The Marvel Year In Review


May 20, 2005
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Ok, just as this thread says, this is not a Best or Worst's just a look back on Marvel's entire 2007 year. I'll try and hit everything that came out, and if anyone feels like adding anything, go right ahead.
Ultimate Marvel

The Ultimate line saw 11 different titles come out this last year.

Ultimate Fantastic Four #38-49: Stemming out from 2006, there was a constant focus on Reed Richards' attempt to create the Cosmic Cube, after being made aware of it by the Ultimate version of Thanos. This storyline won't see fruition until 2008, but the seeds have been sown by Mike Carey, making Ultimate Fantastic Four one of the rare highlights in 2007 from the Marvel line. Carey really did his best to step out of the shadow of Millar and Land's UFF, and the one thing you notice is the complexity and fullness of his stories. He doesn't rely on gimmicks or shock value. This year, we saw the Ultimate version of Diablo, Silver Surfer, Psycho Man, Crimson Dynamo, and a very different Red Ghost.

Ultimate Spider-Man #104-117: Many would say 2007 started out on a sour note with the conclusion to Bendis' "Clone Saga." While I absolutely hated issue #100, by the time #104 came out, many secrets were revealed and it didn't end up being as bad as many of us thought. (I really liked the new version of Spider-Woman.) Of course, leave it to Bendis to screw things up one issue later. Issue #105 saw Peter get back with Mary Jane, when the newness of his relationship with Kitty Pryde was never fully explored. (In fact, we've seen more of Kitty in that last few issues than the full year prior to their breakup.)

The next storyline, "Ultimate Knights," really got USM back on track. With a ton of guest stars, Daredevil focused his attention on bring down the Kingpin, and the readers also got the final storyline that would be penciled by Mark Bagley. His replacement, Stuart Immonen, would take a bit of getting used to; but, there was one very big difference: Immonen was much, much better at drawing fight scenes. What was always blamed on Bendis' bad writing really made me wonder if it was more the artist who failed than the writer. 2007 ended with Bendis and Immonen bringing back Norman and Harry Osborn with the story, "Death of a Goblin." In the end, I think 2007 was a much better year for Ultimate Spidey than 2006 was.

Ultimate X-Men #78-89: I hate to talk about this title, because I pretty much hated everything Kirkman did with it. Unlike many of the other comics I've read by him, like Irredemable Ant-Man, this title just tanked. The splitting up of the team, with Cyclop's new school versus Bishop's new X-Men, all centering around Ultimate Cable just felt and looked ugly. Yanick Paquette's art really didn't help, and probably made me despise the comic even more.

The beginning of the year saw the conclusion to the first Cable story, in which the X-Men are led to believe that Professor X had been killed. Most of the year focused on the breaking up of the team into various splinter groups, and we got to see the Ultimate versions of the Shadow King, Morlocks, the return of Nightcrawler, Beast, and the Sentinels, and finished with a hint of things to come with the Brood.

Ultimates: Not a whole lot to say about the Ultimates...but, two big things did happen: One, readers finally got the conclusion of Ultimates 2 with the very late release of issue #13 on May 16th, and two, December saw the first issue of Ultimates 3, by Jeph Loeb. Both created their own controversy, whether due to their arrival dates or shock value. Myself, I felt let down with Ultimates 3. I thought Loeb went a very cheap route, focusing that first issue on the incestuous love affair between Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch, and comparing that issue to what came previous really makes a glaring difference. As I get older, I find myself noticing that writing the depends on shock value to be a cheap way to get the reader's attention. Someone, like Mike Carey, might not get the publicity; but, what he's doing with UFF is so much better than this garbage. I didn't think I'd say it, but I'd take the long delays of previous Ultimate titles over what Loeb is going to bring us.

One more thing did happen with the FAR OVERRPRICED Ultimates Saga, released in November, recapping the entire series up to date. Charging $3.99 for a recap really speaks of the comic industries greed to rape their reader's wallets.

Ultimate Power #4-9: If there was one Ultimate title I thought wouldn't be finished by the end of 2007, this would have been the one I would have bet on. But, they did get the final issue out (2 months late) in December. Argued by some as to how good it really was, I enjoyed it very much. It was simply packed with guest star after guest star, and compared to previous crossover attempts with the Ultimate line, I think this was one of the best. Plus, while I focus on how bad the art in UXM is, Greg Land's drawings looked absolutely beautiful.

Ultimate Vision #2-5: I'm really surprised to see that 2007 might have been one of the least productive years from the Ultimate line. It really seems like Marvel's focus has turned back to the 616, and the Ultimate line is taking a backseat. This title and Ultimate Power were pretty much the only two miniseries of significance to come out all year.

Ultimate Vision wasn't a bad mini; it just wasn't that memorable. And, by the time issue #5 came out, it had almost been a year from the release date of #1. This was Ultimate Vision vs. Gal Lak Tus vs. A.I.M., with special guest star Falcon helping out.

Ultimate Iron Man II #1: After an almost two years since the first five-issue story, Ultimate Iron Man returned at the very end of the year. A real review will have to wait to see what Orson Scott Card can do after one issue; but, it did show promise. Tony and Rhodey go on a mission for the US, only to discover that things are not what they seem. (Yeah, not too original.) In between, we get many subplots with characters from the first series making appearances.

Ultimate Civil War Spider-Ham Crisis: Ok, this is not really an Ultimate title...but, I threw it in here to be a completist with the Ultimate titles. All I will say is this title isn't really memorable at all.

Ultimate Origins: Slated to be released in November, this is the Ultimate title that never saw the light of day. It's supposedly "the story that finally reveals the conspiracies behind the entire Ultimate Universe," promising that "Everything is connected." It's now due to be released June of 2008.
This is obviously going to take a while.

Anyway, from the Ultimate line, I think Ultimate Fantastic Four was the best of that group. The Ultimate line has fallen on such bad times, Ultimate Spider-Man really got viewed in a better light than I thought it would. The worst is definitely Ultimate X-Men. If the title was canceled, I wouldn't shed a tear.
Punisher War Journal (#6-11)-Don't like the fact how he was waring Captain Americas suit in a diffrent way.But do like the Nazi dude that punisher fights.I like his side-kick Clark,Punisher needs a smart guy.What else... love the plot,love the art by Ariel.
Thats it.:yay:

Ok, I have 17 different Spider-Man (or related) titles that came out in 2007

Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #16-24, Annual #1: "The End of an Era" is what Marvel said regarding Peter David's 23 issue run. I'd recommend Marvel to not make statements that are so easily scoffed at. Beginning in February, Marvel wanted the Spidey titles to tie into the new Spider-Man movie by putting Spider-Man back into the black costume. All this was built on the premise of Peter going into a funk after Aunt May gets shot. The problem was that the issue of Amazing Spider-Man that explained why Peter was in the black costume was delayed, and it took a few black costume issues in the other books before everything was explained.

Issue 16 saw the finale of the Deborah story, issues 17-19 ties into the Spidey movie by focusing on Sandman, 20-22 featuring Ms. Arrow (a being made up of Spiders who wants to mate with Peter), and 23 featuring the confrontation between Jonah and Peter. The Annual focused on Sandman's early years and why he became who he did. The final issue, #24, was the second part to the very controversial "One More Day" storyline.

Now, to be controversial myself, I would say that the best issue in the entire bunch is the final one. Whether you liked "One More Day" or not, you do have to notice that it is probably the only one people will remember from this entire run. I appreciate Peter David's attempt to bring back some of the old characters, but plot elements of having Flash get amnesia and Peter teaching at school, even after his identity is known in Civil War, just made me shake my head. Probably the best thing he did is in issue 16, letting us see Deborah again. Sadly, there was very little set-up to his stories, and as quickly as she was reintroduced to Marvel readers, she was just as quickly cast away.

Sensational Spider-Man #34-41, Annual #1: Just like above, these issues tied into the Spidey movie with the Back In Black theme. Issues #35-37 dealt with the appearance of multiple Spider-Men, #38-39 again tying in with the movie by focusing on Eddie Brock, #40 reflecting on Spidey's woeful past, and Annual #1 focusing on Mary Jane. Issue #41 was part three of "One More Day." Again, all these stories were very forgettable, except for the final one.

Amazing Spider-Man #539-545: This title was just as much about delays as anything else. January didn't see an issue released, and #539 was delayed, too. December was suppose to see the release of "Brand New Day," having three issues come out before year's end; of course, that didn't happen. It's too bad. Instead of having fans focus their energy on seeing Slott do Spidey, we just got to focus on whether Peter pussed out with Mephisto at the conclusion of "One More Day."

Issues 539-543 focused on Spidey seeking vengeance on Kingpin for his actions in the shooting of Aunt May, and the final two issues were the "One More Day" issues. It really takes looking back to notice how little we got from Spidey's premeire title. Face it, true believer, it can only get better for Spidey in 2008.

Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane #14-20: Wow! Looking back at FNSM, ASM, USM, and SSM, this really was the standout Spidey title for a long time. I'm still pissed that the promise of it coming back still hasn't happened. Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane showed that a comic focusing stricktly on the non-action side of Spider-Man could be done very well. Sean Mckeever was perfect for this book, and I was really disappointed to see Takeshi Miyazawa stop doing the book with issue #16. At least he continued to do the covers. This is one of those titles where if you were a reader of it, you understand what I'm saying. If not, there usually isn't that much convincing people can do to make guys give it a try. God knows I tried for it's entire 20 issue run.

Amazing Spider-Girl #4-15: This title is still ok after it's relaunch from it's first 100 issue run; but, I have found myself getting bored with the writer's continual covering the same ground. 2006, I complained how every story centered around the Hobgoblin. 2007, the same was true with issues #4-6 and #13-15. I was pretty happy with the break inbetween, where the title revisited Carnage. Tom Defalco really needs to take 2008 and get over his hard-on for Hobby and take this title in a new direction.

Avengers Next #5: January saw the conclusion to this decent A-Next miniseries, where the daughter of Loki tries to do what her father never could, defeat the Avengers. It was nice to get into the world of Spider-Girl and seeing the focus on another group. Of course, Spider-Girl guest stars.

Fantastic Five #1-5: It's the Fantastic Five versus Doctor Doom! Another Spider-Girl tie-in, these issues came out fast and furious, and events within would have lasting effects in Spider-girl's solo title. These might not be Fantastic; but, they were fun and are done in an Marvel old-school fashion to make enjoyable to read.

Spider-Man Family #1-6: Becoming a bi-monthly title, this 100+ page Spider-Man title featured a number of stories, which either were hit or misses. Always a highlight, the comic would feature reprints of classic Spidey comics and new stories from Spidey's past. Where the issue constantly failed was the Spider-Man J stories at the end of each issue. By issue #6, I found myself just skimming through them, not really reading the words.

Spider-Man: Reign 2-4: Just like Miller's "The Dark Knight Returns," this miniseries gave readers a vision of Spidey's future. After disappearing for a long while, Spidey has reappeared, and the Mayor finds it a public relations nightmare. He puts together the Sinister Six. To me, this wasn't as memorable as I hoped it would be. The dark vision of the future has been done before, and the story could have been so much more.

Spider-Man and Power Pack #3-4: These Power Pack comics are cute enough. If you had to choose between Marvel Adventures or the monthy Power Pack team-up books, I'd take Power Pack hands down.

Spider-Man: Back In Black Handbook: Not the best Handbook of the year. Many of the characters have been done before; but, if you like handbooks, you know what you're getting.

Marvel Spotlight: Spider-Man-Back In Black: Spotlight in the 2007 year went away from artist/writer spotlights and strictly focused on the a main event. This event was for Back In Black. The highlight, for me, is always when these books focus on the writers and artists from the past.

Marvel Spotlight: Spider-Man-One More Day/Brand New Day: This one came out last week. It interviews the people behind these two events. Whether you like OMD or not, it has some pretty good interviews and has me a bit more excited over the new direction of Spidey.

Ok, I'm taking a Spidey break. It's lunch time at work.
Which is why you should have done the smart thing and written out your little presentation before making the thread.:whatever:

2007 .... the year Darthphere didn't change his personality. Obviously, 2008 starts out the same way.:oldrazz:
I quite liked the Sensational story about Eddie. The only thing that stopped it from genuinely being great, in my opinion, is the fact that the Scorpion is still wearing the symbiote.
Spider-Man(Part 2)

Spider-Man/Fantastic Four #1-4: In April, Marvel released this miniseries, promising it to be "set nowhere near a Civil War." Obviously, they realized that Spidey fans would be longing for some non-angst-ridden tales, and while forgettable, this wasn't too bad. After being visited by the Impossible Man, the Earth gets invaded, and Spidey and the F4 must seek Dr. Doom for help. The problem with this retro tale is it brings back memories of Slott's great Spider-Man/Human Torch mini.

Spider-Man Fairy Tales #1-4: May brought us a sequel to X-Men Fairy Tales. Now, I'm not sure who was asking for this; but, I will say it was sooo much better than the X-Men version. (That is not saying much, though.) The first issue gave an excellent retelling of Little Red Riding Hood, and was the highlight of this set. Again, this is forgettable, for the most part. I don't think I saw anyone else who read it. But, at the beginning of 2008, I noticed Avengers Fairy Tales is going to be released.

Spider-Man Magazine: Just a one-off issue, this reprinted Marvel Adventures Spider-Man #21 and MA Avengers #1, while featuring a Franklin Richards adventure and a Spider-Man/Spider-Girl short. It also had handbook pages, puzzles, and a poster. I did notice one thing; for some reason, seeing the two MA adventures in large print made them a bit more enjoyable. The format really worked well with those comics. I wish Marvel would go back and give us some of the magazine style comics, like the old Savage Sword Of Conan.

Mythos-Spider-Man: Marvel felt the need throughout the year to represent the origins of their top characters in these Mythos comics. Not a single one of them really did anything for me. How many times do I have to read a retelling of Spidey's origin? This was one too many.

Spider-Man/Red Sonja #1-5: This Marvel/Dynamite Entertainment crossover was actually very well done. It is definitely my favorite Spidey miniseries of the entire year, and it was nice to get away from the Black Costume crap Marvel was giving us. It also showed that Marvel could put out a Spidey/Mary Jane story and keep the reader's interest. I loved seeing Kulan Gath again, and the choice of guest villians was perfect. Who knew a company crossover could actually turn out so good??!!??

Spider-Man: One More Day Sketchbook: Just mentioned, because it was a Spider-Man 2007 release. The title says it all, and should only be bought by collectors.
Wait, so you're going to analyze every single Marvel title published?
Did Phaedrus lose his job recently, or something?
Featured Writers

This section will collect the Dabel Bros., Marvel Illustrated, and other comics that link in with them.

Dark Tower-The Gunslinger Born #1-7: You cannot talk about the '07 year without bringing up one of Marvel's biggest success stories: Bringing Stephen King's excellent Dark Tower books to Marvel. Beginning with a Marvel Spotlight issue in January, this title was done correctly by delaying it's original release, to ensure that readers wouldn't have to wait through long delays. That was very smart, especially since many non-comic reading fans of King's series went out of their way to find a comic shop that carried prints of this book.

As for a review, I have to say I was a bit disappointed. Having read the original story, Wizards and Glass, which is actually the fourth book in this series, I noticed many elements of the story had been dropped. Plus, if you didn't know the characters, they came across as very bland and boring. Basically, whatever talent King has in drawing the reader into this world was missing with the comic adaptation. It was cool to get the visual elements, but Peter David and Robin Furth's translation left a lot to be desired. (I'd also say that King's idea to present Roland's past at the midpoint of his tale worked better than this sequential telling of the story the comics are doing.)

Marvel/Dabel Brothers

What became an exciting announcement at the end of 2006 turned out to not even last a full year. After announcing this partnership between Marvel and Dabel Brothers on September of 2006, by July of 2007, Marvel and Dabel said the partnership was concluded. Marvel would continue with the various series they already had been printing (dropping the Dabel Bros. logo from the books), and Dabel would start printing a new line of titles beginning in early 2008. 2007 started off strong, but this line is more associated with long delays now.

Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #4-6: Clearly, the hottest of all the Dabel titles, Anita Blake's sales were strong, and with issue #6, they went on what was suppose to be a short hiatus with a filler two-issue book inbetween. Four months late, we still haven't seen issue #7, though it is scheduled for early 2008.

The main thing about Dabel books is how so much is said in one issue, yet so little can happen. These are not quick reads, like with many Marvel titles. Dabel books cannot be read without starting with issue #1...or if you haven't read the original books. What they do is get a comic reader interested in the author's original novels.

Anita Blake-First Death #1-2: The four month delay between issue #1 and #2 really stunk, especially since this was suppose to be the three months filler between ABVH's issue #6 and 7; but, this early tale from Anita's past ties in some questions a new reader might have about Anita Blake.

Magician Apprentice #5-11: I've only read issues #5-8, as I got quite bored with this title. It started out strong; but, one thing that really went sour with the Marvel/Dabel agreement is many of the original artists left some of the titles, and the subsequent art really was subpar. This was one of those cases, and it brought the book down. Plus, many of these comics read as complex as a novel, and to wait a month or more between issues really isn't beneficial for the reader's enjoyment of it. I think this really hurt the Dabel line of titles.

Ptolus-City By The Spire #4-6: This title came out on time, at least. But, it still wasn't very good. It didn't capture my interest very much.

Red Prophet-Tales Of Alvin Maker #5-11: Aside from Anita Blake and Hedge Knight, this is the only other Dabel title I'd recommend. It's very complex in its ideas and storytelling, reading more like a novel than a comic; but, it really captured my interest from the first couple issues. And, while I'd recommend it, I'd only do that to a rare type of comic reader. It's not for everyone; but, this alternate reality involving the Native Americas is very rewarding to those wanting to spend more than 10 minutes with a comic.

Wyrms #1-6: Like Ptolus, this is a forgettable comic. Kind of like with Dune, there are many terms and ideas that the reader has to grasp and understand to know what is happening, and it really doesn't benefit the story to have a month or more between issues.

Prey (Origin of the Species) TPB: Collected simply as a trade paperback, it was smart of Marvel not to release the individual issues. The reader quickly learns if Dabel chooses this route to present a story, it might be best to steer clear from it.

Half Dead TPB: It's a bit better than Prey, but still this collection of comics presented as a whole in trade format really isn't worth reading. I think I found it in a bargain bin for 99 cents, in fact.

Seventh Shrine TPB: The first issue was originally released by Image...I'm not sure if they completed this series. It's basically a short story with pictures to accompany it. I still haven't read it. Because of it's novella format, I would have to commit some time to it, which I haven't felt up to yet.

Hedge Knight II #1-3: I saved the best for last. I started to collect this series, but didn't read it; because, I had never read the first Hedge Knight series. This is based on a short story by George R.R. Martin, and after getting issue #3, I was able to pick up the Marvel reissue of The Hedge Knight in TPB format. Wow, was I amazed. It was very well drawn with well thoughtout characters who the reader found themselves caring about. After reading these three issues, I knew I had to get my hands on Martin's novels. Since then, I discovered this is one of the most popular writers today, being to Fantasy what Stephen King is to Horror. At least early next year, the conclusion to this story should finally get finished. I think it's been about five or six months since the last issue came out.

Marvel Illustrated

May saw the debut of Marvel's new line of books, Marvel Illustrated. Marvel's "new foray into classic literature" is very well done; and, probably even a better tool for students than Cliff Notes. I'd be very interested in reading an original novel and discovering how faithful these adaptations are. I know after reading The Man In The Iron Mask I thought, "Is that all there is? You hardly saw the guy in the mask." Below are the titles that got released. Your enjoyment would probably depend on your enjoyment of classic literature, your need as a student for this material, or just wanting to revisit a story you were forced to read when you were younger.

Last Of The Mohicans #1-6
Treasure Island #1-6
Man In The Iron Mask #1-6

Two titles that were to be released by the end of the year still hasn't been seen:

The Illiad
Picture of Dorian Grey

Wait, so you're going to analyze every single Marvel title published?

It's a Year In Review. Maybe nobody is interested in looking back; but, what the heck. I read all this crap, and figured I'd put it out there. I did this once at the beginning of 2006, I think, and it was kind of cool to remember some of the stuff I forgot.
Did Phaedrus lose his job recently, or something?

Nope. I have the coolest job. It's family-owned, and I get lots of free time throughout the day. Total work done in a day usually only equals about an hour.
Icon Comics

Criminal #4-10: 2007 saw the conclusion of the "Coward" storyline, and we got an even better one with "Lawless." The first series didn't really grab me at all; but, I thought Criminal did really well with Lawless. This series gives the gritty, dirty side of crime, outside of Marvel's usual superhero worlds. The reader does not get happy endings, as Brubaker doesn't glorify his characters in any way. This series is highly recommended for readers wanting something a little different.

Jack Kirby's Galactic Bounty Hunters #5-6: I'm not sure if many people read this; but, I loved it! It was great to see the old Kirby-style being used again, and the story was just so damn refreshing. If you are longing for old-style storytelling, this is a perfect series.

Powers #24-29 & Powers Encyclopedia Vol. 1: I can't say anything about this, for I still have to read all my Power comics. I got the entire run off Ebay a couple years back, minus two issues (issues 2 and 3 of the Image line), and still haven't read them. I did find an inexpensive copy of issue #3, and I bought the first trade and did read it. I just have to get off my butt and catch myself up on this supposed good series.

Kabuki #9: Another case where I have been buying these issues, but still have to actually read the series. I recently got the original Image series for about 2 bucks.

Kabuki Reflections #8-9: I do look through these books, and really cannot figure out how an artist who puts out so little judges what he does significant enough for 9 Reflection books. I have yet to meet anyone who even reads Kabuki.
Nope. I have the coolest job. It's family-owned, and I get lots of free time throughout the day. Total work done in a day usually only equals about an hour.

Nepotism usually works like that.

Hellstorm-Son Of Satan #4-5: God, I wish I could remember what this miniseries was about; but, it's that forgettable. Here is the basic plot:

"Marvel’s Hellstorm: Son of Satan reintroduces Daimon Hellstorm in a tale set in post-Katrina New Orleans. The titular son of the devil finds himself caught in the middle of a war between gods. Isis and her son, Horus, have come to New Orleans to resurrect the dead god Osiris. Satan’s demons have gathered body parts from both the living and the city’s cemeteries, apparently for the same purpose. Daimon Hellstorm fails to understand their conflict, as does the reader. He feels certain that he fits in the story somewhere. Ultimately, he decides to resurrect Osiris himself with the final missing part (take a guess) and then, very suddenly, end the fight between the two sides."

This was one of the worst minis I read from Marvel.

Punisher Presents: Barracuda Max #1-5: This mini from the pages of Punisher Max really had me excited; too bad Garth Ennis had to present Barracuda in such a stereotypical, racist fashion. This was truly Blaxploitation for a new century. After reading each issue, I felt the need to scrub down my body and get the foulness off me.

Wisdom #3-6: Three strikes from the Max line. Is it any wonder 2007 was not the year of Max? This book was almost unreadable. Someone at Marvel clearly finds Pete Wisdom an interesting character. I'm still wishing he gets killed in Messiah Complex. I hated him in Excalibur when he was screwing Kitty Pryde (wasn't that statutory rape??), and I haven't seen anything to change my opinion of him to date. This might be the absolute worst book Marvel put out in 2007.

Punisher #43-53: The only title that really keeps the Max line running, this title just gets better and better. 2007 started out with the exceptional 7-part "Widowmaker" storyline, where 5 widows of the mob set out to make the Punisher pay for killing their husbands. Issue 50 started the five-part storyline, "Long Cold Dark," with the return of Barracuda seeking revenge on Frank by kidnapping his daughter. Something about Barracuda in the Punisher comic is so much less offensive than in his mini...I think it's because he's not the feature character, and Ennis doesn't dial up the racism to such extremes.

Terror, Inc. #1-4: The end of 2007 saw the Max line starting to increase the amount of titles we'd seen all year. This was one of my favorites. Mr. Terror discovers he'd been set-up after he was given a job to eliminate a target. After being dunked in an acid tank, he manages to survive, but discovers the arm that keeps him alive is now missing by a mysterious figure from his past. If you like sex, violence, and foul language, this one has it all.

Foolkiller #1-3: I'm not sure how good Foolkiller really is. Even though I own the original series, I have never read it. Basically, this title could easily be Punisher 2.0. There is nothing really original here. Even Hurwitz was quoted as saying he's a "Punisher guy;" so, it's not really surprising the direction the book takes.

The Zombie, Simon Garth #1: Marvel's Zombie tale continues in the same fashion as the first miniseries. Zombies are lose due to a military mistake and are loose, turning more people into the undead. Like with Foolkiller, there isn't much originality here. We've seen it all before in numerous movies and comics. This time, though, we have a good zombie who helps a girl in distress from a couple horny hillbillies. (Those dang hillbillies are always willing to rape anyone who comes along!)
X-Men (Part 1)

Cable Vs. Deadpool #36-48: A title that only got better when Marvel supposedly killed off Cable. The problem with this title is that it always had two conflicting characters who have different personalities. Cable was completely serious and Deadpool very comical. They just did not mesh. Luckily, 2007 really saw the title focus more on Deadpool, as Cable's main adventures would happen in the pages of X-Men. (Issues 41-43 even crossed over with X-Men.) Readers saw the return of the funny, where past characters from Deadpool's past, like Taskmaster, Agent X, and Bob from Hydra meet up with some of Marvel's premiere heroes, like Dr. Strange, the Fantastic Four, Captain America, and Wolverine. It's too bad this title is going to end; it finally hit it's stride.

Deadpool/GLI-Summer Fun Spectacular: What sucks about 2007? I think this was the only appearance of Squirrel Girl and the GLA (or GLX or GLI). What was so wrong about Cable vs. Deadpool in the teaming up of two vastly different characters was so right with teaming up Deadpool with the super-funny team of the GLI. This was a great one-shot. I would love to see another in the following year. Better yet, let's get another GLA miniseries by Slott!

X-Men: Phoenix-Warsong #5: January saw the final issue of this terrible mini. The only thing of significance is that it changed the character of the Cuckoos

X-men-First Class #5-8, First Class Special, & First Class 2 #1-7: One of the biggest shocks of 2007 was Marvel's decision to turn the First Class miniseries into a regular title. Really, how in the hell does Slott's Thing get cancelled and Marvel releases this crap every month? This title really should be called Marvel Adventures X-Men, as it's designed for younger readers and gives readers supposed missing adventures from the X-Men's early years. (One main problem is the comic does not feature the X-Men's vast amount of great villians. This is X-Men Lite to the extreme.)

Exiles #90-100: January saw Chris Claremont take over the reigns of this title, and Marvel announced it as "a run that will have Exiles fans talking for years to come." How right there words were! Claremont took one of the premiere X-titles and buried it. At first, the stories weren't that bad. But, he brought in a new characters that never really blended well with the group. Issue 90 saw the appearance of Psylocke; then, later, Kitty Pryde would join the group. Worst of all would be the Die By The Sword miniseries, in which Claremont combines his two groups, the Exiles and New Excalibur. Issue 100 was the final kicker in the pants. Blink, the cornerstone of the Exiles, leaves the team. In 2008, Marvel will start up the New Exiles...but, I cannot think of a team book I'm looking forward to less than it.

New Excalibur #15-24: While we're on the subject of Claremont, we might as well go onto NE. With issue 16, Claremont took over the writing chores, and buried this God-Awful title. This title was a lesson on how to totall f'up a Marvel character. First, he takes one of my favorite Exiles characters, TJ, and decides to give her a stroke and make her a cripple. In one turn, he took all the fun out of a character and made her an emotional wreck. He then takes Sage, and even I don't know what the hell is up with her character. By the time he puts her into the Exiles book with the Die By The Sword mini, she's also turned into an emotional wreck. There is absolutely no fun in Claremont's X-characters.

I will point out that 7-part "Battle For Eternity" storyline, featuring Albion, wasn't total crap. It wasn't exactly a highlight; but, I found myself thinking, "For Claremont, this isn't too bad."

X-Men-Die By The Sword #1-5: Hmmm...I just thought a more appropriate title for this series should have been "Die By The Pen;" because, that is what Claremont has done with the absolute worst miniseries of the year. He took one great team book, Exiles, and paired it with the most subpar X-team ever to have a title of their own, New Excalibur. In the end, both teams are changed forever, and it's only for the worse. This seemed like such a rush job, and the art was some of the worst of the year. (At least you can say the art matched the writing.) I will be happy is I never see another Crosstime saga until the day I die.

X-23-Target X #2-6: Ok, I'll end this first batch of X-Men comics with something good. Picking up where the first miniseries left off, we get a look into X-23's young teen years with the unbeatable Kimura tracking her down. This would have to be one of my top miniseries of 2007, and the art (especially the covers) were fantastic. Kyle/Yost & Choi/Oback did an A+ job.
Blink left the team earlier and was brought back, and that was even with much of the rest of the original cast still in place, including major tentpoles like Morph and Mimic. Now New Exiles will have literally none of those three major characters that have always made the Exiles tick. You'd think Claremont might've tried to avoid proven mistakes...

Also, First Class is great if you actually, y'know, like the X-Men. Jeff Parker excels at making the original group come off as exactly what they are: a family.
Damnation! I just completed the rest of the X-Men, and was working on the last title...then, it was like someone got ahold of my computer and backed me all the way out of what I was writing. I didn't do a damn thing. GEEZ!

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