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I picked up a ton of issues this week and while I was there I finally signed up for a pull list. My local shop gives a 15% discount on any titles on your pull list and at the rate I am buying I need all the discount I can get! Plus this way I can do my part to support some of the smaller titles because my shop barely buys any Hawkeye or Captain Marvel, but now they know that I want it for sure. Anyway onto the comics:

Captain Marvel #10 - I am enjoying seeing Carol at home in New York this issue and last. I like the cast of characters around her from her cat to the people in her neighborhood. This new arc has my attention. There is always something appealing about seeing a superpowered person having to adjust to a physical limitation or accept a flaw in their powers. I enjoyed the Captain America cameo (Carol's thoughts about him are so true! I too love him even though he can be a patronizing son of a--) and can't wait to see what the flying cycle is going to look like done up Captain Marvel style.

Captain America #4 - This book is really not my kind of thing. The alternate dimension, huge time-skips, and isolation from the rest of the Marvel U make it a book I am thisclose to dropping. Today's issue started to pull me in though. The wild surroundings have finally given way to the kind of intimate character exploration a book like this SHOULD be. There have been aspects of that before, but with this issue I've finally been engaged with Cap's character in both the flashbacks and the present. I'm still not sure if I'll keep buying this one after the first arc though. It really depends on where it is going.

Indestructible Hulk #4 - I really, really enjoy this series. I love the direction they are taking both the Hulk and Banner in this series and I love the way SHIELD and Maria in particular have been portrayed so far. There is also a certain wry humor that I really love in Bruce's narration. My favorite part of this issue was seeing the way Banner has been living in that creepy faux town and meeting his new assistants. I am very interested to see where that goes. I also want to know who he was calling to confirm that he was okay...and what's going to happen if he misses a check in?

Daredevil #23 - This is the designated Marvel Now jumping on point for Daredevil. I've read a few years worth of Daredevil (the beginning of volume 2), but haven't been reading it recently. I've heard good things about Waid's run on the book though so this seemed like a good place to check it out. This issue is setting up a story that revolves around Matt's origin and his relationship with Foggy, putting both at the front and center of the plot. Because of that I think this really is a good jumping on point for people unfamiliar with Matt's world. I like it when comics acknowledge that a lot of the origin stories would lead to death in the real world and seeing a villain trying to recreate Daredevil's was creepy. There is a lot of potential in that. The reveal that Foggy has cancer makes me wonder what is going on in Marvel. Everyone seems to be getting cancers and lesions in this relaunch. I guess all that background superhero creating radiation is catching up to the Marvel U.

Thor: God of Thunder #5 - I love this series and just realized that most of the things that frustrate me about the Captain America series are being done here too (time-skips, not much involvement from the rest of the Marvel U, not on Earth for the most part, etc.). Just better. At least in my Thor loving opinion. lol. Anyway, I love how character focused this story is and how much we get to see about Thor in all stages of his life. I particularly like seeing past!Thor's flaws and how he has grown in the present. That being said, the parts that focus on the God Butcher's story aren't exactly riveting to me so I am not exactly thrilled about him getting a whole comic devoted to his history next month. That aside this series is one of my favorites in the Marvel Now and I am glad that at least one of my two favorite characters is getting a good relaunch. *cries quiet tears of Iron Man mediocrity and bad art*

Deadpool #5 - Deadpool has been one of my most fun reads in the Marvel Now. I mean what's not to like about Wade killing the zombiefied former presidents? But ultimately the books have a lot of jokes being thrown out to see what sticks and so it was bound to hit an issue that didn't work for me. In my opinion this issue didn't work as well as the prior four, however Wade is still love and it is setting up some potentially interesting things. I wasn't too thrilled with Agent Preston getting killed because, well, how many black women are there in comics? But to be fair she is a SHIELD agent so life can be dangerous. Also with the Necromancer there I am not sure if the death will stick fully anyway. Just please don't make her a zombie that Wade will have to kill.

I suppose the one thing I liked about the whole thing was that we saw Wade's deadly serious side for a moment. The side that says: hey, I don't have many friends and I won't let you kill them. I love Wade for his light-hearted nature, however the dark edge and touch of angst that peeks through sometimes makes me LOVE him. I'm glad this creative team hasn't forgotten that that side exists.

Avengers #6 - Let me start off by saying that I enjoyed the quieter tone of this issue where we got to see a bit of the in-between missions time. I also love that we are getting an Avengers team where the majority of the issue was a conversation between Shang-Chi, a Chinese man, and Captain Universe, currently an African-American woman. Diversity is good people. Anyway, this issue was a welcome relief from all the action, although...

it definitely set a few more pieces into play with Captain Universe talking about how Earth 616 is where the life and death of everything will be decided and that the Universe itself is currently dying. BTW, Tony when Shang-Chi bursts into your lab with the current sentient manifestation of the Universe telling you something is important, maybe don't tell them to hold on a minute. lol.

I am getting more and more concerned about that whole Steve being life and Tony being death thing from issue one in light of that phrasing coming back in this issue. Does it mean that Steve's path will lead to life and salvation for the multiverse, but that Tony's way leads to death and destruction? And if so, that begs the question: Guys why does Marvel hate Tony? *clings*

This issue also showed me my first taste of Ock!Spidey as he messes with Sunspot and Cannonball (neither of which I know anything about and should probably look up) and then tries tattling to Tony. IDEK how I am supposed to feel about him. Mostly I'm just missing the way Peter used to shine in the team books I read.

Finally this issue set up a cliff hanger with something called a White Event which I think must play into the whole New Avengers thing. At least I assume it does because what Captain Universe is concerned about certainly does.

What do you all think? What are you reading?

Date: 2013-02-22 04:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Out of your list there, I'm only following Thor and Avengers.

I can't even form coherent words about how much I love Thor, and I actually sort of like Gorr. Of course they may be because you could just paste my face onto his body in a lot of the panels and you would have me. Because who wouldn't want a bloody chained up Thor to play with for 17 days what?

See, I think Marvel loves Tony. I mean, they wanted us to actually side with him during Civil War and think he was in the right. With you know, the violations of everyone's rights and the witch hunts and everything.

They've pulled some seriously shady shit already in New Avengers in regards to Cap and it really sheds a new, much darker light on their relationship in Avengers.

Date: 2013-02-22 05:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Except the aftermath of the Civil War was three years of Tony having everything stripped away and even being given amnesia to try to make him sympathetic again as he constantly was told how wrong he was. After reading years worth of Iron Man and Fantastic Four do their best to redeem Tony and Reed its just very frustrating to see them doing the exact same things again with the characters. I mean I appreciate consistency but as fans of theirs it's kind of frustrating sometimes.

Of course it's also giving me some angsty little plot bunnies so I probably shouldn't complain. It would probably be easier to swallow if Tony's solo book wasn't mediocre writing with shitty art at the moment. A good Fantastic Four book is helping the Reed part to go down easier.

About Gorr, I do like him as a villain and really appreciate the way he is digging into Thor's entire being, but I just found the bits about his motivation to be less gripping to me in this book and knowing the next book is his origin...well I know it's necessary, but I really just want Thor on panel. lol. The book is fabulous regardless.


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