THE GOOD, THE BAD, THE COME ON WHAT ARE YOU THINKING:
Alright, got you’re attention? Maybe, maybe not, either way the title for todays blog pretty much says it all. I’m going to talk about some good titles, some bad ones, and well what where they thinking when doing that. First up…
THE GOOD (well duh did you think it would be any other one it is the first to be said)
The Avenging Spider-Man.
This title has pleasantly surprised me with how much fun it’s been to read. Now I pretty much already went into the title liking it, how could I not, it’s got Spidey in it and even with all the crap they are doing to the character in both the main title and in Ultimates, he’s still my favorite. I’ve talked some about what this title is some, but a quick run down, it’s another Marvel Team Up title where Spider-Man is teaming up with other heroes. It’s 3 issues into the title and so far he’s only been paired with the Red Hulk to go fight some evil and huge Moloid, I think it’s a Moloid or near it, has taken over Subterranea, before this new villain goes above ground to take over the world. What’s so good about this title is pretty much everything.
The writing done by Zeb Wells captures what makes Spider-Man such a great character, other than the boss (that’s right I brought back boss) costume, is that he’s funny, he’s smart, though he gets beat up he’s still one of the toughest heroes out there, and he’s combined all this to let him be the character that’s made me like him. Though Zeb Wells is well known to Spidey, he’s wrote the character before but now he’s got his own title for him and I think that’s opened up a whole world for this writer. This man has done some great story telling, by a few pages into the first issue he had me laughing so hard with the “Not it, nor I” joke with all the Avengers that I had tears in my eyes and have since red that one page like 20 times. Some more pages in and Spidey and Rulk (that’s Red Hulk) has been ate by some big monster. Then in the second issue he shows the nature of Spidey as he pretty much shows Rulk that he’s not going to be ran off by even certain death. And in issue number 3, the one that just came out, Zeb Wells has me laughing again while also going hell yeah, Spidey can take down someone that even the Rulk didn’t.
It’s not only the writing being done by Zeb Wells that makes this newest Spider-Man title so good, the artwork being created by Joe Madureira is showing the Spidey that I like, the smaller one that don’t look like a superhero. This is how Spider-Man should look, he’s a nerd afterall, not someone like Steve Rogers (at least not super-solider serum Steve Rogers, now pre the super-drug he would because both are skinny guys), Peter Parker is the guy that studied, he didn’t work out, so turning him into this muscle bound hero might look cool it’s more realistic to believe that after getting his powers instead of gaining all that muscle mass he just became stronger. Another aspect that Madureira has captured that I really like about Spidey is his mask. I remember one time there was talk about how could Spider-Man have the white eyes on the mask move like normal eyes when they where glass lens held in place with fabric not actual eyes. Well, I say who cares, it’s about a guy who can climb walls and his mask eyes changing shape to show his emotion is completely awesome. That’s what’s going on here but in the fun, cool, and strong way and it’s makes Spidey looks like cool.
One last thing that makes this title so cool, so far each issue has included a free digital code for the download of the digital issue. I’ve gotten all 3 issues now in both print and on my iPhone just waiting for me to read again.
Sadly, I will have to stick with Spidey and I never though I would say this but I’m still not liking the Ultimate Comics Ultimate Spider-Man title. What made this title so great, it’s core, it’s soul, is gone. I’ve stated before, I have no problem with the character Miles or him being a superhero, it’s killing off Peter Parker then bringing in a new character with pretty much the same exact way that made Peter Parker Spider-Man and then giving him powers that are similar (there are new ones in there) to Peter’s. So tell me, if you take away one character, bring in another one in the same manner, give him powers that are pretty much the same but add on some, how is it any different than the original character? It’s annoyed me to no end that this was done because Marvel wanted something that would shock the comic book world. Oh it did but why? They want this character Miles to be around, fine, keep him with the same story and powers, but ever think about leaving Peter Parker alive then having Miles coming along doing what Spidey has always wanted, to be a great hero, to stop the bad guys, even be liked and accepted? Then they could have had Fury tell Peter that he was done, there’s a new Spider-Man in town and he’s not him. This would at least kept Peter alive, it would allowed him to always be there and now he’s gone and in the Ultimate line so far the ones that have died have stayed dead.
But what else is making this title bad? Having to go through all the beginning again. One thing Ultimate Comics titles can do is drag on a story for way too long, especially when it’s the first telling of the story. For most part the mini series are pretty quick to getting to the point but when it’s an ongoing title, well it takes many, many issues for anything to really start to happen. 5 issues I’ve read so far and nothing really has happened. Oh he’s fought some but other than him going around saying I’m no hero nothing has happened. These beginning stories take a long time, which typically I don’t mind so much, though I’m still thinking come on get on with it even with the ones I like, this one, one that has annoyed me is just annoying me even more.
Still, it does have some good points, the artwork is really nice and in issue 5 the Ultimates meet this new Spider-Man. I also like the whole “in bad taste” line that keeps being said, and I agree.
One word, Jubilee. Don’t know what I’m talking about, go pick up some X-Men titles and find out what they did to a great character.
CHARACTER OF THE WEEK NO.4
Who is this guy? I don’t know but he’s now one of the main characters in the title Wolverine and the X-Men. He is a telepath who is evil, maybe, or just has the chance to be if Logan don’t get him to go straight. Only problem is Quire hates Logan. Though so far he’s been cool to read about and what makes him cool is that I don’t know where the stories are going to go with this character. He also seems like someone that will force Wolverine to become something new as well giving new and fun stories to read there. Like the opening to Wolverine and the X-Men issue 3 where he’s talking to Captain America. And as Quire said “I got a stern warning from Captain America himself”, that right there says a lot.