Eli Katz wrote:I think it's cool that Marvel is taking real storytelling risks. I hope it takes more of them. I just don't think this project works.
Maybe, as the story unfolds, the elements that I found problematic will end up making a lot more sense than they do now.
Let me know. I suspect this book will read much better collected.
I think this issue is suffering from middle child syndrome. It's dense enough that you can't just drop in without reading the first issue, and it's setting stuff up that probably won't make sense until the end of the story arc. Thus, the issue in isolation is just buzzwords and exposition without much plot or action (aside from the sweet fight between the Dark Man and the elder Stark and Richards).
I really liked the first issue, but this one didn't give me enough to grab onto. Leonardo's dialogue certainly sounded cool, but we don't have enough information at this stage to make sense of it. I did like the page of nothing but dialogue; the characters were in the dark so it made sense to do it that way rather than illustrating a page of dimly lit or unlit panels with word balloons. It also drew your attention to what was being said, rather than what was being shown.
While I certainly enjoyed the production of the issue, I cannot say whether I actually enjoyed reading it as a single issue comic book. It's almost impossible to judge something like this in isolation. I guess I will have to take that into account when I score the book. Right now I see a ton of potential, but we have all seen how quickly that can turn to disaster (I'm looking at you Matrix trilogy!).