I have a confession to make. It's difficult for me to admit this, but for the past few weeks I've been cheating on my one true love. I've been reading new comics. I'm sorry Silver Age, what we have is so special to me, and I wouldn't trade it for anything in the world, but Avengers: The Initiative is just so damn hot.
It all started around 3 weeks ago. I was at Borders Books to buy a copy of the Classic X-Men #2 trade paperback when, all of a sudden, there she was. Right next to the magazine section, gazing at me from the comic rack, A:TI #5. Now, normally I see a cover like that, with a big World War Hulk label on it, and I just walk right past, but this issue had something special. Right there behind hulk was the fucking Constrictor. My heart said no, but my brain screamed 'OMG!'.
I knew then that I had to buy it. I read it, and I must say, I really, really like it. So, now I've bought all the issues up to this point and have the series on subscription at my local comic shop.
While I was there, I also picked up a copy of The New Avengers #34, just to see how it was. My overall response to most of the issue is a resounding 'eh'. Yu's art is just too scratchy for me. The whole idea of using a few scratchy lines to symbolize shading just looks horrible to me. However, at the end of the issue, I nearly shit myself.
Like all comic fans, I constantly have ideas for comics that I think would be cool, or at least provide a lot of badass fight scenes. One of those that has always been in my mind is apparently coming to fruition in the pages of The New Avengers. While I'm not a big fan of Wolverine, I have to admit the guy is pretty much badass all-around. One of my comic ideas was to have Wolvie get bonded to by venom-style symbiote. Well, I got a look at the cover for issue #35, and it looks like it's going to happen. Unfortunately, Marvel won't let me have the picture to show you, so I'll just have to link it: OMG! wolverine and venom getting all merged!
Unfortunately, if the art is anything like it is in ish 34, it's going to utterly suck. I don't want to say Yu is a bad artist, because this is all I've seen of his work, but this is a pretty fucking bad first impression.
EDIT: Fixed broken link