Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Omega Flight, Civil War Fallen Son: Wolverine, Avengers Initiative

Omega Flight # 1
Michael Avon Oeming-Scott Kollins

Omega Flight is the progression of Alpha Flight, which is sort of a canadian avengers. Suffice it to say I've never really had any interest in this book, but I was kind of interested in the new lineup which includes Beta Ray Bill apparently.

The Book is definitely solid, with nice artwork, lots of action, and plenty of moxy. It's not entirely remarkable compared to the vast array of very similiar avengers books, in fact I'm not entirely sure why one would choose to read this given the...Four diffrent Avengers books that are going on right now?

But it's there and if you read a lot of books and want another decent to good one, this is definitely in that

Hoo0-rah Canada.

Civil War Fallen Son: Wolverine
Jeph Loeb-Leinil Yu

The Civil War Fallen Son mini-series done by Jeph Loeb, takes us through the grieving stages for the Marvel Universe with respect to the death of Captain America, with each character for each book emblomizing that stage. In this book, Loeb uses Wolverine to wrestle with denial.

Loeb as every review has probably mentioned, is no stranger to grief after losing his son. In many ways, for very sad reasons, he's the perfect person to do these books, and one would think even though this is a superhero story, it's also an incredibly personal and hopefully cathartic one for Loeb who is one of the best story tellers in the business.

After all that buildup, you're probably wondering if the book is any good? Well in short, yes. It's really very good. And as an opening salvo of this mini-series it's fantastic and leaves me very excited about the next. If you're following Cap's death, this and Brubaker's stories are musts. Even if you're really not, these books by Loeb are pretty self-contained, and really fantastic.

The Avengers: The Initiative # 1
Dan Slott-Stefano Caselli

This is a series wholly born out of the new marvel world created by Civil War. The intiative is about the government program that Tony Stark has implemented wherein superheroes become tools of the state, every state, and have to get trained and licensed in order to carry out government specified actions as an arm of the state.

If you can get over the fact that you are for all intents and purposes reading a book about tools of the government, it's a pretty okay read. Dan Slott is always good for entertainment. The problem I kind of have with this book isn't really directly tied in with this actual book. It's kind of a general marvel thing. I don't really understand why they had M-Day, which was the eradication of pretty much all the mutants from the marvel world, the impetince behind which was to avoid the kind of over-proliferation of hyper-powered individuals, such as they are creating in The Avengers Initiative. The Avengers: The Initiative is for all intents and purposes New Mutants but with Avengers instead of X-men. Which I guess if you're fine with that concept to begin with, then I think this may be alright. Though New Mutants were coming in against the grain of society, whereas Avengers are coming in as arms of the state. So it will be interesting to see how or if Slott wrestles with some of the more pressing political questions this book raises, while trying to forge his own ground with the book and truly make it something we haven't really seen before in the Marvel U.

Not a must own by any means, but if you are following Civil War fallout, it is integral.

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