Before I get into that, I need to do my weekly pitch.
I love my Digital Comics Unlimited subscription. Each and every week I can’t wait for the new comics. And if the waiting gets too much I dip into the pool of classics and start reading them. There was a bevy of Hulk and Thor comics from ages past that were just published and yes, I read some of them. Not many, as I am still trucking through my John Byrne era of Avengers. Oh some fantastic times. It’s amazing to think that he was pencilling 3-4 titles at time back then. Enough of my bantering about the greatness of this subscription! On to some more thoughts about current comics.
Just as I smite the mighty Marvel Editorial Staff down with one hand (read last week’s rant here) I praise them and put them on the pedestal with the other this week. I dedicate this week’s opinion to Hawkeye and Superior Spider-man. Hawkeye, written by Matt Fraction is good simple story telling. Nothing over the top, cosmic, or other worldly. Very simple straight-forward story telling. What comics used to be about. I love this title, it is one of my favorite titles out there. In the myriad of team books that are now so twisted, convoluted and confused Hawkeye is a straight forward dose of pure refreshment. It’s like drinking an ice cold Coca Cola in a field on a warm late summer afternoon. Pure enjoyment.
The art is another lovely piece to the book. David Aja and Francesco Francavilla are doing a beautiful job on the pencils, meandering in and out of gritty and simple styles working beautifully with Fraction’s story telling. For the first time in years I feel that I know Hawkeye, can relate to him. This is personal storytelling at it’s best, and is what I expect from Marvel. I grew up in the era of late ’70s and ’80s story telling, where it was very personal and sometimes dark, some of my favorite arcs are from Iron-Man, Daredevil and Spider-Man of that time.
Spider-Man was always a great title for personal stories, from his beginnings even ’til modern times. The key element of Spider-Man is the personal story telling. But there are only so many times we can beat Peter Parker up, I mean his whole life is a series of difficult choices and ones that he hasn’t always handled in the best possible way. Dan Slott was allowed to do something different, to kill off Parker and let one of Spidey’s oldest enemies take control. And he’s done it perfectly; Slott takes us through an evolving Superior Spider-Man, one that is driven by Otto Octavius. I don’t know where this title is headed, but its fantastic to see the other side of Spidey, the successful side. It’s a great update to an old character.
With that, I thank Marvel Editorial for doing a fantastic job with these titles, ones that could easily be caught up in the mess of the time and reality distorted Bendis-verse. Hmm… Wait there’s an idea! give Fraction and Slott the 616 and deport Bendis to the Ultimate Universe where he can do whatever it is he does best.
On to this week’s thoughts!
I’m bored with this title. There are other stronger teen books out from Marvel, this one really has no point.
I see this issue as setting up a new arc, it doesn’t have much to do with the current arc and is a bit of break. I might add Jonathan Hickman to my list of writers that are doing a great job. His Avengers run is some of the best team writing out there. And anytime there are drunk villains and heroes having fun is a joy to read!
Astonishing X-Men #62
Interesting. I was actually interested in this title. I like Iceman and this arc looks to have some meat.
Iron Man: The Coming of the Melter! #1
I couldn’t get this to load. What the hell? There are some mysterious titles this week in the Iron Man section.
Thanos Rising #2
As I mentioned last time, I wasn’t certain that I needed an origin story on Thanos, but I am liking this one and it is headed in an interesting direction. Curiosity… peaked.
AGE OF ULTRON #7
Uh. I don’t care. More time-travel changing the past crap. Too much of this lately. I think this story serves as a just that, an unconnected story in the MU. They should reinstate graphic novels for this sort of thing.
Indestructible Hulk #7
Gah! More time travel. Hulk’s been a god title and there are some good things going on, I’ll not judge this one arc too harshly. Plus it is drawn by Walt Simonson!
Iron Man #9
Retcon alert! I think. I don’t know. Maybe? I was enjoying Tony in space, but I fear this arc is gonna get messy. Hopefully not.
Superior Spider-Man #9
One of my favorite titles and the battle between Ock and Parker is fabulous. I am sad to see Parker finally offed and we have to hope that somewhere he’s still around, backed up on a drive… but yeah sad.
As mentioned above, favorite book. I love that both Hawkeyes are active in the book and I look forward to the next issue.
X-Men Legacy #10
You know, this title, ain’t so bad. I kinda dig it.
All-New X-Men #11
I was cool with the whole time travel thing, but it’s gone on long enough. And as far as I can tell, they ain’t going back anytime soon and well, time travel, changing the past, blah blah. I like the art. And I do like seeing stories about the Original 5. But… yeah.
Winter Soldier #18
I’m confused, but I like this book. I need to go back and read it from the start.
Ultimate Comics X-Men #26
Red She-Hulk #65
Another title that I love. It’s isolated, focuses on a new character and has some great characterization. And I love Machine Man! Need to make a custom of him.
I read it, as I am reading this arc, but the whole Mephisto thing taking over the world has me confused. Too many world altering things going on in the MU.
Iron Man #258.1
Wait. What? A story taking place in the Iron Wars? I’m lost and wait, what is this armor? I can see I need to do some googling.