Okay, I hope everybody really likes their comics, because the summer wallet-reaming season is officially upon us. This week I picked up parts of no less than three summer events. I was going to pick up the Sinestro Corps special based on the buzz in the other thread, but while I was in the store I ran out of money. I spent every dime I had this week, but fortunately it looks like the events this year are going to be pretty awesome.
Annihilation Conquest Prologue: Okay, here's where I admit that I was totally wrong about the villain for this. Although I figured out who it actually was about a third of the way into this issue. How good the villain is here is really, really going to depend on the execution. They're building up Quasar this time around, like they did with Nova last time (btw, Nova barely appears in the prologue at all. Good thing he has his own series now.), but I think the Starlord stuff is going the be the best. In case I haven't been making myself clear, GO BUY THIS RIGHT NOW.
X-Men - Endangered Species: Kind of a neat story, just basically setting up the situation for mutantkind at this point. Nothing of any real consequence happens here, but there is some very good dialog between Xavier and Sebastian Shaw.
X-Men #200: The return of the Marauders. Pretty good, but I had some problems with the issue. The first is a
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Mystique turns out to be a traitor. This means that all of the villains that Carey put on the team in the first place have all reverted to type, and it's especially bad because I though Mystique was really turning into a pretty great hero character.
What's not a spoiler is that despite being pictured with the Marauders on one of the alternate covers, Emma Frost does not betray the X-Men. Weird. It has no context with the rest of the story. The Endangered Species backup story is also pretty pointless. I'll give you the spoiler here - the Beast is trying to partner up with some science-based villains (many of whom I don't even recognize. If anyone can help me out, that'd be great) in order to find a way to save the mutant race. That's it.
Cable and Deadpool #42: This takes place at the same time as X-Men #200, and the fight between Cable and Gambit appears in both. It even has some, but not all, of the same dialog in both books. Which is actually kind of weird. On the one hand, it does set up the scenario that this is the same event taking place in both books, but on the other hand, the differences really stand out. Also, Senyaka appears in this book, but hasn't he been killed like five times now? Does it just not bother him? At the end of the book, Cable appears to die, but I'll bet you a dollar he's just fine.
World War Hulk X-Men #1: Hulk smash puny New X-Men!
Incredible Hulk #107: This issue, Amadeus Cho signs up Angel, Hercules, and Namora to help the Hulk. Apparently, he wants to build a Hulk nature preserve out in the New Mexico desert. Which is like, the best idea for the Hulk anyone's ever had. Hulk just want to be left alone, so put him out in the middle of the desert with a fence and big sign that says "Hulk Preserve, DO NOT ENTER." Next issue, Rich Jones.
X-Factor #20: X-Factor defeats X-Cell when Quicksilver's repowered mutants start to BLOW UP. That's a hell of a way to win a fight. Quicksilver also looses his terrigen powers, making him just about the only significant mutant to loose his powers and, at this time, still be unpowered.
Thunderbolts #115: Fantastic issue. Ellis finally gives people what they've been asking for, and the unregistered heroes knock the crap out of the T-bolts. Except for Steel Spider, who has his arm eaten by Venom. Well, they can't all be winners. Songbird also pulls a nasty trick on Bullseye, which results in him getting crippled by American Eagle. They say he's been muted permanently, but I wouldn't count on it.
Fallen Son #4: Spider-Man and depression. This issue isn't anywhere near as good as the last one, but it's also not nearly as bad as the first two. Spider-Man fights Rhino in a graveyard, when all Rhino wanted to do was pay his respects to his dead mother. Rhino gets the rawest deal ever here. Finch's art is the best so far in this series, in my opinion.
Captain America #27: Bucky goes after Captain America's shield, but it's been given to the Black Widow for transport. They've apparently got a lot of history, both being former Soviet operatives, but that doesn't stop Bucky from beating the crap out of her to get that shield. Always good stuff with Brubaker at the helm.
Iron Fist #6: Danny, Orson, and the Heroes for Hire face off against Davos and his army of goons. Danny gets a major power boost, but at the cost of something else. At the end of the issue, Danny is whisked off to fight in the Tournament of Heavenly Cities. Now that they've picked up the pace on this series, I'm really digging it.
Daredevil #98: Well, last issue Gladiator beat the hell out of Daredevil. This issue, Daredevil beats the hell out of Gladiator. That's what he gets for messing with Matt's wife.
Originally posted by Tenken347Fallen Son #4: Spider-Man and depression. This issue isn't anywhere near as good as the last one, but it's also not nearly as bad as the first two. Spider-Man fights Rhino in a graveyard, when all Rhino wanted to do was pay his respects to his dead mother. Rhino gets the rawest deal ever here. Finch's art is the best so far in this series, in my opinion.
Ok, I was on the fence about the Fallen Son series. I thought the first issue was pretty good. The second one was a waste, since I wasted four bucks watching the New Avengers shed some tears playing poker. The third one was pretty worthwhile, since we hadn't seen much of Hawkeye since his return, but I was still teetering on whether this was a series worth keeping up with.
But the Spider-Man issue was reprehensible. So Spider-Man deals with his depression through an UNPROVOKED attack on Rhino? Nice to know that a D-list villain can't even get a night off to visit his mother's grave without the big bad Spider-Man knocking his teeth out and smashing his deceased mother's gravestone. What is the message supposed to be here? How can anyone sympathize with Spider-Man when he blatantly started the conflict? And how is anyone supposed to believe that Wolverine turns out to be the voice of reason? Finch's art is the only redeeming thing about this issue, but it was otherwise a waste of paper.
I almost shudder to see the final issue, because I have a feeling it's one of those things that'll end up taking away from any goodwill Tony Stark was building up in WWH #1.
The Wisdom of Homsar: DaAaAa, these Easter pants are gettin' way too tight!
I liked X-Men #200 better than the comic has been but it just did not live up to the expectations people were hyping it to be. The "traitor" was probably the dumbest "surprise" since Vince was the higher power. I will say I'll be happy if Rogue and/or Cable are at least out of action for a while because I hate both characters, but I'm sure they'll both be back and soon. I did like the story with Beast and it was nice to see Cable get his ass kicked once.
Anybody knows what happens to Cable and Deadpool now? Surely Cable is at least going to disappear for a while? Is this comic going to still go on without Cable? I sure hope so because I love Deadpool but hate Cable.
Actually, I was wondering about Cable and Deadpool myself, so I went ahead and checked the solicits in Marvel's publishing catalogue. Cable's out of action for at least the next two issues, which is as far ahead as the catalogue goes. Instead, though, Deadpool will be teaming with Wolverine for the next arc. I personally am not a big fan of pointless Wolverine appearances, but at least he has a reasonable connection to Deadpool, and I've always liked their interaction.
The best Expanded Universe book in my opinion is Shadows of the Empire (Amazon.com). Not sure if it's true, but I've always heard that Lucas himself felt that this was the best piece of EU material out there.