All right, let’s go ahead and dish out The Revolution’s weekly awards.
The nominees for the Che for the best read of the week:
Fantastic Four #561
JSA Kingdom Come Special: Magog #1
The Winner: JSA Kingdom Come Special: Magog #1
Writer: Peter David
Pencils: Valentine DeLandro
Inks: Craig Yeung
Art Rating: 6 Night Girls out of 10
Story Rating: 8 Night Girls out of 10
Overall Rating: 7 Night Girls out of 10
The Revolution has been a fan of X-Factor for a long time. I have been vocal in my praise for David’s work on this title. X-Factor has been the best written X-title over the course of the past three years. However, the past couple of issues of X-Factor have not been up to the quality that I have come to expect from David.
There are two main reasons why X-Factor has cooled off as of late. First, Messiah Complex did absolutely nothing for X-Factor except wreck several plotlines that David was busy working on. While Messiah Complex may have been a wonderful boon for the other X-titles, it most definitely did not have a positive impact on X-Factor. X-Factor is a title that truly needs to remain separate from the rest of the X-titles. Second, David had to deliver the obligatory Secret Invasion story with the past story arc. And it was less than impressive.
Well, David appears to have gotten X-Factor back on track. With the Secret Invasion storyline over it looks like David is going to try and pick up the pieces from Messiah Complex and continue to make X-Factor a quality read. X-Factor #37 was certainly a step in the right direction.
This issue deals with two main plotlines. One is concerning Jamie, Guido, Monet and Longshot investigating the facility owned by Mr. Manu and the Karma Project in their mission to free Darwin from the Karma Project’s clutches. The second plotline is Valerie back at the X-Factor’s headquarters talking with Siryn and Rictor about what ONE can do for X-Factor.
The plotline involving Darwin is the action driven plot that provides the fight scenes that keep the issue lively. The plotline involving Valerie and Siryn back at X-Factor’s headquarters provides for the drama in this issue. Valerie spills the beans that Jamie has been secretly having X-Factor work for ONE. Of course, Siryn refuses to believe Valerie while maintaining that Jamie would not lie to her.
X-Factor #37 was a joy to read. David continues to deliver technically well written stories. The writing on X-Factor continues to be a notch above much of what is currently offered on the market.
David treats the reader to plenty of well crafted dialogue. The character work on X-Factor continues to be some of the best that you will see in a Marvel comic book. David clearly loves and understands the various members of X-Factor. The chemistry on X-Factor is fantastic and is certainly better than what you get on your typical comic book.
Jamie is still the star of the show and that is fine with me. David has made Jamie one of the most interesting characters in the 616 universe. Jamie’s inner narration always provides a though provoking and intriguing spine to the issue that ties everything together. And that is certainly the case with X-Factor #37.
I already praised Fantastic Four #651 in my review. Millar turned in an excellent issue that was certainly worthy of the Che. It was a tough decision, but I ended up awarding the Che for the best read of the week to JSA Kingdom Come Special: Magog #1
JSA Kingdom Come Special: Magog #1
Writer: Peter Tomasi
Pencils: Fernando Pasarin
Inks: Mick Gray
Art Rating: 9 Night Girls out of 10
Story Rating: 10 Night Girls out of 10
Overall Rating: 9.5 Night Girls out of 10
This issue focuses on David Reid. The story begins with Reid, Amazing Man and Damage attempting to save an African village from a contaminated stream from some of the militiamen. The JSA’ers take out the militiamen. At that point, Reid learns about his old Marine unit having been captured by some militiamen. Reid breaks off from his JSA teammates and goes to rescue his unit.
Along the way we learn more about Reid and how the men in his family have always served in the military. We get a great sense of his background and why he does what he does. We then see Reid arrive at the camp of the militiamen and he is unfortunately too late to save the men in his unit. However, Reid does get vengeance as he kills the militiamen. Reid then joins back up with the rest of the JSA’ers following Gog.