Foilball’s Review Roundup #41 – MARVEL! MARVEL! MARVEL!

1985 #3 (****1/2)

So far, of all the Millar projects, this one has me the most excited. It’s just really ####ing good. The real live people actually sound like real live people, unlike in say, War Heroes. I love the sinister way the villains of the 616 Marvel Universe are just killing people. M.O.D.O.K. fulfills his function as “killing machine” better than he ever has in regular continuity by forcing a whole mess of townsfolk to drown themselves. And the plot just keeps turning and turning, revealing new layers every issue. Like, obviously this has happened before right? Based on the dad character’s reaction to it. Perhaps his old comic buddy had (or has?) something to do with it? And this issue’s double page spread made me laugh out loud, but in that good comic book way. Dudes, forget Kick-Ass and War Zeroes and Old Man Eastwood and all that other shit, 1985 is DA STONES!

Foolkiller: White Angels #1 (****)

Two questions: Who is this Greg Hurwitz guy and why is he so awesome? I’ve really been enjoying his fresh take on the Foolkiller concept, and now that we got the origin story out of the way, Hurwitz opens up the world a bit more. Punisher next issue… continuity between the MAX books? Seems like a neat idea seeing as how Hurwitz is writing the first Punisher arc after Ennis leaves the book next month. The thing I most like about this new mini is how much it reminds me of what Brubaker is doing with Criminal. You know, jumping on the other side of things and giving us a peek at how the dysfunctional elements of society live. I’m going to switch to trade for the next mini, these seem to read best that way, but I’m going to enjoy the hell out of this violence-fest till then.

The Invincible Iron Man #3 (****1/2)

Iron Man, Thor and Casanova; these are the books that remind me how awesome Matt Fraction can be. Iron Man? New favorite, baby! Why? It’s simple. Matt Fraction is writing Iron Man to be Marvel’s Superman. SUPERMAN. Don’t believe me? Check out this sequence…

 

 

Take away the armor and replace it with invulnerability and super strength. Swap the boot jets for super speed. Lose the tracking gadgets and throw in some super hearing. Oh, and, Pepper Potts morphs into Lois Lane and what have you got… DING! Superman. And another thing, Fraction has so seamlessly blended movie and comic continuity, that it doesn’t even bother me that much (anymore) that the “Invincible” Stark is so different from the “Director of S.H.I.E.L.D.” Stark. Anyway, it’s awesome. ‘Nuff said.

Quick Hits:
Eternals #2 (*****): The Knaufs!!! Doing it again! These guys are sooooo good I want to sploodge all over myself after finishing one of their books. Ahh…
Guardians of the Galaxy #3 (***1/2): D&A have yet to WOW me with the book, but that’s not to say it’s poorly written. I can feel them building to something epic, but I’m just not sure what it is yet. Hmm, maybe that shocking final page is a clue? Magus, anyone? Oh, and enough with that damn debriefs. They’re funny, and I’m sure I’d be okay with them if they hadn’t been used so poorly in The Order. Bitter much? Just a little.
Iron Man: Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. #31 (***1/2): This fill-in continues to do an adequate job, but this is definitely not the quality we’ve come to expect from this title. From the hokey to the clumsy, the dialogue is easily the most obvious weakness. After this arc we get an SI tie-in starring War Machine and then hopefully, the Knaufs come back?
The Last Defenders #5 (***): I’ve been enjoying this book, till this issue that is. Color me ten shades of confused? I think Casey bites off more than he can chew with all these pseudo-science explanations.
Punisher War Journal #21 (*): Matt Fraction and Howard Chaykin? PLEASE LEAVE! When does Remender’s solo run start?
X-Factor #33 (-): Everyone else has bashed this enough. It’s bad.
Young X-Men #4 (*): Wow, great reveal, Guggenheim. Too bad I stopped caring two issues ago. Heh, bet you wish you’d actually written Cyclops as a Skrull imposter, aye?

9 thoughts on “Foilball’s Review Roundup #41 – MARVEL! MARVEL! MARVEL!

  1. 1985- Really?! Really?! Maybe I’ll pick it up in HC.

    Iron Man- I know doesn’t this book rule now?

    Eternals- Eww dude. Based on your rating I may have picked up the book, but now I’d just have bad thoughts while reading it.

  2. Hmmm… I hadn’t really thought that this had happened before with the dad, I guess I just always thought he was bad at dealing with serious issues, at least based on what Toby’s mom was saying about him. I may need to go back and reread 1-3 to see if that jumps out at me now. Yay, for this issue not having any gratuitous 1985 references!

    Good comment on Iron Man: Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. I think you nailed it. I knew that there was something odd about that issue, but I couldn’t quite put my finger on it.

  3. Knaufs aren’t coming back to Iron Man DOS, Billy. Hell, IRON MAN isn’t coming back to Iron Man DOS. They’re changing it to a War Machine ongoing post SI with Greg Pak writing.

  4. Wait… WHAT THE FUCK!?! when did this happen? did they announce this at con? was i too busy taking pictures with slutty booth girls to hear about this?!?

    ARRRRRGH!!!!

  5. i was just thinking the other day, right after reading both Iron Man titles, that “wow, it sucks that there are two Iron Man ongoings, especially since one is ass.”

    why do they even call it “Marvel Mondo” anyway?

    i went to one panel and it was so, so, soooooo boooo-ring. Joe Q is so skinny. like, Tom Hanks Philadelphia skinny… and then some retard bitched about continuity and i had to leave.

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