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Tpull's Weekly Marvel Comics Review

Civil War: House of M 2

by Christos N. Gage and Andrea DiVito

Mike Perkins gives us an imposing cover that fits in very well with DiVito’s artwork on the inside. Magneto begins his revolution that will result in the House of M of the future. The pacing is quick, but good. Gage makes things move faster than they might normally in a regular series, giving this a feel much like the old What If stories. This reads slightly better than a lot of the old What If tales because they actually allow for five issues to tell the whole story; in What If, you sometimes had to convey the sense of an entire world in only one or two pages.

Both in art and story, this is already one of the better House of M stories we have been given.

New Exiles 12

by Chris Claremont and Paco Diaz Luque

Empress Hydra and company try to track Sabretooth, who has been sprung by Cat. This issue follows these two on their flight, and for some reason the whole thing still has a Buck Rogers feel to it. The art is pleasing, but the real highlight is the showdown between an evil Wolverine and Cat at the end. Claremont continues having different characters answer the letter column, this month it being Mystiq.

Although the dialogue between Sabretooth and Cat is not the greatest, Claremont has improved somewhat in the words they say, so it is nowhere near the laborious chore it used to be to plod through the dialogue. Hopefully things will stay that way. I’m still impressed by the Cat/Wolverine fight.

Check this out; it was the best New Exiles comic in quite a while.

Venom: Dark Origin 3

by Zeb Wells and Angel Medina

I’m torn on this series still, because the writing is fairly good. Even though we know the nuts and bolts of how Eddie Brock first became Venom, the details here have still been fun to read. I also know Medina has a ton of fans that dig his style, but what worked with Spawn doesn’t work as well with Venom. That is to say, it could work if I was not so familiar with Medina’s work on Spawn. He draws exactly the same today, and there is no excuse for any artist to stay at the same skill level forever.

This is good enough o make me want to come back for the next issue, but the stasis of Medina’s art makes me feel like I’m reading a book from ten years ago… and that’s not because of the subject matter. Would it kill so-called “artists” to grow and experiment and challenge themselves? No wonder some people in the artistic world look down on comics; if you just draw the same stupid thing for twenty years, there’s no growth.

New Avengers: Fireline 6

by Stuart Moore and Cliff Richards

This is a “not for resale” comic donated by Marvel to AAFES, the Army and Air Force Exchange Service. It’s a comic that is given out on base to military personnel, and on the cover it says, “Marvel salutes the real heroes, the men and women of the U.S. military.” This is the sixth in a series that was available in CONUS only (CONtinental United States), but is supposed to be available overseas by now.

The story puts Iron Man, Spider-Man, and the Hulk into the middle of a big California forest fire, helping out the armed forces in their response to fight it. The story isn’t too sophisticated, but it’s fun, with a great cover by David Ross and Frank D’Armata, and it’s a fun little romp.

If you don’t have a military friend, you can easily get a copy on Ebay, I’ve got one of the others in the series. I like the fact that the company is doing something like this. The Lord knows times are tough for our military right now, and the service is full of people who appreciate comic books. I don’t know how many issues are planned for this series, but I hope it’s around for a long time.
Tpull is Travis Pullen. He started reading comics at 5 years old, and he can't seem to stop.