Wolverine is dead. One girl who wishes he wasn't, and several people who wish they got the chance to do the killing are locked in a cage. A mysteriousWolverine is dead. One girl who wishes he wasn't, and several people who wish they got the chance to do the killing are locked in a cage. A mysterious man has a mysterious proposition for them. Unfortunately, that mystery isn't really what this book is about.
I think the main purpose of this book is to introduce the bulk of these characters to guys like me who don't know who half these characters are, and don't know what the other half have been up to for the last 15-20 years. On that level, it succeeds... but a seven bi-weekly issues, it sure was a hefty price to pay for an introduction.
Since every issue had a different team working on it, the book has very little consistency. Most of the art, and almost all the writing is fair to middling. My favourite issue would be issue #6, which revolves around Mystique. I may be a bit biased, but I think even if I didn't enjoy her more than most of the Marvel Mutant community, she'd probably still be the best thing about this book.
I enjoyed the idea presented in the first issue, the X-23 issue (had never heard of her), the Mystique issue, and the last issue greatly. I could have done without any of the rest of them, to be honest. The mediocrity of this title has waned my interest some... but I'm still excited to see what Wolverines entails next month.
It's hard to say for sure but--aside from Mystique's story--I doubt there's much here that wouldn't be best suited as a little orange or grey editors note in that new title next month. I can't see how there's any harm in skipping this title all together....more
Runaways continues it's run with no discernible drop in quality. It's still a fun, light book, despite dealing with potentially heavy topics. Adrian ARunaways continues it's run with no discernible drop in quality. It's still a fun, light book, despite dealing with potentially heavy topics. Adrian Alphona's artwork continues to suit the book perfectly, and Takeshi Miyazawa handles this book's second arc equally well.
Vaughan's up to his usual tricks writing witty dialogue that's full of pop-culture references and banter. The stories themselves, I think, work very well considering their target is a YA audience....more
This is a solid enough soft reboot of a series I knew nothing about. The Eternals are a race of immortal beings created to guard and protect the EarthThis is a solid enough soft reboot of a series I knew nothing about. The Eternals are a race of immortal beings created to guard and protect the Earth from whatever various threats, from both without and within.
Take one part The Fifth Element, one part Ancient Aliens revisionist history, and just a dash of The Highlander... the story's premise was interesting. I enjoyed the characters greatly. Gaiman's dialogue was sometimes serious, sometimes light hearted, and worked over-all. Unfortunately, it's an introduction story that didn't really get picked up. So several questions go unanswered.
As far as the art is concerned, I'm not generally a fan of Romita Jr. However, since these were characters I didn't have an attachment to, nor an expectation of how they should look, I found the art to be good at worst and--in some places--actually pretty great.
One of the biggest setbacks of the story, was how this grand premise is not only shoehorned into the Marvel Universe, but also manages to get jammed square in the middle of their "Civil War" fiasco. Interestingly, Zuras, at one point, effectively tells Iron Man "I don't give a shit about your Civil War." which is precisely how I felt about Marvel Comics at the time this launched.
I'm not sure of the history on this book, but it's just good enough that it's disappointing it didn't get picked up for more after it's intro-arc finished....more
**spoiler alert** It took me several attempts to finish this book. I just didn't feel like it was giving me what I wanted out of a Vampire Chronicles**spoiler alert** It took me several attempts to finish this book. I just didn't feel like it was giving me what I wanted out of a Vampire Chronicles novel. I still can't quite put my finger on why that is, though.
It's not like I went into the book expecting anything that I didn't get. The series had constantly questioned about God, the devil, and humanity and vampires' lot in existence. The title here outright introduces us to Memnoch the Devil. Clearly this book is going to answer, or at least outline the origin of the above question. Knowing Rice's work, it obviously has to involve a long, beautiful described mythology, just slightly altered from what we may have already heard about. And I did like Memnoch and Lestat's journey through the origins of creationist evolution.
So, if that's what I expected, and I liked the story I got, why didn't I like the book? I guess it's just not what I wanted the book to be. I really feel that I wanted to be surprised by the turns creatiolution took. Or that I wanted Lestat to find some way to shockingly challenge the rules of God or the Devil. Or to see or hear more of the other vampires. I honestly can't pinpoint what I would have liked the book to be. I just know I didn't want what I did get.
This book seems to be one of the most divisive titles in the Chronicles. It makes sense though. Many people were disappointed, like myself. However, seeing how this book does ask and answer questions that have been prominent themes through out the series, I totally understand why some might hail it as the best of the series. The Vampire Chronicles touch on many themes, and they're not all for everyone. So when an entire novel gets dedicated to one that you might not care so much about, it ends up disappointing. ...more