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AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #9 (SEP140823)
Written by DAN SLOTT
Art & Cover by OLIVIER COIPEL
Variant by GABRIELE DELL’OTTO (SEP140824)
Interlocking Variant by SKOTTIE YOUNG (SEP140825)
Marvel Animation Variant by JEFF WAMESTER (SEP140826)
Rocket Raccoon & Groot Variant by RYAN STEGMAN (SEP140827)
FOC – 10/13/14, On-Sale 11/05/14 Continue reading Preview: Amazing Spider-Man #9
Outright Geekery presents its adaptation to a wonderful segment as seen on our YouTube show Weekly Recs. I may not be the Da Supreme B-Man, but I’m as close as you get on the internet. Jules True of Weekly Recs and obvious contributor to this wonderful geek hub I call home. And once a week I’m gonna be bringing you a Tradeback Throwback as made famous by Da Ultimate B-Man. Trademarked by us and The Da Supreme B-man
This week folks I bring you…
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Artist: Olivier Coipel
Jules True back again and guess what folks its time for another one of those trades i recommend for you to grab from your local comic book store. As we know it was only a matter of time for me, Outright Geekery’s self proclaimed Mr. Marvel, to do a Marvel trade! Not more than a stones throw away in time was this title changing the game for comics. When House of M first hit, it was like a ton of bricks. Not in a while had an event affected the entire Marvel-616. Coming off the heals of Avengers Dissembled this one really knocked it out of the park. House of M was pure glory and in my opinion the cornerstone for Bendis’ Avengers run. Olivier Coipel really hit the nail on the head, in that I couldn’t imagine anyone doing the art for this one but him. House of M was one of the first it what would be many big Universe shaping events for Marvel, but honestly this one still stands above the rest as far as containing all the best story in this main trade.
House of M picks begins as Avengers Dissembled ended, The Scarlet Witch has lost her mind and had destroyed the Avengers Mansion along with several Avengers. (One of which being Jack of Hearts, you can find a lovely little article about him I did, in case you have no idea who he is). In her deteriating state, Professor X and Magneto struggle to understand just how to handle her. The Professor then gather the Avengers and X-Men to discuss just what to do about the Scarlet Witch. She has become a danger to herself, and her friends. Since she has the ability to warp reality it stands that all of existence as they know it is in ever present danger. So as they try to tackle Scarlet Witch, a giant white light engulfs everyone and they soon find themselves in another world. A world where mutants are the majority and humans are the minority. A world where the House of Magnus rules. And only Wolverine has any idea what just happened? How will he make it all right?
Suffice to say this is a brilliant story and is one of the alternate reality stories done absolutely right. Olivier Coipel really brought a genius new world to life. The look to this story is hands down incredible! The House of M designs are just plain cool. I really dug the mutant S.H.I.E.L.D. suits they had some serious class to them. Coipel’s Hawkeye costume is probably my favorite costume Hawkeye has ever worn! From the look to of the new Sentinels, to Spider-Mans costume, to the luscious landscapes going on in the background. Coipel simply blew me away on this book! This is what you expect a serious superhero comic to look like. The costumes are vibrant, the character work feels personal, and you feel like you really see everything going on. Its one of those stories where there seemed to have been nothing loss between writer and artist. Bendis and Coipel produced a serious masterpiece in this one for me folks.
My next question is, why aren’t you reading this. House of M is one of those stories which I love to pick up and reread. Its a ton of fun. Bendis brought the first step in the Avengers and X-Men together. If you’re a fan of either team this is an AWESOME trade to grab. Even if you had no idea what was goin on in their plot at the time, Bendis does a great job at filling in the gaps as to what was happening without slowing the story down. Which is one of the best things about this story, it does not slow down. Start to finish House of M was set at the right pace which reads perfectly in trade. Olivier Coipel just has the perfect style to deliver this kind of story, a story you’re sure to love. A purchase I hope you make soon at your local comic book store, I don’t think you’ll regret it!
Till next time folks I’m down. If you have something you want me to check out and recommend maybe next week, let me know! If you’re in the Greater Nashville Area you can pick up all the trades I recommend at Comix City Too! in Madison, Tn…SON OF MADI…
WRITER: MATT FRACTION
ARTIST: OLIVIER COIPEL
40 PAGE ONE-SHOT
COVER PRICE: $3.99
The dust has barely begun to settle on Marvel’s Infinity event, and the House of Ideas is already throwing readers headlong into their next universe-wide mega-happening, Inhumanity. So, to give any reader who may have skipped Infinity entirely, and to add a bit more fuel to an event not quite reaching momentum in a landscape full of events, the Inhumanity one-shot reviews those pertinent moments of Marvel’s last event, while giving some insight on Inhuman history. While this one-shot sets up a foundation for what’s to come, it suffers from not making what’s to come very attractive.
Looking back at Infinity, the stuff that focused on the Inhumans was awesome! While it wasn’t as epic as the whole galactic war “side story”, it was some dramatic change to the entire landscape of the Marvel U and is so ripe with potential for interesting stories that getting the gist of the whole thing if you missed Infinity is integral. The Inhumanity one-shot does a fantastic job of filling readers in on all the Inhuman backstory spilling out of Infinity, without all the baggage of the Avengers leading a galactic army against a seemingly unbeatable foe. The ish goes even further into giving readers all sorts of Inhuman backstory, who knows, may or may not be needed to enjoy any other comics stamped with an Inhumanity moniker across its top. Olivier Coipel’s artwork is brilliant, and this book may be worth getting just for the panels of Hawkeye, and there’s only, like, three of those! As good as all that is, however, I just didn’t get it.
While I’m sure Marvel has a huge, epic plan with adding thousands and thousands of super-powered Inhumans to the Marvel Universe, the one-shot built to get readers excited about that huge, epic plan did nothing to actually get me any more excited than Infinity itself did. Sure, there was some explanation of Inhuman history and whatever that was interesting, but, considering the entire status quo of the Inhumans has changed, it felt quite unnecessary and, even if it is necessary to enjoy whatever may come next, the delivery was weak. Ultimately, the overall tone of the ish was one of impending doom for the Inhumans, but there was also an underlying sense that the dawn of a new Inhuman Age would be a good thing, leaving me a bit confused. Certainly there’s some potential in this dichotomy, but I’ve seen that somewhere before…umm, let me think…every damned X-Men book for that past 25 years!! Been there; done that; got the t-shirt.
I was in no way, form or fashion interested in Inhumanity, Inhuman or any of the tie-ins to that effect. After Infinity, I was looking forward to having some event-free time with my Marvel Comics. But, in some deep place in my heart, I was kind of hoping the kick-off to the event, this Inhumanity one-shot, would change my mind. It’s probably the whole Jack Kirby thing. Alas, this book was not very good. The art barely redeems a book full of recaps, history lessons, and an uninteresting story. I gave them a chance to sell me on something I really didn’t want to get into, and they failed miserably. I should probably thank Marvel for saving me a few bucks on upcoming tie-ins.