Sunday, February 27, 2011

Rant-Reviews--Fantomex, Composite Hulks, Thunderbolts, and a Female Taskmaster.

Fantomex fights Deathloks for a miniaturized science-world, The Thunderbolts fight monsters and Hyperion, Hulk fights his literal opposite named Kluh, and the "Max" version of Deadpool fights a pseudo-oedipal complex. This is a weird batch of comics.

Uncanny X-Force #5
Other than a scene with most of the team debating the whole "Killing apocalypse in kid-form," event from last issue, this is pretty much all Fantomex's show, and I'm cool with that. Why? Because Rick Remender takes the concepts Grant Morrison introduced during New X-Men (and Jason Aaron addressed in a great one-shot titled "Wolverine: The List") such as, "The World" and the weapon's programs behind Wolverine and Fantomex himself, and Remender uses this to make a great story full of action and fancy terms like, "An algorithm of sentient infinity." Jerome Opena is no longer on art, but things still look fine and story continues to impress. This is definitely the best X-Men-type comic after my favorite, "X-Factor".
4 out of 5 stars.

Hulk #30
The Red Hulk and Green Hulk combine and fight their hyper-intelligent opposite named Kluh because the wacky character, Impossible Man, deems it so. This is essentially a done-in-one issue that gives normal amazing artist Gabriel Hardman some time off while regular writer Jeff Parker tries to pass some time. Oddly enough the next issue is #30.1 but this feels like it would be perfect for a .1 treatment. Oh well. Anyways, this is pretty much just all fighting as the cover announces, with humorous moments provided by the Impossible Man. This issue is purely disposable silly entertainment, but man if it isn't still an enjoyable and genuinely fun time. I probably am being a bit too generous with my review, but let's give it a....
3.5 out of 5 stars.

Thunderbolts #153
Hyperion goes up against the team, and finds out how hardcore they can be during a really "these guys are tough and you don't wanna mess with them," moment at the end of the comic that I really loved. Besides the great closing there is yet more monster-fighting and some camaraderie seems to be forming among the group. Yet more good work from Jeff Parker, with this title tending to at least always be good and at times be quite great. This issue is another one of quality.
3.5 out of 5 stars.
Deadpool Max #5
The fifth entry in what has now been declared by Marvel to be a limited series, this issue is a bit of a dip in the quality compared to how each issue slowly was getting better. That isn't to say David Lapham doesn't turn in some funny moments, and the plot does advance some in a way that shows more is going on than meets the eye, but I just found not much happened in this issue. Kyle Baker provided some great illustrations as he is known for doing, so the art isn't a problem, but Lapham seems to have forced some past link between Deadpool and the lady-Taskmaster that while resulting in some hilarious flashbacks, seems a forced way to make Deadpool have some sensitive moments. Whatever the case, this issue was somewhat enjoyable, but not as great as issues number three or four, and more like the slightly-disappointing earlier issues. Hopefully things will pick back up.
2.5 out of 5 stars.

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