Secret Invasion 2 – It was ok, but nothing stellar.  It seemed like there was a lot more that could have been done here.  I’m thinking Mockingbird is a Skrull, just because the way Hawk accepted her back was way too easy/cheesy.  I’ve heard the rumors of the death toll starting out next issue with Young Avengers & Initiative folks (here’s hoping Slapstick dies!), which I find sad and annoying.  Of course they’re going to start chopping with the new “properties” that haven’t yet had the chance to grow.  I love both of those books, so I’ll be sad if any of them go.  How about killing some old characters with no real use/interest?  Wasp?  Check.  Hank Pym?  Check.  Those two strike me as great offing candidates that no one would really care about, and that would have an impact at the same time (if that makes sense).

recent Mighty Avengers & New Avengers – I still hate all the ugly Skrull covers.  They tell you NOTHING about what’s going on inside, so I just get them all confused when I look at them.  I think Mighty is documenting Fury’s stuff and New covering the Skrull angle.  All in all, they are interesting and decently written, but seem like kind of a waste of the main titles.  The topics contained inside would be perfect for some kind of ancilliary title (Secret Invasion: The Build-Up or something).   But, I guess all the main characters are tied up in SI, so it makes a good kind of sense too.  So, worth buying but don’t expect Avengers books.

Young X-Men – Seven levels of stupid, still.  I’m sure this is all going somewhere that can’t be as dumb as where it looks like it’s going.  Really.  There’s nothing redeeming to this yet.  So why do I buy it?  *sigh* I know, I’m an X-addict.  I’m waiting for it not to suck, and any screen-time for the old New Mutants is good…right?

X-Force – Ok, every anti-mutant bad guy ever is back and techno-whatsit-agized.  Ok.  You know…claws and knives aren’t going to do you much good against that kind of bad guy.  I wonder how they’re going to wrap this arc up.  And Warpath being all bent up about Caliban still doesn’t ring true.  Unless they were Secret Fuck Buddies.  But I doubt that.

The Order – Wrapped up quite well and I’m sad to see it go.  The villain has carried over into Invincible Iron Man (also by Fraction), which was kind of a decent first issue (but I still don’t care about Iron Man as a solo character), but alas no word on the order-ites yet.  I suspect some may die in Secret Invasion for “dramatic effect”, but who knows.

Where is the next Fables trade?  Man, I’m tired of waiting for that one.  This is the one book I actually wait for the trades on.

Looking forward to the new Guardians of the Galaxy next week as well.  Coming off the two excellent Annihilation series’ (so glad they didn’t call it Annihilation: Guardians of the Galaxy!) and bearing the same excellent writers, it has the potential to be the best regular book Marvel puts out this year.

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X-Men Legacy 209

I like this series.

And I like Mike Carey, so I like the series even more.

I’m not a big Prof. X fan, so that means Carey is doing a decent job.

I don’t know where it’s going – it must have an ending point right? Having the Prof just ramble through history forever would be kind of pointless, so I assume the goal is to get him to some point, then use that as the series’ reason for being type deal.

It’s been mentioned that the series would “look at the past from a different angle”, or something to that effect, but so far I don’t really see that. I just see flashback effects informing us of the reasons for people’s statements in the present. Which is actually a pretty decent device, and I can’t believe it’s not used for often. To use it as a focal point for a series is actually kind of interesting – I mean, I’m sure it would get annoying if it was used to this degree in a series with an actual plot trying to get somewhere – but using it as the plot is in itself kind of interesting.

Maybe that’s what the quote means?

Mighty Avengers 11

Spider-Woman does some Mighty un-spiderlike things. Then again, her powers have never really had anything to do with spiders have they? Flight and energy blasts?? Ooookkkkaaaay. Anyway, I suspect it’s a red herring because otherwise it’s way too obvious of a Skrull-clue.

Widow was my original guess for a Skrull, but there is some doubt cast on that here, but that could just be red herring doubt!

Anyway, Bendis said they had a pretty non-standard Doom ending here, and I think that is the case. He gets his ass handed to him and arrested. Wow, that hasn’t happened in a while (ever?). So, I guess the ending is non-standard at least. I have to wonder about the bit with Morgana though – was that just a throwaway, or will she be back in the future?

New Avengers 39

I put two images up because the one on the left is the one that has been in all the solicitations, and then the one on the right is the one that hit the stores.

I like the one on the right much better, so this is a good thing.

I think it was pointed out a week or two ago on LiTG that the left one is some kind of direct swipe, so I’m thinking that’s why it was swapped. (Edit: Ahh yes, here is the swipe from LiTG here). Anyway, random trivia. Onward!

Here we have an obvious Secret Invasion/Infiltration crossover in the way of being shown (for the first time) a Skrull attempting to replacing someone. Of course, it doesn’t go quite as well as the Skrull would have wished, but nor do our heroes kick ass.

Rumors floating around the naughty net are that Luke Cage is a Skrull, and we’ll soon have the 70s, funktified Cage back. Man, I hope not. I would think that Bendis has put too much work into him to just throw it away like that. But he has balls, so who knows. Someone in the team has to be a Skrull though, so it’s probably Cage…. Can’t be Hawkeye – he was just dead and we saw his resurrection. Can’t be Echo – she broke the whole Skrull thing open on accident and just had a replacement attempt. Can’t be Wolverine – that’s been done before and he just stopped the aforementioned replacement attempt. Can’t be Iron Fist – that would invalidate his entire new, badass series. Can’t be Doctor Strange – how would he know about that weird ass shit to do during WWH? (Although I suppose that one could be pulled off). Can’t be Spider-Man – because then the internet really would crack open. So, Cage it is then (?).

New Warriors 10

Man, people have no patience for anything anymore. No wonder Claremont can’t get a break anymore (although fingers crossed for Exiles) – that guy needs room to run!

Anyway, so I see a bunch of bitching about how this series is too slow paced. This amuses me. The thing about the pace here is that it is very, very obviously purposeful so I’m quite willing to wait and see where it goes.

The main problem I’m having with the series so far is I can’t remember who’s who out of the super-d gallery heroes. Heh. I need to wiki & memorize their asses.

Anyway, I’m still pleased with the way things are rolling out, and looking forward to how it unfolds. Although, is it just me, or was this the first issue “Control” was mentioned. It gave me Maxwell Smart flashbacks. If it’s not just a general reference, it was a pretty bad choice for a name, but we’ll see.

This issue in particular I have another semi-gripe about – wasn’t Jubes the one sticking up for Thrash thus far? Then all of a sudden she flips and is the one against him? I’m probably just remember wrong because I have the memory of a worm these days. I’ll re-read the series whenever it gets to where it’s going with this first meta-arc – I’m thinking around issue 13.

The Order 9

I left the image really big because I’m going to miss this series.

It looks like everyone may die here. Of course, comics look that way all the time – but there really is no future for these characters with their powers expired and their series canceled, so he might as well just kill them.

Not that that is the outcome I’m looking for, I’m just kind of sad that yet another -good- series is getting canceled while Wolverine has 3 solo books now and Iron Man is getting a second title.

Sure, that Iron Man title is being written by this series’ writer (Matt Fraction), and he has said he’ll pick up some of the plot points from this book – but all that really looks like it means is that this series serves as an intro to his new arch-nemesis, not that any of the cool new heroes will be around.

You’d think for a company that has come out with so little both new and good in the last several years they’d want to give these guys a chance…but hey I guess the series was never conceived of that way anyway (since the powers only last a year) . So whatever. *pours some cheap whiskey on the ground*

02/28/08 – a missed trade

February 28, 2008

Cable & Deadpool/Deadpool Team-Up 50

Great final issue. I’m going to miss this title, but I’ll miss Fabian (the writer) even more. His Marvel work (sorry, no knowledge of work outside Marvel) has been a joy for me to read over the last 10 years or so. His Thunderbolts run was excellent, and this title was right up there too. The little book that could – it made it 50 issues! To be canceled & replaced by 2 new series (wasn’t Marvel trying to trim its X-line BACK?). Deadpool by Daniel Way I think…if his DP in Origins in any indicator of that title will be like..S K I P. The stupid-funny sight gag DP has been done and done-er IMHO. I like Fabians DP-redemption-silliness+awesome supporting cast much more than what I’ve seen so far in the Origins arc. Speaking of:

I cancelled Wolverine: Origins from my pull list.

Too fucking slow. Is anything happening here? Anything related to his origin that is? So far it’s just another stupid Wolverine book with ONE tiny, annoying “origin related” clue thrown in per arc. It’s supposed to end (and have an ending, and actually answer questions!) around issue 60. So, if by then it has turned the suckage around (which it may), I’ll pick up the trades. In softcover.

X-Men Legacy 208

This should be interesting – a solo Professor X title, at least until he gets all healed up, or some junk. It is interesting so far, one issue in :P. It’s Exodus trying to put Chuck’s mind back together (where exactly is he storing the missing memories, in his own head??) via Romita Sr. drawn flashbacks. Off to a decent start, but not much to say. Well, the inclusion of Karima/Omega Sentinel is interesting – I’m guessing Mr. Carey wanted to bring at least one of his previous X-cast members along.

Speaking of Mike Carey, somehow I missed

Lucifer vol. 11: Evensong

WTF!?! I’ve had the entire run of trades since whenever volume 10 came out, and I never noticed/knew there was a volume 11. 10 had such a great ending, I just assumed it was the actual series ending – and I never once questioned that! That’s good writing.

I have yet to finish this volume, so I’ll probably come back to it later review-wise, but the rest of the series was home run after run, so I doubt this will be any less.

Mighty Avengers 9

This issue had the first missed note so far of the run for me. I really didn’t like the time-travel ending BUT I’ll give Bendis the benefit of the doubt. I’m fairly sure it well wrap up well, it just annoyed me that it ended the way it did for whatever reason.

The Iron Man v. Doom by way of armor stat progress reports was interesting.

Bendis mentioned in an interview somewhere that this arc has a “Doom ending no one has done before”. I have no idea what that might mean, but I am at least curious.

New Warriors 9

Not a whole lot happened here, but there was still a lot of drama in between those non-things happening.

That being said, I’m still enjoying the series. I see it getting a bit of negative commentary in the blogo-whatsit, people calling for it to be canceled over on Tom Brevort’s blog (link in my sidebar), stuff like that.

MAN. People have no patience these days. It’s obvious that the writer is building up a larger arc behind all the minis and one-offs, the least we can do is let that arc wrap up and see if we like how that falls out.

Still, even without that I’m enjoying this title, slow issues and all. What I’m not digging so much is the pencils. I’ll have to check, but it seems like they change every month. Oh, and have I already bitched about Angel looking totally different? Yeah, I have, so I’ll just say it again. There was no need to make her all streamlined and thin-sexy, she was fine the way she was. Butwhateva.

Thunderbolts: International Incident

Another of these strange one-offs that keep coming out. This one doesn’t do much to advance the series. It does continue to unwind the (at least it seems that way to me) the character work Fabian did with Swordsm..ok, pretty much with everyone.

But it is in line with what’s going on in the main book I guess, and it’s not a bad read – it might even have repercussions in the main series somehow. Although I don’t know how, since I’m pretty sure Ellis (??Ithink?? brain fart right now) has his whole run worked out already. Maybe all these one-offs are laying the ground work for whoever follows him?

Bring Fabes back, please. He’s one book short now that C&DP is canned..perrrrfeecttt timing…

The Order 1

Yeah, it’s old, but I was missing this issue from my run. I know, it’s canceled, but it’s a great little book-that-could. I understand that the new Iron Man series will pick up on the plot threads from this run, which makes sense, same writer, and the villain is an Iron Man villain anyway. I’m still not buying an Iron Man book though.