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Review: Annihilators: Earthfall #4 (of 4)

Posted: 01/03/2012 - 14:44

** Spoilers **


So the great epoch that was Annihilation and its various threats herein come to an end, it seems, with both a bang and a whimper.

No hints of further cosmic doings from our favorite (and recognizable) Marvel Cosmic characters from the conclusion of Annihilators: Earthfall #4 – except of course a slammer page reminding us of the ho-hum Watcher framing, the dreadful new Nova and other uninteresting threads in the Point One one-shot. If the readership for the New 52 seems to be gaining instead of losing numbers, the folks at the House of Ideas seem to be aiding them all they can with this effort.

Onto the conclusion of the Magus story, I found little fault (lol) in it myself. Fan fave cosmic scribes Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning seemed to return to their Thanos: Imperative best on this one, with some especially dramatic moments with Gladiator, Ronan and Quasar.

This entry into the mini felt like we were not just going through the motions of satisfying DnA’s contract with Marvel. This adventure actually had some happenings and, even better, we got one last gander (maybe) at the Knowhere Celestial Head.

And what is better, Wendell did not die as many were predicting. Our team is still ready to go again, and I think it would be grand if they could share an adventure with, say, the remainder of Peter Quill’s renegades come this summer! Anyone?

I liked the way DnA had the Annihilators (that name!) and the Avengers working side by side as well as having the Accuser bringing in the Kree Sentinels, which seems to be right in character without making him seem villainous in the least.

Wendell and Cap’s confab was a great one, and the ending was just what the doc ordered for building upon -- if we and others ever get a chance.

Rocket & Groot? Ugh.

The trickles of Annihilation and all its various threads may stay alive or, like other cosmic threads, lay dormant never to be seen or touched again. But wouldn’t that be a shame?

Stan Lee said on more than one occasion in Letters Pages and Bullpen Bulletins that Marvel was our (the readers’) company since we buy the books. You have a starving Marvel Cosmic fan base that is swiftly becoming a healthy-fed DC fan base.

Best do something quick!