Comic Fodder

Dana's Marvel Comic Review

Each week Comics Fodder will bring you a number of reviews from the Marvel Universe. Some books will inevitably be missed. But should any reader feel a certain Marvel title has been shamefully overlooked by me, take a gander at my comic counterpart’s reviews. If he’s missed it too, drop a quick note and we’ll try to take a look.

I’m a little late on the reviews again. Sorry about that. Damn computer! It always seems to crash when I have lots to do. There was a moment when I thought about skipping it but I had to say something good about Marvel for the week of August 15th. Plus, TPull said I would. So let’s start with…


By Ed Brubaker, Steve Epting, Mike Perkins and Frank D’Armata

In my last review for Ultimate X-Men, I wrote about my misgivings of a title that tries to tackle too much in a single issue. Many times, the momentum, though a great deal is happening on its pages, tends to slow to a pace often reserved for a snail. Any interest you may have had for the characters or stories in the book are pretty much quelled and you lose interest in the title as a whole. That’s what’s happened for me on that book. But then there are those titles where that kind of narrative is completely captivating. The tension and the suspense and the drama build issue upon issue. Every panel gives you just enough information to bring you back month after month. The perfect tone is captured. Characters are deepened. You find yourself vested. It’s storytelling done right. That’s Captain America.

For a title that no longer has its main character to rely on, Captain America just gets better and better each month. Brubaker has done a masterful job of creating a story taut with suspense and brimming with action. And for having so much taking place each month, he never forgets his characters. This is probably one of my favorite qualities of this title as a whole. We’re constantly allowed glimpses inside the heads of virtually every player, giving different perspectives of people and situations. It’s a wonderful way of relaying information without making it feel like information. We’ve all read stuff that hasn’t quite accomplished that which can be boring (should I have spelled that with a capital B). This book does a phenomenal job!

Not only is this book a perfect example of great storytelling, it’s also one on the marriage of story and art. I don’t think I can imagine any one else working on this title other than the current creative team. It never ceases to please. Fan-frickin-tastic!

I do look forward to the day that Steve comes back into the fold. But I totally love this book without him. If it weren’t for the incredible green one, this would be my favorite Marvel book. Don’t give me any excuse why you’re not currently reading this title because you should be. Pick it up!


By Brian Michael Bendis, Stuart Immonen and Wade von Grawbadger

When I first heard that Bagley was leaving Ultimate Spider-Man, I was, needless to say, concerned. His art simply is half the book for me. Then when I heard Immonen was stepping in, I was more than concerned – disheartened, maybe. I’ve never been a big fan of his work. I’ve tried. There’s something people really like about him. But I just could never get into it. You see, my first introduction to him, I believe, was Ultimate X-Men (there’s that title again) and I couldn’t stand what he did to my favorite characters. The women all looked like Cruella de Ville. And the men, well, they all looked like her too – just kind of in drag. You can see my hesitation, right? Anyway, I have to admit that Stuart surprised me. There are still hints (lots and lots) of what I’m not too fond of in his work but I didn’t hate what he offered this month. There was energy and action.

The story (or stories) was okay. I did expect more. I mean, c’mon, this is the first chapter of a new arc, shouldn’t we get a bit more bang? Though, I’m not sure how much bang is left in the whole Osborn-Parker saga. I have to go on the record and say that I’m sick of Norman. Give me something new.

If you’re not a fan, don’t bother picking this one up.


Dana Severson is one of your resident reviewers of all things
Marvel. He is often found red-eyed and filled with caffeine.