Hey Doc, while I understand your disappointment, this new take on the franchise has clearly made a strong effort to attract new fans, and based on the success of 2009's effort, there's a considerable amount of people in my situation. While this review is basically useless to you and other die-hard fans, I at least hope it's useful to the casual crowd -- and as I said, there's quite a lot of them. This is exactly why i included all of this in the intro, after all.
Perhaps you can post your own review to give a "true fan's" perspective?
Apologies for being brief, but I'm replying via mobile and it's an absolute pain.
Bravo for not snapping at "Doc" like I would have. What an asinine comment he made.
This review is REALLY helpful for me, who is in the same situation as you. Didn't like the "old" Star Trek, very interested in the new.
It had some flaws, some disconnects with the two main plot lines, Extremis and Mandarin. I didn't like the twist, but I could have lived with it if it was done differently.
While it played as silly, it could have been played as Tony chasing the wrong guy the whole time. He was chasing the figurehead, the symbol, instead of chasing the real cause. It could have played as an "oh god, I've wasted all this time looking for the obvious and now I have to quickly figure out the real problem, and quickly."
The idea was good, I just think they hit the wrong note.
Speaking of notes, I thought the movie hit a lot of good emotional notes sporadically throughout the movie. I can't be the only one that was sadder than I'd like to admit about the destruction of Tony's helper robot! I was devastated.
Favorite book on the shelves consistently for me, Francavilla is one of my favorite artists... but I think this was the weakest issue yet. Probably a three star book for me. Also found it a bit confusing at times, but I'll have to give it another read.
Was kind of let down when I saw that Chris Bachalo didn't do the art for this issue.
What this man said. Hopefully it isn't permanent. Four issues is ridiculous if so.
It won't be. It's double-shipping, just like All New X-Men. That means fill-in artists every other arc most likely. My guess would be Bachalo for 4, someone else for 2 or 3, back to Bachalo for 4 or 5. It just let's the regular artist turn in a bunch in short order.
I like this book after an uneven first few issues, but man, Bendis writes every female character the same. Magik = Emma Frost = Ultimate Gwen Stacy = Ultimate Mary Jane. Everyone's a valley girl. It's like he doesn't even try to curb the teenage girl persona he gives to everyone.
@kid_apollo: The problem with that thought (not saying you're wrong, that COULD be their plan), is this:
Why do "mainstream" people not read comics? One reason is that people think they're for kids. But the other is that people see them as convoluted. Why else would there be this obsession with #1's and reboots and "jumping on points"? I think they're taking a bad route by throwing all this convoluted, borderline nonsense at people who don't read comics.
For all his own pitfalls, look at what Bendis is doing with THE most convoluted corner in the Marvel Universe. There is NO WAY that All New X-Men should be accessible, yet it is. It has time travel, it has tons of characters... but it's still easy to pick up the first issue and understand what's happening. He'll bastardize some (female) characters along the way, but the man knows how to throw a pitch anyone can hit.
This ISN'T an Avengers book. I'm shocked that it's not following a more straight-forward path in the wake of the movies, which has splashed into the Marvel NOW comics. While I think it's good that in this case the movies are not influencing the books, this just doesn't feel like an Avengers book at all. I'm glad you mentioned incomprehensible. I'm liking New Avengers because it seems to make more sense to go with that hard Sci Fi approach with the Illuminati. But this? Marvel should have put him on a different book if he didn't want to write something more approachable and accessible.