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Tpull's Weekly Marvel Comics Review – Part One

The Amazing Spider-Man 586

by Marc Guggenheim and Bary Kitson

I’m not sure why they called this issue an interlude, it could have been just one more part of their regular story arc. The first page is a bit of a letdown, because Lily appears to have become Menace all because of daddy issues. Somebody’s been reading too much Freud again. Kitson’s art is as good as ever as they take us through the steps that allowed Lily to find out the Goblin secret and use it for her own ends. We also find out why she kissed Peter a while back. The real kicker is that after all of this, NOW she says yes to Harry’s proposal. Next issue we catch up with Spidey on his way to jail.


Avengers/Invaders 8

by Alex Ross, Jim Krueger, and Steve Sadowski

A ton of bad things fall by the wayside as the heroes finally get their act together. The Human Torch decides to take out the LMDs, since they have been revealed to be minions of Ultron. The other heroes get out of Ultron’s trap, and Echo’s unique circumstances allow her to get past D’spayre to get at the cube. I’m not sure where this fits in with continuity, since Ultron supposedly went straight to the Annihilation: Conquest from his defeat in Mighty Avengers.

Everything falls apart again because it seems that whenever the possibility of changing the past comes up, there always has to be one apple in the bunch that decides he can make everything “right.” In this case, it’s Paul Anselm, the grunt that got caught up in the time wave that brought the Invaders forward, and now time-space is ruptured again. It’s up to a mixed team of both Avengers teams and the Invaders to save the entire timeline.

This far into the series, it still feels underwhelming. Although it’s an enjoyable read, and the art is great, the plot still feels a little pedestrian. It’s sort of like watching a highly-anticipated movie, and it’s only good, when you expected greatness.


Captain Britain and MI:13 10

by Paul Cornell and Leonard Kirk

Ooh, they kept me from canceling another month, but only by moving to other characters. There is a fascinating exchange on the moon between Doctor Doom and Dracula, and Cornell and company have tried to use Dark Reign as a valid backdrop to some of the intrigue. Also, we finally get some development with the Black Knight and Faiza. They’ve been appearing, but not well utilized, so I am hoping that these two characters get more of the center stage in the future. Blade is turning into a big ol’ softie over Jacqueline, and they have an amusing exchange, but maybe they’ll move on from the soap opera stuff into something more interesting next issue when they tackle Dracula.


Thor 600

by J. Michael Straczynski, Olivier Coipel, Marko Djurdjevic, and various

It’s a humungous anniversary issue, and we revert to the original numbering of Thor so we can celebrate his 600th issue. The main story has Loki manipulating events flawlessly so that Thor battles a reintegrated Bor, Odin’s father. In the old days, Loki’s plots tended to fall apart fast. Luckily, Straczynski’s plans fall perfectly in line with the Dark Reign meta-story, allowing Loki to pull this one off for a change. I can hardly wait for it all to come back and bite him!

If this were a regular issue in the old days, something would have happened to interrupt Loki’s spells to allow Bor to see true reality, as opposed to the awful visions that lead him to a fight with Thor. The end result has Thor banished, and Loki still whispering advice to poor deluded Balder. Will the Asgardians actually up and move to another country? Best of all, Thor retains its old numbering. Horay!

The second story is a short, simple tale by Stan Lee and David Aja. It’s a predictable story, but still a fun read. Chris Giarrusso gets to do a mini-marvels funny next, and they make fun of Civil War, andit’s good for a couple of laughs. In the back are some reprints of some old Journey Into Mystery episodes that delve into the myth of Balder and Loki, and the whole issue is capped off by five pages that showcase 600 covers of Journey Into Mystery and Thor.

All in all, a very beautiful comic with tons of great art, and a killer main story with some good extras.


Wolverine: Manifest Destiny 4

by Jason Aaron, Stephen Segovia and Paco Diaz Luque

What might have been a neat story has devolved into the old cliché of a warrior who thinks he knows how to fight meeting a wizened old teacher who dishes out a few Zen sayings, kicks the student’s butt, and then trains him to be the ultimate fighter. I’m not sure how they could have let this series happen to Wolverine, because he was already the ultimate fighter, and there is no suspension of disbelief that will make me accept that he has devolved into the equivalent of a drunken boxer.

In the middle of Logan’s rematch with the bad guys, he daydreams about all of his cool teachers, and decides the old man is one of the best. Yawn. The end has Logan fixing his old mistake, sort of, as he assumes leadership of the Chinatown underworld. Like he didn’t have enough things to do before breakfast as it was. I hope they let this idea die. I have no wish to see Logan operate out of Chinatown for the next few years.


X-Infernus

by C.B. Cebulski and Giuseppe Camuncoli

David Finch is still doing some cool covers here. Inside, Belasco’s daughter defeats Illyana, and the heroes fight their way to the castle. In a clever move, Colossus smashes Santo so he can re-from from the Limbo rock and make himself tougher. The series is moving Pixie into a parallel of young Illyana, as Pixie spots a potential future self in a mirror, and rebels against the demonic visage. I must admit, I don’t understand immediately why Nightcrawler had to plunge a dagger into Illayana, but I can wait until next issue to find out. Camuncoli’s art makes a valiant attempt at demonic distortion, but falls a little short, with his slightly anime-leaning style. Still not bad, though.
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Tpull is Travis Pullen. He started reading comics at 5 years old, and he can't seem to stop.