- Posted by Johanna on August 19, 2008 at 9:52 pm
- Category: Superhero Reviews
- PUBLISHER: Marvel
I read some Marvel comics this week I enjoyed (even though they came out a week before). Here’s some quick thoughts on them.
The Twelve #7 — I’m still enjoying this saga of 40s heroes brought into the modern era. The blend of culture clash and dark secrets becoming known keeps me interested. I hope that all the hints pay off satisfactorily, but in the meantime, I like the characters, especially the reporter narrator who’s trying to keep practicing his profession. The short stories that make up each issue, woven in amongst the other threads, are usually interesting; this time, it’s a bitter, aged sidekick who can’t cope with the way the spotlight moved away from him. He’s still looking for the hero, now returned, to change his life for him.
Invincible Iron Man #4 — Writer Matt Fraction makes the title character sound the way I think he should, like he did in the movie. The scenes sparkle — I’m not sure I buy Tony Stark defeating genius Reed Richards at chess, but it’s a great scene to work in exposition and dialogue while still giving the characters something to do visually.
Most fascinating is what’s happened to Pepper Potts. Tony gave her, through a set of circumstances I don’t remember, the kind of magnetic heart he’s got. She’s ambivalent about it, although we see her reactions mostly through how he feels — the book is very much solo-focused on Stark. But, you know, fun dialogue, outrageous events, dangerous threats, snarky comments, clever schemes… good superhero book. I want to know what happens next. Maybe needs a little more action.
Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane #1 — I bought this because I love Craig Rousseau’s work, but the story (by Terry Moore) isn’t bad either. You likely know this story: Mary Jane goes to school, chats with friends, worries about family issues, dreams of Spider-Man — teen soap opera with a superhero overlay. The best moment in the book, though, is a short scene where the previously unknown Zoe McCall reveals fear and despair, and we don’t know why.