The Sunday Pages #70

16th August 2009 | by | 2 Comments

This week, we’ve got capsule reviews of Amazing Spider-Man #602, Cable #17, Green Lantern Corps #39, Ms. Marvel #43 and X-Men Forever #5. One of these is also our most sarcastic review ever. Which one? You’ll have to read on to find out!

Review: Amazing Spider-Man #602
Okay, right. Hold on a second. Am I the only person who noticed that Spider-Man DIED at the end of this issue? You think that’d get some media coverage, wouldn’t you? I mean seriously, the Chameleon dunked him into a vat of acid! It happened just off-camera, but there’s virtually no way he could’ve escaped in the time he had. I know he survived being shot in the head point-blank at the end of another recent issue because he was wearing a special mask or something, but this time he wasn’t wearing a mask, so he’s got to be dead. Like, for real. I’m just surprised such an important event didn’t at least make it to the news sites, but I suppose they can’t cover everything. Ah well. 602 issues, all in, not a bad run for a character. Although I suppose it’s possible that #603 will pick up with the adventures of Peter Parker’s acid-bleached skeleton. Let’s hope they’ve figured out some slightly more interesting cliffhangers to use for Skeleton-Man – since he’s ALREADY dead, then there’s NO likelihood he can die. Unlike there is with Spider-Man. Right? [JHu]

Review: Cable #17
After last month’s unexpectedly strong effort, Duane Swierczynski provides another surprisingly sound script this month. Admittedly a couple of elements of the book seem dangerously close to the genius/insanity borderline, most noticeably the evil Bishop renaming himself ‘Archbishop’ and the continuing fetishtic sculpting of that character to mirror Cable. (Here he gains a child tagging along with him and a deadly side to his bionic arm.) But that aside, the two cities concept is skilfully taken to its logical conclusion, and there’s a nice touch in the summarised version of how Cable resolves the situation. [JHa]

Review: Green Lantern Corps #39
Although it suffered somewhat from following dull plot threads in the build-up to “Blackest Night”, the feeling was that GL Corps would begin to excel again once the crossover proper actually got underway – and so it proves, with one of the strongest issues since the book’s early heyday. The Daxam plot still drags, but throwing Guy and Kyle (and Natu and Iolande) into the frontline of the “rising of the dead” events shown in Blackest Night itself helps recapture the book’s old dynamic, and a closer, more personal view of something we’d already seen happen from a wider perspective works well. This was still a lot more fun when it was focusing on assorted weird and wonderful missions across space, rather than the internal politics of the Corps, but it’s well-equipped to handle the wider storyline, and remains a solid genre read. [SP]

Review: Ms. Marvel #43
Oooh, and things were so very nearly back on track for this book. After a fairly enjoyable stint with Moonstone in the lead role, Carol Danvers is back. Sort of. Actually, it’s hard to tell, because Reed has set up a “third” Ms. Marvel who may or may not be connected to the original somehow, we’re not really sure. Reed’s tenure on this title has been impressively long, but there’s a definite sense that he’s running out of ideas lately, and although he’s not exactly phoning it in, things don’t feel particularly enthusiastic. I dropped this book once, but returned for Moonstone’s issues. War of the Marvels will have to be something particularly special to keep me around once she’s gone. [JHu]

Review: X-Men Forever #5
Okay, can we have Chris Claremont on Astonishing when Mr Ellis has finished with it, please? Some slightly ropey storytelling aside, the conclusion of Love and Loss is still cramming the ideas in, with Beast blurting out a motion which happily turns the entire concept of the X-Men on its head. The book is starting to fulfil its stated purpose of addressing the long-running plot threads which were abandoned when Claremont was removed from the X-books. There’s no way of knowing whether his explanation here for the weakening of several mutants’ powers was his intention at the time, but at last having some closure to the subject is one of the many charms of this effortlessly distinctive title. [JHa]