Thanos # 3 short review (spoilers)

I am wholeheartedly enjoying this book each week. Art and writing are very solid, and its one of the best pure cosmic books Marvel has done in a long while. Deodato’s pencils are “on fire” and Lemire’s  dialogue and plotting has been tight and cohesive.

Some fun character assembling in to what is shaping out to be a very intriguing story. Star Lord’s old “Ship” even…

I will say if you are looking into a exploration of Thanos, this is a bit different, and involves a large cast of lesser known or forgotten Marvel characters….much like DnA. I am a big fan of Hickman’s Smasher…and she shows up here. (At least I think that is her)

Issue# 3 is an action romp, but its one well executed. Nothing has reminded me of Keith Giffen and DnA more than this book. Again, this kinda stuff should be supported. I hope down the line old Rich can be involved in this tale somehow.

9.5/10

Duggan takes over GOTG; the same old crew set to ride DnA’s and movie Coattails.

Things have been great lately, albeit not perfect. Marvel with Thanos and Nova appears to be, at the least… improving. In fact, the last issues of both those books were outstanding. I know some of us have drifted back together into a united Nova front, so, for me at least, this new blurb comes as all the more disappointing.

Once more Marvel proves they are the same old schulbs .

Today, Gerry Duggan was announced as the new writer of Guardians of the Galaxy. A new “Era” or so they say.

Anyone who follows this blog knows I am no fan of Mr. Duggan, his so-called cosmic, or his uninspired take on Nova. Based on his tweets, I don’t even think I like the guy as a person either.  I don’t believe he respected Marvel lore or continuity, I don’t think his arcs were plotted well or had much pay off.

His Nova Vol. 5 was a disaster; Duggan bled readers down to something like 17k by the time he was done. If he wasn’t bringing back Xandar or Korbinites without any explanation, or calling  Galador “Galadoria”, ditching arcs with no pay offs and hoping readers would just forget plot points, he was mostly taking pot shots at old Rich Rider and DnA era fans both online and within the pages of his books.

This killed me, because if there was no DnA or Rider fans, there never would have been a Sam Alexander or an opportunity for him there. Likewise now, he’s set to ride the coattails of a franchise DnA help put on the map after an age old hiatus. Thus, the guy who helped bury DnA and Giffen’s finest character Nova is once more licking his chops at cashing in on their account.

His inability to make sense of stuff like Jesse Alexander, the Nova/ Loeb timeline, or things like Black Novas placement within the mythos was well established. What was notable was how Duggan created a revolving door of one-off rogues and supporting characters that struggled to find any voice.

Even worse, once more he’s not even set to provide his own take, with the tag that this will bring the concept more in line with the movie. Yeah, like Bendis didn’t try to do this already. The dynamic of the movie largely relies on the on-screen charisma of Chris Pratt and eye-popping effects….the paper comics have already tried (and failed) to replicate that.

Humphries’ Star-Lord solo title was this even more…and the book was terrible.

While I know Bendis’ dreadful run “predated” the GOTG film release (only technically), as the book settled in Bendis was woefully ham-fisted into depicting the GOTG as either pastiche versions of their movie counter parts or as generic renditions of his own familiar tropes.

It didn’t work.

As per the announcement, there’s evidently some work with the Nova Corps planned, which will no doubt mean bad continuity formation or an elevation of the Duggan co-created characters like Eve Bakian and the Nova wonder family. This was another tremendously disappointing dive into Nova Lore. (another series he just HAD to flash Rider’s dead corpse in)

I just feel this is really bad news for Richard Rider and Marvel cosmic.

Review Nova # 2 (Spoilers)

Just a short review for this comic, one of the best Nova books in years and years.

Rich is being handled wonderfully, the dialogue is spot on, well researched and enjoyable.

Thoughts:

-What can I say, Knowhere, Cosmo reunion and “I think they remember” bar scene…very touching and well-done. The kinda moment we sure needed!

-This is a denser comic than issue #1 with more reading and events. For a comic these days, its worth the cover price.

-Rich being mad about heroes fighting is SO Rich. As was the Champions back and forth with Ms. Marvel.

-Last issue, I was somewhat critical of Sam’s mom somehow being wayyy more “latino” than she was in past depictions, at least I made the observation. That notion is cranked up even more in issue #2 and let me say, it was instead very well done and rich. The result was very warm, real, and showed the strength of community and family of Sam.

It’s really wonderful to see the positives of Latino neighborhoods/community depicted rather than the usual tropes. This felt like the real AZ 2017, not some back set from an old 50’s movie like Loeb designed. Loveness and Perez are 100% able to show the richness of the cultural and the warmth of the positive rather than the generic and token stereotypes. In a few panels they both prove themselves 100 x the writers of Joe Loeb, and 100 x the empaths and researchers.

-From a guy who wasn’t a big Sam fan, this comic is already excelling at reproaching the character. These are the kind of things that make Sam “real” and not a Peter Parker or Robbie Reyes rip off.

A few other notes:

-Rich Rider bioscan folks…yeah “Flesh and Blood Rider or nothing” crowd there you go….

-Rich floppy helmet! Yes, that is research!

-Loved the shout out to the Rich Rider fans /internet/ forums, thank you Jeff and Ramon. Keep writing books like this and you’ll have our passion as well!

-The art began to really grow on me. Perez masters alien life and the organic play of the pencil, I was unsure of it at first, but I’m in to it now.

-Loved the aliens at the end. I’m not sure, but that almost looks like some class of Death’s head. Loved Titus being back (or at least someone from his species), he had a really good design. We need more cyborg tiger folks out there.

-Dialogue was a bit herky jerky in a couple parts, but was a stylistic choice of frenetic back and forth between Sam and Rich. I eventually zoned into what Loveness was going for, and it mostly worked.

-Reading this issue I almost think like Jeff and Ramon read my blog here and decided to listen and act. I know that’s crazy, but that’s at least how I felt.

-Clearly more Cancerverse mysteries….both the “fib” he tells Sam and the goo left at Sam’s home.

9/10 (Probably would have been a 10/10 if it was a arc tie up issue or such)

Keep it Jeff and Ramon, great stuff so far!