The first one won't be so much
a review as a rant so you might want to
As usual, if there's any Thor-related
issues I've missed, please let us know
and whether you liked them or not.
We'll begin after our usual
DARK AVENGERS 186
Art: couple of people
Don't buy this comic.
Not unless you're an avid
Dark Avengers fan.
If you're strictly a thorfan
and intend to buy it for that
reason because Ragnarok is featured
on the cover---don't waste
The cover is bogus.
He appears in only a couple of panels
and does absolutely nothing but lie there.
From the cover, you'd think he had a major
role and was involved in some terrific action.
Back in the day, when a superhero appeared
on a Marvel cover, it meant that hero
was in the story.
Cap on the cover of a DD issue?
Then Cap was in the story.
Hulk on the cover of the Avengers?'
Then Hulk was in the story.
Much---much---later, Marvel began to
give us covers featuring heroes who
weren't in the stories.
Some say they don't have a problem with that.
They read an issue for the story and
not the cover.
More power to you if you are one of them.
But some of us don't have unlimited budgets.
Some of us collect only issues that have
to do with our favorite characters.
And if Marvel puts our favorite characters
on a cover, then they damn well should
include them in the story or we''re
out four bucks for nothing.
I admit this is a peeve of mine.
Marvel has suckered me so many times
that now I won't buy an issue until
I look inside to see if the character
I like is actually in it. I've put
dozens of books back on the shelves
because they weren't.
On the Mjolnir Meter we'll give this a 1,
and only because Clor is in those two panels.
THE PUNISHER WAR ZONE 4 of 5
The Avengers continue to try
and bring Frank Castle to bay---
and he continues to play them
in crafty Castle style.
Even though he's not on the cover---
although his lightning is---Thor is
featured along with the rest
and has some cool moments.
Rucka continues to impress.
He writes some of the best Punisher
in years, and here he presents
a lopsided clash if ever there was one---
essentially a guy with guns against
a god and hi-tech armor and a
supersoldier and Spider-Man---
and has the guy with guns
get the better of them in
a believable way.
On the Mjoly Meter this pegged at
JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY 648
Immonen (the female version, not the male)
The stellar saga with terrific art
of Lady Sif on a berserker spree continues.
And it is a great read.
Perhaps because she is a lady herself,
Kathryn Immonen writes a wonderful lady warrior.
Sif has not seemed so 'real' in a very long time.
We haven't seen much of Thor in this mini
but that's okay. It's about Sif---and it's a
testament to the storytelling prowess
of the principals that she carries the tale
in spectacular fashion.
This, too, pegged at 10
on the Mjoly Meter.
The cover alone is worth framing
and putting on your wall if you
love Sif as much as, say, our
peerless leader Don.
And there you go.