Four-Color BulletAfter an extended but necessary hiatus, the Bullet is back to give you the comic reviews you can use. With my return, however, I thought I would take on the release of some of the new Marvel series and reboots since the not-quite-end of Secret Wars.

While Secret Wars #9 has yet to grace the New Releases section of our local comic stores, that hasn’t stopped Marvel from releasing their new series based on the end of the universe-rebuilding event. Here are some of the ones I’ve read.

The Amazing Spider-Man
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Peter Parker is back and with his life on track. Parker Industries is a global tech phenomenon, which promotes Peter, and Spidey, onto the world stage. Spider-Man is publicly Peter’s bodyguard (think early days of Tony Stark and Iron Man) while he’s globetrotting, and when it’s necessary for Peter and Spider-Man to be in the same room, Hobie Brown, a.k.a The Prowler and current Chief of Security, dons the webbed duds and plays the web-slinger.

I’m in the minority on this one, but I really like what writer Dan Slott has done. It’s cool to see the natural progression of Peter Parker. No longer New York City’s whipping boy, the nerd wins. He gets to use the intelligence that has so long been unwritten in comics, and he’s using his considerable and newfound wealth to help the little guy. Diehard Spider-Man fans are likely having some issue with this change in the status quo, but so far, it’s good to see Peter not shilling for the Bugle, or getting beaten down by life. Pete has always been the everyman. Back in my college days, Peter’s struggles were my struggles. But even this can prove that not giving up and doing the right thing can eventually pay off. There are some aspects of the new series I’m not thrilled about. Spider-Man’s “going corporate” and Peter’s building tech for S.H.I.E.L.D. will take some getting used to.

Plus Dan Slott is usually 30 steps ahead of the reader, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see the whole thing come tumbling down around Peter’s ears. There is the infamous Parker luck, after all. The big changes definitely take getting used to, but I’m along for the ride. This is Peter Parker/Spider-Man at their full potential.

Spider-Man 2099
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I’ve been a huge fan of Miguel O’Hara/Spider-Man since the whole 2099 line back in the 1990’s. Writer Peter David pretty much picks up where the events of Spider-Verse ended. Miguel is stuck in the now after the 2099 timeline became an apocalyptic one. Now, Miguel has dedicated himself to figuring out what caused the change, fix the problem, and return to the 2099 he remembers. Now, Miguel has a well-paying position at Parker Industries, and a set of new Spidey-threads. It’s by no means a perfect book, and issue #1 was a little lukewarm. But the writing is good, Will Sliney’s art is crisp, and I think the series has potential.

A-Force
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A-Force was one of the Secret Wars tie-ins from last year that I actually liked. So I was feverish when finally this female fighting force garnered its own new Marvel Universe series. G. Willow Wilson, who writes the fan-favorite Ms. Marvel, once again helms the adventures of the women warriors. But rather than try and reinvent the wheel from Secret Wars to New Marvel U., she decides to reshape it. Using Singularity to reshape the core group works, but aside from being cute and maybe a little engaging, there’s not much depth to her. It’s good to see Wilson, and artists Jorge Molina and Laura Martin all together again, but this first issue was a bit lackluster. I like the characters, and I like the creative team, so I’m hoping things will even out, because right now, the excitement just isn’t there.

 

That’s all I have for this week. Watch this space.

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