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Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Artist: Alex Maleev
Publisher: Marvel Comics
An @$$hole Two in One with Vroom Socko and Ambush Bug

*Ding, ding, ding*

Ladies and Gentlemen, fanboys and girls of all ages, tonight AICN Comics proudly presents a match-up years in the making! DAREDEVIL #81 marks the end of Brian Michael Bendis' oft debated run on the title. Seemingly since this column began, many a review was written in response to all things Bendis/DD. No two @$$hole reviewers have sounded off about this title, its direction, and its creative team more than these two opponents!

In the blue corner, wearing the jet black zoot suit, weighing in with close to twenty positive reviews, sporting a samurai sword and a silver tongue....Vroom Socko!

And in the red corner, in the lime green Speedo, weighing in with over fifteen schticky and negative reviews, and reeking of Schlitz...Ambush Bug!

Alright guys, I want a clean fight. Nothing below the belt. Touch gloves and come out fighting.



VROOM: Now that's a finish! While it's not absolute perfection, (Bendis loses points for repeating himself; compare the structure of this issue with ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #44,) this is certainly one hell of a way to go out, and it caps off a year of damn amazing work from both Bendis and Maleev. This final issue is all about who Matt Murdock is as a person and why he does what he does, and anyone who reads this issue and thinks Bendis doesn't get the character of Daredevil is, well... blind.

BUG: Well, find me my cane and tin cup; because while Bendis got the Matt Murdock he's been giving us throughout his run on the title a lot in this issue, this isn't the Matt Murdock that I'd call Daredevil the hero. Basically, we get an extended courtroom scene with Murdock doing exactly what he's been doing since Bendis started this title: absolutely nothing. If Bendis or his character Murdock had any balls, he wouldn't have copped out and would have had the dream sequence be a reality. Had Murdock made a run for it in the court room, vamoosed to Paris with Blind Girlfriend with the help of Black Widow, witnessed the death of Blind Girlfriend by Bullseye, killed Bullseye, jotted to Japan to shag Elektra, only to realize he had nothing left and nowhere to run and then heroically gave himself up and took responsibility for his actions and trusted the legal system he has spent his life working for, THAT would’ve been the true character of Daredevil and one hell of a way to leave the title. But what we got in this issue was more of the same, sittin' and mopin' with Matt, the non-heroic, passive schlub.

VROOM: Honestly, what we got was an homage to AN OCCURRENCE AT OWL CREEK BRIDGE. Really though, what this issue showed was that Daredevil may be fully capable of running, of starting a new life, of just getting away from all this shit. But Matt simply cannot, will not run from the law. He'd rather sit in a cell, surrounded by his enemies, than become a fugitive. THAT is the Matt Murdock I know.

BUG: I know what Bendis was doing. It isn't a bad device to tell a story with. It IS an overused technique (a technique you can see in everything from THE SOPRANOS to SIX FEET UNDER to FAMILY GUY) and salt in the wound to those of us who've been aching for that type of action in this title. Had Bendis given us an ounce of the intensity and excitement that he did in that dream sequence, I wouldn't be so disappointed. The "big action" in this arc involved DD getting shot from many yards away by a sniper (Paladin) and then having his @$$ pulled out of the fire by not one, not two, not even three, but four women. Logo for the last few issues should have read: Black Widow, Elektra, Blind Girlfriend, and Night Nurse: The Chicks Who've Seen the Man Without Fear Without His Pants, not Daredevil: The Man Without Fear.

VROOM: As I said, it's a device Bendis has used before. Still, it worked here, at least for me. Also, I've got to say that the entire “Murdock Papers” arc, and even going back the past year with “Decalogue”, has been Bendis' best work on the title. Each issue had me eager for the next; no "paced for the trade" here. Great build-up, great cliffhangers, and the final issue doesn't compromise. I love that there's no reset button-pushing. To finalize a new status quo, then hand the character off to a new creative team? Now THAT is balls.

And really, Daredevil is the level of character where you can fuck with the status quo and get away with it. Characters like Batman, Superman and Spider-Man are so ingrained into modern culture that there's no way in hell you can change them without alienating the entire known world. Likewise, if you totally reinvent... let's say, Red Wolf, the only person who's going to notice is Fabian Nicieza. But DD is like the Flash and Green Lantern over at DC; these guys are most interesting when their lives are shaken up like a snow globe.

BUG: True. I agree that you can take more risks with Daredevil than with other heroes. Frank Miller did it. Ann Nocenti did it. Both of them threw out modern superhero conventions and set the standard that DAREDEVIL is about strong storytelling. The difference between Miller and Nocenti and Bendis' runs is that Miller and Nocenti never forgot the Daredevil aspect of the character. Daredevil is not important to Bendis. Matt Murdock is. And you'll notice that when talking about the main character, WE aren't even talking about Daredevil. Daredevil doesn't even exist anymore. It's not important to Bendis.

Think of a strong moment in his entire run and you're not going to name a moment while Matt was in costume. Bendis doesn't seem to like that aspect of the character, so he writes around it. When Matt does suit up, these moments seem as if Bendis HAS to do it. It's like Bendis realizes that he can't go forever without some Daredevil-ing, so he tosses out the obligatory jaunt across a rooftop or tussle with ninjas and then it's right back to Matt moping around or having his fat pulled out of the fire by women.

VROOM: You say that as if Matt and Daredevil are two different people. While I admit that there's been some over reliance on the eschewing of the costume, I give some allowances to DD, if only because it was the first and it did it the best. Look at what was going on in comics when Bendis and Maleev began this run: Morrison was just starting on NEW X-MEN, same with Strazynski on SPIDEY, and Busiek was only just wrapping up his career and title-defining run on the AVENGERS. For better or worse, Bendis changed Marvel comics. He was a big part of the experimental approach that defined Marvel over the past five years. Now, that doesn't mean that this sort of story would work on every title, or even that it should work. But for this character at this time, it made for an interesting and entertaining story. And it's not like this is the only approach Bendis has in his arsenal. Look at the latest arc on ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN. That's some straight up costume based storytelling right there.

BUG: You're right. Bendis DID change the face of storytelling at Marvel. Because of him, Quesada set the standard of trying to make the super heroes and super heroism seem special by taking the spotlight off of them and having them do what they do much less often. Because of the success of DAREDEVIL, we got issues after issues without the main character, issues of build-up to "the big reveal" which was actually not big because it had to do with spotlighting the character actually using his powers or doing a singular action that we've seen a million times in a million other comics in the past. Because of him we had Bruce Jones HULK arcs where Banner and the Hulk MAYBE appeared in the last portion of the story. We had a first issue of the SILVER SURFER where the Surfer only appeared in the last panel. We had a HAWKEYE series that quickly turned into a miniseries where he doesn't even pick up a bow and arrow. I know that Quesada's point was that we were taking what these heroes do for granted and they were trying to make the fantastic part of their characters so special by making their appearances less frequent, but in doing that he produced some boring @$$ comics. Bendis' work is no where near as awful as those other comics creators, but because Quesada was so far up his @$$, he made Bendis' style the rule at Marvel. Problem is, not everyone can write like Bendis. Thank god people like Dan Slott, Zeb Wells, and Brian K. Vaughan are at Marvel. Otherwise, after all of these years, Bendis and his pale comparisons would've castrated Marvel completely.

VROOM: I can see us starting to argue in agreement here

BUG: We haven't really talked about the art, have we?

VROOM: I'm sure any talk about the art here is going to boil down to I liked it and you didn't. Maleev (who is the artist on the new SPIDER-WOMAN book, by the way,) is the finest artist at Marvel right now when it comes to conveying mood and atmosphere. This issue, the middle section especially, was no exception.

Plus, I got a kick out of Captain America's tie!

BUG: I'll give it to you. Cap's tie was pretty good, but I seriously don't see the appeal of Maleev's art. What frustrates me about Maleev is that there are others out there who use photo-referencing and I have no problem with it. With Maleev, though, he reminds me of that annoying aunt at weddings who has to take pictures of everyone. She tells you to smile, holds the camera, then fiddles with it, and dinks around, and then pauses some more. Meanwhile, the pose you take looks more and more staged and the smile on your face starts to ache. The result is a completely unnatural photograph that pains you every time you see it. When I look at Maleev's art, I feel sorry for his models because they all seem statue-like and unnatural. Maybe if Maleev's panels were more candid looking and less scripted, I wouldn't have that much of a problem with it.

That doesn't take away from the fact that every time I see Maleev's Daredevil, I want to see less of him because he just can't do spandex. The figures are stilted and awkward and any time he draws anything in motion, his work just falls apart. Part of me thinks that Bendis was playing it smart by keeping the spandex quotient low because Maleev just can't make fantastic aspects seem natural and when you have a comic with a guy who can leap from one building to the next, wears a bright red suit, and fights guys with targets on their heads and bands of ninjas on a regular basis, that's a problem.

VROOM: What do you want to see next from Bendis? I commented a little on this in my wrap-up of SECRET WAR, and I stand by those comments. I'd really like to see Bendis do something totally different, like a fantasy or SF book. Can you imagine what a Bendis-written STARJAMMERS would be like?

BUG: What I would really like Bendis to do is look back on his run on DD and see the mistakes he made and remade and grow as a writer. I think Bendis should really look at the medium he works in, check out some classic books, do some homework and research. Whatever character he chooses to do next, I hope he tries to respect what has come before. Basically, he's destroyed and remolded the entire Marvel Universe in his own image. And that has alienated and pissed off a lot of people. I’m one of them.

Would I like to see Bendis handle the Starjammers? Sure. But I wouldn't like to see Corsair, Ch'od, Raza, and Hepzibah sittin' and talkin' and mopin' in a spaceship in every issue with an obligatory space battle squeezed in awkwardly and a rushed ending after a slow build-up in every arc. I'd want to see him challenge himself. What I'd love to see is Bendis writing one of those old silent issues of GI JOE where Snake-Eyes would go on a mission and not a word is said. Now that would be a challenge for Bendis.

VROOM: I'd love nothing else than to see Bendis challenge himself, and your "have him write a mute" sounds just as interesting to me as any SF/Fantasy. Man, I hope Bendis is taking notes here.

Any plans on your part to pick up Bendis and Maleev's new SPIDER-WOMAN book?

BUG: I'll take a look at SPIDER-WOMAN, but I doubt I'll stick around for more than the first few issues. I already dropped the SPIDER-WOMAN miniseries running right now. I used to love the character for the quirky, bizarre stories in her old series. She fought obscure villains like Needle, Daddy Longlegs, Werewolf By Night, Tatterdemalion, Gypsy Moth, and the Shroud's Night Shift. She was more of a Kolchak character getting into insane predicaments and highlighting the darker corners in the Marvel U. Bendis seems to be focusing on the spy angle of the character and her relationships with SHIELD and Hydra. That's part of her past too, but not a part that makes her stand out from other heroines like Black Widow or Ms. Marvel. I take it you'll be all over the SPIDER-WOMAN?

VROOM: Are you kidding? FUCK no! I hate the character; I've hated her since 1979. Her costume is hideous, her powers aren't even spider-like, her back story is a convoluted mess that even the current mini can't make sense of, and the sooner the Punisher shoots her in the face, the happier I'll be.

Well then, I think there's only one thing left to address: are you looking forward to Lark and the Bru?

BUG: I am. I'm glad Bendis and Bru collaborated and talked about where to take DD next. Brubaker seems to understand the history of Marvel a bit better than Bendis, even though I'm not too happy with all of the wanton killing going on over in his CAPTAIN AMERICA arcs. But given Bendis' tone of the book and the fact that Brubaker wrote some of my favorite GOTHAM CENTRAL stories, I really can't wait to see what he is going to do with the title. Lark too. I hope this next run will give all of the DD fans like me what we've been missing for the last few years. What about you? Do you want to meet back here, same place, same time, in a month and two-in-one Brubaker's first issue?

VROOM: What can I say, except see you here next month!


Writer: John Jackson Miller
Artist: Brian Ching
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Reviewed by Dave Farabee

KNIGHTS OF THE OLD REPUBLIC is the opening volley in Dark Horse’s revival of the STAR WARS comics line. Seems like a good idea. The prequels have wrapped, so tapping into the “what’s gonna happen next?” anticipation they created is pretty much a dry well. Instead, Dark Horse is turning the clock back to the glory days of the Jedi - yes, apparently there was a time when they weren’t dawdling, witless bureaucrats! Doubtless inspired by the successful video games of the same name, KNIGHTS OF THE OLD REPUBLIC promises to be action-heavy and more in the tradition of the original trilogy than the angsty prequels.

Sounds good by me.

Now if you’re like me, the first thing you might notice about the setting – no less than 4000 years prior to the movies – is that “a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away”, things apparently didn’t change much over the course of millennia. Their lightsabers pretty much look like lightsabers, and not, for instance, caveman clubs. And the landspeeders? Don’t look like Ford Pintos at all. In fact, they could pass for alternate ILM designs for the movies.

But hey, it’s STAR WARS! I guess the only important point is that it’s in the past, and since STAR WARS never does anything small, 4000 years ago is more appropriate than 400 years ago. Or something.

And it’s not half-bad. Actually, I’ve enjoyed to varying degrees most of the Dark Horse STAR WARS comics I’ve dabbled in for the last few years, so I’m not too surprised. If I have a complaint, it’s that the hero’s a little too whitebread typical. His name’s Zayne and he’s a hunky, brown-haired Padawan Jedi that could probably double as Anakin Skywalker in a wacky, THREE’S COMPANY-style mix-up. As presented, he’s a likeable loser. His fellow trainees are all on the verge of attaining the rank of Jedi Knight, and he’s this clumsy doofus whose earnestness just isn’t quite translating into greatness. His friends assure him he won’t flunk out – the need for Jedi is great as the Mandalorian Wars strain the resources of the Republic – but the realization that he might squeak past because of lowered standards is hardly encouraging.

Far more entertaining is Marn Heirogryph, a chubby little alien smuggler whose operation Zayne is trying to bust in the opening sequence. “He’s not a Jedi!” Marn shouts to his fleeing customers. “He’s just an intern!” Marn also resists Zayne’s attempt to pull Obi-Wan’s infamous “Jedi mind trick”, a bit of table-turning that’s gotten way old since the movies have already done it several times. Jabba the Hutt could resist it, the loveable slaver who owned Anakin could resist it, and now some smuggler does the same. Geez, it’s not like the Jedi need to be made to look more impotent after the prequels! Still, I ended up liking Marn, largely for the reason I liked Joe Pantoliano’s character in BOUND: his weasely ability to get out of any situation is surprisingly endearing. That events seem to be conspiring to force him to work alongside Zayne is pretty inspired, and the main reason I’ll be keeping an eye on the series. Zayne alone is forgettable, but with a good foil…possibilities.

The art’s excellent all around. It’s by Brian Ching, who’s done a ton of other STAR WARS comics for Dark Horse, and his experience shows. He knows all the STAR WARS aliens, knows how to render those detailed settings and ships we expect of the franchise, and his action sequences are pretty durn good. A definite asset.

I’m a little skeptical on the writing, though. It’s from John Jackson Miller, a guy relatively new to writing comics and best known for fairly forgettable Marvel work on a CRIMSON DYNAMO miniseries and an IRON MAN arc. As noted, I’m not wild about his main character, and some of his attempts at humor are pretty hokey. Zayne falls off a ladder and his “Just wait til I…” turns into an “I-yi-yi!” like the second coming of Desi Arnez. There’s also a schticky bit where some senators in a hovering car do the whole nonplussed gag as Zayne plummets past them. STAR WARS has never been home to sophisticated humor, but it’d be nice to avoid schtick.

Beyond that…plot’s solid, setting seems cool, and I am keeping in mind that Miller wrote a very entertaining standalone issue of STAR WARS: EMPIRE a month or two back. I also score the book bonus points for its overall “fun” vibe. There’s a somewhat dark twist at the end, but the prevailing atmosphere is ‘high adventure’, and after several years of gritty Clone War stories, it’s a nice change of pace. Give ‘er a look, STAR WARS dorks.

Preview pages.


Writer: Warren Ellis
Penciler: Stuart Immonen
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Reviewed by Humphrey Lee

When I first heard about this book I just Knew I was going to love it. The creative team consists of two men whose work I've always enjoyed. I loved the premise and the unusual assortment of characters picked to star in this title. And I absolutely loved the tagline "Healing America by beating people up." And I do love this book. This first issue of NEXTWAVE is as over-the-top as I was expecting and then some. NEXTWAVE is an unbelievably quirky book. NEXTWAVE is absolutely hilarious at times and has an uncanny sort of energy to it. NEXTWAVE is a book showcasing everything you enjoy about superhero action and a critique on the more absurd things of the genre. But most of all, NEXTWAVE is just plain fun.

If you don't know the premise of the book by now it pretty much goes like this: There's an organization known as H.A.T.E., which stands for the Highest Anti-Terrorism Effort (kinda like SHIELD, only not at all) which is lead by a character that shoulda been Nick Fury (but he am busy right now) known as Dirk Anger. Our little misfits in NEXTWAVE (consisting of Marvel C-listers Monica Rambeau, Elsa Bloodstone, Aaron Stack the Machine Man, Tabitha Smith, and an original creation known just as "The Captain") work for Mr. Anger and H.A.T.E. Well, at least they did.

What we find out right off the bat in this first issue is that there was once a terrorist cell known as S.I.L.E.N.T. that went to ground and became a reputed company known as Beyond Corporation... the same company that funds what H.A.T.E. does. And that isn't good. In fact, it's so not good that NEXTWAVE steals some tech from H.A.T.E. and goes rogue on them. And then Fin Fang Foom shows up... and yes, there are purple underpants. The purplest underpants you have ever seen. Glorious.

But I reiterate, the book is damn fun. And quirky. Oh my is it quirky. And there's the fun. The interaction between the team's characters is great. Everything from Monica's "I lead the Avengers" rants, to Machine Man's tendency to refer to his teammates as "fleshy ones", to The Captain's discussion about what his original title was and also his decision to put on the mask in the first place, which is by far the greatest reason I've ever read in a comic book. Dirk Anger's in your face persona just adds perfectly to the vibe this book was going for, and might actually be preferred to using the "real" Nick Fury since it seems he can get away with more. And shit yea, there's goddamn purple underpants.

All that and we cap it off with fantastic Stuart Immonen art. It perfectly fits this book as it's rough around the edges and smooth as silk all at the same time. The detail is amazing, as are the character designs and the way the action scenes move, but it has an almost extreme/animeish feel to it that pushes it to the level needed to match what the book is going for. It's definitely a perfect match, and just enhances an overly fantastic read. If you like fun comics, then you should own this now. If you don't, you might as well just go out and buy it anyways, otherwise Tabby is just going to steal your wallet.


Writer: Dave Gibbons and Geoff Johns
Pencils: Patrick Gleason
Inks: Prentis Rollins & Christian Alamy
Publisher: DC Comics
Reviewer: Ambush Bug

Being a sucker for team books, I pick up just about any book that pairs more than one hero together to fight a common foe. I just love seeing the interactions and arguments. The conflict and friendships. No one lives in a vacuum, no hero either. But GREEN LANTERN CORPS: RECHARGE is something a little more than just a team book. It’s much bigger than that. It’s a book that focuses on the job the heroes have to do and how that job can affect a variety of people.

There are many reasons why I’m liking this title. It stands apart from the entire INFINITE CRISIS hullabaloo and functions on its own, as its own story without seeming like filler.

It stars some of my favorite characters in the DCU who up until now didn’t have their own title to hero around in. I mean, a comic featuring Guy Gardner, Kyle Rayner, and Kilowog? Are you kidding me? Just seeing Gardner brazenly piss off anyone who crosses his path is worth the cover price alone.

But what really surprised me was the aspect of every team book that usually pisses me off. There’s nothing I hate more than the inclusion of the obligatory “new and original member” of your typical team book. Maggot, Stacy X, Triathlon, Silver Claw, Shift, Thunder, Manitou Raven, Tomorrow Woman, Arrowette, The Secret, the NEW Captain Britain, Ronin, the list goes on. In almost every formation of a team, the creators always feel the urge to add a new and mysterious member to the roster to “spice things up!” You know. It’s that member who appears ONLY in that particular arc until the creative team is through with the title and moves on. Then when the next writer comes on board, that character is conveniently written out of the picture in a panel or three. It just annoys me when writers do this. It takes away from my precious time reading about the characters that matter.

The thing is, in GREEN LANTERN CORPS: RECHARGE, Gibbons and Johns have created some interesting characters who may prove to have some kind of life beyond their creative team’s run on the title. In the wake of the Rann-Thanagar War, two warriors, one from Rann, one from Thanagar, have joined the Corps and by a cruel twist of fate, they are assigned to be on patrol together. It’s your typical buddy cop scenario, where the two partners despise one another, but have to work together to get the job done. Throughout this series, the two have learned to work together and in this issue, the two characters, Vath Sarn and Isamot Kol, start to call each other Rann and Thanagar, nicknames that reflect where they are from, throughout the issue. This was one of those cool little exchanges that made me smile in this book. On top of that, another new GL recruit, Soranik Natu’s storyline where she is conflicted with being chosen as a ring-bearer is pretty well written too.

GREEN LANTERN CORPS: RECHARGE #4 gathers all of our favorite GLs together to fight the cosmic menace known as the Spider Guild. The Guild’s plan is revealed in this issue and it looks to be especially dangerous to the GL homeworld of Oa. As our heroes come together, they rely on each other’s strengths as individuals, not as Green Lanterns, to pull their collective fat out of the fire. There is a real feel of camaraderie in this book. I didn’t have that feeling of discord towards the newbies that I’ve had with past team books. Soranik snubs Guy’s brash advances. Vath and Isamot take a time out from their own bickering to turn on Soranik. Kilowog and Kyle hold the entire team together. And did I mention that the Green Lantern hunter Fatality is in the mix to cause all sorts of trouble?

This is a fun book. It’s an intergalactic police drama and buddy flick. Those of you who loved GOTHAM CENTRAL for its serialized police feel may want to check this series out. The art is spectacular and full of wide screen energy. GREEN LANTERN CORPS goes ongoing as soon as this miniseries ends and you better bet I plan on picking it up when it does.


Writer: Warren Ellis
Artists: Brandon Peterson
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Reviewer: Prof. Challenger

So sue my ass, this review's a couple weeks late. Still worth getting a full review because from the cover featuring the scariest looking adult toy ever imagined to the last page with Misty Knight wondering whether she should join The Ultimates, this was a great example of how to play in the Ultimate Sandbox.

Considering that the Triskelion is still alive and well, I'm guessin' this thing takes place before the recent events in THE ULTIMATES comic. Bummer there, considering that this is all about worrying whether mankind's going to be exterminated by the not so shiver-inducing "Gah Lak Tus." Self-defeating title given the fact that it takes place BEFORE the recent events in THE ULTIMATES. Woops. Guess we all know that "Gah Lak Tus" isn't going to succeed. But then again…did anyone really think Marvel was ready to just close up the ULTIMATE line?

I didn't think so.

First, my disappointment and then kind of a recap of the cool stuff. Color me disappointed that Galactus is "Gah Lak Tus." You know, the whole basic concept behind the original Marvel U. Galactus (or Galacticus for that same crowd of folks who always thought Darkseid was pronounced DarkSEED) was that Jack popped out an FF story whereby the FF were going to meet "God." Pretty bold idea for 1960-something. Jack even threw in a little baby Messiah for his "God" character who flew through the cosmos on a shiny silver surfboard. Leave it up to Jack to figure God wore short pants and had a giant English alphabet "G" for a belt buckle. And leave it up to Stan to turn Jack's angry little reluctant Messiah into a Shakespearean lingo-spouting pacifist.

Anyway, I was kind of hoping for something a bit bolder than just the Ultimate crew of superheroes facing an alien machine that kills every living thing on the planet with a super-virus and then sucks all the energy from the planet to move on to the next inhabited planet. I was hoping for something more bold than that. I wanted to see Warren Ellis take the Ultimates and the Fantastic Four and REALLY make them come face-to-face with God who was ready to bring forth Armageddon and the end of time. Now THAT'S a story just itching to be told. Oh well, can't review what could'a been. Gotta review what is. And taking the comic on its own merits, it's good stuff.

Not sure if it's the darker tone throughout the whole Ultimate Universe from conception or what, but Ellis's writing fits better in this continuity than it does in the main Marvel and DC continuities. Similarly, his work on THE AUTHORITY (also from a darker universe shared with his own PLANETARY) just flowed more organically than his recent work on the JUSTICE LEAGUE.

Admittedly, I'm not a wide-spread reader of the Ultimate comics, though THE ULTIMATES has been my guilty pleasure for the last 2 years. Why guilty? 'Cause it flies in the face of everything I claim to want out of my superhero comics, but dammit, I can't stop reading it. I also enjoyed Ellis's run on the ULT. FANTASTIC FOUR.

What I really liked about this issue was that Ellis frontloaded all that the reader needs to know about the "Gah Lak Tus" threat, including introducing the main heroes who will be dealing with it in the form of the FF, Sam Wilson, Ms. Marvel, and Gen. Fury. Then he shifts gears and focuses on one seemingly normal character, gorgeous and tough as nails private detective Misty Knight. Off on an assignment for a rich Lex Luthor-looking guy who needs Misty to recover his wife, who's run off with some weird religious cult. And here's where Ellis starts to shine.

Misty thinks this is just another job, but as the comic unfolds, it is clear that this rather mundane assignment is tied into the coming of "Gah Lak Tus." How do we know? Well, the faith-healing leader of this dangerous cult is obviously supposed to be the Ultimate version of the Silver Surfer and full-on allegorical Messiah. Named Paul Maitreya, this cult leader is a literary nod to the legendary modern New Age Messiah Lord Maitreya who has been prophesied about and alleged to already be in this world for over 10 years. I recall seeing blurry photographs by nutjobbers purporting to be Lord Maitreya wandering around India as far back as the late 80s. So, Ellis takes Maitreya, outfits him in a body coated in shiny other-worldly silver with stiff metal "angel" wings attached to his back (rather than a dorky surfboard naturally). But the big visual reveal is just in time for a successful assassination.

As we all know, though, any "true" Messiah analog must be killed before he can rise from the dead and assume his true position. Neo pulled it off at the end of THE MATRIX and I'm expecting that Paul Maitreya pulls it off next issue or the one after that. And I'm sure his "transfiguration" will be tied into the cosmic hand of "Gah Lak Tus."

The real focus, however, is on Misty Knight. She's our POV throughout and gets into a nasty little catfight with the assassin, some bald chick with a dragon tattoo. As I said, I don't read too much Ultimate stuff, but the dragon tattoo makes me think the "assassin" may be the Ultimate version of Colleen Wing. The big reveal of Misty's bionic arm was nicely done and, I would assume, was a surprise to anyone too young to remember the regular Misty from the 70s Marvel comics.

As usual, I really liked the cinematic story-telling of Ellis and Brandon Peterson knocked it out of the park on the art. Digital coloring was overdone and needs to be lightened up, but otherwise, good all around and recommended.

It’s one thing to fall behind on a title; it’s another to realize you’re backlogged on an entire publishing house! Whoops. We’re so far behind; it’s going to take more than one reviewer to get this column caught up to speed on Oni Press’ latest batch of goodies…

LOCAL #1-3
Writer: Brian Wood
Artist: Ryan Kelly
Publisher: Oni Press
Reviewed by Dave Farabee

I haven’t followed a lot of Brian Wood material, so I picked up LOCAL with little context but put it down having read one of the most original, most compellingly crafted indies of the last few years. The premise is simple: a series of city-centric standalone stories loosely connected by a young woman named Megan. Sometimes, as in the first issue, she’s the lead character. Other times, as in the third, she’s just got a walk-on role. Each issue takes place roughly a year after the previous, opening in ’94 with a 17-year-old Megan, and planned to wrap in our own ’06 with her as a well-traveled 30-year-old.

The stories themselves are written to be universal, but for locals in the chosen towns (and those travelers who’ve passed through ‘em) there’s a bonus in the effort Wood and artist Ryan Kelly have gone through to capture climate, landmarks, and the general “vibe” of a place.

Issue #1: Portland, OR

First thing that struck me about the opening volley was Kelly’s bravura artwork. I’d seen Kelly’s work on GIANT ROBOT WARRIORS, and truthfully, it didn’t chart on my “artists to watch” list – but the dude has improved. Vastly. Take a peek at his evocation of Portland rain coming down on a train station. I’m sensing a lot of Paul Pope artistic influence – never a bad thing – as Kelly douses his work in confidently heavy inks. He’s also working up some of Pope’s kineticism, giving scenes an energetic quality too often lost in both slice-of-life stories and heavily photo-referenced work. Heck, his dudes even have those big Paul Pope lips!

The story is straightforward and immediate. Outside a pharmacy in Megan’s bumper-sticker-dotted car, she’s trying to figure out her options as her boyfriend desperately tries to forge a prescription for the drugs he wants. He’s frantic and pissed, presumably going through withdrawal, and Megan’s in the crap position of having to carry out the ruse (she’s got the insurance card). The story plays out as a series of “what if” scenarios in Megan’s head – I was reminded of RUN LOLA RUN – with Wood and Kelly keenly interested in created a feeling of nervous paranoia throughout. They succeed, and pleasantly wrap not with high melodrama, but with quiet resolution.

Issue #2: Minneapolis, MN

I think this one’s my favorite, largely because it’s just such an oddball concept. Megan’s moved to more northerly climes – snowy Minneapolis – found a small apartment, and taken a job at a record store. Where things get strange is when we see that, for reasons later explained, she’s regularly leaving her key on top of her door frame to let a complete stranger into her apartment while she’s at work. He’s a nice-lookin’ college-age dude who proceeds to take pictures of himself with her Polaroid and leave them for her with little captions, all without ever having met her in person. She, in turn, leaves photos of herself for him. It’s a truly bizarre situation – a bit like online dating - but Megan’s obviously lonely and finds it charming. Her co-worker, on the other hand, thinks the guy’s just as likely to rape and murder her.

It’s a terrifically messed-up little love story. The cold weather is palpable, there’s a sense of both intimacy and voyeurism in the scenes where the mystery man wanders through Megan’s apartment, and several instances of genuine creepiness. Sometimes, though, it’s just the mood shots that win the day, like Megan eating macaroni at her window while she watches for her “Polaroid boyfriend.”

Issue #3: Richmond, VA

Here’s one of the stories where Megan’s little more than a walk-on. Opening with a stunning shot of Richmond from the window of an airliner, the issue follows a rock band returning home at the end of its career. The framework is a phone interview conducted with the lead singer, slightly defensive as the interviewer presses him as to why the band left their hometown of Richmond to live in Europe for several years. The interview bounces around to different topics, touching on craft, artistic growth, and the other band members. And indeed, the story jumpcuts throughout to show what those other members are up to. In short, it’s a portrait of a band at the end of its life. There’s some natural sadness – we see an awkward rekindling of an old relationship, and at least one member desperately trying to make some quick bucks selling memorabilia. But Wood tempers the down beats with the conviction of the lead and a reminder that music always goes on, whatever paths the players might go.

For all that the story seems meandering, it’s actually very tightly constructed around the interview, but I like that feel of being meandering. It’s a common element throughout the series, with its many visual stopovers on buildings, storefronts, and messy rooms. Nothing’s generic, everything’s “lived-in,” and while the series certainly has its tense moments, that lived-in quality gives the reader a relaxed sense that he’s just visiting friends. I can’t think of many comics that’ve given me that feeling, but it sure is nice.

So big ups to Wood and Kelly. They’re working in some kind of magical synchronicity, they’ve got a concept the biz has never seen, and they’re at the forefront of the movement to revitalize the standalone issue in comics (see also, JONAH HEX; FELL). Pretty cool stuff. In fact, at three issues in I’m confident enough in the series to start thinking of it as an early frontrunner for best miniseries of ’06. Do look into it.

As Dave hands the Catch-up stained baton my way in this Oni Three-Way, this Ambush Bug has to admire the range Oni Press has in its stable of goodness. From a slice of life jaunt from one locale to the next to a precious fairy tale of fantasy and fun, Oni’s imagination and talent knows no bounds. I’m saddened to say that POLLY AND THE PIRATES was the first Oni Press book ever to weigh in my hands, but I’m equally enthusiastic that I hope it’s not the last. Lately, there’s been a lot of “little girl gets swept away to a fantasy world”-type stories. You know, those ALICE IN WONDERLAND, WIZARD OF OZ, MIRRORMASK, LABYRINTH, ABAZADAD-types where seemingly normal girls fall through the cracks of what they thought was reality into a world of adventure. POLLY AND THE PIRATES is this type of story; one of those universal tales that can interest young and old alike.

By Ted Naifeh
Reviewin’ Swab: Ambush Bug

I was really swept up in the first three issues of this story. Issue one takes its time introducing us to Polly-Anne Pringle and what makes her tick. Polly is a good girl, a prim and proper, goodie-goodie good girl, so good that her friends use her as bait to try to get away with the tomfoolery that little girls often get into sneaking under the upturned nose of Miss Lovejoy, the head mistress of Polly’s boarding school. But Naifeh writes Polly sympathetically and doesn’t cast her as someone to be disliked. Her virtuosity is something that makes her stand out among her classmates and makes this book stand out among the apathetic and jaded books that decorate the shelves of your local comic shore. At first, Naifeh creates a world of innocence around his title character, one that is both intricately delicate and realistic, before plunging her into the world of pirates, hidden treasure, and high sea adventure.

It’s not until issue one is more than halfway over that we actually see pirates, but Naifeh paces his issues nicely, filling it with interesting and cute moments. This book has a definite drive – a forward momentum fueled by the wholesomeness that Polly is filled with, the threat to what makes Polly special, and the mystery that Polly is more special than all of us as readers, and Polly herself, may know. Polly may not be as prim and proper as she seems. By the end of issue one, we find out that she may be the daughter of the legendary Pirate Queen. She certainly looks like her, and in issue two she definitely has some swash in her buckles as she makes her escape from the pirates who stole her away from her warm boarding school bunk in the night.

As we cast sails through issues two and three, we’re introduced to a swarthy dog pack of a pirate crew without a captain. One of the pirates, Scrimshaw, is one of those crusty rogues with a heart of gold, who weeps when thinking of his lost captain, the Pirate Queen, and whose eyes glisten with hope upon looking at Polly and her potential to lead his crew. But not all of the pirates think Polly is The One. The snaggle-toothed Kutner Naff looks to be nothing but trouble and the devilishly handsome Pirate Prince isn’t as nice as he initially seems.

Three issues in and I’m hooked. This is a classically structured story masterfully adapted into comic book form. Every issue seems full of energy and ideas. Ted Naifeh shows great promise as one of those writers that can appeal to all audiences without making things too sophisticated or sophomoric. And the simplistic yet cartoonish art makes everything look as cute as a button on a button. If you’re looking for entertainment for children in comics, but can’t stand the watered down versions of mainstream properties, check out this book. Kids will love it and so will you.

Now let’s pass the mike one last time to Vroom Socko who has a few more Oni books to catch you all up on.

Sean Murphy: Creator
Vroom Socko: Four Wheelin’

By all rights, this shouldn’t work. A post-adolescent coming of age story centered around three guys in a jeep stuck in the wilderness? Post-adolescent angst is a dime a dozen in independent comics. And yet, this book works great.

The first element in its favor is Sean Murphy’s artwork. Most of the book ranges between good and great, but every dozen pages or so, there’s a splash page that just knocks you on your ass. There’s one of the jeep near the end that would be right at home in the pages of SIN CITY, and that one’s not even the best of the bunch.

The second is the fun dialogue, which is both naturalistic and funny as hell. Each of the characters is well nuanced and fleshed out in interesting ways. It’s easy to just become absorbed in the plot, which if you ask me is the hallmark of a good story. Besides, this thing has a bunch of Mr. T jokes. Who doesn’t love a good Mr. T reference?

Corey Lewis “The Rey”: Creator
Vroom Socko: Always Picked Last

I’ll be the first to admit that this book isn’t going to be for everyone. “Zany” doesn’t do the story justice; it’s a wild ride of martial arts mayhem that makes DRAGONBALL Z look like “My Dinner with Andre”. What’s really great is that the tournament shown in this book isn’t a fighting exhibition. No, it’s the World Kickball Championship.

Yes, I said Kickball.

This book simply revels in the ridiculous. Each kickball match is a wild display of kinetic fury that sets sparks off the page. Each team has its own psychotic quirks, especially the nutjobs from Canada. There’s also the special appearance from Corey Lewis’ other character, Sharknife. He’s the teenage busboy at the local Chinese restaurant who transforms into a ten foot tall superhero by eating mystic fortune cookies.

I get the distinct impression that “The Rey” lives on a diet of nothing but pixie stix and Jolt cola.

Yes, the whole thing is silly. Everything Corey Lewis does is silly. But if silly is what you’re in the mood for, then PENG is the best place to find it.

John Layman: Writer
Dave Dumeer: Artist
Vroom Socko: Evil Genius

Imagine you find your long-lost father, only to learn he’s a major criminal. I mean MAJOR. Blofeld major. And he needs your help to take over the world. How would you handle it?

ARMAGEDDON & SON takes the Dr. Evil/Scott elements from the “Austin Powers” movies and runs with them at top speed. Alphonse Feeney is a criminal mastermind whose minions have turned on him, forcing him to turn to his loser son Doonald to wrest back control of his evil empire. Doon, as he’s called, is utterly hopeless. Oh he tries to be evil, but he sucks at it.

Nearly every page has an insane joke at the expense of the Bond franchise. Every time the elder Feeney meets up with someone, he remarks on the fact that he’s killed them at some point. Expansive island lairs, vicious henchmen, scantily clad women waiting in lush bedrooms: all are set up to hilarious effect. The best joke in the book involves the other Feeney child, who’s the one who actually inherited the evil tendencies of his father. Well, second best, actually. The best is the line one of the evil minions has at the end, which I simply cannot spoil here. Suffice it to say, the ending is a blast.

Like the other comics listed here, fun is the name of the game with this title. Hell, fun is the operating word with pretty much any book you can name from ONI, and you really can’t go wrong with anything they publish. Anything.


Writer: Ashly Raiti
Artist: Irene Flores
Publisher: Tokyopop
Reviewer: Dan Grendell's a killer!

The European legend of the succubus, a female demon who uses her wiles to lure in a mortal and then kill him, is an old one that probably sprang from some caught-in-the-act man's need for an excuse for his inability to keep it in ye olde pants. Ashly Raiti takes that legend and puts a neat spin on it here, telling the story of Maeve, a young succubus-in-training who travels to Earth to learn human ways get some practice in. Her mentor, Veril, keeps an eye on her, but Sylne, an administrator, is bucking for a promotion, and she thinks the best way to get it is to catch Maeve breaking the Rules - even if she needs a nudge or two to do it. Meanwhile, Maeve has started falling for her human high school companion Aiden, and that can't have a good ending...

Raiti does a good job making you care about Maeve and her goals, despite the fact that she is training to lure people to their doom. Each character has a distinctive, well-written personality, though Maeve seems a bit too naive for a demon, even a young one. I had a hard time believing that someone who had been training to seduce humans in a demon society had so little knowledge of how a boy would react to her or how to deal with a jealous girlfriend. The manipulated imp Junael, however, was the perfect mix of resentful, curious, and proud. An interesting dichotomy.

Irene Flores has a way of using heavy lines on the borders of her figures that gives them an intriguing look, separated from their backgrounds a bit. They 'pop', so to speak, almost like a pop-up book. A penchant for large, almond-shaped eyes and very small lips also defines her style. Backgrounds are rare, with Flores instead relying almost entirely on the characters for storytelling. Panel-to-panel flow is quite clear, even without backgrounds, so I didn't miss them too much. Character design is great, with Maeve looking just the right amount of hot for her age but not overdeveloped, although Sylne is a bit over the top.

All in all, a good revamp of an old legend. This is a romance with an interesting cast and a fun story, and it's a treat to read.


Creator: Akihito Yoshitomi
Publisher: ADV
Reviewer: Dan Grendell

Overview of Volumes 1-3

Nowadays, civilized people make the standard assumption that a human being has basic rights and blindly believe that this is true all around the world. It isn't, unfortunately - slavery still exists, even in the USA, just below the awareness level. RAY takes that idea a step further, positing a mysterious Organization that runs a body farm, raising children simply to sell their organs to the highest bidder and then conduct scientific experiments on them. Rescued after her eyes were sold, Ray was given x-ray eyes and trained to be a doctor and now she uses her incredible skills in the underground, helping those in need and trying to hunt down the Organization and destroy it. Joined by the bearded, cigar-chomping Director Sawa and his nurses, the inventor Shinoyama, and other escapees from the Organization, she pursues her revenge, but when the Organization starts helping her on cases, what is she to do?

This is a graphic manga. BATTLE ROYALE has extremely graphic scenes of violence and sex, and I could handle that, no problem. RAY has extremely graphic scenes of surgery, and for some reason, that makes me slightly ill. I have no idea what the difference is there, but it is definitely my problem - the art is spectacular, so everything is accurate and has a medical feel to it during the surgeries. There's just something about seeing a woman surgically remove a hand and carry it in a plastic bag to reattach it later that bothers me more than seeing it chopped off. Must be my upbringing.

Yoshitomi's art is very detail-oriented, with full backgrounds common and the intricate surgery scenes extremely well laid out. People tend to be smooth and round, especially in the face, but still quite realistic. The action scenes are easy to follow, but exciting, and the surgeries are paced the same way, making them just as exciting. Yoshitomi has definitely improved since his earlier work on EAT-MAN, and it shows.

Not for the weak of stomach, RAY is a cool read and interesting to boot.

The sharp eyed among you will have noticed that prior to this week I’ve contributed something like three reviews in as many months. Well, things haven’t been exactly happy in the Socko household, and time and my comics budget have suffered because of it. I mention it here because it pertains to the level of involvement I have with the work presented this week, the phenomenally well written web comic called
Something Positive.

The first thing you should know about this comic is that the humor is not for everyone. Basically, I say the same thing about this that I do The 40-Year-Old Virgin: if the first joke doesn’t offend you, then you should enjoy yourself. While the initial strip is a bit more messed up than a chick fucking a horse, it is a pretty accurate gauge of what writer/artist R.K. Milholland brings to the table. And like the Steve Carell film, underneath the sarcasm and sickness is a story full of warmth and heart.

The main character is Davan MacIntire, a Texan living in the Boston area who works in the local theater scene, as well as the billing department of the local Medicaid center. His best friend since childhood is Aubrey Chorde, a sociopath with a penchant for insane projects that put Davan in harm’s way, as well as public outbursts of random insanity; an early strip has her memorably bellowing ”I could menstruate a better cup of coffee than this!” while inside a local Starbucks. Her partner in crime is PeeJee Shou. She’s the more rational member of this trifecta, despite her constant dating troubles. She somehow manages to fall for men who are sleazy cheaters, gay, or in one case both.

That’s how these characters look at first glance, at any rate. What Milholland is so damn good at is peeling back the layers to show you what lies underneath his characters’ sarcastic exteriors. Davan, for example, is the sort of self-sacrificing friend most people never have, and those that do are damn lucky. PeeJee has a bit of a maternal instinct for gaming loser Mike, who himself manages to grow from a reprehensible geek stereotype into a three dimensional human being. There is one storyline where at the start you hate Mike with every fiber of your being, and at the end you can’t wait to see him again.

And then there are Davan’s parents, Fred and Faye. Out of all the supporting cast, they’re my favorite, if for no other reason than they remind me of my own mom and dad. Not only is their lovable sniping familiar, but also they just plain look like my parents; my mother is a short, dark-haired lady with a sharp tongue and my dad is an imposing figure with grey hair and glasses. Readers have seen quite a bit of the MacIntire family in the past few months in a storyline that has Fred secretly diagnosed with the early stages of Alzheimer’s. The only one in the family who knows is Davan, who has promised to move back to Texas if and when his mother needs help taking care of the old man. This was especially poignant to me, because this storyline began just a scant month after…

Damnit, this should be easier to talk about.

A little over four months ago, on 9/11 of all days, my father suffered what his doctors called a “massive” stroke. He spent six hours in surgery and three days on life support. To the hospital staff, that he even survived the first 48 hours was considered a miracle. I knew the truth; my dad is too damn stubborn to go that easily. To see this fictional character that reminded me so much of my dad going through his own health problems was in many ways a great help to me. Then, this past week’s worth of strips hit the web.

The plot is simple enough: Fred and Faye spend the day together just enjoying each other’s company, while Fred tries to work up the courage to tell his wife about his illness. It’s a simple enough story, and to see these two together is a lot of fun, even with Fred’s secret hanging over the whole afternoon. He ends up waiting until the next morning to tell her, not wanting to ruin this perfect day. The next morning went up on January 27th at double size. The second half is just the word “Oh” used three times. That’s all that was needed. It broke my heart. Then I showed the story to my mother, whose comics experience begins with Charlie Brown and ends at Get Fuzzy. It broke her heart. I showed it to a friend of mine, who’d never read the strip before, and who didn’t have the connection to the characters that I did. It broke HIS heart.

As long as I’ve been reading this strip I’ve known that Randy Milholland was a damn funny writer. When he told this story almost two years ago, I knew he was a great writer. It wasn’t until this weekend that I finally recognized the fact that he’s an exceptional writer, the equal of the top writers in print comics and even surpassing many of the ones at the Big Two. Plenty of people in this business have the ability to make you laugh, fewer can make you cry. The ones that can do both are a real treasure, and Milholland can count himself in their number.

QUESTION FOR DISCUSSION: What comic story has brought you the closest to tears?
(No, Chuck Austen having She-Hulk and the Juggernaut fuck doesn’t count.)

Oh, and my dad has improved vastly, thank you very much. He’s walking every day, has occupational and speech therapy three times a week, and starting this past Monday he’s now back at work for two hours a day. He’s not at 100%, but considering he’s come back from 1% I’m thankful enough. You just can’t keep a Socko down. - Vroom Socko

Marvel Comics

So Carol Danvers, aka Warbird, aka Binary, aka Ms. Marvel, aka That-Chick-Whose-Powers-Rogue-Stole-in-the-80s…so Carol Danvers keeps a public blog? Apparently, so according to Bendis, who uses the blog format (right down to a ‘0 comments’ tag below each entry) as Carol’s narration for the issue. Does it fit with her ex-military intel background? Not a bit! Does it fit with the standards and practices of Bendis’s readership? Ahhhh, that may be closer to his intent. I think I see a MySpace entry in Cap’s future, maybe some message board trolling in Wolverine’s.

After an opening where Carol Danvers absorbs solid-sound supervillain Klaw the exact same way Dazzler did way back during the Reagan administration, the story fortunately takes a turn for the better. It’s a downtime issue, which plays to Bendis’s strengths, as Carol crashes Avengers Tower right as the team’s about to make their line-up public. There’s some great banter between Carol and old friends, especially Cap, and Bendis teases her membership only to put it on hold for awhile (maybe that’s why Spider-Girl inexplicably gets the cover spot?). The issue’s best bit has the team trying to talk J. Jonah Jameson down from slamming the team for Spider-Man’s membership – a good scene in and of itself, with a hilarious pay-off a few pages later. I was also impressed with Frank Cho’s art, increasingly more diverse than its LIBERTY MEADOW origins. All told, the issue’s the usual Bendis-on-capes mixture of winningly different and frustratingly stupid (ex-intel Carol Danvers talks about getting all her information on Klaw from frickin’ websites - gee, were looking up Avengers and S.H.I.E.L.D. profiles too much like grown-up work?)
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  • Feb. 1, 2006, 2:53 a.m. CST

    Dare I say it?

    by Mavrikfire


  • Feb. 1, 2006, 2:58 a.m. CST

    oh, come on...

    by Gus Nukem


  • Feb. 1, 2006, 3:12 a.m. CST

    What has Brian K. Vaughan done for Marvel?

    by Ribbons

    Besides for "Runaways", of course. Please don&#39;t tell me you&#39;re referring to his run on "Ultimate X-Men." Please, pretty please. I don&#39;t care if it "at least knew how to mix the talky-talk with action!!", its characters were cliched and the dialogue was wince-inducing. I could not stand his run on that series.

  • Feb. 1, 2006, 3:14 a.m. CST

    Daredevil #81 owned my ass!

    by LeckoManiac

    And I liked Vaughn&#39;s Ultimate X-Men run! It wasn&#39;t perfect, but it wasn&#39;t anywhere near awful. As for Bendis, I am sad to see him leave DD. However, Ed absolutely ROCKS the Cap, so he could be the perfect fit for DD!!!

  • blah blah blah filth-flarn-filth yackety yak.

  • Feb. 1, 2006, 3:21 a.m. CST

    Yeah, I know, "so much," not "some much...

    by kintar0

    I love the Chronic. What? cles of Narnia.

  • Feb. 1, 2006, 3:26 a.m. CST

    Sure, sure, your Bendis/Daredevil #81 REVIEW...

    by kintar0

    So what?

  • Feb. 1, 2006, 4:10 a.m. CST

    Is it just me...

    by sergiolikewhoa

    Or was there no money penis on the Robin cover? I&#39;m a bit worried about how disappointed I am about that...

  • Feb. 1, 2006, 4:10 a.m. CST

    Monkey Penis

    by sergiolikewhoa


  • Feb. 1, 2006, 6 a.m. CST

    RE: Monkey Penis

    by kiddae

    The joke is that one of his toes could be mistaken for a penis. LOLOLOLOL rite?!?!?!?!!!! Bug&#39;s constant complaining about Daredevil being rescued by [gasp]... WOMEN is hilarious. How come so many geeks are misogynists?

  • Feb. 1, 2006, 6:36 a.m. CST

    Defenders & GL Corps = best team books

    by RealDoubleJ

    Defenders gives just the right amount of humour & adventure while GL Corps fucking owns like anything Geoff Johns is writing at the mo. But all this is garnish to me, I&#39;m still giddy from finding a first edition copy of The Watchmen Trade in near-mint condition. Price?

  • Feb. 1, 2006, 6:53 a.m. CST

    Plastic Man

    by Cerebud

    I never got to read this series, even though I love Kyle Baker&#39;s stuff. You know what DC needs to do? Make a cheap-o newsprint trade of all 20 issues. Am I crazy to think it could sell? Make the price low enough, give us a bargain.

  • Feb. 1, 2006, 7:27 a.m. CST

    The whole anti-Bendis thing is really tired.

    by 3 Bag Enema

    And am I the only one who noticed that Ultimate Silver Surfer has aluminum siding hanging off his back?

  • Feb. 1, 2006, 7:33 a.m. CST

    "Ed absolutely ROCKS the Cap"

    by 3 Bag Enema

    Brubaker is a fucking hack. I am so sick of authors who get their talons on a character, and choose to get attention by retconning that character up the ass. Bucky... is alive! And he&#39;s a cyborg assassin! Give me a break. JMS is even worse. Give him Spider-Man, and what does he do? He retcons his origin, then he retcons Gwen Stacy into an Osborn-fucking slut. Give him Fantastic Four. What&#39;s his first storyline? Retconning their origin. Tell your own goddamned stories, JMS, stop raping the classics! Ed Brubaker and JMS must be stopped. Foggy killing bastard.

  • Feb. 1, 2006, 8:03 a.m. CST

    What comic story has brought you the closest to tears?

    by cactusmaac

    Transformers #75

  • Feb. 1, 2006, 8:06 a.m. CST

    What comic story has brought you the closest to tears?

    by 3 Bag Enema

    Jimmy Corrigan: Smartest Kid on Earth

  • Feb. 1, 2006, 8:26 a.m. CST

    Something Positive

    by Spaz_Monkey

    Easily one of the best strips on the web today. I had no idea going into the last few strips that I&#39;d be as affected as I was. Fred and Faye remind me so much of my grandparents, right down to my grandmother taking a nap one day, and just not waking up. Everyone knows at least one one person who is exactly like one of SP&#39;s characters, and it&#39;s that familiarity that makes to strip so good. If you don&#39;t know SP, I urge you to start reading it. If you can survive the pre-evolution art, you&#39;ll find a wonderful, oft-powerful strip. Oh, and Choo Choo Bear. Yer gonna fucking LOVE Choo Choo Bear!

  • Feb. 1, 2006, 8:33 a.m. CST

    I think the bald chick is Ultimate Moondragon

    by rev_skarekroe

    Colleen Wing has lots of hair.

  • Feb. 1, 2006, 8:36 a.m. CST

    Plastic Man - Robbed by the Covers

    by Squashua

    If I could only stop judging a book by it&#39;s cover, I&#39;d have picked it up. Of course, issue #1 didn&#39;t do anything for me, so I never picked up the rest. Going to go get the Infinite Crisis crossover issues today.

  • Feb. 1, 2006, 9:06 a.m. CST

    Bendis&#39;s run on Daredevil was EPIC!

    by Heywood Jablowme

    I&#39;ll say that based on two issues: 49 & 50 from the "Hardcore" arc. Go pick them up and read them. Now. Done, good. The fights between Bullseye & Kingpin show that Bendis can write Daredevil the character. That is some great dialogue. Granted, he&#39;s not Frank Miller. Guess what fellas, Frank Miller&#39;s not Frank Miller (What are you, retarded?). He captured lightning in a bottle back in the 80s. Arcs like "Born Again" and "Gang War" are stories for the ages. They&#39;re like the The Godfather, legendary, often imitated and never duplicated. Does that mean I have to compare every Mob movie to it? I don&#39;t think so, as it wouldn&#39;t be a fair criticism. Same thing goes for Daredevil. As far as Bendis&#39;s DD, I concur that DD could show up in more pages of his own book and that weakness has carried over into other books (this is the most unfortunate). However, if that&#39;s the biggest weakness of the book, it&#39;s nothing compared to the satisfying moments one gets from reading Daredevil. And about Maleev, well, the guy does it right. DD should have a "noir" look to it, not the shiny, purty look that Joe Q gave him on Smith&#39;s run. Overall, Bendis, Maleev, & co. gave us the best DD stories I&#39;ve read in a long time. Thanks guys, for the good and the bad, it was a good run. I hope the Bru Crew keep it going. That&#39;s my take, I&#39;m out.

  • Feb. 1, 2006, 9:13 a.m. CST

    Bendis&#39; run on Daredevil.

    by Itblowstherobot

    I was a "thumbs in the middle" guy on Bendis&#39; run until I sat down and read them all this past weekend. Reading it issue-by-issue I liked it (Decalogue and the Murdock papers were especially good) but putting up the entire run, it was a great run. What&#39;s this about Foggy dying?

  • Feb. 1, 2006, 9:40 a.m. CST


    by blackthought

    its just unatural to get this column up so early...i feel shaken by it all.

  • Feb. 1, 2006, 9:59 a.m. CST

    Slott&#39;s Thing makes comics fun again.

    by cromulent

    Slott knows comics and superheroes. He makes this shit fun again, with touches of humanity and smarts, ie The Thing, She-Hulk, and GLA. The current writers of Spider-Man need to be sacked (ok PAD hasn&#39;t done much yet with Friendly Neighborhood so still waiting) and replaced by Dan. Fucking make Spider-Man fun again for fuck&#39;s sake.

  • Feb. 1, 2006, 10:48 a.m. CST

    "What has Brian K. Vaughan done for Marvel?"

    by Noisybast

    The aqueducts?

  • Feb. 1, 2006, 11:09 a.m. CST

    NEXTWAVE #1 is the best non-Ultimates title in years

    by TequilaMocking


  • Feb. 1, 2006, 11:50 a.m. CST

    re: tubby_bitch

    by sergiolikewhoa

    I thought that might of been it but it&#39;s very obviously his toe. At least give me something like Threepio&#39;s Golden Rod, geez!

  • Feb. 1, 2006, 12:17 p.m. CST

    Wait, wait...She-Hulk and The Juggernaut did the mommie daddy da

    by superhero

    Oh, and the last issue of Preacher actually made me tear up like a little girl...

  • Feb. 1, 2006, 12:18 p.m. CST

    Oh, and Nextwave=Meh...

    by superhero

    Booring, silly and not fun...honestly, what&#39;s the big deal?

  • Feb. 1, 2006, 12:35 p.m. CST

    Dark Horse already did Knights of the Old Republic comics like 1

    by trevor2001

    Gee, anyone remember the Ulic Qel Droma storyline, or the one with the female Jedi? The first &#39;Tales of the Jedi&#39; storylines were combined into a TPB called, guess what? Knights of the Old Republic. It was set in the same 4000 yrs before ANH period, and was the inspiration for the video games, not the other way around. Get it straight.

  • Feb. 1, 2006, 12:40 p.m. CST

    Cap&#39;s Tie

    by The Funketeer

    Captain America&#39;s tie was one of the few things I *DIDN&#39;T* like about that issue. Cap would never wear a tie like that. He&#39;s boring. Straightlaced. Uptight. Square. That tie would be too flashy for him.

  • Feb. 1, 2006, 1:03 p.m. CST


    by Fantomex

    Nextwave is Warren Ellis trying very hard to be more like Warren Ellis.

  • Feb. 1, 2006, 1:16 p.m. CST

    I&#39;ve been wanting to check out some Star Wars stuff

    by superninja

    since the new films were such a disappointment and I heard the comics were actually quite good (reviews here for instance). But whenever I&#39;ve peeked at the issues, I&#39;m surprised at the lack of visual creativity. Like you mentioned in your review, Dave, not really taking advantage of the different points in the history of the U. Not complaining about the quality of the art, mind you (which is usually quite good). So any recommendations?

  • Feb. 1, 2006, 1:22 p.m. CST

    I would like to see Slott write a Cap story.

    by superninja

    His appearances in She-Hulk have been mildly entertaining, but I would be curious as to his take on the character since he seems to enjoy writing him as uptight. Cap could use some comedy to offset the dreary and boring Brubaker series.

  • Feb. 1, 2006, 1:26 p.m. CST

    I&#39;d like to read Slott&#39;s take on Cap

    by superninja

    His few appearances in She-Hulk have been amusing. Besides, Cap could use some comedy to alleviate the dreary Brubaker run. The perfect straight-man for comedy.

  • Feb. 1, 2006, 1:27 p.m. CST

    Post the same thing twice. Sort of.

    by superninja


  • Feb. 1, 2006, 2:08 p.m. CST

    Ultimate dragon tattoo = she rolls Doom style

    by Tall_Boy

    Pretty sure that&#39;s what it means. 99% sure.

  • It&#39;s because BMB did exactly what he always does: write a bunch of stories about everybody BUT the main character, so the main character comes off as an ineffectual fuckup. I wasn&#39;t buying DD to read a story where Murdock&#39;s ass is pulled out of the fire over and over and over and over by everybody but himself, and I sure as shit wasn&#39;t buying it to read the Exciting Adventures Of Chicks Who Boned Matt Murdock. It utterly emasculated a character who should have been kicking ass. In the same way, DISASSEMBLED shouldn&#39;t have featured the Avengers standing around like a bunch of emo pussies while Dr. Strange, Magneto and everybody else did all the work. Oh, and Spider-man shoulda actually done something in that ULTIMATE SECRET SIX mini, too. Oh, and the New Avengers should do something in their title, instead of having their bacon pulled out of the fire by The Sentry and SHIELD and Emma Frost and Echo. Congrats, Avengers! You batted 0 for 4 in your first 4 at bats! We gave you an extra strike, and you still couldn&#39;t bunt to get on base! YOU ROCK! Except that you really, really don&#39;t. And neither does the main character of any other BMB "superhero" book. It&#39;s not misogyny, it&#39;s being sick and tired of watching heroes reduced to whiny-assed, emasculated bitches in their own books. "Oh, no, Matt! Somebody&#39;s coming to get you! You better stay out of the way while protected by an undead assassin and a former soviet spy and a blind chick and an RN!" AWESOME! EVERYTHING I WAS LOOKING FOR IN A BIG ROCK ENDING FOR DAREDEVIL! Fuuuuck...

  • Feb. 1, 2006, 2:57 p.m. CST

    DD dream, 25th Hour, and Jimmy Corrigan

    by capt jack aubrey

    The "imagined getaway" sequence in Bendis&#39;s final DD was also a pretty heavy nod (aka swipe) to the heart-rending finish of the vastly underappreciated Spike Lee/Ed Norton film "25th Hour." *** Oh, and 3 Bag Enema, he said what comic made you cry, not what comic made you collapse into a pool of existential despair at the utter emptiness and meaninglessness and pointlessness of your life. But yes, Jimmy Corrigan does make you cry -- if by cry, you mean "inspect the inside of your gas oven" -- don&#39;t get me wrong, the Ware-Acme-Corrigan stuff is flat out brilliant, a true pinnacle of the form, but gawd, i had to stop reading them for fear i&#39;d implode, leaving behind only a tiny smear of green-grey self-loathing on the couch cushion to mark my brief existance on the planet.

  • Feb. 1, 2006, 2:59 p.m. CST

    Y&#39;know what...Sleazy&#39;s got a point.

    by superhero

    I mean I, for one, am SO tired of Ultimate Spidey getting his ass pulled out of the fire by SHIELD. This last issue sure demonstarted that Bendis does NOT know how to resolve the corners he writes himself into. But dammit, I do have to say he&#39;s somehow able to keep me he must be doing something right.

  • Feb. 1, 2006, 3:20 p.m. CST

    Nextwave rox!!!

    by DiernaSoul

    Nextwave is awesome and I just LOVE the theme song! If ya haven&#39;t heard the Nextwave theme song yet you can download it here:

  • Feb. 1, 2006, 3:24 p.m. CST

    Sleazy and Bug:

    by Shigeru

    Hey dudes, WE GET IT. It&#39;s not what you think it should be. But maybe, just maybe, what you think Daredevil the Comic Book SHOULD be isn&#39;t the only one pure 100% True to the Character way there is. This comic book is gonna be around for a LONG time, I&#39;m glad Bendis experimented, even if it wasn&#39;t your cup o tea. I&#39;d rather see interesting experiments that fail than Status Q pap month in month out.

  • Feb. 1, 2006, 3:27 p.m. CST

    That is, of course, in my opinion...

    by Shigeru

    ;) jk don&#39;t kill me!

  • Feb. 1, 2006, 3:44 p.m. CST

    What Shigeru said!

    by El Vale

    Like he pulled it out of my brain an posted it.

  • Feb. 1, 2006, 3:48 p.m. CST

    What comic story has brought you the closest to tears?

    by El Vale

    Preacher. "I built my dreams around you". And 100 Bullets too. That fucking bear trap.

  • Feb. 1, 2006, 4:17 p.m. CST

    I&#39;D like to see Dan Slott on...

    by sideshowbob

    Every book, goddammit! *** Fun note about The Thing: has anyone else taken notice he&#39;s brought back thought balloons, specifically for Tony Stark&#39;s inner monologue? Fine by me, it&#39;s Ben&#39;s book, only Ben should get blurbs to narrate with. I like thought balloons for supporting characters much better than blurbs; the blurbs make every book read like a bad Scorsese ripoff. They were cool at first (Watchmen, I believe) and thought balloons were corny, but now have officially surpassed self-parody with the blurbs and they are, strangely enough, more corny than thought balloons. Anywho...keep up the throwback fun, Dan!

  • Feb. 1, 2006, 4:19 p.m. CST

    Comic to make you cry?

    by sideshowbob

    WE3 came close. I&#39;ve actually seen people *sobbing* reading that book. There are few universal truths in the world but "dying dogs = sad" is one of them.

  • Feb. 1, 2006, 4:21 p.m. CST


    by sideshowbob

    Polly & Pirates and Local are two of the books I&#39;m most jazzed about these, pretty much for reasons you guys mentioned.

  • Feb. 1, 2006, 4:22 p.m. CST

    But dying bunnies...

    by Ambush Bug

    now that&#39;s comedy.

  • Feb. 1, 2006, 4:53 p.m. CST

    Anyone else think the previews of Tron 2.0 look

    by superninja

    poopie? It&#39;s over at Newsarama. Or I am correct in guessing I&#39;m the only one who cares?

  • Feb. 1, 2006, 5:20 p.m. CST


    by blackthought

    comic that made me cry...richard pryor.

  • Feb. 1, 2006, 5:44 p.m. CST

    X Factor is the best book around

    by Beaker316

    The Slaver arc in The Punisher was also quite cool.>>>>>>> Underworld could also prove to be a sleeper hit.

  • Feb. 1, 2006, 8:55 p.m. CST

    4000 years...

    by Chicken2nite

    isn&#39;t all that much time in the grand scheme of things when considering the star wars universe is some 25000 years old or whatever, in terms of the backstory that is. things tend to move slowly in terms of technological progress, considering they seem to have invented everything already and keep getting into epic wars of galactic size. Ah well. KOTOR 2 sucked monkey butt

  • Feb. 1, 2006, 9:02 p.m. CST

    New Planet of the Apes comics!

    by Gungan Slayer

    Everyone is aware that there is a NEW Planet of the Apes comic series! It&#39;s called "Revolution of the Planet of the Apes" and takes place between the films "Conquest" and "Battle." It&#39;s such a great part of time to explore in the POTA universe, as it reveals how Ceaser led the apes to victory and how the apocalypse bascially came down on us humans. Great stuff, go check it out! perhaps best of all, it has nothing to do with the stupid, pathetic Tim Burton &#39;re-imagining&#39; version. Also, how come AICN hasn&#39;t even mention the Ultimate POTA DVD set that is coming out next month? If that set is not cool news, than I sure as hell don&#39;t know what is

  • Feb. 1, 2006, 10:15 p.m. CST

    by blackthought

  • Feb. 1, 2006, 10:16 p.m. CST

    nobody can blank comment like this cog...recognize

    by blackthought

  • Feb. 1, 2006, 10:16 p.m. CST

    by Gus Nukem

  • Feb. 1, 2006, 10:16 p.m. CST


    by Gus Nukem

  • Feb. 1, 2006, 11:15 p.m. CST

    SO what do you do when Vaughan is sooo gone!, JUGGS and Jen Nock

    by RickSlamu2

    HELLOW People! Everyone

  • Feb. 1, 2006, 11:17 p.m. CST

    For those who might be interested...

    by Thalya It&#39;s just the first half of a script; the back half still needs a little work. As it is, it&#39;s my first attempt at writing in a comic script format and any pointers would be very welcome. I&#39;m overcompensating perhaps a bit when it comes to page design, as I doubt this would ever get illustrated, and I&#39;m inexperienced in the language of panel placement. Other than that, I know my dialogue is too wordy at times and could use with some severe punching up in the idiom department in places. Thoughts?

  • Feb. 1, 2006, 11:17 p.m. CST

    What me cry? Okay like 3 times maybe....

    by Psynapse

    Time No. 1: Jean Grey&#39;s suicide in Uncanny X-Men 137. It was the fall of 1980 and I was 12 years old. I had been gobbling up the Dark Phoenix issues as soon as I could buy or shoplift (something else we have in common Buzz) them and I NEVER saw that coming. Jean/Phoenix was my favorite X-man ever and it his me like a brick. Time No. 2: Supergirl&#39;s death at the hands of the Anti-Monitor in COIE 7. Have a read yourself, Kara was BEATEN to death while trying to give other hero&#39;s a shot at putting him down. Those pages are BRUTAL and Superman&#39;s grief was palpable to this Mohawk wearing, safety pin accessorized new wave junkie in the fall of 1985. Time No. 3: The death of Christine Spar in the 12th issue of the original ongoing. If you&#39;ve read that story you understand how the first person narrative of the arc made the reader truly intimate with Christine and her death all the more painful. (But DAMN, We3 DI almost score time No. 4-WORD on that)

  • Feb. 1, 2006, 11:18 p.m. CST

    *Yet again curse his inability to edit for shoddy typing*

    by Psynapse


  • Feb. 1, 2006, 11:52 p.m. CST

    the comic that made me cry...

    by blackthought

    youngblood #1...why i read it, i do not know!...and thayla...i might get ambitious and try to do the art for your fanfic...just wait till i get talent.

  • Feb. 2, 2006, 12:07 a.m. CST

    Wah, I&#39;m a big baby!

    by Dave_F

    Yeah, it&#39;s not too hard for a comic to make me misty. Not bawlin&#39; like Lucy Ricardo, mind, but I&#39;ll get the ol&#39; something-in-my-eye like Fonzie. The aforemention We3 had one single scene that jumped out above all others: the lady scientist telling the dog his name as her last act in life. Others: When the newsstand owner tries to shield the comic-readin&#39; kid in WATCHMEN during the big explodo. The last scene of the last issue of SPIDER-MAN/HUMAN TORCH - kind of rare for a happy scene to be so affecting, but there ya go. "The Kid Who Collects Spider-Man" - probably the all-time king. Multiple scenes in NAUSICAA, but especially the dreamlike sequence where Nausicaa is purging the corrupt priest of his wickedness. The finale to the TOP TEN story with the teleporter accident. The CONCRETE story where Concrete finds out his mother is dying and he can&#39;t reveal himself to her. The Gruenwald CAP story where the Porcupine dies. P. Craig Russell&#39;s adaptation of Oscar Wilde&#39;s THE SELFISH GIANT. The issue of G.I. JOE where Snake-Eyes gives Kwinn a burial at sea (shut up). The scene in HULK: THE END where Banner has a vision of all the friends he&#39;s lost. Yeah, I know I&#39;m a wuss, but I wouldn&#39;t be reading these damn things if they couldn&#39;t hit me with an emotional sucker-punch every now and then.

  • Feb. 2, 2006, 12:16 a.m. CST

    Vaughan at Marvel...

    by Dave_F

    Dunno if anyone answered the question about what the guy&#39;s done at Marvel &#39;sides RUNAWAYS and ULTIMATE X-MEN (the latter, I agree, fairly disappointing), but just off the top of my head: THE HOOD - This was one of the early Marvel MAX books, mostly under-the-radar but actually one of the best thing the line&#39;s produced. Spotlight&#39;s a low-level hood who gets low-level superpowers, sort of a "Great powers, great opportunity" flipside to Spider-Man. Definitely the kind of book I&#39;d recommend to folks who liked VILLAINS UNITED or SUICIDE SQUAD. Vaughan&#39;s other notable work was the Spider-Man miniseries NEGATIVE EXPOSURE. No one but me ever read it, but up till Slott&#39;s SPIDEY/TORCH mini, I thought it was the best Spidey story I&#39;d read since the Roger Stern days - and very much inspired by Stern&#39;s approach, I might note. Seek out the trade! Lastly, I cite MYSTIQUE, a hit-and-miss knock-off of Bond and TV&#39;s ALIAS with the blue-skinned mutant babe as the lead. Certainly not a great book, but it was consistantly fun and had some great action sequences. The central conceit of Mystique as Bond, Xavier as M, and Forge as Q, was actually pretty inspired.

  • No. No one does but you. HOWEVER...I do have a vague and foggy awareness of Dark Horse doing those Old Republic stories many years back in the time before the license was so closely supervised in craft and continuity. I wasn&#39;t looking to go into a history of SW comics in the review, though, just cite the immediate inspiration for the KOTOR comic. The immediate inspiration, *beyond a shadow of a doubt*, is the massively successful video game series of the same name. Anyway, are those old KOTOR stories any good? You tell me.

  • Feb. 2, 2006, 12:35 a.m. CST

    Cap&#39;s tie was indeed dopey.

    by Dave_F

    Cap&#39;s a proud patriot, but not the kind of guy who&#39;d be into loudly demonstrative flagwear in his civvies. Just doesn&#39;t fit &#39;im. I dunno, though, maybe it fits NEW Cap of the NEW Avengers. I know NEW Cap does lots of dopey things, like bringing Wolverine onboard to handle the team&#39;s dirty work and begging new recruits like Ronin to not kill if it wouldn&#39;t be too much of an inconvenience on them. So who knows, maybe that Cap likes loud ties in addition to liking being a spineless puss?

  • TalkBack quote of the week, that is.

  • Feb. 2, 2006, 12:49 a.m. CST

    New Flash

    by Mavrikfire

    So who&#39;s gonna be the new Flash? any guesses? Seeing as the speed force is gone... hmmm... To be honest, I don&#39;t think this will happen, but if they want to take a real interesting series, I say make Zoom the new Flash!

  • Feb. 2, 2006, 1:06 a.m. CST

    Dave: Not digging Captain America at the moment

    by El Vale

    New Avengers Cap: Too much of a wuss. Captain America Cap: Broods all the time. Ultimate Cap: Kicks Banners in the head. What&#39;s your favorite Cap, Dave, and how was he portrayed?

  • Feb. 2, 2006, 1:08 a.m. CST

    Reading Thalya&#39;s script now

    by El Vale

    Do not disturb.

  • Feb. 2, 2006, 1:10 a.m. CST

    hey Vale (Urgent!)

    by Gus Nukem


  • Feb. 2, 2006, 1:45 a.m. CST

    The 2

    by Darth Maui

    I might buy a comic book if all the comic stores around me hadn&#39;t closed down.

  • Feb. 2, 2006, 2:57 a.m. CST

    Just because Jay Garrick stopped feeling the Speed Force...

    by kintar0

    doesn&#39;t mean it&#39;s gone.

  • Feb. 2, 2006, 3:30 a.m. CST

    The new flash

    by LeckoManiac

    kintar0 I think the general opinion is that the speed force is indeed gone...who knows if Wally will die and there will even be a need for a new Flash...or my guess is that Kid Flash gets the nod...or perhaps Wally&#39;s twins get the powers in the future??? But I love the new Zoom...trying to make Wally better, thats a great gimmick!

  • Feb. 2, 2006, 8:44 a.m. CST

    Ultimate Banner deserved a kick in the head.

    by rev_skarekroe

    And you know it.

  • Feb. 2, 2006, 9:18 a.m. CST

    Tales of the Jedi were not that great

    by Doc_Strange

    They mostly bored the hell out of me and the art wasn&#39;t particularly well drawn and the colors were muddy and for some reason, everyone had a green lightsaber which was lame. Best thing about the series was the covers. On this new series, Travis Charest should be commisioned to draw the interiors as well. Look at his covers!! I tell you he can elevate any material.

  • Feb. 2, 2006, 9:29 a.m. CST

    Comics that made me cry...

    by Shigeru

    Um, every OWLY that I&#39;ve read. The part in the first one where he hears something following him and he turns around and its the splash page of Wormy following him... yeah call me a woman, I don&#39;t care, I&#39;m a sucker for animals. That sequence was Perfect Comics. A couple parts in Blankets got me too. *** On a completely unrelated note, I read Spider Man Loves Mary Jane and then the new ish of Nighthawk back to back. Not a good idea.

  • Feb. 2, 2006, 9:30 a.m. CST

    I like Ultimate Cap

    by sideshowbob

    He&#39;s an asshole with outdated values who often means well but straddles the line between hero and bully. So he embodies his country better than any Cap I&#39;ve ever read. *** Captain America Cap sure does pout, but hot damn, if the latest issue (#14) wasn&#39;t some terrific drama and action.

  • Feb. 2, 2006, 10:07 a.m. CST

    shoot me

    by blackthought

  • I&#39;m not saying they don&#39;t exhibit a bit more depth of concept than your average superhero, but for whatever reason, Millar&#39;s authorial voice always feels too front-and-center for me to ride the illusion of depth. I just see Millar, tapping away at a keyboard, thinking, "In this scene, Cap&#39;s gonna be sympathetic," then, "In this scene, Cap&#39;s gonna be a jagoff." It doesn&#39;t feel natural to me, it feel like manipulation. Which isn&#39;t to say the book doesn&#39;t work on its own Hollywood action merits, I just don&#39;t "feel" the characters. YMMV. ***** As for what Cap I *do* like...actually, I&#39;m not a big-time follower of the character. I mostly know him from being a key player in THE AVENGERS and guest-spots in tons of other books. Of the handful of CAP books I do have (most of &#39;em from when I was a kid), the writer I most like is Gruenwald. I had a few issues by DeMatteis, and his stuff was pretty good too, but Gruenwald seemed to really nail it. And the formula was simple: Cap as the ideal hero and emobodiment of American values, but with enough soap operatics and humanity thrown in to remind you he would always be a man of the people. It&#39;s fallen into vogue in recent years to play up Cap&#39;s soldier status - understandably so, it makes him more unique amongst the legions of heroes - but truthfully, I like him best as a superhero with a capital "S". You go too military with him and his superhero sensibilities - doing the vigilante thing, trying to avoid killing, etc. - begin to feel awkward. I think of him as a superhero with a keen *interest* in the armed forces and the government, but I think he&#39;s evolved beyond the "super-soldier" tagline that created him. If that makes him a bit more generic as a superhero, I can deal - someone&#39;s gotta be Marvel&#39;s answer to Superman - the guy whose personality is, essentially, "He always does the right thing" - and for me, Cap&#39;s that guy. ****** As for Brubaker&#39;s run...interestingly, his treatment of Cap doesn&#39;t really go against my vision of the character - I just think the book&#39;s overall tone and pacing are off. Tone: too morose. Pacing: bloated. Most recent issue: not remotely worth the year-long build-up.

  • Feb. 2, 2006, 12:15 p.m. CST

    Use The Force, Superninja...

    by Dave_F

    The truth about STAR WARS comics is that they&#39;re mostly very solid these days, but rarely exceptional. If, like me, you&#39;ve just got a fondness for the franchise that won&#39;t turn off -- Lucas&#39;s missteps notwithstanding -- they&#39;re a nice, consistant brand of escapism. The STAR WARS: REPUBLIC line, very close to wrapping up, has been good for Clone Wars military action and engaging in some surprising moral ambiguity. I&#39;d generally recommend any of the CLONE WARS trades, though it all gets a touch convoluted at times. There&#39;s also a running plot with a hunky Jedi dude name of Quinlan Vos (you&#39;ve probably seen him on the covers - Jedi with the dredlocks, mon). He&#39;s basically doing the Donny Brasco, infiltrating Dooku&#39;s movement and trying not to be corrupted in the process. I&#39;m not the biggest fan of the character, but as leads go, he&#39;s a nice change of pace from squeaky-clean Luke Skywalker types. Before the CLONE WARS trades, his adventures were collected in trades like TWILIGHT, RITE OF PASSAGE, and DARKNESS, and also heavily involve the blue-skinned Jedi babe with the tentacles on her head. The various EMPIRE trades are good too, though you get both good and bad with the themed volumes (like the Leia-centric one that hit recently). **** Some other random noteworthies: THE STARK HYPERSPACE WAR - Episode One era side-adventure with Obi-Wan, Quinlan Vos, and art by one of my fave STAR WARS guys, Davide Fabri. **** CHEWBACCA - A collection of Chewbacca and Wookie-centric stories that&#39;s just good, clean, arm-rippin&#39; fun. I guess they killed of Chewbacca in one of the novels, so the structural format is that of various characters reminiscing about adventures with him. **** STAR WARS: EMPIRE - DARKLIGHTER - Gorgeous art by Doug Wheatley elevates this tale of Luke&#39;s pal, Biggs, his days as an Imperial pilot and his eventual defection to the Rebellion. **** GENERAL GRIEVOUS - Man, was he a tool in the movies or what? But in the cartoons and this trade, he&#39;s quite the scary mofo. Bit of a dark story, this one, featuring a small group of Jedi who split from Yoda&#39;s crew because they believe there&#39;s no way to stop Grievous but through cold-blooded assassination. **** CLONE WARS ADVENTURES - All these little trades based on the cartoon are fun. Just pure, kinetic action with neat, cartoony designs. **** STAR WARS TALES - Collected in big-ass trades, this anthology series is even more hit-and-miss than the other Star Wars books, but there&#39;s almost always some fun stuff going on. Also: tons and tons of varied artists, so if you&#39;re looking for the most interesting visual interpretations, this is the series. The third volume has a few of my favorite offerings - one a "What If" of sorts where Vader fights Darth Maul, and another from Garth Ennis that looks at what it&#39;s like to live as a Stormtrooper. **** I&#39;m sure I&#39;ve forgotten some, but that&#39;s enough geeking out for one morning...

  • Feb. 2, 2006, 12:39 p.m. CST

    Seth Fisher passed away

    by El Vale

    I never read one of his comics and he wasn&#39;t a creator i followed (tho i really liked his work) but for some reason this news hits me pretty hard. I don&#39;t understand.

  • Feb. 2, 2006, 1 p.m. CST

    Yeah, I saw that, Vale.

    by Dave_F

    And had a similar reaction. I&#39;d never really followed the guy&#39;s work - kind of thought he&#39;d be bette-suited to non-superhero stuff - but he was ridiculously talented. And just the fact that he died so young is rough. Reminds me of the loss of the late, great Mike Parobeck.

  • Feb. 2, 2006, 3:22 p.m. CST

    Seth Fisher is dead?

    by kintar0

    Can you provide a link about this?!?

  • Feb. 2, 2006, 3:40 p.m. CST


    by kintar0

    This is terrible. His art blew my mind in every panel. His art is truly singular and unique. Will World Time Flies are absolutely fucking fantastic. Fisher will be sorely, sorely missed by this comic book fan. I would encourage anyone who enjoys comic books or even art in general to experience Will World or Time Flies or ANYTHING he drew. If you haven&#39;t read those two in particular, you owe it to yourself to consume them.

  • Feb. 2, 2006, 3:41 p.m. CST

    Seth Fisher&#39;s website:

    by kintar0

  • Feb. 2, 2006, 4:19 p.m. CST

    Mike Parobeck was the shit...

    by superhero

    I actually have some original art of his hanging on my wall. Man I loved that JSA series he was on in the &#39;90&#39;s...

  • Feb. 2, 2006, 5:30 p.m. CST

    Thanks for the SW recs, Dave.

    by superninja

    Will check some of them out this week.

  • Feb. 2, 2006, 8:06 p.m. CST

    thanks for the link

    by blackthought

  • Feb. 2, 2006, 10:45 p.m. CST

    The Problem With Millar Writing Ultimate Cap...

    by Buzz Maverik that he&#39;s judging his character. He&#39;s getting character and political commentary confused. That said, no problem with Banner getting kicked in the head. Read some Joseph Wambaugh or James Ellroy, two writers who don&#39;t judge their characters. The hilarious thing about the whole Ultimate Cap/Pyms thing is Ultimate Hank and Jan are kind of creepy and Cap doesn&#39;t get it any more than your average Ultimate fan. Captain America works best when he&#39;s on big, vital missions against shadowy meglamaniacs. This is a character you have to keep busy. This is also a character whom you can&#39;t do the current style of action story/character story. In my opinion, they always go wrong with identity crisis stories for Cap. This is one superhero who&#39;s identities are completely integrated. Okay, Fantastic Four too. It&#39;s okay. If they all have identity issues, they&#39;re all exactly alike. James Bond doesn&#39;t have issues, after all. The song may tell us that John Shaft " a complicated cat..." but he&#39;s not. All of the complications have to be internal, which is hard to do in comics and few can pull off. It&#39;s like Dirty Harry. More than Travis Bickle the TAXI DRIVER, Harry Callahan was God&#39;s Lonely Man. But he didn&#39;t agonize over it. He didn&#39;t tell us about it. Show, don&#39;t tell.

  • Feb. 3, 2006, 1:52 a.m. CST

    Seth Fisher: I don&#39;t give a fuck who knows

    by Gustav Niemann

    But since I read on Bad Signal that he was dead I have been a fucking basket case. I cried for two fucking hours. It is utterly fucking unfair that a visual genius like Seth has been taken from us. Everytime I went to the comic store and knew there was a new Seth Fisher book waiting for me I was a happy man. His work was truly a fantastic treat to engage in. I am so gutted that he is gone. I never met the man but his work enriched my life and I am in fucking tears over the fact that he has been taken away so prematurely. And people can say I&#39;m being melodramatic. And I say go fuck yourself you worthless misanthropic cunts.

  • Feb. 3, 2006, 2:08 a.m. CST

    Seth Fisher&#39;s death makes me cry

    by Gustav Niemann

    I wrote a post aleady on this subject matter but it never showed up, maybe because of my use of language, I don&#39;t fucking know. All I know is I poured my heart out and the post failed to materialize. Anyway. Let me re-state what I said. I&#39;ve never cried because of a comic book. But I&#39;ve cried today and at length because of the passing of Seth Fisher. I never knew the man but his work was such a joy to discover on the shelf, and such a giddy pleasure in my life that when I read, thanks to Bad Signal, that he was gone, I broke the fuck down. It&#39;s not right that an artist like Seth is taken from us when he was just hitting stride. And not to deride his previous material. But reading a work like Big In Japan, as a reader who has read pretty much all his stuff, was like going: "dude, he has fucking nailed it, he has graduated to the next level of awesomeness." And it breaks my Goddamn heart to consider the idea of comic books in the 21st century without the presence of Seth Fisher. It is a fucking crime that he is gone.

  • Feb. 3, 2006, 3:14 a.m. CST

    I think you&#39;re preachin&#39; to the converted, Gustav.

    by Dave_F

    Tell you one cool thing, though: as negative as internet message boards tend to drift, there seems to be an outpouring of genuine sadness for Fisher on every comic board I&#39;ve seen.

  • Feb. 3, 2006, 3:37 a.m. CST

    A moment more about Mike Parobeck...

    by Dave_F

    First off - Superhero, that&#39;s extremely cool that you own some Parobeck original work. The way Gustav is into Seth Fisher is the way I was into Parobeck&#39;s stuff in college. I was an art student looking for new stuff in comics, and I remember first seeing the BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES character models in a magazine, and my first thought was, "You gotta be kiddin&#39; me. Those look like kiddie CRAP!" But when I finally saw the show, it was like a revelation. Original credit, of course, goes to Bruce Timm, but Parobeck&#39;s particular curvy-line approach actually appealed to me a bit more. My sudden interest in the animated series led me to check out the comics, and while Ty Templeton&#39;s opening arc was cool, Parobeck blew that shit out of the water when he signed on. I poured over his isses like I was a kid, aping the style in my own art even as I was getting into other stylists like Al Hirschfeld and even John Kricfalusi. It was one of the most exciting periods of artistic discovery I&#39;ve ever had, and when I found out Parobeck had died, it just felt unreal. There was the selfish reaction - "An artist I love isn&#39;t going to make any more art for me" - and then there was the human reaction - "No one should have to die so young." It&#39;s been somewhat gratifying to see Parobeck&#39;s skill recognized and fondly remembered in the years since his death, but at the same, I just really wish the guy had received his due in his lifetime. I suspect a lot of Fisher fans feel the same way.

  • Feb. 3, 2006, 11:09 a.m. CST

    Seth Fisher drew the hell outta that Dr. Freeze arc...

    by SleazyG. LODTK a few months back. I was really impressed with what a phenomenal job he did. It reminded me in some ways of the kinda thing Geof Darrow does, but Seth&#39;s stuff seemed much trippier--really some cool, out-there stuff. I always imagined him doing a killer Dr. Strange arc--his style was built for that kind of nuttiness--but now I guess I&#39;ll only ever see panels of it in my head. Definitely an unfortunate loss, as he clearly had decades of unique, groundbreaking work ahead of him.

  • Feb. 3, 2006, 11:18 a.m. CST

    BKV, BMB Spider-Woman, Captain America, Thing

    by Homer Sexual

    Dave-I was going to give BKV props to "The Hood," a really excellent miniseries. I am a big fan of his work on Hood, UXM and Runaways. I also am another Slott fan, the Thing has been outstanding. I am not a fan of Ben Grimm and his decades-long whining about being made of rocks, or whatever, boo hoo, etc. And Slott does have self-pity Thing in this series, yet it is still somehow fresh, fun and thoroughly entertaining. I find it better than She-Hulk, which is weird because I really love the Shulkie character, but don&#39;t like the current setup nor Bobillo&#39;s art. OTOH, despite my frequent disdain for BMB, I think his Spider-Woman mini is really good. It has good characterization, is amazingly consistent with pre-BMB Spider-Woman, has action and the plot actually advances each issue. Ok, the first issue was slow but now it&#39;s quite good. Best Captain America? I agree with Gruenwald. Loved Mike Zeck as the artist, love Cap vs. Serpent Society, his whole romance with Diamondback. I don&#39;t like New Avengers Cap because he would never bring in Wolverine to do the dirty work. I like Ultimate Cap because, as posted, he&#39;s a well-meaning bully with traditional values he believes in without any idea why or any self-reflection. He is the USA in the new millenium, for better and for worse. Finally, no comic has made me cry, but WE3 did touch me. The X-Force issue when wingless Angel committed Suicide also upset me. I remember feeling bad the whole day I read that comic.

  • Feb. 3, 2006, 1:24 p.m. CST

    Anyone else&#39;s comics falling apart ?

    by Gus Nukem

    It happens to mine (impeccable grammar) a lot. Examples: Punisher vs. Bullseye #3, All-Star Superman #2 (a comic I&#39;ll have to replace), 303 #6 (from Avatar press - a comic I don&#39;t suppose anyone from these parts has read). You open them and they go "crack" and while you reach the middle of the book&#39;s binding they go "crack" even more and those metallic "seams" seem to lose their grip on the pages. This happens more or less: from the middle pages about to fall off to the middle pages actually falling off. With 303 #6, I went and bought another copy, but it seemed to me it had the same problem. I believe my comics aren&#39;t mishandled -- has anyone noticed something similar? Perhaps among those of you who own comic book stores? If so, how do you explain it? And how could one prevent it?

  • Feb. 3, 2006, 1:50 p.m. CST

    This fucked up

    by El Vale

    "It seems Seth fell seven stories off the roof of a club in Osaka. The autopsy revealed massive internal bleeding and suggests that he died instantly"

  • Feb. 3, 2006, 2:49 p.m. CST

    That is terrible... Rest in Peace...

    by Shigeru

    What a shame... Not only because of tons of his great art that we have now missed out on, but because of his friends and family that will miss him the person much more.

  • Feb. 3, 2006, 3:03 p.m. CST

    on a lighter note...

    by Shigeru

    From a casting agency&#39;s description of Fantastic 4 2: "The Fantastic Four will battle Silver Surfer and his planet-eating master Galactus." WTFWTFWTF

  • Feb. 3, 2006, 3:52 p.m. CST

    nice sentiments shig

    by blackthought

    shame that stuff happens...and on the lighter what is doom&#39;s invovlement in f4-2? they said he was coming back...and i thought the first one sucked tremendously...i clawed my eyes out...thus why i can&#39;t find the caps button.

  • Feb. 3, 2006, 4:27 p.m. CST

    FF2 and Galactus

    by superninja

    It&#39;s not a bad idea. Certainly taking it thematically up a notch isn&#39;t it? That&#39;s the way to do a sequel. And they can see if the Silver Surfer film has legs, I guess. Actually, I liked the first film a lot. I found the cast endearing with the exception of Doom which was more the fault of the script than anything else. They just should&#39;ve trusted the audience more which is always the problem with these superhero movies. None of the formulas vary so much that they need to weigh each film down with origin stories for everybody.

  • Feb. 3, 2006, 4:34 p.m. CST

    Doom is in Latveria.

    by superninja

    Naturally he will be their dictator, which is what they should&#39;ve done in the first place and not wasted everyone&#39;s time by making him a metrosexual New Yorker and Sue&#39;s love interest/boss. Tim Story is still supposed to direct, which will probably mean that 0% imagination will be invested, which is pretty fantastic considering the source material.

  • Feb. 3, 2006, 7:51 p.m. CST

    Homer, I believe you mean "X-Factor"

    by sideshowbob

    With Angel&#39;s suicide? Yeah, I remember feeling pretty bad about that one. Louise Simonson was/is an underrated writer. I also remember Claremont&#39;s New Mutants issue #51 or #52 with the kid who falls for Kitty then kills himself. Also powerful stuff, at least to a 12 or 13-year old as I was at the time. *** I, too, don&#39;t miss the self-loathing Thing under Slott&#39;s pen.

  • Feb. 3, 2006, 8:55 p.m. CST

    Oops, I did mean X-Factor

    by Homer Sexual

    And when Doug Ramsey died. Was that Louise as well?

  • Feb. 3, 2006, 8:59 p.m. CST

    hey cogs and a$$es

    by Darth Kal-El

    its finally friday and i have a few minutes to pop in and say hey! hope everyone is doing great and if i dont get the chance to come back in have a great weekend. rip seth fisher

  • Feb. 3, 2006, 10:13 p.m. CST

    What made me cry

    by MrBoinfoint

    Not in a comic actually, but damn if I didn&#39;t tear up at the end of the book "Men of Tomorrow" when Siegel & Shuster went to see Superman the Motion Picture. Damn, I&#39;m getting misty just thinking about it. Okay, actual comic scene: Uncanny 138: Elegy. It seems a natural, what with it being Jean&#39;s funeral and all, but what really gets me is the last scene, when Cyclops tells Xavier he&#39;s leaving, and Professor X actually comes out and says, "If... you were my son -- my own flesh and blood -- I could not be more proud of you than I&#39;ve been these past days." You just know Scott&#39;s been waiting since 1963 to hear the old bald cripple say that.

  • Feb. 4, 2006, 9:18 a.m. CST

    Best Cap

    by Jidasfire

    For my money, the coolest Captain America moment and indeed the best incarnation of Cap is from Infinity Gauntlet #4 (the last great cosmic crossover while we&#39;re on the subject). For those who don&#39;t know, I&#39;ll set the scene. Thanos has massacred all of the surviving heroes of the Marvel universe, and only one is left standing. Cap, knowing full well that he&#39;s outmatched, strides slowly up to Thanos and stares him down. The dialogue goes a little something like this. Cap: As long as one man stands against you, Thanos, you&#39;ll never claim victory. Thanos: Noble sentiments from one who is about to die. Cap: I&#39;ve lived my life by those words, they&#39;re well worth dying for. That is what Captain America is to me. He&#39;s not a left wing hand wringer or a right wing thug. Cap is about courage. Nuff, dare I say it, said.

  • Feb. 4, 2006, 10:21 a.m. CST

    how come...

    by blackthought

    no one is picking the movie version of captain america?

  • Feb. 4, 2006, 2:58 p.m. CST

    "Cap is about courage. Nuff, dare I say it, said."

    by Psynapse


  • Feb. 4, 2006, 2:59 p.m. CST

    "Cap is about courage. Nuff, dare I say it, said."

    by Psynapse


  • Feb. 4, 2006, 4:42 p.m. CST

    comic books which fall apart - an addendum

    by Gus Nukem

    ... like anyone cares ;-( --- Desolation Jones #5 had the same problem. It seems to me it tends to happen in comics featuring ad pages in their center.

  • Feb. 4, 2006, 6:48 p.m. CST

    re: comic books which fall apart

    by The Heathen

    It&#39;s happened to me as well Gus, but not recently. I also have Desolation #5, AS Supes #2 and haven&#39;t had problems with them. The last time that&#39;s happened to me was with some earlier issues of The Pulse (which is just it&#39;s nature to fall apart) and another title I can&#39;t remember, but was ticked off that it was happening. *** Star Wars comics. I just read the Purge one shot with a kick ass Adam Hughes cover. I liked it. It takes place a month or two after ROTS and is about Vader searching/hunting for Obi-Wan. Vader is lead to a group of hiding Jedi in search of Ben and a battle ensues, and a pretty good one at that. What I liked about it was that Vader is Vader, not whiny Anakin and it also shows just how strong he is, but not entirely invincible when fighting several Jedi. Check it out.

  • Feb. 4, 2006, 6:48 p.m. CST

    re: comic books which fall apart

    by The Heathen

    It&#39;s happened to me as well Gus, but not recently. I also have Desolation #5, AS Supes #2 and haven&#39;t had problems with them. The last time that&#39;s happened to me was with some earlier issues of The Pulse (which is just it&#39;s nature to fall apart) and another title I can&#39;t remember, but was ticked off that it was happening. *** Star Wars comics. I just read the Purge one shot with a kick ass Adam Hughes cover. I liked it. It takes place a month or two after ROTS and is about Vader searching/hunting for Obi-Wan. Vader is lead to a group of hiding Jedi in search of Ben and a battle ensues, and a pretty good one at that. What I liked about it was that Vader is Vader, not whiny Anakin and it also shows just how strong he is, but not entirely invincible when fighting several Jedi. Check it out.

  • Feb. 4, 2006, 8:47 p.m. CST

    I never downloaded a comic that fell apart

    by El Vale

    Guess i can count myself lucky.

  • Feb. 4, 2006, 9:46 p.m. CST

    How about..

    by Thalya

    Comics whose pages stick together right at the spine? That irks the hell out of me. Also, my Infinite Crisis #4 fell apart a little when the bottom staple pressed right through the middle page it was holding. Such a good book, otherwise..

  • Feb. 4, 2006, 11:29 p.m. CST

    Thalya & Heathen

    by Gus Nukem

    You are right. It happened to the books I was referring: after you reach the middle of the book, the middle pages "go "crack"" and it is a matter of time until one of the staples will start losing its grip on the middle pages. I hope I was understood. ***** Heathen, after reading your post it occured to me that one could suggest that a pretty similar thing happened to Anakin Skywalker. As a Sith Lord, his limbs "fell apart", albeit with the application of a lightsaber&#39;s blade. <--- WERST JOKE EVER! (I&#39;m really tired)

  • Feb. 5, 2006, 12:52 a.m. CST

    good and not that good comics I read recently

    by Gus Nukem

    All-Star Superman #2 (A perfect comic book), The Exterminators #2, Mister Miracle #3 (the first time I witnessed such an effective and moving (it shocked and almost brought me to tears) use and explanation of the Anti-Life Equation) (from 7SoV), Desolation Jones #5 (an issue a bit Meh! for this title&#39;s standards, better than average), DD v2 #49 (thanks to DC++), Y: the Last Man #42 (a book I enjoy, but I can&#39;t recall the last issue I read that was better than {average to good to great}, NextWave #1 (I despised how Ellis laughs at his characters and his audience. Many concepts were great and the art was good, solid, yes? (This should be read with a russian accent)), Blackgas #1 seems promising (love the (by Jacen Burrows(?)) typical Avatar art), Ghost Rider #5 (this series seems to me the first instance of Ennis writing on "auto-pilot". The art is gorgeous, but I don&#39;t seem to care about it that much). ***** IC #4 sucked. Whoever read the 50s Superboy comics and decided he should go into an "Anakin-like, angsty" fit, behead and dismember DCU D-listers should be... I don&#39;t know and I don&#39;t care. HE OUGHT TO read the 2 issues of All-Star Superman released so far. I was reading the Bill Baker Alan Moore interview recently ("Alan Moore spells it out" - - can be ordered via Previews) and after considering the material Alan Moore has given us over the years, along with that of other creators (All-Star Superman is a fine, fine example) and what was the original material like (see: Silver Age Superman comics), I couldn&#39;t help but look down on the piece of muck the DC bigwigs came up with. And all that for what? A retcon, at most? Show us that superheroes can be angsty and dismember people, or brainwash them, but they can be absolved and become better? First they give us a mopeing, ineffectual Superman, WW killing, Batman being a d..., so as to have them what, return to their normal, kid-friendly status? They move two steps (the number is of no importance, obviously) backwards and after they return to their starting position, is this supposed to be (a) progress? No, brothers and sisters it is not. I assure you... (in tele-evangelist voice - LOL) Really, I find no point in that IC shebang (years worth of buildup and the actual execution) and I think it was done uninspiredly and in bad taste ("Bad dog"/ "Take that mother--" - amongst other scenes) by writers of lesser caliber (I found a hilariously bad page in Johns&#39;s GL #8 where Mongul II unexpectedly beheads his "weak" sister beneath a panel of a portrait of them as children with their father, Mongul I -- "SKUNCH" -- Was that issue an IC-tie-in? ). ***** I do not wish to impose my views on anyone, but I would like more comics like All-Star Superman and fewer like IC #4. ***** It goes without saying that no one cares, nor should he, about my opinions on comics. - Yet, they&#39;re mine and they&#39;re oh, so beautiful and nice ::horrible undead-children&#39;s laughter:: TEE-HEE!

  • Feb. 5, 2006, 1:42 a.m. CST

    Stealing Gus&#39; idea

    by El Vale

    Demo: Really liked it, some of the issues were bleh, especially the first two, but Mix Tape was fucking perfect. Blew me away. Desolation Jones: Actually quite enjoyable, color me impressed. emily Crowe broke my heart. J.H. Williams III is a fucking genius, jesus fucking christ. Let&#39;s give this guy a medal! Ed Brubaker&#39;s Scene of the crime: Fantastic detective story with a lot of heart, highly recommended. Global frequency: Best thing i&#39;ve read from Ellis yet. I thought it was fantastic. Smax: Even Moore&#39;s light comics are textured and seriously think Invincible is great fun? Come on, Alan Moore shows you how it&#39;s done. Bunch of Stray Bullets issues: Wow. I heart Stray Bullets. Y: The last man: Recent issues have been crap, i&#39;m sorry to say. Nothing challenging, nothing new...bleh. Let&#39;s make this one above average like it used to be mister Vaughan. I mean seriously that Safeword arc was fucking amazing! that&#39;s it. Disperse.

  • Feb. 5, 2006, 2:30 a.m. CST


    by Gus Nukem

    Vale, I want to emphasize that the best material comes when you are dead tired. And you have eaten lots of beans and bad fast food. (WERD!) This also when one&#39;s lame jokes are the most entertaining (yeah, right). *** I couldn&#39;t agree more about Smax. A series Moore wrote for fun, a lighthearted comic and look how wonderful, fun, charming, clever it is. I loved it. This reminds me of the mathematical concept than when you multiply any positive real number (artists) to +Infinite (Alan "the God-Emperor" Moore) the result tends to +Infinite (fantastic results). <--- Wow. What a post on my behalf.

  • Feb. 5, 2006, 1:26 p.m. CST

    On the subject of defective books that fall apart..

    by Psynapse

    Take them back to your LCS. They have a defective return policy with Diamond and I always make mine give me one that is not defective. You are a consumer and do not pay good money for sub-standard materials. Do be courteous to your LCS and get tham back in the same week as there is a time limit on the return. Seriously folks, take &#39;em back. :)

  • Feb. 5, 2006, 1:32 p.m. CST

    Detective books tend to fall apart

    by El Vale

    Generally in the third act.

  • Feb. 5, 2006, 3:43 p.m. CST

    The Velvet Marauder

    by Gus Nukem

    A superhero blog I heartily recommend. It has gone on since August 2004 and is currently on hiatus. Go and read it, if you have the time, but I&#39;d recommend starting in its beginning: ** ** You can find a table of contents with synopses in the main page: ** **

  • Feb. 6, 2006, 12:24 a.m. CST

    too early for the mondays?

    by blackthought

  • Feb. 6, 2006, 9:43 a.m. CST

    Never too early..

    by Thalya

    So how was everybody&#39;s weekend? Was that a boring Superbowl or what?

  • Feb. 6, 2006, 1:08 p.m. CST

    Weekend at Vale&#39;s

    by El Vale

    The usual. Going out with friends, had a family birthday party...nothing terribly exciting. No Super Bowl here, thank Jesus!

  • Feb. 6, 2006, 1:28 p.m. CST

    Lucky you

    by Thalya

    Even the commercials were relatively uninspired, not to mention the game. I think we need a Galactus in real life to make people stop what they&#39;re doing and get inspired to do really great things..

  • Feb. 6, 2006, 2:08 p.m. CST

    Super Bowl

    by The Heathen

    was pretty weak. I&#39;m surprised Lady C. isn&#39;t a little more excited being from around there, but the best part was watching Seattle just completely fall apart at the end

  • Feb. 6, 2006, 2:15 p.m. CST


    by Thalya

    We had the Iggles last year. The Stillers are on the other side of the state, and there&#39;s usually a rivalry between the two cities, though I think we all wound up rooting for Pittsburgh last night. Or at least I did when I wasn&#39;t cooking, exercising, or reading (and I&#39;m usually up for commercial-spotting at the least).

  • Feb. 6, 2006, 2:18 p.m. CST


    by The Heathen

    The past two or three bowls all I&#39;ve cared about was the stuff in between the game. I missed the very beginning, was there at least a good skit or something?

  • Feb. 6, 2006, 2:19 p.m. CST


    by The Heathen

    The past two or three bowls all I&#39;ve cared about was the stuff in between the game. I missed the very beginning, was there at least a good skit or something?

  • Feb. 6, 2006, 2:28 p.m. CST


    by blackthought

  • Feb. 6, 2006, 2:29 p.m. CST

    Again, lucky you...

    by Thalya

    Harrison Ford doing Dr. Seuss. The horror... the horror...

  • Feb. 6, 2006, 2:52 p.m. CST

    Action Comics #835

    by The Heathen

    Not to give Ms. Simone too much crap, because I usually like her writing, but her recent arc on Action Comics just hasn&#39;t meshed with me like Villians United or even the her earlier AC stuff. In #835 there was the first appearance of Livewire in comic form, but of course the real first appearance of her was in Superman: The Animated Series. The problem I had with this issue is that Livewires original intro and origin on TV was handled sooo much better and in the comic I&#39;m not even sure if there is any real explanation that she has powers besides her saying that she&#39;s always been different, but it was just so haphazardly handled, especially when compared to the animated series. And to tie her into this weird magic fantasy arc that has her half brother kidnapping Lois is just another negative that is horribly trying to connect things. It&#39;s been all over the place and it started out so well that I&#39;m bummed that Simone and Byrne (an odd pairing) are leaving the title with this duck. I really liked the issues with the Dr. Psycho and Lois talking about how Clark likes his blueberry pancakes, but those don&#39;t make up for these last few.

  • Feb. 6, 2006, 2:53 p.m. CST

    Harrison Ford doing Dr. Seuss. You&#39;re kidding right?

    by The Heathen

  • Feb. 6, 2006, 2:56 p.m. CST

    Oh the places you&#39;ll go...

    by Thalya

    No, I&#39;m not. *** Did you get to BoP #90, btw?

  • Feb. 6, 2006, 3:04 p.m. CST

    The reason the Super Bowl sucked:

    by Shigeru

    is because the Patriots didn&#39;t play. Suck it. (sorry bout last year Thal...mwaha!)

  • Feb. 6, 2006, 3:16 p.m. CST


    by Thalya

    No need to feel sorry, Shig. The way they played, they deserved to lose.

  • Feb. 6, 2006, 3:21 p.m. CST

    Yes, I did and

    by The Heathen

    I&#39;m going to have to land somewhere in the middle of you and Dave. I haven&#39;t read as much as you have of the series, but I&#39;ve read more than Dave has, so I was a little more aware of things. I love Deathstroke as a character, he&#39;s a bad ass. I get that he was sort of "toying" with the Birds until he hurt his eye and then he got pissed, but before that I think he does kinda enjoy the dance and company, but I think the resolution was a little sloppy. I would like for Calculator to be more grounded especially during this Crisis. I want him on his A game and not obsessing to the level of seeing Oracles everywhere, but if this was done at another time it might not have been as bothersome, but as it stands I don&#39;t think it&#39;s really necessary. Even if his character may have been this or that earlier, let&#39;s take him the direction Meltzer was heading in (yes, praise for Meltzer!) Noah should be snooping around Lex/Alex/Mockingbird&#39;s business. That would be more interesting and have a real sense of danger and timeliness. The art was okay, but not anything to praise or complain about. I did like the conclusion with Batman and the Huntress. It was a nice little end to that, but the overall end of the arc left some things to be desired. I&#39;m still trying to catch up on my BoP history though, how much you selling your run for Thalya? Although, I can&#39;t imagine buying anything Chuck Austen ever does. What about you Dave, Vale got your number for your Bendis DD run? : ) So, final thought? Out of 10. You&#39;d probably give it a score of 0-1, Dave a 7-8 and me a 5-6. As for Action Comics #835

  • Feb. 6, 2006, 3:47 p.m. CST


    by Thalya

    Noah should be snooping, but it seems Alex deliberately set one of his biggest rivals off to chase wild geese as a distraction, both Oracle and the OMACs/Brother Eye. And the question is, is the stuff from Teen Titans/Supergirl going to get factored into this development because he&#39;s interacted with our Lex and it&#39;s been hinted he knows about Superboy Prime; how much has he put together? And now I&#39;m thinking about retracting my response to Gail a little because it still doesn&#39;t explain why he would give up so easily because Deathstroke decided to play cat and mouse and not finish the job. Granted, no one argues with Deathstroke, but still.. Eep! Heathen, so what&#39;s your take on Meltzer vs. Simone&#39;s takes? And don&#39;t worry, I&#39;ve only got Simone&#39;s run. I&#39;m kinda iffy on selling it now, I&#39;ll see how #92 goes. If I do, maybe a buck a book, or so.

  • Feb. 6, 2006, 4:14 p.m. CST

    Meltzer vs. Simone&#39;s takes

    by The Heathen

    When I jumped back into the DC verse it was just before Identity Crisis and I had no memory of a Calculator besides that their was a character of that name. I like what Meltzer did with him, he made him the villians answer to Oracle. He was smart, a man for hire and as calculated as a man called Calculator could be. I dug it, specially since he wasn&#39;t in tights and had any stupid calc gizmo on his costume you know? I don&#39;t hate what Simone has done with him, but I don&#39;t like it as much. Even in Villians United, we would see him, but it was always him looking like he knew something and the readers didn&#39;t know what, which I guess is the point a lot of the time, but I want a little more of the character who has something up his sleeve and shows it. I&#39;m waiting for it to pan out. I would have more confidence, but after the Action Comics and Teen Titans arcs Ms. Simone has had, my faith is a little shaken. More Blake and Lawton!!! I&#39;m confident with that!

  • Feb. 6, 2006, 4:14 p.m. CST

    Detective Comics #815-#816

    by The Heathen

    Great two issue filler arc. I picked these up due to the enthusiasm I&#39;ve heard hear from the @$$holes and I wasn&#39;t disappointed. I forgot about Zsasz even though he has always interested me, and I didn&#39;t remember who he was until after seeing him in Batman Begins. Wicked cool villian and a great lil two issues that feature Batman AND Bruce Wayne and they&#39;re acting like they would on the Animated Series (btw, can&#39;t wait for Paul Dini and Rags Morales run on Detective. Can. Not. Wait.) and that is a good thing. Pick these up for some good Batman, although I must say I&#39;m liking the Red Hood stuff in Batman. Winick has been on point, for that matter so has Mahnke and Jock. Winick on Green Arrow is another story all together.

  • Feb. 6, 2006, 4:18 p.m. CST

    Parobeck article on Newsarama right now...

    by superhero

    It&#39;s on;s front page right now. Coincedence? Or something more...

  • Feb. 6, 2006, 4:47 p.m. CST

    ah...a cog talkback

    by blackthought

    hugs to all.

  • Feb. 6, 2006, 5:04 p.m. CST

    Alan Moore would say

    by El Vale

    There are no coincidences!

  • Feb. 6, 2006, 5:31 p.m. CST

    Someone show me the Calculator

    by El Vale

    I seriously have no idea who he is or what he does. I know who&#39;d like to do him tho&#39; *wink wink*

  • Feb. 6, 2006, 7:04 p.m. CST

    Calculator for Vale

    by The Heathen *** It&#39;s all I could find at the moment, I&#39;ll let lady C. get you a better one.

  • Feb. 6, 2006, 7:43 p.m. CST


    by Thalya

    Go to my Fanfic directory where that script is housed, and instead of the crossing_over1.htm ending, try either calculator.jpg, calc-emotion.jpg, or him in full-purple-costume: bar_scene.jpg (the first two are some of the pics that made me fall in love with him. He has the sexiest forearms and hands, doesn&#39;t he?)

  • Feb. 6, 2006, 7:57 p.m. CST

    And how does one reach your Fanfic directory, again?

    by El Vale


  • Feb. 6, 2006, 8:02 p.m. CST


    by Thalya

    You don&#39;t even have the link to the script anymore? When I&#39;m going to be adding to it, still? Eh well: ** Add a backslash and then the endings I listed above. *** And also, another Calc link,

  • Feb. 6, 2006, 8:41 p.m. CST

    Hehe, so sorry

    by El Vale

    THAT&#39;s the Calculator? Weird. You like that guy?

  • Feb. 6, 2006, 8:59 p.m. CST

    And all this time..

    by Thalya

    You thought I was acting weird because I had a crush on an older but typically-handsome guy? Quite frankly, I&#39;ve never gotten so instantly turned on looking at a guy before. Him on the cover to Villains United #1 makes me weak in the knees. But dude, really, please, more reaction. Your perspective=gold, imo, for what I&#39;m going for. :P

  • Feb. 6, 2006, 9:27 p.m. CST

    Well thing is

    by El Vale

    I&#39;ve never seen a villain who looked so much like a pervert. but that&#39;s cool, you get off on getting kidnapped by people like that :P

  • Feb. 6, 2006, 9:46 p.m. CST

    And now...

    by Thalya;re just pushing my buttons.. meh. Finish that e-mail, boyo. :)

  • Feb. 7, 2006, 12:30 a.m. CST

    i&#39;m scared

    by blackthought

  • Feb. 7, 2006, 8:10 a.m. CST

    LOL (off-topic)

    by Gus Nukem

    Pop superstar Michael Jackson has been asked by the Roman Catholic Church to set the prayers of the late Pope John Paul II to music. The 47-year-old singer was chosen to write music for the 24 prayers and chants, after Vatican officials decided his global celebrity would best promote their holy message. Father Giuseppe Moscati says, "We have the rights for the 24 prayers written by Pope John Paul. We had hoped the fact that we have been in contact with Michael Jackson would remain a secret. But sadly it has leaked out ahead of time. We are in discussions and trying to sort it out." The priest, who is head of the Millennium Music Society, insisted Jackson&#39;s hard-won battle against child molestation charges did not discount him as a candidate. He adds, "He was cleared and found not guilty by a jury. Michael Jackson is very interested in this project - we shall see what happens." -- from imdb ** **

  • Feb. 7, 2006, 10 a.m. CST

    OT - One of the most horrible stories, ever

    by Gus Nukem

    Isabelle Dinoire is the first ever (?) human who receives a partial face transplant. Her face was partially eaten ("mauled") by her dog. Allegedly, she tried to commit suicide by using sleeping pills and that was her dog&#39;s "way" of waking her up and the face donor is a woman who committed suicide by hanging. ** BBC link: ** For the rest information, google her name. This incident reminds me of Mason Verger from the Thomas Harris novel "Hannibal" ** **

  • Feb. 7, 2006, 11:17 a.m. CST

    Holy shit Gus

    by The Heathen

    I saw something on the news about that, but didn&#39;t know the details. That&#39;s horrible

  • Feb. 7, 2006, 11:40 a.m. CST

    Re: Green Lantern #8 IC tie-in? & Desolation Jones.

    by The Heathen

    In a way, yes, but it also stands as a two issue arc along the lines or at least similar to Superman&#39;s "For the Man Who Has Everything" story. Mongul II had just fought Supes, Bats, and WW at the recently blown up Watchtower and then escaped through a boom tube I believe to earth, where Hal and Ollie fight him. And sure, Mongul knocking his sister&#39;s block off was a little over the top (in the review of this issue at Newsarama they likened Johns love for decapitation to Lucas&#39; love for cutting off hands) but at least he was a big bad guy you know? How many people did he kill in Coast City? But, I do share your enthusiasm for AS Supes, disagree about IC #4, and recommend Detective Comics #815-#816 for some good traditional storytelling. Anybody else think that Paul Dini and Rags Morales on Detecive is going to be awesome? I know I do. And regarding Desolation Jones, #5 was still good, but not as good as the others and I actually didn&#39;t mind him fitting the pieces together in that recap, especially with J.H. Williams III drawing it. He should get a medal, he&#39;s brilliant. I feel the same way about Emily Crowe, Vale. Good stuff from Ellis and Williams.

  • Feb. 7, 2006, 1:07 p.m. CST

    Tuesday slower than Monday?

    by The Heathen


  • Feb. 7, 2006, 1:09 p.m. CST

    Dini and Morales on Dect Comics

    by Shigeru

    I think that&#39;s going to be;s been a while since I&#39;ve bought a batbook regularly, it will be nice. Rags&#39; art on Identity was pretty top notch.

  • Feb. 7, 2006, 1:11 p.m. CST

    Dini writing Batman alone...

    by Thalya

    Should be enough for me to pick up a bat-book. Anyone else stay away because they&#39;re so often intertwined it gets to be a headache?

  • Feb. 7, 2006, 1:13 p.m. CST

    You could be me....

    by Psynapse

    I am so sick with a sinus infection that in the last 3 days I have only eaten 10 chicken nuggets (Sunday), 4 Wheat Thins (Monday), 7 pretzels & a South Beach Diet breakfast bar (today) . UGH, I hate being sick....

  • Feb. 7, 2006, 1:27 p.m. CST


    by Thalya

    Oh no. Not good at all. *hugz* You haven&#39;t by chance read my first half-script, have you? I think you might get a kick out of it, if nothing else. It could make with the feel-better-ness, it could.

  • Feb. 7, 2006, 1:32 p.m. CST

    Psy, this weather hasn&#39;t helped huh?

    by The Heathen

    Rainy, humid, rainy, kinda chilly, rainy, humid, cold (for Florida). I had some Wheat Thins the other day, I ate em with hummus. Mmm

  • Feb. 7, 2006, 1:36 p.m. CST

    Dini and Morales

    by The Heathen

    I&#39;ve never picked up Detective reguarly but I will now. That&#39;s about as perfect of a team as you can get. Say what you will about DC or their Mega Crisis event, but they have some good teams on upcoming books. *** Vale and Lady C., I still haven&#39;t gotten to your scripts/stories, but I will soon. *** Anybody read Quints interview with James Cameron? Good stuff.

  • Feb. 7, 2006, 2:06 p.m. CST

    Read the Cameron interview

    by El Vale

    I&#39;m seriously pissed off. I mean we could&#39;ve gotten a Cameron/Scott Alien film and instead we got fucking AvP?! I&#39;m serious here, what the fuck is Fox thinking? A 3 year old would&#39;ve made a better decision. "Fire Paul Hack Anderson and let James Cameron do whatever he wants. And also, i have poopie" I mean Cameron gave them the biggest grossing movie in history, you&#39;d think they&#39;d try to keep him happy. God, i wish i could strangle someone. More later.

  • Feb. 7, 2006, 2:55 p.m. CST

    It&#39;s the most idiotic thing EVER isn&#39;t it?

    by The Heathen

    I thought Fox was stupid because of the way they&#39;ve handled the X-Men franchise, or canceled Arrested Development, or copied another networks lame reality show and made it lamer, but fucking over Cameron?!?!? Like Turtle say&#39;s, "He could make the worst movie ever and it still make a billion dollars!" And what reallllly drives the nail in even more? The biggest geek wet dream of all time: A weakened franchise that you want to love and the absolute (no other) choice for the best and coolest possible thing would be for Scott AND Cameron to work on an ALIEN film TOGETHER!!! And we would have fucking had it! But nooo, let Fox make Wet Shit Andersons film instead. "Hey Mr. Cameron, we know you&#39;ve written and directed an Alien movie before, not to mention the biggest money making movie of all time, but we want you to look at this script instead of the one you&#39;ve been working on!" Fox spit in all of our eyes!!! Fuckers! Ahhhh!!!

  • Feb. 7, 2006, 3:47 p.m. CST

    one of the many, many things I loved in All-Star Supes

    by Gus Nukem

    In the Fortress of Solitude (issue #2), one of the relics to be found is Space Shuttle Columbia. In our universe "on February 1, 2003, Columbia disintegrated during re-entry on its 28th mission; all seven crew members aboard were killed". You can imagine why it is in the comic. I also loved Quitely&#39;s time-travelling bubble (from the Legion of Superheroes).

  • Feb. 7, 2006, 3:53 p.m. CST

    You&#39;re absolutely right

    by El Vale

    It&#39;s the best possible way to go. I can&#39;t think of anything better for the Alien franchise than James Cameron and Ridley Scott colaborating on a 5th Alien movie. I mean it just doesn&#39;t make sense, does it? It doesn&#39;t make any goddamn sense! You&#39;d have to be retarded, you really would. No Mr James Cameron and Mr Ridley Scott, we would rather work with Paul WS Anderson. I mean he did make the Resident Evil movies, what have you two done? BTW did you read Moriarty&#39;s rants on the director&#39;s cut of Kingdom of Heaven? A pattern emerges.

  • Feb. 7, 2006, 4:22 p.m. CST

    Good God, isn&#39;t is depressing when...

    by Gus Nukem

    Superman is portrayed as the ultimate symbol of human HOPE? I certainly believe so. Just like in the recent Adventures of Superman #648 and in that panel I just talked about from All-Star. It is ridiculous and depressing to read an issue about Superman being "a ray of hope" and in such a way that functions supposedly as a metaphor for something - I really can&#39;t imagine what. Taking the most unbelievable phantasy character ever imagined, omnipotent, invulnerable and so on and channelling hope through him is wrong. It&#39;s a bit like what religions have more or less inflicted on their believers; hope can only be found in other humans&#39; kindness and allegiance. If a character should be a metaphor for hope, then it should be a non-meta and even better using teamwork - hope should be about other humans and not incredible, deus ex machina solutions. That said, Mongul II could be a good candidate for that -- "SKUNCH!!"

  • Feb. 7, 2006, 4:23 p.m. CST

    of course I am, always

    by Gus Nukem

  • Feb. 7, 2006, 4:27 p.m. CST

    that cameron

    by blackthought

    interview was a nice short read but i&#39;m still getting over the fact that he liked that piece of shit, AVP. now rags and dini sound like a hell of a good team...but for perfection you&#39;d put dini together with timm, then um...animate batman...then um, never show it on cartoon network...then cancel it :)...and am i the only one who will miss sook on x-factor? i love that guys stuff. anyway boys and girls...all hail Paul WS Anderson!...he&#39;s a visionary of mediocrity...but with our luck he&#39;ll direct infinite crisis. shhhh...

  • Feb. 7, 2006, 5:16 p.m. CST

    I&#39;d rather see Cameron&#39;s Planet of the Apes!

    by superhero

    What? WHAT? Cameron had an ide for Planet of the Apes and they gave it to Tim f&#39;n BURTON???? What?????? That&#39;s just...that&#39;s INSANITY!!!!! Insanity I say!

  • Feb. 8, 2006, 2 a.m. CST

    Paul W.S. Anderson would be *perfect* for INF. CREESUS!

    by Dave_F

    And, hey, what&#39;s with the newly truncated subject line space? I had to frickin&#39; abbreviate "INFINITE"! **** Quick shots: Dini&#39;s DETECTIVE run is one of the few beacons of hope for me in the One Year Later era. *Crosses fingers* **** Sook off of X-FACTOR...there&#39;s no other way to put it: it motherfucking sucks. That&#39;s a rare Peter David book that I actually like, but if the replacement guy don&#39;t rock, I can see David&#39;s annoying habits driving me off the book. **** Yes, Newsarama stole my Parobeck grieving, but how can I be mad about it? Respect. **** Re: Superman as "beacon of hope" in the latest ADVENTURES OF SUPES, I&#39;ll have some not-so-nice comments in the next column&#39;s Cheap Shots. Soooooo damn sick of writers who put out those goddamn "mission statement" stories about Superman&#39;s glory. And I LOVE Supes as a concept (he&#39;s more idealized paternal figure than a perfect symbol of hope), but shit, man, I don&#39;t want writers *telling* me to love him. **** That GREEN LANTERN story spinning off of Moore&#39;s classic "For the Man Who Has Everything" was mostly a snoozer. Being a fan of DC&#39;s heroes partially for their iconography, I was one of those guys who wanted Hal back (not one of the psycho Hal-fetishists, mind, just a fan of it in theory), but now that we&#39;re eight issues in...I&#39;m starting to see why they cooked up Kyle Rayner. The big problem, I think, is that with Superman around as Earth&#39;s big-gun superhero, Hal feels superfluous. He could be cool, but he needs some room to maneuver - he needs to be in SPACE. Seriously, Hal should be the high-risk, crazy-ass, nail-as-many-alien-chicks-as-possible James T. Kirk of the Green Lantern Corps. On Earth his powers seem impotent and he&#39;s boring as dirt.

  • Feb. 8, 2006, 8:04 a.m. CST


    by Shigeru

    You know, I was walking down the street the other day when I felt something weird... but thanks, now I&#39;ve cleared it up. It was religion inflicting me with something! Not just anything, but hope! How dare them!

  • Feb. 8, 2006, 8:06 a.m. CST

    Ryan Sook

    by Shigeru

    He&#39;s off X-Factor?? That&#39;s cool, that just means he&#39;s doing a Zatanna ongoing with Grant Morrison.....RIGHT??? RIGHT?!??!?

  • Feb. 8, 2006, 11:24 a.m. CST

    prepare to gouge your eyes out....

    by Shigeru


  • Feb. 8, 2006, 11:31 a.m. CST

    So it&#39;s safe to say..

    by Thalya

    Michael Turner is this generation&#39;s Rob Liefeld?

  • Feb. 8, 2006, 12:18 p.m. CST

    Thal you took the words out of my mouth.

    by Shigeru

    plus, Ian Churchill is this generation&#39;s Ian Churchill.

  • Feb. 8, 2006, 12:27 p.m. CST

    what Shigeru said

    by The Heathen

  • Feb. 8, 2006, 12:41 p.m. CST

    about Churchill AND Sook and Seven Soldiers

    by The Heathen

    Sucjs that Sook is leaving X-Factor. I feel that he gave it a lot of it&#39;s mood. Damn shame. I&#39;m holding out for a Seven Soldiers HC that collects all the minis. Hey, if Walking Dead can have a 24 issue omnibus and Runaways Vol. 1 HC with 18 issues, then they can have a 30 something issue collection can&#39;t they? Cause I really feel like I&#39;m missing out on this Seven Soldiers stuff. And isn&#39;t there going to be an ongoing after it all? Is J.H. Williams going to be the regular artist? If so, I definitely can&#39;t miss any more of this.

  • Feb. 8, 2006, 2:52 p.m. CST


    by blackthought

  • Feb. 8, 2006, 3:52 p.m. CST


    by The Heathen

  • Feb. 8, 2006, 4:11 p.m. CST

    a buh?

    by Thalya

  • Feb. 8, 2006, 4:27 p.m. CST


    by The Heathen

  • Feb. 8, 2006, 4:31 p.m. CST

    One year later is next month?

    by superhero

    Infinite Crisis isn&#39;t even over yet! What the????

  • Feb. 8, 2006, 4:44 p.m. CST

    that is a little jarring, but I think we&#39;ll find out

    by The Heathen

    (stupid truncated subject line) why in Infinite Crisis #5.

  • Feb. 8, 2006, 4:50 p.m. CST

    And now...

    by Thalya

    We aren&#39;t even getting an IC book this month..

  • Feb. 9, 2006, 8:30 a.m. CST


    by blackthought

  • Feb. 9, 2006, 11:56 a.m. CST

    double :(

    by The Heathen

  • Feb. 10, 2006, 9:14 a.m. CST

    let&#39;s tripple it :( :( :(

    by blackthought