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June 30, 2009

SuperMegaSpeed Reviews

Just about every comic i collect came out since my last review, so lots to go through...

Captain Britain and MI13 #14 - So last issue was a fake-out as expected. This issue picked up a bit but i still won't be sorry to see it go.

Daredevil #110 - This book is consistently good but not awesome. Brubaker's original 'DD in prison' story arc was awesome. It's been good since then, but not spectacular like that first arc or his Captain America.

Guardians of the Galaxy #15 - Only one little panel with Cosmo and Lockjaw, but it was a good panel. Between the Starhawk plot, the Warlock/Magus plot, and the plots related to the War of the Kings, there's a lot going on in this book, but it's handled well.

Hercules #130 - A little bit too much of a 're-telling of old myths' issue for my tastes. The series is actually feeling a little directionless right now, tell you the truth. Could just be this arc, but i'm not sure where they're going or what this series is about right now. Plus you've got Armless Tiger-Man just standing around not biting anything or attacking any machinery with a hammer held between his toes. It's a travesty.

Nova #26 - Still not loving the new Worldmind, but otherwise this is great. Well, let me bitch a little more. I'm not thrilled that they're introducing Gladiator's cousin as a Supergirl analogue. The original Imperial Guard were based on the Legion of Super-Heroes. It was kind of a throwaway gag. But they stuck and now we've got a Superman (boy?) level character running around. Which is just really unbalancing from a power-level perspective. And now they're introducing another one. Anyway, it's a good book.

Secret Warriors #5 - I'm not sure when Gabe became such a hard-ass. Give him back his horn and maybe he won't be so cranky. It's nice to see the Howlers getting the spotlight this issue.

X-Force #16 - I was going to say that this was actually pretty good, but then i got to the ending. And it seems like nothing actually gets resolved. We don't find out why the girl was so important. Bishop isn't stopped. Basically nothing's changed. These are Cable plotlines so i don't really care other than the fact that my series got interrupted for the crossover, but i'm not sure what the point of all this was.

War of the Kings: Ascension #3 - Holy crap! Everything i knew about Darkhawk was wrong! That totally blew my mind!

The Hood #2 - I'm going to need to see a timeline to figure out where this takes place relative to the Hood's complete defeat in New Avengers and his (totally different, in tone and logistics) meetings with the rest of the Dark Illuminati in this book and in Dark Avengers. But i'm enjoying this.

Dark Avengers #6 - The cover shows Marvel Boy fighting either an alien or Venom. But Marvel Boy doesn't even appear in this issue. It's all good, though, because Harry Osborn rules. I see that he even defaced Tony Stark's entire collection of Iron Man armor, turning them all into Iron Patriots. Dick.

New Avengers #54 - I'm ambivalent about the Doctor Strange/Brother Voodoo development, partially because Voodoo's new accent grates on me and partially because i know that Doctor Strange will go back to being the sorcerer supreme soon enough. I also think if there was going to be a new sorcerer supreme it would go to a new initiate, like Strange and Mordo were back in the day, not an established sorcerer. But Spider-man is funny and the Osborn/Hawkeye media war is a nice touch and overall this is still a great series.

Captain America #600 - Ok, but didn't Cap also get sniped through the back of the head by Crossbones? I didn't really love the tribute/jam issue but i guess it's just something you have to put up whenever a series reaches a round number. The back-up stories were pretty atrocious. I'm all for getting Roger Stern writing something but get him a decent artist and stop with these weird stories about his supporting characters from the late 70s/early 80s. The Golden Age reprint was just awesome though. Man, you thought the Red Skull was a menace before, just wait till you've seen him now that he's learned archery. He was shooting everything with those arrows; opening his mail, turning on the television, oh, and murdering people. I enjoyed the cover gallery but it makes it clear that they're counting the first 60 or so issues of Tales of Suspense before Cap ever appeared there. That's not new (i didn't complain when i bought issue #300 off the stands back in 1984, so i can't complain now), but it shows you how arbitrary these anniversaries are.


By fnord12 | June 30, 2009, 10:49 PM | Comics | Comments (0) | Link



Lamest Coup Excuse

Over the weekend the democratically elected president of Honduras, Manuel Zelaya, was taken out of power by the military. The AP article that first announced that ousting wouldn't actually call it a coup, and instead only said that the Zelaya was "calling it" a coup. The first sentence in the article also made the point of announcing that Zelaya was an ally of Hugo Chavez, as if that made it ok. So we knew from the beginning that this was going to be a weird one. The Obama administration has denounced the takeover but is also refusing to call it a coup.

A website called BoRev.net (found via Digby) has compiled the weirdest of the coup-deniers and made a contest out of it. You can go there to vote for your favorite, but they're all pretty warped.

  • Candidate 1: Interim dictator Roberto Micheletti describes how he found himself in this new role: "I did not reach this position because of a coup. I am here because of an absolutely legal transition process."
  • Candidate 2: The WSJ's Mary Anastacia O'Grady describes the military overthrow as all part of a country's democratic system of "checks and balances."
  • Candidate 3: Ed Morrissey at Hot Air invents an awesome new concept. This was "less of a coup and more of a military impeachment."
  • Candidate 4: At the Corner, Ray Walser praised the way "Congress, the courts, and the military joined forces" in a "deliberate, bipartisan manner."
  • Candidate 5: Rick Moran at the American Thinker doesn't care if it's a coup, only who it serves: "Does the fact that the coup is in the interests of the United States even matter to our president?"

By fnord12 | June 30, 2009, 12:03 PM | Liberal Outrage | Comments (0) | Link



June 26, 2009

Do they have attitude?

Russian energy company Gazprom merges with Nigerian state energy company. The result: Nigaz.


By fnord12 | June 26, 2009, 11:46 PM | Ummm... Other? | Comments (0) | Link



June 25, 2009

Hulk 'n' Beans

The Hulk and i share a love:


By fnord12 | June 25, 2009, 8:50 PM | Comics | Comments (0) | Link



Random Lyrics Thursday

Instant Club Hit (You'll Dance to Anything) by the Dead Milkmen

Ooh, baby, look at you
Don't you look like Siouxsie Sioux
How long'd it take to get that way
What a terrible waste of energy
You wear black clothes, say you're poetic
The sad truth is you're just pathetic
Get into the groove just get out of my way
I came here to drink not to get laid
So why don't you just go on home
'Cause if you want to moan you'll have to moan alone

You'll dance to anything

Don't try to tell me that you're an intellectual
Cause you're just another boring bisexual
"I met Andy Warhol at a really chic party"
Blow it out your hairdo 'cause you work at Hardees
80 pounds of make up on your art school skin
80 points of I.Q. located within

Know what you are? You're a bunch of ...
Artfags! Artfags! Artfags! Artfags!
Choke on this you dance-a-teria types!

You'll dance to anything by The Communards
You'll dance to anything by Book of Love
You'll dance to anything by The Smiths
You'll dance to anything by Depeche Mode
You'll dance to anything by Public Image Limited
You'll dance to anything by Naked Truth

You'll dance to anything by any bunch of stupid Europeans who come over here
with their big hairdos intent on taking our money instead of giving your
cash, where it belongs, to a decent American artist like myself!


By fnord12 | June 25, 2009, 8:39 AM | Music | Comments (0) | Link



June 18, 2009

fnordstitute*

Min and i will be gone until Monday enjoying Nearfest, so we leave you with these words of wisdom:

  • We don't really have a lot of insight into what's going on in Iran, and the US taking an official position on it at this point can really only make matters worse.
  • If Obama is doing something that Bush used to do that we didn't like then, there's no reason to like it now. And if Obama is doing something that actively goes against a campaign promise, saying that he's only been in office for five months isn't a valid defense.
  • The Public Option is the compromise. We wanted Single Payer. So no more compromises.
  • One pound of beef is equal to 160 pounds of potatoes.
  • Marvel comics are awesome! But they'd be even better if they did it the way i say they should.

*amalgam of fnord and substitute, not fnord and prostitute


By fnord12 | June 18, 2009, 2:38 PM | My stupid life | Comments (5) | Link



Headline: Jobless benefit rolls drop sharply to nearly 6.7M

Context:

But it's not clear whether recipients of unemployment insurance are finding new jobs or simply using up all their benefits, which typically last 26 weeks.

"It is unlikely that new hiring has picked up in any meaningful fashion," Joshua Shapiro, chief economist with MFR Inc., a consulting firm, wrote in a note to clients. "More probable is that long-term unemployed are starting to fall off the rolls."

Yaaay!!


By fnord12 | June 18, 2009, 10:47 AM | Liberal Outrage | Comments (1) | Link



Random Lyrics Thursday

Kyoto Song by The Cure

A nightmare of you
Of death in the pool
Wakes me up at quarter to three
I'm lying on the floor of the night before
With a stranger lying next to me
A nightmare of you
Of death in the pool
I see no further now than this dream
The trembling hand of the trembling man
Hold my mouth
To hold in a scream

I try to think
To make it slow
If only here is where I go
If this is real
I have to see
I turn on fire
And next to me
It looks good
It tastes like nothing on earth
It looks good
It tastes like nothing on earth
Its so smooth it even feels like skin
It tells me how it feels to be new

It tells me how it feels to be new
A thousand voices whisper it true
It tells me how it feels to be new
And every voice belongs
Every voice belongs to you


By fnord12 | June 18, 2009, 9:05 AM | Music | Comments (0) | Link



June 17, 2009

Whoodwin?


The Physics Rappers
vs.  
The Young Cons


By fnord12 | June 17, 2009, 9:28 PM | Whoodwin | Comments (0) | Link



June 16, 2009

Incompetence

My takeaway from this is that the plan will work of the public option and mandates are left in, but health care proponents just handed a huge PR victory to their opponents due to their lack of confidence or willingness to stand up for their ideals. My spin on this would be "Look, we tried to take the public plan out and it's just way too expensive without it."


By fnord12 | June 16, 2009, 1:28 PM | Liberal Outrage | Comments (0) | Link



What's tatos?

Tato skins got baked potato appeal, cause they're made with potatos and skins that are real.


By fnord12 | June 16, 2009, 10:34 AM | Ummm... Other? | Comments (0) | Link



June 12, 2009

Calls for Shepard Smith to be fired

I don't know how he's stayed on at Fox as long as he has.


By fnord12 | June 12, 2009, 4:55 PM | Liberal Outrage | Comments (0) | Link



That's one way to make a quota

I don't know why they even felt the need to Photoshop this picture.


By fnord12 | June 12, 2009, 4:46 PM | Ummm... Other? | Comments (0) | Link



I could use this

Burrito tape.


By fnord12 | June 12, 2009, 11:51 AM | Comics & My stupid life | Comments (0) | Link



June 11, 2009

Supporting the Public Plan

MoveOn has a petition to members of Congress supporting the Progessive Caucus' demand that that any healthcare reform include a Public Option.


By fnord12 | June 11, 2009, 1:01 PM | Liberal Outrage | Comments (0) | Link



Random Lyrics Thursday

Today's RLTh has an accompanying (fan-made) video, thanks to Joshua.

Existential Blues by Tom "T-Bone" Stankus

The elusive butterfly has just tiptoed past my door
My bonny likes the Yankees, she says "hey t-bone what's the score?"
I say "well, Reggie got 1 and 1 and 3 and 25 is 6 to 4"
Is the left wing really pinko? Colonel Sanders, what a bore.
You ask so many questions, what answers should I choose?
Is it schizoid paranoia or just existential blues?

The amenities of life have been chasing my soul
And my mind is transcendental, and I'm losing all control
And I'm sinking in the quagmire of illusions and Thoreau
I cry out "My name is T-Bone" as a hound dog digs a hole.
You ask so many questions, what answers should I choose?
Is it plain as heebie-jeebies or just existential blues?

Sailing, sailing, what is illusion, what is truth?
Sailing, sailing, over the existential blues.
God bless America, and Old Glory too.
May she always wave o'er us and the red, white and existential
blues.

Bom-idda-bom a dang a dang dang
The existential blues.
Hey you can do what you want but lay off my existential blues
My blue suede existential blues.

I was on a QUEST
Walking down the road today, doo-dah, doo-dah
I was walking down the road
I was looking for the truth of life
When I came across all these little people, little people
Little people all around me.

They looked up at me and said "Hey Mister, are you tall?"
And I said "Yes I'm tall, but who are you weird little wonders?"
And they looked up at me witht their big bloodshot eyes and said
"We are the lollipop kids, the lollipop kids, the lollipop kids
We are the lollipop kids, we'd like to welcome you to munchkin land."

I said "Hey, hey, weird little wonders, I am on a quest.
Walking on the road today doo-dah, doo-dah"
I said "Hey kids I'm looking for the truth of life...
Where do I go? Who do I see?"

"Slow down mister. In order to find the truth of life, one must
see THE WIZARD!"
I said "The WIZARD????" Well where does this wizard oh wise one live?"
"You see the big green glow-in-the-dark house up on the hill?
I said "Yes, I see the big green glow-in-the-dark house up on the hill"
With the big dark forest between me and the big green glow-in-the-dark
house up on the hill. And a little old lady on a Hoover vacuum
cleaner going "I'll get you my little pretty, and your dog Toto too!"
I don't even HAVE a little dog Toto...

Such predicaments! I must forage ahead!
Walking down the road today, doo-dah, doo-dah
I must find the truth of life
I said "but you know kids, I can handle the big green glow-in-the-
dark house up on the hill, I can handle the dark forest, I can
handle the little old lady and the very strange road they're
sending me down... I've seen yellow stripes in the middle of the
road, but kids, never quite that wide!"

Alright, tighten your shorts pilgrim, and sing like the Duke:
Follow the yellow brick road
Follow the yellow brick road
Follow follow follow follow follow
Follow the yellow brick road
And ever a wonderful Wiz there was, the Wizard of Oz is
one because because because because because because
Because of the wonderful things he does.
La-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la, la-la
We're off to see the Wizard, the wonderful Wizard of Oz.

Well, I got a little bit tired.
Walking down the road today, doooo-dahhhhh, dooooo-daaaaahhhhhh.
A little bit tired of walking down this old blinding yellow
brick road
So I pulled my little tired body off to a little rest area,
And lo and behold there's a little field of little red
flowers out there
[Sniff] Smells so good. Whoa! Getting pretty tired.
Smells so good [sniff]
Figured I'd just strectch out for a bit in this little field of...
poppies poppies poppies poppies poppies poppies ....
I was having a really strange dream, man, you know,
Little red flowers just smell awfully good
I was having a great time
The old wizard's just going to have to wait, man.
And I'm just going to strecth out again in this field of poppies.
OhgodohgodDorothyDorothypoppiesfieldpoppiesfield...

Along came this old man in a green El Dorado two
Screeched to a halt.
A little short man with a big red nose, toting a bottle of
Yukon Jack,
Strolled up to me and said "hey, son"
I said "Old man, don't bother me, poppies poppies poppies poppies"
He said "T-Bone"
I said "wait a minute, this man knows my name! He must be...
THE WIZARD!!!!"
You must be the Wizard, the Wizard of Oz, Why have you come to
haunt me, O Wizard of Oz?
I said "Oh Wizard O Wise one, I've been on a quest
Walking down the road today, doo-dah, doo-dah
We are the lollipop kids, the lollipop kids
Follow the yellow brick road follow the...
I got tired, poppies poppies poppies poppies ...
Little man, I've been through hell!"

He said "hey, slow down, relax!"
I said "Oh Wizard, oh wise one, I've come so far to find the truth
of life"
He said "Hey, son, slow down, relax. To tell you the truth, son..."
I said "Wizard, that's what I've come to find is the truth"
He said "no, son, you've got me all wrong. To tell you the truth,
son, how can I tell you this? Uh, I've been in this field
of poppies a long time, myself, and I've come to find, son,
that the only truth in life is right here in this bottle."
I said "WIZARD!!!?!??!?"
He said "No, truly, son, in fact, I'd rather have this bottle
in front of me, than a frontal lobotomy!"

How profound, Wizard!

Some girl with psychic powers, she said "T-bone, what's your
sign"
I blink and answer "Neon," I thought I'd blow her mind.
She's reading Moby Dick, by some fruitcake named Herman.
She's chomping of some knockwurst
Are the [indeciperable] really German?
You ask so many questions, what answers should I choose?
Is this really Butte, Montana or just existential blues?

Really Butte, Montana... is as plain as heebie-jeebies...
Is it schizoid paranoia....

la-la-la-la-la-la-la

EXISTENTIAL BLUES


By fnord12 | June 11, 2009, 8:34 AM | Music | Comments (0) | Link



June 9, 2009

SuperMegaSpeed Reviews

Captain Britain and MI13 Annual #1 - Well god help anyone who doesn't already know who Meggan is, cause this book sure isn't going to tell you. I read the Claremont issues of Excalibur and i still don't really know what this issue was getting at. And i didn't really love the "council of devils" or whatever it was. I think Hela and Pluto, for example, don't really rule a version of "Hell" exactly, and Dormammu definitely not, so it doesn't really make sense that they'd all sit around a table together. I know it's metaphorical and all, but it didn't really work for me. But that was the least of the book's problems. It just jumped around from scene to scene without any cohesiveness or context. The cricket scene at the end was actually pretty good, though.

War of the Kings #4 - A nice twisty development that Lilandra isn't automatically welcomed back by her people. I've been complaining about that this book isn't as good as its tie-ins, but this issue was fine. I have something of an overall complaint with the whole crossover and it's that there either isn't enough or there's too much direct crossing over between the main series and the tie-ins. It's right on the cusp. Marvel has done sort of passive crossovers in the past where the tie-in books don't directly relate to the main series, so if you're not getting them you don't lose anything and it's not too important where exactly they occur, but if you are getting them it adds some depth. And of course the other option is the really tight part x of y crossover where they tell you exactly where the issue fits into the overall issue. But in this series, we have the pretty major development of the entire Inhuman Royal Family and the Kree Imperial Guard all showing up in the Guardians of the Gaxay's base at the same time. But that obviously hasn't happened yet in the main series, and i'm a little unsure about when it will occur. I'm sure it will be addressed. But it's a little hazy and seems out of sequence.

Dark Avengers #5 - It's good! I thought the Osborn interview was fairly realistic and i could see how people could buy the spin. The Sentry scene was good too. Do you know i see a lot of people who don't like the Sentry because he's too "emo"? Of course, he's not "emo" at all. He's mentally ill. I can see not liking him because he's too obvious of a Superman-with-a-twist, or because he's way too powerful, or because he's a continuity insert. But at least understand what the character is.

Agents of Atlas #6 - Also good! Nice handling of Namor. The bit with the aemones was very funny. I'm pretty sure this is my current favorite book.


By fnord12 | June 9, 2009, 10:27 PM | Comics | Comments (0) | Link



Above all else, let no photos be seen.

MyDD:

Upset that the torture photo suppression amendment he and Senator Joe Lieberman of Connecticut had jointly offered has now been stricken from the War Suppemental, Senator Graham is saying that a filibuster is on the table. Our dynamic duo are threatening to hold up any and all legislation in the Senate until Congress passes their legislation to prohibit the release of photos showing detainee abuse in Iraq and Afghanistan. Beyond the sheer display of childish petulance, this begs the question, what are they trying to hide?

By fnord12 | June 9, 2009, 10:20 PM | Liberal Outrage | Comments (0) | Link



Marvel Sales

April.

223. PRIDE & PREJUDICE 04/09 Pride & Prejudice #1 of 5 - 7,530

At the high end for a classic novel adaptation, perhaps proving the power of a good cover.


By fnord12 | June 9, 2009, 3:44 PM | Comics | Comments (0) | Link



Host in the Post

No more haven't-got-time-to-get-to-Mass misery! Bishop Jonathan Blake of the Open Episcopal Church is offering "Host in the post", the genuine body and blood of Christ on your doormat for just £2 to cover postage and packing.

Link


Mebbe a certain someone will be getting a little Body of Christ for his bday this year......


By min | June 9, 2009, 11:49 AM | Ummm... Other? | Comments (0) | Link



June 4, 2009

Despite it all, they seem to be doing just fine*

Sadly, No:

Now at this point, I expected the GOP to come up with a list of cuts that involve obscure research grants to study polar bear sex or something along those lines.

Unfortunately for us all, their proposed cuts are even stupider than I'd ever imagined:

Rather than proposing, for example, the elimination of the Education Department, as they have in the past, Republicans are suggesting killing a program that pays for building sidewalks, bike paths and crossing guards as part of the Safe Routes to Schools program. That would save $183 million a year.

Vote Republican: We'll save money by letting your children get crushed by cars!

We need a better opposition party. Is anyone thinking of reconstituting the Whigs?

*If judged by percent of media time devoted to their spokespeople.


By fnord12 | June 4, 2009, 5:42 PM | Liberal Outrage | Comments (0) | Link



Random Lyrics Thursday

Walked In Line by Joy Division (or is it Warsaw?)

All dressed in uniforms so fine,
They drank and killed to pass the time,
Wearing the shame of all their crimes,
With measured steps, they walked in line.

They walked in line,
They walked in line,
They walked in line,
They walked in line,
They walked in line,
They walked in line,
They walked in line,
They walked in line.

They carried pictures of their wives,
And numbered tags to prove their lives,
And made it through the whole machine,
With dirty hearts and hands washed clean.
They walked in line,
They walked in line,
They walked in line,
They walked in line,
They walked in line,
They walked in line,
They walked in line,
They walked in line.

Full of a glory never seen,
They made it through the whole machine,
To never question anymore,
Hypnotic trance, they never saw,
They walked in line,
They walked in line,
They walked in line,
They walked in line,
They walked in line,
They walked in line,
They walked in line,
They walked in line,

They walked in line,
They walked in line,
They walked in line,
They walked in line,
They walked in line,
They walked in line,
They walked in line,
They walked in line,
They walked in line,
They walked in line,
They walked in line,
They walked in line,
They walked in line,
They walked in line,
They walked in line,
They walked in line,
Walked in line,
Walked in line.


By fnord12 | June 4, 2009, 8:45 AM | | Comments (0) | Link



June 2, 2009

SuperMegaSpeed Reviews

Agents of Atlas #5 - The Avengers were very well handled here. Great characterization, especially of Spider-Man (Using his science knowledge to figure out that something was fishy, and "Hey, i have to eat"). Reasonable use of Wolverine's power levels. Good balanced fight. Min complains that they always have the ladies fighting other ladies, but i almost think in this case it's more reflective of the fact that the ladies (Ms. Marvel and Namora) are the powerhouses of their respective groups. Anyway, love the intrigue, love the crazy characters, good plotting, etc., etc. Let's you and i just admit that this is a great book and leave it at that.

The Hood #1 - So far it's more of a full Masters of Evil (or whatever they are) book than just a Hood story, but that's fine with me. More great characterization from Parker. I'm not so sure about the character who shows up at the end being an interesting antagonist for this series, but that's just based on the costume design, so we'll see where it goes.

Captain Britain and MI13 #13 - There's something just wrong with this book. Not sure if it's the pacing or the dialogue or what, but it's just dull. All this stuff is happening that should be awesome if you think about it but it all comes across as just bleh, here's what's happening now, moving on to the next scene. Plus everyone just seems incompetent, to the point where i'm thinking it's misdirection for next issue. In any event, it's missing some kind of oomph.

Captain America #50 - They're totally cheating with the numbers because this issue they get to celebrate issue 50 and next issue it seems they're reverting to the old numbering system and celebrating issue #600. But it's a nice character issue for Bucky. Sets off my panic button a bit because if they're giving him such a retrospective now, it could be because they're ready to bring back the real Cap, and i think it's too soon for that. I really liked the bit with the gun, though. Still miss Epting on art, especially since they seem to be inking and coloring as if it was Epting and it just comes off looking like bad Epting, and i'm sure Luke Ross would actually be a good artist if he was drawing in his own style.

Guardians of the Galaxy #14 - Seriously, who needs the actual War of the Kings mini? Everything's happening right here. Good stuff. I like the foreshadowing of Warlock turning into Magus, and i'm looking forward to the Cosmo/Lockjaw meeting next issue.

Nova #25 - So the answer is, Ego has possessed the Worldmind. I like it (and appreciate the footnote!), but i still say it was unclear from the end of the last issue. I'm glad Nova is done being Quasar, even though i liked seeing Rich Rider using the powers - especially using his old bedroom as his visualization of a 'safe place'. Not thrilled with the idea of the Worldmind having to update its personality as a result of having been compromised by Ego. I liked the old personality and i think the new one won't have as fun a dynamic in its interactions with Nova. Still, good book, as always.

New Avengers #53 - Wo, dere! Brudder Voodoo! What 'da hell is wrong wit' you people? Tings are pretty bad dere, but dere is some hope of a consteetutional seddlement! I guess he would talk kinda like that, but he never did in the past. I was a little impressed with (what i thought was) the misdirection last time. They went to New Orleans and instead of Brother Voodoo, they showed Daimon Hellstorm instead. But in the end Brother Voodoo shows up after all. This was a great issue. Madame Masque was a total badass standing on that roof firing those guns. Great art. I liked the silhouetted fight scene with Spider-Woman. And again, i liked seeing Wolverine get shot up and not instantly recover. Something to do with Tom Brevoort's recent post on Wolvie? I thought Bucky-Cap trying to hand out Masque's guns after the fight was hilarious, even if Bucky probably isn't all that oblivious to how modern super-heroes operate at this point. Very good book. Put Billy Tan on my new favorite artists list.

Hercules #129 - Oh boy. Sure this issue was cute. But most of you people have no idea what you're in for next issue. I'm talking about Armless Tiger Man. Oh yeah. (And i hope Jack of Hearts isn't really coming back.)

Secret Warriors #4 - This was more of a Nick Fury issue than anything. But that's not a bad thing. Hey, is that the first time that Gateway has ever talked?

War of Kings: Ascension #2 - Still not sure why i'm reading a Darkhawk comic book. "Everything you know about Darkhawk is wrong!". Honestly, i didn't really know anything about Darkhawk.

X-Force #15 - Well, we blew it on this crossover. We're missing out on half the story. I still don't care much about this plotline, and i'm not sure if the writers really know what they're doing. Bishop just looks completely incompetent in his failure to kill the kid. So it doesn't bother me too much. This is really a Cable plot that is being dumped into X-Force for no good reason. But it's definitely disorienting to be missing every other issue, even if i'm sure that the Cable parts wouldn't be very good. Still, the Deadpool scenes are funny and i like the Angel/Apocalypse interaction, so we'll muddle through.

I really enjoyed seeing the retro ad of Jim Shooter and the Marvel Try-Out book. You know who won that contest? Mark Bagley, that's who. The Evil Knievel ad was a little less interesting. But are these retro ads really just because they're celebrating their 70th anniversary, or is Marvel having trouble selling ad space?


By fnord12 | June 2, 2009, 10:18 PM | Comics | Comments (0) | Link



Bionic Commando

No one told me they were coming out with a sequel to Bionic Commando. I had to read about it in a DC comic ad. Not only that, but here i am looking for screenshots and what do i find but Bionic Commando Rearmed. You people should be ashamed of yourselves, keeping me in the dark like that.


By fnord12 | June 2, 2009, 9:19 AM | Video Games | Comments (2) | Link



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