Comic Fodder

Tpull's Weekly Marvel Comics Review

Three first issues, and one series ending.

Avengers Prime 1

by Brian Michael Bendis and Alan Davis

This issue starts off ugly for the first couple of pages, but picks up better as you go. Steve Rogers spends an oddly-inappropriate amount of time trying to goad Iron Man, insensitive to the destruction of Asgard, and with Thor standing right there! It’s like if the president went to visit a tornado disaster with the governor of a state, and got in an argument with his secretary of state over eminent domain for the war on drugs. Thor does the equivalent of, “Hey, disaster over here, remember? You ignorant cads.”

The three heroes get separated when they uncover a broken area of the Rainbow Bridge, and they all get teleported to the other worlds that make up the Norse dimension. Rogers has a great moment when he tries to talk, and identifies himself as an ally of Thor. The reaction of the group? “Eat him!” It’s funny, and action-packed, and he can’t help but find a shield wherever he goes.

Alan Davis has a ton of fans, so if you like him, you’re going to like this book. Enchantress reveals herself to Thor at the end. Is she behind this on purpose, or just taking advantage of the fact that Thor popped up on her doorstep? It should be a fun ride either way.

Hercules: Twilight of a God 1

by Bob Layton and Ron Lim

This mini-series is a nostalgia piece, sort of a sequel to an older Hercules mini-series. Ron Lim’s faces feel like stock footage. I like that he has his own style, but he doesn’t seem to have improved much in the last few years either. Hercules is like a boxer who has been punched too many times, and his family wants to keep him safe. Unfortunately, Galactus just tried to devour some really weird energies from a planet with unknown components. Just as Hercules helps to stop some minor shenanigans on his planet, the new Silver Surfer shows up with a grudge.

The feel of this series harkens back to an earlier time, and it’s a little bit of a disconnect from the last few years we have seen of him. Unlike Layton’s last nostalgia mini-series with Iron Man, this one doesn’t seem to have the same magic. It’s not the worst read either, but I didn’t find much in it that made me care about anything.

The Torch 8

by Alex Ross, Mike Carey, and Patrick Berkenkotter

The Human Torch has a showdown against the Inhuman Torch, and Hammond releases all of his energy, overloading his opponent. It’s a bit of continuity related to the last time Hammond himself was de-activated, and it shows the creative team is paying attention to their history. The Mad Thinker reveals to the Nazi-wannabe that he’s really just an android like all the others in the valley, and the Thinker teleports out finally, to plague the Torch another day.

The series ends okay, although you end up feeling like there should have been a little more to it. That feeling may be over soon, because there has been a reason for the Avengers/Invaders and Torch mini-series, and it is revealed that the resurrection of some of these characters is going to allow for an all-new modern Invaders series. I have fond memories of the original, but can these guys create some excitement in the current world? I’ll check it out, and let you know!

The Thanos Imperative 1

by Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning, and Miguel Sepulveda

The universe is being invaded by the Cancerverse from the Fault, and the forces of the Kree, the Shi’ar, and everybody else seem powerless to slow it down. The Guardians of the Galaxy quickly realize that Thanos might be their only ace-in-the-hole, with his unique status as a symbol and servant of death, the precise thing that seems to be missing from this universe where nothing ever dies.

Sepulveda is a good choice for artist, as his version of the Revengers proves. He puts in just the right amounts of familiarity and grim menace where needed. The alternate-Avengers goes looking for anomalies, and are most likely trying to take Thanos out of the picture already. But the first thing they run into that qualifies as an anomaly is the time-tossed Namorita, the current version of which is actually dead. So they take off with the Namorita-from-the-past, with seemingly little effort on their part.

Meanwhile, Thanos collapses once he gets into the vault, and the Guardians encounter an imposing version of the Defenders! This is already as good as most of the time-travel/parallel universe/What If stories that have come our way in recent years, and this is just the first issue. Easily the best thing by Marvel this week.

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