Panels #3: The Magnetism Attactive and the Past
It’s 21 minutes till 1 o’clock in the morning and I’m sitting, alone, at the terminal entrance to the gate waiting for my last flight back to Panama. This issue of Panels has new stuff and some that I read months ago.
Writer: Cullen Bunn
Pencils: Gabriel Hernández Walta
Colors: Jordie Bellaire
Hidden in the midwest America, using maps and newspaper cutouts to find new targets, this book presents us with a cold and methodical Magneto, not at all ostentatious as I remember him, which is an angle that befits this book perfectly. The progenitor behind the Brotherhood of Mutants is now the hunted on the run, covering his tracks from the eyes of S.H.I.E.L.D. and even though he doesn’t live in his own asteroid or country, his authority and presence remain just as lethal, if not more.
I’ve always thought that what makes a villain interesting and fun is that in his or her own mind, they’re convinced of doing something right and their actions are propelled by a worthy cause that to others seem cruel or inhuman. Magneto just wants the injustice towards mutants to cease, but more than that, he wants those who commit these acts of hate to pay dearly for their actions. He’s a killer and I’m surprised at the trains of thought in his thought bubbles, where he describes very well what happens through the mind of his future targets, because he’s been in their shoes before too. It’s game of tigers eating tigers.
The book starts strong and gets really brutal nearing its final pages, but the cliffhanger at the end left me thinking that the writer could try to make our villain into a hero. I don’t want a book that redeems the character, but rather one that shows me why he’s justified in what he does and tries to pull me into rooting for him.
Entonces: Yes. It’s a solid start for this book that I’ll definitely be picking up more than once a week if I wanna catch up to the current issue.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1: Cosmic Avengers
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Pencils: Steve McNiven
Colors: Sara Pichelli
I read this book back in June, in similar circumstances as I am now, when I didn’t have a lot to do after my laptop died in Cambodia. I was also tired of seeing the trailer for the movie and not knowing who these characters were.
The real curiosity here is to see if the characters from the book hold a candle to those in the film (real talk? no), but there’s something cool about seeing Rocket antagonize Tony Stark, who is obviously out of his element both technologically as well as sexually speaking. it’s a fun book in which Marvel put together a crack team of Bendis and McNiven to elevate the hype on the way to the movie release.
The best part of this book isn’t the main story, but the one-shots at the end of each chapter, where various artists illustrate the origins or introduction of each Guardian to the reader. Those I recommend wholeheartedly.
Entonces: Yes y No. If it weren’t for the fact I already read the second volume, I’d say no. The truth is that the ending for the first volume is pretty tame and the ride is more satisfying than it’s conclusion. Next week I’ll talk about volume two and you can write if you agree or not in the comments.
Writer: Rick Remender
Art: Greg Tocchini
Stel keeps looking for a way to find the probe that landed in the last issue with info on a new inhabitable planet which could be mankind’s salvation, but in order to get to it she must first ask the greedy old men of the Senate for help who, in their despair, have abandoned the people they should work for in favor of having orgies and using the planet’s few remaining resources to prolongue their futile existence.
Meanwhile, Marik is ridden with guilt over his actions and firmly questions the purpose of his own existence. What meaning is there to our actions if we will all end up dead in the end? This is the question her mother will try to help him answer.
With this book I catch up to Low and again feel a bit like I did when I read the first issue. On the one had Tocchini’s work continues to shine like never before — panels full of space and visual clarity, combined with his beautiful signature style that’s akin to a modern baroque. On the other hand, Remender starts the book again with gratuitous sex images which are even more explicit than in the previous issue. It feels a little forced and weird, because it seems like anyone with an ounce of power in this planet relies on the same stuff to keep from thinking about death: crazy sex and drugs. It can’t be that Stel and the “religious ones” are the only people who don’t think like that.
Entonces: Yes. In spite of the corny beginning, I dug the ending very much and I think the good stuff is finally about to start.
Writer: Robert Kirkman
Art: Paul Azaceta
Robert Kirkman’s new joint is one of those cases in which I honestly don’t know what to tell you.
This book is about Kyle, a young man with a very special power literally running through his veins. You see, young Kyle witnessed how his mom fought against a demon that’d possessed her. After growing up with an adoptive mother, the guy thought the worst was over until he had to live the same bitter experience with his ex-wife. The only constant in Kyle’s life seems to have been the appearance of Reverend Anderson, who was there for his wife’s exorcism and now fortuitously appears again to ask Kyle’s help in exorcising a young boy.
My feelings about this book are divided in that the theme simply doesn’t do anything for me. I don’t want to sound pretentious, but I simply aren’t into books, films or games that deal with exorcism, apparitions or that kind of stuff. I’m super fidgety with these things and that’s probably why my brain has developed a strong reticence to the genre.
If it weren’t for the subject matter, this book would be major in my weekly list, because Paul Azaceta’s art is really good and frightening. It’s the perfect mix between suspense and horror, showing panels with truly unsettling facial expressions and atmosphere. Those facial expressions, man. Yeez, that possessed kid is scary as hell. Kirkman is still Kirkman — a guy who knows his craft, has good pacing between action and drama, shows a lot of suspense and leaves just the right amount of unsolved questions to answer.
So: No. Fuck that. This book looks like the kind I won’t be able to read even in daylight when things get really creepy, but if you’re not a pussy like me and you’re into the scary horror stuff, this issue paints a frighteningly promising future in that direction.
Panels is a weekly column where I talk about one or three comic books I’m reading and why I love them or want to burn them. Read the archive here.