Marvel Spinner Rack: Avenging Spider-Man 1, FF 12, Generation Hope 13

FF #12

FF #12 cover

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

Generation Hope #13 cover

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:

Generation Hope #13 Page 1

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

Avenging Spider-Man #1 cover

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.


11 Responses to “Marvel Spinner Rack: Avenging Spider-Man 1, FF 12, Generation Hope 13”

  1. Jay Faerber Says:

    Last I heard, Joe Mad wasn’t off Avenging Spider-Man. He drew the first 3-issue arc, then there’s a fill-in (which was planned from the start, apparently), then he’ll be back for another arc.

  2. Johanna Says:

    Oh, that’s good to know. I only know what I read about it on Twitter, so I should have known that was suspect.

  3. James Schee Says:

    So I’m trying to get back into the X-books, Generation Hope was one I looked at but didn’t recognize a single character on cover so I skipped. Hope Summers looks like a young Jean Grey, but I sort of put that up to artists not knowing how to draw different women?

    I then googled her and her wikipage, woof….. I’m used to complicated stuff, hey I started reading the Legion of Super Heroes with V4. Yet that page made my head hurt. She’s basically a female Cable or good who could turn bad Phoenix??

    Not for me I guess. Apparently not for you either anymore Johanna.

    I did enjoy Avenging Spider-Man a lot though, fun dialogue and nice action. Though I did wonder why there’s a red Hulk, but I’m sorta scared to google him now after what I learned of Hope Summers.:)

  4. Johanna Says:

    You won’t recognize any of the Hope characters, James, since they’re all relatively new. That was one of the things I liked about it — a relatively fresh start for the reader, in the midst of one of the longest-running and most convoluted Marvel franchises.

    I think the red Hulk is Hulk’s alien kid. I don’t care about any backstory beyond that. :)

  5. caleb Says:

    The Hulk’s alien kid is Skaar (not sure of the spelling). He’s green, but has long hair and wears a loincloth. Not sure what book he’s in now. The Red Hulk is actually an old Hulk supporting character, but there was a very long mystery build-up to he he actually was, so I guess I shouldn’t say here.

  6. David Oakes Says:

    I haven’t picked up FF #12 yet, but the kids’ appearance in Fantastic Four #600 was very nice. Everyone got their character bit, and they actually did something. Hickman’s use of Franklin is nothing new, but it is done in a very honest way. And Leech is getting (back?) some growth, too.

    Not enough Dragon Man, though.

  7. Brian J. Says:

    Yeah, FF #12 was a mess. Try as I might I couldn’t tell the three white male youth apart, for starters, and their dialogue didn’t do much to help. Which sucked. I hope it improves because I love the concept.

  8. James Schee Says:

    Oh well that explains why they didn’t look familiar then. lol I’m still wrapping my head around who is who in the main X-books too though. Is kind of funny how Wolverine has grown and looks much more like Hugh Jackman instead of a stubby dwarf.

    Sort of odd seeing Xavier not being in charge, walking around and I guess just being a teacher. Has the series moved beyond the conflict of Xavier’s dream, which alway seemed very naive, and Magneto’s nihlism of “get them before they get you”?

    Still odd to see Namor hanging around them as well. I know Marvel’s always tried to say he was the first modern mutant, but I never really bought into that.

  9. Johanna Says:

    Thanks, Caleb. I think Skaar just showed up in Norman Osborne’s Avengers version. I forget which Avengers comic I read that in.

    I’m liking Magneto as part of the X-Men, James, but I have to forget some of his history when I read it, because it’s too inconsistent with his super-villain past.

  10. Joshua Says:

    On the plus side, the new Generation Hope logo is readable. I swear that every single time I saw the old one, with the X cutout in the O, I read it as Generation Hype. OK, that’s not a big plus…

  11. Paul O'Brien Says:

    Hope’s wikipedia entry makes her look worse than she is; like Cable, her back story is technically horrendous, but very little of it is actually relevant to her stories. All you REALLY need to know about Hope is that she’s the first new mutant born since Wanda wiped most of the mutants’ powers; she grew up in the far future, which is why she isn’t an infant; since she came back, other mutants have started appearing again, but not very many; the new mutants need her to stabilise their powers; and once they’re stabilised, she has some kind of hold over them. She’s obviously important but nobody (including her) really knows why. That’s pretty much it.




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