Dark Reign: Ares #1
My first reaction when I finished reading this was that it seemed pretty obvious that Kieron Gillen must have feelings of huge inadequacy with his manhood. I've never read anything this testosterone heavy, and I'm including both volumes of my beloved erotic stories: "The Bear That Took Out the Marine Corps." Top it off with one of the biggest cliches in the history of story-telling "Ah, you've tried to kill me, you've learned the lesson I was trying to teach you." and I couldn't help but start laughing out loud. Really! My husband was actually asking me what was so funny. Then Gillen tries to turn it around in the last two pages by having him worry about his son.
I loved the issue of Dark Avengers that Bendis wrote where Ares confronts Fury. That was actually a well rounded and three dimensional anti-hero that I could get into. This Ares, he's funny, I'll give you that. But then, I rolled my eyes at all the Rambo movies too. So what do I know.
LOVED the art! It saved this from being a lower score. If this was meant to be saterical, I'd give it a solid 9. But I actually think this was supposed to be serious.
My Score: 6
"I wish you enough sun to keep your attitude bright.
I wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun more.
I wish you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive.
I wish you enough pain so that the smallest joys in life appear much bigger.
I wish you enough gain to satisfy your wanting.
I wish you enough loss to appreciate all that you possess.
I wish enough "Hello's" to get you through the final "Good-bye.."