In the words of legendary wrasslin’ commentator Jim “Good ol’ JR” Ross, “Bizness is about to pick up!”
I’ve shared my concerns over the “new” Marvel comics in recent posts. Initially those were minimal, but as the months have sped by they have grown exponentially. I’m still digging on THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, and the new IRON MAN series is on par with previous runs of the armored Avenger’s exploits. But the new take on the AVENGERS books and teams, while there is nothing overtly wrong with them, can’t help but come across as a little lackluster compared to the earlier epic-ness of Jonathan Hickman’s run, preceded by that of Brian Michael Bendis. Unless you’re all about teen angst superheroics, in which case the focus on Ms. Marvel and Nova should be right up your alley. Longtime fans like me, though, we miss the epic-ness that we enjoyed before Marvel allowed the majority of their established writers’ contracts to expire and replaced them with “fresh blood.” The Marvel Universe, post SECRET WARS, just seems smaller these days. But it may be about to grow again.
This new series STANDOFF is returning the real Captain America, Steve Rogers, to his superpowered prime, and looks to be more in tune with big concept stories of the past like SIEGE and SECRET INVASION. Or, if not so grand in scale, it promises to set up an “event” that IS that grandiose, the upcoming CIVIL WAR 2. Will Marvel get its groove back? I sure hope so.