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Wanyas delivers the goods

Speaking of comics on the web, Wanyas found literally the best comic book ever. It's like Secret Wars meets the Watchmen. Screw your head on tight before reading, though, or it'll blow right off.

Secondly, Wanyas has supplied the blueprints but it is up to you people to produce it. Feel free to go with some variations. I'm sure Cube MODOK wouldn't mind a MODAM mate, for example.

By fnord12 | August 27, 2008, 5:00 PM | Comics | Link

Alright, who let Bryan Lee O'Malley out of his dungeon?

He's supposed to be producing more Scott Pilgrim, not this Bear Creek Apartments.

By fnord12 | August 27, 2008, 4:59 PM | Comics | Link

SuperMegaSpeed Reviews

Iron Man #32 - There really is something to be said for continually lowering expectations to the point where you get to the fourth installment of a story arc and you find yourself saying "You know, this isn't that bad. It's just a dumb action story, and there's nothing actually wrong with that." Except that, after defeating the Braniac creature, it was a bit of an anti-climax to then have Iron Man spend half and issue fighting a guy in a wheelchair*. Sort of like defeating the Red Bull after a year+ long campaign and then having to go fight some trolls.

Hercules #120 - Suffers just the tiniest bit from not having any twists in the conclusion (basically, we fight, we take some losses, we win), but still really good. And i guess having Mikaboshi take the place of the Skrull gods in the pantheon should count as a twist. I really like how the defeat of the Skrull gods tied in directly with Reed Richard's ability to escape the Skrulls in the main Secret Invasion storyline - that was pretty much the best tie-in for these tangential crossovers i've seen. Oh, and major points for referencing the whole Deviant/Eternal angle in the Skrull history. I love writers that know their continuity.

Guardians of the Galaxy #4 - Abnett and Lanning use the Skrull paranoia angle for great character interaction and conflict to better effect than the main SI story where it quickly turned into "big fight with Super-Skrulls". Really good stuff. The Skrull storyline does feel like a bit of an interruption and/or the Astrovik/Starhawk plot is dragging a bit, but that could actually be considered realistic in the sense that life doesn't really happen in neat story arcs. I think it's a bit soon to say it doesn't deserve to be considered part of the SI crossover - we haven't heard the motivation of the Skrulls yet.

Captain America #42 - Well, i think it was my last review of this comic where i was praising it for not going the cliched "villains can't work together so they'll always lose" angle, and yet here we are. Can't complain, though, when it's so well executed. Great job delving a bit into the Red Skull/Sin relationship. And i love seeing Dr. Doom getting his props; there was a line when Zola first got Doom's time machine and when Zola was analyzing it he said something like "this is as much sorcery as science" and people thought that was somehow a mockery of Doom, but it was clearly a comment made out of respect for Doom's genius. Doom Uber Alles!

*That isn't MODOK.

By fnord12 | August 27, 2008, 7:33 AM | Comics | Comments (1)| Link

MODOK: Sex God

You all know that i love MODOK, but you've never understood why. Only now, thanks to Ms. Marvel #7, can you see him as i have always seen him:

Isn't he dreamy?!?

By fnord12 | August 26, 2008, 2:49 PM | Comics | Comments (4)| Link

SuperMegaSpeed Reviews

Fantastic Four #559 - Regular readers will recall that i was excited by the reveal at the end of last issue. However, this issue didn't really deliver on that reveal - it seems to be another case of "ruined by pacing for the trade" and nothing really happened. It ended with another 'big reveal' but this one is a bit of an overused yawner.

Secret Invasion: Young Avengers/Runaways #2 - I'm enjoying this, and with a skrull on each team - one with royal blood - it really feels much more integral to the main story than was probably intended. Which is a good thing.

Secret Invasion #5 - Keeping up the pace just fine. Mr. Fantastic's line about using his brains reminded me of the "Braaaains.... braaains... use your brains to help us!" line from the Simpsons, but i guess that's not really relevant to anything.

By fnord12 | August 21, 2008, 10:12 AM | Comics | Comments (5)| Link

Botswana Beast

Botswana has come up a couple of times in the news lately due to the summit in South Africa. Everytime i see "Botswana," i think of

By min | August 15, 2008, 11:19 AM | Comics & Ummm... Other? | Link

Fire me, girl!

Failed DD cartoon pitch from the 80s:

As in the comics, Matt Murdock is a blind lawyer who is secretly Daredevil. (Unlike the comics, he has dark black hair, at least if the presentation drawing is anything to go by.) By day, he pals around with his teenaged niece and his seeing-eye-dog. But when evil strikes, he becomes Daredevil, his dog becomes Lightning, the Super Dog ( I love teh way, in teh production drawing, Lightning affects a pose of mild-manneredness in his civilian guise as Matt's seeing-eye dog...), and the three of them take to the streets in Daredevil's specially-equipped van.

Now, stop and think about this for a minute: who's driving the van? Is it the blind guy, the underage girl, or the seeing-eye dog?

Anyway, once they find a crime in progress among the rooftops--which is where most of the crime in New York City typically takes place--Matt moves to the back of the van to the giant cannon, which unfolds from the top. And then, his niece launches him skyward...like a Daredevil...

By fnord12 | August 12, 2008, 2:04 PM | Comics | Comments (1)| Link

SuperMegaSpeed Reviews

Mini-Marvels: Rock, Paper, Scissors - Gotta love the Mini-Marvels, even if i've read most of these already. I do wish they'd taken a few more pages to reprint all of the original three panel strips.

X-Men: Odd Men Out #1 - I bought this because it was Roger Stern and i was hoping if enough people bought this it would encourage Marvel to give him a regular series, but this seems to actually be an inventory story. And it's pretty pointless - it's a retrospective, but those never work out very well. If you have read the issues in question it's just a boring recap; if you haven't, i can't see that these little one panel summaries are of any value. It was nice to see what happened to Agent Duncan and why he basically disappeared in the 80s, but it would have been better to see that expanded on. The second story, it's the Inferno era New Mutants team, but they're fighting a robot Apocalypse who is talking a lot like Poppy did in Fall of the Mutants, so i'm a little confused as to when it takes place. Plus, it was terrible. The art also was disappointing - this looks nothing like Cockrum. Everything is flat and stiff with way-too-grinny facial expressions. You can't blame inker Joe Rubinstein, either, so i don't know what the story is.

Daredevil #109 - Continues to not be depressing, so it's good! I like the political angle, which i think may be Rucka's influence. Surely Dakota North isn't dead, though. Is her father supposed to be an Ollie North analogue?

New Avengers #43 - Bendis writes a good Spider-man. This was good; i like the fact that the Avengers books are basically giving an expansion of the main Secret Invasion series. I actually think the main series may be a little too abrupt if read without the support from these issues. I felt similarly when i re-read the main Civil War series without any crossovers, but with SI these are all being written by the same guy so i think there won't be any of those minor-but-annoying discrepancies.

Avengers: The Initiative #15 - I think the "disoriented by Devil-Slayer's Shadow Cloak" explanation ought to address some of min's complaint about Triathalon's bad approach to the Skrull problem (and did you know that they call him 3-D Man on the recap page? Whatsamatter? Couldn't decide which awful name to stick him with?). So in my review of last issue i talked about how great it was that the writers could jump around however they wanted since they had so many characters to play with. This issue shows a little bit of the downside of that, as Triathalon's plot seems more or less abandoned this issue so that we can focus on Freedom Ring. I'm also a little confused about Skrullojacket's motivation in bringing the Initiative out to fight the Super-Skrulls instead of having them wiped out one by one or something. And wouldn't Freedom Ring try and investigate or follow up on the fact that Yellowjacket is actually a Skrull? Beyond all that (and it may be a lot to get beyond) this was good.

Thunderbolts #122 - Gage inherits the main series (instead of just doing one-shot fill-ins) and starts things off perfectly. He nails the characterization and introduces some cool plot points. It's a shame this series is slotted for cancellation, and that Gage will be off writing for Crossgen or whatever. He's clearly got a lot of love and knowledge of Marvel history, and he's also an excellent writer. He should be on a Marvel book where he can put it all together (and not be saddled with Dan Slott).

Secret Wars #1 - OMFG THIS IS AWESOME!!! I guess it's a little contrived with some powerful entity just throwing all of these guys together but it definitely has some precedence in the MU (could the whole thing just be a ruse by the Grandmaster?). And the groupings are really interesting. Galactus! (and he totally just snuffs out Ultron immediately, which was hilarious). Magneto placed with the good guys, picking up on Claremont's development of the character but creating some real moral tension between the X-Men and the other heroes. Shooter's characterization is sometimes generic but often spot on (Wolverine's response to "We're under attack" is simply "Good."). Zeck's art is a little sketchy but it works. This is going to be fantastic!

By fnord12 | August 8, 2008, 7:35 AM | Comics | Comments (3)| Link

In which i beat a dead horse

Don't blame me; Tom Brevoort brought it up:

The marketing reason is that Spider-Man is more than just a super hero, he's Marvel's corporate icon, so doing a story in which Spider-Man gets a divorce is tantamount to Marvel endorsing divorce. And while you might not think so, that's still a real hot-button issue in certain circles (as I'm sure will become apparent at some point during this year's Presidential campaign.)

I'll do my best to not to address the larger issue, but is divorce really likely to become an issue this campaign? McCain is divorced and Obama isn't really the sort to attack him for it, so in what manner will it rear its head?

By fnord12 | August 5, 2008, 3:13 PM | Comics & Liberal Outrage | Comments (1)| Link

Marvel Sales


It's worth noting that while Marvel is still the leading comic publisher, they are still not doing well enough to please Wall Street.

By fnord12 | August 5, 2008, 2:36 PM | Comics | Link

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