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By fnord12 | April 28, 2015, 3:38 PM | Comics | Link

The resistance will turn out to be futile

By fnord12 | April 28, 2015, 12:50 PM | Comics | Link

The only gun toting vigilante action hero you need to know

Jarvis the Butler.

By fnord12 | April 28, 2015, 11:48 AM | Comics | Link

The Punisher is pro-gun control

Tim O'Neil at The Hurting has an interesting post on the Punisher. It's a contrast between the era that i'm currently in the middle of reviewing for my Timeline project and a contemporary run that i know nothing about. So it's half very relevant and half lost on me (although O'Neil provides context). What's interesting is that O'Neil says of the Punisher, "He's a right-wing revenge fantasy as it might have been designed by left-wingers who understood the precise limitations of the type." And then he goes on to describe his favorite run, which is Mike Baron's. And i've always understood Baron to be a conservative; certainly his afterward for the 1988 trade paperback collecting the 1986 Punisher mini-series (bottom of the entry) complains about 'liberals'. But his Punisher run is actually much more free of the negative tropes that one associates with the Punisher than you'd think. It's actually Carl Potts, who sounds much more liberal than Baron in that same trade paperback, and who who says some of the same things that O'Neil quotes Eliot Brown saying, that has the Punisher massacring minority gang bangers. Meanwhile Baron has him fighting corrupt South Vietnamese generals, white supremacist groups, and even Wall Street execs. To O'Neil's point, though, both Baron and Potts definitely present the Punisher as a kind of crazy person whose "stories took place in a universe that acknowledged that the Punisher was on the wrong side of the law and existed primarily in dialogue with - and as a foil, not a corrective - to more traditional superheroes like Spider-Man".

By fnord12 | April 27, 2015, 6:29 PM | Comics | Comments (2)| Link

Thoughts on the Daredevil Netflix Series So Far

Fnord and i have watched the first 8 episodes. We'll prolly do some sort of sum up once we finish watching all the episodes. But, i needed to say two things.

1) I know you own a razor, Matt. I saw it in your bathroom. How are you going into court looking like you've got dirt on your face? Use the fucking razor! And it's not even electric, so how are you maintaining just the right amount of scruff every single day? Ugh. Scruff is not cute if it's your every day look. It just makes you look like you won't ever finish growing out that beard.

2) Vanessa is crazy in her crazy head. What the hell is wrong with her brain? Fnord says she hangs out with a lot of artists so she can't hear the crazy when the Kingpin talks, but c'mon. There might as well have been a flashing neon sign over his head in episode 8. When he asked if he was a monster, the answer she should have been shouting in her head was "YES!!!" and the verbal one should have been "Oh, I gotta go save my friend from this fake emergency that I asked her to text me about so that I'd have an excuse to leave buh-bye."

And these are the things i think when i'm enjoying the show i'm watching.

By min | April 22, 2015, 9:38 AM | Comics & TeeVee | Comments (6)| Link

SuperMegaSpeed Reviews

Ms. Marvel #14 - Takeshi Miyazawa is still on art and i continue to prefer it over Adrian Alphona's. Such a great range of expressions. Really perfect especially for the downtime romance stuff. Storywise i guess i'm just a tad disappointed. I mentioned a few issues back that the one thing that this book is lacking is subplots. There's really just the main story and that's it. That's not quite true since we do have Bruno not-so-secretly pining for Kamala, and there was a little movement on that front in this issue. But there's not much there, really (although it was handled well this issue). I took heart in the fact that the lettercol a few issues back said that the book was going to start focusing more on Kamala's Inhuman side as well as a romantic interest. But i assumed that meant those things in addition to the villain/adventure of the month. Instead those things have become the villain/adventure of the month. I still enjoy this book, as evidenced by the fact that it and Daredevil are the only two Marvel books i'm still reading. But i feel like it could use a little more depth to bring it from a good monthly story to a truly classic ongoing series. I guess it's all moot anyway, with the Secret Wars stuff coming up.

Now where's my banana? Ook ook ook!

By fnord12 | April 21, 2015, 4:10 PM | Comics | Link

Ook ook

Tom Brevoort:

And don't get me started on comic book criticism. These days, the level of critical discourse in terms of reviewers is that of a chimpanzee most of the time. Critical acclaim is only worthwhile when the opinions of the critic are informed and applied with critical acumen. By and large, we don't have critics anymore, we have bloggers.

By fnord12 | April 20, 2015, 8:28 AM | Comics | Link

It's like my conscience is talking to me

Recognizing that Movable Type is a dead platform, i've been doing a lot of hacking of the code lately. The good news is that no one will ever look at mine.

At least i can do it myself and i don't have to call this guy.

By fnord12 | April 17, 2015, 10:50 AM | Comics & My stupid life | Comments (1)| Link


...can sometimes be a problem.

By fnord12 | April 16, 2015, 3:22 PM | Comics | Link

On the other hand, you really can't go wrong with a pet tiger

No one seems to know what to do with Wonder Woman. It's really not that hard. She's a super hero. Give her things to punch.

By fnord12 | April 15, 2015, 4:46 PM | Comics & Movies | Comments (1)| Link

This guy lives down the street

Click it for the full cartoon by Brian McFadden, but something about that particular portion struck me.

By fnord12 | April 11, 2015, 6:43 PM | Comics | Link

Marvel Sales


By fnord12 | April 3, 2015, 2:03 PM | Comics | Link

SuperMegaSpeed Reviews

Elektra #11 - Well, goodbye! This was an interesting series. I can't say i'm too broken up to see it gone. But it definitely had it's moments. Mike del Mundo's art was the main selling point. He says in his goodbye blurb at the end of this issue that he was strongly influenced by Frank Miller & Bill Sienkiewicz's Elektra: Assassin, and that's what i liked about it too. Plotwise, i felt like things were too decompressed and meandering, and it's interesting to see that in his end blurb, writer Harden Blackman admits that he had no idea what he was going to do with the character when he started and that the editors had to get him back on track when he "lost the plot". In a sense that really makes this feel like a wasted opportunity. Even if the book was really intended as a vehicle for del Mundo, Marvel ought to have had a stronger strategy for the book. I feel the same way about Black Widow (which is still being published, but we dropped) and She-Hulk (cancelled). All books have a hard time staying afloat nowadays, and a book with indie style art and a female lead character especially could use all the help it could get. Marvel (admirably) decided to launch a number of books with female leads following the success/enthusiasm from Captain and Ms. Marvel, but "show up and throw up" was not a good strategy for keeping them on the market. I also have the more fanboy complaint of the casual use of villains, and that continues with the very end of this issue where a bunch of moderately powerful villains, most of whom in my opinion should be not members of an assassin's guild (but that may not be Blackman's fault), show up to get menaced by Elektra. I honestly would have liked this series more if Elektra got to actually fight those villains, preferably one on one, but actual super-villain fights were mostly shunted to the sidelines in this book. Still, there were some interesting moments, so i'm glad to have read the series even though at the same time i'm not too sorry to see it go.

Daredevil #14 - Based on the cover i wondered if maybe Darkhawk was in this issue. But it's really a daughter of the Owl. She's introduced pretty well. Seems more powerful than her father and starts off in an interesting situation with Daredevil that is handled well, as is the Owl/Shroud story which moves from subplot to main plot with this issue. This continues to be a really nice book. The ad on the cover informing us that the Netflix Daredevil sereis is starting soon makes me regret even more that Waid and Samnee are leaving, since that might have resulted in an influx of readers for a series that gets a lot of critical praise but only moderate commercial success.

Thanos vs. Hulk #4 - I've seen people complain that this series was a bait & switch, since Thanos turns out to barely figure into the story, with Annihilus being the main threat. And that is definitely true, especially since we know that this book was originally intended to be a story in Savage Hulk but was deliberately moved into its own mini-series with Thanos' name put first. But the truth is i would have gotten this no matter what, so i don't personally have anything to complain about. Well, i mean, i do, but not about that. I've enjoyed the series so far, but with this final issues some of the minor things that have been bugging me came to the forefront. The first is the scripting of the Hulk, which seems off. I've read a lot of dumb Hulk over the years, and he's never called people "dummies" or complained that the villain "flaps jaws too much". I get that that the Hulk has now had so many personalities that you can't officially write him "wrong", but a) this one is close enough to classic dumb Hulk that it feels wrong in an uncanny valley sort of way and b)for a story like this, you really want classic dumb Hulk anyway. The other thing is the big panels resulting in low content, which was especially noticeable in this issue which was mostly a fight. I liked the basic idea here, but it was probably worth 4 pages of story, not 20. I should start scoring comics with a panels-to-pages ratio and see what i think the sweet spot is. Anyway, this is over. Actually between this and Elektra ending, our pull list is i think down to just Daredevil and Ms. Marvel.

By fnord12 | April 3, 2015, 10:16 AM | Comics | Comments (2)| Link

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