By: Derek Ng.
10/7/15 C.C.P. Reviews:
Secret Wars #6 – $3.99
Old Man Logan #5 – $3.99
The Amazing Spider-Man #1 – $5.99
Secret Wars #6
Writer: Jonathan Hickman | Artist: Esad Ribic
While the rest of the Marvel Universe has moved on, Secret Wars is still happening and it’s still very good. I’ve never enjoyed an event with such little action. Usually Marvel events are all about the fights, but Secret Wars (while building to a huge fight) is all about Doom. In fact, most of the events that occur are implied, putting the reader in the same position as Doom. You only get bits and pieces of what’s happening. Doom has created his perfect world and now he’s trying so hard to maintain it. Meanwhile, Reed Richards and The Maker (a.k.a. evil Reed Richards) are trying to defeat Doom. If anything, this event is becoming a great character study on Doom and his relationship to the Fantastic Four. It makes you wonder if Doom is really the bad guy, similar to Wanda’s role in House of M. Doom saved the universe while Reed ran away. Doom created the world with rules that made it function. Then again, there is a method to all of Doom’s madness. Where exactly are the other 2 members of the Fantastic Four…and how has Doom dealt with them? The answer (revealed in the issue) is quite ingenious. Esad Ribic continues to knock all the art completely out of the park. There are some odd moments in his art, like when Ribic draws shock on character’s faces. The real surprise is how ridiculous Black Panther’s pupils look through his mask…but this is only one panel out of a whole beautiful comic. This event is easily my favorite Marvel event in years. I really don’t mind the pace of each issue…but the delays are killer. But then again, I’d rather have a well written story then a rushed story. Secret Wars #6 is the build up to a conclusion I can’t wait to read. Even if the rest of the Marvel Universe moves on, Secret Wars #6 is still worth reading and buying.
Old Man Logan #5
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis | Artist: Andrea Sorrentino
Old Man Logan started off as one of the most interesting Secret Wars tie-ins and the most beautiful. While it is still the most beautiful, largely in part thanks to Andrea Sorrentino, the story falls flat. The first issue was so good because it was a direct sequel to the original Old Man Logan plot. But five issues in and this is basically a tour of Battleworld. There is no real story here. Even the conclusion is basically a tease of the actual conclusion to Secret Wars. This whole series was a disappointing read (but looks SO GOOD). I’m conflicted. In the end the plot was literally “Logan travels”. Logan never actually does or solves anything. It’s like reading the plot idea similar to Dante’s Inferno, but there’s no character development or enough time spent at his location to really care. The whole series felt like some dirty cash grab. There were some fantastic moments, but they literally only lasted one page or one panel and didn’t move behind that feeling of excitement. Logan meets his son from a different universe and has an emotional breakdown thinking about his family but then moves on. There’s no resolution or development, so what was the point? Did Logan ever find Ultron? Nope. Did Logan ever go back to the worlds he visited? Nope. Did we ever learn more about Logan’s world ruled by Villains? Nope. Did we really learn anything from this series? Nope. BUT Andrea Sorrentino’s art is fantastic. It’s the best looking Marvel book on the stands. As much as I dislike this series, I cannot say anything bad about the art. If Andrea Sorrentino continues to draw for Marvel, it’ll be the smartest thing Marvel has ever done because it’s guaranteed to have my buy. For readers, Old Man Logan is not worth the money. It’s worth looking at, but the story really killed the series for me.
The Amazing Spider-Man #1
Writer: Dan Slott | Artist: Giuseppe Camuncoli
Dan Slott has been writing Spider-Man for a long time and he knows how to make it feel fresh. Superior Spider-Man was easily his most controversial story yet, but one of the most memorable Spider-Man stories. It was different and fun; exactly what Spider-Man should have been. This issue feels like the true sequel to that series. Before Secret Wars, Spider-Man wasn’t as interesting anymore. SpOck was gone and Peter returned with seemingly no growth. It was a literal pick-up from where he left off. Peter was just trying to hide anything SpOck did and pretend like it didn’t happen. But with this relaunch of the series, Peter seems to taking and embracing what SpOck was creating. Peter’s company is now flourishing and Peter is running it the way every middle-class working citizen would want their company run. This is an all-new all-different Spider-Man! Once again, Dan Slott as bought me back to reading my favorite Marvel character and seeing him in a new light. Giuseppe Camuncoli is a veteran artist from the Superior run so he’s fitting right in with the new Peter. His Spider-Man looks new but feels familiar. Behind the flashy new costume and gadgets, Camuncoli’s art still screams: “This is Spider-Man!” It’s an enjoyable read and worth your buy. And I know that the $5.99 price tag is discouraging, but there are a LOT of pack-up stories in this one. It’s basically the start of all the new Spider-Man books. What is Silk up to? What is Miles up to? What is Miguel up to? This is a complete Spidey package.
Panel of the Week:
Why Old Man Logan?!? WHY? The art is so good but this is as much a conclusion as we got!
There are many more books released by DC and Marvel this week. I wish I could read them all but my wallet can only take so much. What did you read this week? Which issues would you put on your $15 budget this week? Remember to read and buy what you want and support your favorite writers and artists!
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