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Tpull's Weekly Marvel Comics Review

Fantastic Four 552

by Dwayne McDuffie and Paul Pelletier

We open onto the continuance of last month’s cliffhanger, which was really not that much of a surprise. Future-Namor and Future-Black Panther are both robots, just as Dr. Doom has always used robots. He tried to trick the Fantastic Four, just as has tried to trick them so many times in the past. What is confusing about the entire affair is why (other than Reed) do the knuckleheads keep falling for it?

We still have to deal with Future-Doom, who decides that he will still work his magic, even though trying to deceive them didn’t work. “Hey, I know I just tried to pull the wool over your eyes, but since that didn’t work, I’m going to tell you the truth now. Oh, and I’ll be asking for the exact same thing! No hard feelings?”

We then have to sit through untold pages of the Thing punching at a Dr. Doom that has literally had decades to prepare for the confrontation. Once his two robots that were protecting him were gone, the Thing gets to toss him around like a rag doll. After he gets punched several times, THEN he manages to take all four of them out, effortlessly. Am I the only one that sees the shoddy writing on the wall? When, on when will they get a new writer? As if this was not torture enough, the entire future-Fantastic Four shows up. Yay, I can’t wait.

Nova 9

by Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning, and Wellington Ives

There’s a blurb that Marvel printed on the cver of the latest issue of Nova. “The best Marvel ongoing series of the year,” according to AICN. I might be tempted to agree with them.

This issue is another relatively good swing in the ballpark, so to speak, as Nova manages to resolve his immediate problem, and even uses the transmode virus to his advantage, even though it leaves him a little more infected. Hopefully we get to see this little corner of the universe again, because there should be a neat story about using the hollowed-out head of a Celestial as your trading station! An unexpected reward is the use of the resources of the station to visit the Phalanx homeworld. And after a one-issue absence, Drax and Gamora reappear. Oh, and Adi Granov did an excellent cover on this.

Wolverine 60

by Marc Guggenheim and Howard Chaykin

We are in part 4 of “Logan Dies,” and the end can’t get here soon enough. A woman called Phaedra was present when Logan was resurrected by the Hand, but now she’s with a group called Scimitar, which has tried to kill Wolverine recently. Logan infiltrates their base and takes out the silent Shogun, and gets face to face with Phaedra, only to face a resurrected Lord Shingen. Yawn. Wake me when Marvel quits resurrecting everybody and their dog. They do not seem to realize that they are becoming a mockery of themselves with these stories. Just because they manage to do a somewhat-decent story once by bringing Bucky back. Does this mean we get to see a revived Bill Foster in another couple years? It’s like Marvel has zero ideas on what else to do with Wovlerine.

X-Factor 26

by Peter David and Scot Eaton

It’s chapter seven of the Messiah Complex crossover, and we start with Cyclops sidelining Professor X. I’m not sure whose side I should be on for this fight, since Cyclops just sent his heavy hitters on a blunt attack against his overwhelming opponents, and they barely got out alive. If he doesn’t pull a rabbit out of his hat, he’ll be taking Charlie’s orders for the next thirty years.

Predator X finally shows up, killing another mutant, which means we’re down another from the 198 left on Earth. We also get an update on the Jamie Madrox version that has Layla with him, who shows up on scanners as a human sometimes, and a mutant the next second. As the six best tracker mutants get together to form X-Force to track down Cable, I’m left wondering what Storm, Colossus and the rest are doing, but it’s hard to squeeze everyone in when handling a cast this big. The New X-Men don’t get much play this issue either. This is a good middle-of-the-story issue. Scot Eaton’s art is great, as is the cover by David Finch. These usually have a second cover option, this one by Silvestri, but I haven’t seen anyone buy that version yet. I’m sure they have, and Sivestri is no slouch in the art department, but when I have a choice, I find myself choosing Finch every time.

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