The Sunday Pages #42

11th January 2009 | by | No Comments

This week, capsule reviews of Amazing Spider-Man #582, Cable #10, Doktor Sleepless #11 and Punisher #1.

Review: Amazing Spider-Man #582
Slott continues his weakest story to date with a slightly improved second issue. Any scenes between Harry and Peter are great, more than justifying the character’s return from the “dead” – although likewise, his hatred of Spider-Man has worn quickly thin and could do with a little redefinition itself. The rest of the issue, featuring Liz Osborn, Normie Osborn and the Molten Man ties up some continuity loose ends, but does so in such a half-hearted manner you can’t help but wonder whether Slott was really interested in telling this story. Not exactly a high point to start the year off, unfortunately. [JHu]

Review: Cable #10
This series continues to be a baffling enigma. How does a classic odd-buddy pairing, a longstanding X-Man radically retooled as a villain and an inspired time-travel focussed plot conspire to produce one of the most turgid and static books on the market? Here, Swierczynski again fails to add any depth to his lead character, as he progresses through a clich├ęd and uninteresting vision of the future. Elsewhere, in a twist that will have caught approximately two percent of the readership off-guard, Cable’s wife of three issues meets a tragic end. [JHa]

Review: Doktor Sleepless #11
After two issues of relatively calm introspections, Ellis’ street level second volume develops a nasty edge, with the Doktor’s gifts to Heavenside’s factors leading to the inevitable conflict. So far, so predicable, but the gang warfare scenes are intercut with an unexpected new perspective on the title character, from a surprisingly authoritative source. Perfectly juggling a vast number of plotlines, Sleepless deserves a far bigger audience than its current cult following. [JHa]

Review: Punisher #1
The creative team that brought you Fear Agent deck the halls download free come to a Punisher relaunch. Well, re-titling and re-numbering. The concept for this book – The Punisher interacting with the rest of the Marvel Universe – is identical to Matt Fraction’s “Punisher War Journal” but whatever. Point is, this is actually a good read. The Punisher attempts to kill Norman Osborn, for obvious reasons, and The Sentry, who appears to be under Osborn’s thrall in some way or another, tries to prevent that. If you ever wondered how The Punisher could survive against a character who is essentially Superman with psychological difficulties, read this. It’s a very convincing read, a great action scene. Not much in the way of underlying story, but it’ll keep you entertained for the duration of the issue, and these days, that’s probably enough. [JHu]