Reviews and Recommendations by Mel Odom, Professional Writer

Archive for the ‘Marvel Comics’ Category

SHE-HULK DIARIES by Marta Acosta

July 3, 2013

She-Hulk has been one of those Marvel characters that has constantly gotten makeovers as different writers have taken control of the strip. One of my favorite incarnations has been when John Byrne became the writer/artist for the book. His take on She-Hulk was fun and light-hearted for the most part, but he brought in some […]

HAWKEYE #1 by Matt Fraction and David Aja

August 7, 2012

It looks like Jeremy Renner’s portrayal of Hawkeye has been on target, so to speak. Enough so that the valiant archer has garnered some serious street cred from Marvel Comics, because they appear to be pulling out all the stops to get Hawkeye increased public awareness. The new series promises to spend more time on […]

DAREDEVIL REBORN #1 by Andy Diggle, Davide Gianfelice, and Matt Hollingsoworth

January 14, 2011

Daredevil and Spider-Man have to be neck and neck in a race to see who the most maligned character in the Marvel Comics Universe is. Evidently the writers and powers-that-be lean toward the sadistic when it comes to these two heroes. On one hand, I’d favor Spider-Man as the one who has taken the biggest […]

AVENGERS #1 by Brian Michael Bendis and John Romita Jr.

June 22, 2010

The Heroic Age is sweeping through Marvel Comics and bringing with it a blast of much-needed fresh air after the long, dark time known as the Civil War. Truth to tell, I was getting tired of all the angsty darkness – and don’t get me started on the whole Spider-Man/MJ debacle. Lois and Clark are […]

BLACK WIDOW #1 by Marjorie Liu and Daniel Acuna

June 19, 2010

I pay attention whenever a novelist steps into the comics arena, or when a comic book writer pens a novel. As a writer myself, I love learning the craft. Often, when a writer changes mediums, you can study their transition and learn a lot about how they pursue story in both forms, and get a […]

ULTIMATE AVENGERS 2 #1 by Mark Millar and Lienil Francis Yu

May 11, 2010

Only Mark Millar would have the brass to take a violent, lone wolf like the Punisher and roll him into a new Ultimate Avengers Black Ops team. If someone had asked me, I would have said it couldn’t be done. Frank Castle isn’t a team player. He’s never been a team player. I didn’t want […]


May 8, 2010

Mike Carey writes comics for Marvel (X-Men) and DC (The Unwritten), but he’s also a novelist. He’s got a book series about a London-based ghostbuster that would comfortably fit in with Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett’s tough guy private eyes. Felix Castor is a great character. Like many of his trench coated predecessors, Castor only […]

FANTASTIC FOUR #577 by Jonathan Hickman, Dale Eaglesham, and Paul Mounts

April 5, 2010

Fantastic Four is one of those comic series that keep hitting my radar, then falling off for a while. I love the concept of a family working through things (and super-villains) together, but it takes a really good writer or a really fresh idea to keep everything working smoothly. Unfortunately, so many times that means […]

JACKPOT #1 by Marc Guggenheim, Adriana Melo, and Mariah Benes

March 17, 2010

Jackpot is evidently the newest super heroine out of the Marvel Comics stable, and underwritten by Spider-Man himself. I was instantly drawn to the cover by Dave Yardin because of the colors and the fact that Jackpot was evidently female, as evidenced by the skintight bodysuit. Also, the notification that this was issue 1 of […]

THOR by J. Michael Straczynski and Olivier Coipel

January 12, 2010

J. Michael Straczynski has won me over with his new Thor series. Not only did he find an extremely cool way to reintroduce the character to the Marvel Comics universe, but set Asgard in Oklahoma, my home state. How freaking cool is that? Over the years, Thor has been in good hands and not so […]