A lot has happened with Marvel over the last few months. We are still getting through Secret Wars and because of its delay in getting its books out, it’s starting to get a little tiresome. It’s still been an excellent read but sometimes things that drag on too long can lose their lustre
Marvel has also started its reboots of its universe before the Secret Wars event has ended. Technically, you can start the new titles without finishing off Secret Wars. However, it does lend itself to some questions. Like why are certain heroes paired together and why.
So far I’ve been unimpressed with the current changes. However, I did enjoy Guardians of the Galaxy, one of the two Avengers books and Spider-man 2099.
I’m also a fan of the next book on my list with maybe one exception.
1.) I have been a fan of Dan Slott’s writing since Superior Spider-man. I have to admit though that I’m not as big of a fan of his writing on The Amazing Spider man. Issue 3 was good with one thing that I thought was just a tad annoying. But let’s start with what works.
I really like that we are allowed to see Peter Parker mature. Many characters are like Bart Simpson and never given the chance to mature or grow up. While the authors have to stunt the growth( otherwise we’d have a geriatric spider) Marvel has shown some maturity with the character.
I’m not entirely certain that the book is criticizing or parodying Donald Trump but I also like the fact that Parker has to have his name on everything.
I wasn’t a huge fan of the Johnny Storm story in this book because I think the ending wasn’t at all surprising. However, the terrorist group stealing Peter’s technology has been an intriguing story line I’m interested in learning more about.
The one thing I wasn’t a fan of? The humor. It felt like there was too much of it. Normally I’m okay with it but it seemed like the book was having trouble finding its identity. I’m giving this book a grade of: B. The book is forming an identity and I don’t think they needed to fix what wasn’t broken.
2. Extraordinary X-men #1 was a pretty excellent book. The book did an excellent job of telling a story that is terrifying for Mutantkind.
For the last year or more Marvel has been building up the Inhumans as a dangerous group of individuals. Inhumans are usually humans that were affected by a terrigen mist that activated dormant genes that turned them into super humans that many times have uncontrollable powers. Well now we are learning that the Terrigin mist is even more devastating because it sterilizes mutants.
Hatred of Mutants has increased and Storm is putting together a Super team of X-men to find the remaining mutants and bring them to her school which is now called X-haven. However, they are coming in and such an alarming rate that the school is having trouble keeping up.
The entire book is mostly concerned with recruitment to the team. What makes it interesting is not everyone who Storm wants to recruit wants to be an X-man anymore.
Everything about this book was excellent. I really liked everything from the pacing of the story to the art which was also impressive. Great book! Grade: A
3.) so I find it just a bit ironic that a former WWE wrestler is writing a comic book about a character that is played by another former WWE wrestler in the movie but this week’s Drax #1 written by CM Punk is my most anticipated Marvel book of the last few weeks.
CM Punk staged one of the biggest coup’s in WWE history when he left the squared circle. It is good to see him back.
As you may recall CM Punk wrote a story in last year’s Thor annual where he had a drinking contest with Mephisto. This year he is back with his own book and it’s really funny.
What does Drax do when he is not fighting with the Guardians? What do you think? He goes after Thanos.
The story here isn’t incredibly detailed but it doesn’t have to be. Punk does a great job of capturing the voice of the characters in the book and leaves the reader with some laugh out loud moments.
The art in the book matches the tone of the book. All in all, I was not disappointed. Grade: A
4.) As many of you who have read my blog in the past know, Marvel’s treatment of Star Wars has been nothing short of spectacular. It is difficult to capture the action and wonder I felt when I was a kid and saw the movies for the first time. They have replicated that wonder.
Star Wars #011 does not disappoint. The issue is divided into three stories. Chewbacca and C3-po are approached by a mercenary and attacked. Han and Leia are still dealing with Han’s wife and Luke is being forced to fight in a pit to the death.
The book does a great job of weaving back and forth between each story and the action never lets up. This is a grade A book.
Hope you enjoyed my reviews this week. I hope to be more consistent in getting reviews our. Thank you for being patient. See you soon.