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Posted by bnwadmin On January - 28 - 2011
Fantastic Four #587
Jonathan Hickman (w) Steve Epting (a)
I am beginning to feel like a broken record each month when certain titles come out. And Fantastic Four is definitely one of them, but what Hickman is doing with the fab four in my humble opinion is career defining – i.e. we will be talking about this stuff for years and years to come. By now, unless you live under a rock or do not have access to Yahoo! News you know this is the issue that someone dies.

Even though my introduction says one thing, I am by no means a genius, especially when it comes to figuring out these stories. But it really came to no surprise for me who wound up biting the bullet. It was really just logic, who’s death would have the biggest impact? And it was a heroic death, a true sacrifice and very touching. And it felt a little like a Hollywood blockbuster. That being said, I can not wait for the aftermath. The majority of the team has been separated for the past several issues, amping up the drama ten-fold.

Next month will be the final issue of the Fantastic Four, before a new title FF #1 debuts with Hickman. It’s never too late to start reading this game-changing run that Hickman has been penning.

Ultimate Doom #2
Brian Michael Bendis (w) Rafa Sandoval (a)
Talk about your double doses of Fantastic Four. We just watched one out the four die a heroic death in the regular Marvel Univsere, meanwhile in the Ultimate Universe, it looks a lot like one of the Fantastic Four has gone plum loco.

The third part of the three-book trilogy, Ultimate Doom feels like the final part, with all the action, drama and story moving at a quick, break-neck pace. With each issue we get a little closer to learning the truth about just what the heck is going on.

This is also another one of those titles that continuously makes me happy each month it’s released. Can not wait to see what Bendis has in store for the final two issues. And while it is only been about a year and half since Ultimatum, I really do feel Marvel has achieved its goal with the reboot plan of bringing readers things they would never expect in the new Marvel Ultimate Universe.

Avengers #9
Brian Michael Bendis (w) John Romita Jr, Klaus Janson (a)
No, it just seems like everything Bendis writes is amazing. And yes, that goes for this month’s Avengers as well. Parker Robbins, aka The Hood, has always attempted to be a power player, and for his part, Bendis always seems more than happy to help him on his way.

While this issues has a ton of exposition, you never really feel like the story is not moving. Meanwhile, Bendis connects the dots and allows us into the just how and why Robbins is on his current kick – collecting infinity gems. Some people collects stamps and comic books, not Robbins, he wants the shiny colors. Wonder what he would do if he existed in the DC Universe?

Honorable Mention The two-issue arc concluded in American Vampire #13 was a fun one and sets up future stories with Hattie’s quest to find her old pal Pearl. And while I am not a huge fan of the compilation story issues, it worked for Age of X Alpha, as it introduced readers to the players  and their roles in what is the next big X-crossover event. Action Comics #897 shows the great difference between the Prince of Anarchy and Humanity’s savior, aka as The Joker and Lex Luthor, as Lex needs to sit down man-to-psycho and ask the old card for some people. Yeah, it goes well. Detective Comics #873 sees the end of Scott Snyder and Jock’s opening arc on the title, and it ends very strongly as Dick Grayson firmly entrenches himself as Gotham City’s Batman. And last, but certainly not least (I told you there was a lot of books out this week) Brian Wood’s The New York Five #1. Now under the Vertigo imprint, Five is the sequel to Wood’s briliiant Minx The New York Four that came out about two years ago. The story continues and it gets really interesting in a hurry. You do not need to read NY Four to enjoy this issue, but of course Brave New Worlds has copies in stock if you are so inclined. Okay, I have said way to much this week. Can’t wait to see what’s coming out next Wednesday.

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