Comics: Enter The Heroic Age One-Shot, reviewed by JD

Title: Enter the Heroic Age One-Shot
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Writers: Christos N. Gage, Jeff Parker, Kelly Sue Deconnick, Jim McCann, Jeff Parker
Artists: Mike McKone, Gabriel Hardman, Giancarlo Caracuzzo, Jamie McKelvie, David Lopez, Kevin Walker
Reviewer: JD

While Age Of Heroes #1 just seemed pointless, this issue at least, is here to get us interested in particular upcoming issues. It’s a big ole advert for other Marvel titles, but it makes sense, since there’s been a shake-up in the Marvel U.  I can understand the need to whet people’s 4 color appetites, it’s good business. Now, how was it? For the most part, this was pretty strong. The first story is a nice bridge between what just was in the Marvel U and the new status quo, since the H.A.M.M.E.R. jackasses are trying to clean house before they get shut down completely, disposing of evidence, which includes eradicating poor Humberto Lopez (a.k.a. Reptil). It’s a quality little story but even with the art-stylings of Mike McKone, a 16 year old with a giant dinosaur head looks a little silly. Supposedly he’s “the future of the Avengers”, but he seems more like a throwaway character then anyone with any amount of staying power. I’ll check out Avengers Academy, though I have a feeling it’s not gonna hold my attention for more than an issue or two.

The second story is about the Agents of Atlas. It doesn’t read much like a Marvel comic, which isn’t meant as a slight, it’s a fun little story. It’s definitely a valiant attempt, but fails to get me involved enough to want to read further when Atlas #1 comes out. It also doesn’t help that The 3-D Man is supposed to be the cliff-hanger. Does anyone care about this guy? Please, defend him if you can. Him and that afterbirth of a costume. Blargh.

The third story is a little out of place since it seems to take place in the middle of the current Black Widow mini-series (which, if you aren’t reading, you SHOULD be. It’s awesomotron.) I like the new focus on making Black Widow stories more spy-centric. She’s a character that works across many different genres, and still feels fresh. This story could have taken place in her own title, and I’m curious to see how it ties in, but hey, if this vignette gets some of you jokers to pick up her series, all the better! And it’s always a pleasure to see Jamie McKelvie ‘s storytelling getting stronger and stronger with every story.

I REALLY want to like The Hawkeye/Mockingbird stories. I do. Romantically involved super-heroes bantering, flirting and kicking ass? Sounds perfect. Maybe it’s because I never had much exposure to their relationship pre-Ronin, or maybe it’s the writing, but I just wasn’t feeling this one. David Lopez’s penciling was on-point though, the action scenes were dynamic and easy to follow, the backgrounds weren’t lazy..really solid work here, art-wise. I WANT to like this so much that I’m still gonna check out Hawkeye & Mockingbird #1 even though the writing didn’t capture me this time around.

The last one is the one that really made me excited though. Ever since Warren Ellis left The Thunderbolts, I haven’t really been reading it. The “surprise” reveal about who’s going to be Sgt. Slaughtering these baddies into shape has me pretty excited. Luke Cage is a character that I didn’t care about until Brian Michael Bendis decided to bring him to the forefront of the Marvel U, but I have since really grown attached to him as a character. I can’t wait to see what’s going to be happening with him from here on out. Hopefully, Jeff Parker will keep making him as interesting as BMB did. The art by Kevin Walker was HEAVILY influenced by Humberto Ramos, but is strong nevertheless. I would, like to question what exactly Bryan Hitch has him doing on the cover of this issue. Seriously. He’s striking the pose from the end of The Breakfast Club, while Mockingbird is doing The Twist in midair. It just seems Sillyville to me.

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2 Comments to “Comics: Enter The Heroic Age One-Shot, reviewed by JD”

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  1. Dan Slott says:

    HA! I’ve been telling people for months at shows, signings, and online interviews:
    All my stories in the AGE OF HEROES mini are ONE PAGERS, and they’re going to have about as much plot as you’d see in the old Hostess™ ads.
    I’ve been using that EXACT phrase. So I take that as the highest compliment that you twigged to that. 😉


  2. JD says:

    Hiya Dan,

    For some reason, your comment comes up on this post, which was in the “DRAFT” stage, before I even posted it. Weird. I copied and pasted your comment onto the correct post, but just in case:

    I don’t read alot of the upcoming stuff on the internet, preferring to just take the books in as they come out. That being the case, and since I missed out on the fact that your reference was intentional, IS there a reason these all seem to read as 80’s type comics? I noticed the same thing about the Avengers #1..
    It just feels like it’s not pushing things forward.

    Thanks for reading and taking the time to respond though (ye made my day!)

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