A Geek's Guide To The Galaxy

Comics: Week of 4/24/13


Featured Comics of the Week

UNCANNY AVENGERS #7
Story by Rick Remender
Art by Daniel Acuña
Cover by John Cassaday
Marvel Comics

Enter The Apocalypse Twins! The beginning of the end begins with their arrival!

Why do they seek to anger The Celestials? What is their connection to Kang? How is Thor responsible for their mighty power?!

A death at the hands of an Avenger divides the team!

Will Sunfire torture an S-Man to save mutant lives?

SPOILERS: It’s in issues like this one that I wonder, Why in the hell is every superhero on the planet not dealing with this issue? This is one of the biggest leaps of faith that I make in any of these super-hero universe comics. Sometimes they address these these things by saying, Oh the Fantastic Four are in another dimension and the X-Men are fighting themselves and the other Avengers are fighting Galactus somewhere.  But I can only take that so much. 

In this issue we see the death of a Celestial by the hands of the Apocalypse Twins. This is a major, world universe threatening event. Hell, the Shiaar and Kree and Doctor Doom should all be ready to fight.  Maybe that will come in issue #8, but somehow I doubt it. 

Anyways, I really am loving this run of comics. It has all of the gravatas, action and well written scripting that I have come to expect from Rick Remender. Daniel Acuña’s art is great too, the look of the comic being great.

The bitter fights between the people on this team, especially between Rogue and the Scarlet Witch, are terrifically done – and well deserved. Wanda destroyed all mutants previously, not something Rogue is taking lightly, and she shouldn’t. I like that this is not an Avengers view of things and an X-Men view of things. Thor is a great divining rod in this fight and he actually seems to be the one of reason here.

Poor Thor. Young Thor was a bravado-filled, arrogant douche, as we’ve seen a lot of in last issue and the current run of Thor: God Of Thunder. Now, in both comics, Present Thor is paying for his past transgressions. Here, Thors own Jarmargarthansonx… um, his old Axe, is being used to strike down that Celestial. This isn’t going to go well for anyone.

Oh! I also love how Wolverine is like, barely in this. He is a background character for once in a comic – and I’m totally cool with that.

I’m loving this run and will continue to look forward to each issue with great anticipation.



EAST OF WEST #2
Story by Jonathan Hickman
Art by Nick Dragotta
Image Comics

“SONS OF PROPHECY”

Following the high crimes in the debut issue of EAST OF WEST, the fallout spreads across the broken nations of America. Forces align to stave off the apocalypse, while equally powerful ones do everything they can to bring it to pass.

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 issue of East of West revealed a bit more of the conceipt of this story. It is interesting and reminds me of something like Y: The Last Man mixed with something… way grimmer. The art is wonderful and brutal by Nick Dragotta. I’m not sure who the “hero” of this book is yet, but that may be the point. Jonathan Hickman is revealing this story in a way that answers one question and raises many others. 

I am less enthused for this series as I was at the end of the first issue. I’m not totally sure Hickman’s writing style is something I completely enjoy. It may be amazing to some people, I know it is, but sometimes things just don’t connect. We’ll see, I’m pretty sure I’m sticking with this series a bit longer to see if it can dig its nails into me.



GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #2
Story by Brian Michael Bendis
Art by Steve McNiven, Sara Pichelli, & John Dell
Colors by Justin Ponsor
Cover by Steve McNiven, Paolo Rivera, Joe Quesada, & Joe Madureira
Marvel Comics

While London deals with the brutal Badoon invasion, the fate of the Guardians of the Galaxy may have been decided millions of miles away.

Speaking of big galactic events that make you wonder why everyone on the planet is not on high alert. Here when aliens attack London, our heroes at least attempt to call for help, but are unable (with a weird classic Bendis-like dig at Captain Britain). The art is good. The writing is good. The action is good. The conceit of the story is clear. I’ll continue reading this series for now. Nothing to complain about, nothing to rave about. If you want a good comic, look no further. If you want an amazing comic, I have some other recommendations.

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