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THE BURRITO BANDITO #045 – “COMIC ROUNDUP 10/04”

By Ruben Mendoza

Superior Spider-Man #6AU

Superior Spider-Man #6 AU was a bit of a mixed bag for me. The story feels a bit jumbled because it comes a few weeks after three issues of Age of Ultron even though the events of this book take place during AU #1. Even though, this tie in does manage to tell a great standalone tale as Otto tries to takedown Ultron by himself and nearly succeeds if it wasn’t for his pride getting in the way of his intelligence.

The dialogue from Spider-Man seems a bit forced so the character is played a bit more straight with no witty banter.

The dialogue from Spider-Man seems a bit forced (mainly because Dan Slott isn’t writing this, Christos Gage steps in with Dexter Soy on art) so the character is played a bit more straight with no witty banter. We also are missing out on the ghost of Peter Parker talking to Ock which is a great plot point of Superior Spider-Man. The artwork is a nice change of pace as Dexter Soy draws Spider-Man with a very anime like body. If your just following Superior Spider-Man there may not be enough here to make you go out and buy this as it does nothing to advance the Superior plot in any way. However if you are following AU and are missing your Spider-Man action in the mainline (as I am) this will provide some entertainment.

Rating: 3 out of 5

Guardians of the Galaxy #1

Guardians of the Galaxy is quickly becoming my favorite book of Marvel NOW!

Guardians of the Galaxy is quickly becoming my favorite book of Marvel NOW! (I have lots of favorites though) the characters are slowly growing on me (some are even getting their own FREE digital issues on Marvel.com) and the story itself is slowly picking up steam.  There is a .1 issue that was released that introduced us to Star Lord and tells us abit about his origin story and set up the events that happen in this issue as Star Lord is already apart of the Guardians team (which also includes; Gamora, Drax the Destroyer, Groot, Rocket Raccoon and Iron Man) as they get into a fire fight with a group of aliens. The action is fast and the story is fantastic, go out and buy this!

Rating: 5 out of 5

Nova #2

Another cosmic title, another great book.

Another cosmic title, another great book. Nova #2 ties in a bit to Guardians of the Galaxy and features two characters from that series (Gamora and Rocket Raccoon) as they give young Sam Alexander the Nova helmet that his Father wore (his fate is vague) and Sam begins his career as the new Nova. We get the usual showcase of powers as Sam struggles with his new abilities and all of it works pretty good even though it’s been done before.

Nova is on the right track and maybe in time will be something special.

This is a great book for younger readers looking to get into comics as it gives them a hero they can relate too. The cliffhanger at the end of the issue does raise a few questions but it feels a bit rushed (you’ll see what I mean) I think the build to this character would benefit if it slowed down abit more. Nova is on the right track and maybe in time will be something special.

Rating: 4 out of 5

Uncanny X-Men #3

This is a complete opposite to the other X titles, a bit more mature (not in that way) in tone so if you’re looking for something with a bit more bite in your X-books go with this.

This is a very good time to be an X-Men fan, as you are not only getting one great X-book a month but three! (Uncanny X-Men, All New X-Men, Wolverine and the X-Men) and each book has a different set of characters and different tones and stories. The Uncanny X-Men is a bit more of an anti-hero book as we follow Cyclops and his group of Mutants (Emma Frost, Magik and Magneto) as they recruit new mutants that are rising up all over the world. They are eventually confronted by the Avengers who are still charging them with crimes while they were possessed by the Phoenix Force (Colossus is already in jail) but Cyclops isn’t about to give up so easily not when a mutant revolution is so close. I’ve grown to dislike Cyclops but I am compelled by this book and this group of characters. This is a complete opposite to the other X titles, a bit more mature (not in that way) in tone so if you’re looking for something with a bit more bite in your X-books go with this.

Rating: 4 out of 5

All New X-Men #9

Tension is continuing to mount as Jean is beginning to understand her telepathic powers and begins to abuse them (though not intentionally…at least not at first).

All New X-Men #9 opens with Kitty Pride and the original X-Men battling a group of Sentinels and Kitty barks instructions at them. The group slowly falls apart as it is revealed to be nothing more than a Danger Room test. Tension is continuing to mount as Jean is beginning to understand her telepathic powers and begins to abuse them (though not intentionally…at least not at first) and the group also finds out that Cyclops met with Mystique who is using the mutant dissension as her personal platform for power. Bendis is crafting a very interesting story as he takes these young characters and begins to blend them into their new surroundings. Kitty Pryde plays her role to perfection as the crafty veteran teaching the young rookies how to play the game and the back and forth between her and Jean Grey offers great character development. There is nothing bad I can say about this book; this series just keeps getting better and better.

Rating: 5 out of 5

New Avengers Vol. 3 #4

The group is now coming to terms that they may have to destroy a universe in order to save their own.

New Avengers will not be for everyone as the events of this book are rather confusing but Jonathan Hickman is known for his often confusing storylines that eventually make sense in the end. After the shocking events of issue #3 (SPOILERS #3) the series has been following events where two universes collide with one another and in the process one gets destroyed (basically, still kind of fuzzy) so the New Avengers (Captain America, Iron Man, Black Panther, Mr. Fantastic, Doctor Strange, Black Bolt and Beast) come together to make the decisions others can’t. They have a prisoner from another universe (Black Swan) who destroyed her universe (?) and fell into ours. The New Avengers decided to use the Infinity Gauntlet to push back the other universe which worked but shattered the gauntlet in the process. The group is now coming to terms that they may have to destroy a universe in order to save their own. Captain America is the only one who disagrees with this and is immediately mind wiped for his troubles. Those events are not really talked about in this issue as we focus on the team building their doomsday machine/bomb so this issue a bit light on action until the very end. What we are getting is a slow burning story that is making the readers question the people we call heroes. All these men have done things that are questionable, some more than others so it didn’t surprise me that they would “take out” one of their own. The real question becomes, what will they do to save a universe? And will saving a universe be worth sacrificing your moral code?

Will saving a universe be worth sacrificing your moral code?

Rating: 4 out of 5

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Posted on April 10th, 2013
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