Thanks to my local comic guy,
whose ability to send comics
his customers subscribe to into
limbo is legendary, your amiable
reviewer did not receive 3 until this
week, the same time as 4.
Sooooooooo, how about we do
a two-for, and review them together?
More after our friendly Asgardian---
Writers: Oeming & Berman
And a bunch of other nice folks.
And the Q.
That the cover to this issue is so dynamic,
that it is one of the best covers ever
to feature Beta Ray Bill, owes it's
stellar excellence to the fact it is a homage.
Specifically, the artist has rendered it
in the near exact likeness of
SILVER SURFER #4 (Vol. 1)
Because SS #4 features the very first clash
between Thor and a previous herald of the Big G,
namely SS. An indecisive battle, be it noted,
since SS had his power boosted by Loki---
yet still couldn't take Thor down.
Another nice surprise this issue; it is
an all-action issue. Or almost.
Oeming still give us four pages of
talking head prequel which has no
discernible relationship to BRB's
battle with the latest herald,
Stardust, and lends the impression of being
inserted merely as filler.
This is one sweet issue.
BRB is portrayed as noble, tough,
Reading it is a joy---and a sorrow.
Why a sorrrow? you ask.
Because while reading it, while seeing,
in effect, a clone of the Real Deal's
portrayed in so marvelous a manner,
the reader can't help but lament that
the issue is not about the Real Deal himself.
For surely, if Marvel could devote such talent
to BRB, why banish Thor to a publishing dark hole,
in abeyance until the Q sees fit to grace
us with a monthly?
It's a reminder, not that any is needed,
of how Marvel has shafted Thor's fans.
A reminder of how Thor as a character
has been stabbed in the creative back.
Should you be new to the MU,
it bears noting that
Thor, Odin, Sif, Balder, the Warriors Three---
oh, Hel---every last Asgardian, and Asgard
itself, have been wiped out in the singularly
most misguided conception since
the previous Ragnarok.
Another element of sadness is this
reviewer's conviction that Marvel is
building BRB up---only to pull a 'Thor'
on us, and either eliminate him or have
him consigned to some form of
Bill shown in all his power.
Spare us the bleepin' talking heads.
Overall, we will accord this issue
a 9 out of 10.
Now on to---
the same creative team.
Only two issues to go in this mini.
Two issues to the resolution.
Will Beta Ray Bill survive?
This issue begins with a downer.
'More' flashback panels,
retelling the same basic story
from the beginning of the mini.
Perhaps it is intended to bring
new readers up to speed, but a simple
paragraph would admirably
In this one, Bill and Stardust
team up to take down an
evil entity unleashed on our
universe by Stardust when he
tried to send Bill into an evil
The entity, Asteroth, is out
to wreak chaos, and unless she is stopped,
threatens to destroy all that is.
The action scenes are nicely handled,
and the art, as usual, is killer.
One notes that by the end of this issue, Bill
has lost his costume and helmet.
Leading one to wonder how much
more he will lose bofore the mini concludes.
BRB kickin' A.
Stripping Bill of his costume.
But hey, why not, when Marvel is
determined to wipe out any vestige
of the Real Deal?
Is this reviewer the only one who noticed a
rather striking similarity between the new villaness
and a certain character published by
Still, on the Mjoly meter we will
generously give it an 8.
Scarf up copies of both today.