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The New Avengers #25
With all of the hype surrounding the return of the Phoenix Force, I decided to check out one of the tie-ins, The New Avengers #25 by Marvel. I have always been a fan when two superhero groups either team up or battling, whether it was Marvel versus DC or the Teen Titans versus the X-Men. With the new Avengers versus X-Men story arc underway, I thought I would give this a try.
The cover features a nice shot of Iron Fist being consumed by the Phoenix force. The book, written by Brian Michael Bendis (Ultimate Spider-Man), is very much setup story, focusing on a heavily robed Iron Fist preparing for the coming of the fiery bird from space and a meeting with Hope Summers. The visuals in the comic are quite stunning showing the Phoenix travelling through space, and the panels carry a good feeling of menace and dread. Is it just me or is Iron Fist looking a little like Cobra Commander in that outfit?
Although the title page has some nice hero portraits along the side that reminded me of the old classic JSA and JLA team ups, it is a little deceiving in that none of the characters appear other than Iron Fist. For an issue 25 (traditionally bigger issues) it seemed a little on the short side. If the next issue preview image is a hint of what is to come maybe they should have saved that for 25 instead of just using this issue as a setup for something bigger. Overall The New Avengers #25 serves as a nice interlude in the action with some great visuals, but it ultimately left me with a feeling that there should have been more.
Vampirella: The Red Room #1
For my indie comic review I decided to check out a character which I have known about for ages but one who still may not have hit the mainstream: Vampirella: The Red Room #1 from Dynamite Comics. The Vampirella character has been around since 1969, and the vampire super-heroine has been sporting the same revealing red outfit just as long.
The story, written by Dan Brereton (The Nocturnals), finds the sexy vamp on the trail of Hector, a rogue vampire. Along the way she meets up with Shooter, an Arkansas cop who is after Hector for reasons on his own. This leads the pair to the titular Red Room, an arena where monsters fight to the death in cage matches. Starting the book off in a black trenchcoat, it does not take Vampirella long to get into her more traditional gear to battle. The story is exactly what you would expect out of the character and the clean and sexy the artwork by Jean Diaz suits it perfectly, even if it is a bit on the gory side. It is great to see that the character still going strong after all these years. The ending has a nice twist to it that will definitely make you interested in reading more. Fight on Vampirella, fight on.