The Good, The Bad, The Meh by Alex Correa
Uncanny Avengers 7 (Rick Remender & Daniel Acuna)
This book is so 90s that my retailer packaged the comic for me in a multi-puch belt. Your dismay is understandable if you're not a 90s kid. But if snap bracelets and Boy Meets World were your things, this might be the book for you. Apocalypse, Celestials and loads of action plus a return of an old school trend of character development stemming from superheroes in their downtime. Think Age of Apocalypse meets West Coast Avengers, not terrible but not too ambitious either.
Avengers 10 (Jonathan Hickman & Mike Deodato)
Speaking of ambitious, Hickman is setting up a huge precedent for all of his Marvel titles with concepts and ideas dating back to not just his Fantastic Four run but back to the New Universal line of the 80s. He juggles quite a few balls with a huge cast of characters across several books involving quite a few concepts that it runs the risk of collapsing due to becoming convulted. But ten issues in and it hasn't yet happened. This complex cosmic tale is presented in a palatable way involving Earth's Mightiest Heroes. And let's not forget that Canadian news channels covered this issue last week due to the story taking place in Regina.
Jupiter's Legacy 1 (Mark Millar & Frank Quitely)
Every time I take a chance on a Mark Millar book I wonder which Mark Millar will show up in the pages. The same one that revolutionized the Avengers canon that inspired the tone of the Marvel movies or the one that created sophmoric, eye roll inducing characters like "The Motherfucker" and "Shithead" (I did not make up these names). I'm happy to say that Millar appears to be at the height of his game, mixing what seems to be part 1930s pulp story and superhero elements that made the Authority a hit comic many years ago. The difference between Jupiter's Legacy and the Authority is that the characters in this tale are far more conflicted and actually concerned with how far they should go with the extent of their powers. If there's a must-read this month, then this is it.
FF 6 (Matt Fraction & Joe Quinones)
It's hard for me to be critical of any book that features Lockjaw but I'll do my best. Although it isn't Mike Allred on art chores, it's a seamless transtition. So much so that it took me a few pages to realize the change up in pencils because of Laura Allred's consistent colours. Art aside, Fraction does a terrific job with fleshing out the characters of the book, most notably Darla and one of the moloids. Problem is it veers away from the core concept and there's not as much of a feeling of a team dynamic. It's an enjoyable read regardless of my nitpicks.
East of West 2 (Jonathan Hickman & Nick Dragotta)
After an explosive and exciting debut issue East of West unfortuntely stalls in this exposition-crammed second issue. Sure, it's to be expected when dealing with a post-apocalyptic narrative starring the horsemen of the apocalypse but it delves into the politics aspects of the story for a bit too long. So much so that the main protagonist is devoid of any real humanity during a crucial and, what should be, touching personal cliffhanger.