The GeeksverseWeekly Reviews For 11/14/12

Weekly Reviews For 11/14/12
Published on Wednesday, November 21, 2012 by

Garth Ennis’ The Boys comes to an end, Fantastic Four gets a new start, Thor goes into the past and the future and Legion gets his own book.

The Boys #72 ($4.99, Dynamite Entertainment)

The Boys #72, cover by Darick Robertson

  • Writer: Garth Ennis
  • Art: Darick Robertson w/ Richard P. Clark
  • Colorist: Tony Avina
  • Letterer: Simon Bowland
  • Editor: Joe Rybandt

The Boys had a strange journey. It started out being published by Wildstorm, which canceled the book. Ennis and Robertson then took it to relatively new publisher Dynamite and really, it became the cornerstone book. I didn’t get in on The Boys with the first issue, I think it was in the 30s, possibly even the 40s when I discovered the book. I may have been late, but I’ve loved the ride.

This last issue sums up the book very well. Life goes on and not much changes. There are and always will be Supes and they’ll always be messed up. Wee Hughie gets a happy ending, which he deserves.

Part of me was disappointed. Vought American moves on like it always has, coming out unscratched for the most part. I think I was hoping for something more grand to end the series. It’s not a bad ending. Maybe I was hoping that Hughie’s confrontation with the executive from Vought would have had more. But really, it does show how naive Hughie is and how out of his depth he was in this world.

The one thing that this last issue doesn’t do is wrap up things. Most of the ongoing storylines were finished up, but what about the characters? What happened to the rest of the Seven? Mallory?

I’m sad to see The Boys go. Besides being the only Dynamite book I read, it was one of my favorites on a monthly basis.

4 out of 5

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Fantastic Four #1 ($2.99, Marvel Comics)

Fantastic Four #1, cover by Bagley, Farmer & Mounts

  • Writer: Matt Fraction
  • Penciler: Mark Bagley
  • Inker: Mark Farmer
  • Colorist: Paul Mounts
  • Letterer: VC’s Clayton Cowles
  • Assistant Editor: Jake Thomas
  • Editor: Tom Brevoort & Lauren Sankovitch

I have to admit up front that this comic had an uphill battle. I loved Jonathan Hickman’s Fantastic Four/FF. One of my favorite runs by a writer on a book of all time. Even though it was Matt Fraction coming on board, there was still an uphill fight. This first issue starts up the hill but it has a long way to go.

One of the best things it has going for it? Fraction doesn’t discard anything from Hickman’s run. There’s even the arm brace that Johnny Storm got in the Negative Zone to hold the control rod. More often then not a new writer will pick and choose the parts they want to keep and the parts they want to get rid of. Fraction makes the right choice in keeping what Hickman had set up.

Fraction nails the Future Foundation kids, at least the ones that talk. “The Ben” was something that Hickman had the moloids say and Fraction carries it through, helping maintain connection between the runs. The Fantastic Four themselves, their “voices” seem off a bit, especially Ben and Johnny. The two scenes specific to them, it feels like Fraction threw those in so he could could a handle on the personality of the two.

The adventure being set up is interesting. Like much of Marvel Now!, it seems centered around the arc and not ongoing. I wonder if Fraction will stick around after this opening adventure.

I’ve never been a big Mark Bagley fan. His more recent work hadn’t been equal to his past work, especially New Warriors. This was some of his better stuff I’d seen in awhile.

And oh yeah, those Mombots? CREEPY!!

3 out of 5

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Locke & Key: Omega #1 ($3.99, IDW Publishing)

Locke & Key: Omega #1, Retailer Incentive cover by Gabriel Rodroguez

  • Writer: Joe Hill
  • Artist: Gabriel Rodriguez
  • Colorist: Jay Fotos
  • Letterer: Robbie Robbins
  • Editor: Chris Ryall

I love the Locke & Key series. It’s a masterpiece. And the funny part? I haven’t read the first 3 volumes. I picked up the series with Keys to the Kingdom, volume 4. I intend to go back and read the first parts, but I don’t need to in order to enjoy the series. Hill did a masterful job. Even at that late part I was able to understand what was going on and get into the book.

The craftsmanship of Hill and Rodriguez helped. I said back when I read Keys To The Kingdom #1, a story called Sparrows (one of the best single issues of any comic ever), that Hill and Rodriguez worked perfectly together. And they still do. Locke & Key is a perfectly crafted story. Perfect script, perfect art. Amazing.

Omega is another powerful issue. There is just so much emotion being churned out by the characters. So many regrets. Without being specifically a “what happened before” issue, Hill does manage to fill us in on prior events. You end up feeling bad for the Locke kids and even background/minor characters like Scot Kavanaugh have their moment and powerful ones at that. Jordan’s self-loathing?

I will be sad to see Locke & Key come to an end. Comics this good don’t come around that often. This series, once done, will stand alongside such legendary works as Watchmen, Kingdom Come, Maus, and it will deserve to be there.

5 out of 5

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Thor: God Of Thunder #1 ($3.99, Marvel Comics)

Thor: God Of Thunder #1, cover by: Esad Ribic

  • Writer: Jason Aaron
  • Artist: Esad Ribic
  • Colorist: Dean White
  • Letterer: VC’s Joe Sabino
  • Assistant Editor: Jake Thomas
  • Editor: Lauren Sankovitch

I liked Matt Fractions The Mighty Thor, at least until it got crossover heavy at the end. I like Jason Aaron. I like Thor well enough. So that adds up to me liking this book right? Yes and no.

I like the story. I like how Aaron shows Thor from three points in history and how Gorr, The God Killer links it all together. Like most of Marvel Now!, it doesn’t feel like he’s onboard for the ongoing so much as just telling a Thor story (similar to Fantastic Four above). I’m interested in what Aaron has planned for after this story.

But there are parts I don’t like. And thats primarily the script. Aside from the Asgard-style lettering, you couldn’t tell that it was Thor speaking. The dialogue feels modern, not like what I’m used to for Thor. The same goes for the aliens. They could just as easily be earthlings.

The overall tone is great. The visuals by Ribic are stunning. But the dialogue keeps nagging at me. Some “accent” needs to be there. Thor is supposed to sound boastful and old-worldy. The boastfulness is there, but dialed back a little, but the rest is missing.

I’d like to see what Aaron has planned for after this arc and just how much the past and future Thor will affect things moving forward. I did love the comment about saving the village from a Frost Giant only to end up eating more goat then the Frost Giant did.

3 out of 5

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X-Men Legacy #1 ($2.99, Marvel Comics)

X-Men Legacy #1, cover by: Mike Del Mundo

  • Writer: Simon Spurrier
  • Penciler: Tan Eng Huat
  • Inker: Craig Yeung
  • Colorist: Jose Villarrubia
  • Letterer: VC’s Cory Petit
  • Assistant Editor: Jennifer M. Smith
  • Editor: Daniel Ketchum

I’ve never liked Legion. Hate the character really. I think Mike Carey did good things with him near the end of his X-Men Legacy run. I think what Mike did to fix the multiple personality disorder of Legions worked great, didn’t think there needed to be another way. When Marvel Now! was announced I found it very odd that Legion was chosen to be the headliner of Legacy. There were so many other X-Men out there.

Now I’m questioning it even more.

What a bad comic. The dialogue was clunky. The art is ugly. The book makes no sense. It’s pretty bad when you have a character walking around with no shirt and no shoes in the Himalayas. Where is Legion? There’s barely any explanation given for the commune as Guru, whoever he is, calls it.

Legion, as the star of a book, would be a hard sell. Spurrier and Huat are not the salesmen for this book.

There is nothing here that’s worth liking, or even buying again. Too much time is spent on something, the mindcell of Legions, that didn’t need to be revisiting. Carey’s solution was perfect. This new one? A mess.

1 out of 5

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One Response
    • Finally picked up the final TPB for The Boys. Holy hell those last six issues were really something. Gut-wrenching stuff after following these characters these past six years. Thought it was funny that he managed to get a dig in at the New 52 stuff in the last issue as well.

      Overall brilliant stuff, and you know what, it didn’t turn out to be such a mean-spirited take on superheroes after all.

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