The GeeksverseQuick Thought Reviews For 09/26/12

Quick Thought Reviews For 09/26/12
Published on Wednesday, October 3, 2012 by

The last week in September and the last week before Marvel Now! starts hitting the Marvel Universe.

The Activity #8
Published by: Image Comics
Written by: Nathan Edmondson
Art by: Mitch Gerdes

This is a great book. Well written, excellent tradecraft. Good stuff. The only complaint would be that none of the characters really stand out visually so they get lost. Same with the secondary characters. But month in, month out, Edmondson delivers a great book. This one was a bit hard to follow and wrapped up too easily. I would have liked to have seen more of how Team Omaha was able to escape, same with how Fiddler got away.

3 out of 5

The Ultimates #16
Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Sam Humphries
Art by: Luke Ross

I’ve always liked the Ultimate Captain America. Same strength as the normal Cap, but with more of an edge. That edge was on display in this issue as he just went to town fixing the broke United States. I’m not sure how well I like the idea of him being made President. I see it as being a short term thing, once the US is fixed, he steps aside. So more gimmick. Would like to see how Cap tackles politics, since he’s more of a “punch it until it’s out” kind of guy. This issue wrapped things up too quickly. Issue after issue of build-up with the US falling apart, and within one issue Cap has it all resolved?

3 out of 5

Gambit #3
Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: James Asmus
Art by: Clay Mann

The book looks good. Mann is a very good artist. The story is just okay. Really haven’t seen much of Gambit’s thieving, which was supposed to be the thrust of the series. Yes, he did steal something and this is the result of that theft, but it reads more like an Indiana Jones comic then thief comic. And what was up with the girl’s outfit? Love the tattoo on her arm, but why the Lara Croft look?

3 out of 5

Masters Of The Universe #2
Published by: DC Comics
Written by: James Robinson and Keith Giffen
Art by: Philip Tan and Howard Porter

Anyone else remember the days when Porter was considered a top artist? Yeah, it was awhile ago. Ugly art in this issue and a story that was just as ugly. I’ve never been a huge MOTU fan but even I know that this just isn’t an MOTU book. It’s bad. The switch in writers didn’t help and the plot reads as a “villian of the month” style story.

Sometimes it is good to shake things up, to change up the status quo, but if you’re given the license to something like MOTU that has been absent from comics for awhile? That’s not the time to change the status quo.

2 out of 5

Astonishing X-Men #54
Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Marjorie Liu
Art by: Mike Perkins

This is a retcon that doesn’t work. It works better with it being centered around Karma, a C or D character that doesn’t have as much backstory as others (but then she really does if you read the old New Mutants, she’s one of the more fleshed out characters). But introducing a long lost sister? No thanks. Liu’s Astonishing started out good but is losing steam. This issue was muddled, hard to follow and the situations felt extremely forced. Hopefully this storyline ends soon.

I’m curious as to the status of this book (and adjectiveless X-Men) with Marvel Now!, there have been no announcements.

3 out of 5

Wolverine And The X-Men #17
Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Jason Aaron
Art by: Mike Allred

I don’t like Allred’s art. Never have. But it was cool that Marvel had him drawing this issue that featured Doop, a character he helped create in the old X-Force/X-Statix series. Doop has always been a strange character. He’s been said to be more of a bad-ass then he looks, and this issue shows that. But what do we really know about the character? Nothing.

It’s cool that he’s getting some screen time and that Aaron has fleshed out his reason for being at the school. This was a fun issue. Aaron is really showing his range with this series.

5 out of 5

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #182
Published by: IDW Publishing
Written by: Larry Hama
Penciled by: Ron Frenz

I like that the artist are giving this book an 80s feel with the art. It’s been up and down. Some issues have been good and some have been bad. This was one of the better ones. Really liked how Hama played out the ‘cat and mouse’ game in the desert between Darklon and the Joes. Great stuff. With the introduction of Pale Peony, Hama is now playing a lot of fractions against each other. Makes for good reading.

4 out of 5

Amazing Spider-Man #694
Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Dan Slott
Penciled by: Humberto Ramos

What was the point of Alpha? This storyline ended way too soon and too neatly. Spidey just depowered Alpha? That was a cop-out. This was billed as Spidey gets a sidekick, a teen hero for him to train and mentor. Three issues? I was afraid that when Slott left this title, Alpha would disappear. Alpha disappeared a lot sooner then that. Very disappointing.

2 out of 5

Read: New Mutants #49, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #14, New Avengers #30, Secret Avengers #31, FF #22, Winter Soldier #10 & 11, The Sixth Gun #25, Phantom Lady & Doll Man #2

One Response
    • I disagree with your read of MOTU #2. I like the way the Villain of the Month is explained and how it holds together with issue #1 overall. Some of the settings bothered me. I prefer this Trap Jaw to other feeble versions that were in the cartoon. This peril on the road worked fairly well overall in my mind. It is a different take but I am open to it.

      I would have liked it better quickly following the first issue, but I am glad I read it.

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