Monday, January 16, 2017

The Great Lakes Avengers #4 Review and **SPOILERS** - Marvel Monday


No Way to Treat a Guest

Writer: Zac Gorman

Artist: Jacob Chabot

Color Artists: Marissa Louise with Tamra Bonvillain

Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna

Cover: Will Robson & Tamra Bonvillain

Cover Price: $3.99

On Sale Date: January 11, 2017


Hey look, a band named Kirby Krackle made a song called “Great Lakes Avengers” years ago. Here it is!
That fairly well dispenses with my introduction responsibilities. On to my review of Great Lakes Avengers #4! Right here!

Explain It!

Last issue we found out that Councilman Snerd was actually Detroit’s supervillain Nein Rouge when he was knocked out and found in his office next to the token demon mask. Instead of taking this evidence to the authorities, Good Boy and Big Bertha thought it best to bring him back to Great Lakes Avengers HQ and tie him up in the storage closet. Snerd is none too happy about this, but not too angry that he can’t divulge his origin story, rendered in beautiful Marvel Pulp-O-Vision™: once, Nain Rouge was Detroit’s hero, a Daredevil knock-off that tried to right wrongs. But when he stumbled onto a scene of domestic violence and got shot in the chest, he realized that the only way to effect true change was to run for local office, and then raze old institutions and residential property for the greater good. If this origin sounds dull, that’s because it is, even Big Bertha has tuned out and begun fiddling with her smart phone while Snerd drones on and on. In fact, she tells Good Boy that she’s going to get a cup of coffee, leaving Good Boy alone with Snerd…the guy that hurt her brother. Uh oh.
Not much later, the team’s lawyer Connie Ferrari shows up to break the teams balls. What follows is a Three’s Company routine of misdirection and silly behavior, culminating in Connie opening the door to the storage closet to find Good Boy, in human form, sitting in a pool of blood in front of the badly-beaten body of Councilman snerd. In fact, I assumed he was dead until we see the last scene: the Great Lakes Avengers dump him from their Winnebago in front of Butler Hospital, wrapped up in a carpet with the Nain Rouge mask on his butt over a note that reads “I’m a criminal.” Snerd groans, so I assume he’s alive.
Not a whole lot to report on this comic book, but it might be the best of the series so far. There were some fairly funny exchanges that probably would have worked well in a television sitcom. Unfortunately, this is a comic book so a lot of the jokes fell flat. The art is fine, I’ve stated problems with it in the past but it’s not holding the book back or anything. I do like when Marvel makes flashback scenes look like pulp comics from the Bronze Age, so that was fun. Otherwise, this book is mildly amusing but not really worth your time.

Bits and Pieces:

Hijinks abound as the Avengers' lawyer Connie Ferrari makes a surprise visit while the Great Lakes Avengers are indisposed. And by "indisposed," I mean "holding someone hostage." A couple of amusing scenes and some clean renderings still don't add up to a very worthwhile comic book.


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