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Not me

If you're not up on the latest Scott Lobdell controversy you can see here and here. And the comments on this post also raise an interesting sub-point. But on that second link, there's a comment from a "fnord" and i just want to make it clear that it's not me. I'm fnord12, obviously (the worldwide conspiracy to spread uneasiness and confusion has produced many fnords). And i don't even accept Scott Lobdell's apology for his Uncanny X-Men run, let alone for being a creepy fratboy misogynist.

By fnord12 | December 26, 2013, 6:15 PM | Comics | Comments (4)| Link

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By fnord12 | December 16, 2013, 10:38 PM | Comics | Link

SuperMegaSpeed Reviews

Avengers AI #7 - I think this issue is as close as i'm getting to the Inhumanity crossover for now, and it serves fairly well as my little window to what's going on with that event (it's certainly clearer than any of the tie-ins i read for Infinity). And even though that's the case, this issue worked pretty well as a standalone story that just happened to use Inhumanity as a backdrop. All put together, that's the sign of a good second tier tie-in issue. Plus, you know, Doombot.

A few comments about Inhumanity generally, based solely on vague things i've read about it on the internet plus this issue (i did also read that Hulk tie-in last week but i'll be damned if i understand how that had anything to do with Inhumanity): i recently saw someone on Tom Brevoort's tumblr page accuse Marvel of replacing the X-Men with the Inhumans and the Fantastic Four with the Guardians of the Galaxy because of who owns what movie rights. I hadn't heard the GotG theory before, but it's not the first time the Inhumans thing came up. And there's no doubt that the basic concept of Inhumanity makes mutants redundant, or vice versa, with the idea that the Terrigen Mists have been released across the world and are triggered random people to suddenly develop powers/mutations. It definitely has little to do with the Inhumans concept as seen to date, and definitely steps on the toes of the mutant concept. So you can see why people are suspicious. There was also this idea that was floated during AvX that speculated that it would end with mutants being shunted off to a separate universe. I don't know what any of it means. Inhumanity could just be a story. After all, i'm the guy that thought the little Hulk time travel story was going to result in a complete Marvel reboot, and i likewise panic about every random announcement. But it is a little odd for Marvel to use such a redundant concept and does lend to paranoid fantasies about Marvel sort of segregating out their properties into various movieverses. We shall, of course, see.

Wolverine #12 - I'm disappointed that the security guard turned out to be Mystique, because the points s/he was making were valid ones. Regular people that don't necessarily discriminate against mutants or fear them for their own sake nonetheless have a reason to be concerned about the fact that they seem to constantly be pursuing vendettas against each other that endanger bystanders. This seems to be more the case for mutants than regular super-heroes. Sure, Doc Ock and Electro hate Spider-Man and come up with schemes to defeat him, but it's only because he's stopped them from committing actual crimes so many times. The same can't really be said of Sabretooth and Wolverine. So i thought that was an interesting critique, even if it can be discounted due to the messenger. Beyond that, we're in the "abuse Wolverine" phase of the story, which is at least given a unique twist thanks to the fact that Wolvie doesn't have his healing factor. And again, Alan Davis. Here's hoping Wolverine's current state doesn't preclude a nice Davis-drawn fight with Sabretooth next issue.

Fantastic Four #14 - What?!?

Superior Foes of Spider-Man #6 - I'm taking all depictions of Doom in this issue with a grain of Bad Narrator salt, but, excepting that, i'm continuing to enjoy this. It's a weird coincidence that both Tombstone and Lightmaster turn out to have grown super-daughters that we never knew about until recently, but that's neither here nor there. This book is very much a fun Guy Ritchie heist story featuring our favorite super-villains, and why wouldn't you like that?

By fnord12 | December 16, 2013, 10:07 PM | Comics | Comments (1)| Link

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By fnord12 | December 16, 2013, 1:54 PM | Comics | Link

Tom Brevoort's mini history lesson on Marvel continuity

Linked for posterity. I don't know that i agree with his characterization of Stan Lee, though. There is more play between books than i think Brevoort gives credit to (based on other comments i've seen from Brevoort as well) and even the use of footnotes to refer to past stories created a sense of continuity. Brevoort confuses the issue by bringing in real-time aging, which is a related topic, especially when you get into the issues related to the sliding timescale as Brevoort describes, but i don't think that has any direct bearing on whether or not Stan Lee had any use for continuity.

By fnord12 | December 13, 2013, 4:24 PM | Comics | Link

SuperMegaSpeed Reviews

I went on a business trip a few weeks back and have just about caught up with the pile of 1986 comics i read on the plane, but it's at the expense of currents. So let me catch up now .

Uncanny X-Force #14 - I've been keeping Nathan Adler up to date on this arc due to his interest in the Demon Bear, and he expressed some disappointment that it was Cassandra Nova, not the Shadow King, who was controlling the revenants here. See his latest fix about the somewhat similar outsign spirits, the Shadow King, and how it all relates to vibranium for more about that. Of course that's just a sneaky plug for Nathan but to bring it back to this story, it could have used an explanation for the revenants that wasn't just introducing some new concept out of nowhere. To learn that every person on Earth is shadowed by a duplicate demon that we've never heard about until now is a bit hard to swallow. And i'm still confused about parts of it. Is Cassandra Nova meant to be a revenant version of Professor X, or is she herself just a revenant Cassandra Nova, or is she regular Cassandra Nova that just happens to have taken control of the revenants? And what about the Demon Bear; i understand that he's meant to be a revenant too, but is he an evil duplicate of something on Earth? And also, the Demon Bear seemed to come back with Bishop from the future, so is there also a non-future Demon Bear roaming around the Earth? By my count that's potentially three Bears: Future Demon Bear, Present Demon Bear, and Non-Demon Bear. Add Tygra to lasso them up and you've got yourself a hot new series. Sorry, off target again. Umm, i guess it's possible i should really know the answers to my Cassandra and Bear questions but as i've said before - and as becomes very clear when trying to keep Nathan updated - this storyline has been ambling along for some time now, and it's been difficult to keep interest up and memory working between issues. I was hoping for a conclusion this issue - maybe with the idea that since Psylocke had recently tamed the Bear it would have helped them defeat Cassandra - but instead we have Puck and Psylocke banished to the revenant dimension at the end. One thing i will say is that the revenant doubles have given Sam Humphries the ability to do some character work; i liked the temptation of offering Psylocke her original body back this issue.

Ok, at that rate we're never going to get through all these issue. Let's move a little faster.

Hulk #15 - Ok, good. That's over with. Remember when i was afraid this series was going to lead to a big continuity reboot. Hah hah, i sure am paranoid! There's no doubt that Hulk punched continuity at the end of this but it doesn't seem like it's going to affect anything outside of this series.

Hulk #16 - I do wish this book could have a consistent artist. This story felt fill-in-ish. It also doesn't seem to have anything to do with Inhumanity, which i am fine with but what's with the cover banner?

Avengers A.I. #6 - I've been whiffy on this series but let me show you some things (forgive the quick poor quality phone scans):

So yeah, i liked this issue.

I do want to say that even though this issue is cute and funny, i like the much more serious treatment of Henry Pym's psychological condition. I think it's handled well.

X-Men #7 - I haven't been keeping up with Lady Deathstrike, but i'm always wary when something happens to a character like we see here where she's no longer a person, but instead a nanite injection. Maybe that happened already in something i missed. But it seems to take away from what the character was. I don't know, i don't have a specific problem with it in this case, just a general aversion. In any event, i think Wood's story is good. I liked the use of Monet as a wildcard element in Deathstrike's planning, and i'm looking forward to seeing Deathstrike team up with Typhoid Mary next issue. And the Dodsons were relatively restrained. So, this was good!

Daredevil #33 - A fun visit with the Monsters. It did get me thinking about how wildly different Satana's appearances have been this past year or so, but i mainly blame that on Peter David.

Young Avengers #12-13 - A really great conclusion to what's been a really great series. Apparently a limited series. Jerks. Still one more epilogue issue to enjoy, anyway.

FF #14 - I see Matt Fraction's name is still in the credits, but it seems like there's been more references to past continuity and a clearer explanation of what's going on with Doom, Kang, and Annihilus than we've seen when he was more fully on the book. Possibly just a coincidence? Or maybe there was something i was missing from the Fantastic Four book (note to casual readers: FF and Fantastic Four are two different titles. Other note to casual readers: how can you possibly be making any sense of these reviews? What are you doing here?!)? My first foray into Fantastic Four last issue blew my head straight off, so i suspect not. Anyway, loving this; sorry that it is ending (a phrase they will engrave on my tombstone).

Superior Spider-Man Team-Up #6-7 - After so much build up i was surprised to see it wrapped up so quickly. But if you are going to wrap it up, why not with a battle with everybody's favorite iteration of the Masters of Evil. Definitely enjoyed this even if the art felt a bit murky. That was especially a problem when issue #7 began in medias res; i was flipping back to the previous issue to see when Sun Girl was thought to have died. Actually i am still not clear about that. I also thought her shouting "I'm biracial!" was clunkily done, but i do like her as the daughter of Lightmaster.

Iron Man #19 - I think the way these Iron Metropolitan issues are going to go is i'm going to pick it up, say, "hrmmm, this arc, i'm not really interested in this...", and then read it and remember that i'm supposed to trust Kieron Gillen because it's a good story. And it is.

Indestructible Hulk Annual #1 - I thought we were starting off by revealing that Tony Stark and Bruce Banner went to school together, but it was just a one time conference and i guess i can live with that. Less so the idea that this one professor had such a profound impact on Banner's life but we never heard of him before. Still, this was fun. I enjoyed Iron Man's manipulation of Hulk.

Secret Avengers #12 - I often mention that i normally read my books in order of increased anticipation, so readers may be shocked to see this at the bottom of the list. But i had so many books to get through that the usual ordering just got lost; otherwise this would be near the top of the pile and Young Avengers and FF and Superior Spider-Man Team Up would be down here. Still, that's anticipation; in fact i did enjoy this book much more than i have been for this series. And i really mean that, i'm not just saying that because of who shows up on the last page.

By fnord12 | December 10, 2013, 6:21 PM | Comics | Comments (4)| Link

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