Tuesday, January 22, 2013 8:25:20 PM
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If you're reading the Marvel (or DC) books, and you're looking for a universe-wide continuity, then yeah, you're not going to enjoy the books, you're going to feel lost, and you probably should look for titles from a different company with no interlocking "universe." Image probably is for you.
If you're able to just read the story for what it is ... a story within a title that had some effect on the rest of the Universe, but not a story that has to happen at exactly the same time as the other titles' stories ... then you can read and enjoy Marvel (and DC) titles.
The current Avengers story is pretty interesting. And yeah, it took me a couple of issues to comprehend what was going on, because it was a dramatic leap into a story with new characters. But I found it to be very interesting.
Avengers Arena has been very interesting. It's a cheap way to kill off some fringe characters, true, but some of the characters are/were interesting in their respective titles. Others I haven't heard of, but...
A+X is a little throwback to the Marvel Two-in-One and Marvel Team-Up books. No connection to current continuity, and they've been pretty fun. Not a title to read if you're really a "EVERYTHING MUST FIT" person.
FF and Fantastic Four are, in my opinion, horrible books. Same with Iron Man. I can't defend those. Indestructible Hulk, on the other hand, has been VERY good. I've got a good kick out of it.
And Thor: God of Thunder is amazing. If you're focusing on the fact that they've got him doing a space walk when he's fighting baddies in Avengers, and you're letting that detract from the greatness of that title, well ... that's on you.
Uncanny Avengers is behind schedule, but that's a Cassaday issue. He can't draw a monthly title. But it's been very interesting, so far. Wait. Thor's in this, too. You won't like it. That puts him in three places. Nevermind.
First issue of Uncanny X-Force just came out, and while it's setting up the team, it wasn't actionless. And we get Storm's new costume (and the return of the 'hawk!), Psylocke's new costume, the return of Puck and a hot female Phantomex. All-in-all, a good debut issue.
All-New X-Men has been awesome. I love the bringing the original team to the future storyline, and I absolutely love that they've brought Jean back, but haven't had to resort to bringing back Phoenix. Again. I love Phoenix, but how many times can one character die/go bad/whatever.
X-Men Legacy, however, is horrible. Absolutely horrible.
As for books on the horizon, Uncanny X-Men, with Bachalo/Bendis and the rogue X-Men outlaw team has potential. The new X-Men book starring an all-female cast will be a hot seller, and should also have potential.
My personal problem with Image is that I have to have good art to go with the stories. And maybe it's just me, but I want to read comics and be entertained. I don't want to have to think too hard. It's one of the reasons I dislike Morrison as much as I do. I don't want to have to have a Cliffnotes Compendium next to my comic.
So. That's my little soapbox moment. I think if you can remove a story arc/title from the overall continuity (and Marvel and DC lost their continuity a LONG time ago), you'd find that the books are actually pretty decent and entertaining, for the most part. But if you can't get over that hurdle, then you won't enjoy them.
Tuesday, January 22, 2013 9:37:54 PM
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I completely agree with you Tamwood on like every point.
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Thor, Avengers Arena, Indestructible Hulk, Deadpool, All New X-Men have all been good, everything else has ranged from meh to crap.