The Uncanny Avengers #3 is On The Pile.

Uncanny Avengers #3

Uncanny Avengers #3

The Uncanny Avengers

#3 was waiting on my desk when I got home this blustery evening, so that’s what’s on the pile, but boy, what a weird series, no?

OK, I drank the Kool Aid and read AvX and it got me back into current titles in a big way–so when that finished up, I was ready for the next step, and Uncanny Avengers seemed like the way to go (I thought A+X might’ve been, but those simple ‘Team Up’ stories don’t grab me).

At first blush we’ve got Logan moping around in his cowboy hat, Rogue shooting her mouth off to put any self-respecting Drama-Mama to shame and Captain America making good choices. Same old same old, right?

Wrong.

Throughout this title, and indeed, from page one of issue one, Rick Remender shows us that he is not afraid to get Weird. Really weird! Let’s indulge.

On the very first page we get a full frontal lobotomy! Whoa!

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Creepy Brain Slicing on Page 1! Holy Crap!

The Red Skull just…sitting there watching TV. That’s kind of… Weird.

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“Zis Colonel Klink ist ein DUMKOPF!!”

Scott Summers, imprisoned in a Ruby Quartz Cell…awesomely bizarre!

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Ruby Quart Goggles…and Walls. Cool and Weird.

And a whole new take on “the Head of the Charles.” DANG that is strange!

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In closing, I’ll just say that this title is delightfully bizarre, and I’m enjoying it very much. I mean, can you ever get enough of the Red Skull handling sloppily extricated brains for your money? I can’t, and so I’m sold on Uncanny Avengers. Looking forward to tonight’s reading, issue #3!

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Avengers Assemble #11

2811600-11a_super  Avengers Assemble took a turn for the Awesome when Kelly Sue DeConnick took over the writing in the book’s second arc. After what started out as a bit of a lark to find the missing Professor Sorokin, Iron Man, Hulk, Spiderwoman and Thor were in Antarctica, investigating some mysterious deaths at an outpost when Dr. Banner drank some very bad juju. Iron Man whisked Banner away to the Helicarrier (and judging from #11’s cover, they don’t make it) as Captains America and Marvel traced what they think is the source of the threat. Outfoxed by Yun Guang Han & forced to retreat, the Captains are rejoining the other Avengers to deal with a bilious green infected Hulk. Anyway, that’s where issue 10 left me hangin’.

#11 was waiting for me on my desk when I got home tonight (my lovely wife put it there for me, ain’t she great?). Tonight’s reading has been determined!

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Well, leave it to great cover art to make me mis-remember a storyline! Hulk was already in his cage aboard the Helicarrier at the end of issue 10 of course, and Spiderwoman had been tasked with injecting him with the antibiotic.

So, on to issue 11….too much too fast! I know this title was released to coincide with the movie, and that it’s targeting a younger audience, but the team wrapped this one up way too quickly! In just a couple of pages the bacterial threat was contained, Yun Guang Han was neutralized and the Team was back in NYC for 3 pages of yukkity yuk bet settling. I thought this arc was going to spread out over a few issues of high drama! What’s the rush? This was a great story, ended too early.

Captain America #3 (Marvel Now!)

Captain_America_3 In today’s mail and on tonight’s pile.

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Liked it. Warming to this title, but John Romita Jr’s art is still very disconcerting, particularly in the flashback sequences when the kids look waaaaay to young to be spewing such sexually charged trash talk at the young Steve. That and they all look like bobble heads….

Anyway, you may not be one for extra-dimensional hijinks, but I am digging Dimension Z…it’s a throwback to Marvel’s earlier crazier times when ANYTHING could happen. And I’m still naive enough that believe it or not, I never saw the last page coming….WOW! Cap is in some deep DOO DOO now!

The Steel Jacketed Man

424239-steel_largeThe wait between subscription issues can be interminable. Last week I read Iron Man #5 (Later, Earth), but to pass the time until something else arrives, I’m re-reading Kurt Busiek’s “Tarnished Angel” TPB. I love this book. It gives us so many tantalizing glimpses at the bittersweet backstories of lots of Busiek’s colorful villains…Golden Glove, Quarrel, El Hombre and many more. For me the most poignant scene takes place as Carl is allowing himself to be pummeled by Golden Glove’s daughter (rather than strike her)…and hopes that Samaritan isn’t watching at just that moment, because he’s ashamed to be seen being bested by a fifteen year old girl. Tell me, is a guy who’ll take that sort of punishment a “Bad Man”?

The pulp themed cover alluding to the noir detective novel-esque story inside is brilliant.

The story tells us that Carlie’s mom always told him the Heroes of Astro City were “The Angels”, and even though Carlie’s home is and always will be Kiefer Square, and despite a little bit of tarnish on his metallic skin, he’s one of the Angels too.

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Kick Ass 2 Follow Up

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Post-read, this was  a decent follow up to Kick Ass, but the weakest of the three installments thus far. I’m not a fan of stories in which the violence committed by the villains cannot possibly be made up for by their capture or death. The atrocities unleashed by ‘The Mother Fucker’ and his gang are so over the top that even the heroes’ ultimate victory means little.

Prior to the final battle the story loses some focus, and Dave’s two buddies becoming heroes is almost a ‘Jump the Shark‘ moment.

Apart from that, it’s my opinion that Kick Ass is of course Mindy’s journey as much or more than it is Dave’s. Kick Ass 2 lacks the emotional connect that I felt with the characters in the original, and I missed that. I wanted to like it more than I actually did.

Am I going to read the 4th and 5th installments? My money’s already spent–but I hope that Millar’s writing tightens back up and makes me feel like I did reading Kick Ass–feeling like I wanted to carry the book around in my backpack and sneak it out for a page or two whenever I could squeeze it in.