I’ve stuck with you through the whole “Everyone has a son or daughter from a parallel possible future who’s all grown up and myspylls hys or hir nayme” thing. I’ve stuck with you through the “Let’s deforest Brazil with the number of X-Books we publish in the '90s” thing. Hell I stuck through the Clone saga (at least some of it. I’m no masochist :p)
I hate the ham-handed politics of the Civil War. When it first came out and I thought there’d be a nuanced, balanced point of view, I was excited. To me, this would be Marvel’s first Big Event to really rival the Big Events that DC seems to be able to do so well. And you really held my interest with the first story or two.
But now? :rolleyes: There’s no balance, there’s just a very, VERY thinly badly disguised parallel to real-world events. “Unregistered combatant” my ass. :rolleyes: I quit. As an aside, I personally don’t care who’s “real-world” side is right or wrong for these purposes–I’m buying (or was buying) this stuff to read a comic-book story. Based on this week, I can just log onto the Daily KOS* and read some threads substituting Sue Richards or Captain America for “Al Gore” and Iron Man for John Ashcroft. I don’t want to read current events in my funny books. I didn’t enjoy it in the '70s with the “relevance” craze and I enjoy it less now. One thing I gotta say that these guys are doing though: They’re making Denny O’Neill actually seem balanced. So, I buy Spider-Man for another few issues, Astonishing X-Men as long as A) it’s not connected to the rest of the Marvel Universe and B) as long as Joss is writing it, I’ll buy some of the Ultimate Marvel line and I’ll use the saved money to buy more Masterworks and or Archives (the upcoming Shazam Family archives looks good!)
(Plus, guys? I really hate that you’re only putting illustrations on half the cover. It looks stupid and cheap)
Amazing Spidey— Other than the scheduling stupidity of not having it come out last week, it was ok. I’d have loved to see the issue more tightly focus on Peter, May, MJ and Jonah and had a lot less of the Civil War crap. That said, it was OK.
Front Line—Sucked donkey dick. Poorly written, poorly drawn, poor storytelling. Dudes, if you’re going to set hero against hero, you HAVE to make both sides sympathetic. Also the whole Speedball sequence showed a complete ignorance of basic law AND was annoying and poorly written. I do like that it did resolve the “Can you just quit” option (the answer’s “yes”. Your choices are 1) Register and unmask, 2) Don’t register and be a criminal, 3) Stop wearing the cape.) And, here is where Cap should have quit and gone underground. Not 2-4 weeks back when nothing wrong had actually…y’know…happened.
X-Factor—Haven’t read it but I’m willing to bet a sawbuck it’ll suck. Marvel is giving Peter “Jeepers! Wolverine, Dumb Hulk and Doctor Strange are all hard-line Democrats–cause I am!”** David a chance to talk politics. The mind boggles. I hope I’m wrong…but I doubt it.
New Avengers–Haven’t read it, but I’m bored. I’m sick of the Fat Albert And The Cosby Kids version of the Avengers. I love Bendis’s revisioning of Luke Cage and want him to stay but these guys aren’t the Avengers. Hell, they’re not even Justice League Antarctica. I don’t want to read about Spider-Woman, Wolverine and Sentinel.
Fantastic Four—Jeepers. A MASTERPIECE of subtletly. “Sometimes the most patriotic thing you can do in a democracy is disagree.” :rolleyes: Very, very subtle guys.***
*You can believe me or not, but I’d be saying exactly the same thing (albiet in a more surprised tone) if the writers were leaning the other way and it was a bunch of clear-thinking pro-registration guys vs a bunch of mindless hippie anti-establishement types and the books were ripped from the pages of Free Republic. I really, REALLY hate “relevance” (RIPPED FROM THE HEADLINES OF THREE MONTH OLD NEWSPAPERS!!). I don’t mind adult storytelling, but look at Sandman for an idea about how to do adult stories without spewing propaganda everywhere.
**There was some story, perhaps in Hulk, where Hulk (who I swear was the dumb version, but I can’t reconcile the timeline), Doctor Strange and Wolverine were all talking about how dumb/bad Dan Quayle was. If that was Spider-Man and Hawkeye say, I’d have no problem. But Hulk, Dr Strange and Wolverine?! If I was listing three characters that should be apolitical, those would be on the top of the list. It was just bad writing.
***I don’t disagree with the sentiment, I disagree with the Green Lantern #76-esque feel with the Thing unable to rebut it. (“Tell me Mr. Lantern. I hear tell youse work for de Blue Men to save the Orange Men from de Purple Men. So can you tell me watchoo done for th’ black man?” / "I… < sob > can’t! "–total crap writing)