Yes – it has been a very busy few weeks – for both work and comic readers – but I am happy to say I have caught up and am ready to give off a few of my opinions. Strap yourself in and get ready for them! So, what’s been happening? Well, Nova got “Loebed” (I am totally copy writing that term!) while Hulk is making the blue chicks feel all sexy.
I always like to begin with the latest Hulk because, unlike the last two series, this one is not only readable but it seems to heading somewhere. I am all for when they bring back some B-Lister enemy and Waid is really pulling out all the stops with the Quintronic Man and now the old FF villain Attuma. I am going to confess that I was REAL bummed that they didn’t bring back Aquon – this story line was ripe for it! Although, the finale of these issues wasn’t too bad either. The Indestructible Hulk #5 (W: Waid, I: Yu, 2013, $3.99) has the Hulk’s presence affected the Rebel Army’s female soldier Mara to the point she was ready to knock boots with Jade Jaws and not ask any questions later. Attuma’s whole plan was to use magic to control the huge underwater beasts to victory – but the Hulk has never met a huge beast that he didn’t give his best beat-down. Ultimately, both Hulk and Banner win this one as Bruce leaves with the recipe for a liquid weapon. Grade: B
And then I read Nova #2 (W: Loeb, I: McGuinness, 2013, $3.99) which sucks all the excitement out of the first issue because we are given what seems like a filler issue. The cliched second issue is filled with a young man just given new powers and he does a lot of yelling and exclaiming as he makes mistakes and explores what his new found powers are. In the end he sees the Watcher… watching. Not much to it at all. Grade: D
I’ve always liked the idea of the Savage Land – a place that is so dangerous and primitive that the pampered people (including heroes) dare not take a step onto it! Of course, rules like that isn’t something Wolverine usually follows. Many things have happened to Shanna in Wolverine in just 2 short issues (Loeb should call him to ask how to write a compelling, action filled story) and Savage Wolverine #3 (W/I: Cho, 2013, $3.99) is yet another great issue! The beautiful artwork makes reading the constant battles and bloody action all that much more enjoyable! Amadeus Cho is on hand in this issue once again to try to help a rare Shanna mis-step. Only Wolverine does not know it yet and he is ready to guy the whole island! Grade: A
Maybe it’s a second issue thing – but Marvel loves to stretch out a story line if they can! Especially when it’s an “event”. So Age of Ultron #2 (W: Bendis, P: Hitch, I: Neary, 2012, $3.99) follows in the same vain. A slower paced issue that gives as a glimpse at a few more living heroes, a look at the severity and brutality of Ultron’s army and a look back at how Spider-Man came to be where he is. Oh, yeah – and Cap finally stands up. Hopefully the next issue will pick up the pace! Grade: C
I do like how things are progressing in Avengers #8 (W: Hickman, I: Weaver, 2013, $3.99) with the “White Event” creating a new weapon called Starbrand. A once forgettable, geeky kid who is now responsible for more than 3,000 deaths with his inception. Right out of the gate he knocks the Hulk into orbit – although the Hulk gets his revenge. With Captain Universe and Nightmask’s help the boy discovers where he came from. It comes full circle from where the series started – pretty damn great issue – makes me interested for future issues! Grade: A-