Thursday, December 4, 2008

Brilliance or Madness?

My latest comics review column is up at IGMS.

I've been down on Marvel lately. Can you blame me? There's the mediocrity of X-Men (except for the Joss Whedon run) and the absolute abortion of Spider-Man and the rapidly overexposureness of the Avengers in Secret Invasion after more of the same in Civil War and World War Hulk. And the idiocy Runaways has turned into. And. But there are bright lights. Well, two. Thor is one.

The other is Avengers: The Initiative, which is the best junior team comic since Marv Wolfman and George Perez made short pants kind of cool. (Ben, why was it that when Wolfman finally replaced the short pants, he did it with a high collar and a plunging neckline? Huh? That's what I thought.)

The Special, or Annual or whatever, that just came out finally resolving the Hardball storyline was a nice old school thing. Though the Secret Invasion tie-ins with Initiative are better than the others, I was getting tired of Skrulls Skrulls Skrulls. The Special finally resolved the Hardball/Hydra/Komodo thing in a rather unexpected way... though I'm not sure that I really bought that Hardball could really turn bad at the end. What real reason was there, other than being pissed off at Komodo for betraying him?

So The Initiative rules. More on Thor later.


B.G. Christensen said...

I'm still unclear on why the short pants had to go.

Spencer Ellsworth said...

Good point. Maybe it's because they were grounds for beating Jason Todd to death?

B.G. Christensen said...

That's just because Jason didn't look sexy in them. (Which is good, because he was like thirteen years old.)

Actually, what I find really funny is that in those early New Teen Titans stories Cyborg always makes fun of Robin for his short pants but nobody ever stops to say, "Hey, look in the mirror, Mr. Shiny Silver Short Pants!"