The Boys 46 (September 2010)

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Butcher gets around to setting Hughie up for the whole truth about Annie, which implies he’s also messing with Mother’s Milk’s flask, but there’s also a big reveal about Maeve.

It all of a sudden makes sense why Ennis has always been so careful with her character–he’s got major plans for her. Or at least minor interesting ones.

It’s another of those Butcher and Hughie talking issues, just like the old days. At one point Hughie even mentions they haven’t had a long talk for a while.

There’s just not a lot of content to it. There’s a funny moment for the Female, but otherwise it’s just exposition. Mallory–the mystery Boys member who’s never been seen on panel–shows up for a second in the flashback, so does the Legend, but it’s all just fill in. Ennis probably could have done it in dialogue.

It’s fine, just underwhelming.

CREDITS

Believe, Part Three; writer, Garth Ennis; artist, Russ Braun; colorist, Tony AviƱa; letterer, Simon Bowland; editor, Joseph Rybandt; publisher, Dynamite Entertainment.

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Hawkeye 7 (March 2013)

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What’s Fraction doing writing a story set during Hurricane Sandy? Being awesome.

He splits the issue between Clint and Kate, with Clint in Far Rockaway (I think) and Kate in New Jersey. She has the more dangerous adventure, but Clint gets to witness moments of profundity.

Steve Lieber handles Clint’s part of the issue, which has him helping out one of his tenants who is helping out his dad. There’s stuff between the father and son; Fraction’s able to get humor and tenderness in the pages and Lieber does a good job mixing family drama and natural disaster.

Jesse Hamm draws Kate’s story, involving her misadventure as a bridesmaid. Fraction doesn’t go for much humor, since Kate’s stuck running the recovery effort. She gets the positive human experience though, the people helping people.

It’s a neat issue. Hamm’s art is occasionally loose, but Fraction does well marrying superheroes to reality.

CREDITS

Writer, Matt Fraction; artists, Steve Lieber and Jesse Hamm; colorist, Matt Hollingsworth; letterer, Chris Eliopoulus; editors, Sana Amanat and Stephen Wacker; publisher, Marvel Comics.

Ultimate Spider-Man 98 (October 2006)

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Bendis should have done more with the Fantastic Four this issue. They’re really funny. The stuff with Peter calling himself “baby” in his internal monologue? Makes me hope he’s a clone not the regular character but I think it’s more just Bendis laziness.

There’s another big fight scene this issue; Peter fights some black costumed redhead with spider powers who doesn’t identify herself. It’s a bad fight scene. Then Gwen comes back and she’s confused. Then there’s another Peter clone, apparently.

Maybe it’s Eddie Brock. Not sure how much I care, as it’s clear Bendis doesn’t care.

I’m trying to think of what else goes on this issue. A great cameo from Nick Fury? A strange scene between Peter and Mary Jane’ mom; I don’t think she’s shown up before this arc. At least not enough for her to be memorable.

Bendis has lost his focus on Peter in Ultimate.

CREDITS

Clone Saga, Part Two; writer, Brian Michael Bendis; penciller, Mark Bagley; inkers, John Dell and Drew Hennessy; colorist, Justin Ponsor; letterer, Cory Petit; editors, John Barber and Ralph Macchio; publisher, Marvel Comics.

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