Monthly Archives: July 2013

Uncanny X-Men #9

Uncanny X-Men #9

Uncanny X-Men #9

Let’s discuss Brian Michael Bendis on Uncanny X-Men for a second.

I’ve heard some rumbles and grumbles about this book and how it’s not as good as All-New X-Men.  But…guys…It’s for a totally different audience!

Go back with me–take a step back.  Imagine you’re in your easy chair.  Imagine you’re reading about your favorite characters.  Now imagine you realize that you’ve been reading the same story for about 10 years now!

You open your eyes just that tad bit wider and you say, “My goodness!  I mean, I love these characters as much as the next guy, but COME ON!  When will this story end?”

If that’s you, then I bet you are enjoying the heck out of All-New X-Men.  “Wow, what a breath of fresh air.  What is Mystique up to?  Do you think this story thread will carry over to the next arc?”  What Bendis did for the Avengers titles, he is now doing to a favorite mutant near you!

But let’s assume for a minute that you don’t share these feelings.  That the above description doesn’t fit you to a tee.  You have more of the opinion that, doggone it, you’ve been reading about Scott and Emma for 10 years now and we are FINALLY seeing him become the leader he should have been all along.  FINALLY this character is interesting.  FINALLY he is stepping into the new Magneto role.

If this is more your style, more your way of doing things, then Uncanny X-Men is for you!  If you love being steeped in current continuity and seeing how Bendis plays out all his predecessor’s hints and clues (Brubaker, Fraction, Gillen, Aaron), then this book is one of the most exciting books on the shelf right now for you!

If you are not an X-Men guy or gal, but you liked what Bendis has done with the Avengers…give it a chance!  If you are a All-New classic team fan, keep tabs on Cyke’s Uncanny team.  The possibilities are endless of what Marvel will let Bendis do!

Pick up the digital codes to the back issues on at Comic Codes and get caught up today!

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Superior Spider-Man Team-Up #1

Superior Spider-Man Team-Up #1

Superior Spider-Man Team-Up #1

We all know that Yost is a fantastic writer.  And we all know that Avenging Spider-Man was intended to be a sales boost for Marvel books in general (because of the Avengers movie that just came out at the time of its first issue).  But will changing the name of Avenging Spider-Man to Superior Spider-Man Team-Up really have any affect on the book, its sales, or its readership?

Only time will tell.
But what this one lone voice crying in the wilderness thinks is that it’s just one step closer to Slott’s ultimate goal.  What is that, you ask?
I have no idea!
To ruin the character of Spider-Man forever?  Not sure.
(I just heard gasps!)  Of course I’m being hyperbolic.  Stated objectively, Slott’s iconic run on Spider-Man has, suffice it to say, has not been “my thing.”  But it has been well-received as well as a fairly consistent high-selling title.
Still, getting back to the issue at hand, Yost’s contribution to the the Superior mythos as it were as been nothing short of a breath  of fresh air.  Although it could be argued that the lack of character depth in the primary Spidey title is a byproduct of Slott’s effort to have the title move along the main story-arc, Superior Spider-Man definitely necessitates a backup series.  This is where Yost shines.  His exploration Spider-Ock’s secondary exploits and mis-interatctions should remain unchanged as Avenging conforms to the “Superior” range of titles.
The book will still showcase different characters and how the Parkerless Spidey deals with the lesser intellect of his contemporaries; however, I think the main difference this title sees will be the shift of focus from villain interaction to hero interaction.  Superior Spider-Man will now show his superiority to his fellow heroes instead of his lesser-known villains.
My reaction to this?  I’m not sure I like it.
It won’t decrease my enjoyment of Yost’s writing at all.  Yet, I feel that this change does maintain and even deepen the characters progression away from the Spider-Man I love.  We will be playing more in Slott’s sandbox instead of all the writers that have tackled our favorite web-slinger before the Big Time era.
What do you think?  Is the title change a big deal?  Will it make a difference as far as the stories are concerned?  Will Yost have to sacrifice his story ideas for Spidey to reenforce Slott’s journey?
Let me know!
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