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Tpull's Weekly Marvel Comics Review – Part Two

Captain America: White 0

by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale

The next “color” series is here by Loeb and Sale, and we have come to expect the same quality in each one. The story here is 17 pages, with an interview and sketches filling in the back. One fact they hit on that I appreciate is the closeness in age between Steve Rogers and James Barnes. The relationship would have been closer to having an older brother than a dad. It will be nice to see how they describe that in comic form as this series progresses.

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by Paul Cornell and Leonard Kirk

The Skrulls are still trying to take over every aspect of magic, but the voice in Pete Wisdom’s head takes him to a door. He opens the door, and is responsible for letting out all of the evil demons of Marvel, creeps like Sattanish and Cyttorak, and pretty much any entity that Dr. Strange has crossed in the last 60 years. Merlin shows up to bring Captain Britain back and hand him Excalibur. Now, I knew Captain Britain would be brought back, but usually they wait a month or a year. Here, he’s back in fewer than two issues! Two issues to go, but I haven’t really found any gripping character to follow, and it’s hard to care about anything in here.

Iron Man: Legacy of Doom 4

by David Micheline, Bob Layton, and Ron Lim

Yet again, Tony has managed to mess things up. Doctor Doom’s plan was to wed Excalibur with its scabbard, and give him enough magical power to defeat a mystical enemy. Iron Man has the scabbard, though, which kind of thwarts Doom’s plan. There is one scene that slightly disturbs me, and that is when the monster is devouring a civilian, while Tony just stands there, chatting with Merlin and Doctor Doom. Most super heroes in my time would have moved as fast as they could to go to the rescue. Instead, Tony just stands there and watches it happen.

The ending is interesting, and the art has been a real treat, so if you didn’t get this mini-series, check it out in trade format, because Marvel is sure to put that out soon.

The Last Defenders 5

by Joe Casey and Jim Muniz

What’s this? This title has actually gotten a little interesting? It only took five of its six issues! The art is still a little painful to look at, but the concept is an interesting one: themixture of Dr. Strange, Namor and Hulk was the wrong “formula” for the Defenders. In their respective places, we have Hellstorm, Krang and She-Hulk. Plus, who is in the Nighthawk costume on the final page? Joe Casey usually has a good idea here and there, but this one just took too long to set up.

It is even mentioned in the writing, as Hellstorm tells Raymond, “I don’t recall you being this much of a whiner…” Too much time was wasted, and I can’t really recommend a six-issue series based only on the last two issues.

Secret Invasion 4

by Brian Bendis and Leinil Yu

A discombobulated mess makes up this whole issue. All we get are two- or three-panel updates on some of the characters. We see Reed in captivity, Sentry in space, etc. Over in Ms. Marvel, she is single-handedly defeating the invasion, but here she is overwhelmed by super-Skrulls, and it looks like she falls.

In the Savage Land, the Black Widow takes out Skrull-Phoenix and Skrull-Beast with infinite ease, so the lame idea that Bendis would confuse us by hinting at the prospect that some of the characters might be human is further un-enforced. The ones from the space ship are all Skrulls, they always were, and the only reason to have it happen was to lure the Avengers out of New York. And Tony the “futurist” fell for it. In the meantime, we see a strangely out-of-place panel of Wonder Man going toe-to-toe with Skrull-Wonder Man. The problem? If Skrull shave the powers of the heroes, as Skrull-Wonder Man seems to, how in the world could Natasha take out Skrull-Phoenix with a gun?!? This issue doesn’t even make sense from one page to the next.

The next lame idea, that Tony was a Skrull, was always transparent, and not nearly the mind-(censored) that Bendis thought it might be. Anyone in the medical profession will cringe, as Natasha claims she is giving Tony a shot of adrenaline. She injects it straight into his neck!!!!

This has been four issues, we are halfway through, and I am officially, severely disappointed, with the story, with the art, and even the layout of panels and the “cinematography” that can confuse readers.

Ultimate Origins 2

by Brian Bendis and Butch Guice

Two covers from which to choose, and I dislike them both, that’s rare. Thank goodness the insides are better. It’s mostly the Ultimate Captain America origin, and it is almost entirely similar to the regular Steve Rogers we all know and love. A strange totem appears from nowhere, with no explanation, and will provide the tie-in that connects this to the rest of the series. It’s lame, but the rest of the issue has such good art, and Bendis does a good job of finding a unique voice for each of the characters, that we can forgive one unexplained McGuffin.

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

I am very pleased to see your comments on Secret Invasion. It's overpriced and extremely poorly written.

What a dissappointing piece of garbage from Marvel---and this is their summer 'flagship' title?

This is their equivalent to DC's Countdown.....

-- Posted by: Tony Jazz at July 14, 2008 7:01 PM

I gotta agree with both you and Tony Jazz on the Secret Invasion. I feel like we're reading filler at this point, and not particularly engaging filler.

I sort of feel this is the danger of the "one sentence set-ups". There's a big, over arching idea here, but we've had about two issues worth of story, if that, over four issues.

-- Posted by: ryan at July 16, 2008 1:10 AM