Monday, February 14, 2011

Rant Reviews--Two Teams of Teenage Avengers, Black Panther, And Why Not Some Deadpool?

Avengers in training, Black Panther improves, Young Avengers has some good action, and Deadpool finally gets around to honoring his friend Cable.

 Avengers Academy #8
The issue that provides some closure to the whole "Tigra getting beaten up by the Hood" storyline from New Avengers that made Tigra look like a victimized wimp with it taking some time to get her to this point where she seems like a strong individual who was forced into a weak moment. Also, because this has the character of the Hood, e.g. Parker Robbins, this ties in to the main Avengers book, taking place a bit before issue #7 where Robbins was climbing a mountain--and us readers not knowing how the hell he got out of prison until issue #9 of that series setting that plot in motion. Therefore, if you are reading this book that knowledge may be useful, and if you aren't it may be a bit confusing. Either way a solid book with an ending that I imagine will not stick in future issues, but could have some fun short-term consequences.
3.5 out of 4 stars.

Black Panther: The Man Without Fear #515 
 David Liss has improved over the last issue but things still aren't as good as his debut on #513. In this issue Luke Cage doesn't seem as out-of-character, and the fighting scenes have a great flow. Plus, some sub-plots start to form that are interesting. Above-average
3 out of 5 stars.

Young Avengers: The Children's Crusade #4
As I noted in another post, this is the issue where it is explained why Wonder Man is chatting with the Avengers in this book but swearing to take them down in another--thanks to quick piece of dialogue to clear that continuity up. This issue also has hints that while it seems the Scarlet Witch may not have her powers anymore, something is definetely amiss with Doctor Doom himself noting how odd it is for his wanting to marry Wanda. Plus some cool fights happen, and the plot inches forward. A pretty good issue.
3.5 out of 5 stars.

Deadpool and Cable #26
Cable died in the big X-Men crossover event half-a-year ago-ish, so seeing as how he and Deadpool shared a comic for a long time it would make sense to have Deadpool acknowledge this. Wrtier Duane Swierczynski has a pretty good handle on Deadpool (as was shown in the 25th issue of this series that came out a year or so ago) and makes me want to check out his Marvel Knight's title, "Wade Wilson's War". The sad thing is that this comic comes off as an afterthought to a series that ended awhile ago and I have no clue where they are going to collect it. Anyways, the story itself is fun with Deadpool going to a third world country and trying to turn it around in the same way Cable liked to do. There is nothing too amazing, but the peeks into Deadpool's mind and how he is genuinely missing his friend Nate Summers are sweet and show how Deadpool can have depth when written well.
3.5 out of 5 stars.

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