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Tpull's Weekly Marvel Comics Review – Part One

The Amazing Spider-Man 565

by Marc Guggenheim and Phil Jimenez

Phil Jimenez art, yay! Proper use of Spidey sense, yay! Lame comic book store in-jokes, boo! Peter using his powers in public in his civilian identity, boo! This is actually the best issue since the Mephisto retcon that I have enjoyed.

The letter’ page has a twist this time, it’s all negative letters. The letters sum up things I have mentioned the past couple months in these reviews. It was kind of cool to see. Was this just a stunt because they aren’t getting many letters? Or the whim of Steve Wacker? Either way, it’s a refreshing change of pace from the gushing praise that has dominated the printed letters lately.

Guardians of the Galaxy 3

by Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning, and Paul Pelletier

Clint Langley does an awesome job for this month’s cover. It’s the same creative team, and the same style with each character showing up to give a portion of Mantis’ vid-recordings, but we also get the reappearance of Starhawk! Not only that, but as they wrap up the latest crisis from the Church of Truth and present us with a cliffhanger at the end. One cool thing about these writers: I have enjoyed each and every cliffhanger they have given us. That is a talent that is hard to maintain, but they are consistent here and in Nova, which they also write. Both books have a crossover with Secret Invasion next month.

Invincible Iron Man 3

by Matt Fraction and Salvador Larroca

Two covers to choose from again, but one has extra stuff: missiles! I take that one. Obadiah continues his plan against Tony, and we only have one moment of ridiculousness in the whole comic, as Tony asks Maria Hill if they are keeping tabs on Obadiah. It’s a satellite that’s planted on his location, and Tony could find that out faster than asking through his Extremis powers.

Plus, will Pepper become the next Iron Woman? In a move sure to intrigue half the fans and alienate the other half, Pepper ends up in the same situation Tony was in back in the origin of his armored suit: she has to wear an electromagnet to keep slivers of metal from penetrating her heart. Will this turn into yet another case of a supporting cast member becoming a super hero later? Or just an interesting development that will generate some good stories? I’m gonna hang around to find out.

New Exiles 8

by Chris Claremont and Tom Grummett

Hey, this is a good week. Both in DC and in Marvel, a lot of so-so titles have improved enough that it is no longer painful to read them! This issue of New Exiles is the best of the relaunch so far. Ogun enters the picture to help Psylocke with her Slaymaster problem, which is cool. Gambit has some cool interactions with the undersea folk of the alternate earth the team is trying to save, and things don’t go as planned for the defense of England.

One lame portion at the end has Kitty Pryde stumble upon the glorious revelation that the omniverse isn’t supposed to end. Gee, that was hard to figure out. The end-of-all-creation storyline has already been dragged out too long, but thankfully, it should be wrapped up before the year is out. In the old days, it could be decades or never before one of Claremont’s plots reached a conclusion.

Nova 15

by Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning, Wellington Alves and Geraldo Bruges

Alex Maleev does some interesting cover art this month, and I really dig it. Not sure why they printed the credits twice, once in the first couple pages, and then again on the recap page. Can you say proofread error? Way to go, editors!

That is a small gripe, because the rest of the issue almost reads as a stand-alone story, and we find out a connection between Harrow and Galactus. I love to be surprised by a story, and I did not see this one coming. Nova’s “user support” function wears a little thin, but the whole issue is chock full of good art and story.

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