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Quick Critiques – Nov. 23, 2007

Annihilation: Conquest #1 (Marvel Comics)
by Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning, Tom Raney & Scott Hanna

The first Annihilation event was an entertaining and well-crafted one, and I’ve enjoyed all four limited series leading up to this Conquest series. Not surprisingly, I enjoyed this comic book as well, but not quite as much as I’d hoped. I think writers Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning have included a few too many saviors in this story. Adam Warlock is back from the dead (which is getting a bit old for longtime readers, no doubt), but the Wraith has been established as a powerful figure that can hurt the Phalanx like no other as well. Still, this is early on in the story, so it’s not hard to get past that seeming redundancy. What I did find odd was the villain who stands revealed at the end of this issue. I don’t want to spoil anything, but I found the choice to be a bit puzzling. The villain fits in quite well with the Phalanx, but the character is also the main antagonist in a storyline still underway in another Marvel title. I realize that thanks to the character’s unique traits, he can be in two places (or comics) at once, but it just seems redundant to have so many Marvel heroes fighting the same threat in different ways. I was delighted to see Blastarr included among the generals in the war against the Phalanx, and the depiction of the Kree as a race and culture has been interesting throughout the various Conquest titles. I’ve never been one for the Warlock character, but that stemmed from his stoic and distant characterization in the past. This incarnation of the character seems much more grounded and relatable. Tom Raney’s art brings real power and presence to these alien warriors, and the detail he and inker Scott Hanna bring to bear really convey the ugliness of the war that’s at the heart of the plot. 6/10

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