It’s been a very quiet week on Battleworld (Doom must be feeling merciful). With only six Secret Wars releases I felt like I didn’t have very much to talk about so I decided I’d throw in a review of the latest issue of Star Wars by Jason Aaron as it really needs to be talked about! So, without further ado, let’s get cracking with everything Secret Wars (and Star Wars) from so crazy guys over at Marvel this week.
1602 Witch Hunter Angela Issue Two
This is starting to get ridiculous. As has happened with so many other great titles from Marvel’s Secret War the first issue of 1602 Witch Hunter (I’m going to shorten it because I can’t be bothered writing the entire thing) did not work for me. It was a nice continuation of Gaiman’s original story but I felt it was a little too wordy and I wasn’t sold on the concept. I really enjoyed Issue Two and it changed my mind on the series but it still has one big problem. I do not like Angela as a character.
If you read my Grr(apphic) Mondays article this week you will see that a lot of Marvel characters have a deeper purpose that lies at the heart of the character, something that they represent and I feel Angela lacks this. I get that she is an angelic assassin but I don’t see the difference between her and Gamora, which is interesting as it is the Guardians appearance that makes the big difference to this series. Whether it’s because of James Gunns influence or just because they are well designed, the guardians work. Their appearance gives the story a lot of life and makes me excited to see more from this series. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in a new take on the Guardians of the Galaxy or wants to see a unique blend of Marvel and Shakespearian stylings.
Age of Ultron vs Marvel Zombies Issue Two
I still do not know what to make of this book, I have been really enjoying a lot of the stuff tied into the wall and the Deadlands on Battleworld. The storyline is strange but their are a lot of recurring themes from both the Age of Ultron series and Marvel Zombies (especially the survivors camp). I try to keep away from spoilers in my reviews but I have to say the ending of this issue really impressed me as the final panel has a level of detail to it that will make fans of the series feel rewarded. The artwork through out from Pugh is very strong helps to make Robinson’s complex story easier to understand. I highly recommend this series to anyone whose heart does a little skip of glee when they think about robots and zombies fighting.
Deadpool’s Secret Secret Wars Issues Three
This event has had a lot of really amazing books but I think this might be one of my favourites. It might not have the style of Old Man Logan or the visual brilliance of Weirdworld but every issue has knocked it out of the park with a combination of heart, nostalgia and comedy that leans a little more witty than most of Deadpool’s normal humour. The artwork, from Lolli, is a fitting tribute to the Mike Zeck and Bob Layton’s original artwork from the original Secret Wars storyline with many panels acting as direct call backs to the Secret Wars storyline. I highly recommend this to anyone who has read Secret Wars or just wants a strong piece about the merc with a mouth!
M.O.D.O.K Assassin Issue Three
Okay I have to admit that I am not entirely sold on this series. It’s not Angela’s role in it that takes me out of it, although I would rather it had been Lady Sif or Storm, I think my biggest problem is that I don’t like M.O.D.O.K. Whenever he turns up he seems to be always acting as a stand in for Deadpool as a comedy character. There has been a growing group of M.O.D.O.K fans that has lead to Marvel producing more content centred around him and I always find myself asking why they couldn’t have used Deadpool for the same role, they are both killers and they both play for laughs except M.O.D.O.K’s only joke seems to be that he is a little pathetic. I like the role he played in Marvel NOW Secret Avengers as more of an advisor but I just don’t think he works as a central character for a series. If your a fan of M.O.D.O.K go for it, but everyone else I say yo should save your money.
Thors Issue Two
I still don’t love it, but I can at least admit that Thors is starting to get a little better. The main problem with the series is that I can’t tell if it’s playing for laughs or if it’s being serious. If it’s serious it’s a little too wacky for me and I’m having a lot of problems suspending my disbelief. On the other hand, if it’s trying to be funny it’s far too serious and is mostly relying on a lot of Thor related puns to carry it. I think in general the problem with this series is tone but putting that to one side there is a good idea here. Aaron has always been a strong writer and that is beginning to shine through. I recommend this fans of Thor and Aaron.
X-Men ’92 Issue Two
I really did not get what this series was about at first, i enjoyed the nostalgia and seeing more from one of my favourite animated series but I also felt like the story seemed odd. With Issue Two I am beginning to realise that the theme of censorship is running though out and with that realisation came another. This is a really smart book. There are a lot of interesting devices at play through out the book and some of the metaphorical devices Cassandra Nova employs in the book make the piece very interesting to read. The visual style as makes it a treat for fans of the original series so if you have ever watched X-Men ’92 you should try and get your hands on this book.
*Bonus Round* Star Wars Issue Seven
This series is something really special, I truly believe that after the original films it may be one of the greatest things to ever come out of the Star Wars universe. It’s a big boast but somehow Aaron has managed to pull off a book that feels like both a fitting tribute to the original films and also a part of them. I have started reading the other Marvel Star Wars series and they have all been of a very high standard. Issue Seven takes a look back at the life of Obi-Wan Kenobi between the events of Star Wars episode three and episode four. We see him as he transforms from Obi-Wan to Old Ben, a transformation that is handled extremely well both through the writing and the artwork.
The issue suffers from a lack of space. It tries to chronicle around twenty years in as many pages and only just about makes it work, but it does make it work and that’s what counts. The artwork from Bianchi is a nice little treat and works well to make the piece stand out from the rest of the series. I highly recommend attempting to get a copy of any issue from this series but particularly this one as it requires almost no prior knowledge of Aaron’s run and it fills in a nice gap between films.
…and that about wraps up the reviews for this week. I am going to try and branch out into reviewing a few more comic series where possible over the next few weeks (money and time allowing). Check on the BearSleuth Facebook page this Sunday for your chance to get your thoughts on BearSleuth and come back on Monday for another great Grr(aphic) Monday!