Reviews from the Future: New Avengers #4

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Why does everyone always give Galactus such a hard time? He is just a working stiff, trying to provide for himself and his ‘children.’ Silver chrome isn’t free you know?

Title: New Avengers #4
Author: Jonathan Hickman
Artist: Steve Epting 
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Release Date: 3/20/2013

I’m going to spoil New Avengers #1-3 in my review of #4, so if you haven’t read it and you want to, go and get it and then come back.

So Cap is out of the picture now and The Beast is in, because the Science Cabal does not have any patience for non-scientists gumming up the works and when you are having a moral dilemma sucker-punching and mind-whipping Cap is always a good plan.  Namor should probably be watching his back.

Not much is actually happening in each issue of New Avengers. It really feels to me like Hickman and Epting thought up a set piece for each issue and then sat down and wrote a plot that would allow them to use all their awesome set pieces. The set pieces are always awesome, though. Captain America using the Infinity Gauntlet to push back a second earth narrowly avoiding an inter-dimensional collusion with ours. Black Panther and his Science Teen Force fight to save a world from being destroyed. An alternate universe herald of Galatcus tells us what Galactus is for. I suppose its unfair to say not much happens. Exactly one thing happens in each issue of Hickman’s New Avengers, and that thing is awesome!

I have my problems with the pacing of this book, obviously, but the art and content matter more than make up for it. If you liked Hickman’s FF/Fantastic Four run, or if you just think Space Operas just need some of the spandex set to be really awesome you should start reading this book.

Vestrymen Grade: Buy

Quick Review: New Avengers #2

New-Avengers_2WRITTEN BY: Jonathan Hickman
ART BY: Rick Magyar
PUBLISHER: Marvel Comics
RELEASE: January 24, 2013

Buy the book here.

Well things have started to make a little more sense at least as far as things can make sense in a world crafted by Jonathan Hickman. The plots, ideas and drives of all the characters are still BIG, so big as to be semi-nonsensical sometimes. Characters whose names are not T’Challa are drawn with a big brush, which makes some sense since they are all larger than life characters. It is honestly hard to paint Namor, King of the Oceans, with a artisan’s touch and none of none of the other members of the supporting cast really hurt from this treatment.

The plot is huge, metaphysically interesting, and effectively sets up the Star Trek-y moral quandary that Black Panther and crew are going to have to resolve. The villains are engaging as well and the face-heel and heel-face turns come at breakneck, but believable pace.

The worst thing I can say about this book is this: “Batman is not in it.” The second second worst thing I can say about this book is perhaps more damming, since if your buying a Marvel Comics book and hoping for Batman write us an email and we’ll actually tell you which superheroes are owned buy which company.

I read this book last Thursday, and then, thinking you all would like quick reviews, looked for books to read. I looked at this book, picked it up started flipping through it but until I’d read the first three pages I didn’t remember that I’d read it. I’ve read Hickman’s complete run on Fantastic Four and this books feels very, very similar.

Vestrymen grade: B

VFCast Season 3 Episode 3: Post Galactic Stress Disorder

Hey there cats and kittens! Today we read the last great idea from the house of ideas! We read the final crossover that cares about justice! We read the end of an era and the death of a civilization!

Operation: Galactic Storm: Volume 1

250px-Avengers-345WRITTEN BY: Various
ART BY: Various
PUBLISHER: Marvel Comics
RELEASE: February 8, 2006

Our podcast will establish, without a doubt, haters be silenced, that Operation: Galactic Storm was A Thing That Happened. Some will deny it and declare me a liar but the egg will be on their faces once I show them an actual copy of the crossover.

This book contains the following things:

  • Thor with the most ridiculous hair-and-beard combination imaginable.
  • Quasar being a creeper, As we previously established.
  • Repeated attempts by Starfox to turn people on so much they forget how to fight.
  • Lots of heroes and lots of text in the panels.
  • Pretty cool cover art, especially when compared to the interior art.
  • Terrible, terrible, terrible hacking scenes.

If you want something else, like characterization, dynamic art, or an overall feeling of what it is like to experience this book, listen to the podcast!

You can download the podcast: VFCast Season 3 Episode 3

The music for this episode of Vestrymen from the Future! is used under a Creative Commons licence. This week, we feature The Monitors – “Suit & Tie” and A Magnifique Bande dos Homes Sen Medo – “Algo Ouvín tra-las Vides”. Intro music by Jonathan Coulton.

Vestrymen Season 2 Episode 12: Sometimes Leonardo Da Vinci has to punch Galactus in the face

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OMG did we enjoy Mr. Hickman’s S.H.I.E.L.D. We also review Mr. Gillen’s Iron Man #1, Mr. Jordan’s Shadowman #1, Mr. Richardson’s 47 Ronin, and Joe Kubert’s Joe Kubert Presents #1. We pour one out for our departed homies.

Quick Reviews!:

Iron Man #1

ironman1WRITTEN BY: Kieron Gillen
ART BY: Greg Land, Jay Leisten and Guru eFx
PUBLISHER: Marvel comics
RELEASE: November 7, 2012

Feels a lot like Ellis’ Extremis, and Mr. Gillen does a good job, but he is not the creator of Leland’s favorite comic book, so we really just recommend you go buy Transmet, or  Extremis if you really need an Iron Man story. If you’ve read both those texts and you still need more Iron Man then you are allowed to read Marvel Now! Iron Man #1: the Re-extremising!

Vestrymen Grade: B+

Shadowman #1

Shadowman_issue_1_comic_book_cover_by_Valiant_Comics1WRITTEN BY: Justin Jordan and Patrick Zircher
ART BY: Patrick Zircher
PUBLISHER: Valiant Comics
RELEASE: November 7, 2012

Garth Ennis used to write Shadowman. We probably should have read that instead.  I can’t find a place to buy this one online, you’ll have to actually go to a brick and mortar store or wait ’til it gets onto the online vendors, peeps. We like Astro-Zombies, if you live in Albuquerque or feel like a comic book themed road trip.

Cabel Grade: C Leland Grade: B-

47 Ronin #1

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WRITTEN Mike Richardson
ART BY: Stan Sakai
PUBLISHER: Dark Horse Comics
RELEASE: November 7, 2012

This is not a review of the upcoming Keanu Reeves vehicle, though they are both drawing from the same source material. Reeves is a strange choice for Kai, don’t you think? It is good that he got the role though, ‘cuz the Hollywood Asian Actors Guild was complaining  about how there where too many nuanced, interesting blockbusters being produced about famous historical events from the Asian Continent. It’s a good comic book with some art issues that confound us a bit.

Vestrymen Grade: B+

Joe Kubert Presents #1

JKP01_covercropCREATED BY: Joe Kubert, Brian Buniak, Sam Glanzman
PUBLISHER: DC Comics
RELEASE: November 7, 2012

Vestrymen Grade: A-

Our Feature:

S.H.I.E.L.D.: Architects of Forever

shield_2_2ndWRITTEN BY: Jonathan Hickman
ART BY: Dustin Weaver
PUBLISHER: Marvel Comics
RELEASE: November 7, 2012

We skip talking about the author here, having discussed him in some depth recentlyDustin Weaver does have a great blog and a very funny nonsense rivalry with Dustin Nguyen, since they are both named “Dustin.” Mr. Nguyen has a Wikipedia entry and Mr. Weaver only has a Wookieepedia entry, so Nguyen 1 – Weaver 0. Very serious rivalries aside, we loved the Ever Loving Everything out of this book. Go read it, then listen to our podcast!

Vestrymen Grade: A+

The music for this episode of Vestrymen from the Future! is used under a Creative Commons licence. This week, we feature The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion. Intro music by Jonathan Coulton.

VFCast Episode 9: Spacemen… From Space!

Stare at the Doctor's ass! Stare you fools and be lost!

Episode 9: Spacemen … From Space

So creepy!  

 

Next Week:

Vestrymen From The Future is produced under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. “The Future Soon” and “Mandelbrot Set” are owned by Jonathan Coulton and are used under the Creative Commons license. 

VFcast Episode 1 – Captain Galactic and the Victory Mystics: Origins

The Vestrymen, in their inaugural podcast…

In which we discuss:

  • Ourselves, but only a little, I promise.
  • Our plans for THE FUTURE (of this episode).
  • Tony Stark’s abject doucheyness in Iron Man 500.1
  • The worst A-Team.
  • The worst A-Team’s clown car van.
  • Lighsaber wielding, antenna sprouting, energy ball throwing, reality bending ladies.
  • All that and more in Miss Mystic #1.

Next Week:

  • The BEST PANTS IN COMICS!
  • Sherlock Holmes: Year One!

Cover - Ms. Mystic 1Pollution is ruining everything.Unicycle robot bitch slap.