Starlord: Hey DeadFett, guess what time it is? It’s time for another week of checking out the good, the bad, and the ugly of comics. Let’s see what we got this week. How about Cable #24?
In this issue Cable and Hope continue to hop around time and space with Bishop constantly on their tail. They jump from one time in New York City to another, until Bishop finally catches up with them. If not for the heroics of Hope, Cable would be murdered, but claiming that nobody will harm her father, she stops Bishop long enough for him to send Bishop into the far future where for the first time B wonders if he is doing the right thing. In the meantime Cable and Hope head home, now both agreeing that they are for all intensive purposes, father and daughter.
My first thought when I finished this was... FINALLY! As much as I enjoyed the time jumping, it was getting a bit thin. Other than the fact that this solidified the relationship between the two of them, the issue felt a tad like filler. Good filler, but filler none the less. It’s a weak thumbs up for me. Still enjoyable but I’m glad we’re finally moving forward.
DeadFett: I had the same thought as you did when I finished this issue. While I've enjoyed the ride, I'm glad it's finally over. I was happy to see Bishop finally have a moment of doubt. I actually like the character and don't like what the X-Men writers have done with him. I'm hoping his moment of doubt will lead to his redemption.
The relationship between Cable and Hope has always been the strong point of the series and this issue was no exception. The acknowledgement of the father/daughter relationship was a nice moment. Like you said, this issue along with the past couple, have felt like filler in anticipation of Second Coming but it was still damn good. I'm giving it a big thumbs up. Not so much for this issue in particular, but for the whole series overall since it's finished. I know there's one issue to go but that issue will just be like a one-shot.
Our next book is Ultimate Spider-Man #8. The issue picks up with Spidey, Ice Man and Torch trying to help Rick Jones adjust to his new powers. After some discussion Rick decides he wants to see where Johnny saw The Watcher. Rick transports them to Wyoming where they find that the base has been broken into by The Serpent Squad. After they battle and the Serpent Squad has been defeated, Rick decides he's leaving the planet to figure out what he is and picks Nova for his hero name.
I actually enjoyed this issue more than I did the last. There were a few lines of dialogue that actually made me laugh. Despite that, this series just feels off to me. I don't look forward to it like I used to with the old series. The last two issues are obviously set-up for something later but still felt like filler. I have to give this a slight thumbs down. What did you think my friend?
Starlord: Can’t disagree with anything you’ve said. I don’t think I enjoyed it as much as you did, but there definitely something off in this book. The first volume seemed to flow so well in both story and character but this one seems almost forced. This was always my favorite Bendis book but since it restarted, I feel like it’s more of a row boat without a paddle. I’m giving it a thumbs down as well. I hope it picks up soon though, because at this point I’m ready to drop it.
Our final book of the week is Superman: Last Stand of New Krypton #1. Brainiac has returned and wants Krypton back in his hands. When General Zod used their ultimate weapon against him, killing many Kryptonian soldiers but not Brainiac himself, Kal finally says enough is enough. He quits his position in the military guild and proclaims that this is a job for Superman. In the meantime Superboy arrives on the planet with Mon-El and members of the Legion of Superheroes to warn Zod that they are in grave danger both now and in the future. In typical Zod fashion he has them all arrested. In the meantime Superman is able to make his way into Brainiac’s ship but finds that his enemy is not alone. Standing next to Brainiac is none other than Lex Luthor!
I thought this was a great way to kick of the War of Supermen event. Every character made perfect sense to me and the ending was perfect. An updated version of a silver age concept: Luthor and Brainiac working together. The only fear that I have about this is that there may be too many characters and storylines floating around. The Legion stuff has been floating around for some time now and though it is good to see Robinson and Gates bringing it into the forefront, I can’t help but wonder if it might be such an old thread it won’t have the impact it should. Still, I’m giving this a thumbs up. Not being a huge DC fan, I’m curious what you thought about this one, Mr. Fett.
DeadFett: I have to be honest, I didn't enjoy this that much. I'm sure a lot of it has to do with I haven't been following the Superman books. I did enjoy the pages of, "this is a job for Superman." That was a good moment and it was nice to see Big Blue kicking ass. I also enjoyed the use of Zod here. What dragged this down for me was the Legion, as I've never been a big fan of theirs, and Lex Luthor. It seems that every time I pick up a Superman book Lex is there. Despite not enjoying it, I think the writers did a good job here. And, any chance at some art from Pete Woods is a good thing for me. If I don't let my prejudice about the Legion, Lex and not knowing what was going on influence my feelings I give this a thumbs up.
Starlord: Well that’s it for Mr. Fett and I this week. Hope to see everyone back here next week when we check out three more books. See you then and don’t forget to check out my other reviews immediately following this. Peace!
A great week to be a comic book fan if you ask me.
Dark X-Men #5
And so we conclude what I consider to one of the best Dark Reign books that have come down the line; right up there with Dark Avengers. In this final issue Mystique and company face the Green Goblin while inside Norman Osborne’s mind. It turns out, however, that Goby wants nothing to do with them; he’s out to actually save Norman from the psychic attack by Nate Grey. Nate’s plan to bring out the Goblin backfired horribly and puts him a perilous position. The final panels where X-Man tells the four Dark X-Men that had they sided with him he could have helped each one of them with their issues is a perfectly haunting way to end the mini-series. I beg the powers that be at Marvel, if there is any way to keep this title going, do it! It’s Marvel’s answer to The Secret Six with even more pathos. My Score: Issue #5: A, Entire Series: A
Justice League: Rise and Fall #1
Last week I spewed venom over the James Robinson mini-series, “Cry for Justice”. Here’s the thing, the only thing that didn’t bother me about that story is the twist with Green Arrow. To me it makes sense for the character and part of the reason that I’ve always believed “The Long Bow Hunter” to be the best Green Arrow story ever written. That being said, this story was still a bit uneven for me. Some moments seemed to flow but the dialogue in others seemed a bit sophomoric at times. I enjoyed the art and coloring quite a bit though and I will have to admit that I’m very intrigued to see where Ollie is headed. My Score: B-
Secret Six #19
This series just keeps on rolling in the right direction. It opens with the gang invading a cell of Brother Blood’s (a villain who doesn’t get enough air time in my opinion), but when Black Alice’s life is threatened, the gang ignores Bane’s order to wait and raids the place. Ragdoll saves Alice who is weirdly grateful to the point that she might have developed a crush on the eunuch. A quick interlude brings back Cheshire as she is suddenly attacked by some type of military men, but don’t worry, she wipes the floor with them. Unfortunately she doesn’t do as well with the three metas that attack her. As the Six collect their money from the old rich guy who had hired them, Catman gets a phone call with a simple demand. We have your son and for every team member you kill he gets another year of life. Gail Simone has been at her best in this book, using the blackest of humor along with superb characterization makes this fun month after month. My Score: A
Red Robin #10
This issue is the second part of the Tim/Stephanie cross-over and an enjoyable issue from beginning to end. Ra’s Al Guhl’s vendetta against Red Robin heats up but Prudance runs to Tim to warn him. She admits that she was assigned to kill Batgirl, but doesn’t. Steph discovers that Tim recently lead the League of Assassins and is shocked, but Tim agrees that they perhaps have both made mistakes and need to forgive and continue on. In the meantime Ra’s has a meeting with the fake Bruce Wayne a.k.a. Tommy Elliott and a deal may have been struck. On another front Vickie Vale searches for the elusive Tim Drake and finds one of his close friends, the daughter of Luscious Fox. As Vickie begins to question her, crosshairs appear, threatening the young girl’s life. This is cranking up to be a fun adventure for both Tim and Stephanie with so many different levels to be played. Only two parts into it and I have to admit that I’m giddy with excitement. My Score: A-