OK. Spoilers will come in this thread. Don't say you weren't warned!
I mean it!
So, I'm old, and I've read a lot of comic books, and blah blah blah. I'm pretty freaking sure nobody gives a damn about my biography.
But for those who do go way back, way back to a time when Marvel was a little simpler type of company, I sure hope you're reading Avengers.
I don't mean that to say that these first four issues are redefining comics. They aren't. The art's been good, the pacing's been good, but really, as a whole, the stories have been solid but not spectacular.
But what they've done, including this week's No. 4, is so much different -- and, in my opinion, better -- than what Bendis' run was, and what I missed most:
The Avengers are doing things instead of, or while, talking. Whereas Bendis' run was, well, a lot of talking, then a burst of doing, then more talking.
For how I view books with very large casts, this is the way to go. You have a narrative, a theme. You basically have a narrator telling you the story, with the conversations between characters serving to bridge the gaps in the narrative. When you have characters as much as 50 years old, that's absolutely the best way to go -- we've seen Thor and Hawkeye and Black Widow and Carol Danvers for years and years and years.
At this point in the history of these characters, having them offer narrative is somewhat painful. Let them do things. It's why these are comic books.
But this issue was worth me making my way to the boards after a too-busy-working absence because it was a done-in-one featuring a Hyperiion, which is always a good way to get me to read a book.
I said "a" Hyperion because it's not a version that any of us have seen before; the character's name is Marcus and he may wind up being Mark Milton at some point, but Hickman gave this version an origin that is fun and reminiscent of Superman, with the requisite tragedy.
But the reason I like Hyperion, especially this version from what I've seen of how Hickman might be using him, is that this guy's gonna be a heavy hitter. He's smart -- fallible, but smart. He's confident, he's tough. He thinks -- and, most interesting, he doesn't think like "us." Where Hickman takes that, I don't know, but it's interesting.
When you have a character like Hyperion, who isn't really one character for Marvel but has been seen in many incarnations, you can do just about anything you want. I'm hopeful that Hickman does so, explores the Superman-archetype in ways that DC, IMO, continues to fail to do by over-pandering to the weakest aspects of what Clark Kent/Superman are, instead of simply writing powerful stories about the most powerful being on Earth.
This was a fun issue, for those who read comics like I do. I hope those of you who are old-schoolers who like the concept of Hyperion give this issue, if not this series, a shot. I think it's been fun.
*Sniff, sniff* "Damn it, Diana...If I'd known they would trade us in for a JT Krul-written Captain Atom and "The Savage Hawkman," I'd have let Superboy-Prime destroy all reality.""Superman flies and is really strong...what the fuck else do you need to know?!"
-- Hitler, expressing his displeasure about DC rebooting and complaints about continuity