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Mike Sterling is doing his semi-regular "ask me a question" feature, and here's one question:

"When a collection comes into the shop, what is one (fairly common) book you always buy and one you never buy?"

The "always buy" comic is Robin #1, but here's part of his answer for "never buy":

There are lots of common books I never buy. 98% of Marvel Comics Presents.

Yep. With where i am in my timeline project, generally speaking and even moreso when you talk about Marvel Comics Presents specifically, i feel like i ought to be able to find someone that will pay me to take them. I mean, i've got to be the only person on Earth that actively wants some of this stuff at this point. Anything halfway worthwhile i already have, so anything i'm picking up now just for the project is going to be absolute dreck that no one in their right mind (i.e., not me) would want.

You can of course get everything at the online stores but even at about a dollar an issue, there's so much of it that it winds up being more than it ought to be. I guess i should be scouring local conventions and garage sales but that seems too much like work.

By fnord12 | November 25, 2014, 10:12 AM | Comics | Comments (3)| Link

Cap'n Contract'n

Ron Frenz at The Swerve Magazine:

I even remember one time somebody got their ass fried by Jim Shooter because there was a Cap'n Crunch ad that they did, where they were running some contest with Spider-Man, and they did a two-page ad for this contest. They asked me to pencil it, they got Joe Rubinstein to ink because we were the team at the time. I remember hearing that Jim Shooter went apeshit because in the course of the copy--and I don't know if it was corrected before publication or not--Pete was speaking with a lot of contractions, which is not the way he was speaking in the comics at the time. Shooter fried somebody's ass good for it because the editors are responsible for the stewardship of these characters. So you've gone from that to every writer who does Peter Parker now does 'his' Peter Parker, and there's no real consistent voice on the character anymore. So it's apples and oranges.

It wasn't fixed before publication and i always did find his dialogue weird.

By fnord12 | November 24, 2014, 10:38 AM | Comics | Comments (1)| Link

Shouldn't mess with perfection

I was flipping through some old comics and realized that one of my favorite ads, which i blogged a long time ago, had actually been redrawn.

I like the more thuggish original Hulk better, and i don't approve of these George Lucas style revisions in any event.

By fnord12 | November 23, 2014, 12:25 PM | Comics | Link

No *you* can't escape *your mom*

For today's weekend kickoff, i leave you with the best comeback line ever in a video game.

By fnord12 | November 14, 2014, 4:04 PM | Comics & Video Games | Link

SuperMegaSpeed Reviews

Elektra #7 - Another issue missing the Michael Del Mundo which is its main selling point, but still has decent, more straightforward art by Alex Sanchez. The way Elektra defeats Lady Bullseye is the most weird and gross thing i've seen in a while, so points for that. One of my complaints about last issue was that Elektra defeated a whole bunch of cool villains off panel, and this issue sort of makes up for that by bringing some of them back. But they return mutated by the Assassins Guild so they are unrecognizable as classic villains, and the worst insult is that Elektra is facing off against Whiplash, Jack O'Lantern, and Tiger Shark and she says that Whiplash is the most dangerous. There's something really weird about fisticuff-level books nowadays where they are completely dismissive of super-powers. I mean, forget that fact that Tiger Shark is normally a Sub-Mariner/Avengers level villain. In this story he's mutated into a giant shark man. And Jack O'Lantern is a living ball of flame. You're telling me the guy with whips (albeit now four of them, and four arms to whip them) is the guy Elektra thinks is the most dangerous? I dunno; hoping Del Mundo comes back soon.

She-Hulk #9 - There were some bad layouting decisions in this issue. One of the double page spread problems where you don't know whether to read across or down. And this one where you have four quadrants of panels and you read each quadrant separately:

You can figure it out but seems like unnecessary work on the reader's part. Beyond that i thought this was still good. The trial is being done well and Captain America is very much in character, surely to the annoyance of both She-Hulk and Daredevil.

New Warriors #11 - I'm both relieved and disappointed that the Celestials aren't really coming. Disappointed because i thought it was going to be a cool story. Relieved for two reasons: 1) because the book is cancelled and however much time is left there probably wouldn't have been enough to do it just, and 2) because a Celestial visitation ought to not be limited to just the New Warriors book. Which says to me that this was probably the plan all along. Oh well. This issue had the team just getting stomped by the Eternals, so it was a little less "fun" than previous issues, but it was a good continuation. I take it that the High Evolutionary will be appearing in Uncanny Avengers when that book returns, and when asked if people should check out this book to see what the High Evolutionary has been up to, Tom Brevoort's response was Not especially, no. Marvel always was good at cross-promotion.

Axis #3 - Having now read this i agree with Wanyas that the Sentinels being unable to defeat the villains makes no sense. I mean, Carnage can rip out one of their eyes, but the heroes couldn't do anything? I also agree with a good percentage of the internet that Remender is overly quippy and yet not very funny. There's no need for every villain to be so quippy. Dr. Doom even got in on it a little, responding to Loki's "No offense" with "None taken" which i know doesn't sound quippy but it is in context (Doom should not even acknowledge Teen Loki's flippancy!). All that said, i really enjoyed watching the villains stomp the Sentinels. It was a lot of fun. And maybe they just won because the heroes had already softened the Sentinels up or something. I also think Remender does write a fun and funny Deadpool (as he did in Uncanny X-Force). So minor quibbles about the scripting or how much better the villains did than the heroes aside, i was quite enjoying this. Until we got to the point where the Avengers and X-Men started fighting with each other. It was this bickering that had me eye-clawing myself during Remender's Uncanny Avengers run, and i see that literally no progress has been made. Ugh. Luckily that didn't last long. I am now looking forward to seeing exactly what Inverting means.

By fnord12 | November 10, 2014, 9:06 PM | Comics | Comments (6)| Link

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