Post by The Night Phantom on Jan 15, 2007 17:30:05 GMT -5
Mmmnnn... Hope Arachne & US Agent don't bring with them their "Force Works" karma to the new team...
That would be worth a smiting. Honestly, when I considered them in this team together, I didn’t think of their Force Works past…I thought of their West Coast Avengers past! Try to think positive!
Shouldn't Agent have a big maple leaf on his shield now?
Although the name “USAgent” clearly says “agent of the US government”, the costume (I’m including the shield) doesn’t quite. It’s a replica of the costume created for Steve Rogers when the US government enjoined him from wearing any costume that’s red, white, and blue (CA #336). Of course, we can all see that it’s inspired by the American flag, but it doesn’t really cry out “America” (cf. the Syrian flag…).
Post by The Night Phantom on Jan 18, 2007 19:56:18 GMT -5
Writer Michael Avon Oeming gives an interview about Omega Flight over on Comic Book Resources. It comes off as a little doomy and gloomy with its focus on the tentative five-issue-limited-series status.
Come on everyone, we have to support this comic, so it will become an ongoing.
I’ve enjoyed some of Oeming’s writing before, and I’m mildly curious about this series. But here’s a portion of the interview that bothered me:
"I had to re-write pretty much everything from issue #2 up," Oeming explained. "As a five issue mini series, the story didn't work. Luckily, most of that was just tight outlines, though we had already done several. The first arc was to set up characters, their personalities, conflicts and plant seeds for what was to come…”
In my opinion, the first issue should set up the characters and their personalities. Sure, it’s great to plan on exploring and developing them further in later issues and later arcs. But right from issue 1 I should have a good notion of what I’m reading, or I may not return at all. The writer should not be taking my continued readership for granted. Unfortunately, this seems to be the house policy these days.
Ironically, the change to limited-series status might be doing the comic a favor, by forcing Oeming to speed up the exposition. If the readers get an earlier look at who the main characters are, they may want to stick around, and maybe the resulting sales will lead to many more issues.
Post by Black Knight on Jan 19, 2007 11:43:32 GMT -5
I agree with you, but the potential of this series, including some good B-level charaters, and some cool villians (Wrecking Crew) far out weighs anything Bendis can do with NA or MA. And i am just trying to drum up some support for it.
Post by iastagehand on Apr 6, 2007 12:11:34 GMT -5
picked up the first issue cuz i loved to original AF when it came out. i think i have the first 50 issues or so. I am a little fuzzy on the later years of the team and how they ultimatley die but it was cool to see Dr Langkowski again and SPOILER ALERT fighting with the Wrecking Crew!I will follow this series to see how it pans out
I read #1. I don’t think it’s a terrible comic, but I found it weak. My objection is primarily the same thing I mentioned above: issue #1 should set up the series more completely than it did. Nevertheless, I may return for #2. (It sounds like Oeming plans to rectify the misstep there.)
A couple of other things bothered me:
The depiction of a current female Canadian prime minister made me wonder if I was even less aware of current Canadian events than usual. But no, it’s not I. Canada’s only female PM, Kim Campbell (whom the comic’s PM resembles), had a several-month stint that began and ended in 1993. The current PM, Stephen Harper, assumed office this past February after a January election. Given the timing, it would be understandable if the story had depicted Harper’s predecessor Paul Martin; but to be over 13 years behind the times—!
At one point we had talked about the Wrecking Crew storming the capital and taking over the government for a short time. But we didn't want to use real people in that scenario.
The plan changed, but we left the fictional Prime Minister in.
I don’t understand why you’d need a fictional PM even in the abandoned scenario. Just don’t kill the PM off or anything. Heck, Ronald Reagan once gave Doom the use of the White House!
This may seem really nitpicky, but I am what I am. I noticed an instance in which a Canadian character’s dialogue had him saying “defense” instead of “defence”, the way Canadians usually spell it. It really took me out of the story!
Question time. In this issue, the Wrecking Crew supposedly killed several bar patrons (off panel). While I don’t place them above murder, especially during a heated battle or in revenge against a longtime foe, I wouldn’t figure the Crew for the sort of casual multiple slayings implied by this issue. Is there anything in their history clearly indicating that I am mistaken in my assessment?