This was a pretty good week in comics, although not quite as fantastic as last weeks. I read 4 comics this week. I will try to stay Spoiler-Free.
East of West #1
Story by Jonathan Hickman
Art by Nick Dragotta
“OUT OF THE WASTELAND”
The things that divide us are stronger than the things that unite us. A Sci-Fi Western set in a dystopian America where all hope for the future rests in the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse…who just happen to be trying to kill the President of the United States.
One of the most exciting new books of the year, this is EAST OF WEST, a brand new, ongoing, monthly comic from the award-winning team of Marvel’s FF, JONATHAN HICKMAN and NICK DRAGOTTA.
This was a great surprise. There are so many great indie books out there it is hard to keep up with them. This one was a real pleasure. It had a very strange start that was somewhat confusing and disjointed. But, once you get passed the history lesson that sets up the world, you are in for a real treat.
Hickman creates a post-apocalyptic alternate history, where the apocalypse appears to have happened back in the old west. So now, in the future, we have a mixture of high sci-fi technology and old west style. Not quite Firefly, this is more akin to Wild Wild West meets Blade Runner with a dash of Mad Max. The story is confusing at first, but then compelling as hell.
We find out that our 4 leads, at this time, are some particularly significant apocalyptic personalities, and I can’t wait to see how this tale of revenge (I think) plays out.
Dragotta’s art is stellar and my absolute favorite thing about this series is the character design. High praise all around on this. Take a chance on this new series today!
GUARDIANS OF GALAXY #1
Cover by Steve McNiven
Colors by Justin Ponsor
Art by Steve McNiven & John Dell
Story by Brian Michael Bendis
There’s a new rule in the galaxy: No one touches Earth! No one!!
Why has Earth become the most important planet in the Galaxy? That’s what the Guardians of the Galaxy are going to find out!!
Join the brightest stars in the Marvel universe: Star Lord, Gamora, Drax, Rocket Raccoon, Groot and–wait for it–Iron-Man, as they embark upon one of the most explosive and eye-opening chapters of Marvel NOW!
These galactic Avengers are going to discover secrets that will rattle Marvel readers for years to come! Why wait for the movie? It all starts here!
I’ve never read any Guardians of the Galaxy previously, but I got a real kick out of this comic. It feels basically like ‘Avengers in space’, but that is a good thing. It is full of typical Bendis dialogue, which is good for me, but some people may not care for it. The addition of Tony Stark to this roster is quite interesting, but I really do not understand how this fits into the other continuity.
The art is typically terrific by McNiven, although it is not necessarily out of this world (pun intended).
I’m interested to see where this is going.
UNCANNY AVENGERS #5
Story by Rick Remender
Art by Olivier Coipel & Mark Morales
Colors by Laura Martin
Cover by John Cassaday, Laura Martin, & Olivier Coipel
Wonder Man, Wasp and Sunfire join the team just in time for Grim Reaper’s revenge! Tension between the team builds as Havok’s leadership is questioned!
The death of a major character at the hands of an Avenger in broad daylight!
I’m loving this run. It’s so great to see Remender, whose time on Uncanny X-Force gave us one of the best story arcs in recent super-hero comics history, take that story and evolve it into this book. The art by Coipel and Morales in wonderful and the drama and gravitas of years of Avengers and X-Men history is brilliantly displayed. This was my second favorite book of the week, and only lost to East of West by half a nose.
The drama between Scarlett Witch, and pretty much everyone else is so perfect. This really builds upon everything from House of M to Avengers Vs. X-Men and Uncanny X-Force.
I LOVE THIS BOOK!
WOLVERINE AND THE X-MEN #27
Story by Jason Aaron
Art by Ramon Perez
Colors by Laura Martin & Matt Milla
Letters by Joe Caramagna
Cover by Ramon Perez & Laura Martin
Jason Aaron and Eisner-Award winning best artist Ramón Pérez continue the arc that readers will remember for years to come.
Dog Logan is back and Wolverine is in for a world of hurt.
The students are on their own in the Savage Land with no supervision. Uh-oh.
Ugh. This book used to be a joy to read and in the last 10 issues or so, I feel like I’m just buying it out of habit. The story is OK. The art is good. But I just can’t feel invested in any of this any more. Wolverine’s brother? Oy.
Also, Beasts new design looks ridiculous in profile, like he is a cross between a He-Man villain and Hulk’s Gamma-Villain The Leader.
And, I’m assuming Quentin Quire is being built up to be the “new” Charles Xavier. He started as a villain, now is morally questionable. He has been told that some day he will lead the X-Men. He has super psychic powers. And, if you remove the mohawk, he IS good ole Chuck.