Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Comic book review roundup (slight spoilers)

1. The New Avengers: Powerloss by Brian Michael Bendis and Stuart Immonen: Every few years I forget how much I dislike Bendis's writing, and start to feel an urge to catch up with the Marvel Universe's major team. Well, consider me reminded, and mystified as to this guy's success. Moments after finishing the collection, I couldn't remember a single noteworthy moment or line of dialog. Immonen's art is solid, but wasted. Please team him up with someone who knows how to make use of his skills. Available for $8 used at B&N, which sounds about right.

2. Uncanny X-Force: The Apocalypse Solution by Rick Remender, Leonardo Manco and Jerome Opena: I'm totally out of touch with anything that's happened to the X-Men since Whedon and Cassaday, so I have no idea why Archangel can sometimes look like regular Angel, and why Apocalypse looks like a regular little boy. But so what. This was a lot of fun. It's the perfect mix of classic X-Men soap opera drama and fast paced (and beautifully illustrated) action. I especially liked the new Horsemen of the Apocalypse. $13 at B&N and well worth it.

3. The Nobody by Jeff Lemire: Fine, I guess. I'll probably try other books he's written since I hear so many raves about him. But this one was definitely not worth the $15 cover price. $7 used at B&N.

4. Human Target: Chance Meetings by Peter Milligan, Edvin Biukovic, and Javier Pulido: The plot's a little darker than I like, but the art by Biukovic and Pulido has a sort of lightness that prevents the story from being too disturbing. Biukovic was one of my favorites during his brief career, and I highly recommend everything he's drawn, especially Grendel Tales: Devils and Deaths. Chance Meetings is $7 used at B&N. Devils and Deaths is less than $4 used.

5. Secret Six: The Reptile Brain by Gail Simone, Paul Cornell, J. Calafiore, Pete Woods, Marcos Marz, and Luciana Delnegro: Obviously I didn't like New Avengers: Powerloss, but at least it was a coherent story. This comic was so poorly told that I thought it was missing panels or even pages. On the positive side, the covers by Dan Luvisi were kind of nice, in a sterile, digital manner. Available at B&N, but not worth it at any price.

8 comments:

  1. Uncanny X-force is one of the only marvel books i still pick up. love it. the whole archangel/death/angel thing stems from the last series where warren loses a wing and finds out that the wings are techno-organic and he still has some connection to apocalypse. he is able to heal himself and create techno-organic wings and a techno-organic version of his death suit. when like this, he has a violent/malevolent personality. it is kept secret from the other x-men

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  2. That is an excellent explanation. And Apocalypse is a little boy because?

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  3. I'm out of touch as well on the X-Men books but I think he was killed, his worshippers resurrected him and that was the best they could do. Its still one of the most fun book to read from Marvel. I completely agree about Bendis (look at the shot of him in the Marvel Architects ad, you will hate him more) , I would recommend Hickman's run of FF. Which for me is the real major Marvel team right now.

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  4. Ah, you must mean this:

    http://inveteratemediajunkies.com/2011/06/03/insidemans-wtf%E2%84%A2-dissecting-the-infamous-marvel-architects-ad/

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  5. Correct, sir. It made me want to punch him in his face. Which is odd because, once upon a time, I really dug his crime fiction like Fire and Torso.
    You may also want to check out Astonishing Wolverine and Spider-Man by Jason Aaron, it was fun...I promise nothing else just fun.

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  6. well the apocalypse as a little boy thing is a little harder to explain. apocalypse always needs a new host body. he is immortal in that he takes new hosts. its one of the reasons that he wanted cable/stryfe. the "heir" would essentially become apocalypse. after his most recent death, a new host was born and was being indoctrinated. they have been explaining more as the series progresses.

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  7. Ha, guess I've managed to avoid all those stories. I just know him as a big, manipulative, murderous blue guy.

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  8. Mystified?? Really? Man, I feel bad for you. That storyline wasn't the strongest, but it's nowhere near as bad as you lead on. Read more Ultimate Spider-Man and tell me he's not talented.

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