Aug 042018

Captain America #1,2 – Coates / Yu / Alanguilan / Gho / Caramagna (Marvel)

I picked this up on a whim and… guys, I just don’t know. Spencer really messed up this character and while Coates is making a meaningful effort to turn him back into someone worth caring about, it’s a hard, hard slog. There are some stupidities that just ruin a character, and at a certain point it’s best to just cut your losses and let a character lay fallow for a few years. The current Captain America feels like it’s being retconned even as it’s being written, and at this point the plot feels more like a bout of flailing at the terrible state Spencer left this character in than any kind of coherent story. I’m just intrigued enough to maybe pick up one or two more issues of this but I am far from hooked.

Immortal Hulk #4 – Ewing / Bennet / José / Mounts / Petit (Marvel)

Well, what goes up must come down, and this week it’s Immortal Hulk‘s turn to fall. The whole issue is a huge whiff, overwhelmed by backstory and burdened with contemporary events that are borderline nonsensical. The issue spends what feels like 2/3 of its length on the origin of Sasquatch, all of which seems like nothing more than an elaborate way to set up a reveal that Langkowski, like Banner, can’t be killed anymore. Or rather, he can, but a more articulate version of his enraged alter ego shows up once the sun goes down. If Sasquatch and Langkowski are your faves this might be worthwhile but I couldn’t manage more than a roll of the eyes and a hope that something interesting happens next issue.

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