Friday, October 12, 2007

New Avengers 35

New Avengers 35 - This Hood story in New Avengers has to be the most boring idea Bendis has ever perpetrated. Here's what I wrote about New Avengers 33 in the old blog:

Note to Bendis: not only have I read enough crimelord-asserts-himself-by-killing-other-crimelord scenes to last a lifetime, but you wrote half of them.

But hold on, I thought. Maybe Bendis has something original planned here. Well... nope. Here's another scene you've read a hundred times: Crime lord/evil masterminds gathers a bunch of gangsters/villains, tells them "This is how it's gonna be from now on." Usually includes one example of power. Well Bendis devotes this entire issue to this. It's excruciating.

Now, that was part of the territory on a book like Daredevil - but these are the Avengers! Okay, so they're really more like the Secret Defenders, but still. I don't need to see them fight gangsters or 2-bit gangster-esque supervillains, okay?

Worst of all is his "reintroduction" of Brian K. Vaughn's The Hood. Big problem: This Parker Robbins bears absolutely no resemblance to Vaughn's character, other than maybe his possession of a hood. For those of you who haven't read it, The Hood was an awesome and fun mini-series about an idiot criminal who happened upon some magic shit - a hooded cloak that turned him invisible, some shoes that let him levitate - and proceeded to bungle around as a super criminal. He was a dufus - the concept was basically, what would happen if a common thug actually got super powers. His adventures were hijinx filled and awesome.

This Parker Robbins is nothing like that guy. The Hood I knew was not a mastermind. So his involvement makes me crazier and crazier with each passing panel.

Bottom Line: This is a total mess of a book. The Hood doesn't belong in this story, this story doesn't belong in Avengers, and oh yeah, the cover promised me symbiote Wolverine! Junk

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Pull Up a Chair

Welcome to Five Comic Draw.

Five Comic Draw is an admittedly dorky as hell name, which I based entirely on my random decision to rate comics based on poker hands.

To go with the name though, this blog will review 5 comics every week. Maybe more if I'm feeling really ambitious. I'll rank all of these according to poker hand ranks. This will be exciting. Trust me.

The other big feature we'll have will be The Pull List. That's where I rank every single comic I read every month. Right now, I'm aiming on that being a bi-monthly column, but if people actually start reading this thing, who knows, we could go monthly with it.

That's it. That's the shebang. Actual reviews up tomorrow.