Monday, October 6, 2014
Inaugural Post - The Arc of Triumph? Avengers 158-159
Doug: If you're one of our regulars, you came here today seeking a review of a Chris Claremont-penned tale. After all, that's what we'd agreed to several weeks ago. I have to confess -- I just can't do those reviews any more, at least for the time being. I could make a list of excuses, and I'm sure they'd mirror the professional and private lives of most people here. If that is indeed the case, then you know where I'm coming from. But rather than go totally away from what Karen and I consider to be one of the hallmarks of this blog, we thought we could sort of backdoor a review by choosing a story arc and letting our readers reminisce on their impressions of the tale, the art, the events within, etc. So today we're going to dip our big toe into the water and see how this goes. We have a few other stories we're considering for the next couple of weeks -- consider this the test-marketing of an idea.
Doug: I may have said it before around here -- the first half of Avengers #158 is one of my favorite hero vs. hero battles in all of comicdom. Two powerhouses just thrashing each other -- can a room contain that much testosterone?? The rest of the story, and on into issue #159 is a bit more pedestrian in my opinion. But enough of me -- this is what this series should get away from. What did you think?