Although I know most people only read the blogosphere during the weeks, I'd like to get these guys done before the next week, so let's get to it!
Amazing Spider-Man #561
by Dan Slott and Marcos Martin
I'm sure most everyone's made their opinion on this arc already who cares. I've been following for the past two issues, and as a vaguely devoted Spidey fan, I thought I should give my own opinion.
It's a tight plot; it's very well-paced; it makes some nods to the devoted fans; it's funny, but most importantly, it respects the characters.
Enter: Peter Parker choosing his personal morals over wealth and fame!
That memory card contained photos of celebrity Bobby Carr with his mystery girl. Selling those photos would have brought more media grief to Bobby, but Peter chose to respect his privacy! While I don't like that PEter was doing it in the first place, I'm glad that Slott brought this up only as a plot point and an obstacle for Peter to overcome.
Here comes the delicious plot twist.
That "mystery girl" turns out to be MJ. In effect, Peter never gets to find out that she's in New York! This is the kind of writing that really gets at me; even when you do the right thing, you don't always come out on top.
It's gonna take some time for the two to find each other, but I think it's inevitable. I'll probably hang around only for Slott's arcs though, because 10 dollars a month is simply too much continuously.
by Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning and Wellinton Alves
Note that the artist is Wellinton, no "g" in there. No "g"! You have no idea how many people get that wrong.
But we're talking about the comic today, so let's get on point here. Gosh, guys.
Here, Nova confronts the Devourer of Worlds himself, Galactus, and he faces his herald along the way. This opens the way for some great characterization of both Nova and Worldmind as foils of each other, one being survival-oriented and the other compassionate instead. An interesting thing here is how the Silver Surfer is treated. He's seen a few different approaches, from Stan's melancholic version (<--my favorite) to Englehart's cosmic-worldly person. Abnett and Lanning get to who he is, though, as a noble and compassionate man who still must obey his master. This is some strong characterization for a cameo appearance, and what any Surfer fan would want.
The interaction between Worldmind and Nova is sharp as always, and as the last Nova Centurion, we should be very glad that he has someone to talk with.
The only complaint I have is that the beginning fight between Nova and the Surfer takes up a good half of the issue, and that half is only made up of splash pages or three panels per page. Talk about decompression!