Friday, December 22, 2006

In Passing...Fables to The Illuminati

Fables #56
Bill Willingham & Mark Buckingham

The creators of the flagship Vertigo series take a moment to slow down with scenes of the holidays with the characters from Fabletown and the Animal Farm, as well as a chapter with Santa Claus in the North Pole. A nice, quaint little Christmas tale, but nothing spectacular. C

Ultimate Spider-Man #103
Brian Michael Bendis & Mark Bagley

The Clone Saga, Part 7 is just as crazy as the previous issues of the storyarc, with some stirring revelations and great moments with the characters involved. This chapter of Spidey's life is shaping up to be one of the best stories of the creators' entire run. A

Ms. Marvel #10
Brian Reed & Mike Weiringo
Mike Weiringo finishes his guest pencilling duties on this title as Ms. Marvel battles...Ms. Marvel. Yeah, it's one of those stories. Nothing new, nothing too exciting. This is easily the weakest arc of the series thus far, but at least it was accompanied by some great art. D+

The New Avengers #26
Brian Michael Bendis & Alex Maleev

I love love love Alex Maleev on this title. His pencils are just fantastic here in an issue with quite a neat little story. Wanda Maximoff makes her triumphant return to the Marvel U since House of M as Hawkeye seeks closure to what was done to him during said event. A

The New Avengers: The Illuminati #1 (of 5)
Brian Michael Bendis, Brian Reed & Jim Cheung

Bendis writes a lot of books. This one wasn't really needed. It's kind of neat (and extremely nerdy) to see what role Marvel's secret organization has played in past Marvel events in each issue of this mini-series. This particular issue deals with the aftermath of The Kree/Skrull War and how these six great figures put the kebosh on any future invasion plans the Skrull may have harbored....for awhile, at least. When I found out what the series was about, I really wasn't too keen on reading this issue, but it actually was an okay story. And art by Cheung is always welcome. C

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