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Subj: Re: Thoughts on Yesterday's FF, Fallen Son: Avengers, Silent War, & Wolverine [SPOILERS]
Posted: Thu Apr 26, 2007 at 11:03:41 am EDT
Reply Subj: Thoughts on Yesterday's FF, Fallen Son: Avengers, Silent War, & Wolverine [SPOILERS]
Posted: Thu Apr 26, 2007 at 10:05:29 am EDT

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As I stated just below, McDuffie's FF is a dream come true, especially paired with this excellent artist.

Galactus, Gravity, Epoch, Starlight, Deathlok (in human form), T'Challa and Storm, the FF (including Sue and Reed), the Silver Surfer...all in one exciting, creative, fun issue? With great characterization throughout? I haven't seen this kind of thing done so well since Byrne's heyday at Marvel. A Silver Surfer-Black Panther face-off? The Panther riding the Surfer's board? Gravity reborn as a dazzling, somewhat frightening Protector of the Universe?

There were some seemingly 'unlikely' moments, but I think they can be explained. Especially since the Surfer was more sympathetic to the team when he arrived than he let on. We all know that Norin could take down the Panther if he wanted to with one nostril hair.

I'm in this book for the long haul. And I can't wait to see who's in McDuffie's Frightful Four. Superb.

Wolverine: Well, Loeb's arc is really, really taking its time to get moving, but it finally seems to be getting somewhere interesting. Seeing the Panther and Storm is very cool, and the interaction betwwen T'Challa and Logan. The ending gives us a nice surprise cast of guest-stars: Sasquatch, Feral, Thornn (these ladies need some revamped, non-late 80s/early 90s hairsyles!), Wolfsbane, and Wildchild show up, all of these characters, including Wolverine and Creed, apparently have sprung from a Lupine offshoot of the evolutionally process. A quest is on!

Fallen Son: Avengers. Well, this book was just okay at best, and for my money, a waste of money. I bought it for the sake of Tiger Shark's appearance, and, as we feared, he was just window-dressing. I liked the new colors in his classic costume, and I liked that Namor called him a 'wretched individual' at the end, showing us that Namor has sympathy and compassion for his troubled old foe.

I hate this recent version of the Black Widow, that we saw here and are seeing in Mighty Avengers. Natasha is a sleek, sophisticated, savvy, mature individual who plays her cards extremely close to her chest. She's not a 'quipper' who nervously banters around a lot of stale, superfluous comments. And geezus, please, she doesn't need a bunch of big Cable-sized guns. She's got her Widow's sting, and that's enough in terms of firepower.

I love the fact that these writers think it makes a lot of sense for her to go into battle lugging weapons that probably weigh more than she does. Yeah, that's an excellent battle plan!

I liked the MA side of the book far more than the NA side, which was the only side that really addressed Cap's death, but did it badly. The typically dreary, drab, depressing NA universe all over again. This is a book that can be skipped with no problems. A disappointment from Loeb.

Silent War: Yowza. What a great series and a terrific issue, the best so far by far. The writer and artist really know what they're doing and work well together.

We find out why Medusa has been approaching (a-hem) Maximus in his cell and also that Medusa and Blackbolt have an insane son, which, to the best of my knowledge, which isn't perfect when it comes to the Inhumans (I didn't read the Inhumans miniseries which came out about 5 years ago), is the first we're hearing of this. Bravo! On his best day, Bendis couldn't write something like this, IMO, without making it dreary, self-conscious, and 'arty' in the worst sense. This series is both fun and 'serious.' Awesome.

That's it, boys.



I'm trying not to let my problems with a few panels detract from my overall enjoyment of McDuffie's FF, as I've stated in other posts. Other than this little glitch I thought the latest issue was solid.
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A flip through of Fallen Son made me put it back, at least for now. I might pick it up later. The Mighty Avengers battle with Tiger-Shark seemed full of silly little jokes and TS was just a punching bag. I'm surprised Loeb went with the "If I beat you I'll have respect" motivation for TS, it's old and cliche.

Spider-man is used to death by now. I'm not saying Cap's death wouldn't affect him, but his reaction makes him appear as the most juvenile of the team. I know Quesada wants to "de-age" him, but here he's acting like a teenager who's never lost a comrade before. If anyone knows about death and how to cope it's Peter.
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> Silent War: Yowza. What a great series and a terrific issue, the best so far by far. The writer and artist really know what they're doing and work well together.

I can't agree more. Home run, and I'm loving this mini.
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> We find out why Medusa has been approaching (a-hem) Maximus in his cell and also that Medusa and Blackbolt have an insane son, which, to the best of my knowledge, which isn't perfect when it comes to the Inhumans (I didn't read the Inhumans miniseries which came out about 5 years ago), is the first we're hearing of this. Bravo! On his best day, Bendis couldn't write something like this, IMO, without making it dreary, self-conscious, and 'arty' in the worst sense. This series is both fun and 'serious.' Awesome.

Well, we now know Maximus probably isn't exactly powerless and we saw the extent of his villainy. What a delightfully sleazy villain. I was glad to see mention of Bolt's son again, and you can sense both parent's anguish and guilt about how he has been treated. I wouldn't be surprised if he, on some level, the child is working with Maximus. This is the type of book I love and hardly see enough of these days. Kudos to Hine and Frazier. Even Maria Hill is tolerable in this story. I do have to question how Luna, born human, has been able to survive prolonged exposure to the mists while Hine states that mortals can only live a limited time after exposed. I didn't pick up that Graphic Novel years ago which featured the birth of Medusa and Bolt's son, but now I may try to track it down.
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