Sunday, June 23, 2013

All-New X-Men #12 a Comic Book Milestone!

Marvel's All-New X-Men #12 marks a milestone in comics history.  Well, not necessarily in comics history, but in my personal history with comics.  It basically means that, for the first time in over a decade, I've actually read a year's worth of a Marvel comics.  I'm pretty disenchanted by anything by the Big Two, but that's their fault, not mine.  Anyway, #12 was pretty cool even though I think it was essentially a space filler wrapped around the idea that Cyclops and his brother Havoc got to give each other bro hugs, but that could just be me.  I'd also like to mention that while I enjoy the artistic team of Stuart Immonen and Wade von Grawbadger, I'm getting tired of seeing page after page of people standing around in open fields.  Draw a background for a change!
In other news, the more I read Indestructible Hulk, the more I ask myself why.  It has its moments, but overall I'm not as impressed as I'd hoped to be.  In issue 8, guest-starring Thor and legendary Thor artist Walt Simonson, while battling Frost Giants and attempting to extract mystical minerals from the permafrost of Jotunheim, Banner attempts to explain the "Only those who are worthy etc..." enchantment placed upon the thunder god's mighty mallet as some sort of nanotech, but I ain't buying it.  There was a pretty cool moment with a supporting character with a death wish, but no spoiler of secrets am I.  Maybe it's just me, but these Thor issues seem to be less about the Hulk and more about Thor and S.H.I.E.L.D.  Next issue: Daredevil!  I can hardly wait (he says sarcastically).
On a lighter note, I've started reading Dynamite Entertainment's run of The Spider!  Like All-Nex X-Men, it's been around about a dozen or so issues, but I thought I'd start from the beginning.  Dynamite as you may know from reading my posts, is responsible for the comic book Masks, which is the teaming up some of my favorite Golden Age and pulp heroes.  Anyway, the first four or so issues of The Spider have been a lot of fun.  My daughter described the art as drawn by someone who can't draw, referring to the book's use of photo referencing, but it's still pretty slick because they manage to really capture the look of The Spider from the old serials.  Next time I'm in my local comic shop, I'm hoping to get as caught up on this series as I can.  I've got the first two issues of Miss Fury to tide me over til then and from the looks of things, it doesn't appear to be another Catwoman comic.  We'll see...