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Tpull's Weekly Marvel Comics Review – Part One

One of these four is a must-buy. I think it'll be easy to tell which one...

The Amazing Spider-Man 563

by Bob Gale and Mike McCone

The embarrassment continues as sloppy writers ignore Spider-Man’s powers as an excuse to draw a particular scene, or develop their own artificial plot element. I think we’re in for a decent story until about halfway through, Montana grabs Spidey with a whip and rams him into a tent-pole. So much for his incredible agility, not to mention his spider-sense. Finally, from out of nowhere, Ox decides he has a brain he can use. I actually like that part, but Ox? Wow. The whole title is still on the edge of me dropping it. Yet another title that I collect out of sheer hope it will one day get better.

Guardians of the Galaxy 2

by Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning, and Paul Pelletier

Abnett and Lanning to the rescue, just when I thought I might ditch Marvel entirely! Pelletier continues to draw well, although I think Rick Magyar’s inking style may affect the original drawings a little too much. When it gets to the point where I can recognize art mainly by the inker instead of the artist, we have a problem.

The action and story continue to flow well, and I like the little side-panels that show the cast members doing their version of a mission report. We also get some revelation on that Captain America shield we saw in the ice last issue. I think you’ll be pleased. Notice I’ve reverted to my old trick of not telling you too much good stuff, so you’ll have no choice but to go out and buy it to see why it’s so good. Bwah-ha-hah!

Iron Man: Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. 30

by Stuart Moore, and Roberto de la Torre, and Carlo Pagulayan

We pick up in the middle of a four-part story, a nonsensical rerun that proves yet again why Stuart Moore should never be allowed near a comic book. You see, there are miniaturized nukes that leave zero radioactive fallout behind, and Maria Hill is sooooo puzzled. “How is that even remotely possible?” she asks. Well, considering Tony blew one up four issues ago, one would think one of the top officers in S.H.I.E.L.D. would not be having a senior moment so easily. Hey, she must be a Skrull.

You see, waaaay back in issue 26, a whole four months ago real-time, Tony set off a nuclear explosion… with zero radioactive fallout. Maria hill herself talked about the weapon: “Clean as a bean. No radiation, no fallout.” Fast-forward to today: “How is that even remotely possible?” Let me pose my own question: how is it even remotely possible that the same editorial team can’t see that their new writer is doing a re-run of what just happened a couple issues ago, and making us think one of the main characters is stoned out of her mind? I remember in the old days, when an editor would go to the writer, having read the actual proposed story, and be willing to ask the writer tough questions, like” Why can’t you write yourself out of a paper bag?”

Moore also forgets all about Extremis and the way Iron Man’s body armor now works, and he also has Tony talk about a “stimulated emission laser.” As far as I know, this is nonsense. “L.A.S.E.R.” is an acronym in the first place, and it stands for "Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation.” So is Moore saying the stimulated emission has a stimulated emission on top of it?

Sigh. Maybe I can ask for them to cancel three or four titles and just go weekly on Guardians of the Galaxy…

X-Factor 32

by Peter David and Pablo Raimondi

The aftermath of Arcade’s attack has Mutant Town in chaos, and the team needs a fresh start. Val Cooper has shown up with an offer, but it sounds straight out of the plot for one of the last seasons of the A-Team. X-Factor rigs the building to blow up, but actually files notices and such, so when Val hunts them down later, she claims Jaime broke no laws. Really? Like having a bunch of your government agents inside the building when he starts the timer is legal? It’s a very stupid thing to overlook, considering there were only 30 seconds on the timer, and one person tripping could have resulted in a casualty. Big things like this should not be so easily dismissed. Look for improvement next time.


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