Saturday, January 26, 2013

A+X #4

The Beast + The Amazing Spider-Man in Planet of the Beasts!
Writer/Artist: Kaare Andrews
Penciler: Lee Loughridge
Letterer: Clayton Cowles

Captain America + Quentin Quire in The New Deal?
Writer: Jason Latour
Penciler: David Lopez
Inker: Alvaro Lopez
Colorist: Jim Charalampidis
Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Publisher: Marvel Comics (Dan Buckley)
Price: $3.99
Release Date: January 23rd, 2013

This little mini-series has actually been fun the past couple of issues. I like that way it shows relationships that aren't touched on in the mainstream stories as well as combining people that wouldn't necessarily be a team. This issue was no exception.

The first tale was the classic Amazing Spider-Man teamed with The Beast before his recent transformation. They are in a futuristic world that somehow is run by the offspring of Beast. All human forms are zombies and the rulers definitely are not fans of them (or any humans really, which would include Spidey).  There are a lot of fun moments in here and the intelligence of the two front-runners is not overlooked. Kaare Andrews does a nice job with sharp artwork that fits the tone as well as writing quick and entertaining dialogue. This short story was a joy to read.

The second tale in this comic was a bit more strange in my opinion due to the team-up. I would never have thought to put Quentin Quire with Cap but it actually works here. Quentin is on loan from Wolverine to help Cap with some telepathic work and to help build some of that mutant/human relations thing that is getting big in the Marvel universe. There is some cool and comedic mental moments with M.O.D.O.K. minis referred to as M.O.G.O.D. (Microscopic Oddities Generated Only For Disintegration?). The story works and I caught myself smiling at the end. Maybe we are starting to see a more positive version of Quentin Quire in the near future.

Anyhow, it seems my initial desire to pull away from this title is gone. I think that it is enjoyable but I am not upset that there are supposedly only two more issues. I think this is a fun ride, as long as it is a temporary one.

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