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The Super-Deformed Marvel Horror Orchestra

Not entirely horror since it includes Conan and the guy with the triangle (i can't figure out who he is)(Update: It's Gullivar Jones, Warrior of Mars. See the comments here.).

By fnord12 | January 29, 2015, 10:27 AM | Comics | Comments (5)| Link

SuperMegaSpeed Reviews

Ok, the reboot, if it's even happening, is still months away. So let's get focused and see what's going on with the few currents we're still getting.

Elektra #10 - Well what did you THINK would happen? I don't know what W. Haden Blackman had in mind, but for me this arc will be remembered as the time that Bullseye was safely comatose and imprisoned until Elektra dumbly freed him. I still like Del Mundo's art and the plot did have trained attack monkeys, so it's a net positive.

Thanos vs. Hulk #2 - Some interesting stuff going on here. Starlin shows that Kid Annihilus has an adult sized robotic stand-in, which is presumably to help with continuity problems. And he also has Thanos say that the Hulk and Banner have existed as separate personalities for so long that they are effectively two different people with different souls. If i thought anyone still cared, i'd be intrigued to see how that was intended to reconcile with the Peter David idea that Banner and the Hulk are two sides of the same personality. Beyond that, it's relatively classic style storytelling involving the Hulk, Thanos, Annihilus, and Blastaar, so i'm good with this.

Daredevil #12 - Nice twist. It's more mileage than i'd ever expect anyone to get from the Stunt-Master. Waid and Samnee continue to deliver fun Daredevil stories. This is a book that would potentially tempt me to keep going post-reboot, but since the creative team is leaving i don't have to worry about it.

By fnord12 | January 28, 2015, 3:00 PM | Comics | Comments (3)| Link

Around these parts we know how to deal with Blizzards

You call up the Iron Man of the future (the, er, not too distant future of 2020), and he blasts them away.

The above from Amazing Spider-Man annual #20, from 1986 when 2020 did seem a little further away.

By fnord12 | January 26, 2015, 12:35 PM | Comics & My stupid life | Comments (3)| Link

Plain High Drifter

This is from an ad for Marvel's Crazy magazine (found in Apr 74's Monsters Unleashed #5). I didn't realize they were doing pot jokes.

By fnord12 | January 23, 2015, 11:06 AM | Comics | Link

What i learned about Marvel's Frankenstein

As part of my comics timeline project, i am going through Essential The Monster of Frankenstein. The first 11 issues of the series take place before Marvel Comics #1, so i'm not including them in my project, but there are a few tidbits i wanted to share here. For brevity, and because i know it bothers people and i am a jerk, i will be referring to the Monster as Frankenstein.

Long post, so the majority is below the fold.

By fnord12 | January 22, 2015, 10:11 AM | Comics | Comments (3)| Link

Marvel Sales - oops nevermind

I went to read this and found out that the Beat just republished an older article.

By fnord12 | January 21, 2015, 12:55 PM | Comics | Link

Clean break

I've heard so many rumors about the Marvel universe ending that i am now having trouble believing it when Marvel literally tells me it's the case, but it sure sounds like it's happening. At the moment this feels like good news to me. For a while now i've felt like the Marvel universe was already broken, but since it was still staggering along i've felt obligated to keep up with it. One of my biggest fears (in, you know, the context of comic books) was that the Marvel universe would sort of unofficially end but i'd still not be sure if it really had. But with the changes that seem to be coming with the new Secret Wars, it seems like a clean jumping off point.

The event does seem to be designed in a "have your cake and eat it too" way, since there's a story reason why the Marvel universe is rebooting, unlike the most recent DC reboot (on the other hand, from the little i see this does sound a lot like DC's Crisis). But for me, at least, this signals a clean break and i won't be continuing further even if you can make an argument that it's kinda sorta the same universe. I may still pick up trades in the same way i read trades of, say, Saga or Walking Dead, but only based on the strength of the creators and buzz as opposed to it being a part of the Marvel universe i've been following since i started reading comics.

Part of me now wants to read Secret Wars just to see how it ends in realtime, but from the article i linked to it seems like there's already going to be an unwieldy deluge of tie-in books, so i think i'll just let the dust settle and pick up the pieces afterwards. And hey, now i have an official end goal for my timeline project!

By fnord12 | January 21, 2015, 9:55 AM | Comics | Comments (8)| Link

Scarlet Witch's hair color

She's wearing green on the cover of her first appearance, and yet she's called the *Scarlet* Witch. Therefore her hair must be red. Q.E.D.

It looks like Shar is going to have a more reasoned discussion of the matter.

By fnord12 | January 14, 2015, 2:07 PM | Comics | Comments (3)| Link

Marvel Sales


By fnord12 | January 12, 2015, 10:24 AM | Comics | Link

OK, I see nothing special

I'm sorry i didn't have any comic reviews today. You can blame Matthew Yglesias, who linked to a website that runs browser based DOS emulators, so i spent my review time playing Questprobe Spider-Man. I had this game as a kid but could never beat it. So i tried it again on my own today but didn't get any further than i did as a kid. In fact i probably did worse thanks to some problems with the emulator (like the delete button not working) which made things more frustrating than usual. So i figured it was time to use a walkthrough, and i finally realized how insane some of the solutions are, like shooting your web at a spinning fan like 5 times in a row with no feedback before you can shoot the web at the button that turns it off, or not being able to specify which chemicals you want to mix together so you have to keep dropping items from your inventory). With the walkthrough i thought i would finally beat the game, but i screwed up at the end anyway and got killed by an exploding Natter Energy Egg just like i always used to. But at that point i was close enough, so i'm declaring closure on this particular unresolved childhood matter. And after this experience, i have no desire to try the other Questprobe games that i never had as a kid.

If you don't want to try the game, here's a fun walkthrough. It doesn't quite convey the frustrating experience of the game's poor syntax capabilities, but it demonstrates how insane the puzzles were.

By fnord12 | January 6, 2015, 1:59 PM | Comics & Video Games | Comments (6)| Link

SuperMegaSpeed Reviews

She-Hulk #11 - I was originally excited to see a fight with Titania on the cover until i saw the hair pulling. As for the interior... well, i've come to really like Pulido's quirky art on this title, but for the fight scenes in this issue... well, that definitely doesn't seem to be the right use of Pulido. And that Volcana! What happened to her? Is she supposed to look like that now or is that just Pulido's "take" on the character? I do complain that there aren't enough straight up fights with super-villains anymore, but in the future i guess i'd better be careful about what i ask for. I still enjoyed this and am looking forward to the development of the Blue File plot.

Daredevil #11 - Hee, hee! The Stunt-Master! Actually, as is often the case, Waid takes a really goofy concept and gets a good story out of it. Enjoyed this quite a bit, and am sad that Waid is leaving the book.

By fnord12 | January 5, 2015, 6:21 PM | Comics | Comments (1)| Link

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