The Sunday Pages #61

7th June 2009 | by | 4 Comments

The usual capsule reviews cover Dark Avengers #5, The Mighty #5, New Avengers: The Reunion #4 and Seaguy: The Slaves of Mickey Eye #3!

Review: Dark Avengers #5
Bendis sticks to what he does best: A whole lot of talking. If you ever had a complaint about how Osborn is managing to get away with being such a public figure, this story probably addresses it, and much more besides. In addition to that, we also get a look into the private lives of several of the Dark Avengers, and strangely, as the soap-opera builds, the title starts to feel more like the “Avengers” than “New Avengers” ever did – with the slight qaualifier that it’s about people who are evil this time. If you love Bendis, it’s fantastic stuff – if you don’t, prepare to be REALLY irritated. [JHu]

Review: The Mighty #5
So, Tomasi and Champagne take five issues to get to the situation that Mark Waid threw in the first issue of Irredeemable, and they must be feeling a little trumped in the process. Still, even if this turned out to be the obvious scenario, they’ve done the groundwork on building up Alpha One first, and it’s made the discovery of his (still mysterious) plotting a bit more intriguing, and his clearly-sheer-bonkersness a bit more disconcerting than the one-note violence of the Plutonian. There are also shades of Ex Machina about the “crazy old guy showing up with a conspiracy theory” scene, and while the series is definitely a slow-burner, there’s just something about it that continues to hook ever so slightly. And of course there’s Snejberg’s art, strong as ever with some excellent character-based storytelling, and benefitting from a muted colour scheme as the story gets darker. [SP]
Correction: As pointed out below, it’s not actually Peter Snejberg on this issue. I knew something felt a bit different, but couldn’t put my finger on it. It still bloody looks like him, though!

Review: New Avengers: The Reunion #4
The concluding part of this mini is just as good as the rest, which is to say: better than you might think. As a concluding chapter, it’s fairly straightforward –  Hawkeye (er…Ronin) and Mockingbird save the baddies and work out their differences, and it all leads into the perfect setup for a sequel. If you’re a fan of New Avengers and (as I suspect) DIDN’T buy the mini, then give it a shot in trade form – it’s set up exactly like a blockbuster husband and wife action movie (think Mr. & Mrs. Smith meets True Lies and you’re about there) while also telling the Secret Invasion story that Bendis never did – what happened to Bobbi. It’s a good story, and it makes someone like me, too young to be a Mockingbird nostalgist, actually get interested in the character. Definitely a miniseries worthy of the “New Avengers” name. [JHu]

Review: Seaguy: The Slaves of Mickey Eye #3
In a depressing repeat of the events of four years ago, the wetsuit-clad hero has fronted an utterly spellbinding miniseries, to widespread apathy from the reading public. When Seadog brings matters to a head, his reluctant enemy is forced to rise to the occasion, but his victory doesn’t actually appear to actually changed anything. We’ll be taking a proper look at the middle part of the Seaguy trilogy once the trade paperback has hit the shelves, but those who’ve been reading the series in issue format will not be disappointed by the conclusion. [JHa]