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Tpull's Weekly Marvel Comics Review – Part Two

1985 #3

by Mark Millar and Tommy Lee Edwards

This issue is a little confusing, because all the villains are on a rampage, but the viewpoint is all from the outside, so we aren’t being given any motivations. It looks like a massive killing spree. Last issue we were told that the planet would be theirs if they did the bidding of the one who brought them here, which was starting to look like Toby’s dad Jerry, maybe from some split-personality kind of thing. Here, though, the bad guys look like they have skipped the part where they have to do a task, and just moved to the chaos and destruction part.

This kind of thing reads better as a trade, and as of yet, we aren’t seeing the reason it is supposed to tie in with Fantastic Four and Wolverine either. So far it just reads like a Secret Wars Redux, with a civilian as the Beyonder, and the heroes a no-show. At least until Toby gets his act together. The series is half over, he better get on the stick!

Incredible Hercules 119

by Ed Greg Pak, Fred van Lente, and Rafa Sandoval

Leave it to Greg Pak to give us better explanations concerning Secret Invasion than Bendis does. But why do the Skrulls take some people and leave others? They leave Amadeus Cho alone, but substitute his puppy?!? The only explanation is that the soldiers are marching to the beat of a mystical and/or religious prophecy that determines their actions, because they don’t make logical sense from the standpoint of an invading army alone. Oh well, as least the Skrull got to watch Hercules make out with Songbird, that’s gonna make for some interesting conversations when he links back up with his buddies.

Whoops! No he won’t. He’ll never get ahead in life now, at that rate (you’ll have to read the issue to get the pun). There’s more going on here than in any two of Bendis’ tie-in titles. I wish they hadn’t altered the Hulk’s numbers to throw Hercules in here, he deserves his own title. I had been avoiding it precisely because it felt like a bait and switch, but it is a solid read, and slightly better than Amazing Spider-Man. I would actually recommend checking this title out, after having tried it a couple times.

Ultimate Fantastic Four 56

by Mike Carey and Eric Basaldua

We have a different artist for this issue as we learn the connection between Ultimate Harkness and the Seven. The scenes with Namor and Sue are very good, and Mike Carey raises the stakes at the end. A good story is developing here. What would make it more interesting is if the powers-that-be realized they don’t have to follow the regular universe quite so much, and let Namor whisk Sue away. Now that would be interesting.

X-Force 5

by Craig Kyle, Chris Yost, and Clayton Crain

This comic is being put in the limited series section because I think/hope/pray that it will be limited, as in cancelled, soon after Young X-Men is. They are even getting lazy with the variant covers, as Archangel is the same in both, they just switch the backgrounds around. Why not give us a switching-hologram cover like the junk they gave us in the ‘90s.

Boring computer art, with Archangel taking down everyone else like rookies, and armies of bad guys fighting each other, and we don’t care about any of them. Then the Reverend Craig comes in to murder Rahne in cold blood, but it just so happens that his bullet hits her restraints juuuust right, and she gets free. Gee, nobody saw that coming, that was totally original. Ugh! Hey Craig, don’t bother to fire twice or anything, I’m sure you can just stand there and wait for the wolf-lady to cross the room. One of the worst titles out.

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