Steve Epting

Velvet 3 (January 2014)

I wanted this issue to be better. It’s decent, but Brubaker is moving things along quickly. He’s changing the narrative structure up, which is a little confusing, and Epting doesn’t really have any indicators to make it a seventies setting. I forgot it didn’t take place in the present until a line about Soviet Russia. […]

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Velvet 2 (December 2013)

I like this issue a lot more; I couldn’t figure out for a while, then I realized… it’s basically a lengthy Steve Epting action sequence. Velvet escapes, runs, escapes again. Brubaker juxtaposes her story against some guys at her agency talking about her. It’s great, fast but filling. The only parts giving me pause are […]

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The Marvels Project 8 (July 2010)

Brubaker ties it up neatly to the first issue, which I wasn’t expecting. Low and behold, the Destroyer doesn’t get a mention, but Nick Fury does return for some nonsense. So… one of the plot points is a secret Nazi attack on December 7, 1941, an attack Captain America, Bucky and Namor foil. An attack […]

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The Marvels Project 7 (May 2010)

So the Angel–he’s the narrator of the Marvels Project for those who don’t remember–also, that big government project to develop superman? The “Ultimatizing,” it’s forgotten too. Anyway, the Angel actually gets to appear this issue… to play second fiddle to Cap and Bucky. Outside Brubaker and Epting’s Captain America, I haven’t seen a Bucky like […]

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The Marvels Project 6 (April 2010)

Is it a good issue? Umm. Depends. I mean, does a comic book have to be well-written to be good? Comics can survive bad art better than bad writing and by no means is this issue poorly written. Brubaker turns in a completely disinterested script, but it’s not bad. He dehumanizes some Germans too, quite […]

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The Marvels Project 5 (March 2010)

I guess this issue is the best one so far. I mean, the Angel goes out and does stuff this issue, meets Captain America, gets shot. It’s more than he’s done since the first issue. The Red Skull, the beautiful Epting Red Skull, shows up this issue too. I’m a little confused about Steele guy, […]

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The Marvels Project 4 (February 2010)

Good grief, halfway in and we’re not even to Captain America yet. Brubaker’s cliffhanger this issue is just become the injection. It’s such a waste of time. If it weren’t for Epting’s New York street scene and Brubaker humanizing a Nazi, I’d be done. Let me elaborate. Epting’s art at least makes it worth looking […]

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The Marvels Project 3 (December 2009)

The Marvels Project, Epting or no Epting, all of a sudden seems like a bad choice for Brubaker. Why not get Jeff Parker, who loves doing revisionist stories of old characters. I suppose I made that suggestion thinking Parker would have more creative control, but even if he didn’t–did anyone think Brubaker was just clamoring […]

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The Marvels Project 2 (November 2009)

Does anything happen this issue? I will definitely say it doesn’t tread over Marvels territory at all and does introduce one or two interesting things–the image of the Human Torch working on controlling his flames in a hayloft–but otherwise, nothing happens. The narrator–this issue revealed to be a costumed adventurer himself, the Angel–talks a bit […]

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The Marvels Project 1 (October 2009)

I really need a cast of characters page. It’s neat how Brubaker uses the Two-Gun Kid to open (though I can’t remember how he got to the future in the Slott She-Hulk series); it gives the story something of a context in the modern Marvel Universe, since it really is just another retcon. Just one […]

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