Sunday, November 18, 2012

Marvel NowRater

Feeling confused with all these new titles coming out from the two biggest comic companies? Not sure if you want to start a new series or just stick with the classics? Here, the Now-rater can help you make a better choice and avoid wasting your money. (check the DC Newsflash for DC52 titles)
Note: Ratings and comments are only made based on the issues published, and will be updated if neccessary

New Update is here in 3 days!!! And you guessed, it's Morbius the living Vampire!!!


updated (Marvel Now):
All New X-men
Fantastic Four
FF
Coming soon: Avenger Arena 




Uncanny X-men
Uncanny X-men, the true flag-Xbook is back! What is left of the extinction team is ready for some revolutionary action; with Cyclops as the leader, they are out recruiting the new mutants and tell you the truth, they are good! A healer, and a time wrapper is only a tip of the iceberg, the Uncanny X-men is no doubt going to be different once and for all.

Rating (5/5): 
Uncanny X-men #1 (normal cover)
Plot: 4                         
Artwork: 3.5               
Portrayal of existing characters: 4.5
Portrayal of new character: 5 

Why yes:
After the unbelievable ending of AvX, the extinction team or what's left of it is back! With all new costumes and a whole lot of new team members, this is truly a title no X-fans wanna miss.  

Why not:
They said there's gonna be a traitor, and there is certainly a lot of 'shockers' already in the first issue, but Magneto? Really? Suddenly he starts spilling out stuff about having the same dream of Charles? Oh lord, please give me a break.
And finally, the artwork, is there only white, black and red paint left in this world? This is probably the least colorful comic I've ever seen, and I mean literally.


Uncanny X-men #1 (variant cover)

And it is time for... variants and designs!!! 
For variants, the most eye-catching one is surely Deadpool, with 53 birds? If you are a comic fan, you surely will remember there was time not long ago when a comic title had something like 50 variants featuring the flags of different states. And right in front of us is a variant with state birds, well, it can just be a bare coincidence, right?


And the designs of the new outfits, that's really up to you to give comments, isn't it?











All New X-men
All New X-men is the first X-book in the Marvel Now!, it is about bringing the original X-men all the way to the present, and probably to meet up with their counterparts.

Rating (5/5): 
A copy of the All New X-men
Plot: 3.5                          
Artwork: 5               
Portrayal of existing characters: 4
Portrayal of new character: 3.5 

Why yes:
With probably the best artwork ever seen on X-books, you just can't afford to leave the comic book shop without having it. And also, Jean Grey is here, and that alone already makes this title worth your money.

Why not:
As X-fans probably have the 'Cyclops was right' t-shirt in their wardrobe, this title seems to say 'Cyclops was never right', still continuing to portray him as someone close to a criminal, so why bother reading another title that may just end with absurdity like the AvX?

For this first issue of the title, it will be featuring a wraparound cover that can be connected with the second issue, giving you something like the picture below, which is pretty rare and valuable as it is a not a connecting variant like Fantastic Four and FF, but the normal cover!!!
Covers of All New X-men #1&2
On the other hand, talking about variants, I have to say the variants on this first issue is also worth the price.



All New X-men #1 variant
All New X-men #1 variant


All new mutants in All New X-men #1
All New X-men #2 variant



Note: Variant cover are NOT wraparound, and the back of the comic will be advertisements


Fantastic Four

Fantastic Four is back in the Marvel Now! A title that starts with the Fantastic Four inside the mouth of a dinosaur, which is where Mr Fantastic got his arm ripped. As a scientist, he discovered that what he needs to repair his arm is in the unknown universe.


No mamas, just mumbots


Rating (5/5): 
Plot: 2.5                          
Artwork: 4               
Portrayal of existing characters: 4.5
Portrayal of new character: 3.5

Why yes:
It have all the teleporting, time wrapping and mum-bots, everything that makes it the Fantastic Four.
Also, title about a family, and also the bonding and love between them. Where else can you find it?

Why not:
The classics Fantastic Four stories, Mr Fantastic is the genius, he has a problem that he can't solve, he set out on expedition. Boring...





Fantastic Four/FF connecting cover
Fantastic Four is closely related to the FF (of course), and you can already see Miss Thing in Fantastic Four #1. Apart from that, the first issue also works as a  prologue to the FF, as Mr Fantastic said that they will only be away for a few minutes (due to time wrapping), and they need to find people to take their place for the moment (the FF). In which, we can figure that things will go wrong with both the Fantastic Four and the FF. The two titles relate and can provide double the fun, but also requires double the money and may make you feel like you missed out something unless you have both titles.





FF

FF is back, and of course it means Future Foundation (not Fantastic Four). With a total new line-up for the team when the Richards are gone, this series is really one that we should expect the unexpected.


FF variant cover #1


Rating (5/5): 
Plot: 3.5                       
Artwork: 2.5              
Portrayal of existing characters: 3.5
Portrayal of new character: 4.5

Why yes:
Where else can we probably see Ms Thing? A with this team of four, we are sure to get some drama, and we definitely do. Ms Thing quit as soon as it is issue 2, and with the future human torch coming back to deliver the news that the Fantastic Four is killed in their trip to the future, what in stall is totally worth your time.

Why not:
If you ask me, what does the four team members have in common, frankly speaking no. Do I think they can make a good team, no. Is the art that good, no. But all those are just theoretically  
answered, we all no nothing is definite in the comic world.



FF is to be read alongside Fantastic Four, and that I fully understand now after FF #3. In FF, the team is always waiting for the Richards to come back, which they don't; so things about the FF will appear in Fantastic Four and also the other way around. But is it possible to just read one of the titles? I'd say that will take away the fun of it, for sure.


Coming soon Avengers Arena and more...