REVIEW: Point One #1

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Or – “Recalling Random Rumors Of A Reboot?”

What’s New in the Marvel U?

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POINT ONE #1
Writer(s): Jeph Loeb/Chris Yost/Matt Fraction/Ed Brubaker/David Lapham/Fred Van Lente
Penciler(s):Ed McGuinness/Ryan Stegman/Terry Dodson/Javier Pulido/Roberto De La Torre/Salvador Larroca/Bryan Hitch
Inker(s): Dexter Vines/Michael Babinski/Rachel Dodson/Paul Neary
Colorist(s): Morry Hollowell/Marte Gracia/Sonia Oback/Javier Rodriguez/Lee Loughridge/Guru EFX/Paul Mounts
Letterer: Comicraft’s A. Dechesne/VC’s Joe Caramagna/VC’s Clayton Cowles/Chris Eliopoulos/VC’s Cory Petit/VC’s Joe Sabina
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Cover Price: $5.99

Previously, in Point One:  Y’know, the Marvel Universe?  Yeah, that happened.

HINTS, ALLEGATIONS & THINGS UNSAID…

Our story opens with two unnamed figures skulking about in the Blue Area of the Moon, their goal to invade the home of Uatu, The Watcher.  Our characters helpfully exposition that Watchers go into a fugue state every three years, a time during which they seemingly go comatose, as if transmitting their findings back to whatever it is they work for.  There’s a really fascinating moment wherein a simple line of dialogue completely changes the tone of EVERY SINGLE story ever written featuring the Watcher (save for that excreble Hulk-punch-out a couple years ago) before our two astronauts begin downloading the bulk of what Uatu has been observing recently.  It’s a clever framing sequence that makes me hope that we’re going to see something more than just a series of trailers for upcoming series.

And then, they begin the series of trailers for upcoming series…

THE PAST OF FUTURE DAYS?

We see Nova (an oddly proportioned Nova, seemingly much younger than the last time we saw Richard Ryder, who is significantly NEVER identified as Richard) battling Terrax to warn him of an upcoming threat, a threat which turns out to be The Phoenix.  (That’s the first link to classic Claremont X-Men tales, but don’t put down your pen yet, the list will get longer.)  In the alternate universe of the Age of Apocalypse, we find that perhaps the human race isn’t quite as extinct as one might have thought, in a tale that is both embarrassingly melodramatic and poorly drawn (and also contains an on-panel decapitation.)  We are given a few pages explaining the status quo and revealing the identity of the new Scarlet Spider (Here’s a hint:  He’s as much a clone of Pete Parker as the last Scarlet was, and he shares his name with a professional wrestler, though he spells it differently.)  There’s some interesting work with two new characters (Dragonfire and Coldmoon, making me think it’s the 90′s all over again), Doctor Strange is set on a path that will lead to the assemblage of the new Defenders team and we close up with a dystopian nightmare future in which the Avengers face their own Days of Future Past.

THE VERDICT:  APPROVED FOR GENERAL AUDIENCES.

In short, it’s a bunch of trailers.  There is some wonderful art in the book (The Dodsons do wonderful stuff with Doctor Strange, and Sal Larroca makes the Dragonfire/Coldmoon chapter look cool as hell) but all in all, the effect is exactly the same as the single page that Geoff Johns took to putting in the back of his #1 issues a couple of years ago:  maddening glimpses of the future without real context.  Add to that the issues ridiculous price tag (SIX dollars for 54 pages of random stories) and I’m left baffled at what this book is supposed to achieve.  I’m looking forward to the return of Nova and the Defenders, but there’s so much thrown at the wall here that little of this issue sticks.  I was really intrigued by the Watcher setup (and the supposition that all of the Watchers we’ve ever seen are just slivered bits of the same single omnipresent being) but the rest of the issue doesn’t hang together.  Point One #1 is overpriced and underfocused, and the parts that don’t work drag the whole down, leading to a very disappointed 1 out of 5 stars overall.

Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

Faithful Spoilerite Question Of The Day:  How do YOU feel about the revelation that Kaine is the new Scarlet Spider?