Marvel Now rankings, Part 2: 30-28


The second installment of the Marvel Now rankings will cover issues 30, 29 and 28.

As stated in the first part of this series, these comics are ranked solely on my opinion. If you disagree, let me know why by commenting on the article.

The books that are mentioned will be spoiled, so if you do not want that, then skip ahead.

These books are a step above the last, but not by much. While I would still not recommend these books to the casual comic book fan, I could suggest them to fans of these certain characters.

Credit: Marvel Comics — Partial cover of Savage Wolverine issue 2

30. Savage Wolverine: Written and Drawn by Frank Cho

I stopped reading this book after Issue 2.

Wolverine is trapped in the Savage Lands, and he has to find his way out. He’s also joined by Amadeus Cho.

It was boring, there was a lot going on with little explanation and the issues seemed to drag on even though there wasn’t a lot of substance. This is a good example of why the artist of a book shouldn’t also be tasked with writing the book, too.

While I like Wolverine a lot, his presence in this book was not a good enough reason for me to stick around. If you are a person that love, Wolverine that much then you may want to read this book. It’s a very basic story that lets Wolverine fight Dinosaurs.

Credit: Marvel Comics –Partial cover of Mighty Avengers Issue 3

29. Mighty Avengers: Written by Al Ewing, Art by Greg Land

I stopped reading this book after the first arc.

This story was a spiritual successor to the end of Bendis’ New Avengers run, picking up Luke Cage’s story from there. That seems like a good idea, Luke starting up his own Avengers team again, except that he got all lame characters that no one cares about.

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Blue Marvel, the Second Power Man, the Second White Tiger, Monica Rambeau, are all D-List heroes on their best days, with Blade not being much better. The addition of Sam Wilson helped slightly but not enough to make me care about any of the other characters.

The characters were not the only thing bad about this book, the art was Greg Land’s signature tracing, which a lot of people agree can be lackluster. In addition to this, the story forced me to read more about Superior Spider-Man. I just could not continue with this book after 5 issues.

While this book was not for me, I would recommend it to anyone that is a fan of one of the team members. Just because I didn’t care about them enough to read all of this book doesn’t mean nobody cares.

Marvel Comics — Partial cover of Nova Issue 1 2013

28. Nova: Written by Jeph Loeb

I stopped reading this book after issue 8.

This is the start of a new Nova series, which had not happened since Richard Rider died in 2010, making it a three-year gap between runs. The difference with this book is that it introduces a new Nova Corps member, Sam Alexander.

My main problem with this book is that I did not care enough about Sam. He just seemed like a generic high school superhero, which has been done more times than I can remember.

His supporting characters were not interesting, and his mission to find his Dad was not enticing enough after not getting many leads in eight issues.

This is one of the books that I feel if I had stuck around longer I would have started to enjoy it more, but I had too many books to read on this list and they held my interest more than this one.

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I would recommend this book to anyone who wants another “high school student with immense power” storyline. I would not recommend it to fans of the Richard Rider Nova series because it focuses more on Earth and Sam’s life then it does on the cosmic side of the Marvel Universe which is what last few Nova series were about.