- Posted by Johanna on October 3, 2012 at 11:19 pm
- Category: Superhero Reviews
If you only read one superhero comic page this week, make it the last page of AVX: VS #6, by Dan Slott and Katie Cook. Totally adorable Squirrel Girl and Pixie provide the best explanation I’ve seen yet for why the whole Avengers vs. X-Men story happened. (Well, second best. Best is “money money money”.)
Worlds’ Finest #5 gives artist George Pérez a break by featuring the Huntress and Power Girl in separate adventures drawn by fill-in artists Jerry Ordway and Wes Craig. It’s nothing particularly memorable — and Pérez can’t draw a hairbrush in perspective — but it’s nice to see two adult female heroes and friends. (Thank writer Paul Levitz.) The Power Girl story is just a big fight with a robot-thing, but the Huntress chapter provides some dark context, as she attends a “Take Back the Night” rally and takes down a misogynist sniper. It’s a tad ham-handed, but dang, it hits those emotional buttons. And bless Paul for not using the event as an excuse to reveal some previously unknown sexual abuse in Helena’s life.
National Comics: Rose & Thorn #1 was frustrating, in that it’s a one-shot that doesn’t resolve its central conflict, but the character revamp was compelling. Rose and Thorn are still two sides of a split personality, but they’re very modern teens, with Rose worried about fitting in at a new school, while Thorn is much more tough (although playing slutty schoolgirl to take the bad guys off guard) in attitude. Tom Taylor and Neil Googe capture well how horrifying Rose’s situation is, waking up with a new tattoo she doesn’t remember and someone else’s blood on her. This girl has the best excuse in superhero comics for a truly secret identity, but here, she’s a character, not just a plot device or a cardboard good girl. I’d like to see more. The teen school setting, and the Gossip Girl-like drinking and sex that comes with it, makes this feel fresh, even if it does have a touch of Revenge to it.
Hawkeye #2, by Matt Fraction and David Aja, features the amazing Kate Bishop, who used to be a young Avenger. She’s a great character, another modern take on heroing, a snarky counterpoint who grounds the older archer and even saves his bacon. They banter, not like Nick and Nora, but like Castle and Alexis, a more father/daughter relationship.
Here, they fight a circus of thieves, an old-fashioned comic concept that’s drawn so beautifully it all seems new. Aja’s art on this title is indescribably wonderful. Greg McElhatton has samples and explains more about why. It’s a dense book that looks like nothing else out there, and I fear for that reason it won’t be around nearly long enough. I want to spend a lot more time with Kate and the old guy.