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.)
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.