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Tpull's Weekly Marvel Comics Review – Part Two

Dark Reign: Hawkeye 2

by Andy Diggle and Tom Raney

We pick up right where we left off last issue, with Bullseye running around killing everyone he can, dressed up as Hawkeye. Raney does well to depict him with an evil grin and a slightly messed-up chin, little variations on the traditional heroic face. He’s creating such a public mess, Osborn has to come down hard on civil rights with his goons, more than anyone ever accused former President Bush of doing.

The next assignment from Osborn goes sideways when the targets are already dead when he gets there, and an opponent dressed up in Bullseye’s old costume is there with a trap. Did Osborn set him up? Or is someone else behind this? The only confusing thing is the last page, where he opens a door, and it appears to open up on the outside of the building with no support? Who puts a door seven or ten stories up that leads to the street below… but without a stairway?

Dark Reign: Young Avengers 1

by Paul Cornell and Mark Brooks

Oh my goodness, was this horrible. Four small-time crooks come running out of a convenience store, and the racist “hero” calls out a white dude for being in charge. But it’s the black guy who actually gives the orders, so either the colorist messed up, or the letterer did, or the writer’s not bothering hard with this story.

They telegraph their every move, such as when the new Melter says, “Melting the bullets!” I feel like I’m back in the ‘50s, and Superman has to let us know he’s using his X-ray vision. Big Zero is the racist chick who can grow like Stature, and she kills one of the crooks by stepping on him. Melter is amazingly lame in his objections, while Coat of Arms films everything and makes sure to give exposition on the plot of the team itself. She phrases everything in terms of her filming, as if she was just making a movie.

The art is very poor, and they didn’t bother with an inker, but the color choices are all pale and washed out, much like most color art with no inking, and it all looks the same: bad. We have an Enchantress, and unrelated-but-oh-so-convenient, we also have a new Executioner, and I can’t believe Marvel is letting the names of those characters be dragged through the mud. Run, don’t walk, but run away from this title.

Savage She-Hulk 2

by Fred Van Lente, Peter Vale, and Michael Ryan

The misunderstanding between Lyra and She-Hulk turns into your standard brawl with tons of collateral damage and no civilian deaths. In the middle of it all, Lyra flashbacks to give us more future dystopia. She-Hulk manages to upset Lyra, who has the unfortunate weakness of getting weaker as she loses her temper. Don’t look for logic, that’s just the way the genome crumbled with her.

The art is pretty good, and the Sentry shows up, thinking that when he overheard Lyra asking for the greatest hero of the age, it meant Sentry. Actually, it means Osborn. Then we get a few pages of an old reprint by Chris Claremont and Alan Davis. I’m not sure why they bother, what with trades now. Just give us extra pictures, or fact files, or anything creative.

War of Kings: Ascension 2

by Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning, and Wellington Alves

Talon has successfully brought Razor to the forefront, which puts Chris in the backseat of the mental landscape. Alves gives us some nice crisp pictures as the two cut their way through to Catastrophus, and they dispatch him easily, take the control rod, and spare Annihilus’ life. Not bad for a day’s work. Or fifteen minutes, whatever the case may be.

Chris Powell ends up learning more about the truth as he struggles to regain dominance, and it results in some ret-conning of events from his old series. I must admit, I only read it once, so I’m foggy on the details, and can’t really chime in on whether it’s good or bad. Since it’s DnA doing the writing, I’ll cautiously go with them and assume they did good; I haven’t had a major complaint since they first started the cosmic stories. Talon gives the control rod to Blastaar so they can build an alliance and pursue their goals. Doesn’t look good for the good guys right now, but it does make for some interesting reading. Brandon Peterson does a great cover, too.

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