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Tpull's Weekly Marvel Comics Review

Art is subjective, and so are comic reviews! Here's my opinion:

Iron Man 18

by Daniel & Charles Knauf, Roberto de la Torre, and Jon Sibal

There's some good art going on here as Iron Man has to deal with a disgusting genetic monster. There are also a nice story beat with Dugan, as he gets used to Tony's method of leadership. One pain in Tony's neck is that he keeps being out-maneuvered, and his mysterious enemy seems to know Tony better than he knows himself. It's a bit of a problem, as they just spent the entire Civil War driving the point home about how Tony's a futurist, he plans for everything, etc. It will be interesting to see how much longer he keeps getting blind-sided.

Omega Flight 3

by Michael Avon Oeming and Scot Kolins

I have to admit, any time I see Scot Kolins' name, I tend to want to pick a copy up just to check out his artwork. He doesn't disappoint in Omega Flight, either. The story could move a little faster, as the series is half over, and the full team has still not assembled together, but if the title does well, perhaps there will be good things to come after this. There is an attempt to tie a couple disparate things in the Marvel Universe together, as the demons that wrecked Beta Ray Bill's civilization seem to come from the same mystical plain as Alpha Flight's old nemesis, the Great Beasts. I have a little nitpick with Agent Brown insisting that Alpha Flight was not about being Canadian. I tend to think we could use a few more Canadian super heroes!

Ms. Marvel 16

by Brian Reed, Aaron Lopresti, and Matt Ryan

Is there any title that isn't part of the Initiative? Ah, well...Ms. Marvel is still going after A.I.M., which automatically makes me wonder if Aim toothpaste is still for sale. The story starts with Ms. Marvel's public relations guru finding a dark secret about Marvel's current romantic interest, in an attempt to scare him off. Then we move right into the main story, which only serves to increase her potential romantic troubles. That's right, in the middle of the fight, too.

Ms. Marvel seems to have forgotten that M.O.D.O.K. even has mind control as a power, which raises an interesting point. The series started on the whole premise of Ms. Marvel striving to become the best she can be, to do better in her life. This was reinforced when she met an alternate version of herself as well. So when she's going up against A.I.M., was it asking to much to have her review a datafile of M.O.D.O.K., since he is the biggest villain associated with the group? It will be fun to continue reading and see if this was a momentary lapse, or if it is intended to point out how far she still has to go in her pursuit of excellence. Because to be honest, she is still something of a chump right now. But it makes for good reading!

Uncanny X-Men 487

by Ed Brubaker and Salvador Larroca

Brubaker brings back some Morlocks, and with the way Larroca is drawing them, they look better than ever. Warpath is keeping Hepzibah company as she settles in on Earth, which will immediately be sparking rumors on the Internet of them hooking up. If the rumors haven't started already, let's just consider this the start of them, anyway. Brubaker has a good feel for these characters, and includes better continuity than most, as he shows the sentinels from O.N.E., shows us Valerie Cooper, and brings in Storm, acknowledging her special relationship with the Morlocks. Yay! Just when I was lamenting the lack of Storm in any of the X-titles.

This is turning into yet another ‘search for Magneto' storyline, but it will be leading up to the big X-event of the year, so if you like good story and good art, this is a great place to start picking up Uncanny X-Men.


Tpull is Travis Pullen. He started reading comics at 5 years old, and he can't seem to stop.