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Tpull's Weekly Marvel Comics Review – Part Two

Incredible Hercules

by Greg Pak, Fred van Lente, and Rafa Sandoval

Here’s a title I do not usually buy, but Romita worked on the cover, with a classic nod to Steve Ditko at the same time. I can’t let such a classic homage go by without risking a look. The Earth deities are going after the Skrull deities, and as Cho points out, three of the Earth deities can change shape themselves. The fun dissolves a little bit in some cosmic dreamtime gobeldygook that gives them a reason to deal with Nightmare in order to get a map. It doesn’t make much sense, but it’s easy to let it slide for the purposes of the story. There’s some relations between Snowbird and Hercules later that I’m not too fond of, given Snowbird’s history, but a ton of modern Marvel writers have decided to have super-heroes hooking up all over the place, so there’s not much that can be done about it. Better than Iron Man, not as good as X-factor.

Secret Invasion: Fantastic Four

by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Barry Kitson

This is just a fun comic, with some genuine-feeling anger coming out of Johnny, who is trying to find out what happened to Reed and Sue, and his feelings getting in the way, given his past relationship with Lyja. Finally, a comic kiss that actually makes sense! Little Franlkin helps give the bumbling duo of Johnny and Ben some direction in a cute little moment. Too bad this is only a three-issue limited series. If they could have sandwiched this in during the regular series, a lot more readers would have found it.

Ultimate Fantastic Four

by Mike Carey and Tyler Kirkham

A young (looking, at least) Agatha Harkness continues to pull apart the team from within, and more is revealed about both her and the Seven. The direction is good, and the momentum is maintained for what is essentially the mid-point of this arc. Is there a relation between the Seven and the mysterious entity Sue has brought back with her from the archaeological dig, or are these two entirely unrelated things? Oh, and a sort-of surprise appearance on the final page (I guessed it, though, easy for long-time readers).

X-Force: Ain’t No Dog 1

by Jason Aaron, Charlie Huston, Jefte Palo and Werther Dell’edera

It’s in the title, this comic is a dog. Wolverine goes after a chip, when Cyclops magically knows almost every detail about the upcoming encounter anyway. Wolverine actually does go on the mission, just like a dog, following Cyke’s orders. He then kills everyone like a mad dog. Worthless.

The second story at least has halfway decent art, but the punch line comes when Warpath tells Logan he doesn’t want to forget the men he has killed. Wolverine tells him he won’t, as if speaking from experience. It makes less than zero sense: the man who has killed countless thousands, in the first story alone, no less, who just happens to have the biggest memory problems in the universe… tells someone he will always remember every person he kills? The story might have been good, if they had left off the last page. With it, it just becomes a terrible joke. Worst issue of the week, out of both Marvel and DC.

To add insult to injury, on the very first page, they have Wolverine slice the wings off of a fly. Gee, you think when America sees Wanted next weekend, and sees the scene where someone shoots the wing off a fly, that they’ll be impressed? Think any comic fan familiar with Wanted will be impressed by someone like Huston trying to rip it off? This is worse than the regular series. I didn't even read Wanted when it came out, but I heard about the infamous "fly" scene. How these people can sleep at night doing blatant rip-offs, I'll never know. Like we don’t have to put up with enough of that already with hack artists swiping stuff straight out of another comic.

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