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I'm just going to say this above the cut where everyone can see it: Al Ewing's Mighty Avengers is my favorite Marvel book on the stands right now, at least that I've read more than two issues of. (Other contenders: Ms Marvel and Loki, the latter of which coincidentally is also written by Ewing.) It's just fun, with the right mix of banter and heart, and it has the advantage of being about a bunch of characters who aren't appearing anywhere else right now and in many cases haven't in a while, which means Ewing can do whatever the heck he wants with them. If you're looking to support diversity in comics, this also happens to be Marvel's "minority team book" - analogous to the all-women X-Men, I guess? But with less fanfare and better writing.

Anyhoo.

New Marvel book:
Mighty Avengers #8 - Ewing, Schiti
In this issue we investigate a volcano base and meet a member of the Blue Marvel/Adam Brashear's family for the first time ever in the Marvel universe. I was curious about the backstory here so I went and looked Brashear, and discovered he is practically brand-new - he was introduced in a miniseries in 2008. I think I'd like to read that now. I like that he's older, with gravity and some gray hair. So many of the Marvel characters live in that ageless late 20s/early 30s age range, and it's nice to have some variety.

Also, I figured out just what it was that's been bugging me about She-Hulk in this book: her hair is black (as seen below). I'm afraid FF!Jen will always be my archetypal Jen, and she had green hair there. I really am not a fan of the black at all.

Fav panels:


Old books from other companies:
Revival #1 - Seeley, Norton
An Image book whose first issue I got during Comixology giveaway in December. This is the zombie apocalypse, except mostly without the apocalypse and as taking place in a small town in Wisconsin. There's gory horror here, definitely, but I find the art appealing, and I love the setting and the main characters we seem to be setting up (Officer Cypress and her sister). I mean really, if anything's going to sell me on zombies, it's claustrophobic Midwestern zombies and a female protagonist. I just put a library hold on the first volume.

Atomic Robo #1 - Clevinger, Wegener
Put out by Red 5, this is a fun book about Nikola Tesla's robot going on secret Allied missions during WWII (I think? there were Nazis, anyway). Wegener uses a simple, blocky art style that I liked, but the robot himself is definitely what makes the book - he's unassuming, has a sense of humor and, when required, outrage, and at first reminded me a wee bit of Alphonse Elric (although probably his blocky metal shape helped that association along). This ain't deep, but I'd definitely be willing to read more of the robot's adventures.

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geckoholic
Mar. 25th, 2014 08:49 pm (UTC)
And you just put Mighty Avengers on my "most check out" list, that's some pretty high praise.
snickfic
Mar. 25th, 2014 11:42 pm (UTC)
It's really fun. Beware Greg Land art, but it hasn't been as horrible to look at as it could be (and as is evidenced here, Valerio Shchiti did a recent three-issue stint, which was nice).
geckoholic
Mar. 26th, 2014 09:54 pm (UTC)
Definitely on the list then. :D

ETA: Just sniffed it out, and I hardly know any of the characters, whoops... Is it a, like, entry-level run, or do I need to be familiar with them?

Edited at 2014-03-26 09:57 pm (UTC)
snickfic
Mar. 26th, 2014 09:59 pm (UTC)
You shouldn't need to know anything, IMO. I had only met She-Hulk and Monica Rambeau in passing and didn't know the others at all, and I think it does a good job of catching readers up to speed.
geckoholic
Mar. 26th, 2014 10:00 pm (UTC)
Okay, awesome. Nothing stopping me then. XD
dhampyresa
Mar. 25th, 2014 10:03 pm (UTC)
It's not black, it's very dark green! I'd like her hair better if it was dark green too.
snickfic
Mar. 25th, 2014 11:48 pm (UTC)
Well, in this book it definitely looks black. :\
claudiapriscus
Mar. 26th, 2014 06:36 pm (UTC)
I just read the 2008 miniseries. It is...kind of painful, actually. Okay, more than a little.

Comic book ages are weird, though. He's supposed to be a Korean war veteran. He met his wife in the early 60s. In the miniseries, they're both like, 40ish. (especially his wife, who looks younger than that).

I kind of had one of these moments in some other comic archive crawling (or whatever you're supposed to call if for non-web comics, even if they're online). There was another (recentish) thing that brought back one of Steve and Bucky's old teammates from WWII, one who had outlived them and gotten married, but died in the 50s or 60s. He's brought back to life, an then is all angsty because his wife has moved on and has a boyfriend. (he goes to their apartment and does one of those standing outside the window, oh no, kind of things). She's like 30. I mean, angst is one thing, but honestly, missing out on forty or fifty years is a different thing than just being missing for five or ten.
snickfic
Mar. 27th, 2014 02:57 am (UTC)
Erg, that's unfortunate. And I knew Marvel used some kind of "rolling timeline" to account for the fact that Kitty Pryde was a teenager in the 80s and is now in her early 20s, but to use that same rule of thumb all in one work is, uh. Impressive?
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