Okay, so I've decided to change my weekly 'reviews' of New Comics to 'reviews' of books on my weekly Pull List. This one's a little late 'cause I'm still working on a schedule that will allow me to put new books, older books in my collection and favorite covers on here in a regular basis.
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #619: The Gauntlet continues as Mysterio makes his plans a little more known. He is using certain mob bosses to take control of them all. I'm still trying to get a fix on where he's going with this as well as what seems different about him.
But this issue had really good pacing on it, recovering from last month's issue, and things really seem to be coming together.
Aunt May is still under the influence of Mister Negative and it's really odd seeing her be so mean all the time. I'm wondering if this is something that will eventually wear off or if Negative has to stop it or what.
Something else in this issue is the reminder of how much Spidey actually pays attention to things when he fights. The cover plays off this with all the dead bodies and the blood on Spidey's hands. He thinks he kills a man with a single punch and it really tears him up inside. He begins to question himself and his ability to control his power. It's always interesting to see this happen to him because it's so easy to forget that the has to knowingly restrain himself when he fights normals people.
FANTASTIC FOUR #575: You know...sometimes I get an issue of my favorite books that I have to read twice at least just to figure out what the hell's going on. This issue of FF takes it one step further: I read it twice and I still don't get it.
Mole Man's people find a city abandoned by the High Evolutionary because the power i it was de-evolving his people...
But it evolves the Mole Man's people (I think) making them smarter but they still have stupid kids so they decide to stop having kids and the Mole Man just wants his people back and...
Well, the whole thing ends with the Thing saving some kids and getting monkey like features and this city rising to the surface and...
I don't know..I'm not sure what the deal is with this story and I'm just glad it's over and we can move forward. Maybe in the future things will make sense.
Oh, and we found out where Reed buried the body of the future Galactus...which is odd because it's always been said Galactus doesn't have a real body.
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #22: This Realm of Kings thing is pretty pointless. I'm just glad it isn't a crossover that requires me to read more than what I like. Both this series and NOVA are following their own plot lines that involve the recently created Fault. This time we learn the fate of Moondragon and her rather nasty baby. A creature from the Fault that eats life. Something else mentioned here is the reality on the other side of the Fault is one where 'life won' and beat death. It's interesting and I'm curious to see where it ends.
It's also good to know that certain characters aren't as dead as we all thought including Adam Warlock/Magus.
A future issue will feature the return of Thanos. I'm thinking that he might be the key to ending this whole thing. If the Fault is a doorway to a place where death doesn't exist, I can see where Thanos would come back to either destroy this place to reintroduce death to is.
Either way, It will be fun to have the Mad Titan back.
JACK OF FABLES #42: I was not to keen on the idea of Jack losing this series to his son, Jack Frost, but recent issues have helped me change my mind. Young Jack Frost wants to be a hero, something his father put in his head during the Great Fables Crossover. So Jack puts himself out there as a hero for hired of sorts and generally ends up in trouble because he has little understanding of the workings of the real world...which world that happens to be.
One thing he DOES have going for him, though, is his problem solving skills. He is a smart kid. really there isn't much anyone can say about this issue, it's a fun one and you see a little more of Young Jack's evolution into the man he will become but there really isn't' much here to point out and being specifically great.
My worry is with Young Jack running the book people will lose interest. Jack Horner had a charm: He was an asshole that you liked being around. Jack Frost is nice and has some of Horner's charm but I don't think he has enough to carry a book like this for very long.
The last 2 books for this week can be covered together: NEW AVENGERS #61 and THOR #606. Avengers leads into SIEGE which is weird considering the first issue of Siege is already out. We're covering ground we've already seen except somehow Bucky and Captain America are back together and looking for Cap's stuff.
Spider-Man and Spider Woman have a nice exchange where Spidey's marriage that never happened was mentioned, another great nod to Brand New Day, apparently with Spider-Woman being off world when she was replaced with a Skrull he memories of Parker's marriage to MJ wasn't fixed like everyone else's, it's very interesting.
Over in THOR we have the finale of the Asgardians fight with Doom. It's almost pointless and this point because we already know the Asgardians are going home because, well, Siege #1 is already out. What was interesting though is Balder. He started off as a rather lame duck king but this issue shows how much he's been able to fill the shows left empty when Thor was banished. Even that is touched on. Balder knows Thor is a good man but the law is the law and Balder is King and cannot make exceptions even for his brother, Thor.
Loki and Doom were working together the whole time but Loki forgets that no one works with Doom without paying a price.