July Comics Ranking

Didn’t do this last month as I didn’t review enough comics to warrant it. With the history lesson out of the way, let’s get to the rankings.

7-6

#7: Martian Manhunter, 2006

Pros: Picks up near the end, unintentional comedy

Cons: Constant typos, multiple illogical moments, J’onn is out of character and overpowered

#6: Dark Avengers Vol 1 – Assemble

Pros: Some good jokes, great art

Cons: Sentry ruins fight scenes, Sentry takes up too much time, other characters have no personality or purpose

5-4

#5: Rann-Thanagar: Holy War

Pros: Varied and interesting cast, some good world building and space locales

Cons: Too preachy, The Weird settles most problems, Animal Man is treated like a joke

#4: Showcase Presents: Blue Beetle

Pros: Good art even in black and white, handles multiple subplots well, great mix of comedy, action, and drama

Cons: Stilted 80’s dialogue

3-2

#3: Carnage: Family Feud

Pros: Beautiful art, many good villains, horror elements integrate well with the humor and action

Cons: Requires a little backstory to get into

#2: Ant-Man and Wasp: Small World

Pros: Bright and colorful art, the characters bounce off of each other well, good jokes

Cons: An interesting character is dropped for the sake of a joke

And now the winner…………..

1

#1: Carnage, USA

Pros: Comic book cheesiness done right, a well done and poignant ending, The Thing beats up a giraffe

Cons: Hawkeye is in it and he complains for a bit

This was a pretty good month for comics and I hope next month is even better. Thanks to everyone that reads these reviews.

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Ant-Man and Wasp: Small World

Ant-Man is a success at the Box office so let’s celebrate with a review of an Ant-Man comic that doesn’t even have anything to do with Scott Lang, the Ant-Man himself. Ant-Man and Wasp is a 3 issue miniseries from 2011 where the new Ant-Man, Eric O’Grady, and Hank Pym as the Wasp team up to do science.

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The main core of this miniseries is the relationship between the titular characters, as they are polar opposites. O’Grady is a catholic, alcoholic, womanizer while Pym is a guilt-driven and science type guy. Pym doesn’t like O’Grady because he stole the Ant-Man costume even though Scott Lang did the same, but Pym justifies it saying that he let him steal it on purpose. Scott himself is a sore spot for Pym, mentioning his death earns O’Grady a punch in the gut. There never really is a bonding moment between the two, but they both seem to have mutual respect for each other near the end. Speaking of the ending it is really nice, showing the more human side of Hank Pym, a thing some writers ignore (Bendis.)

The actual plot, beyond the vague statement I said at the beginning, is that a personal “Heaven” that contains Bill Foster’s mind is stolen from Hank Pym. The villains go in through O’Grady’s brain by knocking him out while he’s at Avenger’s Mansion. The person who stole it is named Anesthesia, a Half-Sleepwalker, who is an interesting character but is taken out of the plot in a very insulting manner. There is also Monica Rappaccini, the mastermind of A.I.M who hates everyone who isn’t a genius like her or Hank Pym. They’re both good villains, who’s future is foreshadowed quite effectively.

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Final Thoughts: Eric O’Grady is quite a Booster Gold like character. He stole a suit, he has a bad reputation but still tries to do good, he’s a womanizer, and makes reference heavy jokes. The only thing he has over Booster are his amazing muttonchops. The art is very good and bright and the writing, is smart and not overly wordy like most science stories. I also really like Hank Pym’s Wasp costume.

Rating: Full Price