This was a relatively slow week on my front, other than my excitement over Siege: Young Avengers (which has its very own post over thattaway). I also pop my DC cherry. Oh happy day!
Spoilers for: New Mutants (Second Coming), Siege: Captain America, Iron Man Noir, The Flash.
New Mutants #12 (Second Coming Chapter 3)
Writer: Zeb Wells
Artist: Ibraim Roberson
What a solid, enjoyable chapter of Second Coming from Zeb Wells. Second Coming is really shaping up to be an excellent event.
It’s really interesting getting the perspective of the New Mutants for this chapter, if only because it switches things up and breaks the annoyance at the X-Men getting so close and letting Cable and Hope slip through their fingers for yet another damn chapter of them trying to catch up to and help them.
What I really, truly loved was Cannonball’s decision making skills. For a mission that seems almost suicidal, with his own team questioning taking on a hundred of Bastion’s soldiers, all he needed was an order. Because in this kind of war, with the kind of dark, dirty things the X-Men are having to resort to in order to fight a dark, dirty enemy, there are decisions that need to be made that some people can’t handle doing on their own — so he waits for a direct order from Cyclops before leading his team into a highly dangerous mission. And it isn’t a lack of balls on Sam’s part in any way; he just isn’t the kind of guy who could do that willingly, which is a positive thing, in my eyes.
Yeah, they’re at a whole new level of war, but not everyone can live up to it — not everyone should have to live up to it.
Which brings me to Nightcrawler and Betsy witnessing Warren become Archangel and take out all the bad guys in one fell swoop, ending by slicing Stryker in half. Poor Nightcrawler, man. Even though it was the most efficient and right thing to do (the guy sent Magik to HELL and is trying to KILL THEM ALL, puree the bastard for all I care), having to deal with his friends being this bloodthirsty in the middle of a freaking battle has got to do a number on the the mind and spirit. It’s getting more and more obvious he’s going to be the big death for Second Coming. Auf wiedersehen, Kurt.
The art was great; Roberson has a great eye for action. I’m loving all the Adi Granov covers, as well.
Siege: Captain America
Writer: Christos N. Gage
Artist: Federico Dallocchio
Man, I was so underwhelmed by this lackluster tie-in.
Dumb civilians are dumb, responsible kid is responsible, doubtful Bucky is doubtful. There was nothing new about this, since all that really happened was Bucky worried some about the burden of Steve asking him to take on the Captain America mantle.
This story seemed so devoid of heart, despite what it was trying to drive at — that the symbol Bucky now stands for is needed, from the heroes on down to the average Joe dumb enough to try to take pictures of the fighting around Asgard.
The extra .5 on story is for Razorfist alone. Because, come on: HIS POWER IS HIS HANDS ARE SWORDS.
The minus .5 on art is for this heinous distortion of the human body:
Poor Carol. Her chiropractic bills are gonna be insane.
Iron Man Noir #1
Writer: Scott Snyder
Artist: Manuel Garcia
So, Iron Man Noir is basically Tony Stark as the love child of Lara Croft and Indiana Jones — and it’s AWESOME.
I really loved the adventurer feel to this, from Tony’s badassery to the double crossing to who I assume will become Madame Masque to Pepper one-upping Tony’s badassery in her own Peppery way and the final reveal. Tony Stark the tomb raider/adventurer loking for the lost city of Atlantis?
Count me IN.
The Flash #1
Writer: Geoff Johns
Artist: Francis Manapul
So, I’m a Marvel girl through and through, but I had to pop my DC cherry eventually. I’ve been hearing good things about Flash, so I thought why the hell not and gave it a try.
I AM SO GLAD I DID.
I have zero clue about the Flash beyond him being a guy who can go really fast, but that didn’t hinder my enjoyment of this in any way. Johns does a fantastic job of making the story accessible to a brand new reader, but doesn’t spell things out in an annoying fashion. The man’s got Show, Don’t Tell down to an art.
Manapul throws down some gorgeous art, too. He really does The Flash justice, making all the speedster scenes truly look as if Flash is moving at incredible speeds. The page layouts and panels are really interesting, too.
I liked the characters, loved the art, and I’ll definitely be reading every month.