Monday, May 7, 2012
Books I Read: Marvel's Season One
Fantastic Four Season One: I love the FF so I wanted to love this but emotionally I felt it was pretty flat, which is surprising from writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa who is definitely capable of more. I wasn't a fan of "4", his previous attempt at these characters, but Aguirre-Sacasa recently wrote the winter finale of "Glee" which had some surprisingly well-crafted emotional moments in it. Artist David Marquez is drawing an arc of "Ultimate Spider-Man" starting with #9, and I think his style suits that book much better than this one. I don't dislike the book, I guess, but I'd rather give a new reader some Lee/Kirby or Waid/Weiringo FF. The reprint is Jonathan Hickman's first issue (#570), which has more heart than the rest of this volume combined.
new Captain Marvel costume has inspired artists all over the Internet, and the book hasn't even come out yet!) The reprint is Kieron Gillen's "Uncanny X-Men" #1, which is a terrific comic but so different than the main part of this book that I don't know how new readers will process it.
posed as his own twin brother. So, yeah, this didn't work for me at all. There are about a half-dozen villains trotted out and defeated in a couple of pages each, which somehow manages to make both them and Matt seem ineffective, and the plot about the priest and the city councilman involved in shady real estate dealings never quite takes off. (Though points to Antony Johnston for at least attempting some legal drama.) Not to mention that the priest figures out that Matt is DD because of his voice which I don't think we really want to draw attention to how silly this premise is that ALL MASKED SUPERHEROES DEPEND ON? The reprint issue is Mark Waid & Marcos Martin's Daredevil #1, which tells you everything you need to know about Matt in the first couple of pages and is perfect. Go buy Waid's first DD hardcover instead and leave this one alone.
So, I'm about 50/50 on the first batch of "Season One"s with X-Men being a "must buy" and Daredevil being a "must avoid". I'm excited for the next batch, especially Dr. Strange (by Greg Pak & Emma Rios), but also Ant-Man (by Tom DeFalco & Horacio Dominguez) and The Hulk (by Fred Van Lente & Tom Fowler).