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End of Year, End of Comic

29 Dec

It’s the end of the year and comics seem to come to a halt as every stops reading to stuff their face full of Turkey and/or Ham. As of the time of this writing I have NOT read the last issue of Amazing Spider-man, but I have heard the rumors and I’m sure to talk about it next week. I actually have to buy my comics so I didn’t get an early copy like almost every comic reviewer on the entire internet (not bitter). I also realized that I should pick a best comic of 2012 because everyone else does. For the past two years such a decision has been really easy to make. Scott Snyder’s run on Batman has been the most impressive hard hitting material in the universe and he doesn’t seem to be slowing down. And to spoil the end of the year 2013, Scott Snyder will probably win that year too.

Mom's Basement Comic Article about Uncanny X-force by Bruce Osborne

Uncanny X-force #35

Uncanny X-force #35

I hate it when great comics end, especially prematurely. And this comic ended for one reason, because Rick Remender got pulled over to do “Uncanny Avengers.” Yes there is a rebooted X-force coming next year, but it won’t be the same without Remender at the helm. This comic series went beyond good and quickly became the most enthralling book under Marvel’s banner. And was especially the most entertaining book with the word “Uncanny” in the title. It’s true that everything has to end, but this comic died before it’s time. Another two years of Remender/X-force awesomeness and I would be more satisfied, but Marvel seems more interested in creating more comics that have the word “Avengers” in the title.

This series was also responsible for many changes in various B-listers. In fact it had more influence over the Marvel universe than any major event comic of recent memory. “Uncanny X-force” is the reason Daken (Wolverine’s son) is dead and there is now three Fantomexs. Angel also lost his memory to this comic and a new Nightcrawler emerged from the age of Apocalypse. It did all of these things because it actually had the guts to change stuff. While most comics love to create the illusion of danger, X-force felt more peril because Remender would not hesitate to scar or kill off a character. He wouldn’t do it for shock value just to sell more comics, but it was something to progress the story. X-force was a comic of damaged individuals trying to work together to achieve some vague sense of redemption. A story like that can’t be all clichéd villains and puppy dog tails. “Uncanny X-force” was a unique comic of awesomeness that excelled beyond even Remender’s high standards. I don’t read comics because of spider webs or bullet proof shields. I read them for imaginative characters and great stories. A series like “Uncanny X-force” is why I read comics.

Mom's Basement Comic Article about Uncanny X-force by Bruce Osborne

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The New Number One

1 Dec

Captain America #1

Captain America #1

Rick Remender’s take on Cap is Captain America on crack.  But don’t worry, Steve hasn’t started taking drugs.  This volume of Cap is just more extreme and bizarre than Ed Brubaker’s deeply personal insight into Rogers.  Remender understands the character so the comic still feels like Cap, but this story isn’t the usual fare of protecting America from escaped Nazis.  It’s much more intense and far less subtle than Brubaker’s most violent issue.  I did find the extreme nature of it to be refreshing, but it might be jarring for long time Cap fans.  If you are not a long time Cap fan, now would be the perfect time to jump onboard.  You do need some rudimentary knowledge of Captain America’s world, but nothing you can’t find on Wikipedia.  Remender has taken Cap in a bold direction without sacrificing anything about the character in order to do it.  Something the writers for “Deadpool” should have done a couple weeks back.  John Romita’s art is also very well done and is perfect for Remender’s action focused style.  The story’s flow is fast, the writing is strong, and the art feels like Steve Rogers meets Kick-Ass.  Long time readers need to approach this book like it’s a new day, because it is.

Mom's Basement Comic Article about Captain America and Indestructible Hulk by Bruce Osborne

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R.I.P. Thor

10 Nov

The Mighty Thor #22

The Mighty Thor #22

This is the end of Thor, for Matt Fraction and me at least. Fraction’s work on Iron Man made him one of my favorite Marvel writers. I was hoping for more of the same with this comic but sadly didn’t get it. Fraction’s run on Thor wasn’t really bad, but rather uninteresting. It might have just been me, but I just really couldn’t get myself to go more than two issues without regretting getting this comic. The run wasn’t a total bust though. The story with Galactus, and, more recently, with the Enchantress, had strong story elements and several other things going for it. However the overall experience with Thor hasn’t been a satisfying one. Particularly during the Marvel megaevent “Fear Itself.” Almost all of the backstory to that event revolved around the Thor universe, and none of what was going on translated into the Thor comic. We did get an aftermath issue and a story to explain how Thor came back to life just after he died, but it was very frustrating reading two Thor comics written by Matt Fraction that had really nothing to do with each other. I didn’t hate this comic, I was just disappointed by it. Even though the reins are being handed off to Jason Aaron, I don’t think I have it in my heart to keep reading. So goodbye Thor, you would have been more interesting if you stayed dead.

Mom's Basement Comic Article about Thor and Previews by Bruce Osborne

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