This week the Wednesday Warriors interview Bryce Carlson, writer of the new hot noir book Hit from Boom! Studios. They also review the latest new books and trades and talk about Sean Leslie’s find of the year in the quarter bin.
Books reviewed include:
0:16:30 -Inhumans (Marvel)
Written by Paul Jenkins; Art by Jae Lee
21:16 -Thor Omnibus Vol. 2 (Marvel)
Written by Stan Lee; art by Jack Kirby
0:24:12 -Buzzkill #1 (Dark Horse Comics)
Written by Donny Cates, Mark Reznicek; Art by Geoff Shaw
28:33 -The Bounce #5 (Image Comics)
Written by Joe Casey; Art by David Messina
37:06 -Brain Boy #1 (Dark Horse Comics)
Written by Fred Van Lente; Art by RB Silva
43:08 -Bryce Carlson Interview
Hit #1(Boom! Studios)
Written by Bryce Carlson; Art by Vanesa Del Rey; Colors by Archie Van Buren
Los Angeles. 1955.While infamous gangster Mickey Cohen rots in a prison cell, LAPD detectives moonlight as sanctioned hit-men.
After a two week absence, Sean Leslie returns with reports of nearly hulking out at a concert. Sean Black gets a new Thor sized tattoo in a rather sensitize area. The Wednesday Warriors get to the bottom those strange water sounds in the microphone and Sean L. gives his picks from the Best of FCBD and part 2 of the Iron Man 3 movie review finale.
After Sean Black swore to never read another issue of Age of Ultron last week, he is back in full force this week to review…Age of Ultron! Find out what made Sean B. change his mind. Also hear what Sean L. thinks about the indie relaunch of Drew Hayes Poison Elves. Jonas and Bryton also give each other high five. All this and more in another titillating episode of Fight for Comics.
Books reviewed include:
16:38 -Joe Abercrombie’s The First Law #1 (Blind Ferret)
Written by Joe Abercrombie, Chuck Dixon; Art by Andie Tong
21:13 -Age of Ultron #5 (Marvel Comics)
Written by Brian Michael Bendis; Art by Bryan Hitch
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Pencils: Mark Bagley
Inks: Danny Miki
Publisher: Marvel Comics
I understand the reason for existence of Avengers Assemble. After all, the Avengers movie is going to be the biggest superhero movie of the year so why not launch a new book to try and get some more interest in the Avengers and possibly pull in some new readers? You can maximize their exposure by having it be the same roster that will show up in the feature film. Sadly, I cannot believe that with such a big launch, it’s a sub-par effort right out of the gate.
Brian Bendis has had the reigns of the Avengers franchise for some time now. Currently, he’s working on 3 Avengers titles and I guess that when you’ve probably written all you can about these characters, you have some duds here and there. This issue is exactly that. A book that doesn’t make a lot of sense and has some of the most uninteresting villains featured in the Zodiac, which is a group of 12 made up of each of the symbols of the zodiac. Thankfully, the one good thing is that it’s 12 superhumans and not just 12 guys in costumes for their sign. With a book that is clearly based on the soon to be summer blockbuster, why not go with something a bit more recognizable. The involvement of the Hulk seems to not fit with what is going on in Jason Aaron’s Hulk title. Are we working with dumb brute Hulk? That certainly doesn’t match what Aaron is doing with the Hulk. It’s the little inconsistencies like that which take the fun out of books like this.
The art is by Mark Bagley, who has worked with Brian Bendis on Ultimate Spider-Man. If you are a fan of his art, then it’s the same thing as with any other book. Bagley’s art is a good match for the action of the story. His art doesn’t really blow anyone away, but he’s consistent and his style is perfect for super heroes.
This book does seem more in the all-ages vein. While I do like the darker tones of the more sophisticated material, it’s good that there’s material like this too. Marvel has struggled to keep an all-ages line that has seen various reboots over the years. This is a title in the current Marvel continuity and it’s a good title for younger kids to pick up. One can hope that the story works out a bit better in the next issue because the first issue isn’t anything spectacular and certainly not up to par with some of the other Avengers stories that Bendis has written.
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