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Postby 48THRiLLS » Mon May 24, 2010 10:01 pm

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Postby Eli Katz » Mon May 24, 2010 10:59 pm

guitarsmashley wrote:I will actually put forth the effort to write something worthy of being called a review.

Read your review and appreciate your points. Thanks--it was a fun read.

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Postby guitarsmashley » Mon May 24, 2010 11:32 pm

Eli Katz wrote:Read your review and appreciate your points. Thanks--it was a fun read.


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Postby MrBlack » Tue May 25, 2010 6:49 am

Avengers #1

Avengers #1 starts out strong, giving us a hint to the plot of the opening arc before moving straight to team building. I like this lineup quite a bit: We finally get to see the "Big Three" together again; Hawkeye is finally back in a proper costume; and, Marvel's two biggest names, Spider-Man and Wolverine, are included on the team. Spider-Woman is the only odd person out here, but I am happy to see her on the team if for no other reason than a bit of gender balancing. This feels more like Grant Morrison's "Big Seven" JLA than any of Brian Michael Bendis' prior Avengers books (Spider-Woman is Aquaman, I suppose).

Nevertheless, this is still a Bendis comic, so there is a good deal of banter and some exposition. Because this is an opening issue, none of it feels gratuitous though. What little banter there is helps to establish the relationships between these characters, some of whom have never met, and the exposition is necessary to establish the impetus for the Avengers' first mission. And what a mission it is! We have the Next Avenges, Kang the Conqueror, and Wonder Man all tossed into the mix, and time travel on top of that. The first story arc bears a great deal of promise at the very least.

I am a fan of John Romita, Jr.'s art, but the cover to this issue really turned me off. The interiors are a huge improvement though, so I cannot say why the cover looks so terrible when the same inker and colorist apparently worked on it. For better or worse, this is John Romita, Jr. at his best, so your mileage may very depending on your tolerance for his rather stylized work. Klaus Janson's inks are strong, and I like Dean White's choice of color palette, which lends a brightness to this new Heroic Age.

Overall, this is a very strong book to herald the beginning of Marvel's Heroic Age. For those who doubted the direction that Marvel was taking post-Siege, this is still very much a Bendis book; it actually reminds me quite a bit of Bendis' Mighty Avengers, minus the thought balloons. For the Bendis haters, I would still recommend giving this book a chance. His quirks are kept to a minimum here, and the story has the sort of "big adventure" feel that was lacking from Bendis' other Avengers work.

Story: 9.5
Art: 9
Overall: 9.5

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Postby Starlord » Tue May 25, 2010 11:09 am

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Postby Kerny » Tue May 25, 2010 12:05 pm

Avengers

Confession- I am a Bendis fan. Not on Twigg's level, but I think the man is usually a great writer. His Dark Avengers was great, and I enjoyed Siege, so what would I think of these bright and hero-y gents? I liked it

You might be shocked by this, but there's a lot of talking. Crazy in a Bendis comic, I know. I enjoyed everyone's reaction to Steve's call to arms, even Wonder man's. Because Wonder Man sucks, and if he takes a heel turn here, he'll get his ass kicked. The banter between Spidey and Hawkeye was fun and should be in the future. I like the whole team, with Spider-Woman being the odd duck sorta, tho I like her too.

I've never read a Kang story,a Maestro story, or seen the Next Avengers movie, so I'm pleasantly curious about all of them. Thor blasting the shit out of Kang was also the tits. I think I read somewhere that Old Man Clint Eastwood Logan would appear too, since this arc is about time-fuckery, so that will be awesome.

JRJR's art is fine. I was becoming a hata of his lately from his recent stints on ASM and World War Hulk, but this and Punisher:The List looked fine. Steve's hair in the first shot and Spider-Woman look kinda funny but eh, I think his art fits the tone and style of this book. However, I'm taking a point off cuz THE HEROIC AGE BANTER is really ugly and distracting on the front, IMO

Story 8
Art 7

Overall 7.5

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Postby thefourthman » Wed May 26, 2010 6:13 am

Hey guess what... Gotham City Sirens #12:
[spoiler]Written by Tony Bedard, illustrated by Peter Nguyen[/spoiler]
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Postby Punchy » Wed May 26, 2010 6:13 am

So it's not a Dini issue? Thank god.

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Postby thefourthman » Wed May 26, 2010 6:17 am

Punchy wrote:So it's not a Dini issue? Thank god.

s'really not a good thing... hater.
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Postby Punchy » Wed May 26, 2010 7:31 am

thefourthman wrote:s'really not a good thing... hater.


It so is, Dini is the blandest writer in comics.

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Postby ****** » Wed May 26, 2010 7:44 am

thefourthman wrote:Hey guess what... Gotham City Sirens #12:
[spoiler]Written by Tony Bedard, illustrated by Peter Nguyen[/spoiler]
:lol:


A fill-in writer on a Dini book?! I'm shocked! Shocked I say!

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Postby Victorian Squid » Wed May 26, 2010 7:49 am

Never even glanced at GCS.

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Postby thefourthman » Wed May 26, 2010 8:58 am

Punchy wrote:It so is, Dini is the blandest writer in comics.

no, it's not, this is an average issue of comic, where as Dini has taken what could be a bland comic and made it something worth reading.
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Postby Punchy » Wed May 26, 2010 8:59 am

thefourthman wrote:no, it's not, this is an average issue of comic, where as Dini has taken what could be a bland comic and made it something worth reading.


Nope, Dini's would be just as bland, if not more so.

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