I reviewed book one, two and three individually. What I will add is that Marvel Omnibuses are really improving. The book has the dust cover design pri...moreI reviewed book one, two and three individually. What I will add is that Marvel Omnibuses are really improving. The book has the dust cover design printed on to it, rather than just be black with the title logo. There's also plenty of extras and all the Nova Corps character bios. (less)
All the mini-series in the previous volumes have lead up to this. They don't all tie-together quiet as well as I'd like, there are a few gaps in there...moreAll the mini-series in the previous volumes have lead up to this. They don't all tie-together quiet as well as I'd like, there are a few gaps in there, but it's good enough for a big conclusion and showdown between our Cosmic heroes and the Annihilation wave.
The Heralds of Galactus two parter afterwards isn't that good. It's a little boring since the story is done. But it does tie-up a few loose ends.
I think the strongest point of Annihilation, and why it's so highly regarded still, is how they've managed to weave all these different characters together into one coherent story. Some have crossed paths before, but never in a story this size. It can be a bit overwhelming if you're new to Marvel cosmic, but there's enough good character work in here to make it a fun read. (less)
This is made of 3 separate volumes, each 4 issues in length. I'll start with the bad:
Super-Skrull: Dull, boring story. I really found it hard to care...moreThis is made of 3 separate volumes, each 4 issues in length. I'll start with the bad:
Super-Skrull: Dull, boring story. I really found it hard to care at all. Probably because I don't have much interest in the super Skrull unless he's fighting the Fantastic Four or the Avengers, and Skrulls are pretty much just canon fodder outside of Secret Invasion. There was a bit of betrayal, which I didn't see coming, but that was it. The art work was also poor (the Annilihation wave looked nothing like the Annilihation wave). Thankfully, this is the only weak point of the book.
Silver Surfer: This. This was pretty good. Silver Surfer is always a good read when he's done right, which he is most of the time. Returning to his master Galactus as his Herald, thus returning him to his original status quo, Silver Surfer and some other Heralds must protect Galactus from the Annihiliation wave. It's pretty simple, but it's good.
Ronan: Average story helped a lot by really good art. It's a style similar to Frank Quietly and Nick Piterra (I know comparing an artists work to an artist who has a similar style is lazy critiquing, but I'm never very good at critiquing art. Not that I'm good at critiquing in general. BUT ANYWAY). He also has a fight with Gamora, before she's Guardians of the Galaxy Gamora, which is cool. It's also interesting to me to see these characters, who are about to become movie stars, in the comics before they're stars.
2 out of 3 ain't bad overall. I think this volume is better than the first. None of it is connecting yet though. But it's probably all about to go down in volume 3. (less)
Another Marvel book by Nick Spencer that I enjoyed!
Undercover espionage stuff in the Marvel Universe is something I have a soft spot for (I blame Brub...moreAnother Marvel book by Nick Spencer that I enjoyed!
Undercover espionage stuff in the Marvel Universe is something I have a soft spot for (I blame Brubaker and his Captain America run. Also Bendis and his Secret War). But setting some of this stuff before the last issue of the last volume was a bit risky. It does all make sense in the end. Maybe I'm just not as smart as Nick Spencer thinks I am?
I also think the Infinity tie-ins hinge the volume a bit. Spencer is building something really cool and the out of nowhere comes Infinity tie ins written by someone else. It felt really force. I know event tie ins get a lot of flack for this, because they can disrupt a books ongoing story, and I think that's what happens here. But it is only two issues. And they do help add to the new Nick Fury, who I'm not sure if I like or not.
Also find myself wanting to read the third volume to see where this goes. Not because I feel like I have to, but because I actually want to. I guess Spencer is doing something right then. (less)
I've heard of a lot of newer/younger readers being turned off by Walt Simonsons art, and it's a real shame that they can't appreciate quality artwork...moreI've heard of a lot of newer/younger readers being turned off by Walt Simonsons art, and it's a real shame that they can't appreciate quality artwork when they see it. His stuff still looks amazing, and I like how Waid catered the story to include the Thor from the 80s (instead of modern day Thor) so Simonson could draw the Thor he's best known for. The second part of the volume features Daredevil, essentially making this volume a straight up team-up book. We knew a team up with Daredevil would come along eventually, and here he's Bruce's backup plan in case SHIELD try to double cross him on their deal. It also allows for some really cool scenes between the pair, like one were Daredevil walks into bar and the Hulk follows him behind but goes straight through the wall.
Waids Hulk isn't as character defining as his Daredevil, but it's still a fun and enjoyable read.(less)
Probably should have re-read volume 1 before reading volume 2. I'd forgotten a lot of what happened in Dimension Z, so it was hard to follow at times....moreProbably should have re-read volume 1 before reading volume 2. I'd forgotten a lot of what happened in Dimension Z, so it was hard to follow at times.
Remender writes a very different Captain America comic to Ed Brubaker. He kind of needs too, because if he tried to re-create what Brubaker did, fans wouldn't be interested. The problem is, I'm not very interested in a Captain America that isn't Brubakers Cap. It's more down to personal taste than Remenders writing.
The internal monologue is still there, but Remenders is mostly Steve reminiscing about his Father and remembering his father from when he was growing up, because he's dealing with being a father himself in Dimension Z.
What stood out to me the most though was John Romita Jrs artwork. I really like JrJr, because he did a lot of Spider-man stuff while I was reading it when growing up, so I'm used to seeing his style. Some people call it clunky, and criticise his facial expressions at times, and they're not entirely wrong to do so. But the power he injects into his work during actions scenes is amazing. You can feel the explosions as you're reading. Also - Dean Whites colours! They really help his art stand out here. JrJr is better suited to solo books than team books. His work here is better than what he did for Bendis on the Avengers. (less)
Thanks to Dale Eaglesham being on art for a few issues, this volume is better, but there are still 3 issues of Greg Land to get through first. Tony ha...moreThanks to Dale Eaglesham being on art for a few issues, this volume is better, but there are still 3 issues of Greg Land to get through first. Tony has to deal with an alien race who worshipped the Phoenix force as a God and hold him responsible for killing it. Unlucky, Tony. Your trip into space might not have been the best idea after all. He gets a new armour and a new interactive A.I to play with. The P.E.P.P.E.R in the suite is a nice touch, but it's short lived when the over arching villain of the piece, a robot called 451, takes over the armour and makes it obey his will. There's some fun dialogue between PEPPER and Tony, since Tony programmed it to think like his assistant Pepper Potts, so it works really well in telling Tony all the wrong decisions he's making.
And then we start Gillen's big arc: The Secret Origin of Tony Stark. Or This Title Needs to Sell Better Because Iron Man is Our Biggest Film Franchise, So Here is a Story Revisiting His Origin.
Without being overly cynical and dickish, the flashbacks to his father getting a team together for an Oceans 11 style Vegas Heist are pretty cool, and the story isn't really retconning THAT much, it's just doing what Marvel does and building on its history.