A bit of a slow week comics-wise for me!
Spoilers ahead for: New Avengers, Second Coming, Her-Oes, ASM Presents: Black Cat.
New Avengers #1
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Artist: Stuart Immonen
I’m finding it increasingly hard to put my finger on just what it is about Bendis’ writing that bugs me.
On one hand, he’s done some of my favorite one-on-one issues (Civil War’s The Confession, for one) and he’s excellent when it comes to interpersonal relationships. But when it comes to the big team books, it seems as though, to bastardize a line from Tolkien, his writing is like too little butter scraped over too much bread.
There are some great moments in this issue — Tony making Luke buy Avengers Mansion for one dollar, Wolverine’s quip about his ability to be on different teams — but the rest of it fell through the cracks.
I was completely uninterested in the threat to the team, and I like Doctor Strange. I’m willing to stick with this until the first magic arc is over, then take the arc after that on an issue by issue basis. Right now, I’m going to put my trust in Bendis and hope he’s still got some of the magic I loved from the very beginning of the first New Avengers run.
New Mutants #14 (Second Coming Chapter 11)
Writer: Zeb Wells
Artist: Ibraim Roberson, Lan Medina, Jose Villarubia
I have to admit, I’m getting just a little bit tired of all the fighting, but not so much so that I can’t enjoy it still.
There were moments peppered throughout this issue that made me either chair dance or cackle in glee: Rogue loving Hope and Cable’s life motto; Legion actually working with the X-Men; Cypher getting his badass moment; the epic sentinel; AND MAGNETO, BITCHES.
That last page of Magneto absolutely made this issue for me, I cannot even lie. Old Mags has always been more badass than the rest of the X-Men combined, and that’s how I like it.
Marvel Her-Oes #3
Writer: Grace Randolph
Artist: Craig Rousseau
My God, the name of this title still bugs me, three months later.
That aside, I’m really glad this exists, for the younger girls out there who may be just getting into superhero comics. It’s really great seeing so many female superheroines get the spotlight here, where the males in the show are either incompetent or being ordered around by the women.
Not that a role reversal fixes anything, but having women and girls be strong and weild their power (for good or evil, as we see both sides in this issue — MOONSTONE, HELL YEAH) is a great message. I love the idea of a fourteen year old girl picking this up and relating to Janet or Jenny, that they may be inspired by Jenny doing something to save her friends, or Janet doing what she can to save Jenny, or Namora revealing herself to be much more than just another Mean Girl.
Kudos to Marvel and this creative team for putting something positive out there.
Amazing Spider-Man Presents: The Black Cat #1
Writer: Jen Van Meter
Artist: Javier Pulido
First off, I love this cover. I just had to get that out there. It’s the right amount of sassy and cool for Felicia Hardy.
The issue itself read like a real sixties spy caper, and the art fits as well. I love the mission impossible stunts she pulls, as well as the double crossing and triple crossing going on. I can tell I’m going to enjoy this series, and I’m a little sad it won’t last long at all.
Also, I love that Spidey’s got boxers on in this when he’s previously said he goes naked in the spidey suit because he chafes. I can forgive the misstep if only because he looked adorable in that panel.