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Re: Comics and Graphic Novels Vol. 3: This issue...EVERYBODY DIES!
I actually started checking out a bunch of the Marvel NOW! (or w/e) titles (and a few that started before it that have continued into that "era"), although I haven't started All New X-Men yet because I want to try and catch up with the Uncanny run and the Avengers v X-Men story (even though I figure it'll blow) first, if for no reason other than picking up some backstory. I know I'd be better off just reading a synopsis and picking up the bullet points, but I'm stupid that way.
Wolverine & The X-Men is a really fun book and pretty much exactly what I was hoping for. It's been fairly light-hearted so far (6 issues in), which I dig. The Uncanny stuff before it got really dull and I never really liked Utopia much to begin with. I liked the sound of this, though -- them being back at the school, seeing how they get things off the ground, the book being sort of a throwback to Whedon's Astonishing run (if you can even call something that's happening less than ten years later a throwback) with the vets being teachers, etc. It all seems pretty whimsical compared to the dreariness of Fraction's run leading up to Schism. I can imagine Wolverine and Quentin Quire going to a casino in outer space and counting cards mutant Rain Man style in Fraction's Uncanny and it being a total downer, while I thought it was the opposite in this. Does anybody else like Quentin Quire, btw? Honestly, he's just about my favourite character in the book and he's a total dickweed little shithead. Only problem I have with the book is that there's a bunch of AvX tie-ins coming up and I don't really care about them.
Hawkeye is fucking great. Fraction is everything in this that he wasn't in the Uncanny X-Men stuff. Love the interactions between Clint and Kate (Clint is a total goofball at points and I love it), and there are a few genuinely funny parts. The issue where Clint is basically told to vacate his apartment block or he's dead has this great bit at the start with Hawkeye, Wolverine and Spider-Man where they're talking about Dog Cops and Clint doesn't want to hear any spoilers. I'm a fan of the "aww, coffee/tape/arrow, no" bits as well. I now also know what Seph's sig is about (that's the last issue I read). Aja's art is pretty strange, but it's perfect for this. Kind of reminds me - why, I'm not sure - of the old cartoons they'd show on Cartoon Network when I was a kid, you know, before cartoons got super shitty and terrible and shit. I take comfort in that nostalgia.
Thor: God of Thunder is pretty boss. Art is awesome and it's full of "Thou shall not fuck with this thunderous erection" dialogue. I've only read the first five issues so far, but I get the sense Aaron and Ribic went for "epic", and I thought they definitely pulled it off.
I'd like Thunderbolts more if the art on it wasn't so goofy. I mean, I know I actively just praised the art on Hawkeye because it reminds me of cartoons, but this feels kind of cartoony as well (a different kind, mind you. And not as good a kind), and it doesn't really fit. I know there's going to be comedy stuff in a book with Deadpool in it, and I enjoy that, but I thought Remender did that way better with Uncanny X-Force. That was really good "dark comedy", and the art didn't make that LOOK like a comedy title. I mean, that isn't totally the case with the art on this either, but I guess I'd say the art on this would be better suited to a solo Deadpool title as opposed to a title based around psychos and murderers that happens to have Deadpool in it. IDK, I suppose I'd be fairly happy if Opena was drawing this. But he's not.
Cable & X-Force seems like a kind of silly concept, but the first arc was alright. IDK how Cable is alive again but w/e. The interactions between Nemesis and Forge are probably the best parts. I quite enjoy Nemesis in general, actually. Also like the idea of Colossus being sort of roped into this and being the lone voice of reason/morality in amongst the scoundrels and nutcases. His interactions with Domino could be pretty fun in a "gun-toting cheerleader with behaviour issues drags quiet foreign exchange student down sordid path" sort of way. There's a decent movie/TV analogy to be made there. Fuck if I can think of one.
How has Waid's run on Daredevil been? I'll assume good? How does it compare to Bendis' run?
Most of what I've read about Slott's Superior Spider-Man has been really positive. I have no idea how they got to the point of Doctor Octopus being in Peter Parker's body or whatever the fuck, though, so I'mma catch up by reading his run on Amazing leading up to it (or most of it, anyway. Or some of it). Picked up the Ultimate Big Time Collection which starts at #648, and I'll probably just catch up from there.