Superior Spider-Man Team-Up Special #1 (Final Issue)
Written by Mike Costa and Art by Michael Dlalynas
Talk about a convoluted method to shoe horn in some old bad guys! Turns out Doc Oc and Abomination where merely robotic gamma infused creations of Dr Jude. The art in the comic is wonderful; it has a feeling of a much older style, but with modern quality and detailing, a perfect choice for a comic featuring the core of 60’s Marvel characters.
In the end it is a comic that has no real purpose as it is effectively a flash back of about a year ago but it really adds to the feeling that Spider-Oc maybe is not such a bad guy, or perhaps the longer he stays as Spider-Man, the more he becomes Parker.
X-Men – Battle of the Atom #2 (Final Issue)
Written by Jason Aaron and Art by Esad Ribic
First things first, this comic looks amazing; Ribic’s work on Thor was good, but this is just stunning. The story was heading towards a solid ‘meh.’ Not much resolution, nothing permanent happens, no one of any consequence dies. The comic starts becoming like the Return of the King with ending after ending until BAM, that last ending hits and it honestly was like a kick in the gut.
A fantastic ending and I love the sneaky peak at the five series that will spin back out of this one. If Infinity ends half as well as this, I will be a happy man.
Captain America: Living Legend #2
Written by Andy Diggle and Art by Augustin Alessio
After the basic ‘hero saves bad guy’ issue that began this series, I really was not remotely expecting the story to turn into this. It is not a bad thing at all as this starts to read like a creepy sci-fi horror story with fantastic atmospheric art.
Marvel is really putting out for all these limited series and this one is no exception. Everything above average and depending upon how they play it from here, this could turn out to be exceptional, or merely wilt under the weight of my expectations.
Trial of The Punisher #2 (Final Issue)
Written by Marc Guggenheim and Art by Mico Suayan
Over the years I have grown very tired of the Punisher. It is either toned down and a bit dull, because the punisher without the excessive death is a bit bland, but on the other hand when they take the restrictions off, it just becomes blood and gore porn. Here they placed it perfectly. Excessive when it needs it, quiet and calculating at other times.
This reads like a fantastic crime novel, throwing hints out and then steering you away just enough that when you finally realise what is happening all the pieces fall into place. The art has a few changes in places for flashbacks and I wish the whole comic was done like the Punisher/Daredevil sequences. The whole comic is good, but those pages are on a completely different level.
Deadpool Kills Deadpool #4 (Final Issue)
Written by Cullen Bunn and Art by Salvador Espin
Just when I thought that too much Deadpool was a bad thing and that this series had been bloated and spiralling downwards, Mr Bunn pulled it out of its death spiral into a more than decent barrel roll. Actually, the decreasing numbers of Deadpools in the comic really helped focus this into a much better comic.
The art is still great as it has been through the whole series and the three page fight montage was brilliantly executed. The only problem now is that I cannot get the ‘Montage’ song from Team America out of my head. I blame you Pandapool!
Avengers A.I. #5
Written by Samuel Ryan Humphries and Art by Valerio Schiti
Can we please just change this series completely? Stuff the Avengers bit and just rename it ‘Doombot A.I.’ Every single panel he is on is immensely entertaining and he utterly steals the comic because of it.
Pym has a revelation that he is bipolar and frankly I wish I could just rip those pages out and scrap them as the comic would both work and be better without them. This is very much a transitory comic between two bigger moments and this series has been fantastic so far, therefore I will forgive this week’s not being as great.
Written by Jonathan Hickman and Art by Jerome Opena
So the Infinity series was about a master race invading the galaxy to destroy the Earth and anything else in their path; to snuff out existence rather than build it. What was the point, they went from unbeatable to a smear on Thors hammer in one issue?
Fortunately the battle on Earth itself is so much better it makes up for this seeming undervaluing of the Builders. Thanos has found his son, Blackbolt is in chains and the Illuminati have just returned, but will anyone else come to their aid? Wonderfully set up for the final few issues, just a shame that what appeared to be the main focus of the series went out with a whimper.
Guardians of the Galaxy #8 (Infinity)
Written by Brian Michael Bendis and Art by Francesco Francavilla
There are times when I really like Francesco’s art in his smaller more ‘street’ level comics, but his intentionally limited colour palette (he does all the art in his comics) just really loses a lot of the grandeur of a space comic. His line work is fantastic, I wish he would let someone else colour it because there are entire sets of panels which are a blue background and flat red colour over his inks across all the characters. What is the point in beautifully drawing out the final reveal page, and then simply making that character all flat red?
The story is fun with the back and forth’s between the characters and the ‘save’ at the end is unexpected, but obvious if you stopped to think about it.
Uncanny X-Force #13
Written by Samuel Ryan Humphries and Art by Phil Briones and Angel Unzueta
It is bad enough that my favourite artist is off this comic again, but the cover art is appalling for this comic. Kris did the best cover this series has had with Spiral last time, so I have no idea what he was thinking when he put that lopsided monstrosity on this cover. Thank goodness the interior art is so fantastic that it blocks that cover from my mind and almost makes up for Alphona’s departure.
The story is really picking up, Cassandra Nova is taking over Hollywood in true movie style by shutting down the entire city, pouring blood over the moon and releasing the Revenants. This just keeps getting better and better.
Superior Spider-Man #20
Written by Dan Slot and Art by Giuseppe Camuncoli
I will not spoiler the comic, but I wish I could. I cannot believe that even Doc Oc-Spider could do that to her… Giuseppe, even if you had done nothing else all year long, page 6 of this comic would have made you my hero, but Dan, how could you write that?
This comic leaves me so torn. I really am starting to like Otto and the fact that he is trying to turn his life around, even if it is not his life, but this comic basically sees the beginning of the end for him and Murphy’s law is in full effect. Just when you think it cannot get any worse it does, and then it does again. Judging by the teaser for next time, it is still getting worse.
Avengers #22 (Infinity)
Written by Jonathan Hickman and Art by Leinil Francis Yu
It is really important to read this after Infinity 5, otherwise it totally spoils the final reveal of that comic. If anything this is a direct continuation from that story, there is no overlap and it might as well be a 50+ page combined comic. This comic wins the award for the fastest reading comic of the week, I reached the last page and was convinced half of it was missing. Unlike many comics like this I did not feel cheated by the speed of the read, just annoyed because I was really enjoying it.
I have to pay attention next time because need to remember to read them in the reverse order, planning out this series must have been a nightmare. The art is fantastic, the story while periphery is engaging and I cannot wait to see Thanos get his comeuppance.
Scarlet Spider #23
Written by Chistopher Yost and Art by Carlo Barberi
Ok, who screwed up and resurrected Kraven? And then killed him again, or did they? This comic is another one of the really good Marvel books that appear to be being cancelled because their numbering was getting too high. The editors seem to be scared of the number 25 as if they suffer from comic related vertigo. I am sure this will be back as soon as they can relaunch it as ‘Superior Scarlet Spider’ or ‘All New Scarlet Spider’.
Either way this comic is shocking and touching all at the same time, but it might also spell the end for Kaine’s happy new life in Houston.