Thoughts on recent issues of the Avengers and X-men: Warning, spoilers!
Well, the Avengers are back to the good guys it looks to me and with that, a really cool period in Marvel history over and done with. It's a shame, I thought the Osborn led SHIELD was a much nastier more realistic to what the real government war machine is really all about. Can't say I ever got off much on Captain America. These last Seige issues have been a terrific sendoff though, I must say. Lost of emotion and kick as fights.
I'm disappointed Avengers: Initiative folded just like that though. I know they'll have Avengers Academy now, but I really got attached to a lot of the Initiative's anti-heros. I thought the Taskmaster and Antman were really funny in their cynical ways. I also thought Komodo was really cool looking, with an interesting backstory, although I thought sometimes they wrote her a little gruff at times. I really like the budding relationship between Constrictor and Diamondback too. The writer really gave these previous cardboard villian characters real dimension and tragic arc. Especially felt bad for Frank (Constrictor) and hope we see him and Taskmaster again. Loved the cover of Avengers Initiative Seige by the way with Tigra's tale going around the flag at the front.
On another front Astonishing X-men seems to have taken a very weird and artistically disgusting direction. Seriously, I don't know what the artist was trying to achieve here... but yuch! Not looking forward to the cover of Emma sitting on Cyclops eating bacon off of him... seriously, what were they thinking! It's not even sexy, just gross!
X-Force is still packing a sharp punch though. I can't wait to see how the Second Coming series wraps up and hope it goes on for a while! I love the relationship between Hope nad Cable. The issues of Cable with her growing up really touched me. I think this cross-over has really come together very well. It's nice to see a storyline that's been going on for so long, kept so well organized and for it to give such a cool payoff. Cudos to everyone involved in Second Coming! I have a feeling Hope will have something to do with the Phoenix force... should be interesting whatever happens. I've been waiting excitedly for each one and itching to get to the comic store every thursday for these X-men, X-Force and X-whatever issues!
I just wish the Runaways would come back! It ended on a real cliffhanger and I'd love to see what happens after Chase gets hit by the car! C'mon Marvel, inquiring minds want to know!