Reviews for 2-06-05

Captain America #2

Publisher: Marvel Comics
Writer: Ed Brubaker
Steve Epting and Michael Lark

The end of the last volume of Captain America gave you a sense that things were going to change with the next incarnation of the title and if the first two issues are any indication, change is good. Captain America is still dealing with the aftermath of the breakup of the Avengers and now he is brought head first in to the mysterious death of his foe, the Red Skull. It seems the Red Skull has been killed, shot by a high powered rifle as he was plotting the ultimate destruction of Captain America; a plan that hinged around his reconstruction of the Cosmic Cube. Now with the Skull dead, the cube has gone missing. Captain America is not completely convinced his enemy is dead, while S.H.I.E.L.D is not convinced that the Captain didn’t kill him. Both must work together to find out what is going on. This second issue continues the strong start that Brubaker had in his first issue, adding to the tone is the two different artists Epting illustrating the current timeline while Lark (late of Gotham Central), handling the flashbacks. I think it works well in separating the tones and time periods. I believe that this series is going to mark a new era for Captain America, I just hope that the Avengers nonsense does not get in the way of things. Hopefully they will both respect each other while not stepping on each other’s toes. I recommend checking this title out.-KEVIN-

Wonder Woman #211

Publisher: DC Comics
Writer: Greg Rucka
Art: Sean Phillips

Greg Ruka has been doing a slow burn on Wonder Woman. The pacing of the stories has seemed a little slow at times, but their has been a purpose. The purpose, build the foundation of the house carefully so that when the real construction begins, it starts with a strong foundation. That has been the course he has taken these past months. Slowly building to an event that will impact not only Wonder Woman, but also her standing in the DCU, Rucka has done a good job painting his picture. After her battle with Medusa, Wonder Woman finds herself is a precarious position. In order to defeat Medusa, she had to blind herself and now has to deal with the ramifications of that. Weakened and crippled, Diana is going to be facing several new challenges, not the least of which may be the teaming up of two enemies. This is a nice solid run that proves to get more interesting each issue.

Spider-Man / Human Torch #1

Publisher: Marvel Comics
Writer: Dan Slott
Pencils: Ty Templeton
Inks: Nelson

Dan Slott, is the little engine that could. He is currently my favorite writer at Marvel right now. Between the humor he injects in She-Hulk, while advancing the character and respecting their histories, he has quickly become a writer whose work I seek out. His sense of humor is perfectly suited for this title. We haven’t seen it much, but it used to be an event that happened fairly often, Spider-Man and the Human Torch would team up on an adventure and the results were often quite entertaining. Their rivalry/respect (or lack of) for each other always made for a light hearted romp, but they could also get serious if need be. This story comes from the early days of their adventures. The torch is upset because Spider-Man is getting all the press, albeit bad press, but Johnny Storm wants to read about his own exploits each morning. So he hires a budding photographer from the Daily Bugle to assist him in a positive PR push; the photographer- Peter Parker. Peter takes this job only because he knows his Aunt May needs the money to pay the bills and keep their house (classic scenario). Let the fun begin. My favorite part of this issue is where the Trapster got the inspiration to change his name from Paste Pot Pete. Nice touch by Mr. Slott. The art by Ty Tempelton fits the tone of the story perfectly as well. It’s a shame this is only a limited series. If you want an entertaining comic, this one would be a good place to look. This book is also pretty kid friendly as well.

The Incredible Hulk #77

Publisher: Marvel Comics
Writer: Peter David
Pencils: Lee Weeks
Inks: Tom Palmer

One of the things I used to look forward to each month, mind you I’m talking several years ago, was The Incredible Hulk. He was a character that I had little use for up until a writer named Peter David got a hold of him and just started to run with him. It was a monthly treat to read the adventures and see what direction he would go next, then something bad happened. Peter David was gone and with it my enthusiasm for the character. I checked in on the hulk a few times after that but never bothered to stick around. Then I heard that Marvel was bringing him back, Peter David that is. This issue marks his return and I’m hoping a welcome one. I’ll admit that this issue read very slow and as if nothing happened during it, but I kind of expected David to pick right up where he left off, erasing the Bruce Jones run, but I know that wouldn’t be right. Plus the artist of the story Lee Weeks, I don’t think would fit well with the tone that David left with. So this is in essence a new beginning for the title, at least in my eyes. Not a lot happened in this issue, which actually as I look back on it, is a good thing. Instead of jumping right in David is starting off, almost as if he’s new to the character. I’m sure though in a few issues he’ll be right back to where he was telling memorable stories using the green goliath. I am anxiously waiting to see where this goes.

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