Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Review(s) of the Week: Uncanny X-men Vol 3 #2 and Avenging Spider-man #17

If you haven't already, check out my review of issue one. Last issue the big reveal was that Magneto was selling out Scott Summers and his little renegade group of X-men out to SHIELD. This issue we see Scott and Emma discussing their strained and broken relationship, we see them talking to the kids they've rescued or kidnapped depending on your perspective about their powers and the mutant revolution and all that jazz. When one of them says they want to go tell her parents their OK they all teleport but Magneto stays behind. Once they're gone Magneto contacts SHIELD and gives away their perspective and Scott and his X-men are jumped by the Avengers. 

This issue was a little slow, but it's Bendis. Complaining that a Bendis book is slow is like complaining that a Batman book takes place at night. This issue was mostly dialogue between the characters but to be fair it was pretty good dialogue and did examine their characters a good deal. The artwork by Christ Bachalo is a little less hectic and nauseating than last issue, but that's mostly because there weren't any battle scenes to do.  All and all, crappy art aside, this is a solid read and is definitely worth checking out.
In this issue Ock-Spidey must babysit the brats of the Future Foundation. While he's doing that the Time Variance Authority, which is a cosmic bureaucracy that polices the space time continuum, sends some goons and Death's Head to attack the place. It turns out that evil little brat Bentley was designing a device that could destroy the universe. Ock, figuring Bentley is like him, whispers some threats in his ears which gets him to promise not to build it. Threat averted, the TVA goes on their way.

This issue was a lot of fun. This whole Superior Spider-man saga has been a blast and I've really liked seeing him interact with other heroes. The only real complaint I have is Ock repeatedly asserts that he "hates children" despite in Superior #3 showing a soft spot for preventing their abuse. I suppose you could say he just hates being around kids but it still seemed a little inconsistent. That minor nitpick aside this was a fun issue and you should definitely check it out.

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