Weekly Awards For The Comic Books From May 7, 2008

Let’s go ahead and dish out The Revolution’s weekly awards.

The nominees for the Che for the best read of the week:

Avengers/Invaders #1
Iron Man: Viva Las Vegas #1
X-Factor: Quick and the Dead #1

The Winner: X-Factor: Quick and the Dead #1

I found last week’s selection of comic books to be a fairly strong one. Avengers/Invaders #1 was a good debut issue to what should be a great 12 issue series. Krueger is a master the set-up issue since he has a talent for introducing characters in a quick and entertaining fashion.

Iron Man: Viva Las Vegas #1 was nothing but pure fun. This title isn’t anything intense, dramatic or complex. Instead, it is just good quality entertainment. This is the type of comic book that puts a smile on your face from start to finish.

However, the title that I had to give The Che to is one that I did not even have a chance to review: X-Factor: Quick and the Dead #1. Peter David did a wonderful job with this one-shot issue. David has been pretty much the only writer to actually do anything with the House of M storyline. For the most part, Marvel quickly kicked House of M to the side in their rush to set the stage for Civil War. David, on the other hand, took this opportunity to really delve into the aftermath of the House of M and its impact on various mutants.

What has been most enjoyable has been David’s handling of Quicksilver’s character. David has given us a Quicksilver who was a desperate man with delusions that he was some sort of god. David then proceeded to deconstruct Quicksilver’s character and we saw Pietro slam into rock bottom back in X-Factor #23.

David uses X-Factor: Quick and the Dead to recreate Quicksilver’s character. David gives us some beautiful dialogue. This issue is sublime read as we delve deep into Quicksilver’s soul and watch him claw through the misery and madness in order to regain his mutant powers. I cannot wait to see what David has in store for Quicksilver next.

And now the nominees for the Sequential Methadone Award for the worst read of the week:

Amazing Spider-Man #558
Cable #3
Secret Invasion #2

The Winner: Secret Invasion #2

Amazing Spider-Man #558 was another average read. This title has been a real miss with me every since the Mephisto retcon. I love Spider-Man, but I am not too sure how much longer I can stick with this title.

Cable #3 was another slow read that gives the reader a thin and unimpressive story. We are three issues into this new title and we really haven’t been given anything of substance. This title lacks any interesting plotlines and has some pretty pedestrian dialogue. I just have not been given anything in these first three issues of Cable that has convinced me that this title is worth a permanent spot on my pull list. Therefore, Cable officially falls victim to The Revolution’s dreaded axe this week.

In the end, I had to give the Sequential Methadone Award to Secret Invasion #2. The Revolution was less than impressed with Secret Invasion #2. I already posted my review for this issue, so I won’t belabor the point. The pacing and plotting is atrocious. The story is lumbering on with no apparent purpose other than to waste time in order to stretch this story over the course of six issues. All Bendis does is retread already well worn ground that we have already gone over and over on New Avengers over the past year.

So congrats to X-Factor: Quick and the Dead #1 for winning the Che for the week and congrats to Secret Invasion #2 for winning the Sequential Methadone Award for the week.

2 Comments

  1. ummm..where did your reviews for Action Comics Annual or Detective Comics go?

  2. I hesitate to comment because I haven’t bought or read Quick and the Dead (yet?), but I wanted to mention that David Hine (with Son of M, etc.) made Quicksilver interesting to me. I haven’t read what Peter David has done with him post-House of M.

    From what I can tell Quicksilver now has at least some access to his regular old powers back through getting in the right frame of mind? It’s a comic, and that’s a nice thought and all, but that’s a pretty weak explanation. (Or perhaps there will be more of one later?)

    I thought the crystal derived powers were pretty interesting myself. Unfortunately, it looks like they did not resonate with enough people or took the character too far from his basic speedster power set for the long run.

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