I’ve mentioned more then once that Marvel has produced some quality books over the last few years. Seems like that with each new batch of titles almost all of them will be hits. Moon Knight, Iron Fist, Fantastic Four, All New X-Men and Nightcrawler to only name a few have all been at the top of my read pile from week to week so when the next big Marvel Event finally hit the shelves I snapped it right up.
So what’s the event this time? The Death of the Watcher.
So this is something new. This is something interesting. This is something that “could” be permanent AND have lasting repercussions on the Marvel Universe.
What would the universe me without the Watcher and what if those secrets he held got out? Now this I could be on board for!
But then I read the book. 3 issues in (issue zero, one and two) and i’m realizing that aside from an awesome idea, this books stinks.
Here are my reasons.
1. The Watcher was killed by a bullet. Granted, a special bullet (we all remember Captain Americas “Time Bullet” don’t we) but a bullet just the same.
2. Hero’s team up to investigate what or who may have done this. The teaming feel like someone tossed darts at a Marvel Universe Handbook and went with the results.
3. Little things like using the Ultimate Nullifier like a handgun to have a Mindless One kill himself is nuts. Its like having an ant use a nuclear warhead to kill itself. It just isn’t done. Past Marvel history has shown that the Ultimate Nullifier would kill EVERYTHING. Thats why it ISN”T used. Now that this writer has established it can be used this way, look out. Expect to see it rolled out more in the coming years.
4. The Orb. Bringing this lame Ghost Rider villain that, granted, I have fond memories of JUST because I read Ghost Rider back in the day, doesn’t make it cool. He was lame then, he’s lame now. No reason in the world should he be involved in this even as a lackey to some higher evil.
But with all that, i’m still going to read this book because I feel that for an eight issue mini series, maybe i’m being a little too critical of the initial set up. Sure this isn’t the epic storytelling of Jonathan Hickman’s Fantastic Four Run or Infinity storyline but maybe it will pan out and save itself in the long run.