- Posted by Johanna on December 28, 2006 at 10:03 pm
- Category: Superhero Reviews
- PUBLISHER: Marvel
What am I reading from Marvel these days, just in case you cared?
Well… I love X-Factor. I also love Nextwave, but #11 is the next-to-last issue, and it’s a lot of double-page fight scenes. Which are cool and all, since Stuart Immonen draws like a god, but not exactly what I’m looking for from the book. It’s especially annoying with Marvel’s current policy of overselling ads, because the result was “double-page comic spread / double-page ad / double-page comic / double-page ad” and so on.
Update: It’s been pointed out to me that there’s a lot to the art detail. I didn’t notice things like the MODOK Elvises, which are a hoot. Mea culpa. I was moving through the comics too fast and should have paid more attention. Time for a revisit. And yes, the plaid cover in faux-Civil War dress is terrific.
I like Marvel Adventures: The Avengers, but only when Jeff Parker writes it. He’s good. I like Doctor Strange: The Oath, mostly because of the way Brian K. Vaughan writes Night Nurse.
Oh, and I shouldn’t forget Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane. That series is really finding its footing in balancing teen emotion and high school soap opera.
Wonder Man might have potential, but … with so many graphic novels and manga to read, with most series, especially miniseries, I find myself asking “why bother?” Unless it’s exceptionally good or very funny or highly thought-provoking, the merely ok lose out.
Take, for instance, Beyond. Some very nice character bits woven into a story that depended on a lot of very old continuity, with little of it fully explained for the new reader. And the end result was making me care for the first time about a character that wound up dead. Yes, that’s a nice demonstration of the writer’s skill, that I cared so much, but it feels pointless on my end.
The writer means a lot to me, though — if I can overcome my apathy towards the character, I might give Iron Fist a try, just because Matt Fraction has really been impressing me.
With the latest issue of She-Hulk, #14, I think I can stop getting that series. Awesome Andy is written out, heartbroken, and She-Hulk is going off to be a SHIELD agent. At least Andy got a most-of-issue spotlight before he went, but it was sad, which seems wrong for a good-humored character who overcame a villainous past to be so helpful.
Update 2: I jumped to conclusions. According to the writer, Andy will be back. I hope he brings more lightheartedness with him, like the shrunken supervillain escape. The latest storyline, with its date rape implications, hasn’t been all that fun.
I’ve given up on Astonishing X-Men, because the plots don’t interest me (currently, they’re fighting some kind of space empire), and the book doesn’t come out often enough for me to remember the twists and keep track of who the characters are. The occasional good bits (like scaredy-cat Wolverine) don’t make up for the rest, and even though they’re enjoyable, the ideas stink of fanfic.
I find many many of the Marvels too dull or depressing or continuity-laden for me to enjoy. (Some of it’s downright disgusting.) I want fun and enjoyment from my superheroes, and I don’t want to have to study or work hard (in terms of recalling years-past stories or getting past poor craft). Oh, and I want a story, not two or three scenes overladen with dialogue.
I know, I’m demanding. But see previous comment about so much competition out there for my dollar, and more, for my precious time. I’m not really looking to start following new books, so they have to work hard and stand out to get my attention. And I deserve the best. We all do.