Written and Drawn by Scott R. Kurtz
Image Comics, 2007
So, let’s start off with a bang, shall we? For my first “random comic of the week” article, I got something that is truly random. PVP is a comic that reprints strips from the website www.pvponline.com. Before reading this comic I had no contact with the characters of PVP, so I am starting completely fresh. With that in mind, my reaction to this comic is pretty much… what’s the point? The characters are cute and some of the nerd-jokes are fairly funny (I liked the strip about Transformers towards the end), however I can’t help but think “why am I paying $3.00 for this when I could read it online for free?” If the goal of releasing PVP in comic book form is to draw in new readers then a monthly series reprinting what’s on a website hardly seems the way to go (were I not forced to by this column I certainly wouldn’t have picked up issue 34) and if the goal is to milk more money from fans then more extras seem necessary to me (as far as I could see the only thing not available on the website seems to be the cover and letters page). So I ask again, what is the point of this book?
Written by Matt Cherniss and Peter Johnson
Art by Paul Mounts
Marvel Comics, 2007
If you were looking for an introductory book to the Marvel Universe or Namor, the Sub-Mariner, this is the wrong book. I’m someone who knows most of what is going in the Marvel U and this book was still confusing. It requires knowledge not only of the most recent Marvel crossover, Civil War, but intimate knowledge of three different tie-in books. Plus, Namor might be the most confusing character in Marvel’s lineup: if he’s the King of Atlantis why do they call him Prince Namor? Why is he a mutant and Atlantian? If he hates humans why did he fight in World War II? He’s one of Marvel’s oldest characters and, boy, can he never support his own book.
I like the idea of Namor and I think it’s neat that he’s stuck around for such a long time. In recent issues of the Illuminati I’ve been enjoying his interactions with other Marvel heroes, partly because every so often Namor tries to take over the surface world and they won’t let him live that down.
This time around Namor is stuck in a murder mystery/political thriller. Namor must find who blew up a small city in America, while he susses out who in his government he can trust. It all could be very exciting if I cared. This book does little to make me interested in Namor or his problems. Also, with a super-weak final page — he changes outfits — I’m not compelled to come back for the second installment of this limited series.
So I don’t think I’m going to stick around for this limited series. Sorry Names, I like your jerk-ass ways, but I don’t care about your empire or that small city.