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Tpull's Weekly Marvel Comics Review

Cable & Deadpool 45

by by Fabian Nicieza and Reilly Brown

Ok, this series has me hooked, and the art almost doesn’t matter. So even though Skottie Young is doing the cover, it’s actually one of the better covers I’ve seen him do, but the key is the story. Fabian Nicieza has found a fun way to give us more Steve Rogers. As a matter of fact, it seems that Steve Rogers is like Elvis: he has become busier than ever since he died. He is showing up in almost every other comic there is, it seems, except for his own title. Wolverine must be getting jealous.

Deadpool’s current partner with the death of Cable is actually Bob the HYDRA lackey, and the two of them are so hopelessly hopeless (hope I didn’t create a double negative there), they keep sabotaging their own goals. It is only because some temporal problems keep hitting a reset button that allow them to get through okay. The inside art is okay, but the key, as I said, is that Nicieza has been able to keep the reckless humor of a main character, all while weaving an entertaining story that crosses over into the rich history of the Marvel universe, and still leaving things (relatively) undamaged. Humor is always subjective, but if you haven’t been reading this, check out an issue or three and then make up your mind.


The Immortal Iron Fist 9

by by Ed Brubaker, Matt Fraction, David Aja, and Raul Allen

Round 2 of this storyline starts here, but the actual combat round is round 1 for the tournament. Iron fist is getting a serious power upgrade from studying a book, but he does not seem to understand them enough. If these changes stick, Daniel Rand will be a much more powerful force in the future (maybe he can go kick Iron Man’s metal can).

Mystery deepens in between flashbacks to his father growing up with Davos, and as science intersects with the mystical K’un-Lun. Iron Fist makes a somewhat interesting choice, as he has a chance to meet up with Luke cage and company, but decides he has no time. Like a five minute conversation would have cost him too much, he’s just trudging through the snow! Ah well, that’s my only gripe on an interesting story. Thankfully, the tournament has a Loser’s bracket, which means we’ll get to see him fight some more against other champions.


Iron Man 22

by Daniel & Charles Knauf, and Roberto de la Torre


The cover is misleading, as Iron Man is holding a blood-drenched cape, with the shield of captain America in the background. One would think the issue would deal in some way with Tony trying to carry on the important legacy FDR created with Steve Rogers, but noooo, the only linkage is a secret plan by the U.S. to recreate a super soldier, unbeknownst to Tony, who has Extremis and is tied into most databases in the world, and has Top Secret access to most government files, and has access to the espionage talents of S.H.I.E.L.D. But no, the most brilliant futurist, who sees all and knows all, is in the dark. Again.

So here we are, after last issue Tony has brilliantly figured out the Mandarin is behind everything, and deduced most clues in a couple of minutes. This month, he has gone no further, and has been sidetracked into the investigation of a murder of one of his Initiative minor players, but what-a-co-inky-dink! Graviton is seeing ghosts in the same manner that Tony has been having visions, so it all ties in together! In the meantime, acting like a jerk to Captain Ultra leads to a useless fight and an idiotic misunderstanding, when all Tony had to do was let the leader of that Initiative team be kept in the loop. Way to go, Einstein.

The colors are hard to bear in this issue, and everything is dark without reason, and a pinkish-red background is used for both flashbacks and for cutaways to the Prometheus Corporation, and it is all turning into a small mess. I’m not sure anymore if the writer is making Tony a blind idiot jerk on purpose like Strazynsky does, or because he is not seeing all of the gaping plot holes, but instead of building up suspense, I am getting bored with Iron Man. This series needs a serious shot in the arm to regain a sense of purpose. But I’m nowhere near dropping it, it’s not like it’s punisher: War Journal or anything…


Starlord 3

by Keith Giffen and Timothy Green II

Props have to go to Nic Klein for his outstanding cover. The space fantasy art aspect of the covers for the Annihilation: Conquest titles is one of my favorite visual aspects of the entire project. The story itself is good, as the situation goes from bad to worse. A misfit team with tons of egos and angst, makes for an interesting suicide mission. It all has to be wrapped up next issue, folks! At least getting rid of the Phalanx production facility, anyway. Definitely pick up the trade if you couldn’t follow this series monthly.


X Men 203

by Mike Carey and Humberto Ramos

Cable and Deadpool has a blog entry by Bob to explain things. Starlord has an entry page that introduces all of the main characters. Other issues like the Wonder Woman Annual have a little text box that introduces each of the 20-odd villains that appear to face her. In X-Men, arguably one of the worst titles in the world to pick up and try to follow, we get… nothing. Who are all these characters? Newcomers won’t have a chance, unless they are willing to do hours of research online, or have an X-geek on their speed dial.

That isn’t the only bad part. The mutant Blockbuster (yeah, they couldn’t come up with a name that DC didn’t already have) punches through a wall to alert Cannonball and Iceman that they don’t have much time. One page later, Blockbuster is still at the ship with all of the other Marauders?!? The page after that, we get treated to yet another panel of Blockbuster punching his way through a wall. The inset panel right next to that shows Blockbuster standing with the rest of his group. Did the editors at marvel all get replaced with blind chimpanzees? What a waste of panel space.

Let’s get something straight, a good story should engross the reader, not make them spend time trying to make sense of confusing mistakes. The stage direction and breakdown of action is a wreck throughout the entire comic. At the end, Mystique pretends to kill Iceman, after she spent all that time betraying them. For having a fling with him? One would think, since she berated him so much for his “performance,” that she would be eager to put a couple caps in him. Where New X-Men has picked up since last month, this title is now officially the worst of the mutant titles. Save yourself the money.

Chapter 13 of Endangered Species is in the back, by Mike Carey and Mike Perkins, and is the only good thing in the comic. The situation appears to be hopeless for Hank. His past adventures have led him from one place to another in logical steps. Now, either he is out of places to go, or Dark Beast has made him decide the cost is too high. Either way, you just know they’re going to end up with a new lead in the next chapter! Cool.


X Men: First Class 4

by Jeff Parker and Roger Cruz


This is a “slow’ issue, mostly a nice road trip where Beast and Iceman bond together. It is of average interest, which means it kicks the pants off of X-Men 203, so pick up X-Men: First Class if you want some easy eye candy.

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

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