This week was a HUGE week of comic collecting for me so let’s get right to it
Original Sin #3.1 Hulk Vs. Iron Man #1 really couldn’t have been about anything other than it was when I sit down to think about it and it still is a pretty shocking secret that is revealed. I should have figured it out yet the fact that I hadn’t is actually the part of the story that I liked. The cover was even a give away!
As you know, if you’ve been reading Original Sin, The Watcher was murdered and his eyes stolen. They ended up being truth bombs, releasing deep secrets about each of the heroes, or had been kept about them. The same is true here. This time, though, the secret that was kept has the potential to change the dynamics of two heroes ALOT.
The writing here was good and did a very good job at showing the flashbacks necessary to pull of this story. I also really liked the art. I think the only gripe I have with the book is believing that a secret of this magnitude could be kept as long as it has. It’s huge! I’m giving this book an A-.
2. I really hate it when a comic book changes artists half way through a comic. It usually interrupts the flow of the book and one of the two is usually not as good as the other artists. Although the art choice is understandable, it was still annoying. Original Sin Fantastic Four #6 examines the secret kept from The Thing. The flashback would have been served better if the art was better. As a result the secret was not as shocking .
The first two thirds of the book was excellent and dealt with the disappointment of losing not only a court case but their kids and the Baxter Building too. The book did a great job of balancing the story line that has already been in the book and the Original Sin event.
I’m giving this book a B-. The art took such a sharp turn I lost my enjoyment of the book
I have no way of knowing whether or not the twist at the end of Savage Hulk 001 was added or a part of the original story. I’m unsure whether or not it’s a re telling of x-men #66 with new artists or a continuation.
It was fun to read the hulk as I remembered him from before and it was cool reading old stories with new art. A-
4. I have been hearing rumors for about a month now that Marvel is canceling Wolverine. This is a shame because I think it’s one of the more solid of the X titles. Wolverine has dealt with death his entire life but it chases him and, as a result, he is scared of death. As a result he has been asked to face death
There are two other stories here. Pinch, a member of Offer’s team, has been betrayed by her boss and captured by Sabretooth to get a hold of the sphere that Pinch had stolen
The other story had to do with Shang Chi and Iron Fist fighting the demons trying to enter the temple where Wolverine is facing his fears
I really wish that this book was not being discontinued. Very cool writing and pretty decent art. Grade: A
5. You know Marvel must be a little desperate if they drag out Howard the Duck, but in all honesty the best art in the book is in the last few pages where Howard’s story is. Orginal Sins 2 of 5 dragged him out
Each of the stories are revealed secrets from The Watcher’s eye. The first of the stories was somewhat similar in tone to the Deathlok story in that it’s about a complete stranger knowing the secret identity of one of the characters. This time it’s The Black Knight. So that I don’t give any plot points away, I’m not going to mention any more
The art in this portion of the book was great. It fit the story perfectly. Dark and a bit gritty
The second story gives us answers into why The Hood appeared to The Young Avengers. Let me say here: I can’t stand the art in this section of the book. It’s kind of clunky.
The third part is only 3 pages and humorous, if not just a bit stupid. His secret is kinda dumb but reminds me of the dolphins in hitchhiker’s guide to the galaxy. Once you read the story, you’ll understand.
This comic was nothing spectacular. It had it’s moments, but not enough of them. Grade B-
6. Guardians of the Galaxy 016 was written well that looks pretty good with some exceptions. There are 5 stories here. Peter Quill and his father, Rocket and the Kree, Gamora and the Badoon, Drax and the Shi’ar, and Venom and the Skrulls.
There is a lot of action here which usually works but because there is so much ground to cover, it can be a bit overwhelming.
I really liked the Peter Quill storyline and Venom, but some of the storylines felt like after thoughts. This was a good comic, but not great. Grade: B.
7. This may sound strange but I still find myself warming up to Peter Parker as Spider man. For the last two years we’ve had a villain superhero and I’ve loved the storyline. Now that Peter is back, we are faced with reading a much more timid version of the character that I’m not always a big fan of.
In The Amazing Spider-man 003 Peter continues his crusade to cure Electro and is sidetracked by a building fire. Along the way he meets up with Felecia Hardy who wants him dead for something Otto did while he was pretending to be Spidey, mainly get her jailed.
There are a few small plot twists here that have the potential of becoming bigger plot points. I have no idea where the J Jonah Jameson plot line is going and I like that part. I’m also very interested to see where the Maria plot line is going as she tries to resurrect Otto’s research projects.
This was a good comic and I loved the art work in the building burning. The coloring was very well done. The ending of the book is a bit
predictable but I still thought this was a pretty well done book. Grade: B+
8. Marvel seems to be revisiting origins of Super Heroes or revisiting old story lines a lot. Spider-man Spectacular one-shot is no different. Inasmuch as these stories are rehashed here, they were still fun to read.
Whether or not it was intended as a gauge to see how The Sinister Six would be accepted for a movie, there are cameos and story lines for many of the characters associated with the team of villains. However, the main characters in this book are Kraven the Hunter, The Green Goblin, and Mysterio. Doc Ock, Sandman and The Vulture, also make appearances as well as the Fantastic Four.
Each of the stories take place when Peter was figuring out his powers so each story also follows the predictability of the old “if you get too close to me you’ll get hurt” storyline that has been so prevalent throughout his comics. There was some attempt at making the stories current( in one frame Spidey uses a cell phone) but that actually was a bit distracting because it made the reader question the timeline of the story.
All in all this was a decent book. The writing was a bit of a throwback to past issues and the art was good too. I’m giving this book a grade of B.
Those are my Marvel reviews for the week. I hope you enjoyed then. See you next week