Top and Bottom of the Pile: 8-1-2007

TOP: Uncanny X-Men #489
Tough crowd to beat this week, but Uncanny managed to pull ahead with a mix of good storytelling, excellent art and a twist here and there. Keeping with Fantastic Four’s story with cameos from Human Torch and Thing, the story keeps on task while not allowing the reader to question ‘Well why didn’t they just do that?’ The story is also redefining Professor X’s character after M-Day, the subsequent actions by the government, and the fallout from Vulcan’s rampage, giving him a fresh feel for the first time in who knows how long. That, and it’s got Salvador Larroca on art. ‘Nuff said.

BOTTOM: Fantastic Four #548
Speaking of the FF, this book takes the bottom spot not because it’s bad, but because it’s just…it. This story, much like the one before it, has lacked excitement. Villains hatch plans, heroes fight plans, surprise villain shows up at the end of the issue, only to no doubt be defeated next issue. It’s a straightforward story that feels out of place in post-Civil War Marvel. Plus, it seems that the Black Panther can do no wrong. Period. I do have to give it up to McDuffie for remembering that Klaw got sucked into his own device in New Avengers a while ago.

Rest of the Pile: Justice Society of America #8, New Avengers: Illuminati #4, Thor #2, World War Hulk #3



  1. Last story, he wasn’t using the core FF, and this story they’re trying to free one, so he hasn’t had the opportunity to show the family aspect of the book. Nothing against Storm or Black Panther, but I have a feeling McDuffie’s FF will improve when the team comes back together.


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