Marvel delivers holiday hat trickWritten by Jim Beard | | firstname.lastname@example.org
It’s an age-old problem: You want to hook someone with a comic book, but somehow issue No. 332 just doesn’t inspire his or her devotion. Luckily, Marvel Comics just put out three brand-new No. 1s, all part of its recent Marvel NOW! series relaunches. Doubly-lucky, Jim Collins of JC’s Comic Stop says they’re more than worth the cover price.
“The new Fantastic Four No. 1 by Matt Fraction and Mark Bagley was very enjoyable with an old-time Marvel feel,” he said. “This has the possibility to be the best the Fantastic Four has been in years. You have Reed doing his whole scientist thing, Ben getting punked by the Yancy Street Gang, Johnny trying to have a date in the Negative Zone and Sue trying to be a mom in this not-so-normal family — oh yeah, there’s dinosaurs, too! Fraction may have found his calling on this book, and Bagley’s art is as top-notch as it can be. This guy was born to draw comics!”
Thor: God of Thunder No. 1 wasn’t quite the Thor comic Collins was expecting.
“Writer Jason Aaron has gone back to Thor’s roots as a god,” he said. “There’s nothing ‘superhero’ about this issue. It starts out in 893 A.D., jumps to the present day, and ends ‘many millennia from now.’ After answering a plea from a universe far away, Thor makes a discovery of lost gods that have been slaughtered, and those responsible are only beginning their god-killing spree. This takes us into the future, where it appears that Thor is the last of his kind. Esad Ribic’s artwork is much like Bagley’s on Fantastic Four; it makes you swear there’s no one better suited to illustrate the Odinson’s tales.”
Rounding out the triumvirate is Indestructible Hulk No. 1 by Mark Waid and Leinil Yu.
“Waid is no stranger to top characters and shows he can write old Jade Jaws with the best of them,” Collins said. “This picks up after the events of Avengers Vs X-Men, when Bruce Banner has come to the conclusion he can’t be ‘cured’ of the Hulk and would rather be working for S.H.I.E.L.D. than always hiding from them. Yu’s art works well in this first issue and I hope that they can get him to stay on the comic for several years.”