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Review Group Week 209 - CHOKER #1/TAILS OF THE PET AVENGERS

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Postby Victorian Squid » Fri Feb 12, 2010 8:43 am

I can buy copes of Choker and wad them up and mail them to you guys in envelopes--it's not like you'd notice.

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Postby Victorian Squid » Fri Feb 12, 2010 8:44 am

amlah6 wrote:Yowzers, so we have two picks and both are in short supply. Nice. :(


After last week, this week was cursed. But if we award Kerny a do-over, we will get X-Men Forever as a "reward". :(

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Postby thefourthman » Fri Feb 12, 2010 9:17 am

amlah6 wrote:Yowzers, so we have two picks and both are in short supply. Nice. :(

I TOLD YOU TO GO WITH HIT MONKEY, but does anyone listen to me, no! I will do Pet Avengers tonite or tomorrow, Choker as soon as I can!

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Postby ****** » Fri Feb 12, 2010 9:41 am

thefourthman wrote:I TOLD YOU TO GO WITH HIT MONKEY, but does anyone listen to me, no! I will do Pet Avengers tonite or tomorrow, Choker as soon as I can!


Better no reviews than monkey reviews. :x :x :x

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Postby Greg » Fri Feb 12, 2010 11:14 am

thefourthman wrote:I TOLD YOU TO GO WITH HIT MONKEY, but does anyone listen to me, no! I will do Pet Avengers tonite or tomorrow, Choker as soon as I can!


How does it feel? :twisted:
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Postby S.F. Jude Terror » Fri Feb 12, 2010 12:05 pm

Jubilee wrote:Millagan/Allred fun is much more funnier and a lot less of the "random" humour which appears in Deadpool and similar books like this. I hate "fun" which is just random concepts thrown together, I like actual humour comics like Nextwave or X-statix which genuinly are cleverly written.

To conclude - Pets teaming up to look like thier adult counterparts - Not funny

Ellis poking fun at superhero books - Funny

A monkey which is also a hitman - Not funny

Milligan using X-statix to rip on popular culture and also "ruining" an X-force book in the process - Hilarious
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Postby thefourthman » Fri Feb 12, 2010 12:10 pm

Greg wrote:How does it feel? :twisted:

Marvel listens to me, even if they only hear what they want to hear! :P

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Postby Old Man » Fri Feb 12, 2010 1:12 pm

amlah6 wrote:Better no reviews than monkey reviews. :x :x :x


But most of the reviews here are written by monkeys. :idea:
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Postby MrBlack » Fri Feb 12, 2010 1:26 pm

Punchy wrote:That's hardly heinous!

Not liking Pet Avengers is a bannable offense.

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Postby spidertour02 » Fri Feb 12, 2010 2:49 pm

Tails of the Pet Avengers was pretty good. I'll write you guys a guest review if you want one. :D
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Postby ****** » Fri Feb 12, 2010 2:50 pm

spidertour02 wrote:Tails of the Pet Avengers was pretty good. I'll write you guys a guest review if you want one. :D


Yes, please. :-)

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Postby spidertour02 » Fri Feb 12, 2010 3:34 pm

Tails of the Pet Avengers #1

First, a little background! This is a prelude to a sequel to 2009's Lockjaw and the Pet Avengers miniseries. The 2009 mini focused on the formation of a team of "Pet Avengers" -- Lockjaw (the teleporting pet of the Inhumans), Zabu (Ka-Zar's sabretooth tiger), Lockheed (Kitty's dragon), Redwing (the Falcon's pet falcon), Furball (Speedball's cat), Throg (a human that was cursed into froghood, who later obtained a chip of Mjolnir and gained the power of Thor), and Ms. Lion (Aunt May's dog from Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends) -- and their first adventure. In that story, they attempted to gather the Infinity Gems after Lockjaw overheard Reed Richards discussing such a plan with Black Bolt and Medusa. Over the course of four issues, the Pet Avengers travel throughout the world, and even back in time, to collect the gems before encountering Thanos to battle over them.

This prelude contains six vignettes, each one focusing on a Pet Avenger in a solo adventure.

The Good

Although the book is broken into five-page vignettes, we get a complete story for each character. The art is beautiful and consistent -- Colleen Coover and Team Gurihiru did two stories each, and one story was done by Ig Guara, the artist on both the 2009 miniseries and the upcoming one.

The stories themselves move at a quick pace, but somehow manage to fit in cute character moments and even some development. For example, Throg's story involves him coming to an important decision regarding his frog clan, and Zabu's story involves a development with his character.

This book is also a nice primer for readers unfamiliar with the original miniseries. Each character gets a chance to show what they add to the team, for the most part, and their character traits -- like Throg's nobility, and Redwing's superior attitude -- shine through.

It also bears mentioning that this book is a nice diversion from all the darkness, violence, and death that pervade the Marvel Universe (and the DC Universe, should you consider it) these days. I had a silly-looking smile on my face the entire time I was reading this.

In short, these stories are action-packed, but leave room for other advancements in character -- you can't ask for more in a short story, and you get it six times in this one-shot. Wow.

The Bad

There are six solo stories in this issue. There are seven Pet Avengers. Seriously, where's Furball? It's very odd that he doesn't get a story. In fact, he doesn't even appear in any of the vignettes -- his only appearances are on the cover and in the cover previews for Lockjaw and the Pet Avengers Unleashed #1.

I found Lockheed's vignette to be a little disappointing. It was a cute and enjoyable short, but Lockheed only had a tangential appearance in the story, which was primarily about a human character. That was a missed opportunity.

The Ugly

Although there are 30 story pages (six stories at five pages each), $3.99 is a little steep for this. I felt like I got my money's worth, but it continues to boggle my mind that a book marketed towards children would be among Marvel's most expensive titles. Luckily, the miniseries itself will only be $2.99 a pop.

Grades

Story

Collectively, this is about an 8 for story. Sure, they're cute stories aimed at kids, but a lot happens in a skimpy number of pages for each. They get docked a full point for excluding Furball.

Art

I'm going to shock everyone and give this a 10.

Now, before one of the Brits screams "Off with his head!", I should explain myself. As an artist (a hobbyist, anyways), I can appreciate how difficult it is to draw convincing animals. It was Jim Lee that once said that animals are the hardest thing to draw in comics, and he wasn't kidding. Now, try to imagine having to draw animals in action, with emotive faces, and from many angles. Still with me? Now, try to imagine doing that multiple times in every panel! It's a very, very difficult job, and these folks pull it beautifully. Special props go out to the females -- Colleen Coover and the two women of Gurihiru -- who draw the best pages of the issue.

Overall

This is a 9. Go out and buy it.
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Postby thefourthman » Fri Feb 12, 2010 4:54 pm

All the hate being thrown towards animals in comic books befuddles me. You got no problem being an adult reading about guys fighting crime in their pajamas with proportionate strength of arachnids, but if a frog gets dressed like Thor, shit is real and it is just silly.

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Postby Victorian Squid » Fri Feb 12, 2010 4:58 pm

thefourthman wrote:All the hate being thrown towards animals in comic books befuddles me. You got no problem being an adult reading about guys fighting crime in their pajamas with proportionate strength of arachnids, but if a frog gets dressed like Thor, shit is real and it is just silly.

Comic fans are the weirdest bunch.


You are drawing a generalization and forgetting the geographical nature of the hatred. The British have a long folklore history of being tricked out of their tuppences by talking animals.

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Postby thefourthman » Fri Feb 12, 2010 5:02 pm

Rooster Illusion wrote:You are drawing a generalization and forgetting the geographical nature of the hatred. The British have a long folklore history of being tricked out of their tuppences by talking animals.

But it is okay when a Nanny with a flying Umbrella does it?

Also, there are fans here like that too. I think the brits just want to seem cooler than they really are. What they fail to understand is that being yourself ALWAYS comes off as cooler than pretending and hiding.

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