- Posted by Johanna on December 3, 2011 at 7:21 pm
- Category: Superhero Reviews
- PUBLISHER: Marvel
Writer: Jonathan Hickman
Penciler: Juan Bobilo
Inker: Marcelo Sosa
Be careful what you wish for. I wanted to see a comic just with the kids hanging out at the Future Foundation, including Valeria and Franklin Richards. Now, I got it, and it’s horrible, badly drawn and incoherently written. The kids are interchangeable, and I have no idea what they’re aiming for or how they got to a castle with multiple Dooms.
I know, no one believes “every issue is someone’s first” any more, but how do you increase sales if there are no starting points? And with all the publicity for the return of the Fantastic Four, I would have hoped that this would have been a little more possible to get into.
As it is, we have a gang of youngsters and a gargoyle in a snowy wasteland quibbling with each other, with little use of names and less explanation of what they do; more than one old-looking Reed Richards; and two Doctor Dooms. I have no idea why any of this matters. More importantly, even without the information I’m seeking, I am given no reason to care about why anyone’s doing anything. Additionally, the kids are freakish looking. Features squash around their faces, as though they were made of stress-ball plastic. What a waste.
Generation Hope #13
Writer: James Asmus
Artist: Ibraim Roberson
Well, as I feared, now that the creative team has changed over from when I enjoyed this title, this is no longer a book for me. This is the first panel on the first page:
It’s such a classic superhero team pose, fierce and musclebound, no one standing like a normal person, everyone facing front. It’s very good for what it is, but I don’t want to read yet another comic like that — I’ve read too many of them already. I’ve liked Kieron Gillen’s Generation Hope because it did something different with the concept, and he had such unique visions for these distinctive characters. (I also don’t recall Hope’s costume being quite so “follow the arrows to my crotch!” before.)
Now, the characters speak in exposition (necessary for new readers attracted by the “Regenesis” banner), and everyone looks posed, even in the middle of action, although the people are attractive and the shading is lovely. The only thing I found fresh about this story was Kenji’s crush on Martha Johansson (aka No-Girl, ick), the brain in the bubble, ’cause that makes a certain amount of demented sense but I never would have imagined it previously. And while Teon, one of my favorite team members to read, gets a couple of bits, his unique character doesn’t have the subtlety he did before.
I agree with Greg McElhatton — this should have been retitled and relaunched as another comic.
Avenging Spider-Man #1
Writer: Zeb Wells
Artist: Joe Madureira
AKA, the return of Marvel Team-Up, but there’s nothing wrong with a book where Spider-Man and some other hero get together, fight something, and then go their separate ways. Especially when writer Wells is including a good deal of humor, and it’s working for me.
I found it funny when Spider-Man’s constant interior running monologue is all about not having the time for the many things he has in his life, including membership on two superhero teams. I could relate. Then, to get him teamed up with Red Hulk, all the Avengers play “not me” when he needs a ride home. I like that kind of humanizing banter. Which means I really liked seeing J. Jonah Jameson, attacked by beasties at a public appearance, yelling about not having any ammunition. It’s exactly how I pictured him, trying to step up and help in a ridiculously exaggerated way.
Talking about Madureira’s art is somewhat pointless, since I hear he’s already off the book, but it’s dynamic and action-packed, exactly what you want for a fight book. Draws an amazing Hulk, all bulky muscle.
$3.99 for 20 pages of content is ridiculous, though, even with a free digital copy.