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Tpull's Weekly Marvel Comics Review

I’d give my entire (imaginary) kingdom for a storyline that didn’t have at least one major hole in it. A lot of these issues are half-decent, if you forgive one big glaring error in each case.

Cable & Deadpool 47

by by Fabian Nicieza and Ron Lim

This series will be ending soon, and it will leave a gap in Marvel’s retinue of story types. The rest of the Marvel Universe is so serious and grim, this is one of the few light-hearted comics out there. This particular issue is not particularly outstanding, but the idea of the whole thing going away is slightly discouraging. Of great concern, where will they put Skottie Young to work doing awful covers after this?

Daredevil 102

by Ed Brubaker and Michael Lark

The villains are taking over the city, and most of the comic, too! Brubaker plays along with Bendis and includes an issue that mostly centers on a turf war between the goons of Mr. Fear, and the goons of the Hood. Daredevil gets caught in the middle, and also gets caught off guard. At first glance, it is always hard to believe a veteran can be caught off guard so easily, but it does happen in real life, and here Matt is so worried about what can happen to Mila, he loses focus for a second or two, and that’s all it takes. Considering what has happened to all the other loves of his life, perhaps we can forgive him. And it looks like things will get worse before they get better. How do you pile it on after basically outing his identity and sending him to jail? Brubaker is working on it!

The Sensational Spider-Man 41

by J. Michael Straczynski and Joe Quesada

The story turns surreal as a young lady who might be a young Mary Jane, or a future child of the Parkers appears to Peter, and he doesn’t blink, even once. He plays right along, despite an all-knowing sarcastic girl talking to him like he’s an idiot. It’s not Layla, but does Peter David know that Straczynski is ripping off his characters? We are then taken through a slight variation on Ebenezer Scrooge getting a look at how else his life might have turned out, before the true villain pulls back the curtain. His motives are slightly different this time, but his explanation does sound just cruel enough.

Unfortunately, the entire affair is a deus ex machine to reset Peter Parker back to his origins, being alone, but with Aunt May alive. Rather than follow things to a more, shall we say, natural path, the writer is ignoring the after-shocks of the Civil War, and pushing a button to put Peter back to where Marvel thinks he will be more relatable. Never mind the fact that the average comic reader is not a teenager anymore, but is closer to 35, and half of them are already married or divorced themselves. I’ll wait until the whole story is over, but the blatant fabrication of the storyline is beginning to wear thin. It only works if you submit to the central narrative driving every event, that Aunt May will die, and nobody in the universe except this one character can do anything to stop it. Given the wonders in the Marvel Universe, it’s a tough part to swallow.

Wolverine: Origins 19

by Daniel way and Steve Dillon

The foreshadowing from last issue clued us in that Bucky was under special assignment to assassinate Baron Strucker, but the way he went about it made it seem more like a suicide mission than anything else. Funny books being what they are, he is bailed out of course. I am having trouble with his story for several reasons at this point. Reason number one, that makes me consider dropping it every time I pick it up, is the art. Static, non-improving, no range, minimal inks, and the coloring is not in the ranks of the top ten either. The second reason is the story is dragging. The third reason is a nonsense scene where Bucky looks like he tries to kill Logan, an ally who just helped to save his life. What the huh?!? Patriots do not shoot their allies, even if they don’t like them. The idea that someone who just helped you get away from certain death is going to get a bullet in the face because he is interfering with your man-crush on Captain America pretty much throws the entire story into the dumper, as Daniel Way finally gets around to tying this in with the Wolverine conspiracy story. Ugh.

X Men 205

by Mike Carey and Chris Bachalo

David Finch rides to the rescue again with a cool cover, and even the editors have finally realized they need captions introducing most of the characters. All four main X-titles titles have their characters running around in each issue, but the main focus is a drag-out fight between Sinister’s forces and the X-Men. Bachalo’s art is decent but not outstanding, and the captions are gone for several of the bad guys, so if you don’t know who they are, tough luck from Marvel. A guy like Exodus, though, how does Nightcrawler take him out by dunking him in the snow? That guy took on the X-Men and the Avengers single-handedly in the past. The idea that the main team went in without backup is really, really stupid.

In other news, the New X-Men have made a mess of their impromptu mission, and we still don’t know if Julian is alive or not. For having a couple of dozen telepaths on the team, these guys sure do spend a lot of time in the dark. I hate to harp, but the X-Men are defeated, and the guys they went after didn’t even have the baby. If this was Cyclops’ big plan, he’s back to being a mental midget again. They were way outclassed, with no strategy for going up against heavy odds, and they got their butts whipped. The story was making sense up until they went in like raw recruits. The person who actually has the baby? I thought they’d keep him “dead” a little longer, but we knew he’d come back. All we need now is for Jean to pop up again. They will have to do some work to get this story back on track, because it took very little to have it all crumble into nonsense.

X Men: First Class 6

by Jeff Parker and Roger Cruz

It will take someone crazier than I am to go back and figure out where all of these stories fall in between previously-established stories of the original X-Men team. I have given up trying to keep things chronologically straight, and am basically just along for the ride. Who knows how long this title will last, but like Cable & Deadpool, it gives a little change of pace from all of the grim and gritty stuff everywhere else. The one odd thing they did was stick a secondary kiddy-like cartoon story in the middle of the regular story, instead of at the back, where it belongs.

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

Trying not to spoil anything.

The character that shows up with the baby at the end of X-Men 205 never really died, just presumed dead.

The way he "died" was so ambiguous, that his return was never in question in my mind.

I thought it made sense with the name of the crossover that he would end up being central to the story.

-- Posted by: Josh at December 3, 2007 9:24 AM