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The Pull List (Click title to go directly to the review) GHOST RIDER: TRAIL OF TEARS #1/GHOST RIDER #94 (FINALE)/GHOST RIDER: THE MOVIE THE PUNISHER PRESENTS: BARRACUDA #1 BATMAN #663 THUNDERBOLTS #111 Indie Jones presents SUBURBAN FOLKLORE TPB Indie Jones presents… CHEAP SHOTS!


Writer: Garth Ennis Artist: Clayton Crain


Writer: Ivan Valez Jr. Artists: Javier Saltares & Mark Texiera, Klaus Jansen Publisher: Marvel Comics PLUS A MINI-REVIEW OF GHOST RIDER: THE MOTION PICTURE Reviewer: Ambush Bug

I’m writing this the day after sitting though GHOST RIDER: THE MOTION PICTURE, and after the heated debate on Ghostie in last week’s Talkbacks, I felt the need to speak out on our friend with the flaming skull. One particular question came up in the Talkbacks that intrigued me:
“Have there ever really been any definitive and high quality Ghost Rider stories?”
And to that, I have to honestly answer, “No, none that I have read.”
That doesn’t mean I haven’t been entertained by a Ghost Rider book before. Hell, I bought the book all through the nineties and picked up almost every one of the issues of his first series. I guess you could say I was a fan, but it wasn’t because of the quality of the stories.
No, the Ghost Rider is popular for one thing and one thing only. He looks cool. That’s why I liked him.
And it’s ok for a comic book character to be popular on looks alone. In a medium where both images and text are equally important, there is room for stories which focus on things that are appealing to the eye, even though those stories may be lacking in the plot department. Maybe the reason why Ghostie is not as popular as he was in the nineties or the seventies is because we live in a day and age where the writer is looked upon as the most important factor in a book. It’s not the nineties when the artists were the superstars, exemplified by the Image boom of splash over substance. Nor is it the seventies (when Ghostie was originally born), when Marvel was trying to cash in on popular genre movies like blacksploitation, kung fu, and horror. Maybe we live in a more sophisticated decade where the line “It’s better to look good than to feel good.” from Saturday Night Live’s Fernando isn’t as popular (Jesus, I know using that reference dates me, but who the hell cares?). Maybe comics have grown up a little.
But even though we like to think these are mini-masterpieces of literature we read every week, we have to acknowledge that these are, in fact, funny books. And maybe we should all lighten up.
Because of this, I am going to hesitantly recommend checking out two books Marvel recently released featuring Ghost Rider. The first, GHOST RIDER: TRAIL OF TEARS #1 is from Garth Ennis whose first attempt at writing the Rider left me cold. This issue looks great with some wonderful images from Clayton Crain. His panels are worn like some kind of daguerreotype photos one would find in an old attic. Crain has a good eye for positioning of the panel, avoiding using straight forward “camera” shots and preferring to make each frame interesting to look at.
Marvel is releasing this book in conjunction with the release of the motion picture, which marketing-wise is a good idea. That is, if Ghost Rider actually appeared in this issue. He doesn’t though, which will guarantee that anyone who picked up this issue after seeing the film in anticipation to enjoy a little Ghost Riding will be sorely disappointed. It’s a trade-paced first issue and Marvel should know better to release an issue of Ghost Rider the week it comes out in theaters without having an actual Ghost Rider in it. I think this miniseries is going to focus on the Cowboy Ghost Rider, which was one of the cooler aspects of the movie. It would have been a great hook to get new customers interested in comics. But I doubt I’m sticking around for issue two due to the snail-pacing and if the issue didn’t hook me, I’m betting it won’t hook Joe Schmoe Who Just Walked in the Comic Shop Do’ who knows nothing about comics or the character and was interested only because he dug the flick.
Marvel also released GHOST RIDER #94 (FINALE) which was the lost last issue of the nineties series. When Marvel went bankrupt, a few issues were lost in the shuffle. GHOST RIDER #94 was one of them. Readers never got to know whatever happened to Daniel Ketch, the nineties Ghost Rider, so the three of you who missed this issue can now die knowing that your collection is complete. This wasn’t a bad read, and I have to give Marvel props for packaging this book in the way they did. This is a book for the fans. It reprints issue #93 to catch everyone up, it’s got a cool intro explaining what happened with the lost issue, and it even has a nice Marvel Universe entry in the end dedicated solely to the 90’s Ghost Rider. It also has art by Saltares, Texiera, and Jansen, a trio of artists who can’t help but make the Ghost Rider look cool.
But because this is the last issue of the series and wraps up a lot of dangling plotlines, this isn’t really the type of book that is new reader friendly. If you liked the old series, you’ll like this one. But if you are like me and dropped Ghost Rider towards the end of his 90’s run due to poor quality of stories and Marvel’s over-saturation of the market, you’re probably going to find yourself not really giving a shit about all of this. At least it has Ghost Rider in it, which immediately gives this issue a leg up over TRAIL OF TEARS.
In the end, while Marvel is hoping GHOST RIDER: THE MOTION PICTURE will be a success, all they have out right now is a miniseries with a first issue where the Ghost Rider doesn’t even appear, whateverthehell Daniel Way is trying to do in the current lackluster ongoing, and a fifteen year old last issue with so much going on that it’s all but incomprehensible to new readers. Marvel, you ain’t getting any new Ghostie fans from that crop of crap. One of these days, some writer is going to come along and write the definitive Ghost Rider story. Until then, we’ve got this pair of books that look pretty good, but have little else in the way of substance or relevance going for them. So like I said earlier, I’m going to hesitantly recommend these two books because even though they are lacking in the story department, they look good, and that’s important too.
And because no one asked for it, I thought GHOST RIDER the film (or as I like to call it, HELL TOUPEE) was kind of fun. Definitely better than DAREDEVIL, PUNISHER, & ELEKTRA. It’s strictly FANTASTIC FOUR level stuff with performances that ranged from pretty damn great (Cage, Elliot, Fonda, and Mendez’ breasts) to god awful (Bentley, Cage’s wig, and the rest of Mendez). Cage was at his VAMPIRE’S KISS kookiest. The effects were ok. The demons were downright laughable and looked like rejects from some Midwestern wannabe goth band from the nineties.
On a side note, I found myself completely distracted by Nick Cage’s bizarrely shaped ears. What up wit those things?
Had they lost the “origin story” snippet from the beginning and just had Cage cursed from the get-go, peppering history throughout the narrative, it would have been a much stronger film. Why does every super hero film have to follow a cookie cutter formula and focus on the origin?
The performances from the cast save HELL TOUPEE in the end. It definitely isn’t the worst comic book film I’ve ever seen, but Cage’s wig and the performances from Bentley and Mendez were the cinematic equivalent of Ghostie’s Penance Stare. I would say, “Save your money, wait for DVD, and go read the comic instead.” But we’ve already established that the GHOST RIDER comics Marvel is offering these days aren’t that great either.


Writer: Garth Ennis Penciler: Goran Parlov Publisher: Marvel Comics Reviewed by Humphrey Lee

The introductory paragraph for any written work is very important, whether it be a novel, a short story, or in this case, a comic book review. That intro is where you're supposed to grab your audience and pull them in for the rest of your piece of prose. You set your tone, your direction, give the reader an idea where you're going with your subject matter, usually summed up in your thematic statement, the lynchpin of your dissertation. And mine would be this right here:
Four fucking dollars for this comic book Marvel? Are you out of your fucking minds?!?!
Sure, yeah, I know I'm the main guilty party in this, I should have paid attention to the solicits, or maybe got a feeling of what was going on when I noticed this thing had one of those WONDERFUL card stock covers that obviously cost another dollar to manufacture, but at the same time why? Last I checked the PUNISHER title that this is spinning out of is a pretty consistent 40K plus seller, so one would assume this is going to get a pretty decent spill off of those readers. And last I checked even the good old boys at places like Dynamite Entertainment (where Ennis is taking THE BOYS) and whatnot can keep their books at a "reasonable" price. Seriously, how the fuck does this cost an extra buck? I understand when like, IDW has to market their books at four bucks a pop, they (sadly) rarely have a book that sells in the five digits. If freaking Image and Dark Horse and whoever can keep pretty much all their titles at the standard $2.99 price tag, why the hell can't Marvel freaking Entertainment do the same? That's just sad...
But okay, okay, we've got a comic book to talk about here. So was this spinoff about the meanest, toughest, blackest sumbitch and the only man to cross the Punisher and live to tell about it worth the extra loot? Eh, not really, but it was still fun.
Basically the premise of this mini-series is that our main 'Cuda has been hired to protect the young, brutally nerdy and undersized son (Oswald) of a pretty wealthy and made man as young Oswald gets his first kill. Oh, and Oswald is a hemophiliac. Comedy ensues, or at least will ensue since 'Cud and Oswald don't "team up" until the end of this issue. But this issue is you standard, loveable Ennis humor. No race or stereotype goes unskewed, blood is spilled, and enough f-bombs are dropped to give the “South Park” movie a run for its money in totality. The thing of it all is that Barracuda really does have some weird sort of draw to his character. He's such a horrible piece of shit, but you really can't but help love the guy. He just doesn't care. He does what he wants, and is so brutal, unrelenting, and whimsical about it all, he's just so much fun to watch, which is how this book obviously got the green light.
So, the book is fun, but it's really not four dollars fun, unless you do just happen to love the title character that much. The humor is pretty standard Ennis, so it's not like you don't know what you're going to get for your money; you just have to decide if it's worth it. I personally laughed out loud my fair share of times so I'd say it is, but not in a monthly format for that unnecessary added dollar. Trade is easily the way to go with this, and I personally am pretty giddy with anticipation over how things are gonna go down with young Hemo. Should be, as they say, a "rip-roaring good time".


Writer: Grant Morrison Artist: John Van Fleet Publisher: DC Comics Reviewer: Ambush Bug

My fingertips compress each plastic cube making up the keys on my keyboard as my thoughts slosh against the interiors of my mind and pour out onto the flat glowing monitor screen before me. I keep my critical eye peeled as I remember reading one particular monthly periodical written by a scribe whose work has often bordered on the bizarre, the fantastic, and the unimaginable. My thoughts on this writer’s most recent endeavor swirled around me ethereally, hauntingly, forebodingly. Those who worship the page that this writer’s pen inks upon will find it hard to fathom, but there are chinks in this powerhouse of a writer’s armor and my job was to expose them.
Translation: I’m writing a review of BATMAN #663 and some of you may not like it.
The writer that goes by the name Son of Morri has in his possession a chalice filled with words. Words full of flair and aplomb. Words descriptive of every nook and cranny; every angle and surface; every devil-hiding detail. I found myself taken aback as I peeled open the front cover to reveal a beginning with little substantiality. As my eyes darted across the pages, I found myself reminded of an airplane jetting across a cloudy sky, passing through the cumulous masses which at first appear thick and abundant, but soon give way to the reality that there was nothing to them at all. I breezed through paragraph after paragraph which described every scene with detail to an exhausting degree, only to reach the end, realizing that nothing much had been said at all.
Translation: Grant is a wordy fuck. He opened the book with a two page description of a clown falling out of a coffin. Page three took four paragraphs to let the reader know that it was raining and Batman was standing on a ledge.
The naysayers will do what they often do and shout ignorance as the cause for such criticism. They will attest that the periodical before me rests highly above my head and a critic of my stature has neither the right nor the ability to comprehend the work of a scribe of Morrison’s stature. They will label him visionary, re-imaginist, arteest! But alas, they will be mistaken. This humble reviewer knows good prose. He has read good prose. This, gentle reader, is not good prose. Accolades to the writer for attempting a form of storytelling that differs from the norm, but a comic book writer does not a novelist make.
Translation: Just because Grant can write good comics doesn’t mean he can write a good novel.
Happily, the pace quickened after a somnambular beginning. My worn fingertips raced towards the edge of the page hungry for the feast of words ahead on the next. But the expeditious tempo’s arrival was tardy resulting in an ending that bore no resemblance to satisfaction with its confounded paneling and abrupt finale. I was left, mouth agape, periodical held loosely in hand, wanting…wanting…wanting…more.
Translation: After a slow start, things started heating up, but by that time it was too late…the book ended.
Looking back, the sole factoid of importance to result from this tale was the fact that the Joker now more resembles his cimematic counterpart from the motion picture by Tim Burton. A rictus grin has been permanently supplanted upon the visage of Batman’s arch-nemesis. This reviewer should be thankful, I guess, that Morrison shelved his ego and the desire to emblazen his moniker into the Bat-mythos by erasing the Clown Prince of Crime from the mortal plane. Morrison attempts to sandwich this story on the shelf betwixt the likes of such modern day Gotham classics as THE KILLING JOKE and ARKHAM ASYLUM, but alas, this was a tale of little importance in the grand scheme of things, for which I find myself thankful.
Translation: This is just your run o’ the mill Batman story with few ramifications…and I’m cool with that. At least Grant didn’t kill the Joker in the end.
Artistically, this book borders on maddening. No doubt, John Van Fleet has talent with bringing words to life, but alas, the images are often secondary to the massive paragraphs of descriptors. Many of the images are so diminutive in size that any semblance of cohesion is lost. The images either redundantly communicate what the writer has exhaustively described or, as with the final page, fail to communicate the happenings at all.
Translation: Van Fleet is good, but you wouldn’t know it from the tiny art and muddy translation in this book.
As I take my leave, there will be those proclaiming “Enough with the amateur writing, and just tell us whether you liked the book or not.” My response is two-fold. Intentionally, my writing has been inflated, boorish, and overly-descriptive to illustrate the point that this book is just that. Secondly, although often the readers of this site arch their necks back like birdlings in wait for the critic to force-feed thoughts either night crawler or mealy, sometimes it is much more rewarding to let dig for one’s own sustenance.
Translation: Eat the worm.


Writer: Warren Ellis Artist: Mike Deodoto, Jr. Publisher: Marvel Comics Reviewer: Baytor

THUNDERBOLTS has managed to find itself in a unique period of history… again.
When the book first debuted, it was hot on the heels of a rather forgettable cross-over event, whose ending was never in any doubt of being reversed. For a glorious year, it was the book to watch as a group of unrepentant criminals launched an audacious plot to rule the world by pretending to be heroes, but good ended up being as seductive as evil and things didn't go according to plan. It was never the same after that first year, but those 12 issues still remain a high water mark in super-hero history.
Two issues in, it looks like Warren Ellis has a lock on repeating the triumph of that first year, albeit in a completely different manner. As is the case with the original, you can feel the ticking clock, knowing that the universe will spring back to normal before too long, and that he has a limited time to take full advantage of the dramatic potential so often squandered by CIVIL WAR.
Ellis accomplishes this by infusing the book with real evil, not just a simple difference of opinion. The new team is led by the former Green Goblin, Harry Osborn, who is employed by the federal government and technically on the side of the angels, but in this shadow play, there's little doubt that he's as thoroughly evil as the team's original leader, Baron Zemo. Clearly, he's viciously manipulating the current political climate for his own nefarious reasons, but as yet has revealed little except his own lingering psychosis.
The bulk of the book centers on the conflict between the third-rate hero, Jack Flag, and our team of malicious bad-asses. Ellis loves writing fight comics like this and it's a tour de force by Deodato, who puts an insane amount of detail into the carnage. This is super-hero spectacle at its best, harkening back to the gory glory days of the grim 'n gritty trend. That old trend has gotten received renewed interest of late with such writers as Millar and Ennis utilizing them in their own creator-owned work, but the very nature of the Marvel Universe, with its invisible rubber band always threatening to return the status quo, works to this book's advantage. We know that we are not seeing an empty exercise in nihilism and that some hidden heroic nature will emerge before too long. This allows Ellis to cut loose in these early issues, showing our "heroes" acting with ruthless efficiency, with a minimum of heroic regret. Only Songbird shows any heroic tendencies and she is a shattered shell of her former self, completely cowed by the dressing down she receives in the opening sequence from Osborn.
It also shows that there's still life in the old Widescreen Comics trend that Ellis helped start nearly a decade ago. It's short on plot, long on action, with just enough intelligence, emotion, and surprises to make it worth the ride. If you like the Explodo, then this is the book for you.


Creator: Steven Walters Publisher: Ourobor Books Reviewer: Dan Grendell

"We had to grow up sometime... and to be totally honest, none of us saw it coming."
SUBURBAN FOLKLORE is a real, honest look at the relationships people form as children or young adults and the changes they go through as the people involved mature, interests change, and new people enter the equation. I'm sure I'm not alone in noticing that people you once thought would be your friends for life just aren't around anymore, and it isn't because of some big fight or anything - it's an organic process, usually one that occurs as you or your friends change at fundamental levels until suddenly, connections that were once there just aren't anymore and you drift apart.
Steven Walters knows. He has carefully crafted SUBURBAN FOLKLORE to show that process, not just from one point of view but from the eyes of each of the five friends in the gang. We see their trials, their successes, and we see them change into new, more mature people that just don't quite click with each other anymore. It's sometimes painful, sometimes cathartic, but always interesting to watch this process as an outside observer, and Walters' skills are such that he makes you enjoy going along for the ride.
Just as important to the story is Walters' art talent. His ability to use faces and facial expressions to deliver emotion is critical in this type of comic. He also uses tools like dream sequences and fade-outs to very good effect, evoking emotional responses in the reader quite effectively. Walters also makes very effective use of grayscale shading, using it so well it becomes a third color with the black and white. If I had a complaint, it would be that perspective is sometimes off, but it's rarely noticeable and in a book like this it isn't really an issue anyway.
I'd certainly suggest giving SUBURBAN FOLKLORE a try if you're looking for a book with a mix of introspection and intelligence. There's some quality drama for your brain here.


This trip into kookiness is written by Pat Mills, but for me the real draw was a chance to see early works from Kevin O’Neill. Before THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN, I was oogling O’Neill’s work on MARSHALL LAW. Loved the look of that series with its harsh angles and bleak yet futuristic character designs. This book is filled with much of that as Mills and O’Neill (along with Jesus Rodondo and Bryan Talbot) take the reader on a wild and surreal sci fi ride. I love the design of the villain Torquemada and the action is fast and furious in a DEATH RACE 2000 sort of way. There’s a lot of space fighter racing and battling to be done in this massive trade that collects books one through four. This is a trade for every sci-fi lover. - Ambush Bug


I’m glad I got on at the ground floor with this series because it looks to be something special. In the inro of this comic, creator David Lillie says that he didn’t like what he saw out there in the comic book market, so he decided to make a comic that he would like to read. And it’s a good thing, because this is the type of comic I liked to read too. The Dreamkeepers are sort of a Muppet/Tiny Toon-like race of creatures that function on a plane of reality just off of our own and are tethered to our own through dreams. Relationships and actions that occur on the Dreamkeeper realm often reflect those going on in the real world. Volume one focuses on introducing the characters and the dangers which lie in every dark corner of the Dreamkeeper world. Lillie’s character designs and comfortable dialogue do a great job of making the characters appealing and memorable. This is a fun series that is like no other I have read. It’s high adventure. It’s fun. And most importantly, it’s an original concept from a new voice in independent comics. I can’t wait to read more of DREAMKEEPERS and I can’t recommend it enough. Were you one of those who were disappointed when ABAZADAD went under with CrossGen? Well, this book is a worthy successor. Check it out. - Ambush Bug


This book was so damn cool I had to tear it open as soon as I got it. It’s dinosaur soldiers at the end of the world whose sole job is to exterminate the few human survivors the earth has left. What made this book so fun was the different personalities that make up this team of dino-soldiers. There’s the rock-steady Trike, a Triceratops whose back half is made up of a tank. There’s the bitter Aviatrix who is a human/pterodactyl hybrid. There’s the sensitive leader, Rex, a T-Rex with a heart of gold. Forest, a walking tree-man whose body is made up of polished wood. Then there’s my favorite, Raptor, a speedy and impulsive raptor who speaks without using vowels and has a tendency to shred though opponents first and ask questions later. This team bound through one adventure after the next, murdering the Earth’s last humans and discovering who they are. The best story in this hardcover compilation is near the end as Xtnct defect from their masters and find themselves at odds with exact clones with themselves. The cool thing is that the main villain keeps on cloning Xtnct, who in turn convert the clones to their side, amassing a giant army against their creators. Of course, the clones have an uncontrollable urge to mate with themselves along the way. This book is filled with quirky twists on comic book staples like this. D’Israeli’s creature designs are simplistic, yet amazingly capable of conveying so much in so few lines. This is a true gem in the treasure trove of booty that makes up the 2000AD catalog. - Ambush Bug

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This book made me feel icky. That’s the best description I can give. It deals with some pretty uncomfortable material as a pair of children try their best to survive a zombie holocaust alone while trying to feed their zombie mother. This is a truly ugly tale with art so gritty that it makes you feel as if you’re chewing sand. I was left with a sour taste in my mouth after reading this tale from comic horror-meister Steve Niles. I don’t know if that is a positive or negative recommendation. But if you are looking for an ugly tale with zombies, this should be your cup of tea. - Bug

NEXTWAVE #12 Marvel Comics

It's been a strange ride here on the NEXTWAVE train. After a year of immersing myself in the brainspace of our Internet Jesus and Savior Warren Ellis, I can safely say I feel like I just spent a year rolling down a hillside in a six foot tall bottle of Maker's Mark (that I had to drink beforehand of course) while John Lennon and Buddha shared hits of acid and drank Cosmopolitans and JFK kept asking me to touch his head wound. And y'know what? I like to imagine that's what heaven is like. Heaven is NEXTWAVE, NEXTWAVE is heaven, and if there is a God, he will spite all you unholy bastards that caused this book's early demise by deciding to get copies of "ANITA BLAKE: RANDOM GOTH WANK MAG" instead of one of the most testosterone embracing, pop culture satirizing, and just plain damn entertaining comic in years. Here's to NEXTWAVE! You were a right mad bastard of a comic, and we loved you for it. If there's any justice you'll be back soon enough, and maybe there'll even be a giant, oversized hardcover of you too. - Humphrey


Although I am definitely dropping this title after this arc is over, I can’t help but like Dan Slott’s JLA story. Slott brings much of his old school comic book sensibilities into play here as he toys with parallel dimensions. In this issue, the JLA race against time and use all of their powers to save humanity from a dying Earth by orchestrating a mass exodus to a terra-formed Mars. It’s the kind of comic book story that oozes with fun and I can’t help but be enamored with the fact that a story of Earth’s destruction can be downright innocent compared to some of the other stories coming from the Big Two these days. - Bug


Taking time off from its regularly scheduled program, this special issue of GODLAND is coming at you for only sixty measly cents. The purpose of this specially discounted issue is basically to recap the events of this Cosmic Powered throwback to the Kirby age and give new readers the lowdown on the characters, the story within, and give an idea as to the tone of the book; all things it does very successfully. I'm not really here to try to recap a recap, but mainly to give some of those who might not know about this title the knowledge that a) this does exist for two quarters and a dime of your pocket change, b) it is a really entertaining book that has its own flavor but has all the right stuff in honoring the Kirby tradition of cosmic storytelling, and c) it has a great cast of characters and a, I guess you could say, "whimsical" and oddball sense of humor that it never fails to bring a smile to your face as you delve into its universe. Give it a shot. For the price of a candy bar you really can't go wrong. - Humphrey


Did I miss a memo or something? Am I crazy or did Spidey just switch costumes and not a peep is being said about it in the comic? Maybe it happens as a result of the delayed last issue of CIVIL WAR. Who the hell knows? All I know is that Spidey has been swooping around in his old black and white togs for two issues now without one iota of an explanation. I understand this “Back in Black” business is just a way for Marvel to cash in on the movie release, but couldn’t the writers work a bit to explain why he’s back in the suit that MJ forced Peter to destroy because it reminded her of the villain who kidnapped her? Back to the SENSATIONAL series. This is one of the few Spidey titles that I enjoy every month mostly due to Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa’s wonderful pacing and imaginative stories. This is the little Spidey title that could. It shoots webbing over JMS’ overthunk AMAZING title and Peter David’s sometimes clunky and sometimes cool FRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOOD. And next to Mark Bagley, Angel Medina is probably one of the best suited Spidey artists around. - Bug

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  • Feb. 21, 2007, 8:25 a.m. CST


    by TylerDurden3395


  • Feb. 21, 2007, 8:32 a.m. CST


    by TheTagger


  • Feb. 21, 2007, 8:32 a.m. CST


    by FudgeKnuckles

  • Feb. 21, 2007, 8:37 a.m. CST

    I have a nomination for the @$$ies

    by Mr Incredible

    For latest book on the market: Ultimates Vol. 2 # 13. Scheduled to come out in November; it's now six months late. Good work, Marvel.

  • Feb. 21, 2007, 8:45 a.m. CST

    I bought the Nextwave trade last week.

    by rev_skarekroe

    It was good. When is the volume two trade coming out?

  • Feb. 21, 2007, 8:46 a.m. CST


    by rev_skarekroe

    Someone needs to do a trade of the Hulk Crossroads story from the '80s. Are you reading this Quesada? No? Well screw you then!

  • Feb. 21, 2007, 8:49 a.m. CST

    Sadly, I'm Bradley

    by ErnieAnderson

    Brad, the guy who dreamt up DREAMKEEPERS, has been unceremoniously dumped by the other creator/artist.<p> Hopefully, the future volumes will still be well-written.

  • Feb. 21, 2007, 9:31 a.m. CST

    Sure, Morrison's new Batman sucks, but...

    by rbatty024

    I at least like the fact that he's trying something completely different. I think the review sums it up when it says that a good comic book writer does not a good prose writer make...or something to that affect.

  • Feb. 21, 2007, 9:35 a.m. CST

    Harry, you are an idiot... do research before blabberin

    by W3bzpinn3r

    In the Thunderbolts write-up, you said it is led by Harry Osborn. Harry is still dead and buried. NORMAN, his father, is the one who has come back from the dead and is leading the uber-villain team.... ALSO, as for MJ forcing Peter to dump the black N white... It wasn't because Venom kidnapped her, because he didn't. He never has in the history of the character. Venom (so far as we know) didn't even touch her that night. What Venom did was wait in the apartment til She got home, then scared the living bejeezus out of her then interrogated her. After that, MJ forced Peter to change costumes and move to a new apartment because Venom had mentally scarred her. Back in the good days when Venom was an interesting character full of potentual. Not a squandered get-rich-quick scheme with bad (even by comic book standards!) writing.

  • Feb. 21, 2007, 9:53 a.m. CST

    H@ppy New Year, @$$hole$!

    by Doctor_Sin

    Loved the "Morrison Batman" review - pretty much sums it all up.

  • Feb. 21, 2007, 9:55 a.m. CST


    by Immortal_Fish

    You think the Crossroads stuff is strong enough to warrant a trade? Sure, there were a few rare highlights like the rogue soldier from Kang's future and I dug the slow reveal of the triad and puffball collective's modus operandi. However, most of the issues were one-shots that smacked of a time when they simply didn't know what to do with the character. In fact, I've grown irritated over the years how Marvel keeps plucking the character out of current events, effectively placing him on hold. It would have been interesting to see Banner's take on Civil War as he has more of a unique perspective. What was it about the crossroads that grabbed you?

  • Feb. 21, 2007, 9:58 a.m. CST

    I think BATMAN #663 is the universal balance to Bendis

    by SpyGuy

    Brian Bendis catches a lot of crap for decompressing storylines that could fit into a single issue into six issues of one or two words per panel that take less than five minutes to read. BATMAN #663, meanwhile, seemed the complete opposite of Bendis because it's one of those books you need to sit down and concentrate on for at least 15-20 minutes. Unfortunately, BATMAN #663 was also horribly overwritten and bogged down in description, so I'm left to wonder if Bendis would have handled it better...

  • Feb. 21, 2007, 10:06 a.m. CST

    W3bzpinn3r, you are an idiot... do research before...

    by rev_skarekroe

    ...blabbering. Harry doesn't write these reviews.

  • Feb. 21, 2007, 10:08 a.m. CST

    1970s Ghost Rider

    by Blanket-Man

    I thought the early run of GR (in the 1970s), up to around issue number 20, was pretty cool. Tony Isabella had some interesting stories in there, and it COULD have gone in a very cool direction if The Powers That Be hadn't completed shredded his original ending to that two-year story involving The Friend that saved Johnny Blaze on several occasions. Isabella intended to reveal The Friend as Jesus, and have Johnny go off to Hollywood, free from Satan yet still bonded with Zarathos (the Ghost Rider), and become more of a regular super-hero, maybe even start a family with Roxie. Instead, the editors changed The Friend into yet another Demon bent on getting Blaze's hopes up, and the result was a series of forgettable Blaze-on-the-run loner tales (especially from around #30 through 80) that could've been much more in line with the stories of that time that made Marvel great.

  • Feb. 21, 2007, 10:08 a.m. CST

    Good grief.. JSA.. GLC...

    by Thalya

    Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?..

  • Feb. 21, 2007, 10:10 a.m. CST


    by rev_skarekroe

    What I loved about the Crossroads story is that it put the Hulk into such a bizarre setting. I'm a sucker for all that weird interdimensional stuff, and I love when they throw a character that doesn't normal get to have those kind of adventures into those kind of adventures. Hulk shouldn't be going to crazy alternate realities and other planets ALL the time, but it makes for a great kick in the pants every now and then. It's the same reason I plan on getting Planet Hulk whenever they collect that.

  • Feb. 21, 2007, 11:26 a.m. CST

    Planet Hulk has been fun

    by Immortal_Fish

    I agree it is a welcome break to inject a character into a completely alien environment. Hell, I've returned to the early 90s Thing run post Secret Wars now and then.<P>Plant Hulk is familiar enough to what you're jonsing for only much more textured and satisfyingly paced. It isn't light stuff that you can pick up on a whim and put your mind on hold, yet you should enjoy it at least as much as the Crossroads.

  • Feb. 21, 2007, 11:39 a.m. CST

    1970s Ghost Rider

    by brassai2003

    Just played the GR trailer with Don't Fear the Reaper on itunes...ahh..the missed oppurtunity to make this an awesome 70s exploitation flick.

  • Feb. 21, 2007, 11:53 a.m. CST

    Bug, check out the original run of Ghost Rider # 76-81

    by superhero

    For some kickass Ghost Rider stories. These were the ones that introduced me to the character as a kid and, while it is the finale of the series, they include everything you need to know about the character and are some fantastic, fantastic early eighties comic goodness. If you can track down the issues in color because, while I love black and white books, the early eighties coloring of these books just adds to the intense creepiness of the art. These issues are the best GR stories ever and I remember when they tried to re-vamp him years later I wanted to vomit at the Danny Ketch...pathetic Friday the 13th syndicated TV series bullshit! JOHNNY BLAZE IS THE FUCKING GHOST RIDER BITCHES! TAKE YOUR "PENANCE STARE" AND SUCK IT! I have yet to see the movie but I am sure I wll loathe it...

  • Feb. 21, 2007, 12:20 p.m. CST

    Nextwave will Return!

    by Beeslo

    This was one of those series that I was glad to be a part of. I remember one of the guys at Austin Books recommending it to me and I was instantly hooked. I gotta feeling somewhere down the road, Nextwave will re-emerge. As far as the most recent Spidey comics with him in black, its obvious that the explanation will be in AMS...thats a given. So you know its delayed, so I don't know why you are blubbering so much. Instead you should ask, why didn't they delay these as well? There were a couple of scenes in the Spectacular and Friendly that it appears that the writing had been recently edited due to the delay and therefore had to hide any spoilers. But whatever, the mystery ends today. Civl War #7 and ASM come out...and we'll see why he's back in black. My theory: MJ dies. Don't know yet, gonna go to Austin Books and find out.

  • Feb. 21, 2007, 12:34 p.m. CST

    Ghost Rider and other things that suck…

    by The Heathen

    superhero, 'loathe' would be a kind way to describe the movie that Ghost Rider was. Before I rant more on that, I want to thank Bug for helping out with his GR review. I was one of those who wanted to know if there was anything even remotely close to a 'definitive' Ghost Rider story. I may check out some of these other recommendations, but honestly after seeing the movie I don't really have the need to. Back to the movie. Bug, my man, same level as Fantastic Four? I hated the FF movie and I think it's Citizen Kane compared to Ghost Rider. The Punisher is also leaps (not bounds, bound are real high) better than GR. Elektra was just awful, but I think Vern put it best when he said, "Longer than Elektra and therefore more painful." and "Not as bad as Spawn or Batman & Robin." but that ain't saying much is it? <br> <br> I really like Grant Morrison, but I hated this issue so much I couldn't believe it. At first I thought maybe it was just me and people would praise the over indulgence in description of Bozzo the fucking clown. I honestly skimmed through most of it after that horrible opening. I hated the art too. Computery type stuff isn't my cup of tea when it's so obvious looking. Batman looked like a lifeless action figure. I had more fun with the Grotesk arc and I really didn't enjoy that story either. <br> <br> Can it be? Is Civil War finally over today? Now all we have is the Civil War one shot things and World War Hulk and a yet as untitled X-Men event sometime next year right? Btw, I'm not jazzed about 52 in reverse either. Even with Dini overlooking it, it just seems like too much. <br> <br> On a positive note, I really enjoyed Bendis' NA #27 with the new team. This issue reminded me why I have collected the series. Every once in a while he knocks one way deep if not out of the park (still love the NA Annual). <br> <br> Fair and balanced I believe that was. Great reviews @$$holes. Can't wait for da @$$ies and perrhaps a return of Schleppy!

  • Feb. 21, 2007, 12:50 p.m. CST

    The Punisher vs. Hobo With A Shotgun

    by Mr Incredible

    Now that would be a good book to read.

  • Feb. 21, 2007, 1:29 p.m. CST

    Angel Medina on Spec. Spider-man

    by Olsen Twins_Fan

    What has he been doing since he gave the Hulk and Thor boobs in the late '90's? His art on the Hulk towards the end of Peter David's run was the final straw that pushed me away from Marvel until the Ultimate stuff sucked me back in.

  • Feb. 21, 2007, 3:21 p.m. CST

    YEAH!!! Just where the fuck IS Schleppy??

    by Psynapse

    That little furry bastard can down more Jim Beam and smoke more weed than any of his hairless cousins I've ever met! Hell, last time he home-invaded the CogManse(TM) he actually out-smoked ME. Fucking ME with 25 (seriously) years of experience!!

  • Feb. 21, 2007, 4:04 p.m. CST

    See Ambush..

    by nofate

    we can agree if we give peace a chance. I too am a big Ghost Rider fan. As far as any definitive and high quality Ghost Rider stories to reccomend? I always thought that whole "Midnight Sons" label Marvel gave to their main supernatural titles in the mid 90s was freaking cool. It reintroduced the Nightstalkers, particularly Blade, Morbius and others. It went south went Blaze ended up looking like Cable for some reason, but it was a good couple years of stories.

  • Feb. 21, 2007, 4:08 p.m. CST

    Re: Thunderbolts #111

    by nofate

    Can anyone clarify why Jack Flag is alive? Wasn't his suicide bombing corpse the one that started Avengers Disassembled? I haven't read TB #110 so I'm not sure what's going on. I'm waiting to pick up CW #7 today to read the whole thing in one sitting. Pray for my brain!!

  • Feb. 21, 2007, 4:48 p.m. CST


    by rev_skarekroe

    That was Jack of Hearts.

  • Feb. 21, 2007, 4:53 p.m. CST

    Wait, Mendez's breast AND ass were great

    by Big Bad Clone

    How dare you forget to credit that rump. And I second you on Cage's ears.

  • Feb. 21, 2007, 5:32 p.m. CST

    Hey, if Nicky Cage has his way.....

    by Psynapse

    Eva Mendes will be the She-Hulk in a movie. True story:

  • Feb. 21, 2007, 6:35 p.m. CST

    Black costume for no reason (civil war spoiler)

    by #1 Zero

    The writer with the review of the new spider man book speculated that he was in black for the movie. Well if you read the last installment of Civil War which came out today, there is no real reason given for him to go back to black. I've read in Wizard that he is doing it to be less noticable to people, "to be able to hide in shadows". You can draw your own conclusions as to whether that means he went underground or not at the end of Civil war.

  • Feb. 21, 2007, 6:42 p.m. CST

    Civil War ending was a letdown

    by #1 Zero

    civil war had a bad ending. I'm not going to spoil it but I thought it was just too predictable and it seems that neither side really did anything of consequence.

  • Feb. 21, 2007, 6:47 p.m. CST

    Thunderbolts and GR

    by Homer Sexual

    I have been a long-time fan of Thunderbolts, and it is ok currently. Love Deodato, but the team membership is so craven, totally driven by the fact that Bullseye is a "draw," so stick him in no matter how ridiculous it is in any context. And the T-Bolts getting good media coverage with this team is also completely redonkulous. I know we, the public, can be sucked into a lot, but Venom, Green Goblin, etc with positive media spin? No friggin way! And Songbird the conflicted character continues in the same rut she's been in for, like, 80 issues. But the book is still pretty entertaining. On that subject, let's hear it for low expectations. I did not like FF at all, because (god knows why), I thought it would be sort of "good." Now, I expected GR to be awful. So I ended up liking GR, even though it is pretty much exactly on the level of FF, cheezy, made for kids, kind of cheap, heavy handed, nonsensical, but a little fun.

  • Feb. 21, 2007, 8:35 p.m. CST

    Why didn't NEXTWAVE sell, just on buzz alone?

    by TallBoy66

    Seriously, I haven't read a single bad review of this book ANYWHERE and everyone seems to love it. And, hell, it still sold alot more than most indies put together? You'd think there'd be an audience out there for it, don't cha?

  • Feb. 21, 2007, 9:13 p.m. CST

    What's big for indies is small for Marvel

    by TheRevengeOfBayouWilly

    Even DC regularly keeps books afloat that Marvel would cancel due to low sales. It always sucks when a favorite gets canceled, like when the Arcudi run on Doom Patrol ended. Man, that book was so much better than that John Byrne crap.

  • Feb. 21, 2007, 9:19 p.m. CST

    NEXTWAVE wasn't cancelled due to sales.

    by SleazyG.

    Well, not *exactly*, anyway. The deal is this, as I recall: NEXTWAVE was selling, but not as strongly as Marvel would have liked. As a result, Marvel decided NEXTWAVE could get another six or twelve issues to see if it would gain readers or not. Ellis, however, would have to do it without Stuart Immonen. Marvel wanted Immonen on a much higher-profile, bigger-selling book called ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN, y'see. Now, one can hardly fault Immonen for taking that gig. Ellis decided, though, that he didn't really want to carry on with another artist and would just as soon end with the arc-closing #12. Neither has discounted the possibility of returning to NEXTWAVE, but Ellis doesn't want to do it without Immonen (which I respect), so maybe there'll be a miniseries or some one-shots down the road. For the time being, though, it's done. Despite the way I snipe at Marvel sometimes, I actually respect them for wanting to continue the series even though it hadn't caught fire, and also respect Ellis for deciding he'd rather wait for his collaborator than try to replace him.

  • Feb. 21, 2007, 9:21 p.m. CST

    Y'know, BayouWillie...

    by SleazyG.

    ...I'm right there with ya. I actually liked some of what Arcudi was doing, and that Tang Eng Huat dude needs to get more work, like, six months ago. The book had a completely distinct style that I really dug.

  • Feb. 21, 2007, 10:17 p.m. CST

    Civil War Took My Breath Away

    by dregmobile

    well, not quite. it was good. the inking was inconsistent for the first time which was disappointing. captain america's arc as a whole seemed to work for me. but it didn't end with the same same bang the first issue had. this whole initiative thing just bores me, so i'm going to drop off. and the way they have littered a series of civil war: fallen son one-shots through to may reeks of that nastiness that was cw: the return ... <br> <br> it was a fun ride. not really worth the wait, though. they hadn't unpacked the nextwave trades, so i must wait until next week to embark on that adventure.

  • Feb. 21, 2007, 11:29 p.m. CST

    "Fallen Son" my ass.

    by SleazyG.

    Caving like a pussy and getting yourself thrown in the clink instead of fighting the forces of fascism makes you badly written, not "fallen". And as for being worried about civilian casualties? MY FUCKIN' ASS. What, it was okay when the war was in France and Germany, or when you fought in Russia or wherever the fuck else? But when it happens on your HOME TURF, in the country you're the LIVING SYMBOL OF, you walk away and let the bad guys win? WHAT THE FUCKING FUCK?!?

  • Feb. 22, 2007, 7:20 a.m. CST

    Amen, SleazyG...

    by TempusFugitive

    Civil War = Gross mischaracterization on a massive scale, from start to finish.

  • Feb. 22, 2007, 7:24 a.m. CST

    TO: W3bzpinn3r research my man

    by knowledge1027

    MJ was taken by a man in the black was kraven after he buried peter alive for 2 weeks. Then he began wearing the black suit..and harassing Mj

  • Feb. 22, 2007, 7:26 a.m. CST

    P.S Civil War

    by knowledge1027

    It was a very very mild ending...they could have done something really great with it but in the end it was meh

  • Feb. 22, 2007, 8:36 a.m. CST

    I'm with SlezyG and TempusFugitive

    by rev_skarekroe

    As soon as I picked up the Illuminati preview thing I knew that Civil War was not going to be a book for me. An intriguing idea yeah, and I'm sure it's an entertaining read, but leave that stuff in the Ultimate Universe I say.

  • Feb. 22, 2007, 10:56 a.m. CST

    Gødland rocks

    by ETI

    'nuff said!

  • Feb. 22, 2007, 11:20 a.m. CST

    John Arcudi is really underrated.

    by TheRevengeOfBayouWilly

    Well worth the dive into the quarter bin his books inevitably fall into. The best part of his Doom Patrol run, besides respect for what came before it (coughJohnByrnesucksdickcough) was the character of Fast Forward, who was kind of a dick. I just have a thing for unlikeable protagonists. Makes it more realistic and relatable to me. Plus, he was a character from the South, that wasn't a cornpone cliche like Cannonball and the like.

  • Feb. 22, 2007, 11:37 a.m. CST


    by nofate

    SPOILER! SPOILER! SPOILER! SPOILER! SPOILER! SPOILER! SPOILER! SPOILER! SPOILER! SPOILER! SPOILER! SPOILER! SPOILER! SPOILER! SPOILER! Still here? OK, don't say I didn't warn ya. Aunt May was shot at the end of this week's ASM, so it doen't take a genius to figure out that the black custome is 'cuz Spidey's mourning her passing. Meh, would have been better if MJ had died.

  • Feb. 22, 2007, 11:51 a.m. CST

    Message to nofate-SPOILER ALSO!

    by TheRevengeOfBayouWilly

    SPOILER SPOILER YADA YADA YADA! So does she get shot, or does she get shot and croak, too?

  • Feb. 22, 2007, 12:41 p.m. CST


    by Kamikaze Skeleton

    SPOILER --its not shown --its a last page cliff hanger thing. And she dies alot too, regardless of getting shot.

  • Feb. 22, 2007, 3:01 p.m. CST

    Captain America and Civil War ...

    by UserIDGoesHere

    I guess the 'A' does stand for France after all.

  • Feb. 22, 2007, 5:52 p.m. CST

    Civil War

    by livrule

    Was entertaining ... So it deserved my money. Better than infinite boredom anyway.

  • Feb. 22, 2007, 6:03 p.m. CST

    My Main Problem With GR Movie Was...

    by Buzz Maverik

    ...the sissy, goth demons. I mean, c'mon, we're supposed to be scared of Wes Bentley and those three or four (I didn't count) pinheads? They look like the kids who get beat up on the way home from school. Why didn't they just hired Chris Kattan? Or they could have made them foppish on purpose and added on a layer of sadism. Instead, they looked like a bunch of geeks who were sitting around one of their parents garages one night with no girls around and one of 'em said, "Y' know some of those goth chicks are hot..." and a lightbulb went off over their heads.

  • Feb. 22, 2007, 7:12 p.m. CST

    So I guess when Captain America throws his mighty...

    by superhero

    shield all who oppose his mighty shield must…what? Cry about the beatdown he’s giving the bad guys and he’ll give up? Hmmmm…sounds like the Cap that I wanna read about! Captain America sees the rise of fascism in WW2 Germany, the evils of Communism during said war as well as the Cold War, has fought intergalactic dictators, faced down fundamentalist terrorist organizations all over the world…and he gives up his cause because there was some collateral damage during a SUPERHERO FIGHT???? UM, NO YOU JACKASSES. NO.

  • Feb. 23, 2007, 12:55 p.m. CST

    the end of CW

    by Shigeru

    was kind of like when you have 2 really good friends, and they get together and start dating... and everything's cool...and you are like "man this is so perfect, they're gonna get married!" And they are together for years and years. And then you go off to college and don't talk to them for a bit and when you come back she's not around and when you ask what's up he's all like "yeah we broke up a while ago dude." like it's no big deal at all. And you're left feeling kind sick. <br><br>... you got a problem with my example, bitch?

  • Feb. 23, 2007, 12:59 p.m. CST

    on a more serious note,

    by Shigeru

    I think the long-mourned Dave F. said it best that CW was acknowledging the unsaid conceits of funnybooks, and thereby undermining their very foundation. Worrying about collateral damage this much during super-hero fights belongs in a book like The Authority, or some other meta experiment, NOT 616 Marvel.

  • Feb. 23, 2007, 2:36 p.m. CST

    Worse than I'd imagined

    by Homer Sexual

    After #1, I quit reading Civil War, but thought I might pick up the trade. However, what I've read here has convinced me not to. I have always preferred 616 Cap to Ultimate Cap, but I'd rather have a@@hole Cap than giving up Cap. One trade I did pick up, from reading here, and love, was Nextwave.

  • Feb. 23, 2007, 3:28 p.m. CST

    Marvel makes me happy....

    by Psynapse

    That my LCS allows me to loiter and read at will (16+ years as a loyal and spendy customer natch) because I'd have been major pissed if I actually paid any money to read that shit. Runaways, AXM, and Alan Davis' FF: The End is all the money they've gotten from me in a several years now.

  • Feb. 23, 2007, 6:10 p.m. CST

    I just fell in love with a comic book..

    by Thalya

    The Brave and the Bold, people! This is such a throwback to old school done-in-ones (even if the story is carried on in the next issue) and it just makes me feel all warm and fuzzy! (and I don't think it's just the Percocet talking) I mean, AND LOOK AT PAGE 14!!! IT'S A 13-PANEL PAGE! GEORGE PEREZ IS MY GOD!!! They were so right to put this book on great paper and have a handsome coverstock. This is automatically a jewel in DC's crown. My only gripe is wondering why Roulette fell for another guy. Presumably her husband who she turned into a Man-Bat for her various underground matches was dead by now, but unless there was a followup story after "Fair Play" in JSA, I thought she had sworn off love entirely. Way cool to see her pop up though.

  • Feb. 23, 2007, 6:25 p.m. CST

    13 Panel Pages, All Splashes, It's All Good...

    by Buzz Maverik

    ...I'm for no rules except one: it has to deliver. They can do what they want as long as they can pull it off, yuhseewhutimsayin'?

  • Feb. 23, 2007, 6:48 p.m. CST

    And they did Buzz!!!

    by Thalya

    The book was all substance and no decompression! Yeehaw!

  • Feb. 23, 2007, 11:02 p.m. CST

    Thalya Wins!

    by Prof Challenger

    BRAVE AND THE BOLD #1 rocked my comic-book reading world. Ditto your entire post.

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 1:52 p.m. CST

    Get ready to smile Thalya.....

    by Psynapse

    Quoted from the Newsarama DC nation panel: "Didio stopped the questions to note that they've had a change of heart on something - and turned it over to Wayne, who announced that DC will continue to publish Manhunter." Read on:

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 3:07 p.m. CST

    :D !

    by Thalya

    Got your note, but yeah, saw that last night, Psy! So so happy! And I like that Ray Palmer's coming back! (don't kill him DC!) Calculator would've made a great rogue for him had that whole "immunity" thing been removed. (and how lovely is it that the tagline for Countdown is essentially "sh** blows up"?) <BR><BR>BTW, the Podcast for that DC Nation can be found here (remove spaces):

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 3:10 p.m. CST

    And this just in from the DC panel today..

    by Thalya

    (probably part 1 of this but..) For clarification: "Didio and Wayne recapped stuff from yesterday that they are doing a Captain Carrot mini-series and that Manhunter is back from the dead again (with the added confirmation that this is for good…not a 5-6 issue reprieve). "

  • Feb. 25, 2007, 1 p.m. CST

    why I love/hate Marvel

    by Homer Sexual

    Horrid crap like Disassembled/House of M/Civil War makes me hate Marvel sooo much! OTOH, now that I finished my NextWave TP, I must say that it represents why I love Marvel, and am sad to say that DC could never do a book as cool as NextWave.

  • Feb. 26, 2007, 9:36 a.m. CST

    Yay, Captain Carrot

    by Squashua

    That is all.

  • Feb. 26, 2007, 9:49 a.m. CST

    Two words:

    by Thalya

    Ra's al-Paca

  • Feb. 26, 2007, 9:57 a.m. CST

    Why I prefer DC.......

    by Psynapse

    I finally figured it out while I was perusing through Marvel's Initiative promo. DC's focus really IS their characterization and their stories. Marvel has devolved into a cult of celebrity and their stories are geared around prpmoting an given character. The Iron Man movies is coming up and lookee who is now front and center of the Marvel U. Then there's Ms. Marvel who according to the promo is now determined to become 'the best of the best' among Marvel's heroes. Which, seems to be predicated on beating down Marvel's worst villains apparently. Um, o-kaaay.....Seriously the more I read of the direction Marvel is going in the more I am reminded of the glut of reality TV and just how similiar the two are.

  • Feb. 26, 2007, 9:58 a.m. CST

    Damn typos......

    by Psynapse

    grrr (edit feature much?)

  • Feb. 26, 2007, 10:04 a.m. CST

    Don't forget about Black Suit Spidey..

    by Thalya

    At least when DC puts out a movie, the books tend to be even better as at using the same elements (Superman with a son, the sunstone crystals in Up, Up, and Away, etc..). Thanks goodness DC isn't coming out with a glut of movies. And is the Ms. Marvel push merely to parry DC's own spotlight on Mary Marvel in Countdown?

  • Feb. 26, 2007, 10:21 a.m. CST

    Brave and Bold

    by Tito Trinidad

    Glad to see I am not the only won who was thoroughly impressed by this book. Wow, everytime I fall in love with some new artist and try to forget George Perez, he comes back with some flowers and chocolates and tells me how much he loves me and that he will never hit me again like Ike Turner. <p> This is how it's done folks. On spot characterization and kick ass action, ALL IN THE SAME ISSUE. From the batmobile taking out a giant alien to Bruce Wayne getting his mac on at the casino, it was all good. Maybe they can even make supergirl appealing in the next ish.

  • Feb. 26, 2007, 10:51 a.m. CST

    DC and Marvel at the moobies…

    by The Heathen

    First off, besides The Departed and Mr. Scorsese winning I was pretty underwhelmed by the Oscars last night. <br> <br> Regarding DC at the movies: I feel they hit a home run with Batman Begins, but at the time the Bat books were kind of crappy. Judd was still writing Batman and Detective was pointless. So, DC kinda dropped that ball. All I remember is them coming out with prestige format origin books for Ra's and Scarecrow. After Infinite Crisis is when the Bat books became quality (although Batman has been slacking). Superman Returns is still argued about and I can see why. I love a lot of it, but regret a lot too. DC on the comics front did have better Superman books at the time of SR's release (besides those crappy recap books with nifty covers by Adam Hughes), but I also attribute that to the placement of IC and OYL. Which brings to my point about DC being more concerned with their books withing their own universe for the majority. As for their movie decisions as of late? They've fucked up. Goyer off of Flash with that Night at the Museum guy replacing? Whedon off of Wonder Woman? At least we have The Dark Knight to look forward to. <br> <br> Marvel is all about the hype baby! Spidey 3 coming out and he's in a black suit? Bet your ass he'll be in one in the comics when the movie is released! X-Men in leather duds in the movie? New X-Men will be the same. Hell, in X-Men they even changed the entire look of cerebro to look like the movie. Super shitty release of Ghost Rider? Restart that book! BUT the thing is, for the majority, Marvel's movies have made more money and they've had more released. A lot have been shit (Ghost Rider, Elektra, FF) but some have been awesome (X2, Spidey movies). I've forgot the point of this post really, but that's where I stand regarding the movies. So? Civil War sucked ass? Shocking.

  • Feb. 26, 2007, 12:01 p.m. CST

    Ms. Marvel: My thoughts...

    by Psynapse

    There may be something to that Mary Marvel comparison (and just how touchy Big M is about anyone using the word 'marvel' in a chatacters name) but maybe also because marvel simply does not have ANY female hero that is anywhere near as iconic as Wonder Woman. I mean, outside of the comics community the most well known Marvel chick is Storm ( and we see how obviously Marvel is playing THAT particular card) and she's nowhere near as imbedded in the pop culture mindframe as say, WW OR Supergirl (think about it, you've see PLENTY <at least I have> of non-comcs reading girls wearing a Wonder Woman or Supergirl shirt (Hell I've seen Supergirl girl shirts at Hot Topic)but whne was the last time you saw a girl wearing a Storm T-shirt outside of a shop?

  • Feb. 26, 2007, 2:49 p.m. CST

    Ms. Marvel == Power Girl

    by Squashua

    That's how I see it, anyway.

  • Feb. 26, 2007, 3:52 p.m. CST

    Ms. M= PG-NO fucking way

    by Psynapse

    Sorry but Carol has never had the attributes that Kara2 does (and not just the obvious ones) , simple as that.

  • Feb. 26, 2007, 4:10 p.m. CST

    DC's countdown promo teaser image

    by Psynapse

    Now that I've seen it in it's full size comic printed glory: Phil Jimenez, it is official. You draw the manliest, ugliest women's bodies in all of comc-dom. Seriously dude, WTF happened to basic anatomy? Please explain to me how the twigs that are Donna Troy's calves actually supposed to hold up thos linebacker shoulders you gave her? Not to mention every other 'manly-girl' that you've rendered in that shot? Jeez man, are the meds gettin' to ya or what? (and YES I CAN criticize the art because yes I CAN do better so suck it) It's really sad, I used to be so psyched when I heard Phil was on a book. Ever since the abortion that was his render of Powergirl I now cringe and that countdown promo reiterates that it is apparently with good reason. WTF man..........

  • Feb. 26, 2007, 7:50 p.m. CST

    Mark Millar on Civil War:

    by The Heathen

    "Marvel had a plan for a crossover, but it wasn't very good and I remember Brian (Bendis) and I passing each other little notes saying as much. Naturally, I wasn't too bothered as I was about to take six months sick leave and was feeling kind of like Klinger in the final episode of M*A*S*H. I just had my eye on a sun-lounger in the garden and a lot of pills from my doctor as I sipped sparkling water and did Sudoko for a while." <br> <br> See, that's my problem with guy's like Millar. He SHOULD give a shit if something sucks in the universe he's writing about. Of course with Civil War being what it was, that's a moot point, but whatever...

  • Feb. 27, 2007, 10:54 a.m. CST


    by The Heathen


  • Feb. 27, 2007, 11:05 a.m. CST


    by Thalya

    It's a Tuesday. You can't LAST yet..

  • Feb. 27, 2007, 2:15 p.m. CST


    by Shigeru

    did that check clear?

  • Feb. 27, 2007, 2:20 p.m. CST

    If you're not buying WASTELAND

    by Shigeru

    I hate you

  • Feb. 27, 2007, 2:38 p.m. CST

    a buh?

    by Thalya

    Have you been staring at my boobs again?

  • Feb. 27, 2007, 3:22 p.m. CST


    by Shigeru

    i saw curse of the golden flower last nite so my boob quota is filled up. <br><br> i was being an asshole and meant the check from DC

  • Feb. 27, 2007, 3:32 p.m. CST

    Somebody's been hittin' the haterade.....

    by Psynapse

    Shig's just bitter......

  • Feb. 27, 2007, 3:34 p.m. CST


    by Shigeru

    my fav's lemon-lime

  • Feb. 27, 2007, 5:44 p.m. CST

    I prefer…

    by The Heathen

    citrus cooler… cuz I'm cooler than you. <br> <br> Tell me why Wasteland is so good. I promise to listen, but I gotta tell you that the first issue did not impress my penis and my shop was out of the second issue so I haven't read any more. <br> <br> My Dead Girlfriend was a great read. I love the 'Aberzombies'. It was also my first venture into the manga-digest format. I can't wait for more to come out.

  • Feb. 27, 2007, 8:13 p.m. CST

    "It's not a political issue. It's a moral issue."

    by dregmobile

    if i hear that again, i'm going to go nuts ... <br> <br> interesting interpretations of cap america in civil war 7. i personally accept his giving up if you look carefully at the destruction of that segment of new york city and the fact that he was being attacked by civilians, brainwashed or not. it's one thing to be fighting for your country on foreign soil, but when the soil is your own, it's different. when your own soil starts to get demolished, as it was in cw, it takes its toll. and remember - cap didn't give up. steve rogers did. lol. <br> <br> brave and the bold was amazing. great to see perez's work once more. he did a fantastic job with some dynamic panels. loved seeing hal and bruce hanging out in vegas. great moments. i look forward to seeing where this series is headed. <br> <br> does anyone else think this illuminati series is like a bunch of glorified deleted scenes? it's hard for me to get in to it since i'm only a year into reading marvel books. second issue ended badly. <br> <br> the two page dc ad for its future or whatever does not have me excited. superman crying - not a good look, guys. the ninja batman - kinda cool, kinda odd. the best looking character there in my opinion is the hourman or whoever he is - the jsa guy with the slickened costume. he looks great. what they are crying about, i have no idea - world war three or 52 sales, i'm not sure and don't really care. getting very very close to grabbing those ion books soon, though. <br> <br> finally getting through season 1 of justice league and just caught the etrigan/demon two-parter. just when i thought this season was starting to stink (justice league guild, anyone?) this two-parter restored my faith.

  • Feb. 27, 2007, 9:02 p.m. CST


    by The Heathen

    I see Marvels 'events' are already taking a toll on you. Sorry for that. For great Marvel reads get anything by Brubaker and Whedon and sometimes Peter David (Dark Tower rocked. X-Factor is consistent). <br> <br> The guy you called Hourman is actually known as Red Robin (previously seen in the Else Worlds tale Kingdom Come). I can see why you'd think it was Hourman though. The costumes are super similar. Red Robin WAS Dick Grayson in Kingdom Come, but it was revealed that the Red Robin in that picture was former Robin, Jason Todd. My take? Bah!!! I love Dick Grayson and I think he does nothing but 'exist' as Nightwing and if he was going to be Red Robin then that would be potentially great (especially if somebody put a Johns, Morrison, Dini, etc. on his inevitable solo book). Jason Todd should take over as Nightwing and Grayson should be Red Robin imho. Also, the Flash in that pic was revealed to be Barry Allen. <br> <br> Wait until you get to JLU, dreg. Awesome stuff my man.

  • Feb. 28, 2007, 1:11 a.m. CST

    Red Robin

    by dregmobile

    Ah - thanks for the clarification. He looks great. Is this the same Jason Todd they brought back a year ago in Batman and forced me to quit that title? If so, I hope they get a handle on this character. I still think it's dumb he's even around after being comfortably dead for so long. <br> <br> Yes - very much looking forward to JLU - I've only heard good things about those seasons.

  • Feb. 28, 2007, 9:47 a.m. CST


    by The Heathen

    yep, same Jason Todd. Currently I think he's been dressed as Nightwing to mess with Dick Grayson. I don't know anything else about him currently. I feel the same way about him. Red Robin should be Dick Grayson!!! <br> <br> JLU is what Bryan Singer should look at for his Superman sequel. Hell, it's what all people who are making comic book movies should look at. Nothing gets smashed like it does in JLU.

  • Feb. 28, 2007, 11:52 a.m. CST


    by Psynapse


  • Feb. 28, 2007, 6:59 p.m. CST


    by dregmobile


  • Feb. 28, 2007, 10:07 p.m. CST

    Civil War

    by rustyarmor

    I just wonder if I'm the only person who saw the Civil War as a cheap ass Kingdom come knockoff. I mean, the Gulag, the hero armies, Marvel being conceited enough to think they could do a better job rewriting one of the better stories (in my opinion) in recent memory... It just reminded me of KC from the beginning...

  • March 7, 2007, 11:24 p.m. CST

    hey ernie?

    by sporttoon

    If you're still checking old message lists Ernie, where did you hear that tidbit about the comic creator being removed from his own project? How could he get kicked off his own thing? I don't get it. New to the site and happy to poke around, J

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