Having been around for 25 issues now, Brian K. Vaughn takes us back to the beginning and shows us more detail on the event that started it all, the war between Landfall and Wreath. But is this a good way to tell the story? Especially after yet another long wait between arcs? Let’s find out.
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Ultimates has had good and bad runs. It started out as the Ultimate Universe verson of the Avengers and the first run or two was amazing, but it wasn’t too long before it all went south. Once the Ultimate Universe vanished and most of the characters moved over to the mainstream Marvel Universe, it’s no surprise that the Ultimates came over as well. So what happens when this other-universe book becomes part of the mainstream? Let’s find out.
This is both a strength and a weakness, Saga runs in 6-issue arcs, then takes an extended break while Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples recharge and get ahead again. I’m glad that these arcs come out regularly, but in the intervening time, you kind of forget that Saga even exists.
That’s what I’ve done more often than not, I simply lose interest and lose track of what’s come before and when a new issue comes out, although I want to get to it, it simply falls to the bottom of my pile. I usually just wait until the entire arc is finished, read it straight through, do my review, and forget all about it again. I’m sure this harms the readership of the book, at least to a certain degree.
Regardless, it’s that time again, for me to take a look at an arc of Saga. Let’s dive into issues #19-24.
I honestly get sick of forced diversity. I’m sitting here listening to a podcast and they’re making a big deal about Roxane Gay, the first black female writer Marvel has ever had.
And I’m sitting there going “so the hell what?”
I care if the stories are well written and interesting. I care if the art looks good and is engaging. I couldn’t care less what the race, gender, sexual orientation or anything else of the writers or artists is. And I honestly have zero respect for anyone who does.
It wasn’t too long ago that I reviewed the first arc of the new series of All-New X-Men and… it was okay. It wasn’t awful, but it wasn’t anything to write home about either. Mostly, it was a means to reintroduce the characters to a new post-Secret Wars audience and because they spent so much time doing that, they didn’t have much left for anything actually interesting. But I said I would give them at least another arc to impress me so let’s see if they’ve managed to do so.
Let’s move from Ant-Man to another insect-based character, Spider-Woman. This one had a little bit of false controversy to it, considering the alternative cover to the left. The crazy regressive SJWs screamed that it was sexist, but it was clearly a reference to old Spider-Man covers, drawn almost exactly the same, like the cover of Amazing Spider-Man #30. I guess people see what they want to see and that reality, to them, is colored by their personal ideologies. But we’re not here to talk about crazy people who don’t even read comics, but about this particular arc. So let’s dive in.
As a character, I never really cared about Ant-Man very much. The original, Hank Pym, never really did much for me and after the whole kerfluffle with hitting his wife, I had very little reason to pay any attention. When the second Ant-Man, Scott Lang, came along, he was a little more interesting, at least he was a “bad guy” who was trying to make up for his crimes, it was a somewhat more interesting story, but he was never one of my favorites. That doesn’t mean there haven’t been some really good takes on the character though, which is what I was hoping would be the case here. So was I right? Let’s find out.
Comics are dying and one of the reasons is that comic writers and publishers have bought into this whole social justice mentality, where they’ve given up on just writing good stories about interesting characters and situations and taken to catering to artificial diversity and regressive philosophies.
And because of this, comic books are hitting an all-time low in readership and sales. Comic readers aren’t stupid, but apparently Marvel is. Here’s why they are failing miserably.
It’s always been painfully obvious what Marvel was doing with the Inhumans. Like Fantastic Four, some other company owns the movie rights to the X-Men and mutants, hence they have been trying to recast the Inhumans, which they own, into something that would compete with the X-titles so they can simply cancel them all and hurt Fox as much as they can.
But the problem is, comic fans aren’t buying it. They don’t like the Inhumans as a brand and certainly don’t want to give up the X-Men as a franchise. So Marvel decided to “combine” the two, giving us this Uncanny Inhumans title.
I am a fan of the Rocketeer. I liked the comics when Dave Stevens did them, I absolutely love the movie and would love to see more of the character, at least if done well.
But IDW has been making new stories with the character and in general, they’ve been very well done. I’ve reviewed a couple so far and they’ve gotten top marks.
So can this series do it again? Read on and find out.