Tales of Suspense #101

by Jrs1003 on January 31, 2018

Tales of Suspense #101
Writer: Matt Rosenberg
Artist: Travel Foreman
Cover Artist: Andrea Sorrentino
Publisher: Marvel Comics

Tales of Suspense has been a lot of different things for Marvel over its many years of publishing. From a science fiction anthology series to the book that famously introduced Iron Man, this title has been all over the place in terms of content, subject matter, and plot. One thing has stayed the same amongst all of these iterations, though. Tales of Suspense has always been about fun. Showcasing the art of Steve Ditko and Jack Kirby way back in the day, this book has been a blast since the late 50s when it first debuted. This new title is no different, taking the reader along for Marvel's own personal buddy-cop movie between the Winter Soldier and Hawkeye as they struggle to keep up with an inexplicably-alive Black Widow.

The dynamic between Clint and Bucky is what really sells this book. It would be difficult to find two Marvel characters with such different attitudes and outlooks as these two. Bucky's edgy, brooding, and methodic way of going about things clashes directly with Clint at every turn, but it never feels like Marvel is pushing it too far. Though these characters clearly don't like each other, there is a mutual respect for not only one another, but for the mission at hand. This is assisted in large part by the goofy and laid-back nature of Hawkeye throughout the issue. The two play off of each other brilliantly.

Where this issue falls short is with the art. Stylistically, this book is all over the place. Sometimes, the characters are drawn in a simple but elegant way. Low detail works well, and Foreman pulls it off well. However, there are certain panels that have a weird amount of detail compared to the rest of the book. This is not to say that these panels are necessarily bad, but the art could use a single, consistent style. Though all of the art is solid, the disparity is noticeable, even to a person who cares much more about the writing of comics than the art.

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