Monday, June 1, 2009

May 2009 Reads Part IV.

Avengers: The Initiative #24 - This book is starting to get very interesting. I've been reading it off and on, but I think it's finally going to make it onto the regular pull list. There is a lot going on in this book, and they constantly refer back to earlier stories and characters, so it's a little tough for me to follow right now, but things are changing very rapidly for this team and it's starting to come together in a pretty good way. There might be a couple of factions and there will definitely be a lot of disgruntled heroes in the Initiative by the time it's over. It's been a pleasant surprise lately and I'm going to keep on reading.

Guardians of the Galaxy #14 - This one was a little bit of a disappointment, as it was mainly a set-up issue for next month, but I'm hoping that next month's issue makes up for it. One thing I like about the series are the "interviews" that are interspersed throughout the story, and I don't think there was one until the middle of the issue. It was long enough for me to notice, and then there was one when I flipped to the next page. So there was a lot of action going on in this one, but I enjoy the interviews because that's where most of the comic relief takes place. Speaking of comic relief, Rocket and Groot were missing from most of the story, so maybe that's another reason why I thought this one was just average. By no means am I thinking of dropping the title, I was just a little disappointed because I look forward to this series the most. But this was one of those issues that needed to be there to advance the story, so I'm not too mad. Hopefully it will return to it's regularly scheduled awesomeness next month.

Incredible Hercules #129 - This one was a whole lot of fun. Herc and company head to the Underworld (the one ruled by Pluto, not the normal Marvel underworld ruled by the Kingpin or Doom or whoever it is this week), which is a casino in Atlantic City. All kinds of hi-jinks ensue. I don't think this one had much of a flashback involved, which is when the series really shines, but it was a very entertaining issue and, as usual, I can't wait to read it when I get home. I'm also excited that it's going to be coming out twice a month soon, it's going to be double the awesomeness. I can honestly say that I've never read a bad issue and if you're not reading this series, there is something wrong with you.

Moon Knight #30 - I've been debating about dropping this one. The latest arc has been entertaining, but it's mainly because of the Luchador hitman twins more than the main character. And I'm a big Moon Knight fan, so it's been a little tough. It does help that it looks like Moonie is going back to New York to try and take on Norman Osbourne, so I'm kind of wondering why this story arc even existed. I guess they just didn't have anything planned for the book or know how to use him. I thought the issues with the Thunderbolts/Dark Avengers were great and I was expecting a lot more of that. But the last couple of issues have really wondered from that path and I can't really say that they added to the series because they're kind of irrelevant now; as I said, he's going back to NYC to basically pick up where he left off. And that seems like the norm for the Dark Reign Era, a lot of books are on this alternate tangent kick for 5-8 issues and then now they're back to normal events (I talk about it later in regards to the Wolverine series). And in my opinion it cheapens both events; it cheapens the current arc because it's essentially a throw-away story that doesn't add anything to the character(s) development, and it hurts the bigger event because it starts and then stops what's going on. I just don't think Marvel was fully prepared for how much their books would change with this thing. I'm going to hope for the best and give Moon Knight some extra rope because he's one of my favs; if he wasn't I would have cut this book already.

New Avengers #53 - Lately, I've been very having a very hard time with the books that Marvel has bumped up to $3.99 because there's no "added value". The page count is the same, the content is the same, so why the extra dough? I really have a hard time with this when one of my favorite comics that are regular price is released in the same week. This was still a good issue, but I got way more enjoyment out of Incredible Hercules than I did out of this one and Herc is the normal price. So, why am I paying more for this? Especially when it seems like a lot of these stories are stretched out for months rather needlessly. To review the book, it was good, there are a lot of funny and great moments, I just don't think it justifies the extra dollar.

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic #41 - You know, I really haven't been the biggest fan of the current story arc. I'm glad it's over because the next arc looks like it's going to be good. I do like that they take a break from all of the heavy stories and do a caper/heist arc every once in-awhile, but this one was just, weird. It didn't have a lot of Gryph, especially in the last issue, and that's where these caper/heist stories are most entertaining. But that's a moot point because this arc is over with, and I think it will be back to more of the mystery/reveal part of the series, as two of the characters have some backstory that needs to be explained.

Star Wars: Legacy #36 - This issue was so bad I didn't even bother reading it. They're doing this thing where every couple of issues they focus on what's going on in different parts of the Galaxy and, seriously, I just don't care. They're always overwritten and half the time I just know know or care what's going on. And it's always disappointing when I open an issue to find out that it's not about the main storyline. I was REALLY disappointed this time, but I tried to read it. I got about a page and a half. Just way too many words and way too much story about things I don't care about. I really don't even remember why I started buying this one, I'm really considering dropping it at this point.

Wolverine #72 - So this one FINALLY came out, and it was pretty good. I still think (and from what I read, a lot of people feel the same way) that Marvel screwed the pooch on the releasing schedule and they've confused a lot of people. The fact that this one concludes in a one-shot doesn't help matters. They should have just made it a seven or eight issue (or whatever it's up to now) limited series. But I don't think they had a plan for this title in-between Secret Invasion and Dark Reign, and this was probably something they had plotted for it's own series, so they just stuck it in as a place holder until the book becomes "Dark Wolverine". As I said, it was pretty good, including the Red Skull psychotic monologue where he dons Cap's costume like Buffalo Bill in "The Silence of the Lambs". The ending was kind of lame in my opinion; they basically spent seven issues and it's going to end exactly where everyone thought it would. The last panel did give me some chills though. I'm hoping for a lot of punching and slashing in the finale.

Wolverine: First Class #15 - For some reason I keep buying this series, even though every month I have the conversation with myself in the store that this book doesn't contribute to anything in regards to current events or current continuity, but every month I buy it and every month it's a fun read. This one is no exception. Thor alone would be enough, but Kitty's crush on him and the first couple of pages where she is trying to get Logan to get Thor to drop by her school so she can impress her friends was an added bonus. Plus there are a lot of funny moments like where Thor kind of stumbles through Wolvie's "Best There Is" line and the part where Wolvie's logic for getting introduced to Thor; there are three super heroes around, SOMETHING is going to happen. Smartly written and entertaining. I'm sure I'm going have the same conversation with myself next month, but I'm going to keep buying this one.

Wolverine: Origins #36 - Yeah, three Wolverine book in one week. Pretty rough. Can't you spread these out over the month, Marvel? Wasn't that the point of having multiple Wolvie books? In regards to this issue; I guess I don't remember what happened in the last issue or something is out of order or I accidentally skipped an issue or something because I don't remember where the beginning of of this issue picked up from. The ending was pretty disappointing because this whole arc has been setting up a confrontation between Wolvie and Dakan after Daken has two of his claws coated in the Muramasa blade's metal, and when that happens, they cheat the audience and it doesn't really happen. Very disappointing.

X-Force #15 - This story was just starting to get good and then they had to fill a couple of pages of useless dialogue and fighting right before they hint that Apocalypse is going to make a comeback and then they end it with a "to be continued in the next issue of Cable". This means; A. I've gotta buy another issue of Cable, which is a series I've been chomping at the bit to drop, and B. It didn't say "concluded" it said "continued", so there's AT LEAST one more issue of some book, be it X-Force or a one-shot that will finally wrap this thing up.

X-Men: Legacy #224 - For a book that has been prominently featuring Gambit and Rouge, who are two characters that I don't particularly care for (especially Gambit, Rouge I'm kind of just indifferent to) as well as the Danger Room robot (a story line that I thought was pretty ridiculous, even for a comic book), this one wasn't that bad. It was pretty entertaining. I was kind of shocked by that. It did kind of wrap up the current story arc, so at least we're moving on to bigger things next month. If you believe the solicitation for next month's issue, it says that Xavier's Legacy journey ends, but I'll believe it when I see it.

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