Avenging Spider-Man #7
Writer: Kathryn Immonen
Pencils: Stuart Immonen [Pencils], Wade Von Grawbadger [Ink], Matt Hollingsworth [Colors]
Continuing on in the mighty Marvel Team-Up style, Avenging Spider-Man #7 sees Spider-Man teaming up with She-Hulk (the green one) to fight the ever-menacing threat of kitty cats.
The issue opens with Spider-Man and She-Hulk taking down a weird giant fish thing in the sewer that had menaced city workers for weeks before She-Hulk, a lawyer by day, has to head off to a “work thing.” Awkwardly attempting to accompany She-Hulk as a date, Spider-Man is turned down–but not before finding out that the “work thing” is an Egyptian gallery opening at a museum.
Seeing suspicious-looking girls in cloaks heading into the museum, Spidey tries to investigate and runs into She-Hulk again. Somewhere along the way, She-Hulk sees a statue of an ancient Egyptian cat goddess, which decides to choose her as its herald and causes her to sprout a green tail.
Overall, Kathryn and Stuart Immonen provide Avenging Spider-Man with another fun, light-hearted Spider-Man team-up–as well as the official Marvel origin story for cats on the book’s recap page (well, the book’s editor might have come up with that, but still…). Anyways, the banter between Spidey and She-Hulk is fantastic, as is Spider-Man’s solution to the whole cat goddess issue.
If you’re a fan of fun, not-too-serious Spider-Man stories and don’t want to worry about too much continuity–or if you’re a fan of Spider-Man in general–this done-in-one is perfect for you.
February is going to be an action packed month for Venom, but before the insanity begins we’ve got your first look at January’s jaw dropping Venom Variants! Brought to you by some of the best artists in the industry, get ready for a unique look at your favorite Marvel heroes as they get infected by symbiotes!
Kicking off February with a bang, Venom makes unholy alliances with Red Hulk, Ghost Rider & X-23 to save Sin City, Las Vegas, from total chaos in Venom: Circle of Four. Then, just as Rick Remender and Gabriel Hardman take the reins as the new creative team of Secret Avengers, they draft Venom to the team’s lineup!
So what are you waiting for True Believer, go out and tell your retailers to make yours VENOM!
CAPTAIN AMERICA #7 (NOV110480)
CAPTAIN AMERICA #7 VENOM VARIANT (NOV110481)
Written by ED BRUBAKER
Pencils by ALAN DAVIS
Variant Cover by MIKE PERKINS
FOC- 12/19/2011, ON SALE- 01/11/2012
DEFENDERS #2 VENOM VARIANT (NOV110489)
DEFENDERS #2 VENOM VARIANT (NOV110488)
Written by MATT FRACTION
Pencils by TERRY DODSON
Variant Cover by CHRIS STEVENS
FOC-12/12/2011, ON SALE- 01/4/2012
FF #14 (NOV110542)
FF #14 VENOM VARIANT (NOV110543)
Written by JONATHAN HICKMAN
Pencils by JUAN BOBILLO
Variant Cover by MICHAEL RYAN
FOC-01/2/2012, ON SALE- 01/25/2012
SECRET AVENGERS #21 (NOV110497)
SECRET AVENGERS #21 VENOM VARIANT (NOV110498)
Written by WARREN ELLIS
Pencils by STUART IMMONEN
Variant Cover by KHOI PHAM
FOC- 01/2/2012, ON SALE- 01/25/2012
VENOM #12 (NOV110533)
VENOM #12 VENOM VARIANT (NOV110534)
Written by RICK REMENDER
Pencils by LAN MEDINA
Variant Cover by MIKE DEL MUNDO
FOC-12/26/2011, ON SALE- 01/18/2012
WOLVERINE & THE X-MEN #4 (NOV110560)
WOLVERINE & THE X-MEN #4 VENOM VARIANT (NOV110561)
Written by JASON AARON
Pencils by NICK BRADSHAW
Variant Cover by MARK BROOKS
FOC- 12/19/2011, ON SALE- 01/11/2012
X-MEN #23 (NOV110570)
X-MEN #23 VENOM VARIANT (NOV110571)
Written by VICTOR GISCHLER
Pencils by WILL CONRAD
Variant Cover by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER
FOC- 12/12/2011, ON SALE- 01/4/2012
Marvel Comics released a three page preview of the Defenders #1 late Friday afternoon.
Matt Fraction is the author of the Defenders with pencils by Terry Dodson. Dr. Strange assemble a new team with Iron Fist, Namor, Red She-Hulk and Silver Surfer. There are variant covers by Neal Adams and Stuart Immonen. Issue one will be in your local comic book store December 7th.
Marvel re-launches the Defenders every five years, what will make this series stand out? Are you excited about the Defenders?
Part 1 – Everything that was right about Fear Itself #7 and the event in general (Kinda spoiler free, maybe?)
1. It totally made sense and was pretty cool when Captain America picked up [that one thing.] Right?
2. I dug how Hawkeye looked kinda pissed because he WANTED missing a shot to be a possibility.
3. [amazon_link id=”B005CWOQ1K” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Fear Itself: Deadpool[/amazon_link] ruled the roost. BIG UPS to Christopher Hastings (W), Bong [!] Dazo (Pcls), Joe Pimentel (Inks), Matt Milla (Clrs), and Simon Bowland (Ltrs).
4. [amazon_link id=”078514840X” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Journey Into Mystery[/amazon_link] was the big winner among the non-limited series (in theory) tying into FI. I’ll be talking about last week’s issue at length NEXT week, since the next issue drops Wednesday, but Kieron Gillen womped like a MUTHA in Loki’s adventures. My quick take: This series killed the ass off Superman Beyond 3D, Grant Morrison’s shorter but similarly-themed adjunct to [amazon_link id=”140122282X” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Final Crisis[/amazon_link]. Really.
5. [amazon_link id=”0785163891″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Fear Itself: The Home Front[/amazon_link] had a lot of good stuff. I’m a fan of Mike Mayhew’s particular brand of painted photo-realism, so I’m glad to have seen a bunch of that. BUT, his stuff really pops for me when he has garish colors to work with, so it was a li’l bit sucky that Christos Gage had him (and colorista Rain Beredo) draw so many normal schmucks and baddies whose costumes were just black. Anyhow, the series still had plenty of good stuff, with the standout pieces being most of Howard Chaykin’s pages, the awesome American Eagle piece in #5 by Si Spurrier & Jason Latour, and the always-welcome Great Lakes Avengers/Defenders/X-Men/JLI, by Elliott Kalan, Ty Templeton, and David Curiel.
6. [amazon_link id=”0785157018″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Fear Itself: Youth In Revolt[/amazon_link] (W,A,C,L: McKeever, Norton, Gandini, and Cowles) was a worthwhile read, and it has this:
7. [amazon_link id=”B005PHT6G2″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Fear Itself: The Monkey King[/amazon_link] (a Fialkov-Doe-Quintana-Lanphear joint) was more fun than watching Joyce Carol Oates foolin’ around with a monkey. Which I have imagined many times.
That’s the good stuff. Any parts of the Marvel [Publishing] Universe that tied into Fear Itself and were good – the best F.I. moments from Invincible Iron Man or Thunderbolts or New Avengers or whatever – do NOT get especial credit, because they would have been just fine WITHOUT the big event. Well, maybe the MODOK thing from Hulk needed a suitably big world threat to help Ole’ Big-Head learn to love. Hard to say.
Part 2 – The BAD things about Fear Itself #7 and the event in general
1. Odin’s plan was absolutely moronic, unrealistic, cowardly, contemptible, poor strategy, and generally asinine. Nobody anywhere doesn’t think this.
2. Captain America using shotguns to easily blow Nazi red-shirts robots out of the sky. Look at all the piled-up wiped-out robot-VolksWagen things:
Golly, if only they had this amazing “shotgun” technology available in Washington, D.C., which those things supposedly totally destroyed. Instead, all they had available in Washington were tanks, fighter jets, bazookas, grenades, and EVERY PIECE OF WEAPON TECHNOLOGY THAT COULD BE BOUGHT WITH 50% OF EVERY FUCKING AMERICAN TAX DOLLAR FOR THE LAST 40 YEARS.
3. Humanity all simultaneously Not Being Afraid was predictable from roughly one second after we found out that the big bad, The Sears Pants, is powered by human fear.
4. The “death” of Thor while he has a current ongoing series has about as much dramatic heft as the death of Kenny in episode #29 of [amazon_link id=”B00023P49M” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]South Park[/amazon_link]. Also, what did he die of, exactly? Anvilitis? The only question on anybody’s mind is how long Marvel will pay lip service to the idea of Thor being dead. But Thor is immortal – not because he’s a “god,” but because he is a corporate property. A corporate property will not and cannot be made to stay in the grave as long as it can be monetized.
5. Just, in general: Fuck prophecy. Don’t like it. Crap story device, except when Loki wields it.
6. BTW also, Heimdal can suck it. What a tool. He just basically does nothing ever except watch Odin act like the king of all assholes, followed by blindly obeying whatever whack shit Odin demands of him.
7. The dialogue in the main series was bad. All of it.
8. If I gave a shit about continuity, I would point out sloppy errors like Captain America’s un-scarred shield in his new series (or the OBVIOUS problems with aerodynamics this would create), or Cap’s WAY continuity-sloppy appearance in Daredevil. Suffice to say, there’s no clear idea what happened when ANYWHERE. (Can you order Fear Itself, Spider Island, Schism, FF’s War of Four Cities, etc? I sure as shit can’t.)
9. I regard Fear Itself (Main Series), Book of the Skull, Hulk vs Dracula, The Deep, FF, and The Fearless (Issue #1 only, not buying the rest) as a fucking waste of sixty bucks. I spent money on all of this, I don’t get review copies (and probably never will with an attitude like this!)
10. So, here is Sin at the end of the big Fear Itself battle.
Let’s ignore the fact that her face is a red skull because of horrible burn scars that are suddenly smooth. Instead, I want to know if she was jailed in any of the prisons that held Saddam Hussein, Osama Bin Laden, or Mohamar Ghaddaffi. Oh, wait a sec, it slipped my mind, those guys – who ADDED TOGETHER killed about 5% of Sin’s headcount as the cause of Fear Itself – got killed the fuck dead as soon as ANYBODY laid eyes on them. Seriously, did Captain America fistfight the entire population of Asgard to keep them from chopping off her head? In what silly-assed world is she alive, other than as an act of a god who has a product to move?
As dental models.
Are event comics ALWAYS money-grabs by desperate companies who hope the jump in sales makes up for the rotten aftertaste that never, ever goes away? Hey Marvel, keep searching for the new Jim Shooter, okay?
Part 3 – And now, a word from the medium of comics
And from me. Me and comics, both at once somehow.
The above is my favorite scene from Invincible Iron Man #509, which I have profaned by replacing Matt Fraction’s words with MY OWN treatise on What Is Good, which differs shamefully from that of Conan the Barbarian. End of column, thanks!
Fear Itself #7
Written by Matt Fraction
Art by Stuart Immonen.
Tony Stark returns from the depths with a last-chance arsenal that will transform the Avengers from Earth’s Mightiest Heroes…into Earth’s Last Hope! • It’s THOR’S DAY– the day that everything ends! • Double sized Finale with a little something extra for keen eyes.• Variant Cover by BILLY TAN (to be revealed after the events in Fear Itself #6)
Is Fear Itself a rip-off of Blackest Night? If you replace the word “hammers” with “rings” and Fear Itself sure looks like Blackest Night. These series has felt rush with no development of story and main characters not acting like themselves. Spider-Man taking off in the middle of the book to just come back was a pain-staking plot line. There are several more but that was the most annoying.
I really thought Fear Itself was going to be Steve Rogers glorious return as Captain America. With America at its darkest hour a hero was going to rise up and save the day. Captain America was going to make sure that we have nothing to fear. That did not happen.
Instead I got a non-heroic death of Bucky and one page of “Are you ready?” and then Steve Rodgers was back. LAME!