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#11 7/12/06 #5

The Pull List
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Big Eyes for the Cape Guy presents PROJECT X CHALLENGERS: CUP NOODLE
Big Eyes for the Cape Guy presents TRASH V.1
Indie Jones presents WASTELAND #1
Indie Jones presents SHARK-MAN #1
Indie Jones presents FLIGHT VOL.3
Indie Jones presents THE SHAOLIN COWBOY #6
Tales From the Crevice features QUANTUM & WOODY


Written by: Kurt Busiek
Pencilled by: Carlos Pacheco
Published by: DC Comics
Reviewed by: superhero


Finally, it’s happened.

Finally, a truly great-in continuity Superman story.

I can’t believe it’s happened but it’s true. Kurt Busiek and Carlos Pacheco have crafted one of the greatest SUPERMAN stories in a long, long time.

See, I’ve been a Superman fan for years. But as Quentin Tarantino said in KILL BILL VOLUME 2, I’ve been more a fan of the mythology than anything else. Ever since I was tyke, I loved the idea of Superman and then when I saw the first Richard Donner film it sealed the deal. Seeing Christopher Reeve soar through the skies in SUPERMAN: THE MOVIE made me a Superman fan for life. While kids were freaking out over Star Wars, whipping out their lightsabers made of mop handles, I was busy strapping bath towels around my neck and jumping off of living room coffee tables. My mom still loves to tell stories to any stranger who’ll listen of how her son would run around the house with a blanket draped around his shoulders, causing chaos at every opportunity, while screaming “Sooooooperrrrmaaaaannnn!” at the top of his lungs.

Yes, I loved Superman for years. That is until I actually started reading comic books seriously in my early teenage years. Because, let’s face it, to a thirteen year-old who was being exposed to the X-Men and Spider-Man for the first time the Superman comics at the time kind of, well, sucked. Sure there were some great stories here and there like that great anniversary issue where Luthor gets his battle armor and Brainiac goes all Doctor Roboto…but for the most part the Super-comics were a snore-fest compared to a lot of the stuff Marvel was pumping out. Yeah, I’d pick up a Superman book every once in a while during those years but it’d be a rare occasion. So for a while I’d be a fan of the idea of Superman but not actually really care that much about the books he appeared in.

Enter John Byrne. In 1986 Byrne re-vamped Supes for a new generation and, in my humble opinion, saved Superman from becoming completely obsolete. For the next several years or so the Byrne Superman books revived the character for me in a way that I though was impossible. Not only that but he gave us some of the best Luthor stories ever written. Don’t believe me? Just track down issues number two and nine of Byrne’s SUPERMAN book and tell me that those aren’t some of the best Luthor stories you’ve ever read. Of course, that era did have its missteps but most of those were due to the companion book to Byrne’s re-launch, ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN (Can you say Bibbo? UGH.) For the most part the Byrne era was pretty solid and it absolutely restored my faith in the character.

But then Byrne left. While that didn’t mean that the Superman books went immediately right into the toilet (I actually remember a pretty good Roger Stern/Kerry Gammil run in there somewhere) it wasn’t long before that was to be the line’s destiny. Before you knew it, it was the ‘90’s and the darkest era of comics was upon us. It hit Superman like a ton of Kryptonite. It was during this era that I actually dropped any and all Superman books I’d been reading. It was an era of Doomsday and Funerals for a Friend and Electric Blue Xanadu Superman. Yep, the Superman books had become crap and it killed me. So much potential just gone, completely wiped away. It was truly a bad time to be a Superman fan.

But in the past several years DC had been bringing some great talent onto the “S Books” so I started picking them up on a regular basis. Sure there were some interesting concepts here and there but for the most part they’d just end up being convoluted junk. Loeb, Azzarello, McGuiness, and Lee would all fail in their aspirations to make the Superman books great. One after another great talents in the comic industry would just fall before the corporate might of DC Comics/Time Warner’s expectations for the character. No one seemed to know how to write the books worth a damn. Sure, Joe Kelley had a really good run on ACTION COMICS but even that got completely absorbed into the ridiculousness of the rest of titles in the line. And while I’ll always be thankful to Jeph Loeb for bringing back “mad scientist Luthor”, for the most part the S-Man has had some pretty tired in-continuity storylines as of late. The books were so bad that the only place you could go to get great Superman stories was in an Elseworlds book or by watching the Timm/Dini animated series.

But have no fear, true believers, because Busiek and Pacheco are here to save us all. Because, despite the slightly disappointing movie, Superman really has returned.

I don’t really know where to start with my praise for this book. It’s perfect. Perfect in every way. For the first time in I don’t know how many years, I’m actually excited to read the mainstream SUPERMAN book!

To tell you the truth I was a bit nervous about Busiek writing SUPERMAN after his recent underwhelming run on JLA. I was wrong to be nervous. Busiek has gotten everything right here. Everything. For years and years it seems like so many writers haven’t been able to write about all of the aspects of Superman’s life without making things seem forced or hackneyed. To me it’s seemed like so many writers have focused more on how Superman’s history restricts them instead of just going along with the whole bag of tricks and seeing where it might take them. For so long writers have complained about Superman’s power level, about him being married, about his lame villains. So many creators have just whined and bitched about how Superman is impossible to write, how uninteresting he is.

Busiek’s been able to throw all of that out of the window. He seems to have taken on all aspects of Superman and just said, “Bring it on!” This issue touches on everything in Superman’s life and just makes it work. Not only does it work but it flows seamlessly. Busiek focuses on everything from his marriage to his work life to his adventuring all in one issue. He does such a great job of it that for the first time ever everything just seemed to fit. Clark’s troubles don’t seem forced upon him, they seem organic to the character and the story. The adventuring doesn’t seem like average typical super-hero derring-do, there’s a scope to it. For the first time since Lois and Clark got married the marriage stuff worked.

This is the point where I have to stop and write about Lois Lane for second. For years and years Lois Lane has been written as a ball-busting selfish bitch. There has been no warmth to the character, nothing for fans to care about. For the longest time no one knew how to write a strong willed independent female character who just happened to be married to Superman. So, because of that lack of understanding, Lois was just made out to seem self centered and, quite honestly, completely unsympathetic. I know that I would find myself asking the question, “Why in the hell would Superman marry this woman?” If she wasn’t condescending to him she’d be too busy with her own stuff to even care what was going on with her husband. Was this the woman worthy of Superman’s love? I gotta tell you, there were plenty of times I was hoping he’d just dump her and move on. She didn’t deserve him. Chuck Austen touched on this a bit during his run in ACTION COMICS but he left the book before the issue could be fully explored.

Luckily no one needs to address it anymore because in one story Busiek has figured out how to write Lois Lane as she should be written. For the first time I believed that Lois actually cared about her husband and what he was going though. For the first time in the pages of any Superman book I saw the give and take of an actual marriage taking place. Busiek understands what marriage is and he’s incorporated that understanding into his fleshing out of his Lois Lane. This is the first time I’ve ever read a Superman book and actually felt that Lois had a living, breathing heart and actually cared about Clark Kent beyond the fact that he was Superman. Not only that but that Lois could be the woman that Superman would want to come home to. And no, you perverts, it’s not because she greeted him at the door dressed in lingerie…it’s because of the sentiment behind her actions. It’s the words that Busiek put in her mouth that made me finally believe in a Lois Lane that Superman would marry.

But of course, we can’t forget the visuals either. Pacheco has made Lois Lane quite possibly one of the sexiest women in comics in this issue alone. Reading this issue reminded me of the first time I saw an ad for the LOIS & CLARK TV show with Terri Hatcher as Lois Lane. When I got a look at Hatcher in that ad my mind finally got what Superman would see in Lois Lane…at least physically. With this issue of Superman Pacheco makes Lois, well, just gorgeous. Not only that but fashionable. Hell, she’s practically cosmopolitan! So while Busiek excels in bringing life to Lois Pacheco brings it home by, um, literally fleshing her out.

But drawing a sexy Lois isn’t Pacheco’s only achievement in this book--far from it. Pacheco gives Superman himself the dynamic appeal that’s been missing from him from, since, well…forever. Pacheco’s masterful art gives the whole book a sense of life that’s rarely seen in a comic book much less a Superman book. I mean just look at his Superman! He seems almost three dimensional! Pacheco’s figure drawing is impeccable. Superman’s muscles flex and bend and respond to the force applied to them. His cape blows in the wind effortlessly and gracefully. If Superman were real this is what I’d want him to look like! Pacheco draws a Man of Steel that has a touch of the fantastic and believability at the same time. Not only that but it seems like Pacheco never met a background he didn’t like! His panels are full of them and they look perfect! It seems like I can look at a Superman book and see an actual world in its panels. Pacheco is the perfect artist for this book bar none.

So what else can I say? This, to me, was probably one of the better comics I’ve ever read in that it’s gotten me excited about Superman as a comic-book character again. As I said before, that hasn’t happened since the Byrne era. Hopefully these two will be able to keep breathing new life into Supey-baby for a long time to come and leave me with a bunch of Superman stories that I’ll treasure until the next creative team comes along and trashes this run’s potential. Why am I so sure that the next team’ll be a disappointment? Because if this issue is any indication of how good Busiek and Pacheco’s run is going to be…well, filling their shoes is going to be next to impossible.


Rider…I mean writer: Daniel Way
Art: Javier Salteres & Mark Texeira
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Ghost Reviewer: Ambush Bug

Well, it's time to flip the mattress on my bed, which also signals the time for another GHOST RIDER relaunch. Seems every few years, Marvel tries to dust off the old tried an’ trues for an all new all different relaunch. Blade, the Defenders, Moon Knight, Heroes for Hire. All of these 70’s characters, rebooted with new creative teams and new directions. The problem is that the market isn’t like it was back in those days. Back then, comic book concepts didn’t really have strong premises, rather, they jumped on trends. Because of this, a comic based on trends like blaxploitation and kung fu movies didn’t have that iconic or time-everlasting feel that concepts like “With great power, comes great responsibility” did and still do. They rode the wave of popularity for a bit, then faded away. Some comics relied on cool visuals alone. This being a visual medium, it makes sense that some comics get by with strong stories, while others rely on eye candy to get sales. Sometimes a visual comes along and hits you on a visceral level of coolness and that, I think, is why Ghost Rider is as popular as he is.

There’s something about a bad@$$ on a motorcycle with a flaming skull for a head that punches you in the nuts and has you asking for more. It definitely is one of those designs that grips the rebellious teenager in oneself and makes one let out an exasperated “cooool!” upon feasting one’s eyes upon the visual. Problem is, if the story doesn’t match the visual, all you’re left with are pretty panels and in this day and age, that ain’t enough for a good comic book. At least not a comic book I want to buy on a regular basis.

And that’s the job of every first issue on the shelves today. Something should happen in the first issue that makes you want to buy that comic on a regular basis or that book, more than likely, will not be around for long.

Marvel clearly doesn’t understand this. And this issue of GHOST RIDER is proof positive of that.

In this new first issue of GR, we basically get a rehash of the first scene from Garth Ennis’ last attempt to make Ghostie interesting. Ghost Rider is racing demons to a doorway in Hell which leads back to Earth. He loses again and Lucifer (who, this time, looks like LEGEND’s Darkness) belches forth a big ol’ He-Man laugh to drive the dagger deeper. Along the way, Ghostie runs into Slimer from the GHOSTBUSTERS, who has a plan to dig out of hell. We get more lies from the Prince of Lies and in the end, without a real explanation, Ghost Rider finds himself bursting out of the ocean with a bunch of zombies or demons or whatever.

Marvel’s new go-to Golden Boy writer Daniel Way is writing this relaunch. I’ve noticed that, with Way’s books in the past (I’m talkin’ about HULK and WOLVERINE here), I’ve been able to follow the storyline much better by reading the last issue recap pages at the beginnings of the books than reading the actual story. Way seems to have some interesting stories to tell, but doesn’t really seem to have a firm hold on how to translate them cohesively onto the page. Large gaps in logic and rushed scenes are the main problem here. Way, like many others in the industry, seems to build up to the “big cool scene” rather than using that scene to elaborate on an evenly-paced story that looks cool AND makes sense. Story does not seem to take precedence here. The failure to clearly communicate the leap from Hell to Earth in the closing pages of this book is proof that Way found it much more interesting to show extended demon racing scenes and splashes of a laughing Lucifer than to explain the hows and the whys Ghostie ends up on the mortal plane again.

I do give Way credit for paneling out a nice “cooool!” scene as Ghost Rider is forced to hearken back to his carnival stuntman days and drive his bike over a fiery crevasse. Very cool scene indeed, but not enough to save this book.

What really turned me off with this book is the editorial on the last page. On that page, there’s a promise for something new and different. Ghostie will be firmly planted in the Marvel Universe, interacting with all sorts of heroes and villains. We, the readers, will be taken to all sorts of new and exciting places in the issues to come. The thing is, none of this was delivered in the first issue. And, I’m sorry, a promise from editorial is not enough to get me to come back for a second issue.

Sure there’ll be those who say, “You can’t pass judgment on a series based on a single issue!”

And to that, I say, “Fuck you, you psychologically conditioned and genetically spliced lemming-sheep.”

In this day and age, when there is so much to choose from on the shelves…when comics cost so much…after so many lame relaunches to the character…the first issue of a GHOST RIDER series had better have me at HELL-o or I’m going to be motoring down the highway to the next comic faster than you can say “Show me the Mephisto!”

A note from editorial promising something that doesn’t even peek its head up in the first issue gives me no confidence in a book. I don’t have the time or the money to “wait a few issues to see if it’s any good” which has become the new mantra for those who like to be called Marvel Zombies and those who Marvel Editorial refer to as “Suckers, gotcha again!”

If it doesn’t impress in the first issue, I’m gone and so should you be. Why not use the first issue as an example of what is to come in this comic? With the editorial promise that the series will be planted in the Marvel U, this first issue didn’t give me any indication that this was going to happen. What we did get was some convoluted series of chase scenes that, I guess, ends up on a beach in, what I gather from the editorial page, the Marvel Universe.

I wasn’t too impressed by the art either, which was the biggest draw I felt to this book when I heard who the art team was going to consist of. Javier Salteres and Mark Texeira were the team that (next to Ploog) made the Ghost Rider the iconic symbol which decorates many a righteous arm of rockers and bikers around the world. When the 90’s relaunch of this series hit, this was the team supreme, but having seen both artists’ work since this series hit, it became clear to me who the stronger artist was between the two. Without Tex’s inks, I always found Salteres’ work to be pretty weak. It was one of those cases where the best results came from the collaboration—a reliance on both artists’ strengths to save the other. Salteres seems to have a good handle on proportion, something I’ve always found to be a problem in Tex’s solo work. Tex’s figures often have extra long bodies (a detail that was especially evident when he was drawing the short-n’-stubby Wolverine like he was an NBA point man). But the detailed coolness of the Ghost Rider and crispness of the characters and action belonged to Tex in that old series. He’s the one that made the pictures pop with his inks. In this book, the thrill is gone. Ghost Rider is still sporting his 90’s costume, but the battle ram motorcycle has been replaced by a simple Harley design with a skull on the handlebars. It all just seems so uninspired, especially with the use of iconic movie characters like Slimer and LEGEND’s Darkness as templates for other characters in the book. The crisp grittiness that permeated from the first issues of the 90’s GHOST RIDER book from the same team just hasn’t seemed to age well over the last decade.

I don’t even want to get into the fact that Ghost Rider is using Johnny Blaze’s voice. The character has been through more permutations than the Hulk. I don’t know which is according to status quo any more since we’ve had Danny Ketch, Zarathos, and Johnny Blaze all providing the voice of the Ghost Rider over the years. Not much of GR’s history is touched upon, something a character with such a convoluted background may want to have touched upon in an intro issue. None of that occurs. There’s a race. A Slimer. A lie from a Tim Curry wannabe. And then POP! Ghostie’s in the Marvel U with very little explanation. Not a very good first impression.


Writers: Johns, Morrison, Rucka, Waid, and probably some Giffen
Artists: Giffen, Batista, Palmiotti, Jadson, Sinclair & Fletcher
History of the DCU Writer: Jurgens
History of the DCU Artists: Lanning, Napolitano, Cox & Major
Publisher: DC Comics
Reviewer: Squashua

Greetings, students. I made a soap opera analogy last week in regards to 52, and I’ve referred to my comics as "my soaps" on occasion when having to explain my obsession to others. The serial nature of both soap operas and comic books is quite similar, but with the weekly ensemble 52, I’ve never seen the analogy so clearly. In both, you’re given many different storylines and characters, enough that they might not even get addressed in any particular episode. Is every story entertaining? Well, that depends on your taste and the writers involved, but at least in 52 there’s something for everyone.

In this week’s soap, we continue exploring Black Adam’s political agenda, check in on how life is treating a powerless Clark Kent (and how life isn’t treating a flagellating Booster Gold), and once more visit the cell of Professor Morrow for, based on his allusion, the final time.

Black Adam, sporting a black version of Captain Marvel’s traditional cape, has gathered powered and non-powered representatives from various countries for his Dubya-Approved "Bizzarro UN". Even Serpentor’s mistress is there. I heard they made her from the DNA of Abigail Williams, Erzebet Bathory, Lizzie Borden, Cruella DeVille, Helen of Troy, Eva Braun, and a couple strands from Scarlett Johansson’s hairbrush. Dude, she’s evil. The beautiful and strong-willed Intergang refugee, Adrianna, makes a scene that sends off all sorts of "I’ve seen this sort of move before" signals. And we Talkbackers here at AICN know a plant when we see one. It’s well played, but I view her interference and coy attempts to influence Black Adam as the acts of a calculating manipulator. And who in the DC Universe (1) seems to have a finger in every 52 plot thread, (2) has access to Intergang, (3) is a master manipulator, and (4) has attempted to influence the course of humanity before? I’ll let you mull that over.

Homework Assignment #1 - Research the post-Crisis origins of Egg-Fu.

The other main plot thread involves Clark Kent investigating Supernova. Clark’s still not used to not having powers, and it shows in his productivity at work. With the prior history between Perry White and Clark Kent, I would never have seen their interaction coming had it not been so telegraphed, but this is a New Earth and we still don’t have a defined past, only a basic framework (as seen in the History of the DCU backups). With John Byrne’s MAN OF STEEL, Perry White and Lex Luthor grew up together. In BIRTHRIGHT, Mark Waid established that Clark Kent and Lex Luthor grew up together. We’re working with a completely different dynamic. This storyline is entertaining, so there’s nothing to worry about here. Clark pulls a classic "Lois Lane" move for the sake of journalism, and learns a bit about Supernova and his teleportation (or banish into the annals of time) powers.

I’m probably in the minority, but I’m actually not interested in figuring out who Supernova is. I’ve heard theories ranging from Lex Luthor to a parallel Booster Gold, Rip Hunter, Booster being both Rip Hunter and Supernova, and Earth-2 Superman, which does make some sense if you consider the reference to The Daily Star and other factors. The artists have been semi-ambiguous regarding Supernova’s gender; even though he’s been presented artistically as a male from a distance, but he could easily be female (I’m looking at you, Ronin from NEW AVENGERS). It would be nice to see a new face or a previously non-super identity under that mask. Jimmy Olsen, anyone?

Homework Assignment #2 - Locate Supernova in KINGDOM COME.

Booster appears for four panels with at least enough text for one entire comic book, which I certainly don’t mind, and his tale is provided with a direction. Will Magnus and T.O. Morrow continue their meetings, the writers (or artists) being a little ham-handed with some book names, and for some reason I can’t shake hearing the “The Golden Girls” theme song.

Overall the artwork is very evenly detailed; there’s not one eyeball out of place (unlike other weeks), and other 52 readers. have pointed out "surprise line" usage making a comeback. Speaking of eyes, page 12, panel 6 proves Adrianna is obviously related to the Afghan woman from NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC.

History of the DCU this week took 3* pages to summarize the last 8 months of DC comics... to be concluded next week, when they summarize the last month of DC comics.

I don’t count panels featuring Donna Troy angsting over history, which total to 1 page.

All in all, this was definitely much more entertaining than last week.

Homework Assignment #3 - Plot out the entertaining vs. boring issues of 52 to determine some sort of pattern.


Writer: Brian K. Vaughan
Penciler(s): Philip Bond w/ an assist by Eduardo Barreto
Publisher: Dark Horse
Reviewed by Humphrey Lee

If there is one problem I have with this comic it's that it makes me pissed at myself that I never picked up the ESCAPIST anthology book that Dark Horse has been putting out for the past couple years. If this is the kind of quality I'm been missing out on (given that this first issue here is apparently a reprint story from one of said anthology issues) then apparently I've missed some of the best comics of the decade thus far. It also serves as a reminder that I still haven't found the time to finish my copy of THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF KAVALIER & CLAY. Apparently, this comic exists to just make me feel like an ass. But it's still excellent nonetheless.

THE ESCAPISTS here is a comic book for those that love comic books, and oh boy do I love comic books. Instead of telling his own pure Escapist tale, Brian K. Vaughan (never, never forget that second 'a' in Vaughan) in THE ESCAPISTS is actually telling the tale of a young man named Maxwell Roth, an aspiring comic book writer with a large sentimental attachment to the long forgotten character of The Escapist, and who is trying to revive the character for modern audiences. That right there is one of the largest appeals of this book to me, in that Vaughan is taking the opportunity to kinda create an "alternative universe" I guess you could say where the fictional creative duo of Joe Kavalier and Sam Clay are just as real and relevant as our own Superman creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. Maxwell Roth's love of the iconic figure known as The Escapist mirrors a lot of the same feelings I personally have towards some of our very own comic icons. As does his respect for the independent artists he's hoping to follow in the steps of, the Harvey Pekars and R. Crumbs and so on (and yes, there's a ton of name dropping in this comic, but I really don't see much of an issue with this other than it should motivate readers not familiar with these writers to go out and get acquainted with them).

This issue does a great job of not only giving us the relevant back story we need on The Escapist and his creators but also quickly establishes Max Roth's character and introduces his cohorts for the project he has in mind. The events that transpire towards Max reaching his goal are very entertaining and some great slice-of-life material. There's some great moodiness and drama, as well as a few good chuckles as Maxwell actually works his way to owning the rights to The Escapist, and then as he encounters his hopeful artist Case Weaver and a rather unusual fellow named Denny Jones who will become one of his best friends and The Escapist himself in a unique way. And of course there's some great Philip Bond art to move it all along. Bond has always been one of my favorite "under the radar" artists ever since I first saw his stuff via Vertigo and more specifically THE INVISIBLES. I love his character designs and I especially love the "tightness" of his art. There's no sloppiness whatsoever to his lines and it gives everything such a great definition that makes it very pleasing to the eyes. And I know it's rare that anyone ever compliments the colorist, but the fantastic color blendings and separations done on the part of Dave Stewart help along the art tremendously too and deserve a note in all this.

THE ESCAPISTS is not only a perfect love letter to comics, but it's also pretty much a perfect comic. You've got a great cast of characters, lush scenery and background, fantastic art, a heartfelt story, and a bit of history behind it all. Oh, and it's only a dollar. I never mentioned it was a dollar did I? Well, yea, it's a dollar and it's pretty much the best comic I've read in the past month. If you can't be bothered to lay down a measly bill to enjoy this great story, there really is no hope for you and I'd advise you to find a rather large rock and a bridge. Now it's time to get off my ass and go find all the anthology issues. Cheers...


Writer: Simon Oliver
Penciller: Tony Moore
Inkers: Ande Parks, Sean Parsons, Tony Moore, Brian Buccellato
Letterer: Pat Brosseau
Publisher: DC Vertigo
Reviewer: Squashua

As if there wasn’t enough strange ass mystery from DC with 52, Simon Oliver comes out and gives us a kick of intrigue right in the crotch with Vertigo’s THE EXTERMINATORS.

Nazis, exploding coworkers, lesbians, scarabs, evil megacorporations, luchadores, strange artifacts, dominatrixes, entomologists, resurrection, euro-glasses-wearing bookish babes, armies of vermin, and fluorescent mega-drugs. I’m having PREACHER flashbacks sans vampires, but Oliver is no Garth Ennis. Instead, he comes across as a kinder, gentler Garth Ennis with 45% less food fucking and 85% less religious fervor. I mean, I’m sure he can top Ennis some day, like maybe if he tosses in a group of devout Catholic furverts yiffing their brains out, but only if he can keep it outside the context of an S&M club. You hear that, Oliver? Furries in church!

We’re already one chapter in on the "Insurgency" storyline, but it’s not insular; new readers can easily catch up with the quirky cast. Roaches are systematically taking over the town while our protagonist and his significant other go their separate ways. Henry probes the mystery surrounding a strange Nazi artifact with the aid of a pizza-munching archaeologist, while Laura probes other women with the aid of her rug-munching manager. Quality time is spent building a non-physical relationship between Henry and bookish vixen Page, while the latter half of the issue has Henry and partner Stretch tracking down their oddest coworker: thrill-seeking, bug-eating Kevin. He’s taken extermination out of the workplace and to the stage, and not in a good way.

I’ve been reading THE EXTERMINATORS since issue one, and the story has been consistently good. While this was not a stand out issue by any stretch of the imagination, it’s definitely worth picking up, if not for the writing then for the art. Indie sweetheart Tony Moore is on hand, penciling every minute detail. No one can draw a puddle of piss like Tony Moore - just check out page 2! Of course, he totally misses out on the reflections, but we’ll let him slide this time because of page 4’s most excellent depiction of hot bi-racial lesbian action with chocolate on top! And boy howdy, Page is sporting some perky titties at the top of page 13. Seriously though, every character in it is distinctly rendered, designed with individual characteristics that if you put them all up against a silhouette lineup, you could easily tell them apart. There is an air of grunge throughout the series; everything feels gritty and dirty and relatively unclean, except when it comes to most corporate scenes. There may be some inner meaning or possibly I'm just padding this paragraph with flavor text. Either way, I noticed and I like it.

The only drawback to this issue was a slight logic jump involving guns and Laura in a leather miniskirt taking on a gigantic gangster. I couldn’t tell if that was a flashback or an analogy for "risking it all." I guess only time will tell. Definitely pick up this issue if you’re following the story and even if you’re new, you can jump right in.


Creator: Tadashi Katoh
Publisher: Digital Manga Publishing
Reviewer: Dan Grendell

"Inside that Cup Noodle is contained the philosophy, Time Is Money."

I've long touted manga as a format where you can find interesting stories about just about anything. CUP NOODLE is an incredible example of that. Would you expect the story of the creation and marketing of a new food product to make a good comic? Probably not. And yet it does, because it tells the tale of people who care about what they are doing, who have triumphs and tragedies, relationships with each other, and who work together toward a goal. It isn't the subject matter that really makes a story like this great - it's the drama.

CUP NOODLE describes the invention of the first pre-cooked, take-along meal that required only hot water to heat. Development began in 1970, with numerous obstacles in the team's path including creation of a new container, manufacture of molds that would produce noodles just the right size to fit the container but also sized to cook properly in the allotted time of three minutes, and discovery of the proper ingredients to include with the noodles. Also important was the use of the then-new freeze-drying technique for the vegetables and shrimp. After all that work, Nissin Foods had to try to market the new product to a surprisingly hostile, traditional public.

Hard work, dedication, and pride pushed the teams at Nissin through to succeed admirably, and the product known as Cup Noodle (Cup O' Noodle in the West) now sells over 8.2 billion worldwide annually. Stockpiles are kept for emergencies all over the world - a food that requires only hot water to eat is perfect for most emergencies - and new flavors appear all the time, all due to the initial work of the people who pushed to make it happen.

Katoh's art here is workmanlike, reminiscent of an earlier age of manga when lines were clear and backgrounds few and far between. It doesn't really stand out in any way, but it does the job. The only real place Katoh shines is when he draws Momofuku Andou, the man behind Cup Noodle - there's an energy there that is missing from many of the other characters, an emotion that the others lack.

CUP NOODLE is an odd but fun read, and one I very much enjoyed. It looks like the next PROJEXT X line manga is SEVEN ELEVEN, and I'm curious about that one too.


Creator: Sanami Matoh
Publisher: Tokyopop
Reviewer: Dan Grendell

"Hey, what's a penguin doing here?"

A penguin. No, not a talking penguin, that would be stupid. Just a penguin. Named Bobby. Living in New York, working for an odd-jobs crew that also steals stuff on the side. He isn't their pet or anything like that. Bobby just does his share of the work, occasionally says "Gah" like a proper penguin should, and minds his own business. Never mind how he survives in the heat of New York. Don't overthink it, you'll ruin it. Just enjoy it.

Bobby isn't the main character in TRASH, by any means - he's a background kind of thing. But it's that kind of quirkiness that draws me to a comic. Matoh doesn't make a big deal out of Bobby being there, he just is. People deal with it. They kinda freak at first, like you would if a penguin walked up to you, said "Gah", then cleaned your windshield, then they get on with the plot. And I love that shit.

The real story of TRASH involves the nephew of a mob boss who gets tangled up with Trash Company, the outfit Bobby works for, and has misadventures with them, even hiring on to work for them despite his protestations. He does his best to help his friends and his cousin along the way, and the stories are fairly entertaining but not really anything to write home about, to be honest. I honestly wouldn't have given this manga a second look if it weren't for Bobby.

Matoh does a good job switching between action and comedy without losing the train of either one. His art really helps that along, with a slightly cute feel but not so much that when the action rolls in it feels out of place. In the same vein, even during action scenes quips and comedic bits don't run against the grain. It's a fine line to walk, and Matoh does it well.

TRASH is a fun read and worth checking out if for no other reason than Bobby. Putting that penguin in was genius.


Writer: Antony Johnston
Artist: Christopher Mitten
Publisher: Oni Press
Reviewed by Dave Farabee

Having grown up in the years just before the Cold War wrapped, I gained a special affinity for post-apocalyptic yarns. From ROAD WARRIOR to TERMINATOR to the post-nuke dream sequences of DREAMSCAPE, they all had a special bite for the kids of the 70s and 80s because…shit, we thought they were gonna come true! Maybe not the particulars – the rise of Skynet’s skeletal robots or Australia’s bondage-bikers – but the end of civilization in general? Yes. Quite possible.

Alas for the heyday of scary-ass futurism, it all came crashing down with the collapse of the Soviet Union. Even ruined the potency of James Bond, though Roger Moore had already primed that pump.

But have you noticed? The world is scary again. America’s at a PR low with the world. The Middle East is in full-on powder keg mode. Reality TV is still going strong. Probably as good a time as any to see if the post-apocalypse can still fire the imagination.

In WASTELAND, our hero comes from the same school as Clint’s “Man With No Name.” In tattered cowboy hat and duster, he makes his way through a desert terrain “somewhere in America.” It’s 100 years after an as-yet vaguely defined disaster called The Big Wet. The desolation – all-important for this genre – is ably conveyed by the brambly art of Christopher Mitten. Reminds me a touch of the grey-toned art of Charlie Adlard in THE WALKING DEAD, but weedier, less noir. When the scavengers of this world (“Sand-Eaters”) set upon him, I had one or two issues with Mitten’s action sequences (“So that floating white circle is a muzzle flash? Oookay.”), but I was still in the moment. Lots of energy there, and writer Antony Johnston lets Mitten’s visuals do the talking for a good 8 pages of rough ‘n’ tumble action. If that seems like some serious decompression, keep in mind that even though this opening issue is no more expensive than a 22-pager, your $2.99 actually gets you a whopping 48 pages!

Damn good deal.

Despite the fast-paced opening and our hero’s seeming use of telekinesis, I wasn’t particularly intrigued till the intro of fresh-faced but foulmouthed Abi and her hometown of Providence. She’s the sheriff of the population-250 shanty town, and naturally enough that’s where our Man With No Name turns up. Actually, we do get his name – Michael – but he’s effectively an enigma. He is what he does, being short on personality save for the prerequisite brusqueness of the wanderer-type. In fact, his mystery is that he can’t remember his past at all, and likewise has no clue as to how he got his low-level telekinetic powers. Abi’s in the same boat, it turns out, though sporting healing powers in lieu of telekinesis. Chicks always seem to get the more passive powers, don’t they? But Abi’s a motormouth compared to Michael, and her combination of pragmatism, heart, and swearing (“Goatshit!”) makes her more fun to watch.

Another part of the appeal of post-apoc scenarios is just settling into them - finding out what’s what, how people survive, what the threats are, and how humanity manages to keep kickin’. WASTELAND builds its world slowly, starting with the threat of the Sand-Eaters – hmm, is that English they’re hissing? Seems it is. In Providence, we learn that currency still exists, that literacy’s a rarity, that there are other cities out there, and that there’s even a new religious society – the Sunners. Johnston builds on the setting with a flavorful text travelogue of the Wasteland on the issue’s last page. There’s also a full-service website, sporting character bios, a preview of the entire first half of the issue, and even a WASTELAND soundtrack. I got a particular kick out of the soundtrack stuff. Johnston’s original theme for the series, a slow-burn electronica outing, had me happily recalling the PC game series FALLOUT, and it’s backed by iTunes links to a dozen other tunes to fill out the playlist. There’s even PDF art for a jewel case inlay if you want to burn the tracks onto a CD – fuckin’ cool! Granted, the soundtrack’s a bit heavy on the goth/metal side, but still…fuckin’ cool!

Before issue’s end, Johnston’s built an intriguing mystery around a letter, a looped recording in a mysterious language, and the seemingly linked pasts of the two main characters. There’s also a big action sequence with creepy Sand-Eaters galore. I still had some issues with the panel-to-panel clarity of Mitten’s artwork, but overall I found his style really grew on me during the course of the issue. The world he draws has personality and detail, though it’s his accomplished use of white space that impresses most. And his characters are distinct and iconic, with just enough western cool that WASTELAND’s vision doesn’t feel too gloomy.

Really, given the page-count and the cheap price, there’s no reason to pass this one by if you’ve got any love for the ol’ Mad Max milieu. Johnston still needs an issue or two to convince me he’s got enough innovation to distinguish his End Times scenario, but there’s certainly enough going right that I’m excited. If the real world will just keep from ending for a few more years, I’d like to see where WASTELAND in going.

Big honkin’ preview here.


Written by: Ronald Shusett, Michael Town and Dave Elliott
Art by Steve Pugh
Published by: Thrill House Comics
Reviewed by: superhero


Namor? I heard he was a pussy.

All aquatic superheroes are lightweights compared to SHARK-MAN. Or at least their comics are.

For the most part superheroes who have underwater adventures have always struck me as pretty much a bore. I mean what do they really do anyway? They breathe underwater, have super strength, and maybe talk to the fishes on a good day. Oh, and sometimes they throw temper tantrums when they feel that those pesky land lubbers have wronged them in some way. Yeah, for the most part, underwater heroes are pretty much lame when you think about it.

That is, until SHARK-MAN came along.

SHARK-MAN has done what few hydrated heroes have been able to do for me. It’s captured my interest. Not only that but it’s actually impressed me. The world presented within the pages of SHARK-MAN is uniquely original yet combines all of the best elements of stuff like Batman Beyond, Jaws and Blade Runner into one great little package. The story here is tight and moves at a great pace even though it’s pretty much average as far as superhero/sci-fi stories go. What really makes the book stand apart from the crowd is the absolutely fantastic artwork.

The look of SHARK-MAN is absolutely breathtaking. I actually can’t remember the last time I looked at comic artwork and was just stunned by it. The only times I can remember feeling like I did when I got a look at SHARK-MAN was the first time I laid eyes on Alex Ross’ art in MARVELS or seeing the artwork in Humanoid Press’ book THE METABARONS. Seriously, the artwork here takes comic-book illustration to a whole other level and it’s worth the purchase price alone. Page after page in this book had me just slack jawed with amazement as I just had to sit and take in the Steve Pugh’s phenomenal artwork. It’s unbelievably beautiful. Pugh’s painted work here is just fantastic and I just couldn’t say enough about it in this column. This guy is the type of artist all other artists look at and think “Damn, I wish I was that good.”

It’s Pugh’s work that makes SHARK-MAN completely stand out. Not only are his panels absolutely beautiful to behold, but his layout and storytelling sense are perfect as well. And his design! Dammit, it’s just fantastic. Everything in the pages of this book just looks cool as hell. From SHARK-MAN’s costume to his vehicle to the city he lives in, everything is just a fantastic spectacle thanks to Pugh’s imaginative illustration work. Without Pugh, this book could have been just a run-of-the mill superhero story but because of Pugh SHARK-MAN becomes something much more. It’s a true work of artistic genius. I’m sure many people out there will think I’m exaggerating but if they actually end up looking at the book they’ll realize that, if anything, I’m not giving Pugh enough credit. This guy is a superstar and I hope this book gets him the recognition he deserves.

I hope to Poseidon that this book finds an audience. Not only that but I hope it becomes a gigantic hit. It’s an indie book that deserves accolades from fans and critics alike. Screw an Aquaman movie. If Vincent Chase of HBO’s ENTOURAGE were to play his cards right he’d be begging his agent to let him play SHARK-MAN because that’s a movie that’d kick Spidey’s box office record for sure.


Writer: Various
Penciler: Also Various
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Reviewed by Humphrey Lee

Any time a new volume of FLIGHT comes out it's a cause for celebration. The previous two volumes of this anthology series have been some of the most emotionally moving, visually riveting, smile inducing, and just plain amazing comics I've had the pleasure of reading and are a highlight of a trade paperback collection nearing almost 400 volumes now. Though as we all know by now not all good things can last, and with this latest volume of FLIGHT, well......okay, I'm just kidding. This newest collection is really damn good too. Admittedly I'd say it's the weakest of all the collections thus far because I think there's not as much diversity as the previous ones. Also, there's a little too much "cutesy story about animals or monsters" or whatever that tends to permeate through this volume, and some of these stories don't have the same dramatic and emotional flair as the ones that came before them. But there's still a lot of creative talent that has put forth what is still one of my favorite purchases so far this year, despite being somewhat diminished. Some of my personal highlights are:

"Underworld" by Michel Gagne. So okay, this one is actually a cute animal and monster story, but the visuals are too amazing to not note. Tons of energy and great flow to the art, and really unique monster designs. Even though Gagne's work is pretty much all wordless, I'd still buy entire comics of just his art: it's that good.

"Polaris" by Azad Injenjikian (wow, that's a harsh name) is a very tragic tale about a little girl who actually levitates a few inches off the ground. You think this would be cool, but it's actually just a point of ridicule she endures from her peers because it makes her different from them. It's a story of hope and cruelty, love and loss, and will bring back some rather unpleasant memories for any one of you that has ever felt like an outsider (and since you all read comics, I'm sure you've felt like this at least once in your life). I didn't say they were all nice stories, but this is still an engaging one.

"The Iron Gate" by Kazu Kibuishi is the story of two young boys who grow up to be two young soldiers in a war. It's a great story of camaraderie and adventure that ends in a very shocking and unexpected way. This might be my favorite of all the tales told in this book.

"Conquest" by Becky Cloonan is short and to the point, but absolutely glorious to behold. A seven page Viking funeral that features absolutely stunning art, this is a great exhibition of who I believe to be one of the most talented and underrated artists in the business.

And those are just a few of the more interesting stories out of nearly three dozen within this book. There really is something for almost anyone, but like I said before this particular collection didn't seem to explore as much as Volume Two before it, which is pretty much hands down the best of these collections. If you've never bought a volume of FLIGHT before, well then this might not want to be your first since it's not a prime example of what this series is and can be all about. But if you're already a supporter of this project then I really don't need to the reiterate to you what this series is all about, and that is showing us just how we can push the genre of comics past the preconceived notions most people, including comic readers themselves, have of what comics could and should be.


Words and art: Geofrey Darrow
Publisher: Burlyman Entertainment
Reviewer: Ambush Bug

Sick of the same ol’-same ol’ shit in comics? Try this series out. I know the shipping schedule may be wonky. I know that many a moon passes between each and every issue Burlyman Entertainment seems to publish, but I can’t hold the creators of this series or the company at fault because of the sheer creative output each issue this company produces has between its covers.

Take, for example, the latest issue of THE SHAOLIN COWBOY. Issue six starts out with our hero, the Shaolin Cowboy, making his way through a dank sewer system found inside a dragon that swallowed him in the previous issue. The cowboy is riding the rotted carcass of a cow as if he were some sort of twisted gondolier, steering this peculiar vehicle with a staff with running chainsaws on each end. Birds of prey scavenge around the scene picking apart dead bodies and other forms of grue floating along the grimy surface. The Cowboy is poised, ready for action, and waiting. All of a sudden, a giant great white shark leaps from the slime towards our hero; in its toothy maw, a demon’s decomposing head, sporting the Cowboy’s missing samurai sword in it’s own madness-jabbering mouth.

This is what happens on the very first page of THE SHAOLIN COWBOY. All of that detail…all of that insanity…in three panels of a comic book. You’d be lucky to get something that creative in ten issues of a regular series, and this first page is just the beginning of another prolonged action sequence in a series which features pretty much nothing but that, issue after issue.

Some may fault this series for being light in the plot department. I have to disagree. It’s not a fault that we’re six issues in and the semblance of plot has only peeked its head to the surface. That’s not what this series is about. THE SHAOLIN COWBOY is more of a stream of consciousness thread of dreams and nightmares and imaginings. There’s a never-ending assault of visual thrills in every issue, all of it anchored down by a hero who faces everything with a zen-like blasé attitude that assures you that he’ll get out of this nightmare alive and take you with him to yet another psychotic head-trip in the next issue. Creator Geof Darrow takes the detail of each panel to the limits of intricacy. The expansive full page shots detail miles of landscape littered with iguanas, corpses, warriors, and whatever Darrow can cook up in that sick brain of his. It’s the type of detail that borders on insanity and yet assures you that you are witnessing the work of a visual genius.

I read each issue of THE SHAOLIN COWBOY at least twice. Once for the story. That takes less than five minutes. Then I go back and scan the panels for things I may have missed and I always find some. This sometimes takes hours. I don’t do that with any other comic. THE SHAOLIN COWBOY isn’t monthly. I don’t think it’s humanly possible for it to be so detailed and so out there if it were. And if the book’s uneven distribution schedule gives Darrow and Co. more time to continue to tell these unforgettable tales of nail-your-nutz-to-the-wall action, then so be it.

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Marvel Comics

Man, Steve Dillon’s art is really bad in this issue. I don’t know what it is, but so far, I haven’t been impressed at all with his art on this series. If this is your first opportunity to see this guy’s work, I feel sorry for you. The cool facial expressions and vivid, yet simple panel structure which made the entire PREACHER series a visual treat is nowhere to be seen. This is especially evident in his depiction of Captain America who, in some panels, looks more like the 98 pound weakling Steve Rogers was before taking the Super-Soldier serum than the symbol of heroism for the Marvel U. The story’s ok, but Way seems to be doing the same thing with each issue. Wolverine meets someone who he has to fight. They fight. Wolvie wins having survived something that he probably shouldn’t have (even with his healing factor). Then at the end of the issue, someone bigger and badder appears for a fight. This is action leading to more action motif is much like the aforementioned SHAOLIN COWBOY except without the imagination. - Bug

Image Comics

Is it possible to get too gritty in a zombie book? I cut my teeth on Romero’s DAWN OF THE DEAD before I was ten years old, but even so, the repeat rapes and beatings heaped upon the recently introduced character of Michonne are hard to stomach. There’s a certain exploitation vibe to giving her captor – Philip - so much dialogue exulting in her helplessness. And WALKING DEAD’s never shied from nastiness, but it’s never been an exploitation book either. Beyond that, it’s still a harrowing issue, definitely the lowest ebb ever for our leads. Some good creepy turns, especially with Philip’s daughter, and I’ve got increasing respect for Charlie Adlard’s art on the book. I just hope it’s not in service to Michonne’s fate for much longer… - Dave

DC Comics

I can’t really give much praise to the story which focuses on the Batman’s broken promise to “Never let things get personal.” It’s a bit tired and since for the last ten years everything Batman has done has had a personal tone to it given the dick-headedness the character has been enshrouded in concerning his relationship with Robin or Nightwing or Oracle or Commissioner Gordon or Two-Face or Joker or whoever, it isn’t a real accurate mantra for the Caped Crusader to take. But the selling point for me is the artwork. Ariel Olivetti is doing some amazing stuff. He makes the Batman look girthy and scary. His villains are truly vile. The action is communicated with tensed muscles and bold movements. This is one of those eye candy stories where the captions and word balloons just get in the way. - Bug

Image Comics

Remember the late 70's, early 80's? Scott Kurtz and Aaron Williams do and continue to remind us with their completely retro series. In this issue, our everyman homage to The Greatest American Hero has to take on his daily grind while adjusting to both his super-costume and a confrontation with the FBI agent and his new partner, a very expensive man. The story is very fun and flies right by like a modern (read: good) version of a period television dramedy in animated format. This feeling is aided by artist Giuseppe Ferrario, who has got to be the bastard lovechild of a Don Bluth / Phil Foglio tryst. Each panel is like a beautiful animation cell from an unreleased cartoon. My favorite contains an angry Justin hurtling towards the reader post-car collision. I can't recommend this series enough; from Justin's goofy buddies to his future bitchy girlfriend-in-law, it doesn't take itself seriously and yet manages to stay away from being childishly silly. That is, except in one area. The cameos and references to the era were amusing in the first two issues, but there are an increasingly larger number of references per issue, and they are starting to encroach on the story. It's occasionally amusing to catch a William Katt (or is that Kirk Cameron?) panel appearance or a trivial Different Strokes reference, but when you're beat on the head with an obnoxious Archie Bunker and the "Say, Jim!" pimp from Superman, one can feel pressure from the fourth wall against one's anus. These Easter eggs are dangerously near "CAPTAIN CARROT animal-pun" levels and fast approaching undigestible "Piers Anthony's Xanth pun" heights. Overall, pick up the book; I'm sticking with it as long as it doesn't get too overloaded with nostalgia. - Squashua

Marvel Comics

For me, SILVER SURFER was the most promising of the ANNIHILATION preludes, but it ends with a bit of a thud. I like Surfer’s return to Galactus’ fold and his characterization throughout has been exemplary, but Thanos’ scheming is mind-numbingly oblique and there’s simply not a memorable climax to be found here. Stuff blows up, the Surfer kicks some ass, various powerful entities say portentous things…but in the end, it all feels like the prelude it is. I turn the final page unsatisfied, my previously waxing enthusiasm for ANNIHILATION now on the wane. - Dave

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  • July 19, 2006, 9:28 a.m. CST

    by Amadeus Zero

    I'm not surprised Busiek can write Superman. His first issue of Astro City was pretty much one of the most perfect comics I've ever read, featuring a Superman-like character.

  • July 19, 2006, 9:29 a.m. CST


    by JuggFuckler

    Technicallt i am because Amadeus Zero didn't post shit.

  • July 19, 2006, 9:29 a.m. CST

    Oh, and...

    by JuggFuckler

    First posters are gay.

  • July 19, 2006, 9:42 a.m. CST

    JuggFuckler vs Amadeus Zero

    by DonnieDorko

    It could be a comic. I'd buy it.

  • July 19, 2006, 9:43 a.m. CST

    Wolverine: Origins

    by AlgertMopper

    Wolverine: Origins is so fucking bad. Know what? It's getting the Hard Cover treatment. Wanna know why? Just becuase that failure of a fat fuck Joe Q. did some covers. You piece of fucking shit

  • July 19, 2006, 9:54 a.m. CST

    I'm behind

    by Nairb The Movie

    I've only got 5 issues of 52...

  • July 19, 2006, 10:08 a.m. CST

    Too soon. I'm not psychologically ready

    by Engineer_at_peac

    to read this column so early in the morning. Could you please delete and then repost around 7 pm? Thanks.

  • July 19, 2006, 10:11 a.m. CST

    JB Run

    by Sobewankinobi

    Does every discussion on Superman have to involve paragraph upon paragraph of the woody the reviewer got when ole JB took over supes? Really can you just link it to the previous one or something.

  • July 19, 2006, 10:20 a.m. CST

    Opened up the latest iss of Shaolin Cowboy

    by cromulent

    to a random page and wow! Long ass time where I literally had my breath taken away from comic art. Story I have no idea and don't really care.

  • July 19, 2006, 10:27 a.m. CST

    walking dead and superman

    by satansteve

    when is volume 5 gonna be released!? been waiting fucking ages! also, that issue of superman was truly awesome. a compelling read for anyone at least interested in seeing an almost perfect superman story.

  • July 19, 2006, 10:53 a.m. CST

    Shaolin Cowboy

    by Shigeru

    I bow before Geoff Darrow. Seriously holy crap. Going back some issues, did anyone notice that in that huge fight with the 100 mercenary goons, during all the fight panels the goons' placement and appearances matched where they were in the splash page? Right down to the tattoos and keychains they had. I mean wtf that's inhuman.

  • July 19, 2006, 10:54 a.m. CST

    I meant, "where they were in the splash pageS"

    by Shigeru

  • July 19, 2006, 11:15 a.m. CST

    I like Carlos' art on Superman but

    by cromulent

    Supes/Clark and Lois look asian in a couple pages. It's One Year Later, but they couldn't have changed THAT much, right? haha jk I enjoyed the issue and hope to see more quality Superman stories in the future.

  • July 19, 2006, 11:45 a.m. CST

    I go loopy for one day...

    by GreatA'Tuin

    and I miss an @$$ invasion? Wait...WHAT? Quick! To the Halo Room. COGS ASSEMBLE!

  • July 19, 2006, 11:53 a.m. CST

    Superman/Quantum and Woody

    by Black Satin 2

    I agree that Superman seems to be so hard for people to properly capture and that issue of Busiek rocked. However, Isn't Grant Morrison doing a bang-up job on All Star Superman? I buy those books and he really has those stories down pat. I don't own every silver-age story and don't want to. I've never read Quantum and Woody but I know how great a writer and artist team Christopher Priest and M.D. Bright are. They both did to me the definitive Spider-man/Wolverine story to me and more people should demand more work from them.

  • July 19, 2006, 11:56 a.m. CST

    Coolest thing ever done to Wolverine...

    by Irish Ape

    This issue did suck, save ONE moment...When Cap pins Wolverine to the ground, he pins him down by the wrists. When Logan gets back up and tries to extend his claws, he screams in pain. Cap had crushed the tendons in both of Wolverine's wrists, making it insanely painful and also physically impossible to bring out the claws. Say what you will about the writing, but that was the smartest attack on Wolverine I've seen any opponent use in his 30 years of existence. Agree, disagree?

  • July 19, 2006, 12:05 p.m. CST

    Is that Blade in the Spidey chess set vs. Venom?

    by rev_skarekroe


  • July 19, 2006, 12:06 p.m. CST

    Yeah but All Star-Superman is out of continuity...

    by superhero

    As far as I can tell. It's still great Superman stories but they're just not occuring in DCU proper as far as I know.

  • July 19, 2006, 12:39 p.m. CST

    I love Pacheco

    by ChorleyFM

    but for large parts of the issue I disliked the art because of the colouring. I don't want flat colouring, but oftentimes this new trend towards digital colouring, with a more rounded/shaded effect, really bugs me. Also I am not sure I like the wayhe draws Clark, too powerful and confident.

  • July 19, 2006, 1:03 p.m. CST

    Sorry, Super-Hero but Superman Bores Me.

    by cookylamoo

    Busiak's Panglossian take on Superman and Lois is as about exciting as a Bud Abbot film festival. If I want to watch a happily married couple, I'll stick to fifties sitcoms. Give me a good old selfish bitch any day.

  • July 19, 2006, 1:08 p.m. CST

    Wolverine claws/wrists...

    by Shigeru

    I've kind of always wondered about that. Like if his claws are sheathed in his forearms. Everyone assumed that Weapon X implanted some mechanical thing that shot them out but Origin/Bone claws cleared that up. But in order to pop them, do his hands have to be alligned with his forearm? Like what if his arm was straight and his hand was angled up at the wrist, like he was doing push-ups, and he popped them? Would they emerge though the bottom part of his palm? Or if his hand was angled down at the wrist would they emerge through the top of his hand/the wrist itself?? Yes I have too much time on my hands.

  • July 19, 2006, 1:14 p.m. CST

    Ghost Rider Review

    by alfiemoon

    Spot on. I don't always agree with the @$$holes, but this was one of the most accurate reviews I've read in quite a while.

  • July 19, 2006, 1:15 p.m. CST

    The answer is yes

    by Engineer_at_peac

    That is correct sir.

  • July 19, 2006, 1:57 p.m. CST

    Carey & Bachelo's X-Men

    by Pogue__Mahone

    What the fuck? Is anyone going to comment on this convoluted mess? I think I can't stand Bachelo's art. Some panels are beautiful but for the most part I have to scour the panel for ten minutes just to make out what the HELL is going on!!! Am I the only one who feels this way?

  • July 19, 2006, 2:01 p.m. CST

    Yes! Now, can we get back to....

    by GreatA'Tuin


  • July 19, 2006, 2:02 p.m. CST

    I Agree In Principle With Cooky...

    by Buzz Maverik

    ...I don't much like Bryan Singer's superhero films, and aside from his ability to direct actors, the best I could say about SUPERMAN RETURNS was that it was an interesting visual approach. I didn't say it was appropriate or that it worked, but it was interesting. However...I think the approach Singer used could be used to reconcile modern fans with the character in the comics. A Superman happily married to Lois has too much going for him. He should be lonely, an outsider, all powerful but unable to attain his heart's desire. Singer failed because he told us the world had passed Superman by but he didn't show us, as the Comedian said. I think Superman needs some distance from the world and that distance should be painful to him. That would be an excellent springboard for both of his identities. Also, he should face dire, world threatening menaces and big storylines. But the Clark and Lois marriage is worse for their stories than the Peter and Mary Jane marriage. These heroes should never come close to having it all. One of my favorite pop culture characters is Dirty Harry. I don't think Superman should be a badass. He should stand for truth, justice and human rights. But he should have that sense of separation and loneliness that Harry had in the early films. Here's a guy, who at the end of the day, must appear to be a loser to the woman he loves, has a nerd for a best friend, and maybe his closest relationships are with a shadow vigilante who wants to use his powers (Batman) and the guy who wants to destroy him (Lex).

  • July 19, 2006, 2:04 p.m. CST


    by El Vale

    LEt us be geeks together: Yes, i've always thought his claws are sheathed in his forearms and he must align his hands with his forearms in order for them to come out. Which could be kind of troublesome and/or tricky, but the guy's had lice centuries to get used to it, right? It's like fucking with a sore just go "bleh" and do it anyway.

  • July 19, 2006, 2:06 p.m. CST

    Wolverine has not had lice for centuries

    by El Vale

    It was supposed to me liKe. LIKE! Like centuries. Anyway fuck you!

  • July 19, 2006, 2:10 p.m. CST

    This is why I Heart DiDio

    by Thalya

    "One of our writers once said to me - this was when their book was about to be cancelled because it wasn't selling - that he wanted to go out with a bang, and kill one of our villains in the last issue of his book. One of our popular villains. He told me that he wanted to have the last issue matter. I looked at him, and thought, he wants to kill a villain that has unlimited potential, just to make himself feel good, on the last issue of a book that isn't selling. That's not the way we do comics. You can't do comics that way. It doesn't work. We are just custodians of the characters. My job - everybody's job - we're custodians. We keep the characters until the next guys come and keep the characters. Some people want those next guys to get here more sooner than later [laughs] but regardless, our job is to take the best care of them that we can, until the next people come in to do something with them. If you're going to do something to a character, you better be sure you understand what's gong to happen next to that character, or what the potential is for that character." From the second part of his interview on Newsarama.

  • July 19, 2006, 2:12 p.m. CST

    Thalya's into creepy old men, alright

    by El Vale

  • July 19, 2006, 2:16 p.m. CST

    It was supposed to BE!!!

    by El Vale

  • July 19, 2006, 2:16 p.m. CST


    by El Vale


  • July 19, 2006, 2:20 p.m. CST

    WTF is that an auto-generated list?

    by Squashua

    The asterisk was supposed to be with a smaller font that made that Donna Troy comment end up looking like a notation. Damn you posting-generator HTML thingey, DAAAAAAMMMMNNN YOOOOOOUUUUUU!

  • July 19, 2006, 2:21 p.m. CST

    Darrow is inhuman, Shig.

    by The Heathen

    His work is just insanely awesome. It makes good artists look like Bachalo's work. *** I have wondered many hours about the popping claws debate. I always 'personally' thought that the only way he could pop them is if his arm and wrist were straight like this ** ** and otherwise, like if he was doing push ups, that he would hv some sort of 'failsafe' thing that would not let him pop them. *** Bug. Right on about Wolverine: Origins. Not impressed with the art or story. Balls.

  • July 19, 2006, 2:22 p.m. CST

    The Villian Didio denied the death of...

    by Squashua

    ... I suspect was Vandal Savage in the last issue of Resurrection Man, which was a really good series that started stagnating after the Hitman and 1,000,000 appearances. It'd be nice to see Mitch Shelley again; maybe he can show up in Manhunter with Bloodhound.

  • July 19, 2006, 2:24 p.m. CST

    You're all WRONG!

    by Lukecash

    ****A Superman happily married to Lois has too much going for him. He should be lonely, an outsider, all powerful but unable to attain his heart's desire.***** Superman isn't about being lonely. Thats whatever mopey mutant of the week is about. The marriage is fine and works well with Supes. It's been 60 odd years and Superman is an Elder Statemans of Superheroes. It's proper that he's married. Singer got it wrong-superman is not about the loneliness-its about a noble guy who does the right thing and wins. Lois and Clark were always destined to be together.***********************The 90's did not suck in comics. Some great tales from DC came out, such as Kingdom Come, Sandman, Knightfall, Doomsday/Return Superman well as Starman. Marvel had a few good runs in there as well. Of course Late 80's were the best IMHO

  • July 19, 2006, 2:29 p.m. CST

    All I was saying is...

    by superhero

    If Supey-baby HAS to be married I'd rather it be a happy marriage where they worked together to make it work. And Cooky, if you think that happily married couples are like fifties sitcomsthen, ah, you've been watching way too much TV and have never been married yourself. Married life can be challenging and incredibly rewarding at the same time. Quite honestly, if my favorite hero is obsessed with a bitch on wheels then it makes him look like a complete jackass to me. And, while I don't completely agree with everything Buzz is saying...what I'M saying is that if our hereoes are to be married then there can be OTHER things that challenge their personal life besides a partner who's a completely self-absorbed bitch on wheels. And, no, that doesn't mean just killing their wives outright because the writers can't figure out how to make it work. Busiek did a great job in this issue of working it out and so did Straczynski in the first several issues of his Spidey run. But apparently now Marvel has its guns set for MJ because Joey Q caught her smoking in the Marvel storage closet...lame. I'm not saying it was right to marry them off but if you're handed that bunch of lemons it's better to make lemonade than just suck a sour lemon because you can't find the recipe for said lemonade. Thank you.

  • July 19, 2006, 2:33 p.m. CST

    Luke, if you thought the Death of Superman was good...

    by superhero

    Then I have absolutely no idea what to say to you. That stuff was some of the worst garbage any comic company has EVER put out...UGH. I agree with your other picks but those were more the exception than the rule. For the most part the '90's era of comics was pure crap. :Op

  • July 19, 2006, 2:33 p.m. CST

    Oh... Knightfall sucked too...

    by superhero

  • July 19, 2006, 2:34 p.m. CST

    You Guys Are Right Re. Wolvie's Claws

    by Buzz Maverik

    I remember from the old HANDBOOK O' THE MARVEL UNIVERSE. Those books were incredible in detail. Wolvie couldn't have his wrists bent or the claws would shoot out there. This was before he could regenerate himself from a blackhead. BTW, Wolvie can't regenerate himself. Just because they do a stoopid comic where he does. Since it's stoopid, let's just deny it ever happened...Also, not a big fan of Didio, but this statement makes sense. Too many people thinking of their own egos and nothing beyond. I'm all for fucking up characters but against killing them. Killing is too easy, too lazy. Kill the Joker? Why not (which somebody has probably already done) have the Joker regain his sanity and find that he's the biggest single mass murderer in the DC Universe and everybody hates him? He'd feel guilt for stuff he maybe couldn't remember, he'd have skills and resources that he could use but would be unfamiliar with, he'd have a scary badass out to stuff him in a mental institution, and maybe they could give the Joker a good reason for staying alive and free, something he had to do that put him at odds with Batman, so he had to appear to be his old self but with a new agenda. Like I said, I'm sure this storyline has been done with some character, but they could always have the character get hit on the head again and turn evil, so it'd be more interesting than killing him. They'll bore the shit out of you with a single page shock.

  • July 19, 2006, 2:38 p.m. CST

    Joel Siegel vs. Kevin Smith

    by The Heathen

    Joel Siegel apparently walked out of Clerks II, 40 minutes into it and did so rather loudly and disruptive. The following is a radio show where Kevin Smith get's Siegel on the phone. Hilarity ensues ** **

  • July 19, 2006, 2:41 p.m. CST

    Who's Joel Siegel?

    by Engineer_at_peac

    Son of the co-creator of Superman?

  • July 19, 2006, 2:46 p.m. CST

    Didio and The Joker

    by The Heathen

    I like Dan a lot more than most of the head honcho's curently because of statements like the aformentioned. I think that he want's to please fans and respects them, but respects the characters and their properties even more. *** The Joker. I always thought that the only way for Batman to stay true to his character by not killing AND protecting the innocent from people, specifically Joker, was for Batman to personally lock him up in the Batcave in cryogenic sleep or something. That, or throw him in one of those Green Lantern prison things that Superboy Prime is in.

  • July 19, 2006, 2:46 p.m. CST

    Joel Siegel looks like Groucho Marx...

    by Squashua

    ... and he's a movie reviewer for ABC and shows up on Good Morning America a lot. He's a Disney/ABC shill.

  • July 19, 2006, 2:51 p.m. CST

    He's a dick of a movie critic

    by The Heathen

    He's best known for his 'puns' for movie's like, "Shark Tale' Is a Halibut Good Time" or "X-Men fails to X-cite." Listen to the interview, they talk about it.

  • July 19, 2006, 2:58 p.m. CST

    God almighty :O

    by El Vale

    Shark Tale' Is a Halibut Good Time?! Are you fucking kidding me? No way does that guy get paid for doing that!

  • July 19, 2006, 3:03 p.m. CST

    Yes, but does he like boobs?

    by GreatA'Tuin

  • July 19, 2006, 3:05 p.m. CST

    In All Fairness To Siegel...

    by Buzz Maverik long has it been since Smith has done anything, especially a film, that hasn't sucked? Sure, he likes comics but so do we and that doesn't make us good filmmakers. Last thing he did that I like was the first 12 or so issues of GREEN ARROW. Last film...portions of CHASING AMY.

  • July 19, 2006, 3:05 p.m. CST

    So he's like the Gene Shalit of ABC?

    by Engineer_at_peac

    Gene Shalit is so over the top in both look and puns, I can't help but laugh and try to make up my own movie puns.

  • July 19, 2006, 3:10 p.m. CST

    Let's do movie puns!

    by El Vale

  • July 19, 2006, 3:10 p.m. CST

    The mid 90's

    by Tito Trinidad

    That was when I stopped buying new books to occasionally surfing the quarter bins. I'm back, but now books cost 3 bones. That's right: 3 smackers. That's cash, kale, do re mi, scrilla, cheese....DOLLARS!!

  • July 19, 2006, 3:11 p.m. CST

    Didn't Joel Seiieieiegel (fuck it) hate Star Wars?

    by Shigeru

    back in 1977? What a goofy looking fuck.

  • July 19, 2006, 3:12 p.m. CST

    Oh wait...

    by Shigeru

    maybe i'm thinking of Gene Shalit? Fuck I'm all confused now.

  • July 19, 2006, 3:14 p.m. CST

    Here's an interview exlpaining Joels rep

    by The Heathen

  • July 19, 2006, 3:15 p.m. CST

    Glad we're all in agreement for the most part

    by Shigeru

    about Wolvie's claws. Lord knows its an important subject. I think his body probably "tells him" (ie it doesn't feel right) when his hands aren't aligned right. But he could probably pop them anyways. That would be an interesting scene... Cassandra Nova has Wolvie paralyzed and she reaches over and twists and bends his wrist and then mentally commands him to pop the claws. Owieness ensues. STEAL MY IDEA WHEDON!!

  • July 19, 2006, 3:20 p.m. CST


    by Tito Trinidad

    Why are you guys talking about this guy. He's dead! NITRO KILLED HIM! Jeez. Seriously, he's not my favorite character but somebody told me about this and I went to the local comic store to see for myself. Did he get a power boost in the past 10 years or something?

  • July 19, 2006, 3:24 p.m. CST

    Superman doesn't have to be a loner....

    by cookylamoo

    But he doesn't have to be supported constantly either. Right now he's got supportive Lois who never even blames him for leaving the toilet seat up, his supportive parents who refuse to die, his supportive ex-squeeze Lana, his supportive dork friend Pete Ross, his kind of gay supportive friend Jimmy, and his not-openly-supportive but admiring from afar friend Batman. Plus the DC writers spend their every waking moment telling us how wonderful Superman is. Compared to all that support, Luthor becomes downright refrshing. Of course, I didn't like my class president either. Anyway, if Super-Hero loves the marriage, god bless him. He must be Busiak's target audience.

  • July 19, 2006, 3:47 p.m. CST

    superhero is a Comic Book reader....

    by GreatA'Tuin

    so...yeah, he's pretty much Busiak's target audience. Superman should just be fight the biggest, and badest mo-fos in the DCU. I DO NOT care about his "shit". Again, I say, if I wanted angst, I'd read Spidey.

  • July 19, 2006, 3:51 p.m. CST

    Why Not? Spidy's wife is perfect, too.

    by cookylamoo

  • July 19, 2006, 4:07 p.m. CST

    Oh, Jesus...did any of you actually READ what I wrote?

    by superhero

    I said if he HAS to be married then it should be a decent marriage. NOT that I liked the marriage. Also, that Busiek wrote the marriage as it should be written and that other writers haven't been able to make it work. But if you were to ask me if Supes and Spidey SHOULD be married...I would say no. Just like I think super-kid was a jackass idea in the new movie...

  • July 19, 2006, 4:33 p.m. CST

    Ghost Rider vs. Ghost Writer

    by Engineer_at_peac

    You know, from the PBS show. Hung out with Jamal.

  • July 19, 2006, 4:34 p.m. CST

    So I saw "Superman Returns" the other day...

    by rev_skarekroe

    Of course, it's not a perfect film. Few are. But before you complain, just think back to my favorite scene in the movie - Superman saves the airplane, lands it in the baseball field, and emerges to the cheers of and adoration of everyone. Think back to that scene, and then realize that that could've been a scene with Superman in a black suit of armor fighting a polar bear, and realize just how good we got it.

  • July 19, 2006, 4:46 p.m. CST

    Ghost Writer - Hey Engineer

    by Squashua

    Geordi would kick Jamal's @$$. Reading Rainbow 4TW!

  • July 19, 2006, 4:54 p.m. CST

    The Heathen

    by Nairb The Movie

    I wrote a script, a fan fic if you will, in which Batman went a little over the edge and started holding prisioners in his batcave in their own special containment cells in an attempt to keep them underwraps. Of course they get out and all hell breaks loose, but you get the idea...

  • July 19, 2006, 5 p.m. CST

    Not a good idea Ambush.

    by nofate

    My sales guy at Sit n' Sleep (those in CA know what i'm talking about)told me that mattresseseses should not be flipped like a tortilla, but rather turned clockwise, it screws up the springs otherwise and that's why you end up getting bumps all over the place. But seriously, I agree with your review. I first got into comics by a Ghost Rider trading card my cousin gave me from the very first Marvel trading card sets from the early 90's. I found the image freaking cool and later found out it was from a comic book. That was what I would basically look for when I first started collecting, a cool cover or splash page was all it took to make me buy it. That was until the manager at 21st Century comics (RIP, the shop not the guy, I hope) got me into Stray Bullets, Planetary, Powers. So my taste started to change, but I always get that nostalgic feeling whenever I see that flaming skull and bike man, never fails.

  • July 19, 2006, 5:14 p.m. CST

    90's comics

    by Arkhangelsk

    okay, so as a mega-crossover event DC 1,000,000 sucked. but Grant's mini series and his issues were just as good as anything else he ever wrote. and the 90's were basically owned by Vertigo and the independents. ----- As for Didio's comments about being "custodians" i'm in total disagreement here. nostalgia does not make for great art. comic book writers and artists should be creating art, and not just repeatig what has gone on before in such a way that others in the future can also repeat it again. that's why comics are dying when they are, in fact, the greatest art form created by men! i can prove it on an hetch-a-sketch! ---- and why didn't anybody tell me that Joss was coming out with a Buffy Season 8 comic!!! i need it now!

  • July 19, 2006, 5:28 p.m. CST

    The @$$ Invasion.....

    by Psynapse

    Never quite happened because their teleport coordinates landed them in my smoking den right while I was in the middle of a SERIOUS chiefin' session. By the time they figured out where they were they forgot why they were there.

  • July 19, 2006, 5:42 p.m. CST


    by Thalya

    But as far as DiDio is concerned, it's a totally different paradigm. The way DC and Marvel are set up based on iconic characters, they have to be custodians. But that's not to say that comics cannot and should not be art. Both paradigms should exist and be out there and all should strive for art where they can. The majors simply have a few extra constraints put on them. But there's plenty of room for both. It's not an either/or proposition and I think DiDio has the proper attitude for his company.

  • July 19, 2006, 6:34 p.m. CST

    great column

    by Darth Kal-El

    and great tb so far. man its been busy here at work! i like that didio quote thal! thats prtty cool i think i heart him with vale lets do movie puns!wolvie has lice! hairy little runt! he needs to pull a heath and trim nicely! and lets call the @$$es in the mansion the @$$ault on the mansion-the @$$ invasion brings uncomfortable things to mind

  • July 19, 2006, 6:46 p.m. CST

    ill start us off with an easy one

    by Darth Kal-El

    Wolverine: The Movie Clawsing Havok Next summer!

  • July 19, 2006, 6:47 p.m. CST

    ok that was bad

    by Darth Kal-El

    should i go sit in the corner for a while?

  • July 19, 2006, 6:54 p.m. CST


    by The Heathen

  • July 19, 2006, 9:38 p.m. CST

    god that pun was so bad

    by Darth Kal-El

    i broke the talkback!

  • July 19, 2006, 10:11 p.m. CST

    90s comics... CLONE SAGA!

    by RezE11even

    The Clone Saga is amazing. Gets a lot of shit though. Much like pretty much everything in the 90's. Spawn. The Flaming Carrot. Basically the 90's kicked ass.

  • July 19, 2006, 10:26 p.m. CST

    as for the discussion question...

    by GrubStreeter

    The Tick of course - best superhero parody ever. The cartoon and even the live-action show had their moments - but the original twelve comics - a slice fo fried gold.

  • July 19, 2006, 10:28 p.m. CST

    that pun caused more damage than house of m darth

    by blackthought

  • July 19, 2006, 10:29 p.m. CST

    I think I just threw up in my mouth a little.....

    by Psynapse

    Did someone say Clone Saga?! Yep...that'd do it.

  • July 19, 2006, 11:07 p.m. CST

    no review of USM?

    by Tall_Boy

    C'mon, that Scorpion reveal was awesome.

  • July 19, 2006, 11:08 p.m. CST

    Kevin Smith is a whiny pussy.

    by kintar0

    Why does he care what some asshole critic does in a screening he didn't even attend? It's the end of JSBSB all over again.

  • July 20, 2006, 2:37 a.m. CST

    Nitro killed Wolverine. Then he got better.

    by Tall_Boy

    It was pretty fucked up. Like, Nitro blew up, Wolverine is reduced to a skelleton on panel, and 3 pages later he's healed up. Yeah, I've never quite seen that before.... I can buy Ult. Wolverine being ripped in half and then getting better, but this? Yeesh.

  • July 20, 2006, 3:03 a.m. CST

    yeesh indeed

    by Darth Kal-El

    thats just taking it to an extreme.i think our the suggestions of wolvie regenerating from pubes and farts are not far off.i guess its cuz he stays healthy by not smoking.***on comics that are actually cool,i donwloaded and printed out he wasteland preview and goddamn! seriously i use the expression a lot but this time its very warranted! this book looks fucking sweet art wise and the story is packing a punch too! so i know im the 'wait for trades' guy but im going to the LCS TOMORROW to score me a copy.hopefully ill meet the creators in SD and can get some face time with them

  • July 20, 2006, 3:12 a.m. CST

    SUPERHERO I beseech Ye!

    by keepcoolbutcare

    Cease succombing to superfluous superlatives! Seriously, appreciate the enthusiasm, but unpack the adjectives man.

  • July 20, 2006, 10:48 a.m. CST

    The Go-To Writer

    by vagrant's choice

    Being the Marvel go-to writer is usually the touch of death. Remember Ron Zimmerman and later Chuck Austen? Now we have Daniel Way. He

  • July 20, 2006, 11:07 a.m. CST

    I trust Nolan, but....

    by GreatA'Tuin

    AICN just reported that some one else reported that Heath Ledger has been offered the role of Joker in the next Batman moobie. WTF, mate?

  • July 20, 2006, 11:33 a.m. CST

    Dave, great Wasteland review

    by Shigeru

    (cause I know you love attention) One of the most interesting parts of post-apoc storylines to me is seeing the remnants of our time (their past) and what it's morphed into. Hence the computer doo-hicky and the sandeaters speaking kind-of English. And for something called "the big wet" everything sure looked pretty dry.

  • July 20, 2006, 11:34 a.m. CST

    You better watch out keepcool...

    by superhero

    Or else I'll start pulling a Joel Siegel and fill my reviews with PUNS! PUNS EVERYWHERE! NOTHING BUT PUNS! MWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

  • July 20, 2006, 11:51 a.m. CST


    by blackthought

    marvel hired siegel? what's he writing?

  • July 20, 2006, 12:41 p.m. CST

    He's writing

    by The Heathen

    Wolverine: The Movie Clawsing Havok Next summer! *** Darth, the more I read it, the funnier that shit is man! Ahh, that's great because it's so horrible. Siegel's also writing Punisher: Punishes For Sure and Spider-Man: I'm a Spider-Fan. I can't touch Kal-El's!

  • July 20, 2006, 1:24 p.m. CST

    you sure cant touch mine

    by Darth Kal-El

    but we can all play with shigs wii!!!

  • July 20, 2006, 1:31 p.m. CST

    Bibbo Bibbowski!

    by Ribbons

    I don't think I really had anything to say after that, just... yeah. Ahem.

  • July 20, 2006, 1:32 p.m. CST

    Brokeback Joker

    by Darth Kal-El

    maybe its revealed that he gets his horrible rictus of a grin from getting his shit pushed in."auww....oh thats rough...just like that..."

  • July 20, 2006, 2:03 p.m. CST

    Dude, Kal.....

    by GreatA'Tuin

    I wans't even going that route. (And THAT's your daily double entandre) I was just thinking that he might not have the "gravitas" to pull it off. (And there's a bonus, direct to you the denizens of my carapace.)

  • July 20, 2006, 2:37 p.m. CST

    After Monster's Ball and Brokeback,

    by Shigeru

    I think Heath has Gravitas in spades. Better than stunt casting Crispin Glover.

  • July 20, 2006, 2:58 p.m. CST

    ign is now confirming from another source...

    by blackthought

    that ledger is indeed the joker...meanwhile del toro is producting a deadman movie...hope he directs...that good be fun.

  • July 20, 2006, 3:03 p.m. CST

    Thank god for Darth

    by El Vale

    First of all, thanks for trying man, thanks for trying. Lord knows i appreciate it. Second, that was so bad, it was good. But not as much as "Passion of the christ Nails it!". Let's keep it going.

  • July 20, 2006, 3:05 p.m. CST

    And because Dave likes attention

    by El Vale

    Here's some: Dave's the best reviewer on the site, and here's why...he has a knack for reviewing new indy books and making you want to read them.

  • July 20, 2006, 3:15 p.m. CST


    by Darth Kal-El

    i thought the idea of casting crispin"creeepy thin guy" glover was pretty damn good when i read it. i still think it is. the sean penn rumor wouldnt be bad. i dont know i just dont see heath ledger in the role. hes a talented actor no doubt but i see the joker as someone else.

  • July 20, 2006, 3:15 p.m. CST


    by Darth Kal-El

    i thought the idea of casting crispin"creeepy thin guy" glover was pretty damn good when i read it. i still think it is. the sean penn rumor wouldnt be bad. i dont know i just dont see heath ledger in the role. hes a talented actor no doubt but i see the joker as someone else.

  • July 20, 2006, 3:25 p.m. CST

    Crispin certainly looks the part.

    by Shigeru

    And he kinda acts like the Joker in real life. BUT I don't think he's a good enough actor to pull off the weight of the role as I presume Nolan is going to play it. I don't want to yuk it up at the Joker in Batman 2. I want to stare, mouth agape, in wtf?! horror. I think he's too cartoonish. He should go back to making his epic trilogy about retards pouring salt on slugs or something. But he will always be Marty McFly to me (which is a good thing).

  • July 20, 2006, 3:27 p.m. CST

    michael j. fox is playing what

    by blackthought

  • July 20, 2006, 3:31 p.m. CST

    George. Not Marty.

    by Shigeru

  • July 20, 2006, 3:48 p.m. CST

    passion of the christ nails it!

    by Darth Kal-El

    holy shit thats funny vale! im with you lets keep going! im sure i have more craptacularly horrible movie puns swimming around in my head.

  • July 20, 2006, 4:21 p.m. CST

    yes, i'm a purist

    by Arkhangelsk

    i admit that every genre has its merits. even the stupid big hollywood blockbuster can sometimes make a great movie. hell, you're talking to the guy who liked T.A.T.U.... for their music. and so, yes, superheros and their conventions should have their place and can indeed produce some very good stories (and to answer the "talkback question, i think Judd Winick's Exiles were probably the best straight superhero book respecting and flaunting the conventions). HOWEVER. DC and Marvel have a deathgrip stranglehold on the market. superhero books have their place, but their place should not be 99% of the market. it's not fair that Grant Morrison had to threaten DC of not doing Batman just so he could do the follow up to Sea-Guy. Peter Milligan should not be editorially chained down to an X-property. Ennis should get his very own ongoing WWII comic. i like superheroes as much as the next guy, but they, and their sacrosanct reverence to keeping things as they were and homage-ing the past are drowning comic books, IMHO.

  • July 20, 2006, 4:26 p.m. CST

    No, Joel Siegel Is The Guy Who Likes Everything.

    by Buzz Maverik

    Every ad contains a rave review quote from if he hated CLERKS 2, it really must suck. And lots of critics hated STAR WARS in the 1970s. If you look at the other movies from that time, ya got TAXI DRIVER, SERPICO, THE EXORCIST, even JAWS, DOG DAY AFTERNOON, ENTER THE DRAGON, BLACK SUNDAY, LOGAN'S RUN, THE GODFATHER. STAR WARS was pulp space opera, which is a great thing in itself. If only George had remembered pulp space opera when he made the prequels, instead of civics class: "In order for a vote of no confidence against Chancellor Valorum, we will need to hold a referendum. However, the Ewok representatives have called a special caucus which requires the Senator from Bespin to go before the Galactic Ethics counsel." That's when I got thrown out for screaming, "Will someone please just blow up a fuckin' planet or something?"

  • July 20, 2006, 5:34 p.m. CST

    ALL Star Wars movies SUCKED ultimately....

    by Psynapse

    The ONLY one that didn't annoy me intially was the first one and even that is now unwatchable to me. If Star Wars worked for you, Rock On, for me. It's the most expensive pile of turds I've ever sta through. (Yeah, g'wan, SAY SUMPIN' BITCH)

  • July 20, 2006, 5:37 p.m. CST

    Goddamn typos....

    by Psynapse


  • July 20, 2006, 5:49 p.m. CST

    Nitro, A Super Villain So Stupid...

    by Buzz Maverik

    ...that he once blew up a good chunk of Hell's Kitchen attacking Omega the Unknown...just because he saw him out of the corner of his eye and thought he was Captain Marvel. Ya gotta love it! And he tried to walk away, like Omega wasn't going to wipe his ass with Nitro's head for that!

  • July 20, 2006, 5:54 p.m. CST

    Civil @$$! We Never Made It To The Cog Mansion.

    by Buzz Maverik

    See, with the feds after us to register, we realized we were being tracked by satellites. We diverted their attention until Schleppy, who was promised Carla Gugino's pooper, reached an internet cafe and took control of most of the major satellite systems. Does anybody know Ms. Gugino? Would she give her pooper to a filthy monkey for the cause of freedom?

  • July 20, 2006, 5:58 p.m. CST

    So I went to my LCS......

    by Psynapse

    And read through that Wolverine story where Nitro blows him literally to shreds right? After leafing through the comic I then took it into the bathroom with me, shit, and wiped my ass with it. I then went and promptly put it right back out on the shelf. The clerk got all Schwarzenegger-wannabe and was all "Hey! Whaddaya you think yer doin'?!?" and I was all "What, is Marvel gonna be pissed that I beat 'em to it??" Ffft.

  • July 20, 2006, 6:06 p.m. CST

    you know

    by blackthought


  • July 20, 2006, 6:12 p.m. CST


    by Psynapse

    We should so start a campaign to kill him off. Oh wait, he'd just regenerate from one of DaQ's farts ( You know, the same way Marvel's storylines are generated).

  • July 20, 2006, 6:36 p.m. CST

    so was he originally

    by blackthought

    just healing factor and limited regeneration or was it higher and who the fuck is the retard who uped it so much? and how does deadpool feel about this?

  • July 20, 2006, 6:39 p.m. CST

    DAMMIT! I hate what they have done to Wolvie....

    by GreatA'Tuin

    He used to be the epitome of unchecked small man's syndrome. He was my fucking hero. No, not superhero, fucking hero. Have any of you looked a the list of high quality tail that hairy fuck has baggeed?

  • July 20, 2006, 6:40 p.m. CST

    Yeah, Deadpool...

    by GreatA'Tuin

    He is the shit! Seriously. He banged Death.

  • July 20, 2006, 10:01 p.m. CST


    by blackthought

    but to be one uped by anothers "regeneration" abilities...tsk tsk...deadpool should kick wolvie's ass.

  • July 20, 2006, 10:01 p.m. CST


    by blackthought

    but to be one uped by anothers "regeneration" abilities...tsk tsk...deadpool should kick wolvie's ass.

  • July 20, 2006, 10:17 p.m. CST

    "Will someone please just blow up ..."

    by Voice O. Reason

    "Will someone please just blow up a fuckin' planet or something?" I'm so stealing that.

  • July 20, 2006, 11:50 p.m. CST

    I used to love Pacheco, but now he bores me

    by George Newman

    I think my favorite stuff of his was the Fantastic Four bit he did. His art was more original than his X-Men stuff, and he had not yet dug himself a rut(which I feel he is stuck in now). His stuff looks beautiful, but I feel bored. I don't see myself looking back proudly on this current work, ten years from now. I didnt care for the Superman/Batman and I didn't really care for this new Superman book. (And Lois wasn't looking Asian, she looks Hispanic, like many of Pacheco's characters do. The guy lives in Spain and his characters just look spanish.)

  • July 21, 2006, 1:01 a.m. CST

    There's a big fucking difference

    by El Vale

    Between Spanish and Hispanic. Get your shit straight.

  • July 21, 2006, 1:09 a.m. CST

    I'm embarassed to admit...

    by Dave_F

    That Ninja Turtle teaser trailer made me feel happy. I was all over the Turtles back in their grim 'n' gritty (yet wonky) Mirage days. In fact, thinking back, the original TMNT comic was pretty much my intro to black and white comics and my first major venture outside the realm of Marvel and DC. Every once in a while I look back on those issues and they *still* have a lot of personality and goofy fun going for 'em. I even had all the Ninja Turtle RPG stuff back in the day, which I never played, but which I read and re-read endlessly. So, yeah, even though the animation on the teaser just looks like what we expect from good video game takes me to a happy place. Now where's my fucking Triceratons?!

  • July 21, 2006, 1:37 a.m. CST

    Gotta agree about Pacheco...

    by Dave_F

    I can look at his art, and it's very, very slick, but it's a bit low-energy for my tastes. I don't have the issue in front of me to break out specifics, but I remember it just felt a bit *flat* to me. And his Lois was hot, but almost TOO hot. Her vamped-up look was something I can see for a night on the town, but for work? Bit much. As for the story...I liked it. Honestly, the thing I really want from a Superman book is just a good adventure yarn, though, and that's the one thing I never get. Everyone wants to write a story *about* something - in Busiek's case, about marital bonds - and I just want a clever mystery or supervillain match-up. That's what Byrne brought to the table and that's why his work's fondly remembered by many. Smart action stories that never made that fatal misstep of being "mission statement" stories about why Superman is important or why he's the greatest of heroes or some shit. Still... I liked what Busiek brought to the table enough that I figure on keeping up with the run. I hope he doesn't stay in ASTRO CITY mode, though. He's always got some great ideas, but when he does stuff like a montage of Superman taking down four or five low-level villains in an issue - each scene boasting some clever narrative caption or neat idea - he's inadvertantly undercutting the immediacy. Superman needs threats that feel real, if not to him, then to the innocents of Metropolis. Show too many easy victories, even if it makes sense he'd certainly have plenty of 'em, and the character takes on the godly, unstopple quality that turns so many people off.

  • July 21, 2006, 1:48 a.m. CST

    And speaking of the post-apocalypse...

    by Dave_F

    I watched a little BEYOND THUNDERDOME last night. And the movie's got a bad rep, partiallyy deserved, but if you cut out RIGHT when Max gets sent into the desert (before the Aussie Moppet Patrol shows up)'ve actually got a pretty cool little featurette. Lots of interesting ideas and characters floating around Barter Town. Some great visuals. And, of course, the iconic MasterBlaster...

  • July 21, 2006, 6:01 a.m. CST


    by Darth Kal-El

    was some cool shit.i used to love all that end of the world apocalypse shit and i still do as long as its not a cheap ripoff of all the stuff before. matter of fact the current jeep wrangler(warnagler) that i own is my 3rd.i bought my first bcuz i figured if the apocalypse ever came i wanted to be in something that could get around all the stalled cars.thats why i dug wasteland. and dave,vale is on point saying you are the man to bring the GOOD indie goodies to us.the tmnt trailer gave me geek wood in a serious way!i was never as cool as dave,he of the black and white comics and RPG game but im pretty sure i had all the action figures. including the fucking blow up blimp thing they flew in and of course the party van! damn whats sad is i was like 13.but still great fucking tmnt trailer no far looks better than what ive seen for transformers.

  • July 21, 2006, 7:49 a.m. CST

    I met Peter Laird once...

    by Shigeru

    He was at a con in Boston, but wasn't even on the guest list. He was just sitting at a table by himself hawking his new TMNT book. I walked past the nametag and was like "oh Peter Laird. ... WAIT, PETER LAIRD??!" Nice guy, and he gave me a poster and drew a turtle head on it.

  • July 21, 2006, 7:52 a.m. CST

    I have all the old B&W TMNT comics.

    by rev_skarekroe

    And I got them when they were new. 'Cuz I'm cool like that. My TMNT #1 is a 4th print, so I'm not THAT cool, but y'know, pretty cool.

  • July 21, 2006, 10:39 a.m. CST

    Bad news...

    by vagrant's choice

    Is Bendis really writing the second Avengers book in addition to New Avengers? Did I read that right? Great! Now we're going to have two talky-talk, no action Avengers books. It

  • July 21, 2006, 11:01 a.m. CST

    Dude, you KNOW I'm gonna talk about Turtles.

    by GreatA'Tuin

    Cowabunga, bitches! Holy shit, do I miss the Goddamn Turtles! I loved it all. Comics, cartoon, toys and of course the video games. I stil play the NES one on EMU. But I have just one question for the new movie. WHERE THE FUCK ARE MY PUNK ROCK GODS, BEEBOP AND ROCKSTEADY?!?...seriously!

  • July 21, 2006, 11:50 a.m. CST

    Superman didn't fight polar bears in a black suit

    by Engineer_at_peac

    In that movie. The Polar bears attacked Luthor and Brainiac at the fortress of solitude in the North Pole. Superman Returns actually really could have used Polar Bears to keep Lex out of his fortress. Or SOME kind of security measure. I would have LOVED a giant spider. Also, the black suit you speak of, Superman didn't wear in the movie until after he came back from the dead. And... guess what, in the comics when Superman came back from the dead he wore a black suit with a silver emblem!

  • July 21, 2006, 1:10 p.m. CST

    Why so angry?

    by vagrant's choice

    How come talking about race makes people so angry? I e-mailed a friend of mine about the difference between Hispanic and Spanish. Here

  • July 21, 2006, 1:33 p.m. CST


    by Shigeru

    I have a friend who is half puerto rican half colombian (he visits Bogota, Vale!) and he HATES "Hispanic". He prefers "Latino".

  • July 21, 2006, 1:46 p.m. CST

    Just sent AICN my World Trade Center review...

    by Shigeru

    Saw it last night. Let's see if they post it.

  • July 21, 2006, 1:52 p.m. CST

    I Shoplifted Wolvie's 1st & 2nd Appearances.

    by Buzz Maverik

    And a great many early X-MEN issues. Originally, no one was really sure why Wolverine was a mutant. In the INCREDIBLE HULK, he was fast and savage, slashing at Hulk and Wendigo, and he survived a punch in the head from the Hulk. Wolvie had metal claws, but it wasn't until five issues into All NEW / ALL DIFFERENT by Claremont and Cockrum, in a Sentinel story, where Wolvie, Jean and Banshee have have been captured by Sentinels and taken to Stephen Lang's orbiting base that we learned the claws were part of him. In true S&M fashion, Lang had Jean trussed up and he smacked her. Wolvie broke his bonds and popped his claws to the astonishment of Jean and Banshee. Even the Sentinels in the story commented that they weren't sure Wolverine was a mutant. No mention of a healing factor or adamantium skeleton was made until maybe ten issues later, when Wolvie lead Storm and Nightcrawler into Garrok's fortress in the Savage Land and a pseudo-raptor rex thing chomped on his hand. Wolvie sprouted his claws and killed it. Storm was worried about his hand but Wolvie simply said, "I heal real fast." I think the healing factor and the high level of adamantium were Byrne's ideas and they were good, because until then, Wolverine's mutations were so vague. He seemed stronger and faster than regular people; he had sharper senses and he seemed to have more fortitude but that was it. The next time it came up was in the first Hellfire arc, where Wolverine went up agaisnt a squad of commandos whom would later be turned into the Reavers. One of them emptied a full clip into him and in a rare example of smart, clear, comic storytelling, Wolvie stands up to it without commenting on it (why would he? He knows his powers and has no need to provide exposition to the guy whose face he's about to claw off!). Byrne really brought in the healing factor and adamantium when Wolverine and Nightcrawler went to Canada so Wolvie could mend fences with Alpha Flight. They ended up helping Alpha Flight stop the Wendigo and there was an incredible example of Byrne's imagination and artistry when Wendigo sort of seized Wolvie by one leg and banged his head on the ground. That doesn't sound right, but it took the character and who he was a step further. The healing factor concept was cemented once and for all in the first Wolvie mini by Frank Miller and Claremont, where Yashida Shingen ran a katana through Wolvie's torso...later echoed in a Claremont/Paul Smith story where the Silver Samurai did the same thing. In both cases, though, we were told that it took Wolverine weeks to recover. At the time, the wonderful Essential Handbook of the Marvel Universe stated that it was doubtful that Wolverine could regenerate a limb. Honestly, I sorta preferred the vague approach. I loved the idea that Wolverine's mutation was simply character...the guy's toughness and unwillingness to give up making him a mutant.

  • July 21, 2006, 2:04 p.m. CST


    by Buzz Maverik

    Ya know, THE ROAD WARRIOR is my all time favorite movie. MAD MAX BEYOND THUNDERDOME was the first time I remember a trailer being overwhelming superior to the movie. THUNDERDOME is a good example of how Joseph Campbell ruins movies. Sometime during THE ROAD WARRIOR's gestation, George Miller discovered Campbell's work. He saw how what he was doing contained Campbell's themes of the mythic, outcast hero remaking society. We're talking Moses, Jesus, Buddha, even Beowulf. Also, the wandering ronin and the lonesome cowboy. The man with no name. So what does he do? He consciously incorpates themes that belong into the collective unconscious and he gets this mess. STAR WARS movies went to hell after Lucas discovered Campbell (contrary to what Lucas now says, all the good stuff about the little overlooked mentor, the confrontation with the dark father, etc, just happened naturally). After he found Campbell, we got Ewoks, Jar Jar, midachlorians, etc. It's funny. I think movie guys should stay the hell away from Campbell and let the magic happen naturally, but comic guys need to be studying everything Campbell ever wrote (so they would know why Spider-Man needed to remain our secret, masked shaman protecting us from the demons of the sky while remaining a little man after all).

  • July 21, 2006, 2:08 p.m. CST


    by El Vale

    I think Hispanic no longer means from Spain, i think it means (to most people) "person from spanish speaking country". In fact, i bet you'd call a Brazilian hispanic if i turned around for a second. But i'm watching you buddy! Now, the problem here is the problem of assumption. Like assuming, for example, that i'm spanish cause i'm Colombian. Or even worse! That i'm Mexican because isn't Colombia like a part of Mexico? Anyway let us not take it so seriously boys, it's nothing important.

  • July 21, 2006, 2:09 p.m. CST

    The Important Thing Is The Dear People of Mexico...

    by Buzz Maverik

    ...have the agave plant and produce tequila for the world. You call them Hispanic or Latin...I call them beloved friends, especially the Herradura company! Also, let's not forget our Cuban brothers and sisters who bless us with fine tobacco and hand roll the greatest cigars in the world. Herradura and Cohiba...this is why Spanish descendents in our hemisphere are rightly known as God's Chosen People! And don't think I'm leaving you out, El...where would we be without pot, cocaine and coffee?

  • July 21, 2006, 2:13 p.m. CST

    All this talk about healing factors...hmmm. I wonder...

    by GreatA'Tuin

    Pick'em time. What would be the better cage match? Wolvie v. Sabertooth, or Wolvie v. Deadpool? Not who would win. THe whole "best at what he does" thing answers that. (And it's BULLSHIT that he gets to play that card by the way) I wanna know what the @$$es, Cogs and total humans think. REACT!

  • July 21, 2006, 2:21 p.m. CST

    You guys are not gonna believe me

    by El Vale

    But i swear i knew Buzz was gonna say all that. *Blackthought mode* Ah superior you've ruined our country...yes...oh well...Kiefer you rule us all.

  • July 21, 2006, 2:50 p.m. CST

    The thing about spanish speaking peoples...

    by Psynapse

    Is that to the vast majority of english speaking people you are ALL simply 'spanish' by virtue of the language you speak. Kind of the same way we white folk are looked at. BTW-tip for any North american traveling abroad: Lie and say you are from Canada ALWAYS. Trust me, you're WAY less likely to get harassed.

  • July 21, 2006, 3:02 p.m. CST

    Isnt' that kind of a coward's way out, though?

    by Engineer_at_peac

    I'm proud to be an American, I'm not going to lie about it. If some European douche wants to rag on me because they don't like the policies of an administration I didn't even vote for, or if they want to sterotype me as boorish and arrogant simply because I am from America, then fuck them, they're the one with the superiority complex, not me.

  • July 21, 2006, 3:04 p.m. CST


    by El Vale

    But you're the one who gets harassed and maybe you wanted to have a good time in Europe or something.

  • July 21, 2006, 3:06 p.m. CST

    For me, getting in verbal fights IS a good time

    by Engineer_at_peac

    I can see where others might not enjoy it. And if debate escalates, personally I like punching, I like hitting things. The more different types of people I can hit, and from different backgrounds, ethnicities and countries I can hit, the happier I am. You know why? because I'm an American dammit!

  • July 21, 2006, 3:10 p.m. CST

    but say you're from Quebec

    by Arkhangelsk

    and you'll get laid.

  • July 21, 2006, 3:17 p.m. CST

    That's only because girls think queers are a challenge

    by Engineer_at_peac


  • July 21, 2006, 3:19 p.m. CST

    best at what he does...

    by blackthought power...wrong company? huh?...oh...and vale i'll be back in colombia soon, so you best have some cool shit for me to do.

  • July 21, 2006, 3:47 p.m. CST

    No, I've heard that line about Wolvie a lot too...

    by GreatA'Tuin

  • July 21, 2006, 4:34 p.m. CST

    The old Brazil trick...

    by vagrant's choice

    Actually my friend covered Brazil in his e-mail. Unfortunately his e-mail is at work and I

  • July 21, 2006, 4:48 p.m. CST

    Always Hated "I'm The Best There Is A What I Do..."

    by Buzz Maverik

    Have you ever met a truly tough, confident guy that needed to go around saying shit like that? "I'm the best there is at what I do and what I do isn't very nice..." Not very nice? Is it also not very polite? Regenerate yerself a pair of nads and don't say anything you can't picture Clint Eastwood saying. I mean, if Clint were leading a platoon, he might tell them they're the best to get 'em pumped, but if he's gonna blow yer head clean off, he's not going to tell you what a good shot he is. He'll tell ya what his gun can do and get you to thinking about being afraid. Clint would say somethng like, "A'right, you sonsabitches, yer the best there is so try not to shoot yerselves down there..."

  • July 21, 2006, 5:23 p.m. CST

    Dearest Engineer....

    by Psynapse

    C'mon, you've seen my posts, am I afraid of a VERBAL conflict with anybody? No. The reason I advised lying about your citizenship is because hatred of americans is at an all-time high and quite a few of our fellow citizens are being attacked in record numbers. While I'm often ashamed of how my government acts I'm not one bit (and NEVER will be) ashamed to BE american. NOw violence from ignorant hatred? Hell yes I'm canadian (Specifically I will be from Halifax, Novia Scotia because that's where Lexx and Trailer park Boys (funniest show EVER) were made).

  • July 21, 2006, 5:45 p.m. CST

    ive always felt they where interchangeable

    by Darth Kal-El

    i dont mind being called either hispanic or latino but like vale i dont like being pigeonholed into 'mexican' just because of my brown skin and the fact that i speak spanish. great post buzz i kind of thought youd say that too(not to copy vale).i used to think the 'best there is line' was so fucking cool when i was teenager but i dont think its aged well at all. it seems so corny now.i really liked the explanation of how the adamantium/healing factor used to be(thanks buzz). definetaly sounds cooler than regenerating from a stain on the floor.anyways boys and girls just dropping in to say hey,im leaving for San Diego in a few hours-ill post pics hopefully by monday

  • July 21, 2006, 5:56 p.m. CST

    And that's why Marvel sucks (for me) compared to DC....

    by Psynapse

    Marvel just outright ignores what they've published previously when they think they've come up with their next big idea. DC at least takes the time to address those kinds of changes with their readership rather than just tell them to get over it and get on with it. Granted, DC is just a much of a greedy leviathan-whore as Marvel.....

  • July 21, 2006, 8:27 p.m. CST

    dc is a greedy leviathan whore that i do love...

    by blackthought

    thank you for employing grant morrison and the like. and i third that whole getting pigeonholed as a mexican...hate it...and i look nothing like a mexican.

  • July 21, 2006, 11:50 p.m. CST

    Origins and Justice League

    by Homer Sexual

    I know Wolverine Origins is unpopular around here, and I don't discount the criticisms. Yet I find it interesting and my friends who aren't really into comics but occasionally like a few (such as WE3) both like it. As far as new books, I will follow the advice here of basing my buy on the first issue, and not pick up Justice League. Art was great, but story was ponderous. Not relatable, didn't enjoy the "new" or whatever WW, Supes and Batman. Only the first few "origin" pages were good, then it went south into self-importance and another creepy feeling that Meltzer has some issue with female characters. Not for me. And I read in EW that Identity Crisis (which had the same flaws as new JL) may become an animated movie. Ugh!

  • July 21, 2006, 11:52 p.m. CST

    I loved the Wolverine Nitro thing

    by sideshowbob

    It was just so over-the-top dumb and goofy in the middle of a crossover that's taking itself way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way too seriously, that I had to admire it.

  • July 21, 2006, 11:59 p.m. CST

    Sit n Sleep Say Turn The Mattress

    by Homer Sexual

    I will no longer flip my mattress, my behavior has been modified. And we saw Clerks II today, which was far better than I had expected. Dante has aged badly, though. Looks ten years older than his age. Ironic that heroin filled Mewes looks most undamaged.

  • July 22, 2006, 12:31 p.m. CST

    saw lady in the water on tuesday...

    by blackthought

    and it was better than the village for whatever that is worth to whomever...saw monster house last night and it kicked my ass as chowder left me giddier than joe quesada when he gets to rape and kill ppl.

  • July 23, 2006, 6:26 p.m. CST

    You killed the talkback, blackthought

    by El Vale

  • July 23, 2006, 8:20 p.m. CST


    by blackthought

  • July 23, 2006, 11:51 p.m. CST

    Anybody see Clerks 2?

    by BayouWilly


  • July 23, 2006, 11:55 p.m. CST

    Got Thrown Out Of LADY IN THE WATER...

    by Buzz Maverik

    ...they don't like it when you shout, "It's Opie's daughter! In a pool! Oooo, scaaaarry!"

  • July 24, 2006, 2:45 a.m. CST

    Kevin Smith raped my childhood

    by Arkhangelsk

    seriously, i still absolutely love Clerks and Mallrats, but the poster for Clerks ii alone would have kept me away. saw A Scanner Darkly last night. it's a good movie. Linklater is still a hell of a filmmaker, and Downey Jr. just steals the show, but ultimately the ideas conveyed in the story seemed to me, how you say, not quite evolved enough. but back to comics. Brubaker's second issue of Uncanny just came out and... well, i recently re-read Morrison's and Whedon's runs on X-Men, trying to decide which was the best X-Men run ever, and, well, sems like we have a thrid contender.

  • July 24, 2006, 9:33 a.m. CST

    Last wednesday's comics.

    by Shigeru

    Civil War. Civil Stupid. Spider-Man beating up Captain America while wearing that stupid spider-armor. Shoot me in the face now please. Runaways... see next post.

  • July 24, 2006, 9:40 a.m. CST

    Runaways. Or why I hate Brian K Vaughan.

    by Shigeru

    Damn you BKV. Damn you to Delaware. I knew you were gonna pull a bait and switch on me. But why the hell did you have to kill *spoileredit*?? Huh? I mean, I felt sick to my stomach the whole time reading that issue because that was the one character I didn't want you to ace, and you went and did it. Fucking fuck. Shit dammit. Sigh. They were the most interesting by far. Why why why why? And the very worst part? It made sense. It wasn't a superfluous death. It fit with, heck it defined the whole damn theme of the book. "The future is a threat, not a promise." Dammit BKV, you make me cry. Shit.

  • July 24, 2006, 10:02 a.m. CST

    Does it seem like Comic-con has very little to do with

    by Engineer_at_peac

    comics now?

  • July 24, 2006, 10:37 a.m. CST


    by Homer Sexual

    Well, although it seems ridiculous to hide "spoilers" almost a week later, I won't give anything away. I was dreading this issue of Runaways, because I think they are all great and didn't want any of them to die. Must agree, Shigeru, that death was very moving. Runaways is such a good example of what makes Marvel great, as opposed to, say...most everything else it's doing right now. And BayouWilly, we saw Clerks II and enjoyed it quite a bit. Smith's wife is the most obvious "plant" in a movie since Cheech and Chong used to put their wives in their movies, and he still sucks with plot and camera, but his dialogue rocks. Many hilarious, laugh out loud moments. Better than I expected, better than any other Smith flick except Chasing Amy. Equally good as original Clerks, maybe a tad better.

  • July 24, 2006, 11:34 a.m. CST

    Clerks 2

    by Shigeru

    Better than the original? Pass the crack-pipe yo. Hilarious moments throughout, but the film screeches to a dead stop whenever something "dramatic" (heavy-handed, ham-fisted, cheesy) happens. "I don't know how to dance?" "Come on, I'll teach you". PUKE. But 'Pillowpants' is like the funniest thing I've seen in a very long time. Chasing Amy > Clerks > Dogma > Mallrats > Clerks 2 > Jersey Girl > JSBSB. IMHO.

  • July 24, 2006, 11:36 a.m. CST

    And bear in mind

    by Shigeru

    That I like all the movies on that list, and find them all entertaining and highly watchable.

  • July 24, 2006, 11:57 a.m. CST


    by The Heathen

    crazy past week/weekend, I'll explain more later. I haven't read any of last weeks new releases yet. No Runaways, Superman or apparently Spidey beating up Cap (WTF?!?!) for me yet. No new movies seen either. : ( I liked this line, Buzz, "I loved the idea that Wolverine's mutation was simply character...the guy's toughness and unwillingness to give up making him a mutant." Word. Am I considered Hispanic, Spanish or Latino now that I'm married to one whose 'hips don't lie' for lack of virtually every better word?

  • July 24, 2006, 1:18 p.m. CST

    the film screeches to a dead stop whenever something "d

    by Homer Sexual

    Word to that. I totally agree. But re-watching Clerks, there are plenty of dead spaces there as well. And Dogma, on review, is craptacular, IMO. I don't really enjoy all his movies. In fact, I only like three of them: Clerks 1 and 2 and Chasing Amy. Pillow Pants, yes! And of course, the Silence of the Lambs bit(s)--classic! Makes me laugh just remembering it.

  • July 24, 2006, 1:43 p.m. CST

    Silence of the Lambs bits??

    by Shigeru

    Um I'm drawing a blank?? I dun remember those? And I love Mallrats if only for Brody (who I could watch in his own trilogy) and Stan Lee's cameo. Fuck Jeremy London though.

  • July 24, 2006, 2:15 p.m. CST

    I thought Clerks 2 kicked ass

    by BayouWilly

    I was a huge mark for Clerks back in the day. I've seen it way too much to be able to watch it now. That said, I fell asleep during Mallrats, loved Dogma the first time but now can't stand to watch it, liked Chasing Amy okay, and hated Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back. However, I thought this movie was a great return to form and showed there was still life in the View Askew world... although the credits indicate that none of them will be back for a while.

  • July 24, 2006, 2:30 p.m. CST

    Shigeru re: SOTL

    by BayouWilly

    Jay starts dancing to that creepy Buffalo Bill song, and climaxes when some characters walk outside and he;s full frontal nude, rocking the "tucked" look.

  • July 24, 2006, 2:32 p.m. CST


    by The Heathen

  • July 24, 2006, 2:37 p.m. CST

    i enjoy the company of prostitues and cocaine...

    by blackthought

    because its the fun thing to do.

  • July 24, 2006, 3:08 p.m. CST


    by Shigeru

    oh yeahhhhhh LOL. That was good.

  • July 24, 2006, 3:42 p.m. CST


    by Arkhangelsk

    i mean, by now, i'm almost resigned to the fact that Hellshock will never ever see print again, but at least Red Star pumps out a new issue once in a while. and boy, what an issue. makes it almost worth the wait. and the characters commenting about the fact that they've been recuperating from their last battle for a really really long time was a nice touch. but the art, and the storytelling, dear lord, Red Star really is one of the best series being published out there. when it is actually published, that is...

  • July 24, 2006, 4:35 p.m. CST

    Shig spoil me!!

    by Psynapse

    E-mail me dude. Thanks to visiting family and the 'let's go spend money!" bullshit they've been heaping on me I won't be able to get my books until August 11th now. (fucking gene pools)

  • July 24, 2006, 4:55 p.m. CST

    A SCANNER DARKLY! Next PKD Film...

    by Buzz Maverik

    ...I hope they adapt his 1974 novel WHO THE HELL AM I? about a science fiction dude who doesn't know who the hell he is. It's distinguishible from every other PKD writing because...wait, they were all about some dude wondering who the hell he is! But I love PKD. Ya gotta love someone who truly believes their brain is being invaded by alien intelligence.

  • July 24, 2006, 5:35 p.m. CST

    Yo Buzz...

    by Psynapse

    How do you know it wasn't?

  • July 25, 2006, 7:28 a.m. CST

    Reminds me of Warren Ellis

    by Shigeru

    "If you think the shows on the television originate in your TV, do you think your thoughts originate in your head?"

  • July 25, 2006, 7:29 a.m. CST


    by Shigeru

    Check your email and consider yourself spoiled. I'm getting misty just thinking about it.

  • July 25, 2006, 12:10 p.m. CST

    I like Pirates!

    by GreatA'Tuin

    ARRRRRRRRRRR! Tis good, matey!

  • July 25, 2006, 1:49 p.m. CST


    by Shigeru

    ...cogs are all in cryo-stasis...

  • July 25, 2006, 1:56 p.m. CST

    Ys back!

    by Darth Kal-El

    hey guys how it going? man con was awesome! ill have links for pics later on this week!

  • July 25, 2006, 1:58 p.m. CST

    Re: Reminds me of Warren Ellis

    by El Vale just blew my mind.

  • July 25, 2006, 2:45 p.m. CST

    not dead yet...

    by blackthought

    i have been rendering for days thuogh...

  • July 25, 2006, 3:17 p.m. CST


    by Shigeru

    that was from his myspace. lately he's been sending stuff out about arse-eels and nipple cats and octopus-rape, with links that I definitely will not be clicking here at work.

  • July 25, 2006, 6:20 p.m. CST

    NO!!NO!!!NO!!!!AAAAAAAAAAH!!! AH!!! AH!!! AH!!!

    by Psynapse

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!IT SHOULDA BEEN <DELETED> NOT <DELETED>!!!! NOOOO!!!! BKV YOU BAAASTAAAAAAARD!!! BASTARD!! BASTARD!!! MOTHERFUCKING, COCKSUCKING, SPHINCTER-FELCHING BASTAAAAAARD!!!!! I HATE YOU!! I HATE YOU!!! (Okay well, not really, I&#39;m actually way impressed that I feel this strongly without having read it yet but still, it stings man...)

  • July 25, 2006, 6:21 p.m. CST

    Aww goddammit...

    by Psynapse

    I stretched the TB like a friggin noob. Sorry all, my bad.....

  • July 25, 2006, 8:52 p.m. CST


    by blackthought

  • July 26, 2006, 10:18 a.m. CST

    I&#39;ve been in the

    by The Heathen

    Cog Cave underneath the Cog Mansion because blackthought was rendering in the cage, and let me tell you, it&#39;s no fun when the mansion takes orbit and your near it&#39;s engines. *** Man, didn&#39;t expect what happened in Runaway&#39;s to happen. Damn that book is sooo friggin good. The last page was bad ass too. But, damn

  • July 26, 2006, 10:22 a.m. CST


    by Shigeru

    Yep that was pretty much my reaction too.

  • July 26, 2006, 10:40 a.m. CST

    Its blatantly obvious who the good & bad guys are in CW

    by Shigeru

    I&#39;m beginning to think this will be Civil War&#39;s greatest mistake: not making the registration side relatable or even remotely likable. Of course Axel Alonso will bust in here and say "HEY man, because of stupid Speedball, a bunch of kids got blown up!!" That means you&#39;re allowed to have elite SWAT teams in black helicopters blowing the shit out of teen Superheroes? Or Reed Richards not caring 2 shits about Johnny Storm&#39;s health (ludicrious... yet again CHARACTERS conforming to STORY)? Maybe we would feel for the registration side if Captain America&#39;s Secret Avengers were constantly blowing up kids whilst doing heroic things but that&#39;s not the case. Blarg!

  • July 26, 2006, 11:01 a.m. CST

    Blarg, indeed. Blarg!

    by The Heathen

    Blow up some kids already, Cap! Yep, I agree that&#39;s CW&#39;s biggest mistake so far, Shig: CHARACTERS conforming to STORY. I shall be cross all day now.

  • July 26, 2006, 11:46 a.m. CST

    You know, I&#39;m gonna stick with trades.

    by GreatA'Tuin

    I can&#39;t do it anymore. I just can&#39;t. I...I promised myself I wouldn&#39;t cry. *sobsniffle* I just can&#39;t justify $2-4 American (No commie Canadian notes here) on a single comic. Especially since from what it sounds like from my trusted intelligence network.(i.e. The Cogs) It seems that buying montlies is simply a slef inflicted "Death of a Thousand Cuts" at this point. Reed&#39;s a cold, uncaring prick. Spidey&#39;s a puppet. Stark&#39;s an asshole (Well, to be fair he&#39;s always been an asshole, but at least he USED to be able to blame it on the sauce.) Bucky is not only NOT DEAD, but he&#39;s a dirty commie gimp. (I actually liked that story, but WTF, mate?). Captain America is the shit still, but even I couldn&#39;t screw that up. Wolvie doesn&#39;t smkoe, but if he did, he could just bounce back from a NUCLEAR FUCKING STRIKE by "regen-ing" from a half done stogie. Emma is an X-Man, and of all the choices, she boinks the only one that I could kick the shit out of. (OH, SHUT UP! Scott&#39;s a bitch , and you all know it!). Over at the Distinguished Competition, Kyle Rainer is a God, when actually if there was a God, he&#39;d be lying in a gutter in Calcutta after being stabbed in the throat. Wally is dead, long Bart, scion of the speed...OOOH LOOK! Shiny! The dead Robin is rehasing the Jokers&#39; old gimmick like some third rate pro-wrestling rehash. Who the hell is Wonder Woman this year? JSA hates each other or some otherwise nosensical blather, and the JLA...I don&#39;t even know WHAT is fucking with the JLA currently. Appearently, Leslie Thomkins is a FUCKING MURDERER?, and my favorite city in the world is now an underwater theme park. I can&#39;t keep up! I mean some of these things could be awesome stories, but fuck if I can suss out which way is up, let alone try to stay ahead of it.*** So, yeah. I&#39;ll be sticking with trades for a good long while. Someone knock on my shell when the war is over, and I get my GODDAMN year back. Maybe I&#39;ll try to jump back on the wagon then. /enddropletofbrilliance*** Turtle pulls into shell. Posts a sign saying, "If this shells a rockin&#39;, don&#39;t bother knockin&#39;! Just come on it!

  • July 26, 2006, 11:54 a.m. CST


    by Thalya

    Ion&#39;s pretty darn good, Turtle. Issue #3 is my case in point. And GLC: we&#39;re getting Guy Gardner starring in a book! What&#39;s not to love? Dini&#39;s doing good on &#39;Tec. Johns & Busiek whailed on their Supes Up, Up & Away arc. Blue Beetle&#39;s nice. Manhunter always rocks. Just ignore Marvel and at least half your problems are solved.

  • July 26, 2006, 12:13 p.m. CST

    Silly Thalya

    by Shigeru

    "Just ignore Marvel". The Ultimates >>> all the DC books you named.

  • July 26, 2006, 12:19 p.m. CST

    Eww.....that typo is messy.

    by GreatA'Tuin

    "If this shell is a rockin&#39;, don&#39;t bother knockin&#39;. Just come on IN." Say it with me, Psy. EDIT FEATURE UP IN THIS BITCH!

  • July 26, 2006, 12:24 p.m. CST

    Waiting for the trade won&#39;t make mainstream crap

    by Shigeru

    any better. Just sort the wheat from the chaff man. We can help. Monthlies are great when the episodic feel is done right (Ast.X-Men, Runaways, Y: TLM, ect.)

  • July 26, 2006, 12:25 p.m. CST

    Thalya, I love you but...

    by GreatA'Tuin

    Ion cannot be good. Kyle is not dead. He&#39;s the Gambit of the DCU. Only chicks and emo-fucks like him. Though Guy MUTHAFUCKIN&#39; Gardner starring in GLC? I&#39;m in! I checked out of Ultimates when Tony brought Shannon Elizabeth up to the space station for his birthday party. (No wait, I did stay for Steve apologizing to Bruce for the cut he was about to give him via his big bad ass boot. That was kick ass.) I hate Superman, cause I don&#39;t care about his "shit". I&#39;ve heard about Manhunter. Is there a trade?

  • July 26, 2006, 12:38 p.m. CST


    by Thalya

    Ion #3 is transcendant goodness. Best thing I&#39;ve read in months. And can I get a "Hell, Yeah!" on Gardner? You&#39;d be surprised on Supes. I was never into him and didn&#39;t really get it when I was reading his stuff pre-IC, but that OYL arc makes you care about him. And yep, there is a Manhunter trade collecting issues #1-5. Go straight to issue #4 if the first one or two don&#39;t get you.

  • July 26, 2006, 12:41 p.m. CST

    Oh, and..

    by Thalya

    If you&#39;re gonna get into GLC, try the GLC: Recharge trade to get you up to speed as it sets it all up.

  • July 26, 2006, 12:49 p.m. CST

    When it comes to Kyle Rainer

    by GreatA'Tuin

    I will paraphrase "Ghost Rider". "I want you to take his" HATE! I take succor in my ever flowing hatred of Kyle Fucking Rainer. When his girlfriend was found in the fridge, I cheered. Not (only) because I&#39;m a very sick little turtle, but because she was finally free of his perpetual self loathing bitch-fest. Ion #3 can only be good if he is flayed with "Play-Doh" knives by epileptic monkeys while all his past GFs come back to life just to tell him how small his dick was. that what happens in the book? Is that why it&#39;s so good? Spoil me, Thal!

  • July 26, 2006, 12:53 p.m. CST


    by Thalya

    All his dead girlfriends do come back in that one. Did I mention he&#39;s also going on a universe-wide destruction-fest, btw?

  • July 26, 2006, 12:59 p.m. CST

    But does he die painfully?

    by GreatA'Tuin

    Send the Bitch Lantern on a universe-wide destruction-fest is like trying to make a station wagon look bad-ass by adding flames to the panels. NO DICE!

  • July 26, 2006, 1:08 p.m. CST

    But onto more pleasant things...

    by GreatA'Tuin

    You say Dini&#39;s working on something? I am interested. Oh and Heath, I haven&#39;t yet checked out Walking Dead ::ducks into shell:: Can you recomend a starting point? ::said the hollow, echoing voice from inside the carapace::

  • July 26, 2006, 1:31 p.m. CST

    OWW!!! *after hitting shell*

    by The Heathen

    Start at the beginning my friend. I think they just came out with a HC collecting 1-12, then there&#39;s about 5 or 6, six issue trades that and then there&#39;s the omnibus that collects 1-25 (but it&#39;s damn pricey). Read em all though, Turtle. It flows so naturally that I couldn&#39;t recommend a place to start besides the beginning. It&#39;s not too late to catch up. It&#39;s good. *** Dini is on Detective Comics. Great so far, but that&#39;s Dini for you. *** Reconsider your monthlies for Brubakers, Uncanny X-Men too. Two issues in and I&#39;m loving it. Bru&#39;s awesome. Anybody else digging the Darwin guy? I think he&#39;s friggin cool as shit.

  • July 26, 2006, 3:02 p.m. CST

    **Comes on turtles shell**

    by Darth Kal-El

    aaaand last!

  • July 26, 2006, 3:23 p.m. CST

    Alright then, let&#39;s talk comics

    by El Vale

    I&#39;m using this thing called DCP now which is like a bunch of guys with too much time scanning about as many comics as they can, each week, as they&#39;re released. So hey it&#39;s like Vale&#39;s into monthly comics all over again or something! Anyway yeah it&#39;s like a big file with the week&#39;s comics and you can choose which ones you DL and which ones you don&#39;t. Like going to the comic book store only free (Ahhh the internet). So okay, what have i read...let&#39;s see...oh, first of all, my uncle went to the US of A and i made him buy me some stuff (MUHAHA); he brought me the Eternal Sunshine collector&#39;s Edition DVD and Quimby the Mouse, by Chris Ware. Book&#39;s gorgeous, it&#39;s a goddamn piece of art, just the design of it. Highly recomeded even tho i haven&#39;t read it all yet. Anyway you know if you&#39;re into Chris Ware or not, i don&#39;t have to tell you. *** On to the new stuff: Read Astonishing X-Men #15 and i gotta say it was thoroughly enjoyable. I agree with Dave about Whedon taking Morrison&#39;s concepts and trying to over explain them and shit, but still for some reason that seems like the sort of X-Men comic that i could be mildly interested in: A book that takes after Morrison&#39;s run. Anyway "..and what i do is so terribly pretty!" was a great fucking moment. Kudos, Marvel. *** You know what book was great? Casanova #1. 30 pages filled with...stuff. Yeah, stuff. It was full of it! At the end i have no idea if i really understood what was supposed to be happening, or if it actually had to make sense, but it made me think, it made me smile, it was crazy, and then it really ended. Good stuff, check it out. *** Read Detective Comics #821 and i liked it. Mostly i liked the art, obviously; the story was okay, nothing bindblowing, but not bad at all. *** Sorta liked Eternals #1 when i first read it, but then i started thinking about it and realized it was a big fucking dissapointment. The first spread was magnificent and promising, but then that promise never held up, and everything about it i found underwhelming. The spectacle of the Celestials was never again captured after that first spread, and the story was just bleh. *** Read some Nextwave; had some funny and enjoyable parts but overall it was just too lightweight for my tastes, one of those 2 minute reads, very little substance, which i guess is the point of the whole thing, but still not my cup of tea. *** Read this comic called Marlene by Peter Snejbjerg which has a crappy story and wonderful wonderful art. Check it out, download it if you must. Plus it has penis. Also, tits (for Psy). *** Just dled Testament #8, The Escapists #1, Goon #18, Ultimate Spider-Man #97, and Uncanny #476. I&#39;ll keep you posted.

  • July 26, 2006, 3:24 p.m. CST

    I won&#39;t even fight you for that one, Darth!

    by The Heathen

  • July 26, 2006, 3:32 p.m. CST

    What? LAST?

    by El Vale

    Don&#39;t you fucking dare! I just posted something, damn you!

  • July 26, 2006, 5:41 p.m. CST

    and last

    by blackthought

  • July 28, 2006, 8:33 a.m. CST


    by The Heathen


  • July 30, 2006, 2:05 p.m. CST

    you have grown bold since marriage heathen...

    by blackthought

    but do not dare to out last me...can&#39;t out-last one of the fathers of the lasting creation...the other has vanished...poor gus...LAST.

  • Aug. 3, 2006, 8:10 p.m. CST

    if my comic was translated to spanish

    by Darth Kal-El

    it would be Y El Ultimo Hombre!