Quick Hit reviews, part the second


 Amazing Spider-Man #563

I didn’t much care for Bob Gale’s first few issues of the Spider-relaunch, but it’s this issue cemented my dislike of his stuff.  The plot is interesting enough (bookie who takes bets on super-fights gets in trouble) but it’s Gale’s Spider-Man who I’ve found I can’t stand.  He’s a just a jerk for the majority of the story, and that’s not the Webhead I grew up with.  Threatening to destroy a bar after the bar owner/bartender just saved you from a big brawl is just classless.  I know old people are annoying, but Spidey is just plain mean to the bookie’s father and the result is off-putting.  I could talk more about the narrative’s unrealized potential, but I’ve spent too much time on this issue already.  Oh, and Mike Mckone’s art is usually nice to look at, but he seems to have lost a step since his days on Exiles.

Wolverine #66

The Civil War team is back together!  Wait….Civil War sucked and shipped late.  So…woo hoo?

I’m being prematurely snarky, of course, since there’s really nothing wrong with this issue (aside from the horribly stilted faux frontier dialect).  The “Old Man Logan” story is off to a nice start, though I’m concerned that the glacial pacing of this chapter could signal boredom ahead.  Sure, I want to know all about this bleak future world that pacifist Logan lives in, but I’m not sure I have the patience to get there (at least until the trade hits stands).  Mark Millar’s last foray into Wolverine’s world was made of testosterone and awesome, so I’m cautiously optimistic.  I can’t say anything about Steve McNiven’s work that hasn’t already been said.  It’s pretty and wonderful and detailed and I’m sure the man craps rainbows.

Punisher #58

I make no secret of my love for Garth Ennis’ take on the Punisher, and I’m not about to go back on that now.  Ennis moves the story along nicely here as Frank stares down a team of Delta commandoes and almost gets away when things go pear shaped.  Goran Parlov is probably the perfect artist to match Ennis’ tone, and it’ll be his style that I most associate with Ennis’ epic run when it ends in 2 months.  The main reason I bring this up is to point out that this story is quite obviously padded so it can last 6 issues.  There are 4 or 5 pages in the middle of this book dedicated to “reprinting” pictures from a fake book about Vietnam.  We get snapshots of helicopters and the Valley Forge firebase and Frank Castle loading a machine gun so we don’t forget he was there and none of it does a damn thing to advance the plot or give us insight into anything.  Drove me nuts, those pages did.


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