Some Marvel Reads

It’s been a rather hectic week, but here’s a few quick mentions of some Marvel issues I’ve enjoyed over the last 2 weeks.

Spider Island: The Avengers is a great one-shot that doesn’t have Spidey have in it, but does feature Hawkeye, Jessica Jones and Ms. Marvel teaming up with Frog-Man, one of Marvel’s greatest D listers. Meanwhile Squirrel Girl is looking after Luke and Jessica Jones’ baby as she too (along with the rest of Manhattan) gains spider powers. Amongst the great action in the U.N as the Avengers fight Flag Smasher and his cronies, there’s some awesome humour. From Chris Yost and Mike McKone. Grab it as an entertaining respite from all the serious, epic action form Fear Itself.

Wolverine: Debt of Death is another one-shot, though blood and ninjas replace humour here. I’m not a huge Wolvie fan, but  David Lapham and David Aja are a great creative combo. Set in the ’60s (I think) Wolvie is about to leave Japan before he gets involved with Nick Fury, some Japanese cops, robo suits and the son of an old friend. Frankly, it’s awesome and is filled with great examples of action and timing, such as:

X-23 #14 follows Wolverine’s daughter/clone and thankfully has a “Previously…” page for irregular readers like me. Again, I only picked this up thanks to the creative team. In this case writer Marjorie Liu and artist Phil Noto. Part 2 of the Chaos Theory story arc, it made sense and has no action in it, but rather focuses on some very well crafted dialogue. Laura (that’s X-23) is hanging out with the Fantastic Four , or the Future Foundation as they’re known, in their swanky, hi-tech New York pad for most of the ish, and yakking about a mystery and getting to know each other a little more. It also features Gambit, looking the most normal he’s ever looked hanging out with Dr. Cecilia Reyes, who I haven’t seen in an X-Men comic since the ’90s. There’s some great tension between X-23 and the untrusting Thing, and Susan Storm’s caring nature comes to the fore. It all looks so clean and attractive, as Noto does so well.

Oh, and Punisher, and Black Panther are two of Marvel’s best series at the moment, which is a nice surprise.

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