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They stole my idea!

The Onion knows trailers are better than the movies.

By fnord12 | April 17, 2008, 10:38 PM | Comics & Movies | Comments (1)| Link

Doom responds

to allegations of misogynistic comments, although he certainly takes a roundabout way of getting there, focusing mainly on a criticism of US foreign policy.

By fnord12 | April 16, 2008, 3:45 PM | Comics | Link

More neck stretching

Amazing Spider-Man #1, Mar 63.

By fnord12 | April 15, 2008, 4:46 PM | Comics | Comments (1)| Link

The Tick vs. Marvel?

We were disappointed to learn that our animated Tick season two was missing an episode. Scanning the internet, there appear to be creative rights issues for this episode and the missing episode in the first season, but no one seems to know exactly what the issue is. Someone pointed out that both episodes were written by the same guy, who has written no other episodes in the first two seasons. But i wonder if it's actually due to a dispute with Marvel. The episode from the first season was a Mole Man parody, and the one missing from season two is the (great) Galactus parody. Since parody is usually protected from copyright issues, it seems unlikely, but i hope that my favorite comic book company isn't keeping me from getting at some of my favorite cartoons.

By fnord12 | April 15, 2008, 3:03 PM | Comics & TeeVee | Link

Out of Context Picture of the Day

By fnord12 | April 14, 2008, 1:21 PM | Comics | Link

SuperMegaSpeed Reviews

Nova #12 - Perfect. It's all coming together exactly as i planned it. My only concern is that to people who have been following Annihilation: Conquest and not reading Nova, the sudden appearance of the Technarchs is going to seem a little like Deus Ex Machina (emphasis on Machina), but that don't befront me.

Fantastic Four #556 - When i saw the negative reaction to this online, i dismissed it as Millar haters, but... this really isn't any good, is it? Just from a "high concept" point of view, two plus issues of fighting a Captain America robot isn't exactly up there on the scale. Beyond that, relying exclusively on Reed's brains to win every fight is exactly the sort of rut that i thought Millar was trying to break the FF out of. Plus, Alissa Moy, nearly as smart as Reed, is just flailing around helplessly this issue (and she built in a failsafe to keep the robot from attacking her but left no way to turn it off???. That doesn't make a lot of sense. In fact, the whole idea of this group of geniuses building this whole new world, but being completely unable to stop a single robot that they created doesn't really work for me). I think the art is pretty nice, but the snowstorms scenes obscure what could otherwise have been good looking fights. And i was a little confused by the sequence of events. Was the scene where all the non-FF heroes attacked the robot a flashback, or did they all suddenly wake up and then get trounced a second time? Hopefully this will improve.

By fnord12 | April 13, 2008, 7:00 PM | Comics | Link

SuperMegaSpeed Reviews

Back from Florida only to find a nice pile of comics waiting for me.

Logan #2 - Wolverine should not be powerful enough to survive a nuclear bomb blast. That's just ridiculous. Otherwise, this series is well written, but pointless.

Ms. Marvel #25 - It's nice to see Ron Frenz and Sal Buscema getting work, but these flashbacks in the style of the time period are getting a little old, and the time period in question is totally wrong for these two. Captain Marvel's late 60s and early 70s books were drawn by Gene Colan and then people imitating the Gene Colan style. These flashback panels should therefore be atmospheric and impressionistic, not simple square panels with clean art. And Captain Marvel's hair at this time was grey, not blond. Other than that nitpicky stuff, i liked this a lot, but it's clear that once again the "tie ins" for the Secret Invasion crossover are being written without any coordination with the main series. Not that i saw anything specifically wrong; it's just that i don't see how or where this story fits with the main series.

Clandestine #3 - This continues to be a cute story with nice art. It seems like there's a lot to resolve in the two remaining issues and that the Excalibur cross-time stuff is wasting valuable time, but it's still fun.

She-Hulk #27 - Better than the previous arc was but i still don't need this.

Damage Control #3 - Like Excalibur, this was fun. It's nice to have some fun comics to balance out...

Daredevil #106 - ...which should come with a free razor blade. Isn't having a scene where you go through all the previous times that Matt Murdock has been broken down and miserable just pointing out that your current plotline is just a rehash? Still, let's trust Brubaker to use that deliberately as a way to go in a new direction - maybe he'll break him out of that rut.

Punisher War Journal #18 - I couldn't tell who i was looking at half the time in Chaykin's art. There's at least three menacing guys with black hair in this story - and it turned out none of them were the Punisher. I'm also afraid that this Jigsaw plot is going to be another six-parter. Technically i guess fighting Jigsaw falls within the theme of this PWJ series (Punisher goes after super-villains), but only technically. Oh, and i totally did not appreciate the Guitar Hero III product placement.

Mighty Avengers #11 - This was awesome. Interesting to see things from Doom's perspective - the thought balloons in this comic have generally just been used to show a snide thought or two from one of the team members but here they were used to actually show us what was going on in Doom's head and i thought that was cool. Obviously this isn't over since it looks like Doom throws his consciousness back in time before getting captured.

New Avengers #39 - Also nice. The art was a little sparse with some "artistic" panel placement that required David Mack to draw a lot less, but it was nice to see him actually drawing in a traditional style. I also - people are going to think i hate Wolverine - liked seeing Wolverine so badly injured by a Cyclops eyeblast.

Secret Invasion #1 - If Bendis can keep the momentum going like this, it's going to be fantastic. I'm very interested in the text piece at the end that claims there have been all sorts of clues placed throughout various books (mainly written by Bendis). Not sure what to make of the ending, though - Mockingbird didn't exist as a character at the same time that Ms. Marvel wore her original outfit, and the White Queen would never have been hanging out with all those good guys at any point in the late 70s/early 80s period that it seems to imply these characters are coming back from. We'll see where that goes before registering a complaint, though.

Thunderbolts #116-119 - Great stuff; i'm glad i decided to pick these up. Ellis has a great handle on these characters; not something i would expect from someone who 'hates superheroes'.

By fnord12 | April 11, 2008, 7:33 AM | Comics | Comments (1)| Link

Socks and Barney

For those of you who don't regularly read the comics we've linked to in the pull down menu on the left there, Monday's Socks and Barney was particulary enjoyable. Most especially the commentary outside of the comic itself.

Hillary's quote above was in regards to her brazen, over-the-top lying about her in-no-way-dangerous international travels as first lady. She joked about it on Leno (after all - there's nothing funnier than winning the nomination for President by lying so big, it makes Orwell's body spin in its grave like a whirligig) and gave that artfully crafted line of B.S. quoted in the strip. The key point to note in the quote is that it's simply a true statement of a state of affairs as if no human were involved. Not even, "I mismatched words and actions." It simply "was" a mismatch of words and actions. Brilliant.

By min | April 8, 2008, 1:07 PM | Comics | Link

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By fnord12 | April 4, 2008, 12:21 PM | Comics | Link

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