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BaldurMight




Two Scott Kolins drawn issues this week, so I got to say kudos to him for his work on the Firestorm half of Heralds and his work on Omega Flight. The art was very nice in both issues, very dynamic, I especially liked the art for Talisman's spirit vision. Anyway, on to the reviews:

Omega Flight #1: There are two ways to assemble a superhero team, all at once or over several issues. Oeming has chosen the latter, but at the same time the first issue covers a lot of ground. Canada is shown as the biggest victim of Marvel's Civil War as Tony Stark's success in uniting superheroes has apparently driven supervillains northward, and Sasquatch is called on to assemble a new team, Omega Flight. Sasquatch is unable to convince Talisman to join and has to take on the Wrecking Crew alone. First off the pain that Sasquatch is going through resonates this issue and the reason for assembling Omega Flight is pretty well constructed. The fight between Sasquatch and the WC is an absolutely brutal brawl, Oeming writes fights as well as anyone. One point of hesitancy I have is how incredibly sadistic the wrecking crew is in this issue, slaughtering canadians left and right because they don't like their ring tones. I realize the point of the crew is that they're thugs, but I'm not really a fan of them as brutal monsters, killing people for no reason other than personal amusement, on the other hand maybe using them as easily defeated cannon fodder for every superhero in the marvel u was wearing thin.

Heralds of Galactus #2: These two issues have done a lot to define the current roles of Galactus' active heralds (Morg, Air Walker, Red Shift, and the Fallen One all MIA currently), Terrax is defined by his pride and his utter ruthlessness, Stardust by his slavish devotion to Galactus, Firelord by his zeal for justice, and the Silver Surfer by his contemplative nature. I really liked the Firelord mini a lot. The war is not over for Firelord as he hunts down Annhilus' Centurions in his pursuit of justice. He comes into the midst of a struggle between those loyal to Ravenous and those who have turned against the Annhilation Wave. It was very cool to see the awestruck fear of the Centurions when Firelord burst in. Despite Firelord insisting on his own mercilessness he is willing to give those Centurions that seem sincerely repentant a chance on a VERY short leash, which affirms that while he is a badass he is not consumed by rage in the same way as Terrax.

The Silver Surfer mini was not as good. it introduces a cool bit of mythology in explaing the "proemial gods" tenebrous and aegis as well as the Original Watcher (the one killed by the Celestials? I'm not sure on this point, also uncertain is how Galactus and the Celestials fit into this new schema) But the story which focuses on the Surfer using Crunch energy to destroy the two deities relies too much on the device of an overconfident enemy leaving his opponent to die with a loaded gun right beside him. It also gets rid of two perfectly good evil gods. Still the philosophical underpinings of the mini are interesting (why the universe seems chaotic and why it would be bad if rigidly controlled.)



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Tiger Shark




I liked Omega Flight, and wish it were an ongoing series; as you mention, it's a 'team building' series apparently, and the team may be completed just as the series ends. That's a mistake, I think: Julia Carpenter and Beta Ray Bill have a lot of fans around the world (I've loved Julia since her time with Freedom Force, and hugely prefer her to the recent incarnation of Spider Woman I), as does Sasquatch.

It was well-written and nuanced, and yes, the battle with the WC was very well done, and finally gave these overused, badly-used bad guys a chance to shine. I also liked the way they were portrayed as massively built--and wide too. But, then would they have all fit in that rinky-dink green car? Somehow I doubt it. Can I live with that errror? SURE.

In the Heralds book, I much preferred the Silver Surfer story; and the Devito art was exceptional. Why isn't this guy doing the Mighty Avengers or even New Avengers, which badly needs a decent regular artist?

I found the Firelord story a bit meager, complicated, and hard to follow, though of course it was good to see what's happening around the cosmos in the wake of the A. Wave.

But the Silver Surfur story, for me, was excellent large-scale cosmic action, and I believed every bit of it: seeing the Surfur actually ride a cosmic wave a la Lard Hamilton was a joy to behold. Good stuff.

I'm still on the fence about The Initaitive (sp?). Having the whole new training thing go utterly wrong and then have it covered up by the powers that be....ALREADY this program has gone sour? Too much, way too soon.

One more example of how Marvel simply doesn't know how to write, dramatize, and express true heroism anymore: the apple's always rotten at the core. Yuch.

Happy holidays everybody. Good luck with the eggs.


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Dr. Shallot




> Two Scott Kolins drawn issues this week, so I got to say kudos to him for his work on the Firestorm half of Heralds and his work on Omega Flight. The art was very nice in both issues, very dynamic, I especially liked the art for Talisman's spirit vision. Anyway, on to the reviews:

I thought his work in the Heralds book looked a little rushed, not quite as good as Beyond!, but still not bad.

I can't comment on Omega Flight because I put it back in favor of Fallen son. Hey, I have to keep a budget. I now regret this decision.
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> Heralds of Galactus #2: These two issues have done a lot to define the current roles of Galactus' active heralds (Morg, Air Walker, Red Shift, and the Fallen One all MIA currently), Terrax is defined by his pride and his utter ruthlessness, Stardust by his slavish devotion to Galactus, Firelord by his zeal for justice, and the Silver Surfer by his contemplative nature. I really liked the Firelord mini a lot. The war is not over for Firelord as he hunts down Annhilus' Centurions in his pursuit of justice. He comes into the midst of a struggle between those loyal to Ravenous and those who have turned against the Annhilation Wave. It was very cool to see the awestruck fear of the Centurions when Firelord burst in. Despite Firelord insisting on his own mercilessness he is willing to give those Centurions that seem sincerely repentant a chance on a VERY short leash, which affirms that while he is a badass he is not consumed by rage in the same way as Terrax.
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> The Silver Surfer mini was not as good. it introduces a cool bit of mythology in explaing the "proemial gods" tenebrous and aegis as well as the Original Watcher (the one killed by the Celestials? I'm not sure on this point, also uncertain is how Galactus and the Celestials fit into this new schema) But the story which focuses on the Surfer using Crunch energy to destroy the two deities relies too much on the device of an overconfident enemy leaving his opponent to die with a loaded gun right beside him. It also gets rid of two perfectly good evil gods. Still the philosophical underpinings of the mini are interesting (why the universe seems chaotic and why it would be bad if rigidly controlled.)

While I liked both stories, I actually thought the second was superior. DeVito's art shined, and the Surfer kicked butt. I've heard some people claim that what he did was a bit of a stretch, but I thought it was a gallant display of heroism. He impressed Galactus, and that's saying a lot. Giffen's writing on both stories was very solid and I'm curious if we will see this rogue group of Centurions play a role in the next Annihilation saga. Great couple of Heralds books. The Marvel cosmic landscape is very interesting right now.

Now, as promised, some quick hits:

FNSM: I thought this was a well done, humorous conclusion to the Sandman arc. Mysteries are resolved and new questions are asked. The Sandman is portrayed well here, more along the lines of the way he was before Mackie and Byrne turned him evil again. Some clever dialogue as well.

Avengers The Initiative: I commented in another post that I was dissapointed in this issue. I'll stick with it for a bit, I do believe Slott has the talent to make this work. How much you want to bet that Pym's creepy colleague stirs up trouble down the road.

Hulk: The conclusion I expected, so a bit anticlimactic. Still, it gets me ready for World War Hulk. I suspect Miek and Brood had something to do with that warp explosion, we'll have to wait and see. Still, the Hulk is more powerful than ever and with Romita Jr. art in the WWH mini, I'm excited.

Fallen Son: I've Fallen, why did I pick this up? The aftermath of Cap's death interests me, and there were some good scenes, particularly at the beginning with Bucky. After that...meh. I can't stand Yu's depiction of faces. He might as well draw a cloud of dirt around everyone's feet and then they'll all look like Pigpen from Peanuts. Nothing really insightful happens here, and I'm guessing this takes place after the current NA arc. Here's hoping future issues dwell more on Cap's impact on various characters and not be another excuse to show a badass Wolverine. Some plot threads from Cap #25 are continued, but didn't generate enough interest for me. So Wolverine and DD now know that Crossbones didn't fire the killing shot, what will they do with that information?

Ms. Marvel #14: Another great issue. I'm glad I decided to give this series a try. Lopresti is a good artist and I enjoyed the character interaction. I think it's safe to say that Carol and Julia's relationship is forever altered, and you can really feel the emotion in their scenes. Plus the return of Modok!
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Baltho08




I enjoyed this comic; yeah, it wasn't a great climax, but that's because it wasn't MEANT to be. The climax of Annihilation was in Annihilation #6, when Nova killed Annihilus; all this other stuff is epilogue/lead in to the next event. That said, this comic, taken for what it was, was well done, though it DOES raise a lot of interesting questions, provided you think to look for them. Example: if merely TOUCHING the Crunch's energy was enough to basically KILL the Silver Surfer, how did Annihilus's fleet of millions punch through it so easily? Their ships didn't seem to be particularly resistant to damage, as Nova and Quasar were destroying them easily in Annihilation: Nova #4. Also, if Antiphon the Overseer, one of the Proemial beings, seemingly gave birth to the race of the Watchers (just speculation, but founded on the similar appearances of the aforementioned), then is it a possibility that the Celestials are offspring of the other Proemial beings (i.e. Tenebrous and Aegis, and any others that were unmentioned)? Another question: Why would Firelord refer to Nova as "the Nova being?" Being Xandarian, shouldn't/wouldn't Firelord KNOW what Nova was? I dunno. I thought these one-shots were going to explain HOW Annihilus became so powerful; they were fun and welldone in their own right, but they didn't exactly answer anything of great importance. Also, I think people are quick to judge T&A as dead, simply because they fell into the the Crunch; they might be alive on the other side, in the Negative Zone wreaking havoc, which MAY actually trigger the next Annihilation event (the first Annihilation was caused by our universe expanding into the Negative Zone, this one might be caused by SS dumping T&A into the Negative Zone. Just saying).
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bd2999




> Two Scott Kolins drawn issues this week, so I got to say kudos to him for his work on the Firestorm half of Heralds and his work on Omega Flight. The art was very nice in both issues, very dynamic, I especially liked the art for Talisman's spirit vision. Anyway, on to the reviews:
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> Omega Flight #1: There are two ways to assemble a superhero team, all at once or over several issues. Oeming has chosen the latter, but at the same time the first issue covers a lot of ground. Canada is shown as the biggest victim of Marvel's Civil War as Tony Stark's success in uniting superheroes has apparently driven supervillains northward, and Sasquatch is called on to assemble a new team, Omega Flight. Sasquatch is unable to convince Talisman to join and has to take on the Wrecking Crew alone. First off the pain that Sasquatch is going through resonates this issue and the reason for assembling Omega Flight is pretty well constructed. The fight between Sasquatch and the WC is an absolutely brutal brawl, Oeming writes fights as well as anyone. One point of hesitancy I have is how incredibly sadistic the wrecking crew is in this issue, slaughtering canadians left and right because they don't like their ring tones. I realize the point of the crew is that they're thugs, but I'm not really a fan of them as brutal monsters, killing people for no reason other than personal amusement, on the other hand maybe using them as easily defeated cannon fodder for every superhero in the marvel u was wearing thin.
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> Heralds of Galactus #2: These two issues have done a lot to define the current roles of Galactus' active heralds (Morg, Air Walker, Red Shift, and the Fallen One all MIA currently), Terrax is defined by his pride and his utter ruthlessness, Stardust by his slavish devotion to Galactus, Firelord by his zeal for justice, and the Silver Surfer by his contemplative nature. I really liked the Firelord mini a lot. The war is not over for Firelord as he hunts down Annhilus' Centurions in his pursuit of justice. He comes into the midst of a struggle between those loyal to Ravenous and those who have turned against the Annhilation Wave. It was very cool to see the awestruck fear of the Centurions when Firelord burst in. Despite Firelord insisting on his own mercilessness he is willing to give those Centurions that seem sincerely repentant a chance on a VERY short leash, which affirms that while he is a badass he is not consumed by rage in the same way as Terrax.

Most of the other heralds you mentioned are dead. And if not before they were rekilled in Annihilation.
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> The Silver Surfer mini was not as good. it introduces a cool bit of mythology in explaing the "proemial gods" tenebrous and aegis as well as the Original Watcher (the one killed by the Celestials? I'm not sure on this point, also uncertain is how Galactus and the Celestials fit into this new schema) But the story which focuses on the Surfer using Crunch energy to destroy the two deities relies too much on the device of an overconfident enemy leaving his opponent to die with a loaded gun right beside him. It also gets rid of two perfectly good evil gods. Still the philosophical underpinings of the mini are interesting (why the universe seems chaotic and why it would be bad if rigidly controlled.)

I doubt any of them can really die. They will likely pop up again at some point. Things on that scale can rarely die forever, only forgotten by writters.

The One was not really the original Watcher. He was just the one they were storying all their knowledge in. There has been no mention of the original Watcher before if I remember right. Galactus fits in as he always has, he is the balance point between Death and Eternity. If I remember right the gods went to war with him and he ended it.

We never have known how the Celestials fit into things. They are obviously uber to a high degree but all we can say is that they seem to be servants of Eternity, based on Eternity's words in Silver Surfer vol 3.
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BaldurMight




> Most of the other heralds you mentioned are dead. And if not before they were rekilled in Annihilation.
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well the reason why i say MIA is that death doesn't seem to apply to heralds, at least from what we saw from firelord and stardust in recent events, not really sure how it works, if they need to be revived by Galactus' will or what... its an interesting question. also it didnt seem like the fallen one was killed to me, but i guess one could read that either way.


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BMK!




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> I'm still on the fence about The Initaitive (sp?). Having the whole new training thing go utterly wrong and then have it covered up by the powers that be....ALREADY this program has gone sour? Too much, way too soon.
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> One more example of how Marvel simply doesn't know how to write, dramatize, and express true heroism anymore: the apple's always rotten at the core. Yuch.
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To me, the scene in question just illustrates to a powerful degree just how vital a program the Initiative is and its ultimate goal of training inexperienced heroes to prevent such tragedies, although the trainers need to reevaluate their regimen program...properly train the heroes solo first, then in group formations....darn it, bring in Prof. X!

As shocking the scene with MVP was...based upon Von Blitzschlag's cryptic statement, perhaps the boy's fate is not yet set in stone...as crazy as that sounds.

Beyond that, as a Marvel fan of nearly 30 years...I quite enjoyed the debut issue of the Initiative!

> Happy holidays everybody. Good luck with the eggs.

It'll be my son's first hunt! We shall see!


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