So, there was a lot going on with this book and it worries me greatly that I picked up II before its predecessor. They tried really hard and on some p...moreSo, there was a lot going on with this book and it worries me greatly that I picked up II before its predecessor. They tried really hard and on some points I was in, it was a decent set, or rather a decent attempt at a book of origins but at the end of the day it fell flat and I was somewhat bored. I actually fell asleep at work reading this book and trust me, I know I am almost always tired theses days but I wasn't that tired.
Nightcrawler and Emma Frost's stories were probably the most solid but then after Frost's story the preview of Uncanny X-Men 131, which is a nice touch then has the error stating its story continues in 130... arg!
One big thing that jumped out at me was how I had just off handily read 10 Things Everyone Always Gets Wrong About The X-Men and in it (oh I double checked and verified) it had said Deadpool was only very recently (as in, not before this book, or the contained stories were published) a probationary X-Men so why pray tell do you have his origin story in an X-Men Origins book?!
It could've been worse... but it should've been a lot better. Only time will tell if I ever pick up the first book now.(less)
Man I must not be a fan of these types of trades cause I know the point is to entice me but in reality what happens is quite the opposite. Because the...moreMan I must not be a fan of these types of trades cause I know the point is to entice me but in reality what happens is quite the opposite. Because there's so many different folks writing for the same character for the same story I found myself getting slightly annoyed at all the quips and one lines that I know everyone loves from Spider-Man. Ugh. Such a disappointment. TAS #600-#601 were exceptional. Don't get me wrong but some of the other tales... and the way some folks looked completely difference within the same few panels. There's this one moment with Norah in the superhero museum. I'm gonna stop here. It doesn't get better. Also of note I happened to be looking at something as a reference and noticed that the entire arrangement of the issues featured are different in at least the hardcover and the digital trade. What up with that?! How can it be the same book and you've got everything mixed around and with the digital trade you've got more of the pages from the actual trade. For example more text (pages) from the invitation to the wedding. It's unfortunate because the whole point of this is Aunt May's big day, which is very nice, but what really happens is you get lost in all these stories just like Peter does in his own life...(less)
There are literally so ma...moreHere's why you're going to buy this comic.
The father of it all wrote for it.
Here's why you're going to be disappointed in it.
There are literally so many hands in this pot it starts to not only look funny but smell and taste bad...
Honestly over hyped doesn't even begin to describe this book but now I've read and it's nice. Not gonna lie. 50 years is a phenomenal achievement no matter how you look at it but because there are so many people involved this book comes off as silly and meaningless instead of timeless and classic.
Anyway, it's a fun read. Good luck with the covers though, there are still so many damn Marvel logos and "go see Thor in a theatre near you" bits that it's more than a lot aggravating...(less)
No, you are not in fact smoking the crack pipe, it really is 158 pages for one issue. This is a an issue specifically designed to show off the appeal...moreNo, you are not in fact smoking the crack pipe, it really is 158 pages for one issue. This is a an issue specifically designed to show off the appeal of Guided ViewAhem, excuse me, sorry about that, Infinite Comic reading technology (Must've gotten something caught in my throat). The thing is, is that I am decidedly not a fan of this new tech. I have no issue with digital comics... in fact I am a fan on the fact that there is not more "printing (coloring) errors" and any that may crop up can now be corrected.
I've been reading comics since I was like 6 years old. I've honed my skills and can tell you how to go about picking one up and reading it - were it your first time. Having me follow your path through the book isn't a win for me. Sometimes you want your eye to wander a bit, not in a spoilery way but you just want you periphery to be enticed. That's gone. Trust me, trying to keep up with the smaller moments, while I can understand were conceived as "ooh that'd be cool", are not. For example there is a moment where you, the reader, is focused between Peter waking and and realizing he is late. In a normal fashion that can be achieved poorly in 3 or more frames. Well in 2. Brilliantly in.. yeah you get it. Care to take a guess at how many is used to achievement this moment in this comic? 12. Yup. 12 whole frames of 1 or 2 beats of action to tell a story that only ever needed 1. Slow and at times tedious.
I'm not going to say this is the worst book I've ever seen but it is a far cry from the best. It's got a few entertaining moments and a literal smorgasbord of villains for Spidey to take out but in the end I just can jump on board with the idea and I've read Batman '66 #1. That was brilliant and I still choose to pick up the print edition over the "Digital First". I've been ruminating on this today and I realized why this format doesn't work for me. I've seen it done better. Check out the Iron Man: Extremis Motion Comic Trailer and you'll see what I mean. PS I said better, not excellently.
Anyway. This story is fun for all ages. Just be warned even as a free installment you're going to be clicking (swiping) away for awhile to get through it.(less)
First and foremost it is legally available for free so there's no reason anyone interested shouldn't pick this up. Second ... whoa. You'd think that t...moreFirst and foremost it is legally available for free so there's no reason anyone interested shouldn't pick this up. Second ... whoa. You'd think that this issue would lose itself by trying to show what it was like in it's panels but it doesn't - it's stronger for it. Each moment presented shows you a world full of people that have just been attacked. The reactions are real, the story is earnest, this one hits home and it's about one of the worst days in US history.(less)