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Old June 2nd, 2017   Amentep is offline   #97
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I've enjoyed(?) HULK so far even though its kind of a different take on things. But it is really well told.
 
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Secret Empire #4 : Liked this issue a bit better than #3, due to less of the art being unfathomably moody and washed out with saturated colors. I get they're going for mood, but when I can't make out the characters it doesn't help. Anyway, less of that here, and I enjoyed it more.

On one hand, it was the typical mid-Marvel-event everyone-talking-and navel-gazing issue, but I did enjoy seeing some classic Avengers gathered together for the first time in forever. The head-scratcher was what Ultron-Hank had to do with anything as the main manipulator of events here. (The Hydra angle seemed to be completely secondary). In spite of the complete dreailment of the main plot, I did enjoy this.
 
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Secret Empire #4 : Liked this issue a bit better than #3, due to less of the art being unfathomably moody and washed out with saturated colors. I get they're going for mood, but when I can't make out the characters it doesn't help. Anyway, less of that here, and I enjoyed it more.

On one hand, it was the typical mid-Marvel-event everyone-talking-and navel-gazing issue, but I did enjoy seeing some classic Avengers gathered together for the first time in forever. The head-scratcher was what Ultron-Hank had to do with anything as the main manipulator of events here. (The Hydra angle seemed to be completely secondary). In spite of the complete dreailment of the main plot, I did enjoy this.
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This issue reminded me of the old GI Joe cartoon where the weather dominator gets split into three pieces, and the Joes and Cobras have to go have a fight in each place. Not sure if that's a good or a bad thing. The heroes bickering almost makes Ultron look like the good guy until you remember that Captain America is a Nazi.

Vanishing Point is interesting. I assume that was Rick Jones with Not-Steve, but who was the African-American fellow?


Other Marvel titles:

Daredevil #21 starts a new arc and seems to be the payoff for Soule's run to date. Not quite sure what he's up to. It was a good issue but I hope we're not headed for more secret identity shenanigans - seems like the DD title has done that enough in recent years.

I read Defenders #1 not realizing there was a FCBD prologue so that was a little weird. Good issue, though - Bendis is always strong with these characters and Marquez's art is tremendous.

Jessica Jones #9 continues the Maria Hill story - this remains one of my favorite Marvel titles. Bendis giving Jessica her edge back is a welcome development.

Also it's a little old but the first issue of the current Hawkeye series hit Marvel Unlimited this week and I liked that a LOT. It stars Kate Bishop who is working as a PI, lots of humor but not slapstick. Basically it's what the hipster Batgirl comic would be if that comic was good.
 
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Secret Empire #5 : Another typical talky mid-event installment. Continue to be frustrated by the art, which seems to be getting high marks in various site reviews. Still spend much of my time trying to determine who is who. After 3 issues we still don't know who the other two in the vanishing point with Steve are. Rick? Bucky? Probably Sam? Why do I stick with it, you ask? I want to see Steve Rogers redeemed. He's been the moral center of the 616 since Avengers #4.
Odd development with the return of [a dead Avenger] at the end.

X-Men Blue #6 : Kind of a breather issue I guess. Light read, but didn't mind. If anything, it established Jimmy Hudson as a continuing character for the series. It does hurt my brain that we have yet another player from another universe. Is anybody in the Marvel U actually FROM here anymore? Gwenpool. Spider-Gwen. Miles Morales. X-Men Blue. Jimmy Hudson. Old Man Logan. Rachel Summers. It's exhausting. Well, I like the original X team, so I guess there's that. ��
 
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I can't say where they come from really impacts me much unless the story is about that. I just happen to like Blue's take on the original crew.

That said I think I like Jean Grey's solo book slightly better.
 
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Cable #’s 1-2: Cable is in pursuit of a villain thru the timestream, meeting obstacles at every point. Okay start, I guess. Not holding my interest enough, but I’ll give it a few more issues to do so.


Daredevil #’s 21-22: Daredevil goes to court to put his plan to end crime in motion. Back in red for the time being, which is cool. This could be an interesting storyline, we’ll see.


Invincible Iron Man #8: Riri shows up at the bombing site & has a discussion with Sharon Carter, before Lady octopus shows up. I like Riri, she’s a good character. One question…why is Nick Fury young?


Deadpool vs Punisher #’s 4-5: This is the best of the miniseries The Punisher has been a part of for the past few years. This had it all…action, humor, a bit of brutality these two can provide & a rather good story.


U.S. Avengers #7: Going to drop, don’t know what the point of this team is. It was decent two issues in, but went South after that. A few of the characters really have no point on being on this team.


Jean Grey #3: Good to see Namor—who should have his own title. Decent issue, as Jean is trying to find out if she can hold off the Phoenix’s advance.


Amazing Spider-Man #28: Peter & company stop Osborn’s plans. Decent issue. A bit of a snafu—during the fight, Peter removes his lenses. He’s then with Aunt May & Harry, and they don’t recognize him. May would know her own nephew’s eyes.


Amazing Spider-Man #29: Just when you think Peter has it all together, they have everything crash down on him. He’s the Charlie Brown of the Marvel Universe. The latest reason is that of Doc Ock, The Superior Spider-Man/Octopus (which I’m sure will have an action figure soon, of which I’ll promptly buy).


Ben Reilly-Scarlet Spider #’s 3-4: Ben needs to cure a girl while Kaine tracks (and eventually finds) him down. Good start to this title.


Peter Parker- Spectacular Spider-Man #1: New title, interesting end to the issue, with a new person in Peter’s life. The backup was interesting as well. Will have to see where things go, but it’s promising thus far.


Venom #151: Eddie’s back, but the symbiote & he have trust issues. Story’s decent, just wish a different art team was on the title.


Monsters Unleashed #3: First issue of this title was great, but the next two not so much. I like the concept though. This is Marvel’s next Big Hero Six-like movie property, I’m sure. Bank on it.


Weapon X #4: Prelude to “Weapons of Mutant Destruction” storyline, where TA Hulk, Old Man Logan, Sabertooth & Domino track down the location of Warpath & Lady Deathstrike. Good issue.

Funny thing though, Senior Editor Mark Paniccia is praising letterers…and there’s a lettering mistake in the “thank you.”


WMD #1: Old Man Logan & company are going after the people behind the cyborgs, while we see who the people are behind these weapons. Good thus far.


Totally Awesome Hulk #20: Part 2 of WMD, with Cho & deathstrike going after a guy before he becomes a part of the Weapon X program.

I was down on this title, actually dropped it, but this storyline got me back on board. Not it’s fault really, in that it started to be about monster hunting, but Monsters Unleashed usurped that M.O. So editorially, it really didn’t have a place. With this storyline, now it does.


X-Men Gold #’s 5-6: #5 felt “off” with the dialogue trying to be too cute & the art not being up to snuff. #6’s art was decent in spots, but the issue’s storyline of another world-destroyer & Rachel grey deciding to use her power to the fullest, made for a ho-hum story.
 
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Invincible Iron Man #8: Riri shows up at the bombing site & has a discussion with Sharon Carter, before Lady octopus shows up. I like Riri, she’s a good character. One question…why is Nick Fury young?
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Black Bolt #2, #3 : Still feeling too much like a stock story that could have utilized any costumed hero. The "Black Bolt can speak" part could have been interesting, but really nothing is being done with it. Is it a relief to BB that he can vocalize his words? Is it weird for him to have to rely on Medusa to convey his thoughts? Guess we'll never know.

X-Men Gold #7 : A Secret Empire Crossover. Ugh.
Thankfully, the story didn't really seem to be a crossover, and was actually interesting (not a contrived corporate mandate story). The intruder-in-the-house angle actually kept me interested. At least part one of this crossover arc didn't derail this fledgeling title. Nice attention on Rachel this issue.

X-Men Blue #7 : A Secret Empire Crossover. Ugh.
This was literally a casebook example of what has driven me away from Marvel for the last 5-10 years. The new book only has 6 issues under it's belt and already has paused for an interruptive unnecessary crossover arc. Want to know why Marvel readership is dwindling? This is exactly EXACTLY why. A book that's only 6 issues old doesn't need an interruptive crossover story followed by an all new direction. There hasn't been a "first" direction established. The Emma/Scott cliffhanger was good, just would have preferred getting there w/o the Hydra contrivance.
Have liked the title up until now, but if big changes are heralded after the crossover, I guarantee I'm dropping it like a hot potato. I don't need an All-New All-Different take on my books every 12-18 months. Please make the crossover end quickly. The sooner the better. Also, now I can't like Firestar or Havoc anymore? I used to like them. Sigh.
 
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