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The Shortcomings of Impetuousness

June 6, 2009

     Under normal circumstances, the next review would be Wolverine.  However, I, in my infinite wisdom, forgot to pick up the latest issue of Old Man Logan.  So instead, we have the next War of Kings review, which only includes #3, since I haven’t picked up #4 yet.  I am very gratified that Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning use the context of the story to show just how silly a character Vulcan is.  He’s really arrogant and impetuous, not at all in a good way, and that is coming back to bite him in the butt.  The Shi’ar are slowly losing momentum to the Inhumans and the Kree, and Gladiator and one of his admirals had to restrain him to keep him from killing Lilandra the moment he got a hold of her.  Now, part of the reason they did that was to save Lilandra, but it would have been foolish for Vulcan to kill her.  Crystal and Ronan the Accuser get a tender moment, and Karnak acknowledges that Maximus’ plan to genetically uplift the Kree isn’t going so well.  The Starjammers come with their new allies, the Guardians of the Galaxy, in order to kick ass, and Marvel Girl and Rocket Raccoon use mind games to keep Gladiator at bay.  Ultimately, Gladiator makes a final, fateful choice as to where his loyalties lie.

     I’ve already praised this series tons, and nothing will keep me from saying the same.  Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning really understand the cosmic side of the Marvel Universe, and thanks to them, it’s doing better than it has in many years.  I’d like to see more ongoing series in addition to Nova and Guardians of the Galaxy (like Silver Surfer, for one), but the fact that it’s been able to support three major events in the last few years, none of which seem forced at all, is quite astounding.  They get basically every single one of the characters that they use very well.  That includes Drax the Destroyer, who wins the prize for best line in the issue: “Accessing fist.”  A lot of these characters were ones that hadn’t seen the light of day in years, and these two writers have brought them back.  I used to hate Paul Pelletier’s work on Exiles, mostly because I preferred Jim Calafiore on the title.  But his talents are best served in a cosmic setting, as his work on this title and Guardians has proved.  I can’t wait to see what happens next in this series, and I can’t wait to see the good guy allies toss Vulcan into the nearest sun, never to be heard from again.

Plot: 9.0      Art: 9.2      Dialogue: 9.0      Overall: 9.0

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