Review

The Sunday Pages #59

24th May 2009 | by | No Comments

The Comics Daily team drag themselves away from the Excel Centre (and, er… Liverpool) long enough to capsule on up Amazing Spider-Man (and Family), Hellblazer, Uncanny X-Men and… Sonic the Hedgehog s darko divx movie online watch pelican brief the in divx children shouldn t play with dead things download ?

Review: Amazing Spider-Man #594
The current storyline, Spider-Man 24:7

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, screeches to an apparent halt with nary a ramification of the plotline considered. While it’s nice to see Osborn’s position formally acknowledged by the book with the most to gain out of the situation, it’s also a strange about-face for the plot. Likewise, the payoff of the story appears to be “New Yorkers have short memories” when Spidey inadvertantly cops the blame for ruining a sports game, turning everyone against him. The sub-plots are instead the true meat of the story… and more’s the pity, because they’re not so great either. Peter’s new roommate is impossibly one-note and abrasive, while JJJ Sr.’s proposal is the kind of mega status-quo changing proposal that’s harder than ever to take seriously in a post-One More Day world. And even if he and May actually do to go through with it, then aren’t Marvel concerned that Aunt May being a divorcee might… well… age the character? [JHu]

Review: Amazing Spider-Man Family #6

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Spider-Man spin-off titles aren’t doing very well, sales-wise, and worst of all is the mish-mash anthology “Amazing Spider-Man Family” which itself has to directly contend with the vastly superior “Amazing Spider-Man Extra”. For those unaware, “Family” is the book that Spider-Girl has been relegated to a supporting feature in following the cancellation of her own title, while the rest of the issue is taken up with 1 x in-continuity story (Jackpot belatedly revealed as an alcoholic lesbian), 1 x cracked-up all-ages story of “The Amazing Spider-Ma’am” and 1 x heart-warming vignette with bizarre fantasy elements. The Jackpot short did mildly interest me, if only because it fleshed out a criminally misused character somewhat. The rest of it was standard forgettable anthology fare. I don’t like asking “what’s the point?” of a comic (as a reader, the only purpose should be “to entertain”) but in a world where there’s already a generally rather good Spider-Anthology on the shelves …what’s the point of a second, worse one? [JHu]

Review: Hellblazer #255
So “Regeneration” turns out to be a rather slight two-parter, playing the classic Hellblazer trope of “old ghost can’t move on until Constantine sorts something out” before performing a volte-face that wraps the whole thing up rather more quickly than one might have anticipated. It feels like the story relies quite heavily on the startling iconography of the Plague Doctor (I read a blog recently that suggested that the scarily-masked figures could be the new Pirate/Ninja/Monkey/etc internet meme, an idea I can get onboard with), but that impact is lessened by artwork that feels a bit too light and clean. There’s a brief hint of Milligan building a longer-term story around the ups-and-downs of the Phoebe relationship, but beyond that, there’s been little in the way of setting down a marker for a run that will have lasting impact on the title. [SP]

Review: Sonic The Hedgehog #200
Indulge us for a minute here, will you? It’s not every day that a licensed comic makes it to its fifteenth birthday, but Ian Flynn and Tracey Yardley have given their star a rather hollow triumph to mark the occasion. The bulk of the issue is taken up with the expected “final” showdown between Sonic and his nemesis, but what follows is rather unexpected, with two hundred issues’ of defeats obviously having taken their toll on Robotnik’s psyche. Fleetway’s Sonic The Comic may have reduced the scientist to nihilism first, but the effect is still shocking, and Flynn manages to work in a moral to the proceedings, with Sonic’s descent to the level of a personal vendetta robbing him of a truly satisfying victory. [JHa]

Review: Uncanny X-Men #510
Matt Fraction turns in what’s already become his stock-in trade here, with a very traditional X-plot relocated to a modern setting. With the Sisterhood’s targeted assault having disabled the core team, it’s up to the students to repel the aggressors. Instead of breaking off from a Claremont-esque baseball game, however, the youngsters here have to put group sex sessions on hold. Fraction cements his commendably sure grasp of the franchise, but his storytelling mechanics are a little threadbare in places. And as for Greg Land’s art- if you can’t say anything nice… [JHa]

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