The GeeksverseQuick Thought Reviews For 10/17 and 10/24

Quick Thought Reviews For 10/17 and 10/24
Published on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 by

Not all books need long reviews, some just need a sentence or two. Here’s some quick thoughts on a number of books.

Hawkeye #3
Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Matt Fraction
Art by: David Aja

This is a good book. The story is interesting, even if Clint ends up cheating on Spider-Woman, and has some fun elements as well as serious, which is the type of character that Hawkeye is. Fraction toes the line from going over the top. Kate Bishop works great as Hawkeye’s partner. Aja’s work is excellent. This book is probably the best crafted (story and art working perfectly together) book on the market.

5 out of 5

X-O Manowar #6
Published by: Valiant Comics
Written by: Robert Venditti
Penciled by: Lee Garbett

I thought it was a little too soon to be introducing Ninjak. We haven’t even gotten to know Aric yet. The story is fairly standard, with Venditti handicapping Aric enough to make the fight with Ninjak seem equal, which it really wouldn’t be. Sadly, at the end, we get the set-up for the inevitable team-up. So far this has been a good book, but the stereotypical comic book plots hit in this issue are a negative.

3 out of 5

Marvel Now! Point One
Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Various
Art by: Various

This is a hard one to review because it’s not full stories (for the most part) but is just a teaser for a couple of upcoming series: Young Avengers, Nova, Cable & X-Force, Secret Avengers and FF. I would normally be looking forward to all of those, but I can’t stand Michael Allred’s artwork so not looking forward to FF. And I’m iffy on Nova. Nothing about this teaser makes me want to rush out and pick up the first issue. I’m liking how McKelvie draws Miss America. She might become one of my new favorite characters.

As a teaser for the new series, it does it’s job, giving a taste of what they will look and read like.

Justice League #13
Published by: DC Comics
Written by: Geoff Johns
Penciled by: Tony Daniel

For what is supposed to be a flagship title, Justice League just isn’t very good. It feels like Cheetah is being forced down our throats, we’re being forced to accept her as a villain. But here’s the thing, the New 52 is new, so we’ve never encountered her before and don’t care about her. For a story titled “The Secret Of The Cheetah”, we don’t have a connection to the character to care about her secret. Johns just isn’t handling the 5 year gap well in this title. Daniel’s pencils are decent enough but I enjoyed his older style better.

2.5 out of 5

Fantastic Four #611
Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Jonathan Hickman
Art by: Ryan Stegman

This really isn’t an epilogue to Hickman’s run so much as taking care of dangling plotlines. Val, Reed and Nathanial go to rescue Doom from a world of his own making. It’s an interesting world and really does a good job of showing how Doom really thinks. It’s a good story and a good wrap-up, but isn’t the most satisfying end to Hickman’s stellar run.

3.5 out of 5

New Avengers #31
Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Brian Michael Bendis
Art by: Michael Gaydos

I like Gaydos’ work, but he is not a good superhero artist. His version of Captain Marvel’s costume is even worse then it normally looks (and I hate the new costume). There’s some questionable moments in this issue. Wasn’t the last time we saw Daimon Hellstorm, he had turned bad and was working for Sin and D.O.A.? And Maria Hill isn’t the director of SHIELD, it’s Daisy Johnson. Not the best start to Bendis’ end on this title.

3 out of 5

Birds Of Prey #13
Published by: DC Comics
Written by: Duane Swierczynski
Penciled by: Romano Molenaar

This could easily be one of the worst comic books of the year. How did editor Rachel Gluckstern let it out the door? The story is bad. The script is oddly paced. There is some painful dialogue and some scenes that don’t make sense. Starling puts a tracer on Katana’s costume, yet she is kidnapped in street clothes. The art also has some odd moments and probably the single worst panel I have ever seen. When the Birds break into the warehouse to rescue Katana, Starling blows a hole through the floor and somehow manages to climb up well holding a rocket launcher; and Black Canary uses her sonic scream to bust through the wall and Batgirl swings in from somewhere. Really? That was horrible.

1 out of 5

Secret Avengers #32 & 33
Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Rick Remender
Penciled by: Matteo Scalera & Andy Kuhn

The last pages of #32 are bad. Very bad. Birds of Prey #13 level bad. Black Widow tells Hawkeye that Ant-Man is an LMD and Hawkeye goes “we’ll deal with that later”. Seriously? Remender should have been ashamed to write the sequence that way. Now it could turn out to be a set-up, like Hawkeye and the Widow played it like that for some reason, but even though it was still horribly executed. Parts of Remender’s Secret Avengers have been good, but he’s dropping the ball in the latest issues. And the relationship between Valkyrie and Venom is so forced it’s not funny. Where did it come from? How did it develop? It’s not lust? Where and how did they develop feelings for eachother? It just happened with no set up.

And the art was bad from both Scalera and Kuhn. Messy and hard to follow.

#32 – 2 out of 5
#33 – 3 out of 5

Read: Wolverine and the X-Men #18, Stumptown #2, G.I. Joe #18, Archer & Armstrong #3, G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #183, Captain America #18, AvX: Consequences #3, Amazing Spider-Man #696, The Sixth Gun #26, Avengers #32, Harbinger #5, Fables #122, Teen Titans #13

3 Responses
    • It is a shame to hear that Secret Avengers isn’t Remender’s best work. I’ve been enjoying him recently.

      • His run started out solid and it looked like he was setting up some very long term plotlines, but I think because of Marvel Now! and knowing the book was ending (or at least his time on it since it’s being relaunched) he ended up having to rush through those plotlines. This is the same guy that was known for doing 8 issue + arcs in Uncanny X-Force and it seemed Secret Avengers would be the same way but had to be shortened.

        • Every creator has a few off issues. They should be judged by the bulk of their work and not by off months. Yet, your assessment of the Now! relaunch as a Rush Now! restart is probably the reason for the current rush. Throwing away story lines can’t be easy to do as a creator. I like how he set up five issue arcs in Venom that tied together neatly and could be seen as 10 part arcs to some degree. He carried details over nicely and appeared to have a great handle on the long term.

          Damion Hellstorm has been a problem recently. In Venom he was helping Dr. Strange save the world one appearance and then came back trying to unleash demonic monsters in his next appearance. I haven’t followed him through other titles, but since he doesn’t have his own on-going at the moment I doubt he has had enough pages to explore why in three months he’d change so. Now he’s back helping out? Sounds a bit moody. Maybe it is male menopause. He’s not young anymore.

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