Friday, July 06, 2007

Ms. Marvel: Ready, A.I.M., Fire!

Ms. Marvel #15-17
Brian Reed & Aaron Lopresti

Horrendous Greg Horn covers aside, the latest Ms. Marvel series is pretty good if you like your comics full of straight-forward superhero action. It's not very dark or revolutionary or anything, it doesn't attempt to transcend the genre of superheroes whatsoever, but rather uses that mode of storytelling to tell good stories, abandoning all attempts to put together a sleek Brubaker/Ellis/Bendis package for a good, old-fashioned punching-in-costumes-over-skyscrapers book. Alright, there was a dud issue or two in there, but overall, it's a damn good series. That being said, the latest story to grace its pages is "Ready, A.I.M., Fire!" featuring, obviously, A.I.M. as well as M.O.D.O.K., who has been in control of the organization for some time now. Now M.O.D.O.K. is sick and is looking for something that will set his DNA right again, and in his endeavors, he catches the attention of S.H.I.E.L.D., who sends Ms. Marvel in to put a stop to the mischief. Included in this semi-complicated story is a fight between Ms. Marvel and a mind-controlled Wonder Man, M.O.D.O.K.'s son (whose arc ends with a pretty great scene), and the cunning Scientist Supreme, an ambitious femme fatale who I hope we'll be seeing in the future, because she is one icy bitch and if there's something superhero comics need more of... But story aside, the art on this book is really great, courtesy of Aaron Lopresti, whose work with Crossgen and Mystic set him up as a force to be reckoned with when he rejoined the ranks of superhero artists. He constructs great fight sequences and I love the last two pages worth of panels of issue #17 as they gear up for a big reveal. They're pretty much perfect for this type of book. Overall great, fun read. B

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