can't remember the next issue, but the one after that with Vision struggles due to the absurd shift of tone. From a light-hearted entertaining battle with Captain Atlas to a serious debate about genocide between two "brothers".
I said on another page the Wonder Man/Vision thing was inevitably going to be done yet again in a Wonder Man issue, so at least they got it out of the way using a part of the crossover for it.
In a vacuum that issue is fine, and as part of Galactic Storm it's fine, but when it's put next to all the other Wonder Man issues and nothing else it stands out as being grimly serious.
Posted by: AF | January 28, 2016 5:08 AM
Never read this but the Atlas-Rick Jones switching places thing seems cute enough, could be a fun read.
I don't follow why they decide Rick can go back to the Pantheon? Obviously the Pantheon is a pretty safe place for Rick too, but since that had already been overruled, why do the Avengers change their mind here? Do they know Rick is no longer at risk?
Posted by: Jonathan | February 2, 2016 4:12 PM
Jonathan, it isn't really debated, so the reasong for the reversal isn't explicit. I would guess that now that the Psyche-Magnetron and Nega-Bands have both already been raided, the reasoning is that the Shi'ar and Kree won't need Rick anymore. But that's not actually said. The most we get is Captain America saying that due to the escalating conflict, Wonder Man will be needed for more than bodyguarding.
Posted by: fnord12 | February 3, 2016 8:29 AM
Posted by: Jonathan | February 3, 2016 1:41 PM
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