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Subj: Comments and some quick hits [SPOILERS]
Posted: Thu Apr 05, 2007 at 04:43:37 pm EDT
Reply Subj: Reviews of Heralds of Galactus #2 and Omega Flight #1 [SPOILERS]
Posted: Thu Apr 05, 2007 at 01:21:10 am EDT

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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.)


> 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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