So, funny thing happened. Got reeeeally sick again this Sunday and couldn’t think straight. And because I really need to get blogging again (and because these are really old), have some comic reviews, just in English this time. Otherwise they’ll never get posted.
Black Widow: #07, Kiss or Kill Part 2
I think I got spoiled from Marjorie Liu writing the first arc of this book, because I think I’d have enjoyed this story if it hadn’t immediately followed hers. Like this, it seemed too streamlined, easy, I wasn’t surprised. It’s a fine superhero story, but not a good spy mystery, which I think it should be. But props to the artist, I think that’s the first pair of realistically drawn boobs I have seen in comic books. Ever. And Natasha has huge boobs, so it’s even more surprising, I have seen a couple of well-drawn flat chests, but never huge boobs that didn’t look like beach balls or at least gravity-defying. Aside from the nice boobs, the art is pretty, but not comparable to Daniel Acuña’s, who drew the book before and who has that noir feel down pretty well (and gave Natasha some fantastic outfits). Garcia’s is more classic superhero.
Story (by Duane Swierczynski): 2/5
Art (pencils by Manuel Garcia, inks by Lorenzo Ruggiero, colours by Jim Charalampidis): 4/5
Cover (by Travel Foreman): 1/5
Captain America: #611, The Trial of Captain America Part 1
Most importantly, the art is AMAZING. I did like it better when Mr Acuña was doing Black Widow, because it fit the book better and the previous Cap artist was great, too, but I’m certainly not complaining (much). Clint!Hawkeye’s hair looks so FLUFFY. This story goes back to the beginning of Brubaker’s Captain America run, when Steve was the main focus of the title and found out about the Winter Soldier, a Russian assassin. Mainly, it goes like this: the Winter Soldier popped up for a couple of weeks throughout the 50’s to 70’s, did some high profile kills, but was never seen, so he became a Cold War myth. Except he’s actually Bucky, Cap’s WW2 sidekick, who was thought to have died in a plane explosion. He did die for a couple of minutes, but some Russian guys fished him out, stitched him back together and the only thing he lost was an arm and his memory, but his muscle memory still intact, making him a very dangerous man indeed. A little brainwashing and they had the perfect assassin. So they put him into an ice tube and only thawed him up for the kill, making him age only about five to eight years in the span of 1944 to the 2000’s. For some reason or another, he was thawed up again, got loose and Cap stumbled upon him (well, he actually did some investigating, but those are pesky details), restored his memory via a magic cube and since then Buck remembers everything, including his “life” as the Winter Soldier (there’s also a really sweet thing with the Black Widow but I digress), so he’s a little mucked up in the head and keeps his distance. Until Steve dies and he picks up his shield because he wants nobody else to have it, AW. So now HE’s Captain America, hero to all. Except for the one part where one of his enemies (actually the son of one of his enemies, but he’s using the same mask and name, so who cares, really?), found out about his past as the Winter Soldier and because those super villains just can’t keep a secret, of course he hands it over to the press. Which brings us to this issue, finally. It deals with Steve (it took him all of four years to come back. Remember when Mr Q said this death WOULD STICK, REALLY. Yeah, I didn’t believe him either) explaining to the President what happened to Bucky and why he can’t be held accountable for the actions of the Winter Soldier (Mr Obama actually looks amused in the panel where Steve tells him about the magic cube), the Avengers having a roundtable and Hawkeye needing to have things spelled out for him (he’s lucky he has such FLUFFY HAIR) and Bucky fighting Nazis in New York, because … well, that’s his thing? The issue ends with a really sweet moment between Bucky and Steve and Buck saying he has to own up for actions and giving himself up to the police and I’mnotcrying,Iswear.
Story (by Ed Brubaker): 3,5/5
Art (by Daniel Acuña, colours by Joe Caramagna): 5/5
Cover (by Marko Djurdjevic): 4/5
Nomad – Girl Without A World back-up: Underneath the Skin Part 1
The back up featuring Nomad was bland. I liked it better when she was having more down-to-earth-adventures than this one (and lots of sexual tension with Araña, which sadly Young Allies doesn’t seem to have picked up on. Shame). I find the art still very upsetting.
Story (by Sean McKeever): 1/5
Art (by Filipe Andrande, colours by Chris Sotomayor): 1/5
The Uncanny X-Men: #529, The Five Lights Part 4
I just can’t care about this storyline. Hope bores me, I don’t want new “mutants” and definitely not just five of them, I want the mutants to go back to being a minority with their own subculture again instead of an endangered species (I am being hypocritical here, because I don’t actually want even more people repowered), but that at least was fun. Now it’s all gritty and dark and WE’RE DYING and can’t have babies because they’d be, ew, human and Scott Summers being even more of a dick than usual and getting my favourite characters killed/demoted to background characters in the main X-books/lost in space. (At least Magneto is being awesome and got Kitty back from space and Kitty’s part of the story actually looks promising. I like her teaming up with Emma, so I hope we get to see more of that.) Anyway, this arc has been all over the place (literally), this issue even more so and I’m glad it’s over and I don’t know if I’m going to bother reading Generation Hope. On the one hand, it interests me what is happening to mutantkind but this story was awful, the new characters have no personality at all except for their powers and them worshipping Hope and I’m glad it’s over. Also, the art was BAD.
Story (by Matt Fraction): 1/5
Art (pencils by Whilce Portacio with Harvey Tolibao, inks by Ed Tadeo with Sandu Florea, colours by Frank D’Armata): 1/5
Cover (by Terry Dodson and Rachel Dodson): 3/5
X-Men Legacy: #241, Collison (Conclusion)
While Uncanny disappointed in every regard, Legacy really does not. The art is beautiful, the story is good and well-written, it features some characters that rarely get the chance to shine (and Rogue and Magneto) and Magneto is still written amazingly and I hope nobody gets their hands on him to make him go MUHAHAHA EVIL again for a long, long time, because I love Mags being one of the good guys (mh, maybe not evil guys) so, so much.
Story (by Mike Carey): 4/5
Art (pencils by Clay Mann and Tom Raney, inks by Jay Leisten, Tom Raney and Sandu Florea, colours by Brian Reber): 4/5
Cover (by Leinil Francis Yu): 4/5