Marvel Comic Reviews for June 27th Releases

Marvel Comic Reviews – June 27th

As this is my first review post, I’ll lay out a few things. I am just one guy, and I don’t read every book that comes out. I pick up a few Marvel Books, but I mostly read DC, Valiant, and some random titles from other publishers. I’ll be posting reviews for each in separate threads for easier readability.

I’ll be looking at 4 things when I do my reviews: Story, Characters (and development), Art, and Accessibility. By ‘accessibility’ I am looking at the book from a new reader perspective. Is the book a good jumping on point? Should a new reader pick up the issue before? Et cetera.

With that being said, let’s get on with it.

MARVEL

I noticed that most (all?) Marvel books start off with a recap page of some sorts letting us know about recent events and happenings. It’s kept short and concise, but delivers the necessary information a reader might need to understand some of the finer points of the story. It’s great for new readers and even the veterans that might need a quick reminder of where we left off a month ago.

Ouch!

THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #688 (DAN SLOTT: WRITER, GIUSEPPE CAMUNCOLI: PENCILS)

I’ve been reading Ultimate Comics Spider-Man, but this was the first non-AvX Marvel-616 (main continuity) book that I have picked up since I started reading comics again last March.

This issue starts us off right in the middle of a fight between Spidey and the Lizard. I like a story that gets the ball rolling right off the bat (or spider?) I don’t know if I need that every time I open a comic, but since this was my first time to read Spider-Man in 10 years, I was immediately drawn in. We find out pretty quickly that Spider-Man wants to stop the Lizard from ever killing again, but we don’t know what has drawn the two together for this particular fight.

The story jumps back 8 hours after a few pages, and continues to jump back and forth between the present and the hours leading up to fight. The jumping around gives the book some nice pacing; giving us some nice action sprinkled throughout.

About midway through the book we see a conversation between Peter Parker and Mary Jane. In just one page we get a great look inside Peter and the burden he carries with each life lost. He’s not the kind of guy to think, “What’s one life when I’ve saved millions?” He’s more of the guy to think, “What could I have done to save a million and one lives?”

When it comes down to the overall story of this book, there are a few times I felt a little lost. Just a little bit. I’d like to know a little bit more about this cure of Morbius’s. It’s probably just some new reader curiosity, but it’s nothing that really takes away from my enjoyment of the book.

Dan Slott does a good job at providing any back story we might need without the use of large expository speech bubbles. This creates a fun story that is easy for any new reader to jump right it. We also get a nice glimpse at the man behind the mask. I’m looking forward to the next installment.

Overall 7.5/10 Nice pacing and blend of action. A good jumping on point for new readers.

 

Who has the cooler costume?

SPIDER-MEN #2 of 5 (BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS: WRITER, SARA PICHELLI: ARTIST)

This was the second issue of the crossover story featuring the main continuity’s Peter Parker and the Ultimate universe’s Miles Morales. In the Ultimate universe Peter Parker is dead with Miles having taken up the mantle of Spider-Man.

The second issue gave us some good dialog between Peter and Miles. Peter is freaking out, because it seems everyone knows he is Spider-Man. He’s skeptical about this other Spider-Man. Miles (equally confused) just wants to talk with Peter and get some sage advice.

I really enjoyed the dialog between the two Spider-Men. You really got the sense that Miles is all new to this, and despite the slight panic we got some classic quick wit from Peter. You can really get a feel for both of the characters without having read any of their other books.

Sara Pichelli’s art is really fantastic as well. Both this book and Ultimate Comics Spider-Man really pop on a digital device. (It looks amazing on the new iPad!)

This is a fun, well-paced story and I look forward to seeing what these two can teach each other before Peter’s inevitable return to his own world. If you are a new reader go back and grab issue #1 and this issue. You won’t regret it. This is my favorite book this week, and that’s why I am giving it:

Overall 9/10 Amazing art and panel layout. A fun story for anyone. Buy This!