Howdy. Seems like Marvel and DC kicked off some big events this week, though one delivered better than the other. Aside from that there’s a few new #1’s and a new direction. But enough babble! On with the books!
Avengers and X-Men AXIS #1
The different pacing is immediately noticeable from most modern event books. The prelude in Uncanny Avengers was vital, with the last issue (#25) setting the stage. Having the heroes immediately rally to battle Red Onslaught was fun. The wickedness to come is foreboding, as the assembling typically happens at the end. The issue was too wordy though, making it a bit of a slog to read, particularly with some of the failed banter and quips from Iron Man. Still, solid opening salvo.
This was meant to be a new jumping on point for Batgirl with a new set of creators. While it certainly veered away from what came before, that doesn’t mean it was good. The art from Babs Tarr was certainly a nice change of pace, but when juxtaposed with the text heavy, awkward dialogue, the enter book seemed like a cheap Scott Pilgrim knockoff. The wall of text on every page alone was a detractor, adding to it the bland story and odd characterization, there wasn’t much left to enjoy.
The fantasy spin on the John Carter-esque tale was enticing, particularly with the framing device from the parent’s point of view. Some of the dialogue was cliched, “You said it yourself… the test’s prove it.” Despite this, it was an enjoyable story until the final page. Jaw dropping. Get in on the ground floor!
Not what I was expecting, but wonderfully entertaining. Though none of the promotional ideas were touched on, this was reminiscent of Severed, featuring undefined horror. Jock was perfectly suited to draw this, though the deer scene was a little confusing. Did its tongue fall out? The last page stop was annoying. Why couldn’t they reveal whatever horror befell Sail? And her tormentor, just inside believably crazy.
Synder promised this issue would be a game changer. He delivered. DC knew it too, doubling the cover price. Batman can be interpreted in a myriad of ways. This hit on the “always outnumbered, never out gunned” motif perfectly. From the opening page through the ensuing battle, this was fantastic. The
Hulk-Buster Bat Armor was initially eye rolling, but when put in context though, was fantastic. I have a feeling this won’t be 6 issues of fighting given how Snyder jumped into the action here. The possibilities are enticing. Capullo’s art was amazing. The backup story, by Tynion IV, though errant at first, came together in a few short panels.
What did you read this week? Comment below!
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