AVX #0

This is the prequel that doesn’t need to be read.. But should still.
Beware.. It shall have spoilers.
In the remaining text I shall be commentating and discussing the book to any amount of length, so kick back and enjoy.. These shall be more frequent than my Smallville reviews. (That’s right you’re getting two comic book reviews)

For some betrayal, M.O.D.O.K. Attacks a turncoat from A.I.M. (which that *SPOLIER* organization will be seen in iron man 3) and as he moves in for the final blow in comes in the Scarlet Witch. (Which if I’m not mistaken, was last seen in House of M and some later pages of the New Avengers title) She saves the day with the aid of later arriving Spider-Woman and Ms. Marvel, who convince the Witch to pay a visit to Avengers mansion by not taking “No” for an answer. At the mansion, before Scarlet Witch aka Wanda Maximoff, can even reach the front steps, the recently rebuilt Android, the Vision, tells her, in a very cold way, he is no longer welcome here for her actions (see “Avengers Disassembled“) and they both parted ways, the Vision secretly shed a tear.

Off the coast of California lies the X-men’s base called “Utopia” (think of an island that is the essence of both Professor Xavier’s school, and a little of Magneto’s ultimate dream, also part of the asteroid used in Asteroid M) where Hope Summers, the first Mutant Born since M-day, (House of M.. Again Scarlet Witch) is sneaking out to be a superhero when caught by Scott Summers aka Cyclops who tells her how important she is, and that she shouldn’t leave utopia.. Her power is similar to Rogue’s where she can take and copy someone else’s power.. Only she needs to just simply be in their presence. That being said.. She optic blast Summers and jets off on a jet pack to a bank robbery in progress. She stops it and in walks Emma Frost and Summers to take her back. The book ends with her washing her hands at the edge of utopia and a zoom out to space.. The Phoenix is coming…

There’s a thing at Marvel Comics.. I guess you could call it a rule, to treat every Comics as if it was the reader’s first ever comic. This is a great rule… Some times. The fist few pages usually are a recap to the last arc.. Or the last several, if not the last issue. This works.. Especially if you don’t read other books, or missed a few issues, if you’re a first time reader.. Then its PERFECT! I get it. But as I said at the top, you don’t need to read this issue.. If you read X-men: second Coming (strongly recommend) or even House of M or Avengers Disassembled, you know about Hope and or Wanda Maximoff respectively.  So it felt… Boring. But still it does kind of set the stage. At the time of writing this, I’m at issue seven (there’s 12 issues in the main arc, and a bunch of side issues as per any summer comic event)

So it does help. In comics there’s a prejudice that if you just jump in, you’ll never know what is happening so you wait for a good jump on point, or you back track. Both work fine to be honest. More so with Marvel books. But sometimes you just have to go and hope for the best. Most people who read comics started as children.. So let’s face it.. As kids we always just jumped in.. But either way.. This book is fine to be a jump on point.

The art here is spectacular. As you seen in my movie reviews, (or you should have) I really enjoy 3D movies. So when an artist draws something out of panel it just makes the whole page pop and even look that much better. It stands out more.. Literally. It boosts the story, I feel, to higher lengths.. (Hey Pere Perez, take notes). I’m all about that camera angle that has meaning. When this style is used appropriately, it has this way of being something more than a 2-D picture. Even though the book starts off weird the art is definitely the saving grace here.

Enjoy your week!
Rating:
  • Overall rating of the comic: 3.5 out of 5
  • Art:  4.8 out of 5
  • layout*: 5 out of 5
  • True to character dialogue: 4 out of 5
  • Story: 3 out of 5

Thank you for reading feedback is always helpful.
THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace” and May the Force be with you!

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

Smallville Season 11 #1

– Writer: Bryan Q. Miller
-Art: Pere Perez

 

So, welcome back to the next set of comic book reviews. I’m behind, I know, I apologize, but if you read my “Smallville, A Look Back” then you kinda know what’s coming. If you don’t, then that’s too bad for you. This one will be short.

Smallville Season 11. Yes they made it a comic, so go out & buy it. The story in issue one, is his re-emergence since the finale episode, this comic takes place approximately 6 months after it all. To help with any confusion, the finale takes place 7 years after, well the scenes with Chloe and the last initial scene, so now to the review.

Superman has had one consistent thing (which I’m assuming the John Byrne run back in the 70’s or 80’s started), which is any time we see him for the first time in a new story, he has to fly & save some kinda plane or flying object. In the first Superman movie, the helicopter & Lois, in the Superman Returns movie, the air plane launching the space shuttle, etc. Here it’s slightly different. He is saving a space station and its crew from some kind of unknown force. This issue works for me and it doesn’t, for 2 reasons. It doesn’t really explain anything and it shows you the characters for sure to be seen again in later issues as this “seasons” arc progresses. I like that fact it doesn’t go into really explaining who everyone is, even as a new reader you can grasp the idea.

The story is short, nothing is really given other than seeing Superman in a new version of superman uniform (It’s a mix between the current superman uniform and the “Superman: Earth One” story arc by J. Michael Strazincky). This story doesn’t entirely feel like a season opener story, but that could just be a matter of interpretation.

The art is a let down in my opinion. I figured since it’s based off a tv show, they would have gotten a bit of a bigger artist, being that the writer is from the show and what not. It’s very cartoon-ish, which of course is expected for a comic book, but again, it’s based off a show. I was hoping some of that could be carried over into this medium. Or at least have consistent face drawings and not what appears to be guess work.

******** FOR SINGLE ISSUE COMIC BOOKS, RATINGS WILL BE OUT OF 5********

  • Overall rating of the comic: 3 out of 5,
  • Art:  2.7 out of 5,
  • layout*: 4 out of 5,
  • True to character dialogue: 4 out of 5,
  • Story: 3 out of ,
  • Continuity? So far everything is matching up from the show smallville, Chloe being the only exception.

    *layout for anyone wondering is just how each frame is set up, from singles to full/double page spreads to word placement bubbles to the art.

Thank you for reading feedback is always helpful.

THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace” and May the Force be with you!

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW