It's always a little sad when an artist takes an obvious shortcut in creating comics. It's even sadder when its an artist that normally creates work of high quality. It's saddest when that shortcut apparently infringes upon the intellectual property of someone else. In the extreme, the someone else would be a relatively unknown artist, but thankfully we are not in that realm. The artist in question is Ariel Olivetti and the issue in question is Venom: Space Knight #6.
Spider Gwen remains one of my favorite titles. Part of that appeal has been the fabulous artwork of Robbi Rodriguez. However, with his impending departure from the title, I worry about the comic's look changing too much. I really want this book to go on for a while, but not if it's going to look like just another Marvel book.
Did you think that we had already done a Needless Character Analysis for Spider Gwen? The thing to know about her is that she is actually called Spider-Woman and is from an alternate Earth where it was Gwen Stacy that was bitten by the radioactive spider, not Peter Parker. She first appeared in Edge of Spider-Verse #2, which is available in multiple formats and has been reprinted several times, making it affordable to find a copy to read. She was created by Jason Latour, Robbi Rodriguez and Rico Renzi.
We decided this year not to go with fake stories, but instead cover some of the more odd things that have occurred in comics and toys, in this case, Assistant Editors Month 1984. Hopefully we can explore the concept of comic book history later when time allows. For right now, let's limit ourselves to looking at the month that Marvel Comics went a little off the rails. For our toy coverage go here.
This week, we re-visit Marvel Comics in the 1980s once again with the Uncanny X-Men. This is one of those pivotal issues in the title's history. As is the case with most pivotal X-Men issues, it involves Wolverine. This issue marked the point where Sabretooth became one of Wolverine's primary foes, and by extension, a major foe for the X-Men.
Let’s revisit the early 1980s this week with a review of Iron Man #152, which featured one of the first specialized suits of armor, his all-black Stealth Armor. The first was his Space Armor ten issues earlier, and at this time it seemed that Bob Layton and David Michelinie were using the logic behind Tony Stark custom
This week's Needless Character Analysis is for Madame Masque. Currently getting a higher profile due to her inclusion in the television series Agent Carter, Whitney Frost has been a regular, if infrequent foe for Iron Man for many, many years. Her history can be a little hard to follow, but we're going to try to tackle it.
Word has come down from writer Frank Tieri that of Black Knight cancelled by Marvel Comics. With orders falling from 39,000 for the first issue to 22,000 for the second, it looks as if there is a chopping block at the All-New, All-Different Marvel.
Next week sees Marvel start an all-new Deadpool series that teams the Merc with a mouth up with some of the D-listers that Marvel has in its stable. I know calling characters D-listers is a little harsh, but on the team is Slapstick. Also on the team is Solo, Stingray, Foolkiller, and Terror. These are characters from the 1990s that Marvel has tried to take seriously, but really are the type that belong in a Deadpool comic.
The final issue of Secret Wars is out and we can now see what made the All-New Marvel Universe the way that it is. As expected, it all comes down to Reed Richards against Doctor Doom. Does the finale live up to all that it could be, including the hype behind months of spin-off series and late comics? Oh yeah... SPOILERS!
The first issue of Squadron Supreme was shocking, so how does Squadron Supreme #2 follow it up? It just simply does it, following up on one of the more shocking moments in Marvel Comics to date. Spoiler warnings follow in case you haven't read Squadron Supreme #1 yet. That spoiler is even in the cover, so do not go past the break unless you want it spoiled.