Operation: CO-M.A.C.Z. #10 – A SNIKT One (Hope-y Jack)
By Andrew Raub Monday, 21 Feb 2011

Fear not faithful readers! We are back with some quickly written reviews of a few of last week’s comics. The CO-M.A.C.Z. crew was away all weekend but hopefully we will return next week with a double-sized edition!

Generation Hope #4

Impressions: The last three issues of Generation Hope were spent wrecking Japan while trying to calm down a frenzied mutant. While all of that was exciting, it threw all of the new “lights” into a situation they weren’t really prepared for. All of the character development was subtle as a result, but here in issue #4 the action is scaled way back and there are some great character interactions. Laurie and Gabriel discuss how they feel about being mutants and drive a little love interest into the story, while Idie has a brief but high impact bit of remorse about their actions in Japan. Wolverine and Teon finally get to pit their animal instincts against one another to see who is top dog. The scene where Doctor Nemesis is examining the lights is full of humor and actually makes me like Nemesis, who I don’t know much about but whom I haven’t really liked from what I’ve read. The love interest is brought to a boil later in the issue with Hope and Gabriel, and this could be a good or bad thing for the team. Kenji continues to be an enigma. Now that he’s back on Utopia, he shows sorrow and regret for what he did in Japan,

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and he seems to be grateful for the X-Men taking him in. But the ending leaves an uneasy feeling that we’re not done dealing with his instabilities. Kieron Gillen continues to entertain with Generation Hope, and with this offbeat issue I will keep on following along. He’s quickly giving this book an identity of its own, which is absolutely necessary for X-books. There are a few things I did not like about this issue though. The cover shows Wolverine and Teon in a bloody scrap. It’s a great cover. But the fight really only takes up a page and it’s not quite so intense. Not every issue needs a big fight, but it was kind of a tease. Salvador Espin has been doing a good job with Generation Hope so far, but I thought this issue seemed a little rushed. There are several panels where faces are odd looking and inconsistent, more so than I’ve noticed so far in this title. But then there are panels that really knock it out of the park and fit the book perfectly. Hopefully this is just a bump in the road because I really like the art when it is done well, but the lazier panels are distracting. -Andrew Verdict: Generation Hope seems to really be getting on its feet now. Kieron Gillen is opening up the characters quite a bit and now these new characters are really becoming interesting.

Silver Surfer #1

Impressions: I was slightly befuddled when I saw a new Silver Surfer miniseries announced. The Marvel cosmic line has been pared down considerably lately, and all of the ongoing comics have been canceled in favor of events like Thanos Imperative and the upcoming Annihilators. So I couldn’t help but wonder why a new Silver Surfer mini? It’s written by Greg Pak, who I only know from Planet Hulk, which I loved, so I was a little more intrigued. Apparently this takes place after the events of Pak’s Chaos War, but it isn’t really necessary to read that if you want to jump in here. Hell, I’m not even a knowledgeable Silver Surfer fan, so I’m going into this pretty blind. What I like about Silver Surfer is that he sees things through two perspectives: the personal human perspective and the grand cosmic perspective. These two views clash, which creates the drama that Silver Surfer is always up against. This comic starts off with Silver Surfer seemingly moving past his Norrin Radd identity and fully accepting his role as Silver Surfer. Galactus is nearly dead and Silver Surfer could be free from his role, but he realizes the necessity of Galactus, so he revives him knowing that he is dooming an entire solar system. The surfer then returns to Earth where he observes some human interaction with a distant attitude. But it quickly becomes apparent that his human perspective is not entirely shattered. Throughout the issue, the Silver Surfer shows moments of unfeeling. He sees two lovers kiss, and can sense their pleasure in an analytical way. Suzie Endo, the Cybermancer, touches the Silver Surfer and for a moment feels the power cosmic, overwhelming her. But what is incredibly joyous for her is met with a flatline response from the surfer. Toward the end, the High Evolutionary steps in and takes what he needs from the Silver Surfer and gives Norrin Radd what he was missing: the ability to feel. The ending is certainly a cliffhanger, and it left me excited for the rest of the story. What is the High Evolutionary up to and how will the revived Galactus play into it? Of course, part of what makes the cosmic comics so exciting is the art work. Stephen Segovia does a great job overall, with a few bumps in some of the panels. Where he really shines are the large, detailed panels. The first few pages are classic cosmic style, and they really are the best looking of the book. The rest of the pages on Earth are a mixed bag, but there are plenty of large splash panels throughout that drew me back in. -Andrew Verdict: It’s good. My only hope is that the story moves back into a cosmic setting. The first few pages are incredible in every way, but the rest of the book, while good, pales in comparison. This is probably the closest we’ll get to a new Silver Surfer ongoing for a while, so if you are a fan, jump on here.

Wolverine #1000

Impressions: Oh boy. I really enjoyed Wolverine #900. It was a nice mix of stories and some really top notch art, even though none of the stories were anything too mindblowing. Wolverine #1000, however, fails on several levels and seems lazy on several levels, but especially the editing. For starters, one of the stories, “Development Hell”, isn’t even listed on the first page. Another isn’t listed with the correct title. Two of the stories deal with World War II and have Wolverine shot by a tank (Last Ride of the Devil’s Brigade and Last Men Standing) and two involve werewolves (Last Ride and Legend of the Crimson Falls). It’s not that any of these stories are particularly bad, but it made me scratch my head because after reading the first story, the other two that share similarities just don’t have as much impact. The book starts off strong with “Last Ride of the Devil’s Brigade”. Set in WWII, it has Logan in a fierce dogfight, jumping onto a Nazi plane to avenge his fellow soldiers. The first two pages give a good indicator that Logan

honors and respects the men he is fighting with. The short tale jumps into Nazi experiments with werewolf super-soldiers and brings in Nick Fury for a twist suitable for a Wolverine tale. The artwork fits the mood perfectly and has a bit of a classic feel to it. Next is a little murder mystery with more werewolves, “The Legend of Crimson Falls”. The problem with this story is that Wolverine could probably smell the ending coming from a mile away. It’s a nice mystery, but I just don’t think it works as a whole for Wolverine. Again, the artwork fits the mood with subtle coloring and some loose line work. The following story, “The Adamantium Diaries” is easily my favorite. It stands out more than any other, and is almost like a longer Strange Tales strip. Ok, not quite that goofy, but it’s cute, and Wolverine is supposed to be grim and gritty, not cute. It’s the story of a girl who is obsessed with Wolverine, and what happens when she finds a man that looks like him. Everything about this comic is sappy, but Wolverine is rarely anything but tough as nails, and it’s a perfect change of pace, especially in this book. In “Development Hell”, Logan is forced into being a star of the Mojoverse. He’s churned through many character roles and doesn’t enjoy any of them. It’s goofy and fun. I don’t know if it’s intentional or not, but I found it kind of funny that Logan is fighting against fame when he’s one of the most popular characters for Marvel. And finally we wrap up with “Last Men Standing”. Another World War II story, but in this one he gets no respect from the soldiers he is fighting with. Of course, once he saves their asses they change their tune. Where the first story entered with a bang, this one sputters out. It’s a pretty quiet end and probably would have served better at the beginning or middle rather than finishing up. So there it is. Wolverine #1000 is a mixed bag. One or two great stories and a few middling stories. In my review of #900 I said that I could return just to look at the art. Unfortunately for #1000, there isn’t much to return to. -Andrew Verdict: It’s probably best just to save your $5 unless you are a Wolverine fan in a blinding berserker rage like me.

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