It’s that time again, where Travis decides to review comics that aren’t ones he buys! The fifth and sixth issues of Infamous Iron Man and He-Man/Thundercats have been released, so let’s take a look!
I gave a review of the first 2 issues of each a while ago, and on Super Bowl Sunday I gave another review of issues 3 and 4 of each, so here’s a review of the next two issues of each.
Infamous Iron Man, credits for the two issues: written by Brian Michael Bendis, art and cover by Alex Maleev, color by Matt Hollingsworth, letters and production by VC’s Clayton Cowles, edits by Alanna Smith and Tom Brevoort.
By god, this a dull book. I think I’ve said it before, but Maleev is terrible at fight scenes. There’s a page where Doom-as-Iron-Man is fighting the Wizard, and somehow, the Wizard manages to remove floating discs that he has on his own feet and puts them onto Doom’s feet, even though he doesn’t really bend down, or even have the time to do so, unless you grant THE most liberal amount of time between panels.
I can’t stand the Thing with the “dey” and “dem” for “they” and “them”. Even if it’s canon that he talks that way, it comes across as very annoying here.
Spoiler, although the cover basically gives it away, Doom’s mother appears here. It’s rather creepy here that she does magic and kind of looks like Scarlet Witch, when Doom had a thing for her….
Overall, I’ve been really bored by this book. Doom is entirely too powerful for the foes he’s fighting (even though most of them give the FF a hard time), and his personal trials are so dull that it’s not even worth caring about. I certainly wouldn’t be reading this book if I wasn’t essentially doing so for free, but in case you don’t believe me, you can order the book over at Amazon.
Credits for these 2 issues of He-Man/Thundercats: written by Rob David and Lloyd Goldfine, art and cover by Freddie E. Williams II, colors by Jeremy Colwell, letters by Deron Bennett, edits by Jessica Chen, Kristy Quinn, and Jim Chadwick.
This series is almost beyond review. I can point out things here and there, but overall, this is a series to make fans of these properties squee. And I’d say they do it here. And that could be the whole of my review.
It’s big dumb fighting, and in the end, there’s nothing truly unexpected that happens, but it’s a fun time and worth a look if you dig either of the properties. I can’t remember a lot of this stuff, the mythos of the two series, but I had so many of the toys they show here.
There could have been more done with the heart of Castle Grayskull being the nexus of all realities (yeah, they call it that — no Man-Thing or Beanworld appearances that I saw, though!), but it’s a small quibble. There’s a fun page where we see a glimpse of a reality where He-Man as Clark Kent/Superman is even more explicit, and some other views of different realities of the two properties, but none of it is mind-blowing. Just decently fun, well told comics, and there’s nothing wrong with that. Even Orko and Snarf got to team up!
If you’re interested, the trade is offered in this month’s Previews, or if you’d like to kick some money back our way, you can order it here at Amazon.
Eventually I plan on giving a review of comics that I buy myself, honest!