Comic Wolf’s Pull Box Week of 1/17/18

Hello, it is me your NobleWolf bringing you more comical book news. First off, shoutout to this week’s comic day for being 1/17, the designation of my second favorite Halo universe Spartan.

Onto things people other than me care about – this week, because Marvel is actually just a bunch of fuck-ups pretending to be a company, there will be no Phoenix Resurrection. That’s right, Marvel can’t even get through a 5-issue weekly miniseries without a fucking delay. I won’t spend too much time beating the “fuck Marvel” horse since I did a pretty thorough job in last week’s post-credit. Anyway, time to launch into some comic talk!

The Mighty Thor #703

The current story arc, “The Death of the Mighty Thor” ramps up! Jane Foster’s cancer has been getting steadily worse, and now everything Jason Aaron’s run has been building to is beginning to come to a head. I like this arc, for the most part. I like Jane as Thor, but from the beginning there has always been a finiteness to it. All the way back when Odinson became unworthy, we saw the future — that he would eventually return. All I hoped to get from the female Thor was a bunch of interesting stories for as long as she lasted. This story arc definitely lives up to that potential. Aaron’s writing stays strong, and this issue manages to be exciting and tense despite the fact that Thor herself is never actually present. The story skips over the Thor bit, focusing instead on Jane Foster and her friends/allies that have to see her dying day by day. That said, there’s no shortage of action. The Mangog is still attacking Asgard, trying to get its revenge. I don’t particularly like the Mangog as a villain. He’s very ugly to look at, even in this absolutely gorgeous book. He feels a bit like a Dragonball villain, in that he’s just hilariously more powerful than literal gods, and I’m quite confident that his defeat will not be very satisfying; just another level of “powering up” for Jane and Odinson who must be just about ready to replace her. However, the Mangog being dull isn’t a big deal since the focus is definitely still on cancer as the villain, with the Mangog as well as Malekith and his allies just serving as a reason for Jane to keep picking up the hammer. At a glance, it looks like there’s probably two more issues to this arc and this is definitely the one where things get real. Definitely a fan. In addition, this is the first (and probably only) one of the books I read to include a “Where is Wolverine?”. I thought it was pretty dumb, so there’s my thoughts on that too.

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Comic Wolf’s Pull Box Week of 1/10/18

Welcome back to Comic Wolf’s Pull Box! This week is Marvel heavy again, since I’m currently looking for new indie books to start into and my only DC series is Doomsday Clock. However, we do have a special book this week: The Surgeon, an indie book from a local creative team and friends of the store I work at. Their previous self published work, Super, was pretty cool, so I was excited to check this one out.

 

Old Man Logan #33

Old Man Logan is a bit of a weird book. On the one hand, I don’t love them dredging up an alternate universe Logan to fill in for proper Logan while he’s dead/missing/gallivanting about with an Infinity Stone. I also don’t love the sheer amount of Wolverine books and Wolverine characters floating around at this point. However, this book is actually really good. It has a good mix of connections to Mark Millar’s actual Old Man Logan original story, connections to classic X-Men/Wolverine stories, and connections to the new canon. It also manages to be the more grounded version of Wolverine, since All-New Wolverine ft. X-23 seems to go to space a lot more often which is a pet peeve of mine. Anyway, the current story arc is one of those “connections to classic stories” bits. The Scarlet Samurai is back, and it’s Logan’s dead lover Mariko from the old Chris Claremont and Frank Miller series. This issue is a sort of mid-point in the arc as far as I can tell, and it’s a decently satisfying one. The beauty of Old Man Logan, I think, is the opportunity to put Wolverine in more complex situations than just stabbing stuff with his claws since the original series is about Logan living as a pacifist. He’s well past that now, but an older, weaker, more broken Logan is occasionally pretty refreshing and this is one of those issues. Would the younger, angrier, normal Logan team up with a morally bankrupt enemy when their goals align? I don’t know because he’s busy trying to make a cowboy hat part of his look. So although Old Man Logan doesn’t ever quite live up to the original, this story arc and this issue in particular are pretty strong. Additionally, the art on the series has been a little hit-or-miss for me and this arc/issue definitely land in the “hit” section, finding a medium between the original style and its own.

 

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