I was planning on putting this in the regular reviews, but this couldn’t wait. I have some very strong stirrings of apathy for this book and I figure I’ll dwell on why I have this problem instead of offering a regular review for it. That being said…Spoilers Below!
First off, the obvious character died. It was pretty disappointing. I mean, I could atleast have expressed some modicum of shock at the death of someone like Hercules, Cloak or Dagger, but Black Goliath? Seriously…whoever did not see that coming is a moron.
Still…the fact that he died isn’t that important. It’s how he died. A Thor-clone? A fucking Thor-clone? You really wanna go down THAT route, Millar? I mean for fuck’s sake, haven’t we had enough of evil clones at this point. I thought this book was supposed to be about moving forward, not retreading Clone Sagas. Of course, the clone does raise some points. Is he wielding the real hammer, Mjolnir? Or is he carrying a Tony Stark invented substitute? Also, does this mean that the REAL Thor is still en route from Ohio, where we last saw D.B. in the Fantastic Four book? I’m just interested is all I’m saying.
Next up, Sue Storm’s departure. While it made sense, and I get her reasoning, I don’t get the need for a note. If she had to write anything it should only have covered the kids and their situation…I just don’t think it was like Sue to write something so detailed and anal (Sex is good for the immune system…huh). And I thought the Thing had moved to France…what happened there?
I do appreciate Peter’s slow reversion to the “good” side. Because make no mistake, the Pro-Registration is the flat-out evil side now. They (Reed, Hank, and Tony) have no redeeming qualities left now…at all. Seriously…they are finished as heroes in my eyes, and it’ll take a helluva deus ex machina to reverse their characters into heroic positions again. Unless they’re all Skrulls.
Finally…the new Thunderbolts? Not bad…not bad at all. Although is that Melissa? I don’t see how she could stand to be with this particular team…but we’ll see next issue…whenever it shows up. All in all, a so-so issue. I thought it wasn’t horrible, but it could’ve been a LOT better.
The art WAS nice though. McNiven did a very nice job, and I can almost forgive the delays for that artwork. The fall-out in the Spider-books should be interesting though…if Peter does revert, how will that affect MJ and May…exactly.
Soon, I’ll put up the remaining week’s reviews. And the tv reviews shall start in earnest. Until then…Kick Butt!