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Tpull's Weekly Marvel Comics Review

For whatever reason, whether it’s Iron Fist or Iron Man, we’ve got similarities in titles, in the number of issues, with three of the comics being issue #11 this month, and the creative teams seem to be fairly stable.

Captain Britain and MI:13 11

by Paul Cornell, Leonard Kirk and Mike Collins

The art is slipping on this title, and many of the artistic choices do not match what is happening on the page. For example, during a conversation, Blade reaches out to Faiza, and for some reason we have a ton of inking lines that seem to want to convey action, when there is nothing but talk. Almost all of this issue is positioning and posturing, as the heroes try to figure out what the threat is, and how to respond. The rendering of Dracula himself is almost cherubic, and lacks any feel of menace. The art style simply does not match the grave aims of the story.

Although this team is as close to pure British as you can get in the Marvel universe, the most interesting character is the Black Knight, and he usually plays second fiddle. The writer needs to do something with these characters more to grab interest. We’ve gone from interesting Dracula vs. Doctor Doom last issue to ho-hum in remarkably short order.

Guardians of the Galaxy 11

by Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning, and Wes Craig

The major plot is put on the backburner for an issue as we catch up to Drax and Quasar, who were killed by Mentor. That’s right. The two find themselves attacked on a mental level, because death really has no meaning in comics; you can still be attacked when you’re a corpse. Sometimes you get attacked more when you’re a corpse, come to think of it.

They run across an old, dead villain, Maelstrom, who is trying to manipulate events so he can come back to the right side of life. They actually come across the Dragon of the Moon, and Phyla claims it is hideous. The art itself reminds me more of Kitty’s cute dragon, Lockheed, the undercover S.W.O.R.D. operative. Things go downhill from there. This feels like an interlude, as there are no cuts away to any other parts of the team. It actually reminds me of the old days when they would showcase a small segment of the Legion of Super-Heroes. Good stuff.

The Immortal Iron Fist 23

by Duane Swierczynski, Travel Foreman, Tonci Zonjic and Timothy Green

Iron Fist and the rest of the Immortal Weapons are still captive in the eighth city, and getting whipped on a daily basis. They actually seem to be holding their own and even winning in the arena battles, but it is taking its toll. Danny gets the idea to pass messages in blood, in-between bouts with enemies and trying to listen to the guy who claims he is the very first Iron Fist.

The leader of the city decides to pit the young Danny against the old Iron Fist, who magically whips up an Iron Fist uniform as soon as Danny turns his back. What happened to the old guys having wisdom and learning how important it is to do the right thing? Whatever the case, this particular old guy has been in prison for so long, he doesn’t care who he has to kill to win his freedom!

I could quibble about small things here and there, but the bottom line is the art is passably good, and the story is somewhat engaging. If it ends well, this could easily become a classic story.

Invincible Iron Man 11

by Matt Fraction and Salvador Larroca

Pepper finally suits up, greeting an A.I. system in the suit called Jarvis, of course. Tony reaches out to Henry Hellrung, who was Anthem in the short-lived series, The Order. A flashback lets us know that Tony included him a little bit in the futuristic plan for “what-to-do-when-things-fall-apart” scenario. Unfortunately, we don’t really get to see exactly when this meeting was held, but it looks like it was before the secret invasion.

War Machine has to fight Tony in public to keep Osborn’s goons off Rhodey’s back, ostensibly, and Tony outwits him just enough to get away, in a manner that makes it seem reasonable for any observer to cut Rhodes some slack. Maria Hill stumbles across a hidden base holding the Controller while on errand from Tony, and Osborn calls in Namor to take out Iron Man.

While nothing mind-blowingly cool is taking place, the story is moving forward at a natural rhythm, and Larocca does quite well with his CGI-style art, although people’s lips always look fake, and sometimes it seems like the way the light falls does not accurately reflect the light source. It’s an interesting read, and worth buying, if not in my top ten list.
Tpull is Travis Pullen. He started reading comics at 5 years old, and he can't seem to stop.