By thanosrules 4 Comments
Here we go again...again, 11 reviews. Again, apologies for the delay - but now we are (as you guessed it, again) all caught up!
Overall Note - Lots going on here, the space stuff is starting to get confusing again (Avengers title), while the Earth stuff is some of the best storytelling I have seen in a while (New Avengers title).
New Avengers #11 ( 5 / 5 ) - Again, fantastic. This title has not let up. This issue has a very unexpected twist and an extremely solemn ending. You will be impressed to see what the Builders are willing to do to ensure "a more natural end to our existence." Wow. And of course, though short, the Thanos bit will leave you satisfied. The side view (you will see what I mean) certainly commands perspective. Oh, and the Dr. Strange scene. Awesome. No more, or I will spoil it. This continues to be my favorite book in this series!
Avengers #21 ( 4.5 / 5 ) - Apparently, I am too stupid to read this title. Or at the very least, I do not pay enough attention when I read comics. It is a good issue. Probably great if I could wrap my brain around it. The Ex Nihilo / Abyss / Captain Universe stuff just feels way over my head. The way they backed into the story of why the Supreme Intelligence was in need of repairs, was well done. The way the Annihilation Wave was handled, perfect. The Captain Universe / Builder interaction - also wonderfully told. And the end...yikes.
Guardians of the Galaxy #8 ( 4.5 / 5 ) - To be honest, I had to catch up on this title a bit. So I read #7 and then #8. I can't say that it was necessary, as I have no idea how much time passed between the two issues. The "background info" at the beginning of both issues was even the same. All we know at the end of #7 is bit more about Angela and that there was no obvious invasion at the time. In #8, they don't know if Iron Man or the Avengers are alive and the threat to Earth is very real. A bit confusing for a one-issue transition, but I am not faulting this issue for that. In fact, this issue was damn near perfect. But I am biased, I love the space books...and I love the fact that we may eventually know what happened to Thanos, Drax, Peter and Richard in the Cancerverse. This issue is a great tie-in for Infinity...and I have to say, I am VERY pleased that they actually added GotG to the list of Tie-Ins - I mean, seriously. Very excited to see what happens next!
Nova #9 ( 4 / 5 ) - Interesting. Very interesting. Surprising too. I didn't think they would go as far as they did with this. In the review I did for the previous issue, I commented heavily on how the audience for this book must be much younger than me - mostly because I am having a hard time relating...Yet it takes a "younger character" (Kaldera) to really scale up the maturity level of the book. The ideas and themes in this issue really jumped quite a bit. I guess that was obvious from the cliffhanger, but still. Throughout the issue, you are left with "what is going to happen to this poor family". Don't get me wrong, the vast majority of it (the stuff that doesn't directly relate to Kaldera is pretty "young audience". Not that it is bad, just harder for me (30s) to relate to. Overall, it is another decent tie-in for the event, not required, but still offering some ties to Richard Rider, a situation that may never surface, and may only ever be hinted at...
Avengers Assemble #20 ( 4 / 5 ) - Cute. Sad, but cute. Well, the story starts out sad. Tragic. Unrelated to anything obvious. Then things are made clear. The 50-foot tall naked dude makes sense. I mean, sure, he is naked because he grew, not his clothes. But that is not what made sense. And how it was dealt with (both how the story and problem) surpassed my expectations. It had a good bit of (albeit comic-y) science that fit with the story, and of course the story fit right in with the terrigenesis stuff. They are really playing that out quite a bit - but then again Inhumanity is coming...still wondering about the difference between the I-gene and X-gene... Anyway, this issue is... cute. Has a good story and positive ending. The Wonderman thing is getting a bit tiresome, but I am sure that will work itself out (How is this related to Uncanny Avengers / 4 Horsemen?). I like Scarlet Witch, so it was always probable that this issue was going to get a decent score.
Thunderbolts #17 ( 4.5 / 5 ) - This title is still holding strong. I am even going to increase its rating a bit, to show my appreciation. Mainly because of how well it is tied in to the story (especially now with the terrigenesis (green mist)). Some items of note: We finally find out why one of the mob families has been more prominent in the story than all the rest, to a very interesting degree; We see Ross and Sterns work together with very poor cell reception to figure out a way to show [no] Mercy to the alien flag ship; We see Flash Venom-Out; Punisher and Elektra get their murder on; and Deadpool finally gets his pizza.
Secret Avengers #10 ( 4 / 5 ) - I have not been reading this series. I read the first couple issues and it just didn't fit in with what I wanted to read (on top of everything else). It is the S.H.I.E.L.D. book with an Avengers name. That is perfectly fine. It feels like "the movie book" as well, especially this issue, starring Fury, Hill, Coulson and Rhodes. Like many of the other tie-ins it is all about terrigenesis. I will leave my I-gene/X-gene conversation out of this review, but still... this is about "normal folks" powering up. As can be expected, S.H.I.E.L.D. is going to exploit these new power-sets (it was either that or smite them). Since the Earth is under attack, they decide to take advantage of the situation - especially based on the powers of the most recent Inhuman, Sarah. So, as much as this is a S.H.I.E.L.D. series, this issue is all about Sarah. Is that interesting? Maybe. Depends on if she is a throw away character... based on ethnicity alone, she may just be put with the Mighty Avengers. And seriously, I am not being insensitive - that is how they have "configured" that team - it is just an observation.
Infinity: The Hunt #3 ( 4 / 5 ) - Wonderful. My favorite part is the narrative done by Finesse, her story about observing Captain America, and how it has changed the way she handles terrifying situations. Situations like the ones illustrated in this issue. While the rest of the world is being torn asunder by Thanos and crew, the "kids" are doing their own thing...they think they are helping, but what is really going on? At this point, we are not sure. It is chaos. I guess all will become clear in the next (and final issue): Final Exam!
Infinity: Heist #2 ( 3.5 / 5 )
- Okay, this is starting to get more intriguing. I am still not a big fan of B-List Villain books, but this may actually turn out to be something worth reading all the way through. Once again we see terrigenesis impacting the story-line. I have to say, it is in a slightly different way - I didn't see it coming from the last issue. I am looking forward to seeing how this pans out. I may not care about all the characters (or any of them), but something has got to give - especially with all this setup. The I-gene thing is really getting to me, especially here - I mean, how is Blizz any different than Bobby Drake? Oh well. Maybe now he will have some new tricks up his icy sleeve.
Avengers #22 ( 4.5 / 5 ) - A homecoming. A greater purpose. A reason to keep fighting the good fight. The art is really beautiful. I LOVE how Leinil Francis Yu draws Carol Danvers - breathtaking. His work on the other characters isn't so bad either. ;) The unique and brooding style really fits with what this event/series needs. I might as well get lost in the art, as I am kind of lost on some of the nuances of the story. I get it. They are coming back from deep space. Earth is the next battlefront for them...the battlefront that many of our other heroes have been entrenched for a while now. What will turn the tide? If anything, the words of Thor. So inspirational. We are nearing the end... truth (Hickman's words through Thor) an beauty (Yu's art) await.
Infinity #5 ( 5 / 5 ) - Not another 6/5, but still a great book, deserves a 5/5. I am really looking forward to how this event concludes. Read this BEFORE Avengers #22. It is not a huge deal, but does make that book make more sense (and everyone knows how much trouble I have with that title) ;). The issue seemed short in comparison to the the others. It is probably just me. Anyway, we get a lot of great "Avengers Ra-Ra", which is nice, considering what they have been going through...sad news for them, the one planet they left is the one that needs the most attention. With "The Builders problem" mostly out of the way, they have one last thorn to remove - Thanos. Unfortunately, that thorn has caused a great infection...Not only in the form of terrigenesis. But also the chaos that Thanos has unleashed across the planet. Not to mention the whole "universes colliding" problem. This is such a great event!
So much going on. Only a few issues left to wrap it all up. And then what? Inhumanity? The All-New Marvel NOW!? Will everything change? Who is going to die?
What did you think of Sinestro / Thane? Poor Thanos and his lack of sleep. I am very impressed how they linked the Thanos Rising story-line in with this event. Very well done.
Okay - that wraps this set of reviews up. Again, I am loving this event. It is everything I could have asked for - and more. We will see how it all ends...see if Thanos can once again return to Death - that is, if she ever embraced him in the first place.