This Week in Comics: Micro Reviews
Fantastic Four #1: An issue that begins with action we’ve seen a hundred times — oh look, the FF fight a monster — and follows with flat characterizations that don’t seem to go anywhere. (For the love of God, would people stop writing Ben Grimm as an oaf? He did fly a rocket ship, for God’s sake.) James Robinson is a great writer, but this is not a great first issue. At $3.99, Issue 2 may be a non starter.
Uncanny Avengers #17: I had a tough time with the first 6 (or 10) issues of UA, which were uber-talky and with a “we don’t like each other” dynamic that felt forced.
But having stuck with it—well, actually, I no longer have any idea what I’m reading. Some of that is the story’s complexity —- I’ve been tempted to keep notes just to try and keep the layers straight. And some of it is—well, you have to read it to see. It’s a good issue; McNiven has been just the shot in the arm the comics needed. But whatever is happening in this comic, it’s not at all what seems to be happening in this comic.
Hawkeye #15: BRO. SERIOUSLY: Another classic lesson in the Fraction/Aja school of comic book making. (And a strong counterexample to Image Publisher Eric Stephenson’s comments this week about superhero comics. I agree with a lot of what Stephenson had to say, but Marvel comics today is also providing some exciting innovations in the genre.)
Guardians of the Galaxy #12: This crossover with All New X-Men seemed to make little or no sense, but once again, Bendis has found gold, mining things like the Summers reunion and Jean’s accusation for multiple sweet spot character beats. Plus, we get just a single moment’s chemistry between Kitty and Quill, and I am totally hooked. #QuittyShipper
(PS I know, the image is for ANX 23. But I just love it so much.)