Saturday, June 11, 2011

Rant-Reviews--Mutant Teams, Tie-Ins, And New Avengers Barely Avoids Getting Cut From My Pull List

Today we've got X-Factor #220 with a kind of lackluster issue, Uncanny X-Force #11 in an alternate universe, Thunderbolts #158 tying in to Fear Itself decently enough, and The New Avengers actually brings those two separate story-lines its had together finally in an issue that is surprisingly not that bad.
X-Factor #220
An issue focused mainly on Rahne and Shatterstar, where they face-off against this creepy demon creature and the artist draws people really oddly. This had some fun moments between our main characters, but I just don't care much about Rahne's pregnancy with a mythical creature or whatever...and my interest is zero with demons and junk. To his credit Peter David makes it almost interesting...but I still don't care. The nice character moments make it just above-average however.
3 out of 5 stars.

Uncanny X-Force #11
Rick Remender and Marvel have been cranking out issues of this fast, making fill-in artists a must...which is okay because this issue still looks pretty good. Anyways, the team heads into the Age of Apocalypse  Universe to try and get a magical macguffin that will cure one of their teammates of becoming an evil monster, but of course bad stuff happens. Were it not for the fact that Remender makes the characters actually interesting this would be kind of dull, but thanks to his expert writing you can feel the conflicting emotions of everyone as they see familiar-yet-different faces in this alternate-world. Enjoyable.
3.5 out of 5 stars.

Thunderbolts #158
The team fights zombies, and then has to hurry back to the big prison known as the Raft because their teammate Juggernaut has wrecked the place after breaking out of it during the main Fear Itself comic when he got a hammer. Jeff Parker is making the most of having Juggernaut taken away from him for Fear Itself by focusing in on his other main characters along with the new "B-team" of Thunderbolts. Kev Walker as always supplies some snazzy art too, so things are at least fun.
3 out of 5 stars.

The New Avengers #13
Huh, this actually wasn't awful. The two storylines set in the past and present illustrated by Deodato and Howard Chaykin actually come together in a way that makes sense and advances the story while introducing intriguing new story possibilities. Plus, Bendis seems to tie in a bit of the Osborn intrigue from that mini-series it would seem--which got me excited. Still, the conclusion with Mockingbird and what happened to her felt kind of way too convenient even if it makes for interesting future stories. Still, it was at least a bit above average.
3 out of 5 stars.

There we go, a bunch of stuff that clawed its way to being above middle-of-the-road and one thing that was extra-enjoyable. Perfectly decent stuff, but in this economy perfectly decent doesn't cut it, I read comics for great stuff. X-Factor had a little dip in enjoyment, and Thunderbolts is just stuck with a crossover, but The New Avengers better shape up or its getting cut from my pull list too.

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