Hey all, welcome back. I know I said last week you won't be seeing my wonderful comic reviews anymore, but they're back, I'll tell you why. You see, over at Unleash the Fanboy, three new recruits had jumped on board the comic reviewing bandwagon. This put me in a new position, I was now officially a 'boss.' No joke, I'm the leader in the comic reviewing department on the site. The others are also reviewing Marvel and DC stuff, and they have a Wednesday evening deadline for those. Since mine don't usually get done until about Friday, I decided to let the others review the Marvel and DC comics for the site. That means the Weekly Comic Reviews are here to stay. This week we have Avengers vs. X-Men #3 and Justice League #9.Avengers vs. X-Men #3
• All across the globe—in the Savage Land, in Wakanda, in Tabula Rasa and more—Avenger battles X-Man for the fate of the world! • Hope has a suicide mission to propose to Wolverine! • While in space, the Avengers’ away team meets the Phoenix head on!
There's a certain danger in this issue, it's in the tone, the dialogue, and just everything. This is how events should be done. It's not overly complicated like Fear Itself, the story is moving smoothly. Fast paced and fun, this issue also managed to progress the event really well. So much happens that by the time you reach the great cliffhanger ending, you're left wanting the next issue immediately. Dialogue is pretty strong, especially with Cap. Action was good and satisfying.
Some of the dialogue felt off, namely with Wolverine and Hope. Spidey's only line of dialogue is so bad that it made me cringe. Do these writers really not know what to do with him in these events anymore? The X-Men and Avengers fighting like this still feels a little too sudden.
John Romita Jr. impresses here, his style works for this series. The fights come alive and he draws a nasty Phoenix. The way the bird is drawn here gives it a demonic look never seen in its previous appearances over the years.
Another strong entry in the Avengers vs. X-Men event. You feel the impending doom as the Phoenix approaches. There's a lot of great superhero-drama in this issue, good stuff. It really made me want the next issue in my hands.
Justice League #9
• "THE VILLAIN'S JOURNEY" begins here! Part one of a story introducing an all-new major nemesis for the Justice League by GEOFF JOHNS and JIM LEE!• In part three of the SHAZAM! backup story, Billy Batson attempts to get used to his new life, new school and new family as Sivana unleashes an ancient evil imprisoned long ago.
Well an actual story arc is being done, and a pretty good one too. This issue has everything a JL fan wants. Arkham Asylum going crazy, Batman and Superman teaming up, and an interesting new villain. The good cop bad cop sequence with Flash and Green Lantern was admittedly funny. The backup Shazam story is getting very interesting.
Dialogue was plain awful for the majority of the issue. News reporters and civilians don't talk like that. The dialogue is just weak, I expect a lot better from Geoff Johns.
Well, just as I've stated before, this is some of the best art in comics. Dynamic, it's the primary reason why this series is getting above average scores currently.
A much stronger issue than the previous one, a new, interesting story arc begins. It has some fun geek-out scenes, but the awful and generic writing is the culprit holding the issue back from getting a higher score.