: This installment of art was not my favourite
: either - the poor color shades did not help.
: On the plus side there were other bad art
: issues, with strong MU titles, this week too
: and some of the panels were fine - like the
: 2 that are in the banner submission below .
: And yeah, the complete disregard in Iron
: Fist's rich -and often frustrating- MU canon
: has been on of my pet peeve problems with
: too many of his supporting roles for a
: looong time now. Another nitpick, Tombstone
: was dealt with, with kid gloves which was
: done more for themed comical effect than
: with satisfying karmic results. Otherwise
: this was a strong concluding chapter to long
: overdue and hopeful reboot to an encore
: PM&IF run. There was generally fun content
: in this premiere storyline -well, except for
: the nagging wife- and Señor Mágico could be
: a smart addition to the cast.
If this book was just called "Joe & Fred," I'd have all kinds of good things to say about it. Walker gets Luke right; he just doesn't care about any of the others. His Jessica is awful; he's just making up characterizations for her and Danny that come from comedies and have nothing to do with the established characters. If one looks past that, the book, writing-wise, is funny and entertaining and even has some cool ideas (I like Walker's take on "street magic" in the MU). I've even come to tolerate the artwork (though it has remained terrible) more than I have the characterizations. I'll never get in line with those; they'll be fixed or I'll just leave the book.
The tragedy here is that the launch of this title proved there was a big market for reteaming these guys; VERY healthy sales for characters who have always been considered b-listers. Within only four issues, though, they're down to less than 1/3 of their initial audience with no bottom in sight.
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