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SuperMegaSpeed Reviews

Apparently i have a deluge of comics coming next week, so i'd better catch up on my current books...

Deadpool: Merc With A Mouth #4 - Looking forward to Deadpool Team-Up for my "funny comic" fix, cause this ain't it. Not even a zombie T. Rex does the trick.

Dark Reign: The List - Hulk #1 - Well, i was getting the List books in part to sample some of the comics that i'm not currently reading, and this confirms that i don't need to be reading Pak's Hulk. I don't like this premise, with Banner walking around with his super-tech forcefields and whatever and hanging out with his son who wants to kill him but not until he turns back into the Hulk. Kinda dumb. And this issue was relatively pointless. Banner even says so at the end.

Spider-Woman #2 - It's a bit slow, isn't it? I thought we were backing away from super-decompression. Not terrible though, if you can tolerate Maleev, who i guess is a little better here than in books he's done in the past. I did like the extended explanation about Spider-Woman's pheromone powers; that was pretty cool.

Marvels Project #3 - It's good. Waiting to see where we're going with this. Slower and less eventful than i expected, but for issue #3 out of 8, i can kind of reserve judgment.

Dark Avengers #10 - This is very nice. So Bendis obviously can at least set up an entire story in one issue if he wants to. And, you know, you throw in the Molecule Man and you've got my goodwill. I enjoy the bits with Venom and his meds, too.

Hercules #136 - Super awesome. Probably too much nipple pinching and wedgies for this to wind up in a Greatest Hercules/Thor Battles of All Times trade compilation, but... Even the recap page is hilarious. Great stuff.

And some trades...

Ghost Rider: The Last Stand - I'd heard good things about Jason Aaron's Ghost Rider run so i thought i'd try a trade. But often a writer needs time to find his footing, so i figured i'd start with the second trade instead of the first. And if i liked it, i could go back and get the first one. Clever, right? But i think i outsmarted myself, because i don't think this was a great arc to begin with. It starts out pretty good, with Blackout and the other silly villains (i like the eyeball guy). But once it gets into the revised Ghost Rider mythology, it got really boring. And you don't want to be boring at the same time you're screwing around with continuity. Iron Fist pulled off its revisions to the Iron Fist mythos by being very well written. This was a drag, and it seems stupid. The Ghost Rider really works for God? And there's like a Ghost Rider in every region of the world? Nah, no thanks. Plus, i didn't think the dialogue was that great, and the art was terrible. Well, the art was fine for the actual Ghost Rider stuff, but it doesn't work when your regular people are as warped and weird looking as your flaming demon angel skulls.

Betra Ray Bill: Godhunter - I guess i'll say that i liked this very much except for the way it ended. It seemed to me that Beta Ray Bill gave up too easily. OK, so apparently Galactus explodes when he dies (although we've seen enough alternate universe Galactus Dies! stories to know that's not really true... the Surfer is a good liar), so he can't let him die right now. But why not keep pursuing him until you get him in a more sparse region of space? It seems to me that Bill was bought off when Galactus re-formed the lady Korbinite. And i'm sure that wasn't the writer's intent. This is probably a little too fanboyish for these harsh modern times, but if you wanted to give a reason why Bill couldn't kill Galactus, i would have liked to see it tie in with Byrne's Trial of Reed Richards. I did like seeing it tie in with Annihilation, though. Another problem with this series is that it was only 3 issues and it seemed like a lot of the action was happening off panel. Presumably Beta Ray Bill destroyed a lot of planets to get Galactus so weak. But Galactus much prefers planets that contain life. So there must have been a lot of conflict between Bill and the occupants of those planets. And we didn't get to see any of that. So overall this wasn't quite as good as a "Beta Ray Bill hunts Galactus" story ought to be. But it wasn't bad at all. I would try something else by this creative team.


By fnord12 | October 28, 2009, 10:51 PM | Comics | Comments (2)| Link



I knew there was another one

Following up on my old Marvel's Black Men in Chicken suits post, we have... Bantam:


By fnord12 | October 28, 2009, 1:35 PM | Comics | Comments (0)| Link



What could have been part II

Rob Liefeld's Bible adaptation.

Honestly? It looks awesome.


By fnord12 | October 28, 2009, 1:27 PM | Comics | Comments (0)| Link



What could have been

Fabio's Thor cartoon.


By fnord12 | October 28, 2009, 11:35 AM | Comics | Comments (0)| Link



The advantages of clicking-through

Belatedly reacting to Wanyas' recommendation to actually click on one of the articles Chris Sims wrote for comic alliance, and yes, it is pretty funny.


By fnord12 | October 21, 2009, 3:58 PM | Comics | Comments (0)| Link



SuperMegaSpeed Reviews

Doctor Voodoo #1 - The hell happened to Dr. Strange? Wait, I get it: he's been around since the 60s and now that he's not Sorcerer Supreme anymore, he's suddenly looking his actual age? I'll tell you one thing about this comic: Dr. Doom kicked ass. That is for sure. Makes Dormammu look like a wuss. Beyond that... pretty good, i guess. I'm a little concerned about the fact that we all know that Dr. Strange will become sorcerer supreme again at some point in the future. So all this effort to build up Brother Voodoo into a credible character is destined to fail. But i have higher hopes for this series than i did originally.

Models #2 - Cute. Not great.

Dark Reign - The List: Secret Warrior #1 - Awesome.

X-Men vs. Agents of Atlas #1 - Remember when Christos Gage wrote World War Hulk: X-Men and he made you like all these new X-Characters you had never heard of in the span of about 3 pages? Same thing happened here. Plus: robots and talking gorillas.

X-Babies #1 - I made the mistake of reading this and realized that it's actually technically in continuity because of Mojo and Spiral, which i guess means it ought to go in my collection. But shouldn't they try to make it funny?


By fnord12 | October 14, 2009, 10:18 PM | Comics | Comments (0)| Link



Close, but no cigar

From this week's Dark Reign - The List: Secret Warrior #1:

Steranko's original, from Strange Tales #166 (Mar 68):


By fnord12 | October 10, 2009, 12:50 PM | Comics | Comments (0)| Link



SuperMegaSpeed Reviews

Maybe it was my mood, but i didn't enjoy my comics this week.

Dark X-Men: The Confession #1 - Based on a review from Paul O'Brien i thought i might want this. It's by the X-Force writers and O'Brien indicated that it laid the groundwork for the upcoming Necrosha cross-over. He also said it has Scott and Emma having an intelligent, adult conversation. And i guess it does. But mainly it reads like an issue of Marvel Saga to me; hardly an actual comic at all, just a lot of recapping. And that cover is just awful.

X-Force #19 - I guess i actually liked this. I enjoyed the X-23 scenes but i'm disoriented by the fact that we're dealing with 3 women that, based on the art, look exactly the same and so i had trouble following a few of the conversations. And i was a little thrown by how bloody the Wolves vs. Giants subplot scene was, but i guess it's to be expected. Overall, it's just fine. I guess i just had that same problem i have with a lot of X-Force issues, where i feel like they're not doing any actual plot development. Are they just treading water until the next crossover? And the scene on the cover didn't happen - i'm not sure that Angel was even in this issue.

Secret Warriors #8 - Well, there goes everything that just was introduced in Dark Avengers #9. That was quick. Also didn't love the fact that there was apparently a crossover with Thunderbolts... last issue of Secret Warriors just said something like, "For more Thunderbolts, read the next issue of the Thunderbolts!" not that i had to read the issue in order to keep up with the plot in this book.

The Hood #5 - Interestingly, this series had a lot of good moments, but didn't really reach any kind of satisfying conclusion. It just maintained the status quo for the Hood, basically. Still, it was a good series. And we'll have to assume that a few minutes after the end of this issue, the Hood gets full-on possessed by Dormammu so that he can attack Dr. Strange.

Divas #3 - Well this was actually very good; especially dealing with Firestar's cancer. But i was a little surprised to see so much actual super type stuff, by which i mean the Black Cat/Puma fight and Hellcat getting tricked into getting trapped in Hell by the Son of Satan. I'm not complaining but i just want them to know that they've got a very good downtime book going here and they shouldn't feel the need to cave and put in a lot of action in. (I'm also assuming that Damion Hellstorm became such a dick sometime after the point i'm currently at in my back issue reading project. Maybe during Warren Ellis' run? The Son of Satan from 1982 certainly wouldn't have acted like this.)

...I guess in retrospect nothing was all that bad, except Confessions. I must have just been grumpy.


By fnord12 | October 4, 2009, 11:47 PM | Comics | Comments (0)| Link



Marvel Sales

August.


By fnord12 | October 2, 2009, 12:34 PM | Comics | Comments (0)| Link



Neck stretch

That certainly got his attention.


By fnord12 | October 1, 2009, 11:06 PM | Comics | Comments (1)| Link



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