Welcome back to my corner of the universe. Here you will find reviews of my favorite comic book company’s weekly releases. Sometimes the reviews are favorable. Sometimes they are not. They are always honest.
1. The first comic I read by Marvel this week was the final installment of Planet Hulk, or issue 5. If you haven’t been reading then the basic plot has been that Doom sent Bucky into Green Land to destroy The Red Hulk who is the king of that realm. He never returned. So Doom sent Captain America with Devil Dinosaur to find out what happened. Along the way he got some help from another hulk.
There is some great artwork in this issue but dinosaurs are always cool in comics( unless it’s Barny)
For the most part I have loved this series. I wasn’t sure the plot twists in the final issues were all great but they sure were unexpected. Grade: B. I’m not sure I loved the ending. It felt too rushed.
2. Big time Spoliers in this Secret Wars 2099 #005 took a pretty dark turn. Where the book was about a disagreement between the Avengers and the Defenders, this book is about what happens when a very bad guy who summons a very bad monster.
Where the book took a dark turn is in the violence created by one hero to his father. There is fratricide in this book. And it’s glibly written off.
I guess I didn’t like that part. I have read Peter David’s work for years and this is some of his darker work. The end of this issue is an open ended final issue without any closure. The differences between the Defenders and Avengers are answered but the head of the Avengers in this reality is pretending to be moral but is not.
Moral ambiguity in heroes seems pretty common in comic books lately. While I appreciate a moral dilemma, when no credence is paid to the struggle of an individual facing the actions they committed it becomes more shocking.
I didn’t love this issue. I though the art was inconsistent and the writing, while good, seemed shocking for no real reason than to be alarming. It’s not a terrible issue, but it’s not award winning either. Grade: low B
3. The penultimate chapter of the series, Secret Wars Civil War #4, is probably the best of the installments. What makes that great is that each issue is better than the last.
We are ready for a war between The Iron and The Blue and boy it’s going to be huge. Not all of the heroes want an extended war but in this issue we learn who is wanting it
Tony Stark has gone AWOL to rescue his lover, She Hulk. He has put his second in command in charge.
Peter has figured out how to get his weapon activated which would deactivate all super powers.
This book brings us just over the brink of war. We see heroes fighting heroes. Charles Soule does a great job with the issue and leaving us with a very large cliffhanger.
I’m looking forward to the end of this series. Grade: A
4. Secret Wars The Amazing Spider-Man renew your vows #005 was a fun comic but may have crossed over into cheesy territory more than a couple of times. Spider-man has been captured and his family goes after Regent.
I thought that this book was s little more cliche than I would have liked. Love will make you stronger. You don’t need powers if you have a family that loves you etc.
The scenes with Annie Parker were great. I’d love to see more of her. This wasn’t a great book but it wasn’t tragically bad either. Grade: B