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Avengers #6

Avengers #6: Brian Michael Bendis and John Romita Jr.’s first arc on Marvel’s new Avengers book comes to a close in this issue as our time-lost heroes confront Ultron for the future of the universe. The script is interesting, full of amusing twists brought about by the non-linear nature of the story as well as tons of great Bendis-isms in the dialog. I do feel that a couple of the epilogues didn’t have the punch they were supposed to, although I really dug the Avengers “battle” with Ultron. Art-wise, this comic is fantastic. In particular, John Romita Jr.’s Ultron is a real treat to behold; he’s incredibly menacing, eerily stoic, and full of Jack Kirby influence.  B+
Review by Rebel Rikki

The Amazing Spider-Man #646: “Origin of the Species” wraps up with this issue, as well as the “Brand-New Day” era Spider-Man which brought us Amazing Spider-Man three times a month. Say what you will about the changes “Brand-New Day” brought about—I, for one, didn’t mind them at all as they provided a great jumping-on point for me to start reading Spider-Man again, and I think that’s exactly what Marvel wanted all along—I am definitely going to miss the thrice-monthly schedule of this series. It will be interesting how Slott does on his own with all of the writing duties in his lap now and the series switching to a bi-weekly schedule. Anywho, as I said this issue wraps up the current arc is an admirable fashion, with a few more twists and turns along the way as Spider-Man takes on not just Dr. Octopus but the Lizard as well and pits them against each other in a way that’s lots of fun to read… oh, and then there’s Harry Osborne and the cliffhanging question… did Harry just do something very, very stupid? There’s a panel towards the end of this issue that’s going to raise lots of questions in the future! A-
Review by Spaceman Spiff

Captain America #611: It’s time for Bucky Barnes to face the music! With his past as the Winter Soldier now public knowledge thanks to the machinations of Baron Zemo over the last few issues the media is worked up in a frenzy and those in Washington want answers. Steve Rogers attempts to smooth things over with the President and his fellow Avengers while Bucky takes down a large gathering of neo-nazis and uncovers a possibly dangerous sign of things to come. All this along with a brilliant revelation about JFK! Daniel Acuna wouldn’t be my first choice for art duties on this title but he proves me wrong here. Though not quite in line with the art style that we’ve become used to on this title he certainly knows how to draw a bunch of skinheads getting the snot kicked out of them. This issue was a lot better than what the solicitations had me prepared for and it also provides a good jumping-on point for new readers as Bucky’s past gets a good summary. A
Review by Spaceman Spiff

Hellboy/Beasts of Burden: Sacrifice: I picked up Dark Horse’s last Beasts of Burden miniseries due mostly to its creative team of Evan Dorkin and Jill Thompson. Those creators don’t let me down here as their pack of paranormal-investigating animals teams up with Mike Mignola’s Hellboy to fight off another supernatural threat to Burden Hill, PA. The story gets a little muddled at times (after two close readings I’m still not sure who the main antagonist is), but this book totally shines with the painted art of Jill Thompson, and damn it if those dogs aren’t super-cute.  B
Review by Rebel Rikki

Justice League: Generation Lost #12: It seems as though flashback issues will be a somewhat regular occurrence on Generation Lost, as this is the second we’ve gotten in a couple months. In general I’m not a big fan of the idea; I feel like an event series with a bi-weekly release schedule should work on building momentum, while flashbacks tend to bring it to a screeching halt. That said, this issue–which focuses on a hyper-powered Ice in the present day, cross-cut with revelations about her childhood–is alright, although Ice is far from my favorite character and this issue doesn’t make a case that I should think otherwise. The effectiveness of her power revamp, while potentially cool, won’t be discernable for a few months, so the jury’s out on that one for now.  C
Review by Rebel Rikki

Secret Avengers #6: After last issue’s break to educate us about the evil Nick Fury clone, we’re back to present-day action here as well as, fortunately, back with series regular Mike Deodato on pencils. This issue gives the Secret Avengers yet another mystic artifact to track down for fear of another ancient evil being loosed upon the world. I’m really worried that that basic format–which also informed the plot of arc one–will continue indefinitely and make this book less and less interesting with each new story. Still, I feel the basic concept of a black-ops, James Bond-style Avengers team is still a strong one, and right now I’m quite interested in reading further.  B
Review by Rebel Rikki

Secret Warriors #21: Nick Fury and gang find themselves in some hot water as this issue kicks off after being betrayed by one of their own, losing a member and being caught in a H.Y.D.R.A. base with no escape and a very big bomb set to blow. Most of this issue is action oriented as most of the issue is spent with Nick Fury and his Secret Warriors try to fight their way away from Baron Strucker, Gorgon and Madame Hydra. The ending is what people will be talking about though as one member of Nick’s team steps and makes what should either turn out to be a very brave and selfless act or else a very cunning ruse. As always with this series, things may not turn out to be what they seem! B
Review by Spaceman Spiff

X-Men Legacy #241: The only thing that disappointed me about this issue was that artist Clay Mann wasn’t able to finish the issue on his own, as Tom Raney steps in to provide the odd page here and there. I really think Clay Mann could be an up-and-comer for Marvel, and well, Raney has never really done it for me, so I was just a little let-down by that. Anywho, this is a strong wrap to the India storyline as Rogue, Magneto and a host of x-students take on the returning Children of the Vault in Mumbai. Mike Carey’s original story that introduced the Children of the Vault remains one of my favorite and it was definitely cool to see them back again. A solid payoff for what had been a very enjoyable story arc with some very memorable moments from the now-on-the-side-of-angels Magneto. B+
Review by Spaceman Spiff

tags: avengers, captain america, hellboy, justice league, secret avengers, secret warriors, spider-man, x-men

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