Thursday, December 13, 2012

Wednesday Is Meeting The New Boss For All I Care #166

Action Comics #14 (2012)
Indestructible Hulk #1
Marvel NOW! Point One #1
Talon #1 (2012)

Action Comics #14 (DC, 2012, $3.99)
In 2012, with regular pictures coming in from the dead world, it's hard to get excited by a mystery on Mars. I bought the book hoping for some early New 52 Martian Manhunter cameoage to jazz it up. Instead, it's Superman filling in for Doctor Who in a lame comic to read from behind the couch, or whatever. I always get pissed when I realize a Who episode isn't resolving fast enough to not turn into a two-parter, and the only reason that didn't happen here is because the second half would have to be better than the first on premise alone. I just wish I could have skipped directly to that one, because $4 for purely functionary read should give me the right to one good open palm slap across the back of Grant Morrison's bald head. There's also a back-up by Sholly Fisch and Chris Sprouse eight pages on a wimpy concept that should have been bookend pages for an actual story.

Indestructible Hulk #1 (Marvel, 2012, $3.99)
Mark Waid saw Joss Whedon's The Avengers and said, "yeah-- that." Maria Hill subs for Black Widow, Phil Coulson cameos, and Nick Fury is surely forthcoming. Unfortunately, every single deviation from the movie is wrong-headed. Banner finds S.H.I.E.L.D. instead of vice versa, and makes Maria Hill seem completely incompetent as a result. Waid speaks through Banner to sell the series' premise to readers, a flagrant violation of "show, don't tell." Curiously, Leinil Francis Yu worked better for me drawing ten pages of talking heads in a diner than the drawn out Hulk mayhem that followed. Mad Thinker remains a throwaway villain tossed in for an amusing line or two, and while I appreciate it being a done-in-one, I have no desire to continue from here.

Marvel NOW! Point One #1 (Marvel, 2012, $5.99)
It takes some gall to package a bunch of shitty previews to series that probably won't sell with a bridging story and charge folks $6 for the sampling. Starlord gets a traumatic origin sequence, but fuck you if you don't know who Peter Quill is, because you're not getting shit for exposition. Jeph Loeb and Ed McGuinness reteam for a Nova series no one on earth wants, so much so that it might fail during their run instead of after they leave. Gillen, McKelvie & Norton turned me onto Young Avengers a bit, but I'm not invested enough to bite on this alone. An eight page Ant-Man story by Matt Fraction and Mike Allred is a self-validating proposition, even if it stops more than ends, and won't lead me to FF. I liked the Forge solo story well enough, so maybe I'll keep an eye out for other Dennis Hopeless work, if he ever gets out of the mutie ghetto. The Nick Fury/Agent Coulson bridge tries to tie all these disparate elements together, but can't pull it off, and nothing in the book seems likely to impact on my Marvel Comics buying habits.

Talon #1 (DC, 2012, $2.99)
There's a phenomenon with TV show pilots where the creators put all their heart and soul in that positive first step, and then totally stumble on the second. This was that. Picking at threads from a Batman Family crossover like a vulture snacking on a corpse, the heroic Talon battles a villainous Talon again as they talk about how secret and unbeatable the Court of Owls are some more. An arch exposition spewing supporting character is thrust into the narrative as good Talon acts like an idiot to maintain trumped up drama. Guillem March only gets to draw three characters, and you get tired of looking at them after a while. In the end, good Talon finally accepts his life's mission, which I thought he'd already done in #0, as well as donning the horrible official Talon costume I'd forgotten he was stuck with because he looked decent for two issues without it. This comic effectively undoes all the good will built up by the debut.

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