Archive for August 2013

(Quick Review) Comics: Avengers 1-16, New Avengers 1-8

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Avengers #3

 

Jonathan Hickman has taken over as writer of the two flagship Avengers titles. He is following Brian Michael Bendis’s epic almost 10 year run on the titles, basically taking the Avengers from a niche title followed by a bunch of greying die-hard fans to a must read for anyone interested in comics. And after the Avengers movie grossed something like the GDP of Belize. Needless to say, he has a tough act to follow and there are a bunch of eyes on him, from both fans and bean counters.
He has basically hit it out of the park. Now, some people might complain (or whine or bitch) about the type of stories that Hickman writes. He does huge, his run on Fantastic Four spanned two books for a couple of years and in the end was one continuous storyline, intricate stories woven together with great ideas, great characters, and since this is the Avengers, great action. He starts his stories with enough details where he can plant foreboding images and dialogue from the first issue and goes from there.
He also manages to do great one off issues (that tie in to the longer plot lines in interesting ways) and has a good sense of timing and humor (e.g. Spider-man fighting with Sunspot and Cannonball about left overs in the Avengers fridge). And he builds his own continuity, rather than having to know 50 years of comic history, he gives enough details on the pieces he uses and adds so many of his own that old comic lovers get treats and new comic lovers don’t get lost.

Verdict: Pick it up. Make sure you get both, they will merge in the end to one amazing story. And while you are at it, check out his runs on Fantastic Four and FF

Quick Review: Harvest 1-5 (Image 2012-2013)

Interesting premise pulled off pretty well: A surgeon gets caught up in high priced organ theft and transplant, after he himself is caught accidentally killing people while high. The doctor is a lot more, and less (at least in the sanity category), then he first appears.

Feels like this series was setting up for more, but got cut short and ended at issue 5. Which is the story of pretty much everything I like. Though I am used to this happening more often for TV than comics. I mean, WHERE IS THE SECOND SEASON OF STUDIO 60? Dammit.

The art is good, though it really is strange to see new (or at least new to me) artists who feel like they have Sean Phillips as an influence. In my mind Sean Phillips is a indie figure, but I forget he has had some major work (read big 2 comic book companies) and with the success of things like Criminal and Fatale, he is pretty well known.

Verdict: Pick up in the quarter bins or half-price trades. Would love to see more.

(edited 8/5/2013)