Review: Iceman & Angel #1 (Marvel)

Iceman And Angel #1Writer: Brian Clevinger
Penciller: Juan Doe
Inker: Juan Doe
Letterer: Jeff Eckleberry
Cover: Roger Cruz
Editor: Sebastian Girner
Marvel Comics – May 2011 – $2.99

“Behold, GOOM, The Thing from Planet X” is one of the funnier comics that I’ve read in a while. Brian Clevinger sets the mood right from the start by having Iceman forget to book a flight for himself and Angel to travel for spring break. Now they’re stuck in New York City doing some sight-seeing when GOOM emerges from the water and starts to wreak havoc on NYC.

Juan Doe does a great job with the Kirby/Ditko-esque ‘GOOM, The Thing from Planet X’. The layouts and feel of this one-shot issue hearken back to the classics of the pre to early superhero Marvel books. The comedy spews forth on every page too. Iceman constantly pokes fun at Angel’s wings and how cool they’d be if they were made of razors. There is one page in particular that features the X-Men, The Avengers, and The Submariner that is especially funny in the context used. There’s a lot of action and a big misunderstanding to boot! The plot does take a quite absurd twist too, but you’ll have to read it yourself.

I really miss the days when there were self-contained stories like this that didn’t necessarily fit into a larger storyline or was part of a mega-multi-crossover-universe event every few months. It had a beginning, a middle, and an end all in one book. Iceman & Angel #1 was quite an enjoyable and satisfying read.

– The Comic Book Critic

Comic Book Critic Rating: 8.5

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