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Big exciting news: Valerio Schiti is (permanently?) taking over art duties on Mighty Avengers, replacing Greg Land, as noted in the February solicits. Given that Land is kind of terrible, that writer Al Ewing has been doing such good stuff with the book that I've kept reading it anyway, and that Schiti is one of my very favorite artists presently working on comics, you can imagine my feelings about this. (Hint: they are big. And there are lots of them.)

I foresee a Valerio Schiti appreciation post sometime soon, since I've been meaning to do something like that anyway - a baby comics enthusiast's attempt to explain why something works so well for her. So stay tuned.

Meanwhile, Paul at House to Astonish has a great review of Fantomex MAX #1-2, and while he apparently didn't hate #1 as much as I did, he explains clearly and in depth how #2 went so very, very wrong.

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Nov. 13th, 2013 10:27 pm (UTC)
Ooh, that is exciting! I more or less gave up on Mighty Avengers after the first issue, but I will totally jump back on when Greg Land goes away.

Despite warnings, I actually tried to read Fantomex MAX, and oh my god you were not wrong, even a little bit. I didn't even read issue #2, and damn am I happy with that decision.
Nov. 13th, 2013 10:56 pm (UTC)
I assure you, it only got worse with issue #2. SO MUCH WORSE. (I wouldn't have even bothered, but I'd preordered it. :\)

I'm surprising myself with how much I'm liking Mighty Avengers. I generally stay away from the Avengers side of the force, because it seems to be much more focused on a) male avengers in solos, and b) those same male avengers on teams. However, since these are less major characters, the book feels less... obligatory? We are writing these characters because we want to, not because of course there's an Avengers book with Thor in it. Plus, since they're minor, they have less backstory and also the book seems to expect me to know less about them, both pluses for me as a newbie. :)

And those obstacles dispensed with, Ewing is doing a pretty good job of pulling his team together and making me feel things in the process, even though I don't know any of them very well.
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