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Housing boom started in 1977

After the crash, your Texas inch would only be worth 25 cents.

Immediate Update: I'm wrong. It's worth $9.95 today.

By fnord12 | September 29, 2009, 9:22 AM | Comics & Ummm... Other? | Link

SuperMegaSpeed Reviews

Models Inc. #1 - Not what i wanted but better than i was expecting. Yeah, the art is lousy. But we'll see where it goes for now.

Deadpool: Merc with a Mouth #3 - Better than last issue. Still not great. I don't mind a giant zombie dinosaur, in any event. We'll stick with it until Deadpool Team-Up, i think.

Fantastic Four #571 - Like Wanyas said, it's a good story, just maybe not good for the Marvel Universe. I actually enjoyed this issue. But i notice that for the most part it's just Reed Richardses interacting with each other. Very little with the rest of the team. And last issue it was the inter-team dialogue that put me off as much as the Big Concept. Although i did enjoy the Thing's little "when you don't keep the wife happy... it's the whole team that suffers." A big turnaround in my opinion from last issue, overall, which just means i had to give it a chance.

Spider-Woman #1 - Ugh, anyone but Maleev and this might have been good. As it it, it was ok.

Dark Reign - the List: X-Men #1 Nice art (other than the woman on the cover that we can't identify). Nice last use of Marrina. I enjoyed White Queen explaining to Namor that he has a support team now and he needs to rely on them... This whole issue was rather good actually, and it has me doubting my decision to avoid the Unity crossover and Fraction's X-Men. But without Davis' art it's probably not as good. One thing that i don't really buy is that Namor didn't just go in and rip Norman Osborn's head off at the end of the issue. He dumps Mariana's body and then just says "If i would do that to her just imagine what i would do to you" and then walks away? Naw. Similarly i don't see Osborn just letting Namor walk away. The whole thing would have escalated into a big fight considering the personalities involved.

Dark Reign - the List: Daredevil #1 - Same thing here, really. It seems a little too calm. Daredevil's final response to Osborn and Bullseye burning down a building full of people in Hell's Kitchen is "We send a message?", not "We take Osborn out?" And from Osborn's point of view, this whole List thing isn't working out so well. So far everyone he's tried to take out, he's taken one shot at it and then given up. Overall i liked this and i'm glad we decided to keep going with the Daredevil series. But i'm hoping that, at least for a while, Daredevil really does embrace the fact that he's taken over an Assassin's Guild, and we don't wind up with a 'trying to make a bad organization good from the inside' type of story.

Captain America Reborn #3 - Fine for what it is, but move it along already. I'm definitely enjoying the modern day stuff.

Dark Avengers #9 - Not what the cover and ads promised me, but i actually liked this better than a big fight. Very well done. Good characterization.

New Avengers #57 - Who knew Dr. Jonas Harrow, whose original claim to fame was having created the Kangaroo, would wind up being such a major player? Good story. And I also very much like the retro... classic... or just plain good penciling and coloring. Clear lines. Bright colors. Suddenly, comics don't have to be 18 shades of brown anymore.

Hercules #135 - Not bad, but i'm just not that interested in Amadeus as a lead character.

Nova #29 - Sure, make me buy Marvel Premiere #32. Actually Monark Starstalker didn't seem all that interesting, but you know, for completeness sake. Now, the Neutron Slave Gang that's really a group of Mindless Ones? That's interesting.... but at the same time i'd hate to find out that Mindless Ones could actually decide on their own to become a drug gang.

Agents of Atlas #11 - This was great. I'm glad Marvel is trying to keep this series alive in some form. Could we possibly get Jeff Parker on another book as well? Maybe combine him with some property that ought to be selling well, but isn't? Like an X-Men title?

Guardians of the Galaxy #18 - I saved this for last, which, considering that i got just about every comic i collect in this batch, might mean that i consider it my favorite book right now. But in retrospect i would have swapped this with Nova, just because this issue is entirely alternate future stuff. Still good.

By fnord12 | September 28, 2009, 10:32 PM | Comics | Link

This looks much better than Ultimate Alliance 2

By fnord12 | September 27, 2009, 11:21 AM | Comics & Video Games | Comments (1)| Link

Min complains about "fat free" pretzels

I guess this is the next step.

By fnord12 | September 25, 2009, 5:13 PM | Comics | Link

Nailing the elevator speech

In the super-hero world, you run into a lot of strange people with strange powers. Social networking is key to getting yourself on a premiere super-hero team. If you want to get noticed, you'll want to be able to quickly sum up your origin and abilities in 25 words or less.

Gargoyle has that down pat.

By fnord12 | September 22, 2009, 1:50 PM | Comics | Link

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By fnord12 | September 18, 2009, 1:44 PM | Comics | Link

SuperMegaSpeed Reviews

Nomad #1 - I'm using the forbidden word: "Meh." This wasn't great. I don't need any more of it.

Dark Reign: The List - Avengers #1 I enjoyed it. I mean, it's just like any issue of the Avengers, so it was good. I liked seeing an acknowledgment of the Hawkeye/Moonstone relationship; i was just thinking that this was something that should be getting more attention. Am i interested in getting more of these in the List series? You know what? Yeah. Let's get 'em all. Go ahead, get 'em all. Even Spider-Man? Sure. Even Spider-Man.

War of Kings: Who Will Rule? #1 - I once had a David Lee Roth t-shirt that said Roth Rules! on the back. I wasn't even that into David Lee Roth (although you can't say anything bad to me about Eat 'Em And Smile, with Steve Vai and Billy Sheehan). And one day my art teacher Mr. Sharkey asked me what it was, exactly, that Roth ruled. So i kicked him in the shins and stole his dentures.

Oh, this was a good comic.

Marvels Project #2 - Good, but needs to move a little faster if we're going to get a unified theory of everything out of this. It has kind of an Astro City feel, which is good and bad. More good than bad. And i'm sure it'll build up and get better.

Agents of Atlas #10 - I'm going to have to go with Chris Sims on this one:

For sheer ridiculous 1950s super-science, you can't beat that.

Hercules #134 - I approve of this comic.

By fnord12 | September 16, 2009, 7:44 PM | Comics | Comments (1)| Link

Is it something about me or something about the comic?

Why does no one believe me when i say i want to read Models, Inc.?

By fnord12 | September 16, 2009, 7:43 PM | Comics | Link

Open letter to whoever has the full Dr. Strange torrent

C'mon d00dz!!!! There's like 15 of us all stuck at 83.9%! Pleeeez seed!!!!111

By fnord12 | September 16, 2009, 7:41 PM | Comics | Link

Did you do your part?

I'm guessing that you didn't, since 1981 turned out to be anything but the year of the Tyrannasaurus (sic) Rex T-Shirt.

By fnord12 | September 14, 2009, 6:58 PM | Comics | Comments (1)| Link

Iron Man & Dr. Doom: Monty Python fans

It's only a model!

By fnord12 | September 12, 2009, 5:43 PM | Comics | Comments (3)| Link

Night Flyer...

...would like you to stop badgering him so he can hang up his gigantic cellphone and fly his super-awesome hang-glider.

By fnord12 | September 8, 2009, 11:34 AM | Comics | Link

SuperMegaSpeed Reviews

Daredevil #500 - Well, i really liked the new development of Daredevil taking over the Hand when i first read it. To the point where i thought i might want to keep on reading after the creative switch. Then i started wondering how different it is from when Daredevil declared himself the Kingpin. Or from when Elektra recently turned out to be the leader of the Hand (except that was a Skrull). But in any event, i enjoyed this. An interesting ending to Brubaker's run. The second story, by Ann Nocenti, i did not love. I thought it was stiff, awkward, and pointless. Then i read this guy's review of it. And i dunno, maybe i'm just an idiot. Either that, or that guy could review a dishwasher instruction manual and find hidden significance in it.

Fantastic Four #570 - Hrmmm. Some interesting things, and some decent writing but i'm not thrilled with this League of Alternate Reeds. I mean, i don't see how this could go anywhere good. And god how i hate Valeria. Not loving the art, either. The faces don't look right, the sleeveless costumes look terrible. Eh, i just wasn't thrilled with this, and i'm not sure i want to muddle through with another mediocre run of FF. I have to say, it seems that no one has really had a good handle on the FF since Walt Simonson. And that's really a shame. Actually, i take that back. Bring back Dwayne McDuffie.

Secret Warriors #7 - Huh. I just read Elektra: Assassin as part of my Marvel Timeline project, and i was wondering whatever happened to John Garrett. And here he is. Also some cool stuff going on with the Thunderbolts, and i'm looking forward to the Ares/Phobos crossover with Dark Avengers. Good stuff, good stuff. Hickman obviously can write, so why didn't i like his FF issue?

X-Force #18 - I have to admit that this book flows better when there's drawn art, like in this issue, versus the computer generated stuff. But i'm still feeling like the pacing is off and we never stop long enough to really focus on the plots.... Like this Asgardian sub-plot. I hope that goes somewhere and involves the whole team. And i guess this exploding mutant stuff is over? That's all wrapped up now? What was it about, exactly? Oddly, i still enjoy the book.

Hood #4 - This is great. Looking forward to next issue to see where the hell it could possibly fit into the Hood's Avengers appearances, though. It pretty much has to end with the cloak completely possessing Parker, so it can fit into New Avengers right before he attacks Dr. Strange. But that'd be an odd resolution to this mini.

New Avengers #56 - Love the art. Especially from a story-telling point of view. Immonen is very good. And the story's great too. Someone might point out that what we've got here is a struggle between the Dark Avengers and the remnants of the Hood's gang in what's nominally an issue of New Avengers, but that's fine. A little bit of Mockingbird kicking some ass in the beginning helps.

Hercules #133 - This 'All Cho" issue is somewhat less interesting than last issue's 'All Hercules' focus, but it's probably because about 75% of this issue is a cleverly disguised recap. Still good, still good.

Nova #28 - As i hoped, they're clearing out all the generic Novas but keeping the interesting bunch introduced earlier. It's all very well done. I do miss the original Worldmind, though.

Guardians of the Galaxy #17 - I AM GROOT! I AM GROOT! I AM GROOT! (This is a very insightful and witty review. You just have to listen to the subtle sigh of breeze beneath the words to appreciate it.)

By fnord12 | September 4, 2009, 11:08 PM | Comics | Link

Oh gee, look what now sells for $115

Thanks, Bob.

By fnord12 | September 4, 2009, 3:10 PM | Comics & My stupid life | Comments (2)| Link

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