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Der Magneto

Much scarier in the original German.

By fnord12 | November 25, 2008, 8:24 PM | Comics | Link

SuperMegaSpeed Reviews

Special Avengers: The Initiative #1 - The first story feels very much like the decision was made to have Komodo and Hardball break up and have Hardball join Hydra, even though doing so would cause the characters to act stupidly and unnaturally. There were some good moments along the way, but there was a lot of "WHY WOULD HE DO THAT?" which kind of ruins a story. The second story was better, maybe because it was more psychological. Tying Trauma to Nightmare could be interesting. I hate to say it, but the first story was pure Gage and the second story was co-written with Slott. Gage is on a bit of a losing streak with me lately. I think the artist, Steve Uy, has potential - the action panels are very stiff but the drawing style is nice and he may get better over time. Heh: Special Avengers.

Age of the Sentry #3 - Mistake.

Fantastic Four #551 - I think my expectations have been sufficiently lowered for this series that i can enjoy it as just silly adventure stuff, and from that perspective i'm liking it now. You'd think another Wolverine appearance would just make me yawn at this point, but i liked that (although i'm trying to figure out the dynamics where Hulk Jr. would call him 'dad'). I'm not looking too hard at the logic or science of the plot; i'm just enjoying this for what it is.

War Machine #35 - I'm thinking this was only bad because it was the wrap up to a three issue story and lots of comic book endings are kind of bad. I'd like to think if this was setting up for an ongoing by Gage, or even if Gage had been given some kind of direction about how to set up for Pak's ongoing, this would have been better. Still, it was bad, and i'm clearly in the excuse making phase of my support of Gage, so something's going wrong. Dude needs a regular series before they burn him out completely.

Thunderbolts #126 - I only have this due to a scheduling kerfuffle, but this issue didn't change my decision to drop the title with the new creative team. I thought the Harry Osborn scene was pretty good; a little over the top but still interesting. I'd like to see more political type stuff like that. The rest of it was pretty bad. Moonstone had no subtlety, Speedball was completely dense, the 'break-up' of Songbird and Radioactive Man seemed forced, and Bullseye was too psychotic.

Not a great batch of comics this time.

By fnord12 | November 25, 2008, 7:49 AM | Comics | Link

It's all so clear now

Click here for the simplest illustration of why i like Ta-Nehisi Coates. It's OK, it's not a long essay or anything. Just click.

By fnord12 | November 19, 2008, 4:17 PM | Comics & Liberal Outrage | Link

Too Ethnic

Luke Cage, originally going by the clunky name Hero For Hire, is unhappy with his lack of press.

He needs a new name. But he rejects "Ace of Spades" for being too... well, we'll let him say it:

Nonetheless, look how he settles on the name Power Man.

Also, Luke Cage is awesome:

By fnord12 | November 12, 2008, 1:59 PM | Comics | Link

Marvel Sales


By fnord12 | November 4, 2008, 2:54 PM | Comics | Link

SuperMegaSpeed Reviews

X-Force #8 - Well, i'm glad for the change in artist, if only so that a certain someone may judge the writing without having to get past the computer generated art. Right? C'mon, this is good stuff. It makes great use of past X-stories, even really bad ones. I thought the way they handled the Vanisher, setting up little ambushes in each of his safehouses, was pretty clever as well.

Avengers: The Initiative #18 - Min blew the ending of this for me, but i thought it was the Skrulls that would kill Devil Slayer so there was still some surprise when he just keeled over. Probably more of a surprise than if i had just read it without spoils. So has "Thor-Girl" always been a Skrull? I was thinking about how this book has more or less been hijacked by the Skrull Kill Krew, but i don't have a problem with it. It really should just be called Marvel Universe and let Gage and Slott write about whatever characters they want.

Nova #18 - I hope it's not too late to make Can O' Quasar a power-up in Ultimate Alliance 2. Great visualization of the Worldmind as well. With 20/20 hindsight that's exactly what he should look like (and maybe even has appeared as such in old issues), but i had always kind of thought of the computer as female. I'll have to go back and re-read this series with this warped old Xandarian's voice in my head now. Min demanded that i tell her where the new Nova Corp at the end of this issue came from, as if Abnett & Lanning are consulting with me as they write their plots (most writers should, by the way, but i'd let these guys run on their own; they're doing fine).

Hercules #122 - This book is so much fun it was kind of a buzz kill when the Atlantean soldiers got killed. The grinning Hercules panel, and Cho's subsequent face, were just hilarious. This continues to be a super-great book, maybe even my favorite at this point, despite all that nipple biting on the cover.

By fnord12 | November 4, 2008, 7:30 AM | Comics | Link

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