Monday, December 7, 2009
What I Read This Week
I just picked up last week's comics this afternoon, so I don't have them read, BUT I do have my two Marvel sub comics, so nyah!
Invincible Iron Man #20 -- A lot of Marvel comic books are accused nowadays of being "nothing but talking heads," but in this case that's fairly literal, as more than half of the story features nothing other than the holographic talking head of Tony Stark. Fraction is building Tony Stark back up after tearing him down in "World's Most Wanted," and this is a decent start, but there is too much talking and not enough going on at this point. I know, I know, this is the opening chapter. Hopefully this will be more enjoyable over the course of the story than "WMW."
Mighty Avengers #31 -- In China, the Unspoken (exiled former ruler of the Inhumans) is busy using his Xerogen gas to revert every human he can into an Alpha Primitive -- including Hank Pym's team of Avengers! Bombastic and engaging story, which despite being part 6 of 6, was easy to pick up and follow. Dan Slott (along with his co-writer Christos Gage) has a pretty good handle on the characters he is playing with (I'd argue he has no idea how to write Hawkeye), even though he still insists on making crummy political jokes. And Sean Chen on art is a flashback to the old Heroes Return days of Iron Man which I am more than happy with. So far, I have dug Slott's take on Mighty (from this issue and the World's Mightiest collection) and hopefully that will continue.
Re-read Pile: Invincible Iron Man, Mighty Avengers.
The Pick of the Pile is Avengers, which delivered the goods in an old style slugfest and satisfied me as an Assemblers fan despite Slott's idiotic politics. IIM set the stage for something interesting but didn't really have enough "oomph."