Published on January 13th, 2014 | by The Prodigy0
What’s in My Bag Issue #11
By Mike Seibert
In each issue of What’s In My Bag, I recap and review three individual single issues from my bag of recently read comic books. The order listed is not necessarily by preference. Also, be advised that minor spoilers may abound, but are generally in reference to previous issues only or other happenings that may relate to the issue being reviewed.
Deadpool #10 (Marvel NOW!)
From the recap page: “Possibly the world’s most skilled mercenary, definitely the world’s most annoying, Wade Wilson was chosen for a top-secret government program that gave him a healing factor allowing him to heal from any wound. Now, Wade makes his way as a gun for hire, shooting his prey’s faces off while talking his friend’s ears off. Call him the Merc with the Mouth…call him the Regeneratin’ Degenerate…call him…DEADPOOL!”
As I mentioned back in issue # 5 of What’s In My Bag, I’m really enjoying this run on Deadpool. It is a bit different than both the classic Joe Kelly and the previous Daniel Way runs; but as a fan of the character, this book still works for me.
The highlight of this issue is the team up with The Superior Spider-Man. I liked the interactions between Wade and Octo-Spidey. There were some really fun bits, like when the two fight off a gang of second rate villains like Lady Stilt-Man and Paste-Pot Pete, I mean, The Trapster. It’s hilarious how Otto reacts to Deadpool saying that Doctor Octopus was Spider-Man’s lamest villain.
I’m not entirely sold on the device of Agent Preston sharing Deadpool’s mind, but it does provide needed contrast and grounding for the overall plot; but Ben Franklin’s ghost steals every scene he’s in. “Amazing Fantasy” indeed!
I do still miss the internal monologue though. Do you?
I’ll be interested to see how this current storyline with Vetis the Hell Lord is resolved.
Powers Bureau #4 (ICON/Marvel)
From the recap page: “Federal agents Christian Walker, Deena Pilgrim, and Enki Sunrise used to be homicide detectives that focused on cases specific to Powers, but after a Powers-related disaster, the government declares all Powers cases are Federal cases.”
Despite the lower issue number, Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming’s creator owned Powers is in its tenth year of publication. Powers started as an Image title before moving to Marvel’s ICON line. I’ve been a huge fan of this gritty crime series since the beginning. It portrays a quasi-realistic take on how cops in the real world would handle super powered criminals. But as the series has progressed, the stakes have escalated, along with stretching the bounds of the series’ established realism and drifted further away from the original concept. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but I do find myself missing the smaller stories like the very first story arc “Who Killed Retro Girl?” which was a straight up murder mystery as well as a police procedural.
At this point in the current story, Agent Pilgrim is tracking a criminal selling his Powers sperm on the black market. When the case leads to a series of dead ends, Pilgrim tracks down her old partner Walker and convinces him to go undercover…
Oh, I should probably mention at this point that Powers Bureau is a mature reader’s book. Everything in this book is graphic, from the subject matter, to the language, as well as all the violence and sexual content. Which might come as a surprise, considering the “animated series” flavor of Oeming’s art. He makes some really cool and interesting style choices, but be aware of the vulgarity. New comers to this series might mistake Bendis’ coarse writing as cutting loose and unwinding based on his mainstream Marvel stuff; but as a longtime fan, I’ll tell you the opposite is true. The first issue of the first Powers series was published almost a year before Ultimate Spider-Man hit the shelves!
Intrigued fans may be better off waiting to read Powers in trade paperback format. The book is notoriously late and ships inconsistently. Over the last several years, the book has shipped less than quarterly. BUT when an issue does come out, it is so worth it!
Recommend for anyone who likes Crime comics, but also wants a dash of super powered action thrown in.
Transformers: Regeneration One #91 (IDW)
From the Comixology summary: “The TRANSFORMERS comic that began it all-is back. With a vengeance! 21 years have passed since CYBERTRON was restored to its former glory, and finally there is peace. But, after millions of years of bitter civil war, can all ever truly be one?
THINGS FALL APART! The very fabric of the TRANSFORMERS’ universe begins to unravel, as huge and ancient cosmic forces take note of CYBERTRON’s (and the CYBERTRONIANS’) descent into chaos and anarchy. As HOT ROD struggles to hold things together, still reeling from his own game-changing wake-up call, competing destructive forces inch closer to a cataclysmic confrontation. The end begins here.”
So this is an interesting series. Instead of tying into the current IDW continuity, it instead continues the numbering and story elements from the original Marvel Comics series that ended in 1991; similar to IDW’s G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero revival series from a few years back.
I was incredibly intrigued by the concept and was eagerly anticipating the launch of this series. But for some reason, once I started reading it, it fell a little flat for me.
For starters, there’s a bit of a continuity problem for me. Instead of picking up directly after events of the series-ending issue #80, the world shown in Regeneration One #81 makes a real-time twenty-one year jump, placing the stories in the present day. Not exactly what I was looking or hoping for. Also, this series excludes Marvel’s 1992-1994 Generation 2 series entirely. Which is odd, as that series was also written by legendary Transformers writer Simon Furman, who continues on here into Regeneration One.
On the other hand, having long-time artist Andrew Wildman on board with Furman really lends a degree of legitimacy and authenticity to the issues. It does read and look like those latter day Marvel issues!
My problem is that the authenticity also makes the stories feel dated. I’d be cool with that if this was a direct continuation, but the time jump places this book in an odd spot. Also, I’ve discovered that I’m not especially interested in these particular versions of the characters and situations anymore. The classic series ended and the continuity has been rebooted so many times that I’ve been able to move on. Besides, the Marvel series did have a degree of closure, even as hurried as it was.
Transformers: Regeneration One feels like rampant fan service gone wrong. I’m left questioning that just because something CAN be continued, SHOULD it be continued? I’d probably feel differently if this were a six issue mini-series, instead of a directionless ongoing. The open-ended format decreases the value of the nostalgia and novelty of this series for me.
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