What I’m Reading: Avengers: Endless Wartime

October 3, 2013 § Leave a comment

If Avengers: Endless Wartime had been written by any other comics writer, I would not have been disappointed. We expect over-the-top characters and ideas from Warren Ellis, but instead we got what amounts to an Avengers story arc in hardcover form.

Basic plot:  Captain America leads the Avengers in a fight against tech-monsters.  Ellis has had science fiction ideas just as good or better than this in the monthly issues of Secret Avengers, but his political statements about was and warfare are a little more thorough than we’d find in most of his floppies. But thorough doesn’t equate sophisticated. He simply seems to be saying (in Hulk-speak) “WAR BAD, BUT IT NOT STOP.  GOOD GUYS TRY TO MAKE BETTER.”

The art was also a turn-off for me.  Again, it’s not that it was bad, but I wanted it to be more.  The layouts are pretty unimaginative, and the illustrations aren’t very expressive.  They get the job done, and that’s about it.

All in all, this isn’t a bad book, but it’s not a great book.  That wouldn’t be a valid criticism were the creators not some of the very best in the world.  That said, Avengers: Endless Wartime is ideal for the casual comics reader, and that may be the best reason for it to exist.  It features character you know from the movies, the art and ideas are not intimidating, and the story exists independent of Marvel’s main continuity.

So for someone unfamiliar with comics and Marvel continuity, Endless Wartime is actually a great book.  With this title being the first in a planned series of original graphic novels from Marvel, I think we can see what they plan for the rest of them.

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Comic Book Feminism

June 13, 2013 § Leave a comment

I’ve been hearing a lot of comic book fans calling themselves “feminists” lately, notable since comic books are historically viewed as one of the most sexist of mediums.  A lot of this talk has to do with how much people love the new Captain Marvel, a book with a clear feminist intent, the talk about Scarlett Witch being in Joss Whedon’s Avengers 2, and the characterization of Lois Lane in the new Superman film.  After years of women rejecting the feminist label (mainly due, I suspect, to the lack of femininity in the image of Second Wave feminists) it’s a relief to see women reclaiming the name. « Read the rest of this entry »

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.!

May 13, 2013 § Leave a comment

It’s kind of lame how Agent Coulson faked his death, but it’s pretty awesome that he’s still around.

Joss Whedon has proven over and over again that he’s great with depicting the team dynamic, but unlike in The Avengers movie, there’s usually an action-centric character taking point.  Is Coulson the new Buffy?

 

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