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Tpull's Weekly Marvel Comics Review – Part Two

The Age of the Sentry 3

by Jeff Parker, Nick Dragotta, Paul Tobin and Colleen Coover

The walk down classic comics continues, as Parker and team craft tales that read as if they were from decades ago. There is only one or two pages of breaks where we see that a couple parents are taking turns reading the comics themselves to a kid. The second story actually brings in Millie the Model for an alien love story. Kids may like these, and people who grew up reading stories like these might feel the Silver Age twang of nostalgia. These are good reads for imaginative, careless fun. However, they may be sneaking in some elements that will affect the main Marvel universe by the time they are done.

Avengers/Invaders 6

by Alex Ross, Jim Krueger, and Steve Sadowski

The Invaders go to pull in the normal grunt that got caught in their time wake, hoping to avoid time-travel catastrophe. Hammond has gone off the reservation, though, over-heating the Sentry and flash-blinding the rest of the Mighty Avengers to lead a revolution for the LMDs. The theory of Doctor Strange is that a cosmic cube is involved, and there is a gestalt influence upon it, resulting in most of humanity wishing for the return of Captain America, and this is what we ended up with.

That’s a lot to cover in one comic, plus Toro visits his own gravesite, and the Human Torch is led to a virtual reality prison, ostensibly to go in and help break out Namor and Cap. The problem is we are six issues into this saga, and we haven’t even seen the power that is able to block Doctor Strange. The whole LMD thing feels like a sub-plot gone crazy, as the Torch is able to take down everybody with ease. The art is nice enough, but the plot seems to be falling somewhere short of legendary, making this read more as a run-of-the-mill mini-series, rather than the special event we wanted it to be. I’ll stay tuned to see if things pick up.

Ultimate Fantastic Four 58

by Joe Pokasky and Tyler Kirkham

Pokasky makes an effort via flashbacks to try to show how the Ultimate Ben Grimm could have forged such a strong relationship with Reed Richards. I think he succeeds, as there have been stranger friendships in the world with less explanation. The present-day plot has Ben going on the hunt for the Mole Man, and bringing him back to help fix Susan’s current physical malady, since Reed cannot be found. This issue is mostly a setup so Ben can shrink down and enter Sue’s body next issue. It’s a good enough issue that gets us from Point A in the major story to Point B.

X-Factor 37

by Peter David and Valentine de Landro

Longshot’s luck strikes in the form of the floor collapsing under the team, which helps them survive the booby trap explosion of the warehouse. It’s classic Longshot equanimity, and Peter David is making the most out of it. Valentine de Landro enters as the artist and performs an adequate job, but he focuses mostly on the people, not giving us much for backgrounds.

The story is moving forward finally. If these guys don’t have much direction, they at least have events helping them to move. Siryn’s water breaks while Val is trying to convince her to cooperate with plans for the baby. Jamie’s duplicates are having minds of their own, and the consequences are messy, making for some interesting drama in the future, if they ever catch a moment to get to the bottom of what Jamie really is, and what makes him tick. I’m still hoping for more than this, but this is a good enough start to keep me coming back to see what they do next. They could stand to do more with the other characters, Guido, Monet and Rictor.
Tpull is Travis Pullen. He started reading comics at 5 years old, and he can't seem to stop.