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Tpull's Weekly Marvel Comics Review – Part Two

All-New Savage She-Hulk 4

by Fred Van Lente, Peter Vale, Gabriel Guzman, and Michael Ryan

Lyra finds that she just can’t force herself to make out with Osborn. But is the damage already done? They have been Frenching, so for all we know, Osborn’s technical doodads have already artificially inseminated her with his swimmers. This is the kind of thought process that reading Van Lente puts you into. It’s not pretty. But it is funny.

I’m not too appreciative of the gamma-Matrix type of way that can turn Lyra into the ultimate warrior, but the action scenes are good. The series ends with Lyra managing to complete her mission, but no longer having a place in her world and time. So she stays behind with her sentient computer wrist-bracelet, and joins A.R.M.O.R., to go on to have a story in the Hulk’s 600th issue.

Van Lente also gives us a backup tale showing Mac Gargan’s reaction to seeing a new Scorpion, a story that takes place back during the Civil War days. Leonard Kirk is excellent on the pencils, and the new lady’s power to absorb toxins does not react well for Venom! He turns tail and runs. This was so much better than a reprint, and gives us a teensy bit extra for the increased price.

Captain Britain and MI:13 15

by Paul Cornell and Leonard Kirk

The end is near! Both for Dracula and for this title. Pete Wisdom makes a good point about playing chess: in the actual game, you don’t care about the pieces that much, but when every pawn is sacred in real life, nations cheat. So Wisdom is good at cheating, and he has maneuvered things so that Britain’s mystical protection is still intact. This makes for a big trap that takes out tons of the invading force.

The plan goes over well, and effectively routes Dracula and his troops. There is a special appearance by Death’s Head and some others that doesn’t count for much, as I think we see them in two panels for the entire story. So Britain is safe at the end, and almost everybody ends up with a dancing partner. Paul Cornell has mentioned on his blog that this is the natural end to the series, not a cancellation due to lack of sales. It’s a good place to end it, I think he did a good job of pacing it out properly.

Guardians of the Galaxy 16

by Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning, and Wesley Craig

Welcome to the future! We’re at the end of the universe’s lifespan, where the Badoon have imprisoned Celestials to preserve the sun and create a force field holding back the collapse of this one, final solar system. The present Guardians meet the guardians of the future, and quickly learn they shouldn’t be fighting each other.

The interaction between members of both teams is excellent, and the only problem with the art is the lack of backgrounds further in the story, with lots of bluish-green settings that do not look good. The two teams go on a suicide mission to let the people still in the past know that Black Bolt’s Terrigen bomb is what causes all of the future-calamity. They get the message out, but where they are now, they experience the end of all existence. It’s up to Warlock and his team now to fix things. Good stuff!

Incredible Hercules 131

by Greg Pak, Fred van Lente, and Ryan Stegman

Immortal Hercules encounters his human half down in Pluto’s realm, and a massive slugfest ensues. Van Lente inserts some great humor, such as Sisyphus’ boulder being destroyed, and him thinking he is free for a second before a new boulder magically pops up at the other end of his chain again. The art is not my favorite, with a little exaggeration and loose lines in places.

Cho has gone the other way to meet his parents in heaven, but his little sister isn’t there! She’s alive, and Cho finally understands that Athena has been maneuvering him. He knows Hercules has the priority to take on Hera and company, so he provokes a confrontation with Herc and storms off, determined to find his sister. The story alternates between funny and serious, but I tell you, Stegman really needs to learn how to draw a proper beard on Hercules.

Nova 27

by Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning, and Andrea DiVito

Here’s another propaganda poster, also put to good use for a wartime scenario. Daniel Acuna does this one, and he’s very good at this type of art. Richard is leading two centurions into the thick of it, with the negative Zone army spilling into Ravenous’ area. Due to Blastaar’s previous alliance with Nova during the Annihilation war, he (sort of) gives Nova a break, buthis younger brother is still in trouble.

Robbie has been pinning down Strontian, hoping to bring her to justice, but he can’t quite handle it. Nova bursts in just to hear Strontian allude that she has killed Robbie! Is it true? Probably not, but the cool thing about this comic is that they just might do it, and you’re interested enough to come back and see if they have the nerve. Divito’s art is impressive, flowing right along with the story. It makes for non-stop reading, the art adding just enough to make you keep going, but nothing too fancy to disrupt your enjoyment. Like Goldilocks would say, it’s just right.

Wolverine: First Class 17

by Peter David and Ronan Cliquet

A politician is actually the son of a Madripoor crime lord, and Logan is suspicious of his motives. Kitty gets him quickly in to confront the guy, who insists he is on the straight and narrow. Right after their meeting, the two mutants are attacked! But Peter David pulls a small switcheroo, one that is family-friendly but not overly sappy. The art still follows the simplistic, kid-friendly feel that almost makes this title belong in the Marvel Adventures line. On an issue-by-issue basis, this one makes the cut for being worth reading.

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