Writer: Dan Slott
Artists: Paul Pelletier (p), Rick Magyar (i)
Publisher: Marvel Limited Series
Plot: In the wake of Dinah Soarís death, Mr. Immortal is catatonic with grief (but has great taste in music), and that leaves Flatman and Doorman to recruit new members, while Bertha has to face up to the drain the team makes on her life.
Whatís interesting: I admit I didnít really get the first issue, but Iím glad I stuck around. I was so expecting a pointed parody of Avengers Disassembled, I didnít quite see that Slottís real targets are much broader. Heís taking on the entirety of the comics world represented by the Big Two in this satire, and this issue is frankly hilarious.
Itís interesting to read it in the same week as Villains United, as both issues feature similar sequences of a gallery of celebrities responding to an invitation. The villains (most of them willingly) canít help but say yes to the Calculator. But the heroes can laugh right in Flatmanís face. Cute moment with the Living Lightning, too.
Less interesting: No, itís all good. The less we see of DíUrge the better, and it turns out Slottís ideas work even better without Mr. Immortals blinding optimism to mask the obvious: this team is doomed. Maelstromís two-page rant is old school fun, and if Iíve learned nothing else this issue, I know this much: I need my monthly Monkey Joe fix!
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