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Tpull's Weekly Marvel Comics Review – Part One

For all that Marvel keeps out-selling DC these days, I must admit I enjoyed almost all of my DC reads better than this lot for the week. Thor was excellent, though.

Ms. Marvel 29

by Brian Reed, Adriana Melo, and Paulo Siqueira

This issue is mostly a continuance of the last one, with Ms. Marvel turning into a bloodthirsty maniac. We go from streets running with Skrulls to streets that are devoid of anything save one giant Skrull she takes down. There are always just the right number of Skrulls in the panel that the writer wants for his needs, but the skies are refreshingly clear of any danger at all whenever he wants the character to focus on something else. It makes for an uneven read when a massive army comes chasing after on e lone bus later, as if all the Skrulls were invisible, but now they have the collective mentality of a dog chasing after cars.

Another slightly disconcerting fact is that the multiple artists seem intent on “filming” Carol from behind, so we have an endless procession of butt shots that make it seem like her costume is more dental floss than anything else. The enemy is portrayed as easily-led, stupid, and bad enough at strategy that they put their equivalent of a suicide bomber smack in the middle of their ranks. Gee, that doesn’t undermine the years of intense planning at all, does it folks?

This title, maybe from the long Secret Invasion crossover, has hit the skids, and even the art is starting to suffer. At least they added in another artist to make sure the title came out on time.

Thor 10

by J. Michael Straczynski and Olivier Coipel

The focus is on Balder this time, but only through the veil of the past, and scenes of Odin. Loki picks up on the bombshell from last issue, claiming Balder is also a son of Odin. The story may move a little slow, but when they give us a magnificent one-page spread of Balder throwing open the throneroom doors to confront Thor seated at the top of a dais of stairs, it feels worth it. Now, you just know Loki is up to something, but for all the centuries –nay, millennia- of other Asgardians feeling the pain of Loki’s mischief, nobody can figure out what he/she is up to this time.

The mystery is good, and the art maintains its heights. If only they can find a way to pick up the pace slightly. I know! Give us two or four more pages of story every month! No?

Wolverine 67

by Mark Millar and Steve McNiven

Part two of the Old Man Logan storyline. Millar mostly sits back and lets McNiven’s art show us the journey of Logan and Clint Barton, though at times you can tell the inker and the colorist have done their best to spruce up the art, since there is little in the way of details for your eyes in the background all too often. Would it kill Marvel to ask their artist superstars to learn how to draw an occasional wall or car?

For all the drama and text from the cover page, there is no additional information inside to give us detail about the place where the super heroes were massacred, so the cover feels like a let-down as if we were supposed to get something inside, but they didn’t deliver. Still, this is better than the directionless stuff they were doing before Millar came along. The story can improve, but it only has two more parts to it, I think. Millar better get on the stick.

X-Men: First Class 14

by Jeff Parker and Roger Cruz

Machine Man steals the show in this un-explained meeting with the Molten Men. Cruz gives us fairly simple art with few background details, and the story allows Dr. Stack to have a reason to start on a model X-51. It’s an adequate part two for their story, but Wolverine: First Class has raised the bar, and is kind of leaving this title in the dust. Hey, at least we don’t have to sit through another Secret Invasion crossover! (I better not give Bendis any ideas, huh?)

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