Why You Should Read M.O.D.O.K Assassin
It’s summer time so that mean we are in full swing with another Marvel event. There have been some good ones over the past few years but this year, with Secret Wars, it seems a lot more important. If you have been following what Marvel is doing, you know that all the main titles have ended (except a few stragglers that are finishing their stories) and we are only getting books that tie-in to Secret Wars and their Battle World. I have to admit I’m super excited about what Marvel is doing with Secret Wars and all the other books have peaked my interest. I wish I could read all of them or at least give them a try. I have thoroughly enjoyed the main Secret Wars story and the tie-in books have been hit and miss. One of the surprise books for me has been M.O.D.O.K. Assassin. I’m not real sure why I picked this book up to begin with. I don’t much care for M.O.D.O.K (Mental Organism Designed Only for Killing) and the cover art didn’t appeal to me either. But I was at the book store and saw Chris Yost was writing it and the inside art by Amilcar Pinna looked better, so I decided to give it a try. I was pleasantly surprised by what I read. I’m now two books in and still enjoying the series.
M.O.D.O.K Assassin is really well written. Chris Yost does a great job of getting M.O.D.O.K as a character right. He has great dialog and has a great feel of being a machine and computing while still having some sort of personality (even if it was pure evil). The whole Killville world that Yost has set up is really interesting and I can’t help but want to know more. Where most other titles deal with heroes and good versus evil, this story has nothing but bad guys. It’s bad guys killing bad guys with no heroes in site. It’s not like me to enjoy bad guy titles but M.O.D.O.K Assassin is well put together and seems like there is purpose to the story.
Another thing I like about M.O.D.O.K Assassin is it talks a lot about the bordering worlds of Battle World. This Battle World has a “little fish, big pond” feel but M.O.D.O.K is making a big splash. M.O.D.O.K is well aware of the worlds around him and takes it upon himself to police the borders.
The first book has a great set-up and ends with a great cliff hanger. And in book two M.O.D.O.K deals with something internally that he has never dealt with before. It looks like moving forward he will be facing some big enemies that any Marvel fan would appreciate.
Art wise this book is well done. I’ve mentioned previously that I didn’t much care for the cover but the inside is great. I’ve never heard of Amilcar Pinna before but he is doing well in this series. His art tells a great story and moves forward at a great pace. Some of M.O.D.O.K’s weapons are a little goofy but I guess that’s normal. He does has to have lots of ways to kill people. The second book has a lot of action and the art gives a good rough powerful feel.
Out of all the books I’ve read out of the Secret Wars series, this is one of my favorites so far. It’s surprisingly good which does help it move up the list. It’s different than the other books because we are basically getting all villains set in a terrible messed up world but that’s okay. If you have a chance pick up the first two issues and give M.O.D.O.K. Assassin a try. I hope you are as pleasantly surprised as I was.