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Eh, why not?

A letter received by Tom Brevoort:

Hi,

Just wanted to throw you an ideal that could make Marvel some more money on the side. This idea might sound a little gross but it's an idea I'm dead (pun intended) serious about. How about charging fellow Marvel Zombies to be part of a Marvel comics by pre-paying for a spot in the rotation by adding their cremated remains to the ink in your comic books. I read a recent issue of Backissue & one of their interviews mentions how mighty Marvel added a big scoop of the late, great Mark Gruenwald remains in the ink at his request. As a Marvel zombie for the last 27 years & one of many supporting the empire that's Marvel, that I could be allowed to be a part of something that's been one of the few constants in my life. I'm sure many Marvel-ites would follow my lead. Since your core audience is at the age where they should be considering writing wills & what to do when their time comes. The powers that be should consider this option. With the higher costs, lower readerships, the economy (yadda-yadda) & need to diversify. It could be a great way to get some extra cash to keep the cash-strapped comic industry (according to comic magazines, internet & comic insiders) afloat a while longer after my ilk & I are dead & gone. What do you say? Marvel should implement this ideal & lead the way for the rest of your competition like they've been doing for the last few decades. Make Mine Marvel. Dead or alive.

Older readers should do their part to keep costs down for the next generation.


By fnord12 | February 27, 2009, 2:37 PM | Comics | Comments (0)| Link



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By fnord12 | February 11, 2009, 2:31 PM | Comics | Comments (0)| Link



SuperMegaSpeed Reviews

And don't think that just cause there's only two books that you're getting longer reviews...

Secret Warriors #1 - First of all, let's acknowledge that the title of this comic is almost Secret Wars. Then you add the "Nick Fury: Agent of nothing" tagline and you've got a winner without even starting. Now, every few years a story comes along and tries to revamp Hydra. They reveal that every previous public appearance of Hydra was really just a front and the real Hydra is even more deadly and secretive than what we thought, and every public loss was really to cover a more sinister win and all that. And i always fall for it. And i'm falling for it this time. I liked the line about how the Secret Empire, Them, and AIM are "used to deflect unwanted interest from the global law enforcement community". I like the charts and the text pieces and the whole conspiracy set-up. It reminded me in some ways of the early Lee/Kirby and Steranko Fury stories in Strange Tales. So i have high hopes for the series, and i'm potentially interested in Bendis' co-writer Hickman as well. But we'll have to see where this goes. The main theme of this issue, with Maria Hill Quake coming to grips with leading a team, didn't interest me as much, and i'm not in love with the new characters yet, but it was still all pretty good.

Agents of Atlas #1 - Killing off poor Man Mountain Marko, huh? That's going to put a damper on his music career.

I realized as i was reading this that, from a certain point of view, Agents of Atlas can't be as fun as they were in the original series because they've got all the trappings of the Atlas corporation now, which kind of takes out the idea of them exploring the weird corners of the world, and Woo is basically a Machiavellian leader now and not an action hero (or he's a guy with a heart of gold who's deceptively pretending to be a Machiavellian leader, which may be even more Machiavellian). So i'm not sure if i like the new set-up. But the writing is good and it's very likely Parker will create an equally good new set of stories out of the new scenarios. But if they are going to make Jimmy Woo the son of the Yellow Claw, and they're bringing in Temugin, son of the Mandarin, they have to bring in Shang Chi, son of Fu Manchu, as well, right? And then they can all fight over whose father was the worst Asian stereotype.

The back-up story i had some problems with. First, i hate that everyone runs into Wolverine in the past. Second, i don't like that Wolverine had run into the Brood before he encountered them with the X-Men, even if he had lost those memories. I don't even like that the Brood had already been on the Earth already. Those were Brood, right? Third, i don't like the implication that Fidel Castro and Che Guevara were pawns of the Yellow Claw. You may not like Castro, but he wasn't a mind-controlled stooge.


By fnord12 | February 10, 2009, 11:14 PM | Comics | Comments (4)| Link



SuperMegaSpeed Reviews

Fantastic Four #563 - Only momentum keeps it coming to me every month.

Avengers: The Initiative #21 - Chris Sims is right that it needed more crossover tie ins. Inside the covers, Ramos delivers terrible art and i don't think we should have brought back the cloned Thor. But i like the part where Ultra Girl gets a cease and desist order on wearing Ms. Marvel's costume since Moonstone is wearing it in the Avengers.

X-Force #11 - I like my villains to be fleshed out, but they don't need to be this fleshed out. Still, if my complaint for last issue was that the story jumped around too much, they sure addressed it here, with a focus on nothing but Eli Bard. Hrimhari fans will just have to hang in there.

Daredevil #115 - The art was a little unclear at times, and i see there were three artists on this issue, although that includes the inker, if indeed people do ink anymore. In any event, i guess things were a little rushed, and the fight scenes suffered for it. Still, pretty good.

Nova #21 - I'm still liking this, but i'm hoping for more of a twist than the basic out-of-control computer that needs to take over humanity to protect it plotline. I also think the governments and heroes of Earth would be a lot less accepting of an army amassing right in its solar system, no matter how much Reed Richards vouched for them. I laughed out loud when Nova looked at the camera and said it would be stupid to initiate a planet into the Corps.

New Avengers #49 - Luke Cage's willingness to work with Norman Osborn and company is a sensitive topic in the SuperMegaHousehold, so i'll stay away from that, and stick to things like "Isn't it cool to see Luke Cage walking around with the Wrecker's crowbar?!" and "Oh boy i hope they really do have a big fight in store for us between these guys and the Thunderbolt-Avengers for the 50th issue!"

Captain America #48 - Epting is back on art and Brubaker writes an awesome Namor, so this was an awesome issue. I think this storyline could move along a little faster, but it's such a great series that it can shrug off my minor complaints without even noticing them.

Hercules #125 - I'm a little disappointed to see Delphyne become queen of the Amazons, only because i thought she could be a cool new super-hero or member of the Hercules cast. Also, this alternate reality stuff was fun, but i'm looking forward to getting back to the regular set-up because it's the interactions between Hercules and Cho that make the series.


By fnord12 | February 4, 2009, 10:35 PM | Comics | Comments (0)| Link



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