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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Comic Review - Annihilators: Earthfall 1-4

Annihilators: Earthfall 1-4
Publish Date/Year
Creative Team
Writers: Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning 
Artists: Tan Eng Huat (Main Story) & Timothy Green II (Back-up story)
The Annihilators, the most powerful Alpha class individuals banded together to tackle universal level threats like the recent Cancerverse - Ronan, Beta Ray Bill, Quasar, IKON, & Gladiator (minus Silver Surfer, who now is back to being Galactus' Herald again! See current issues of Mighty Thor for the full story.)

They realize a universal threat when they were addressing am attack from the Universal Church of Truth (UCT). The Magus (Adam Warlock's evil half) is being reborn on Earth.

They rush over to Earth from deep space to address this threat but the Magus has many alien believers on Earth who are shape-changers. SWORD had detected the arrival of teh Annihilators as they approached from space and had alerted the Avengers of the arrival of 5 Alpha Level beings to Earth apparently attacking humans (the disguised Magus followers).

Predictably, the Avengers attack the Annihilators, thinking them to be villains. More so, when Ronan, an old enemy of the Avengers, was among them.

Again, predictably, they join forces in time to defeat the Magus. There was no real suspense, or character development or anything at all except that it really sounds good when you put in on paper that you put these 3 groups of characters in the mini-series:
- 5 Alpha Level beings - the Annihilators
- the Avengers
- Universal level threat - the Magus

However, the results left a LOT to be desired.

There is a back-up story running thru' the 4-issues starring Rocket Raccoon & Groot.

This was another pointless story, but admittedly a fun read. Rocket Raccoon & Groot have been placed into an entertainment show for Mojo's world and they discover it in time to bring the punchline to Mojo & his henchman Major Domo.

Only for them to discover that it was all a ploy by Major Domo, using a robot replica Mojo to curry favor from the Real Mojo who was away. RR & Groot end up having a profitable deal from Major Domo on their action figure deal for not whupping his @$$.

It has no impact to the characters or any significance to the Guardians of the Galaxy or Marvel Universe.

Tan Eng Huat - What can I say? I was really excited that a fellow Malaysian made it big with the big 2 when I first saw his work in DC's Doom Patrol in the early 2000's. 

However, I guess he is experimenting with his own style and thus, the outcome in Annihilators Earthfall is a big mess. His work is inconsistent, with some panels that really show promise, with detailed line work, realistic and aesthetically pleasing art while others look rushed and even caricaturish. Just think Jim Starlin at his worst - pointed noses, deformed faces and body-types.

Honestly, I really believe Tan has the chops to emarge an artistic force that would represent my country but at the moment, he is just too rough of a diamond, and still needs more polish. Much much more.

Here, Tan killed the reading experience for me as his artwork is really not my cup of tea. There are a few panels that he really shined, with artwork reminiscent of Neal Adams' work but those are few and far between. He has more bad notches than good. 

Judging from the back-up pages alone, I conclude that Timothy Green II is a much better artist than Tan. It's a pity that he was only given a back-up feature but I foresee him doing great things within the next 2 years!

He has cutesy cartoonish art, and at some points even look a lot like Moebius, Eduardo Risso (100 Bullets) & Mike Mignola (Hellboy, BPRD)
This series was a complete waste of time despite DnA being at the helm and a bunch of my favourite characters. I love almost anything by 1 of my favourite writing teams - DnA. I also love many of the characters in the Annihilators:
- Gladiator (Marvel's Superman. I loved him from the moment I saw him in Uncanny X-Men)
- Beta Ray Bill (Horse faced Thor)
- IKON (actually she's supposed to be ROM, Spaceknight - 1 of my long time favourite characters from the 80's. However, Marvel can't use the name or character due to legal licensing issues.)
- Silver Surfer (OK, so technically he's a member but he's not in this story.)

Don't bother wasting your hard earned $$$ for this! You may borrow if your bff has them.

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