The GeeksverseWeekly Reviews For 12/19/12

Weekly Reviews For 12/19/12
Published on Wednesday, December 26, 2012 by

This week we check in on Hawkeye, Gambit and Wonder Woman. No reviews for the week of Christmas, it’s vacation time. See you in the new year.

Hawkeye #6 ($2.99, Marvel Comics)

Hawkeye #6, cover by David Aja

  • Writer: Matt Fraction
  • Artist: David Aja
  • Colorist: Matt Hollingsworth
  • Letterer: Chris Eliopoulos
  • Assistant Editor: Sana Amanat
  • Editor: Stephen Wacker

Hawkeye is my favorite Marvel character. I hate the new movie-inspired costume. It has to go. He’s my favorite character but his portrayal in recent months has been a bit off. Did Marvel forget that he led the West Coast Avengers team and the Thunderbolts for awhile? His whole turn on Secret Avengers didn’t work because Remender made it out like he was a rookie leader, like leading a team was something Cap thought would help him. Did Cap forget that Clint has led teams before?

And that brings us to this book. I like Fraction’s Hawkeye. It’s a fun book, full of some neat moments. I like the Kate Bishop-Hawkeye and her role in the book. I love David Aja’s layouts, they’re a sight to behold. But there is a big part of this book I don’t like.

This is Clint Barton, Hawkeye, Avenger. He’s been to space, he’s fought mutants and monsters and gods. He regularly stands alongside Iron Man, Hulk and Thor. And he’s going to get beat up by a bunch of thugs? I get that the idea of the series is to humanize him, show what he does when he’s not Avengering, but this isn’t the way.

So I’m torn. I really like the book, but I don’t like how Clint is portrayed.

I’ve never liked the Batman-Syndrome, where in the team book the non-powered hero is shown as a bad-ass and takes on foes that are out of s/he’s class, but when in the solo book the hero gets beat up by common thugs. What happens when the hero leaves the team? Flips a switch and gets weaker? I understand that it’s done to even out the hero with the threats. Batman wouldn’t be as fun if took on Justice League level threats all the time.

And that is where Hawkeye is at now. It’s still a fun book, but Fraction isn’t portraying him right.

3 out of 5

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Gambit #7 ($2.99, Marvel Comics)

Gambit #7, cover by Terry Dodson

  • Writer: James Asmus
  • Penciler: Diogenes Neves & Al Barrionuevo
  • Inker: Allen Martinez & Raul Fernandez
  • Colorist: Rachelle Rosenberg
  • Letterer: VC’s Cory Petit
  • Assistant Editor: Jennifer M. Smith
  • Editor: Daniel Ketchum

I have to admit that I’m not a big fan of the new Gambit series. I like Gambit, but no one has really been able to use him right in awhile. The first Gambit series, by Fabian Niceiza, with the Thieve’s Guild and Assassins’ Guilds was good stuff. That was an environment that Gambit felt right at home in. I know Asmus wants to return him to being the universe’s top thief, but so far it hasn’t worked. This Gambit feels out of place. There was never a reason given for why Gambit broke into Cich’s place. Whimsy? Just for fun? It doesn’t hold up with how Gambit has evolved and his current place in the X-Men. Everything that happened after the break-in is Gambit reacting to the situation. Not being a thief, just reacting.

I wasn’t going to stick with this series but then I heard that MI-13 was going to guest star. I love MI-13 and was pissed when Marvel canceled that series and kept other ones going that were bad. MI-13 by Paul Cornell was a great series and had my other favorite Marvel character (aside from Hawkeye) in it, the Black Knight. So I stuck around with Gambit to see what Asmus would do with MI-13.

Not much. They are more background then guest stars. So yes, I was disappointed. And the Black Knight calling Faiza his steward? She’s his girlfriend and his squire. Steward? What?

The wrap-up of the Cich storyline was a let down as well. Big build-up and a bit of a deus ex machina by Remy. Convienantly was able to pick the lock of the ankle bracelet when no one was looking? And how did he write the message in the wall? His powers cause things to explode, it’s hard to write when the wall is exploding around you.

Well now that the MI-13 appearance is over, I can drop this book.

2 out of 5

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Wonder Woman #15 ($2.99, DC Comics)

Wonder Woman #15, cover by Cliff Chiang

  • Writer: Brian Azzarello
  • Penciler: Cliff Chiang
  • Colorist: Matthew Wilson
  • Letterer: Jared K. Fletcher
  • Associate Editor: Chris Conroy
  • Editor: Matt Idelson

This is probably my favorite of the New 52 books. Earth 2 would be my second favorite. What makes those two my favorites? They’re the most removed from the mess that is the New 52. But Wonder Woman is part of the Justice League, you say? How can her solo book be removed? Have you read it? Have you compared the character in Wonder Woman to the character in Justice League?

They look the same but they are not the same.

Wonder Woman is a different universe. There is nothing that connects the two books together. The characters talk differently, act differently and the worlds they inhabit are different.

I like what Azzarello is doing with the gods. The new and modern takes are great. Chiang’s Diana is what an amazon should be, towering above everyone else but still beautiful and graceful. I love the introduction of half-siblings. Lennox, the stone man, is a great visual.

The addition of Orion to the cast, and all that he brings, also sets the book further away from the rest of the DCU. Yes, he could eventually bring in Apokolips, but that doesn’t meant it’ll be the same as what was shown in Justice League. After all, this Wonder Woman isn’t the same.

Zola makes a good point to Hera. Why does the wife get mad at the other woman? The husband was the one that wanted to cheat. Excellent point.

5 out of 5

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