The Return

May 26, 2009

After a brief hiatus, I am back on the (hopefully) daily comic review schedule.
If you want, you can help me maintain this schedule be leaving comments, asking questions, and even suggesting comics to review.

Thanks

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Secret Warriors #4

May 15, 2009

Secret Warriors 4

Secret Warriors 4

Secret Warriors #4

Jonathan Hickman
Brian Bendis
Stefano Caselli

Ever since Nick Fury vanished at the end of Secret War a few years back, the question would occasionally pop up “where is Fury in all of this?”. Something big would happen with SHIELD or Hydra or whatever and you would wonder what Nick was doing. With the Secret Invasion come and gone, Nick (like everyone else) is adapting to the new status quo. In this New World Order, Fury trusts even fewer people than he did before. That short list now includes his hand selected, unattached, agents and, as we see in this issue, the remnants of SHIELD which would not be absorbed into HAMMER.
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New Avengers: The Reunion #3

May 13, 2009

New Avengers: The Reunion #3

Jim McCann
David Lopez

The newly returned Mockingbird continues her reintroduction to the Marvel Universe and her estranged husband Clint (Hawkeye/Ronin) Barton by leading us all on an international spy-chase to uproot the latest AIM game.
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The Invincible Iron Man #13

May 8, 2009

The Invincible Iron Man #13

Matt Fraction
Salvador Larroca

Still dealing the direct effects of Dark Reign, Tony is on the run and literally losing his mind.
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Skaar #10

May 7, 2009
Daddy issues

Daddy issues

Skaar #10

Greg Pak

Ron Lim

Skaar symbolically drops the “son of The Hulk” tag from the logo in the same issue that he finally steps out from his dad’s shadow and becomes his own man.Whether or not the title can stand out on its own will remain to be seen.
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Avengers Free Comic Book Day

May 6, 2009
Some assembly required

Some assembly required

The Avengers Free Comic Book Day

Brian Bendis
Jim Cheung

This past Saturday , coinciding with the release of X-Men Origins: Wolverine, was Free Comic Book Day 2009. One of Marvel’s offerings was Avengers. This year it is a completely original comic, without any of the usual re-printed or re-purposed materials we have seen in previous years. The comic is simply titled “The Avengers” without specifying which adjective-designated team will actually star in the story.
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Runaways #9

May 2, 2009

Cutting loose.

Cutting loose.

Runaways #9

Terry Moore
Takeshi Miyazawa

Indie darling Terry Moore wraps up his run on Marvel’s hippest little comic book.

What worked:
It is nice to see these kids get past some of the self-obsessed navel-gazing (they ARE teenagers, after all) and get into some real-deal city saving. The team faces a threat, makes a plan, and saves the day. It’s nice to see them doing what they should be doing, but without Nico’s guiding mantra of making up for what their parents did wrong, it seems a little…unlikely. Real teens would have gotten bored by now if not compelled by some greater force or idea (ie. With great power….).
Thus far, the one element that has been really true through every incarnation of The Runaways is that little Molly Hates gets all the best lines. Still true.
Miyazawa’s art is a bit sparse at times, but it is fun and light, and it keeps the story moving along.

What did not work:
The villain of the story, a shock-jock named Val Rhymin, of whom chase is a rabid fan just seemed really flat. Like something out of the Ninja Turtles cartoon. The old cartoon, not the cool one. I read the whole arc and I still don’t know what was up with him. It was all about money? Or maybe it was something about his rampaging ego. It is fine to have shallow villains and fluffy, fun, stores, but to do that, the stories must be really fun.
This story wasn’t really dark enough to feel like The Runaways, nor was it fun enough to justify the break from the norm. Nico’s powers are running out of control and it just doesn’t seem to bother her that much. At one point, her staff seems to murder someone and she is upset about for just about 3 panels. Neither Karolina nor Chase seem that broken up about their lost loves.
This issue would have felt a lot more on-theme if the heroics had been shown as a release from tensions and stress, or as some obligation, or something. These characters have been too thoughtful and too conflicted in the past to just run out and face a threat because it is there. One of the best things about this book has been that the questions of “why is this our problem?” and “what counts as victory?” actually got addressed. I just don’t feel like we were shown how this team arrived at this decision to go out and thwart evil.
On the very last page, someone comments that Molly and her friend will be the future of superheroes.
Perhaps that was the point of this arc, to show us a typical villain situation and then show us how it WILL be dealt with in the future. If that is the case then it wasn’t fully realized. There was almost no sense of this until that very last bit of dialogue.