I haven't talked about any of the issues I had with the book, since, the review discussions aren't allowed until tomorrow. All I've talked about is the expectation of the Newsarama reviewer for an Illuminati book to feature the Illuminati is not unreasonable. I've specifically mentioned what I disagreed with on the review, including his rating, but clearly you missed that.
Nor have I ever veiled my dislike of particular aspects of BP or my liking for particular BP stories.
I think you'll like Epting's art here. IIRC, you already mentioned something about the dynamism of Black Panther in the previews.
And yes, I agree on Namor, and I'm lobbying for the death of the collar and the return of the speedo!
Umbra on Comicvine pointed out something I didn't recall (prolly cause it was from back in July), and so I tracked it down.
This would go quite a ways to explaining why the Illuminati have no role in the first issue. Will have to see the second issue, to see why scenes couldn't be moved around.Originally Posted by Hickman
With the deconstructive story telling approach in modern comics, a review on one issue should not be indicitive on how the arc or series will turn out. It would be like writing a review on the first 20 minutes of a movie. Even though the entire exposition of the issue is Panther, it is setting up for the whole series. Once you read it in trade or consecutively with the next several issues, I'm sure that it will make sense why he was solely featured and not be a big deal that the other cast members were not included in the issue.
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Much ado about nothing IMO. I didn't read the review in case there were spoilers. In Hickman's FF, most of the stuff was related to Reed, particularly about the Council and then the final lesson about the need for fathers, etc. There were no complaints there.
"...Doom's enemies have not the mettle to challenge him host to host, tooth to nail... As economic and military options fail them, they resort to simple rudeness."
I thought it was a rather strong issue, but a little vague in regards to the threat and villain. That said I think it was quite clear it's a complex story about death of heroes and maybe even the Earth itself. The stakes are strong in my view. I'd say it's more of a 7 or 8 out of 10 myself. Of course the confusion is going to be rectified in the next issue...classic "this was written for a collection rather than a single issue read".
I reviewed the book with pictures here if anyone is interested.
Not surprisingly, the Newsarama review was clueless. This was a strong first issue, focusing on BP for the obvious reason that he turned the Illuminati down before so showing why he'd be motivated to call on them is a key story point - certainly one worth spending the first issue on. And, really, just for Epting's rendition of BP this is a top drawer issue. Loved the ending, looking forward to #2.
I hope that Avengers fans don't stop buying this book because of this one review.
"I'll see you in hell Harry Potter" - Dolores Umbridge