The GeeksverseWeekly Reviews For 01/09/13

Weekly Reviews For 01/09/13
Published on Wednesday, January 16, 2013 by

Got a trio of first issues this week. Doc Ock takes center stage as the Superior Spider-Man, Brian Wood tackles Star Wars and we learn the history of the Foot Clan.

Superior Spider-Man #1 ($3.99, Marvel Comics)

Superior Spider-Man #1, cover by Ryan Stegman

  • Writer: Dan Slott
  • Artist: Ryan Stegman
  • Colorist: Edgar Delgado
  • Letterer: VC’s Chris Eliopoulos
  • Assistant Editor: Ellie Pyle
  • Editor: Stephen Wacker

The last page was hyped as a big shocker, big spoiler. But honestly, to me it was a big let down. It actually ruined the entire book for me. Yes, we all knew Peter would come back at some point or other, it’s inevitable. But that last page makes it sooner and by having the spirit of Peter present, it ruins the whole story. So now it’s not Doc Ock fighting years of villianious instincts, it’s now Doc Ock wrestling with the physical spirit of Peter. I was hoping the series would be about Ock being seduced by the good side, having Peter’s thoughts/memories alter his own perceptions and make him into a hero.

But now it’s just ghost Peter pulling the strings.

Disappointing.

The rest of the issue was good. Nice to see a harder edge Spidey with Doc in charge. This isn’t the happy-go-lucky Spider of Peter’s day. This has been done before, with Ben Reilly as the Scarlet Spider, showing a different take on Spider-Man. BUt it’s a little different this time. Seeing how Ock gets upset at the Sinister Six, takes it personally, was a nice touch.

But no one is suspicious? He doesn’t talk like Peter, he doesn’t act like Peter. Mary Jane isn’t wondering what’s going on?

Overall it was a strong story and the Ock/Spidey will be interesting for awhile. Hopefully they downplay spirit Peter, because that will get annoying quick.

Stegman’s art is messy. Never been a big fan of it. It’s exciting and reminds me of Ramos. But where Humberto Ramos has the same exaggerated and unrealistic features, Stegman seems to be trying hard to still be in the realistic mode. But just falls short.

4 out of 5

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Star Wars #1 ($2.99, Dark Horse Comics)

Star Wars #1, cover by Alex Ross

  • Writer: Brian Wood
  • Artist: Carlos D’Anda
  • Colorist: Gabe Eltaeb
  • Letterer: Michael Heisler
  • Assistant Editor: Freddye Lins
  • Editor: Randy Stradley

When I first heard about this book I was intrigued. It’s an interesting idea. We know the events of A New Hope, we know the events of Empire Strikes Back, but there’s a period inbetween that we don’t know much about. And now Brian Wood is going to show that to us. Prequel books are always interesting, we know where they end up so the writer has a fine line to follow. They want to create new and interesting stories, but we know where they will eventually end up. It’s tough to create excitement and tension when we know that Leia was in no real danger of dying.

So it will be interesting to see what Wood does with this, how far he can stretch it, how he can make the characters grow when we already know what happens. Will we see flirting between Luke and Leia? They don’t know they’re related yet. The relationship between Han and Leia developed quickly in Empire, will we see the start of it here?

How much foreshadowing will Wood do? We see a bit at the end, which was handled decently, but too much and the story can be lost.

There was a couple of things I didn’t like about this. Leia has never been shown as a starfighter pilot, it was weird to see her in an X-Wing. I also didn’t like the blocks of text. Too overdone, too overpowering in spots. The large spread of the Star Destroyer with all the Tie Fighters was beautiful, but the large block of text ruined it.

And speaking of the art, D’Anda does a great job. The characters look like they should and he absolutely nails the detail on the vehicles. Amazing work.

I’ll stick with this. I want to see where Wood takes it and I’m a big Star Wars fan. Also a big Wedge Antilles fan, so was glad to see him getting some time to shine. Hopefully we see more of the secondary characters.

3 out of 5

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TMNT: Secret History Of The Foot Clan #1 ($3.99, IDW Publishing)

TMNT: Foot Clan #1, cover by Mateus Santolouco

  • Writer: Erik Burnham & Mateus Santolouco
  • Artist: Mateus Santolouco
  • Colorist: Joao Viera
  • Letterer: Shawn Lee
  • Editor: Bobby Curnow

I wasn’t quite sure what to expect with this title. Was it going to be a period piece, set back in ancient times and trace the history of the Foot Clan to modern? Was it going to be told as a flashback?

What we ended up getting is excellent. This is a very well crafted comic. It’s told in a series of flashbacks, but given as a story. We get different people telling us different parts of the story. And wrapped around it all is a plot in the modern time, with the Turtles and Foot Clan both interested in the Professor who uncovered the history.

And the last page. Now that is a surprise.

But the joy of this issue is how well Burnham and Santolouco weave the story. Masterfully paced, laid out and crafted. The stroy flows smoothly from present day to past.

And Santolouco’s art works great for the story.

5 out of 5

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