Saturday, July 10, 2010

The Pull List

First week in July, wow, it's hard to believe we are more than half way through 2010!

Words: Joe Kelly w/Zeb Wells
Pictures: Marco Checchetto and Michael Lark & Stefano Gaudiano

The Grim Hunt, Part 3: I have to admit this story isn't living up to the expectations I had for it. Kraven The Hunter is a character who had a great ending and should have been left alone.
But...there are some things about this story that are nice. The swerve from last issue about the Death of Spider-Man, for example. We are down another clone of Peter Parker as Kaine took his place and died in the originals place. Very nice.
Kraven doesn't seem to be very pleased with being brought back. After reading Kraven's Last Hunt I can understand why he would be annoyed with coming back. He did what he wanted to do in Last Hunt and died by his own hand. He was, in his mind, at peace.
So, in this story we have his wife, brother, son and daughter trying to bring him back without consideration for if he wanted to come back or not.
Okay, so where we are now is Kraven is back and not happy about it, his return was messed up in some manner because it wasn't the Original Spider-Man who died for his return and now Kraven wants Spider-Man to hunt him down again and, to add a touch of nostalgia, he offers Spider-Man a black version of his costume. Which was what he was wearing during the Last Hunt.
There are also a few back-up stories in these Grim Hunt issues but I don't care for them. And again, Marvel, stop doing this. Amazing comes out 3 times a month. It doesn't need pointless back-ups in order to give a reason to increase the price to $4. Drop the back-ups and leave it a $3 or I will have to drop the series.

Words: Joe Ahearne
Pictures: Bryan Hitch

I remember when annuals were something special. So far this year I've gotten two, including this one, and they are not special anymore. I knew I should have passed on this one when I saw Bryan Hitch on the art. The story is kind of pointless, unless there are plans for some of the concepts introduced here like Psycho-Woman or Johnny's child, but chances are nothing will come of these.
Okay, so the story goes like this: Johnny was at a club and apparently, for some reason, Psycho-Woman, daughter of Psycho-Man, decided to make some girl pregnant with Johnny's child... I think... Honestly, this whole thing made very little sense at all. Had I known what a mess this was going to be I would have passed on it. But, my collector habit made me buy this and, yes, I regret it.
Not good, so far this week we have two books and both were less than impressive.
What's next...

Words: Chris Roberson
Pictures: Michael Allred

FINALLY! A book with good art and a good story. Continuing from last month, Gwen is trying to unravel the mystery of John Amon and  the man who's brain she ate in the first issue.
He seems to be a rather mundane person, good man, father, worker...until what appears to be a car accident. After the accident he lost control of his emotions and ended up dead.
By the end of the issue, Gwen and Ellie, her mod ghost friend, are at Amon's house in hopes of figuring out his connection to the man in Gwen's head. A few things about this: first, the man in Gwen's head seems to have been pretty messed up and second he looks a LOT like John Amon.
Also, John can see Ellie which is very weird and knows who Gwen is which is even weirder. I love a good mystery.
Then there are is the mean vampire's nice to see a vampire who is out for blood and not some pathetic emo wimp.

Words: Mike O'Sullivan
Pictures: Various

This is a mix between a Saga book and an Official Handbook.
Told as entries by Nova, the Saga part is first. It covers the live and times of Thanos, as we know them, from his birth through the Cosmic Cube and Infinity Gauntlet affairs and continues through Annihilation and Realm Of Kings where Thanos makes his return.
It also covers the State of the Universe. This part serves as a primer for people who may not have been paying much attention to the cosmic parts of the Marvel universe. Covering mainly recent items such as the Annihilation War and Conquest through Realm of Kings (mostly because the Infinity Saga was covered under Thanos) this brings everyone to where they need to be and also serves as a refresher for those who have been reading it all. Like me.
The Handbook part is next. A series of small entries concerning all the major players in Marvel's Cosmic drama.
Though I don't think $4 was a good cover price considering there are no ads this book is a good idea for everyone who is interested in Marvel's Cosmic part.

Words: Roger Langridge
Pictures: Chris Samnee

This one is interesting. We get sort of an out-of-continuity retelling or reboot for Thor. He first appears on earth in this issue and is looking for his hammer.
Jane Foster is here as well but instead of being a doctor she works in a museum in the Norse Mythology Department.
So, a few changes here and there but this isn't the classic Thor that appears in his book and in The Avengers. This is a book to introduce new readers to Thor and give regular readers something fun to read that isn't attached to a lot of history. It's like Ultimate Thor only not stupid.
It's also an All Ages book which means you can buy this for your kids and feel good knowing the stories, art and characters are not mature. It's good for all people.
Will I actually continue this series? Who knows. I did enjoy it more than I though but this might be something to get in trade for me. Problem is, Marvel tends to put these All Ages books in digest sized trades. That, I don't like. I'll decide with Issue #2 since I'm losing 3 books next month.

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