I don’t read Marvel comics

I find it a chore to follow Marvel comics as they are forever renumbering, relaunching and crossing-over and it’s simply not worth the bother of trying to follow any series in particular. And believe me, I’ve tried.

They have published a few things recently that interested me.

Avenging Spider-Man #1-2

This comic has come as a pleasant surprise.

I saw the cover image and thought the Joe Madureira art looked good, so figured I’d give it a shot.

Zeb Well’s isn’t a writer I have much experience with, so the fact that he has done a decent job on a good “superhero” comic was unexpected. I often find the “quips” Spider-Man doles out when being beating up the bad guys to be stilted and tiresome: not so much in this one.

The art was as good as I had hoped from the previews I has seen. The style seems to be pencils then colour art without the inking (or at least that’s what it looks like to me), and it’s nicely detailed. Exactly what you want from a super hero comic.

Unfortunately Joe Madureira is only down for the first three issues, with Greg Land doing the next arc. I may skip it…

The Incredible Hulk #1-3

Again, Marvel sold me the new Hulk series on the art alone.

Marc Silvestri is pencilling (although he does seem to have a few helpers on the art duties) and the comic does look very nice (issue 2 has a particularly nice cover).

I’d be lying if I were to say that Jason Aaron’s writing was as good as the art though. It’s all a bit lacklustre considering he is a “Marvel architect”, whatever that means.

I’m currently trying to decide if I want to keep buying this comic or not. The next artist up is Whilce Portacio, which does tempt me, so we’ll see.

Wolverine and the X-Men #1-3

The first three issues of this basically cover the first day of the new school for mutants, and once again Marvel have sold me on the art.

reading through the comic, I though the colouring wasn’t particularly great. and when I checked it appears pencilled and coloured by Chris Bachalo. I had assumed it was by one of the horrific colourists that seem to pop up in Marvel comics with alarming frequency, so was doubly disappointed.
Generally though, the comic looked quite nice. I’ve liked Bachalo’s art from way back in the Shade days.

Jason Aaron’s writing, while fractionally better than his work on Hulk, is still pretty dull on this.
I can’t see me continuing with this comic much further, especially as Nick Bradshaw being the next artist up.

So, Marvel have piqued my interest, but I remain unconvinced that they can retain it.
All the cross-over and event shenanigans have cheesed me off in the past, and the inability of Marvel to keep a consistent art team on comics has left me jaded and cynical.
The fact that they are simply increasing the shipping frequency of their most popular books just compounds the problem.

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