- Posted by Johanna on May 18, 2009 at 9:04 pm
- Category: Superhero Reviews
- PUBLISHER: Marvel
Lockjaw and the Pet Avengers #1
How disappointing. I wanted to see superpowered animals having amusing adventures. What I got was too tied into other Marvel stories and way too talky. I really didn’t need five pages of Throg origin flashback and two more of him talking himself into joining Lockjaw. Who cares how he got that way? Let’s see him do something! Lockheed is depressed and weepy. Redwing’s a stuck-up snob. Who wants to spend time with these characters? I was hoping that animals would be more fun than the usual Marvel angst, but sadly, no.
I should have known when the book opened with Mr. Fantastic explaining the Infinity Gems. Yawn. An animal book should start with the pets. I did like Throg hanging onto the horn in Lockjaw’s head while riding around on him, though.
The Invincible Iron Man #13
Also overly hamstrung by too much dialogue. The ideas are good. I want to see more of how Pepper uses her super-suit, even if it’s been restricted to avoid hurting anyone. But no one does anything! They all just talk at each other. Or to themselves, with captions. Even when running away. Or stare at computers.
I know, this isn’t a new complaint. And text makes superhero comics seem more adult, as though people were reading for more than punch-em-ups. But what if you want some adrenaline-pumping action?
Ultimate Wolverine vs. Hulk #5
Well, then, this is the book for you. I don’t care if it’s three years late, it’s easy to keep up with — Hulk and Wolverine are fighting — and boy, plenty happens! Wolverine has crazy panda dreams, perhaps because he’s been reduced to just a head, while Hulk and She-Hulk battle and someone comes to rescue Wolverine. Some of this is flat-out ridiculous, but at least it’s entertaining and imaginative and makes me wonder what they’re going to come up with next.
New Mutants #1
I like teen team superhero books. Or at least, I used to. Now, they just make me feel old. Especially when they’re written so that they only make sense to people who already know the characters and premise.
You’d think a #1 issue would be fine for a new reader, wouldn’t you? But you’d be overlooking the dependence on history. Who are these people? What can they do? Why are they hanging out together? (Because they once had a comic book together, apparently.) Why are they hanging out with someone who tries to make everyone else miserable? If it weren’t for the opening page, which lists powers and codenames, I wouldn’t even know what some of them are named.
There is very little use of powers or pages in costume. Clearly a new-school Marvel title in the Bendis vein, where the dialogue is copious, forgettable, and interchangeable. Shame.