Sunday, July 12, 2009

Not Aunt Petunia!

I wasn't very impressed with this Marquis of Death/Master of Doom character when he spent the last few issues merrily slaughtering a host of alternate Fantastic Fours. I yawned when he casually tossed Doctor Doom himself back to the dawn of time, feeding him to prehistoric sharks. I briefly slipped into a coma when he blew up Latveria with a snap of his finger. But now that he's effortlessly skeletonized The Thing's Aunt Petunia, I'm convinced he's a stone-cold badass. Feh. I've been underwhelmed with Millar and Hitch's FF anyway, and now they cap it off by killing poor harmless Aunt Petunia. Well, maybe there will be some sort of cheesy cosmic reset switch at the end and we can forget this ever happened. As usual, there's some reason that Millar and Hitch can't quite finish on time, so the final issue of their "revolutionary" run will be handled by others. In the case of the art, by Stuart Immomen, so that's a step up, at least. Still, they have one issue to wrap all this up and marry off the Thing, assuming they're still going through with that. Again, Feh.

7 comments:

MetFanMac said...

Don't you understand? Comics need to be DARK and GRIM and GRITTY! Oh yeah, and EXXTREME!!

snell said...

Sadly, the FF seems condemned to a perpetual yoyo of good runs followed by lame runs. Fortunately, Jonathan Hickman is on the horizon...

Mego Thor said...

Maybe somebody should remind Mark Millar that Marvel actually owns Doctor Doom, and that he doesn't have to whip up a lame knock-off like when he was ruining the Authority over at Wildstorm.

Brian Hughes said...

See, I can and do enjoy Millar's smug, cynical writing style when applied to the 90% of comics that are, themselves, smug and cynical. But man, was he a poor match for the FF.

Grebo said...

I love Mark Millar. His comics, they rule. (I was shocked that I liked Millar's Authority even better than Ellis'.) And still, nobody is perfect -- Millar's FF looks like comic book fail. For pete's sake, this is so miserable and such a downer I could swear I'm reading a DC comic!

GF said...

Hey, there used to be a post about the Ambush Bug delay. Now it's gone. HAVE THEY GOTTEN TO YOU TOO?

Brian Hughes said...

No, I disliked the title and revised it. It's back now...with 100% more fanboy entitlement!