New Avengers #18
Norman Obsorn is back... again... and setting up his own team of Avengers to avenge his previous deposed vengeance. He gathers together a bunch of folks most people would not recognize and goes out. The writing here is fun and enjoyable without getting campy. The art is my favorite type, very cliche superhero lines and shapes with a sheen of reality over it to give each image weight. This could have been a campy or throwaway issue but it maintins a level of menace that I enjoy in my villain books.
I do not really know what to make of this comic. Are we supposed to hate superheroes now? This issue is about a scientist from SHEILD collecting information after horrible superhero battles and turning those secrets over to the bad guys. In between we have some poignant and humorous moments with our heroes. To be fair, the "poignant" moments feel like the writers getting ideas off their chests. The art is not amzaing, but is sold and some of the coloring hints of water coloring. My main problem is the placement of panels; each page runs into the next, and I did not know where I was supposed to read next on a few pages.
Murdock goes over his life as a "client helper" and as Daredevil, ending the issue by taking on a new case. This issue is mostly a bunch of "this is how I've changed" vignettes, and points out what's great about this book now. The steps this book has taken to distance itself from the dark and depraved way it sunk in the past ten years or so are amazing. The story, art and energy of this comic have all been given a bright washing for the better. That is not to say that Daredevil has been bad, but the change of pace from a hero constantly being beaten to a hero that is helping people and being a hero is awesome. Special mention to this issue for the cover, a very inventive take on the skyline although it has little to do with the issue.
Fear Itself #7
The end of the Fear Itself run. Eh. The art is okay and the story ends pretty much like they said it would, with Thor killing the serpent and dying. Everyone in the world rising as the villain failed was a good idea but executed in such a matter of fact way that it came across as boring. These yearly big story crossovers were fun but this is just a mess of stories crashing against each other until they all give up. Check it out if you like the big stories, but do not go out of your way.