Thursday, May 7, 2009

Comics this week

War of Kings #3- The battle is joined as the Kree/Shi'ar war kick into high gear. The Guardians of the Galaxy make their entrance as they help The Starjammers break Lilandra from the Imperial Guard. I love it when Gladiator was left wondering who the Guardians of the Galaxy were, and then got blasted by Rocket Raccoon. The biggest problem I had for this issue was Gladiator. You knew the switch was coming, but Gladiator has always been written as a character that serves the throne, no matter who is sitting on it. I get that he hates Vulcan but there was no reason for him to suddenly switch to Lilandra’s side! Worse, he then killed one of his own Imperial Guardsman immediately after switching side! For what? Overall this was a good issue let down by a poor ending.

Guardians of the Galaxy #13- The team is finally back today. Adam Warlock returned to enlist the Guardians’ help to stop the Kree/Shi'ar war. Star-Lord is more than happy to help; only some members of the team are not. Being a proud Kree Phyla, now named Martyr (love the name), do not believe her people need any help, while Drax and Bug wonder what their small team can possibly do to stop the two warring side. I love the tactics discussion between Star-Lord and Rocket Raccoon. It was a funny, yet at the same time, very sensible discussion on how to spilt the team. The Cosmos, Moondragon, Mantis telepath joke was also nicely done. Good action, good writing, and the team back together; nothing not to like about this issue. Pick it up!

Irredeemable #2- First impression counts, but sometimes first impression also deceives. A lot of people were disappointed by the first issue of Irredeemable but like I said when I reviewed issue 1; it is a slow burn. Mark Waid explore deeper on what the world would be like when a Superman turned rogue. The issue is dominated by 2 flashback sequences, both of which work beautifully. The first was when one of the superhero Kaidan, remember how Plutonian was before he turn rogue. This Plutonian was kind and always willing to help another hero, even a rookie. The other flashback was an incident recounted by Plutonian’s girlfriend, also before he turned rogue but when he was clearly older. However this incident was one that could have pushed the hero closer towards the edge, when his best intentions turn out horribly for everyone. Waid is slowly feeding us the story and I for one will definitely be back for the next feeding.

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