Where to start?
I've been reading some truly fantastic comics for the last six weeks or so, and narrowing it down to a singular starting point might actually prove a little bit difficult. So I'm going to simplify the exercise. A quick spin through the box on the floor, where my most recent reads are sitting waiting to be filed, and let's see what jumps out above the rest....
Levitz on Legion has been pretty sensational.
Pak's Incredible Hulks bi-weekly run is terrific
Fantastic Four may soon be Marvel's best book once more.
Superman's long walk poses some challenging questions.
But do you know what has my attention above and beyond any of these things?
Some excerpts of great interest from recent issues:
- Steve Rogers in possession of the power of the Nova Corps!
- Nick Fury's fully autonomous LMD duplicate Max Fury returns!
- The Prince of Orphans becomes a prime time player!
- Shang-Chi, The Master of Kung-Fu is back!
- John Steele (America's real first Super Soldier) is one of the bad guys?
What Ed is doing with this series is remembering that greatness is in the details. We're not on a wild ride of mish-mashed characters being crammed together for the sake of selling comics like we were back in the days of Marvel Two-In-One. This is a story about a covert Avengers team lead by Steve Rogers on black ops missions that the public isn't allowed to know about. And since the last time I blogged about how great it was in comparison to the other Avengers books, its only continued to get better.
One of the things I like the most is that Brubaker is taking a lot of secondary characters, and making them relevant. I've always maintained that one of the big differences between an "A" character and everyone else was the writer on the book. Of course that rule doesn't apply when you factor in iconic characters like Superman, Captain America or Spawn.................alright, everyone who didn't vomit when they read SPAWN must leave the blog now and NEVER return. NOW!
Okay.........back to my point......Brubaker is doing the kind of work with otherwise background characters that Robinson did on Starman, and it's that work which will make the series continue to work as these characters rotate into and out of Rogers' black ops team.
The stories are tightly written, and there is an underlying thread which is clearly building to an even larger story. They are, if you will, a mosaic of tales creating an epic story which may yet become one of the great Avengers stories; the potential is certainly there. It appears it will all revolve around a secret society known as The Shadow Council, who are at the root of each of the story arcs we've invested in thus far, indicating that a final, frightening confrontation will perhaps be the penultimate chapter of this run.
I for one am excited to see it.