Secret Empire edition of reviews for the week of June 6/12/17

This week there were 5 Secret Empire titles including one of the title comics.  Lets get started.

1. Secret Empire #4 seems to be a bit of a distraction in a strange way.  Two issues ago we learned that the cosmic cube that was influencing Captain America has been shattered into different shards and scattered across the earth.  Both sides are after these shards.  

We also meet an older man who claims to be the real Steve Rodgers but it seems he has forgotten who he is.  In this issue we see him continue his journey.  

We also learn that one of the biggest past villains in the Marvel universe has one of the shards and is having a dinner party with the heroes and villains and deciding who gets it.

What makes this issue a bit of a distraction is that it seems to be one giant monologue of the main villain.

A second shard is introduced in the story too.  I will not give anything else away.

I thought it was also a little strange that the Secret Empire Uprising storyline was continued here instead of in its own issue

I liked the issue but I think its not as good as I had hoped.  I’m giving the book a grade of B.

2.  Secret Empire United #1 was an excellent comic book.  The mutant population has been moved to their own territory of New Tian.  They have elected Xorn to be their king.  In a secret mission to invade hydra territory one of the mutants is captured which prompts a rescue mission.  As a result, Deadpool, Taskmaster and others defend against the attack.

I really liked this book.  The art is fantastic and the concerns in the book seem to be real enough to be believable.  I highly recommend this book.  Grade: A

3. Deadpool #032 is all about Wade Wilson coming to terms with his actions last issue.  In case you missed it, Deadpool killed Agent Coulson without questioning.  He did it because Captain America was his hero.

This issue was pretty well written.  Humor drives the story with Wade using it to show us his resolution with his decisions.  It is a solid issue

The art here is good too.  Grade: A.

4.  Sam Wilson Captain America #22 is a part of a story that has been brewing for this character over a number of issues in various different comics in the series.

Sam Wilson has been through a lot of things and he is jaded.  He was Captain America and he has shed that moniker.  In fact, he really wants nothing to do with fighting Steve Rodgers.  But he has been pressed into service.  People in danger are asking Sam Wilson to get them out of the United States and he is helping them reluctantly.

This was another good issue.  I like that the issue doesn’t try to be artsy fartsy.  Each character is recognizable.  I give this issue a grade of A.

5.  The last of the Secret Empire books I read this week was Uncanny Avengers #24.  While most of the books deal with Captain America’s influence around the United States, this book deals with the influence the darkforce dome has over Manhattan.  We learned through the last doctor strange issue that beings from the dark force dimension have used the dome as a portal to gain access to earth.  These beings look like the monsters in Monsters unleashed but much more evil.  

This book is action packed and even has a bit of a twist near the end that should prove interesting to the unity squad.  

I really liked this issue but with as many different problems that seemed to have popped up with this event, I’m a little worried that this event could easily lose its focus.  Grade: A


Marvel Comic Book reviews for the week beginning 6/4/17

Welcome to another installment of Marty’s Meanderings, the weekly blog that looks at some of the Marvel comic books that are released from week to week.  

1.  The first book I read this week was X-Men Gold #005.  It is the second chapter of a story that began two weeks ago.  The plot:  Gambit was hired by Bolivar Trask’s daughter to steal something.  He didn’t ask any questions, but through some unfortunate circumstances, unleashes nanites that form into what seems like a sentient sentinel. The sentinel is formed by a smart cloud of these nanites.  

In this issue we learn just how smart the cloud is and how the stakes are raised.

There is also a plot line where the newscaster in previous issues is back to blaming the X-Men for the problem.  But she’s right.  

The strength of this book is not in its writing.  Its in the art.  When I read this book I’m reminded of Saturday morning cartoon art.  Its a joy to look at.  This is also due to the coloring in the book.  I give this week’s issue a Grade of A.

2.  Secret Empire Brave New World #1 is sort if a throw away issue.  It has three stories in it and only one has to do with the main storyline.  A number of fire-men have traveled to see Namor’s kingdom to see if they can rely on his assistance against Captain America.  This story takes up the majority of the issue and is good at drawing battle lines for ongoing stories.  The art in this book is fine.

The second story is a very short story.  Its a story with Giant man.  There is not a lot to write here about it.  It’s just kind of there.

The third story is a pretty funny story with Gwenpool getting interviewed by a news reporter.  To give away anymore would ruin the story.

Most of the time an event inside of an event is just an excuse to add as many characters to the fray as possible.  Most of the time the stories are useless.

I’m giving this issue a C+.  It’s funny in parts and moves a long the plot in others, but all in all, it was kind of blah.

3.  The Amazing Spider-Man #028 ends a four part storyline where Spidey is after Norman Osbourne.  He has come up with a way of turning Symkaria into goblins.  Symkaria is Silver Sable’s homeland.  With the help of Countess Karkov, the leader of Symkaria, Norman is ready to make this happen.  Can Silver Sable, Spider-Man and Mockingbird stop it from happening?  You’ll need to read to find out.

This issue focuses on the two fights, Norman and Spidey and Silver Sable and Counters Karkov.  There is a third plotline but to reveal it here would reveal too much of the issue.  The issue asks the question If Spidey could only fight without his powers.  Its a pretty good issue.  There is no weird art.  Dan Slott has always done a pretty good job with Spiderman since he started writing it and continues to.  Grade: B.  It seemed like a good issue but I don’t feel as emotionally invested as I used to.  

4.  I have been a fan of Hawkeye since I started reading it.  It has been an unlikely choice for me but it is a brilliantly written comic book that doesn’t treat been a teenager as a bunch of cliches.  

Issue 007 is another great issue.  It has plenty of action but it is more of a character development issue where we learn about her troubled past with her parents. 

Although I am not a huge fan of the art, the writing is top not.  Grade: A.

Marvel Comic Books for the week starting 5/28/17

Before I start my marvel reviews, I need to actually pay DC a compliment.  This week they released one of the best Superhero movies I’ve ever seen.  Wonder Woman is smart, funny, visually stunning movie that was a joy to watch.  It is well worth any money you are willing to spend on it.

This week there were five  Secret Empire books.  I only have three of them. 

1.  The first book I read This week is Secret Empire #3.  While most of the series has been a high octane ride this issue is more plot driven than action.  We get the beginnings of the story behind the old man calling himself Steve Rodgers but we still don’t know if he’s the real deal or not.

We also get the beginnings of a story involving Sam Wilson and whether or not he is willing to help the other heroes in fighting Captain America.

Maria Hill attempts to teach the isuperheroes to think outside of the box when attacking villains and Hydra thinks they have found one of the cosmic cube fragments.

But perhaps the best part of the issue was Star Lord’s plea to other aliens to aid in helping the defense force above earth.  Rocket Raccoon has one of the best lines in the book by unleashing some of the best nicknames for Steve Rodgers.  

This book moves the plot along but it does it in baby steps.  We learn of one hero defection.

All in all, this has been a good series.  This issue didn’t quite move along at a pace of have liked but with 10 issues in the series I suppose a slower pace should be expected.The art still remains annoying to me.  Although you can differentiate between chatcters, the artwork isn’t always easy  to follow.  I’m giving this book a B-.  While the writing is good, I didn’t love the pacing.

2.  Doctor Strange #21 gives us another chapter in the Secret Empire saga.  While most of the books have dealt with how the heroes have dealt with the defection of America’s favorite hero, this issue deals with the dome of darkness that engulfs the United States, kind of.  While it serves as a back drop for the story, it’s more about how the heroes deal with their daily routine of fighting evil while under a glorified fish bowl.  

While the book was good, I thought it was an unnecessary chapter in the saga as it doesn’t have much to do with Secret Empire.  It felt more like a chapter from Monsters Unlimited than the event of the summer.

The art and the situations are both good. I’m giving the book a grade of B.

3.  Deadpool #031 is another chapter of Secret Empire and details a secret mission that Captain America asks Deadpool to complete.  The events of this book take place before the events of Secret Empire #0.

I have to say I wasn’t expecting this issue.  There is a loss in this book that is pretty big.  Whether or not it’s permanent is yet to be seen.

The book does a great job of mixing the humor and the horror that is deadpool.  Grade: A

4.  I have been looking forward to the Cable series for a couple of months.  Nathan Summers, a.k.a Cable is a mutant from the future that stops incursions from other mutants throughout history.

This was a very strange book that takes place in the 19th century old west and 16th century Japan.  It seems that Cable is going through time pursuing mutants that wreaking havoc. We are not sure of their beginning.

I can’t decide if I liked this book.  I thought the artwork was excellent and it was a great rendering of the character but the story didn’t give us a diection.  We get the impression that we are being dropped into the middle of a story instead of the beginning.  This is still only chapter one so there is still time for development.  Its not a bad story.  Grade: B.

Ill try posting more reviews soon