Amazing Spider-Man #619
Avengers: Initiative #32
Blackest Night: JSA #2
: Reborn #6 America
Fall of the Hulks: Red Hulk #1
Green Lantern #50
Guardians of the Galaxy #22
Justice League: Cry for Justice #6
Kick Ass #8
New Avengers #61
Ultimate Comics Enemy #1
X-Men: Legacy #232
First of all, this is a very daunting list. But it’s a very promising one. There are a bunch of titles on here (Amazing Spider-Man, Green Lantern, New Avengers, X-Factor) that never disappoint, and I can always expect some nice sarcastic humor in X-Factor.
We’ve also got probably the biggest “FINALLY!!!” of the past few months with the final issue of Captain
: Reborn. Oh, I wonder how it’ll end? Will Steve be brought back in his body in the present? Sigh. Spoiler (and it’s only a spoiler if you haven’t read just about any Marvel title this month), he will be. America
I’d like to ask a favor of DC (‘cause they read this…sure they do.): please stagger your Justice [insert League or Society here] titles please. Three in the same week? That seems a bit counter productive in a struggling economy.
It’s been awhile since Kick Ass has hit the stands, and I’d like for the series to finish up before the movie comes out, so seeing another issue is nice. Also, seeing some John Romita, Jr. artwork is nice.
We’ve got two new Necrosha-X (or is it X-Necrosha?) issues, and that’s good because it’s been a couple of weeks since that particular crossover has been visited and I’ve forgotten what’s been going on.
As stated earlier (hmm, last paragraph, I guess), I had pretty much forgotten what had happened previously in the Necrosha-X saga. It didn’t take long after beginning the current issue of X-Men: Legacy to remember the emergence of Proteus, but I felt like I missed an issue. I usually don’t mind the literary trick of starting something toward the middle of the story (it worked extremely well with this latest episode of Supernatural [Swap Meet]), but I was actually taken out of the story, not drawn into it. I caught up quickly, though, and ended up enjoying the issue. I’ll be very interested to see how the fight between Magneto and Proteus ends next issue.
I’m starting to feel that X-Force is just too dark of a book. I don’t mean in tone; the book works as the wetworks arm of the X-Men. I mean visually, it’s just a dark book and it’s often hard to follow what’s going on. I couldn’t tell who was fighting who. And when did Diamond Lil show up? Has she always been on Utopia? I’m pretty sure this is the first I’ve seen of her since I picked the X-books back up.
What did I like about X-Factor? I liked the completely random-but-it’s-working team-up with the Fantastic Four (or ¼ of the FF), the cute Peter Pan moment that PAD threw in there, the constant comparison of Layla and Valeria, and Monet. I didn’t like her in the little bit of Generation X that I read, but PAD writes her wonderfully in this book.
The Storming Asgard: Heroes and Villains one-shot was pretty much just a scorecard of the major players in the crossover. Invaluable if you’re unsure of who’s fighting who, and fun if you just like handbook-type comics.
The Spider-Man/Spider-Woman scene in New Avengers was priceless. Brian Michael Bendis’ gets Spider-Man so perfectly, which is evidenced by his tenure on the Ultimate book. I’d love it if he were given a turn on Amazing Spider-Man for a storyline or two. And it was great to see Spider-Woman’s day job with S.W.O.R.D. referenced. I also think that Bendis did a great job showcasing the Norn Stones’ abilities by sending so EXTREMELY lame villains up against these four Avengers.
Avengers: The Initiative was all about the Taskmaster, his origin, his rise to power, and what he’s willing to do to play with the big boys. In essence, Taskmaster SHOULD be a major player. He just lacks ambition. His photographic reflexes should put him on top of any fight, but I guess that’s pretty useless if you don’t really have the smarts plan and pull off grand schemes. I guess that makes him a dumber version of Prometheus (or vice versa since Taskmaster was on the scene first). He really stepped up when fighting the Asgardians, though, so let’s see how far he’ll be able to ride this horse.
The fight between Thor and Doom was pretty awesome, and I’m glad that the Asgardians are back in Okalahoma…y’know, so they can be invaded by Osborn and his goons, what, two weeks ago? MARVEL!! WORK ON THE TIMING OF YOUR RELEASES!! (‘cause they read this…sure they do.) I feel sorry for Balder, because WE know he’s being manipulated, and it’s by Loki, so HE should also know that he’s being manipulated.
I hate misleading covers, and the scene depicted on the cover (of which I have no .jpg of) of Ms. Marvel doesn’t even come close to happening. Captain and Ms. Marvel don’t even cross paths. Also, the story is bad and the art is ugly.
Reading Captain America: Reborn was a waste of time. The art was pretty, and I’m sure the story would have had an impact about a month or so ago, before it was revealed in a bunch of other Marvel books that Steve Rogers was back. The one consistent thing about this series was the awesomeness of Bryan Hitch’s artwork. I’ll buy anything that guy draws.
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I guess Guardians of the Galaxy was okay. If one of your teammates is handcuffed to a member of another team, I guess it’s only natural to bring that team to help out, but I like it when the Guardians can handle problems on their own. I did, however, like the revelation on the last page.
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Fall of the Hulks: Red Hulk was pretty much just an origin story for the Cosmic Hulk creature that was used in last week’s Incredible Hulk issue. Red Hulk and A-Bomb were patsies used by the Intelligencia (I’m getting the name right, right?) to active the Cosmic Hulk so they could use it against Doom. It also set up the next issue by letting Banner know he’s got a daughter running around out there.
I still don’t know what Ultimate Enemy is all about, but it was a good book. I thought the Fantastic Four moments were incredible in their mundanity, and Grimm’s revelation was awesome and heartbreaking. After seeing Johnny in Ultimate Spider-Man for the past few months, it’s good to finally know what’s going on with the rest of the team. The Spider-Woman and Nick Fury scenes were just too short to comment on. We need more of both.
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Secret Warriors lately has been too much espionage and not enough action. Sure, there was the bit with Gorgon, but there’s nothing going on with the heroes. And it’s about as bad as the most recent New Warriors series because I’m not attached enough to the characters to remember who any of them are. I know that the armless girl is Yo-Yo because the other guy said her name, but who’s the other guy (besides Absorbing Man’s son, that is)?
I remember when Punisher was a good book. It wasn’t that long ago. Now it’s beyond ridiculous. Let me know when he’s either dead or somehow not this stupid Frankencastle thing.
I feel a bit conflicted. While everything I’ve seen about the movie looks incredibly awesome, I was thoroughly unimpressed with the Kick-Ass comic book. Now, if you would have told me that a high-school freshman wrote this and got John Romita, Jr. to draw it, I’d be suitably impressed. Because this reads like nothing more than a geeky teenager’s masturbatory comic book fetish fantasy. Knowing that it’s written by an adult puts it in somewhat of an embarrassing light.
Fantastic Four seemed to have a lot of story crammed into such a tiny space. You’ve got Subterranea, evolved Moloids with their own subterranean city, the corpse of an alternate universe Galactus, and a devolved Ben Grimm. There was so much that happened that the book needed an endcap page, just to let us know what happened afterward. That didn’t sit well with me.
I wish we would have been shown the Hand vs. H.A.M.M.E.R. fight in Daredevil. I would have loved to have seen those ninjas mowing through those soldiers. Matt just can’t make up his mind about what kind of hero he wants to be, or if he actually WANTS to be a hero. A while back he declared himself the new Kingpin of Hell’s Kitchen, now he’s the leader of the Hand, which has now claimed jurisdiction over Hell’s Kitchen. Okay, we get that he likes the area, but I kinda think he’s going about its protection all wrong.
Mysterio in charge of the Maggia? Mmm, maybe, but I think he might be overstepping his bounds a bit. I think our friendly neighborhood Amazing Spider-Man might also think that. There are just some things about Spidey that you don’t mess around with, one of which is the good name of the Stacy family. I expect that Mr. Beck might be getting a beat down next issue.
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