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AICN COMICS REVIEWS MICHELLE OBAMA! MUPPET SHOW! CLA$$WAR! PUNISHER! JSA! & MUCH MORE!

Published at: May 6, 2009, 8:34 a.m. CST

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The Pull List (Click title to go directly to the review) FEMALE FORCE: MICHELLE OBAMA #1 GREEN LANTERN #40 CL@$$WAR HC JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA #26 GARTH ENNIS’ BATTLEFIELDS: THE TANKIES #1 THE BEATS A GRAPHIC HISTORY OGN THE MUPPET SHOW #2 PUNISHER WAR ZONE: THE RESURRECTION OF MA GNUCCI HC TRIPWIRE MAGAZINE: SUPERHERO SPECIAL 2009 Big Eyes For the Cape Guy presents PHOENIX: NOSTALGIA V1 Indie Jones presents… CHEAP SHOTS!

FEMALE FORCE: MICHELLE OBAMA #1

Writer: Neal Bailey Art: Joshua LaBello Publisher: Bluewater Comics Reviewer: Ambush Bug

So Bluewater’s got another political comic coming out now. I checked out the first two books of this FEMALE FORCE series which focuses on important female figures in recent history. The HILLARY CLINTON and SARAH PALIN books surprised me in that they succeeded where other biographies have failed: they actually proved to be entertaining reads.
Bailey tries to stay objective, though, focusing on Michelle’s controversial thesis and how she may or may not be perceived in the black community. He delves deep into her college thesis which focused on classism in regards to racism and I must admit that this was the most interesting part of the book for me. But even though he does touch upon Obama’s tough times, you can still tell he likes her an awful lot.
Joshua LaBello does a decent job of getting the faces of these important well-known faces accurate. Occasionally, the flubs a face but I think drawing real life people lends itself to that due to weird camera angles, shading, and whatnot. There were also a few phenomenal pages where he gets the faces just right and not only that, but the emotion exuding from those faces. He’s a talented artist, one I’d like to see let loose without the real life trappings of this book.
Although the writer was less objective in this one, it still is a great installment in this stand-out series. Bluewater’s getting a lot of recognition for these political comics these days and as long as they keep on churning out product like FEMALE FORCE: MICHELLE OBAMA #1, they deserve it.
Ambush Bug is Mark L. Miller, reviewer and co-editor of AICN Comics for over eight years. Check out his short comic book fiction here and here published in MUSCLES & FIGHTS 3 and MUSCLES & FRIGHTS on his ComicSpace page. Bug was interviewed here and here at Cream City Comics. Look for more comics from Bug in 2009 from Bluewater Productions, including the just-announced sequel to THE TINGLER for their VINCENT PRICE PRESENTS ongoing series in stores October 2009.

GREEN LANTERN #40

Writer: Geoff Johns Artist: Billy Tan Publisher: DC Comics Reviewer: Liam ‘The Kid’

Note: ‘The Kid’ is 8 years old and has been doing reviews on his own site since August of 2008.
There were two stories in this comic. The main one was about the Green Lanterns going after one of their own guys who was going back to his home world and he was attacked by Orange Lanterns. The little blue Guardians know that there is an Orange Lantern and they kept it a secret because they’re tricky and always lie to the Green Lanterns about pretty much everything. They do their own thing and try and make up all the rules and then they change the rules whenever they want. In other issues they were mad that Green Lantern Hal got a blue ring but now they want to know how it works and they’re acting like they’re his friend but they really only want it for themselves.
When all the Green Lanterns get to the planet where their friend is the Orange Lanterns attack. There is really only one Orange Lantern because they are very greedy and don’t want to share. The main Orange Lantern wants all of the rings so when he finds someone he takes them over and when they die they become like a ghost Lantern but they’re part of the Orange team. They’re really creepy and powerful. They gang up and take the one Green Lantern and pretty much eat him up and when they do that he turns into an Orange Lantern. I really liked the way the artist drew all of the Orange Lanterns, especially on the one page where the Green Lantern gets turned into one. He looked like a scarier version of the Hobgoblin from Spider-Man comics. Another one of my favorite parts was when the main Orange Lantern finds Hal and gets crazy when he sees that Hal has a blue ring too. He just screams ‘I want one’ and is ready to attack him. I like how the Orange Lantern holds the battery close to him all the time like a little kid that doesn’t want to share.
I didn’t think the Orange Lanterns would be that tough because they’re really just the one guy but so far they’re beating everyone that they fight. The ghost Orange Lanterns basically just gang up on everyone until they kill the person and take their ring and turn them into one of them. I like how the artist makes all of the Orange Lanterns look really scary. Some other lantern teams have humans and friendly looking creatures but all of the Orange Lanterns are ugly and scary looking. I thought that the Red Lanterns were tough but the Orange Lanterns might be even more powerful because they attack all crazy and stuff. The good thing is that the other Lantern teams are strong too and they really only have to attack the main guy and if they beat him he won’t be able to control the ghost Orange Lanterns.
The second story was more cartoonish and it was about how one of the Orange Lanterns, Glomulus, became that way. He was a little alien creature who kept stealing food until one day he got caught by one of the Orange Lantern’s ghosts and became an Orange Lantern, too. It was a real short story but I liked how they showed all the rings that the Orange Lantern collected around his base. I liked how the comic also showed one of the Purple Lanterns which is the all girl team. The main girl used to want to hurt one of the Green Lanterns but now that she has the ring she only feels love and is good now so it looks like the Purple Lanterns will be on the good team.
GREEN LANTERN is a great comic. I like all the pages that show the whole team of Lanterns getting ready to fight and how all of the Lanterns listen to Hal because he’s their friend instead of trusting the blue Guardians. The story with all the different types of colored lanterns is really fun and I like how in the Free Comic Book Day Green Lantern comic they showed a lot of pages about each of the different Lantern teams. I liked seeing everyone who was on the team and all of their names and powers and it even talked about what their weaknesses were. The guy in charge of the zombie Lanterns shows up in the book too and he is starting to dig through graves trying to bring back old dead superheroes into his own zombie Black Lanterns. That is going to be a great story.
Rating: 10 out of 10

CLA$$WAR HC

Writer: Rob Williams Artist: Trevor Hairsine, Travel Foreman Publisher: COM.X Reviewer: Optimous Douche & Ryan McLelland

Optimous Douche (OD): CLA$$WAR exemplifies what’s wrong with the comic industry today, because it took nearly seven fucking years for one of the most ferociously intense and meticulously crafted mini-series I’ve ever read to make into a collected edition. Williams unleashes a story that is eerily clairvoyant for a book written way back in 2002. His predictions of America’s present day societal cannibalism delivered in a disillusioned version of our greatest symbol for truth, justice, and the American way, makes for fear inducing fiction and let’s face it reality.
Ryan McLelland (RyanMC): CLA$$WAR was a phenomenal book when it first arrived on the scene "post 9/11." It is nice to see that though the world has changed a lot in the past few years the book still packs enough punch to be relevant in today's world. The story of one superhuman government employee who has had enough with the lies under W. and the wrath he brings down on the world and himself still can sting with every relevant nail biting page. Beyond the politics the book is one hell of a superhero story about what the world will go through to stop such a powerful man from unleashing the truth.
OD: This is a book that not only entices you into a second, third or fourth reading…it demands it. The first pass will get you acclimated to this slightly shifted version of our own reality, where instead of forcing Nazi scientists to work on the bomb, we had them tinkering with the human genome to infuse future generations with super powers. On the second pass you realize the personalized hell that comes with power and knowledge. The central character, The American, is clearly based on Superman, but never comes across as a carbon copy like you see in most deconstructions. There are neither aw-shucks moments nor chances for redemption when he uncovers that the American Government is merely a puppet whose strings are being pulled by a corporate-led shadow organization. He disseminates the evidence to the American public and then goes right to the White House lawn without fear or reservation to confront the President. When The American flies the President high above Washington and sears the word liar into his forehead, it was one of the most cathartic releases I’ve had in ages when reading a comic book. Amazingly, all of this transpires in the first twenty pages of the book; then things really get good.
RyanMC: Which is where my main fault lies with the graphic novel. There's a great build-up that launches into six amazing issues. It's a powerful story that hits you like a ton of bricks no matter how any times you read it. Yet the series simply ends after issue six. No new issues as of yet. It is a series that begs to be told and hopefully as the cover reads this is 'Series One' perhaps a 'Series Two' may be on the horizon. Now is that so bad? The lone gripe being I want more? No it is not. It is the sure tell sign of a comic book that has deeply impacted my psyche. Is it the most powerful comic book series ever done? No. Does CLA$$WAR rank up there amongst my favorites of all time? It's hard to say simply because the series feels like it still missing something. It's because I'm ACHING for more. The work that Rob Williams and Trevor Hairsine put into this comic pays off in spades.
OD: Yeah, Hairsine deserves a blowjob while eating ice cream for this work. Every panel of the American shredding F-14s and Battleships like tissue paper felt more fluid than the front page graphics of the Daily Prophet. Ferocious is the best way to describe the action sequences. My one gripe, and really we should just call it a nit, was with the portrayal of Bush. Not because they made him evil or a dunce, but he was stuck at both extremes and it just didn't add up. Truly evil deeds are not perpetrated by morons.
RyanMC: I'd say, "Yeah I'm sure that Trevor Hairsine is going places!" but everyone already knows the man has gone on to bigger and better things at Marvel. Same goes for Williams and Travel Foreman (who took over for Hairsine after the third issue) who have gone to do work over at the House of M. Point is a lot of their success stems from the work they did in this series and it has paid off for them tenfold.
OD: Normally, it gets me into Douche rager mode when creative teams switch in the middle of an arc; it’s generally more jarring than a Sunday drive in chitty-chitty-bang-bang. The Hairsine/Foreman transition, though, was better than the Darren switch in BEWITCHED. Sure you knew it was a different guy, but he embodied the predecessor so well you just thought it was the original artist trying something new.
RyanMC: Overall the series is a powerhouse and this new hardcover collection certainly rocks - especially with an incredible amount of extras thrown in. I've actually reread this collection twice just while writing this review and still amazed by it. CLA$$WAR is a book I'm proud to have in my collection and one that will become very worn out over the years to come.
When Optimous Douche isn’t reading comics and misspelling the names of 80’s icons, he “transforms” into a corporate communications guru. "What if the whole world had superpowers? Find out in the pages of Optimous’ original book AVERAGE JOE. Read the first full issue on Optimous’ New Blog and see original sketches by fellow @$$hole Bottleimp. If you are a publisher or can help these guys get AVERAGE JOE up, up, and on the shelves in any way, drop Optimous a line."
Ryan McLelland has worked in movies and comics journalism for the past several years before joining the @$$holes here at AICN. Ryan’s comic work has already graced comic shelves with Arcana’s PHILLY, WISE INTELLIGENCE, UPTOWN GIRL, and THE SENTINELS ANTHOLOGY. He rarely updates his blog but when he does it can be read at www.eyewannabe.com. The first issue of his new WISE INTELLIGENCE miniseries can be found here.

JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA #26

Writer: Geoff Johns Penciler: Dale Eaglesham Published by: DC Comics Reviewed by: BottleImp

First things first: anyone who has a problem with superheroes remaining in full costume as they hang out with one another at barbecues, birthday parties or other social events, don’t even bother with this issue. It’ll just make you mad.
That being said, this was Johns’ final issue as writer for the Justice Society (I presume his departure is so he has more time to put the rest of DC’s ramshackle universe back in some semblance of order). And let’s be blunt—a creative shake-up on this title was long overdue. I’ve always had a soft spot for those Golden Age characters—must be those wacky costumes—and was a big fan of the JSA title that was begun by James Robinson and David Goyer back in 1999, though I ended up dropping the title not long after DC re-introduced the Multiverse in INFINITE CRISIS. Flash forward to this latest relaunch of comicdom’s first super-team—I bought the first few issues, realized I had read three issues in which there was a minimum of interesting action and a maximum of boring internal monologuing. That was the end of my Justice Society phase.
As this series progressed, I’d glance through an issue once in a while, but never saw anything that grabbed my interest. Instead I saw more and more “legacy” heroes (Johns’ term for new characters carrying on the costumed identities of their forebears) filling the ranks of the JSA, but these updated versions of third-stringers such as Mr. America, Steel and Ma Hunkel felt even less interesting than the originals. And then there was that whole KINGDOM COME thing…
I think our own Ambush Bug put it best in last week’s review: “[Johns] just seems to be somewhat obsessive compulsive in his writing.” Geoff Johns has labored so carefully to fit all the tiny little pieces of the Justice Society together with their Golden Age counterparts and with the once-Elseworlds world of KINGDOM COME (and can I just say how much I hate that KC is now part of the “real” DC Universe? Can’t a good story be allowed to just exist on its own anymore?) that there’s no wiggle room. These characters don’t feel like they could ever exist as real people (with one possible exception, which I’ll elaborate on in a moment)—they’re just too tightly pigeonholed in the anal-retentive continuity that Johns has crafted to breathe a little, let alone act like human beings. Granted, the Golden Age heroes of the JSA were always more about the Ideal rather than the Human, but when you have a dozen or so people of different ages and from different backgrounds lumped together in a group (like any workplace in America, for example), there is no way in hell everyone is going to be all smiles all the time. Superman on his brightest day comes off like Lobo compared to Johns’ JSA.
How fitting then is Johns’ final tale—not a climactic battle with a supervillain or saving the world from an alien conqueror, but a group get-together for Stargirl’s birthday. Whoop-de-doo. Now, I must say that Stargirl has always been the most three-dimensionally realized character in the JSA roster, and I’m guessing that the reason for this is that she was based on Johns’ real-life sister Courtney, who had died in a plane explosion. Don’t get me wrong; I think that it’s wonderful that Johns was able to honor the memory of a loved one by using her as the inspiration for this character. The problem that came out of this tribute, however, is that a lot of the JSA and JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA storylines became Stargirl-centric. There were a couple of times when I thought I was reading something more along the lines of STARGIRL (and the JSA). Take this issue, for example, where the original Green Lantern and Flash and Wildcat tell Stargirl that she stands alongside them as one of the vets of the team. So characters that have been active for 60 years (or however long in comic book time) will accept a teenage girl with braces as an equal.
Nice sentiment, but bullshit.
Basically, the JSA has been reduced to a bunch of friendly people being happy and friendly with each other, and nothing kills drama more than a sense of contentment. You did some good work on this series, Mr. Johns, but I’m not sorry to see you leave. Hopefully the next writer will bring some stormy weather into this comic’s sunny and warm (with a chance of hugging) climate.
When released from his Bottle, the Imp takes the form of Stephen Andrade, an artist/illustrator/pirate monkey painter from the Northeast. You can see some of his artwork athere. He’s given up comics more times than he can remember. But every time he thinks he's out, they pull him back in.

GARTH ENNIS’ BATTLEFIELDS: THE TANKIES #1

Writer: Garth Ennis (duh) Artist: Carlos Ezquerra Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment Reviewed by Humphrey Lee

When it comes to Garth Ennis war stories, I've noticed, you seem to be working on a ratio of about four out of every five is a hit and you get in one miss, or something that ends up being just off the mark. The thing I've kind of decided myself is that, for all the hits, the reason they are so is that he so completely encompasses all the themes that a good war story should: the horror of war, the (usual) incompetency of the men that were in command while waging it, the camaraderie, the atrocities, etc etc. And the previous two BATTLEFIELDS stories, THE NIGHT WITCHES and DEAR BILLY, have been just that, all the while giving fresh perspectives that I can honestly say I've never really seen in a war comic, and I've read dozens from the man in question alone. But, in those rare occasions you'll get something from Mr. Ennis that either just doesn't ring true for some reason, or maybe just feels a little derivative from these types of stories you've read of his before (which, I mean, is bound to happen - like I said he does write a lot of them) or - and as you can probably tell from where I'm going I'm feeling a little off about TANKIES here - he tries to inflect some sense of very dry, very droll humor with lots of blood, and "fragging" of officers, etc, etc into - I'm looking at you OPERATION BOLLOCK - and really, it just doesn't work, at least for me. Maybe I'm just not down with the UK enough, I don't know, but here again that writing style has reared its head in THE TANKIES, and here again, I'm kind of glad it's just a three issue mini.
Now, I don't want all that above to come out like I'm completely down on this comic. Unlike the aforementioned OPERATION BOLLOCK, which I hated so much I couldn't really tell you anything about it, THE TANKIES does have some aspects I find compelling and somewhat "fun" in a morbid way - imagine that coming from an Ennis comic. There were two plot points/themes in here that I felt have some potential or had some momentous effect. The first being that of the occurrence where an S.S. soldier, taken in as a POW, decides to knife down a field surgeon with his own shears as he's trying to help him to get in one last kill instead of getting taken to camp. Stuff like this really helps to put the emphasis on just how dirty things were then, especially from the die hards on that particular side of the war, and it's not something you see addressed terribly often. I know “Saving Private Ryan” toyed with it at the end with the released prisoner, but that was more a commentary to me about the rise of Germany between the two World Wars and the killing of the Jews...but I might just have read into all that WAY too much. Anyways...
The second thing I liked about this was just the sheer terror invoked by the sight of the Tiger tank. I'm not going to pretend to be any expert on the subject of the tech and armor back then or anything, but from what I do know the Tiger was a monster on the battlefield. Not exactly very agile, but still shit-your-pants terrifying nonetheless because of the cannon and armor, and I love to see it given its proper respect in something like this. Of course, there was some jocular embellishment in the big scrap in this book, where a Tiger took down a handful of Churchill's and the main pilot popped out to wave smugly at the British forces they made piss themselves for it, and that's where I started focusing on all the derivatives. The fragged stuffy lieutenant, his replacement with the thick, indistinguishable cockney accent, the over-exaggeration in the gore during the tank "fight" at the end where men are getting their faces literally blown off... it just takes away from all the good. It's not that I don't mind a little humor in these books to take all the edge off, it's that I don't want to see a farce in a war setting. THE TANKIES tows the line a little bit better than I've seen before, but instead of being engaged in this mini like I was all the past couple, I'm already counting down the time until the next one begins, and that's never a good sign.
Humphrey Lee has been an avid comic book reader going on fifteen years now and a contributor to Ain't It Cool comics for quite a few as well. In fact, reading comics is about all he does in his free time and where all the money from his day job wages goes to - funding his comic book habit so he can talk about them to you, our loyal readers (lucky you). He's a bit of a social networking whore, so you can find him all over the Interwebs on sites like Twitter, The MySpaces, Facebookand a Blogger Account where he also mostly talks about comics with his free time because he hasn't the slightest semblance of a life. Sad but true, and he gladly encourages you to add, read, and comment as you will.

THE BEATS A GRAPHIC HISTORY OGN

Writer: Harvey Pekar, Others Artist: Ed Piskor, Others Publisher: Hill and Wang Reviewer: steverodgers

THE BEATS, an anthology by Harvey Pekar and friends, takes us through a mildly interesting, but mostly disappointing, graphic retelling of the lives of some of the famous and not-as-famous Beat writers. Pekar writes most of the stories, and gives the most pages to the big players: Kerouac, Ginsberg and Burroughs, with the rest of the book on shorter stories and biographies of Beat figures like Corso, Whalen, Ferlinghetti, et al. Ed Piskor does the art of the major writers, with a style that is workmanlike, portraying the likeness of the protagonists as more atmospheric than photo-realistic, but with a downside of being somewhat creepy and distracting. The rest of the stories, mostly written by Pekar, are drawn by a hodgepodge of artists, some more successful than others.
I discovered Kerouac at 18 and 3,000 miles from home, living in shared housing and working at a bingo hall in Berkeley, CA. In the way that only an obsessive, underemployed teenager with loads of time on his hands can, I devoured most of Kerouac’s books—and books about him and also about the Beats in general. To this day, out of genuine interest and nostalgia, I get any new Kerouac work or scholarship that comes out, and one of my favorite things to do in the world is to drink beer under his merchant marine portrait at Vesuvio’s in San Francisco and just soak up the Beatness (well, as Beat as you can get drinking a 5-dollar-beer and texting my wife). Needless to say, this book should have been right in my wheelhouse; instead, I found it vapid and irritating.
I have no idea whom this book is for – it’s not for the guy who is into the Beats, because there is nothing new being said. The only thing I learned is Harvey Pekar’s sophomoric excitement about male writers and their friends occasionally having sex with one another. The facts seems goofy as well; there is a panel of Kerouac typing On the Road while drinking beers, when I thought it had been settled long ago that he had only been high on coffee. A caveat to the book is in the introduction by Pekar, stating his treatment of the Beats is not meant to be “definitive,” but rather “vital”; however, to me this is just a clever way of not having to verify one’s scholarship. The book is located in the history section after all, and though “it’s a comic,” you would hope it had its facts straight.
This book is also not suited for a reader who may have a passing interest in the Beats, as it somehow manages to suck the life right out of anything that made them interesting. It also doesn’t highlight the thing they did really well: write. If this was the first thing I read about the Beats, I would have thought them all to be boring, man-hungry whiners and would have stuck to comic books. Pekar does a good job of capturing the Darkness-- Kerouac slipping into bitter drunkenness; Burroughs strung out, killing his wife; Ginsberg learning of his mother’s death—but none of the Kicks and the Joy, none of the ambling arm and arm, happy-to-have-found-each-other, mutual admiration, like-minded gladness that brought these guys together in the first place. That’s the part, beyond their writing, that makes you really like these guys, and Pekar misses it entirely.
The best I can say about this book is I have hope it may pique the interest of a new reader who will be inclined to track down all the books, poems and readings that these guys left behind. Some of the shorter stories in THE BEATS are about people I wasn’t as familiar with, and which definitely make me want to hit the library stacks. Mostly though, this book reminds me of how the work of the Beat Generation is still vital and relevant, and sadly this comic is neither.

THE MUPPET SHOW #2

Writer and Artist: Roger Langridge Publisher: BOOM! Studios/BOOM! Kids Reviewer: Liam ‘The Kid’

Note: ‘The Kid’ is 8 years old and has been doing reviews on his own site since August of 2008.
THE MUPPET SHOW is a really fun comic. I can’t believe that they made a comic about Muppets but I think it was a good idea. This issue is all about Fozzie Bear and how he wants to be funnier on the show and make people laugh. He thinks he’s a really funny guy but no one else ever likes his jokes and the audience boos him and throws things at him all the time. It’s always funny when Fozzie tries to tell a joke that no one likes and he gets food thrown at him. The two old guys who watch the show are pretty funny, too. They just complain about everything no matter what it is. They’re never happy about anything until someone gets in trouble on the show then they like it.
There are a lot of smaller stories inside the comic that have to do with the big story about Fozzie but they’re really short and it makes the book a bit different to read. I liked the stories with the Chef and the crocodile who is chasing some bird looking creature around. The only story I don’t really like is the Pigs in Space one. I don’t think Miss Piggy or any of the other pigs are that fun. I like it better when they do some of the sillier characters like Gonzo or the Chef and people like that. There is a pretty good part when the scientists bring a piece of cheese to life that was really silly. I think it would have been good to have the living cheese show up a bit more since he was crazy and destroyed the lab and was chasing the doctor and his helper all around.
Kermit doesn’t get to do that much in this book. I like how he is trying to put on the show and is the boss of all the other Muppets but they don’t always listen to him. He wants them to practice and he is trying to get all of the people to do the right thing but it never works out and he just gets upset about it. But Kermit had a really big story in the first issue so it’s okay that he isn’t in this one that much.
One thing that is a bit strange in the comic is the way some of the characters look. The artist does a good job of how he draws all of the Muppets and you can tell who everyone is but they don’t look exactly like the real Muppets and in some parts they look a bit creepy. I think it’s kind of cool how he draws them like that because if Muppets were real they would probably be a bit strange and not so cute and friendly looking. And I really like how the artist fits a lot of stuff into his pages. He isn’t just drawing the characters but all these other things that are going on and I like to look at the pages and see what he’s putting in there.
THE MUPPET SHOW is a pretty good book and I’ve liked both issues so far. It would be better with less Pigs in Space but it’s still a fun comic to read and I’m going to keep getting it.
Rating: 9.5 out of 10

PUNISHER WAR ZONE: THE RESURRECTION OF MA GNUCCI HC

Story by: Garth Ennis Art by: Steve Dillon Published by: Marvel Comics Reviewed by: Baytor

Nine years ago, Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon ushered Frank Castle back into the comic limelight with their black comedy masterpiece, “Welcome Back, Frank”. This was no easy feat, as the character had only recently crash-landed three on-going books and his previous come-back attempt reeked of utter desperation.
A regular series followed, Dillon eventually left, and Ennis morphed it into the much more serious and superior MAX series. Ennis wrapped that run some months ago, and now he’s re-teamed with Dillon for a celebratory romp in the old style.
Reading WAR ZONE, I was filled with the sense of wonder that something this silly could have ever been allowed to happen to the grim ‘n gritty avenger, but remembering just how perfect it felt back then. Yeah, the “cum-eating paraplegic poop jokes” got old after a couple of years, but for a time, there was no book on the shelves like it and I eagerly looked forward to it every month. WAR ZONE manages to effortlessly slip into that old sweet spot where Frank Castle was the ultimate straight man in the midst of utter insanity and it didn’t feel like Ennis was trying too hard to top himself.
Granted, it doesn’t always work. There’s an entire sub-plot involving a low-level mob soldier named Schitti and a pumpkin that starts off with a smirk and goes on long past the point of good taste or humor, but for the most part the plot unfolds like a Rube Goldberg machine, with a hapless mob chauffeur, a jealous lesbian cop, a second generation villain, multiple quadruple amputees, penis eating vultures, and why one should never surrender to the Punisher at a backyard BBQ. I think the key to all this is that Ennis never portrays the Punisher as humorless. He’s not going to yuk it up with anyone, but he stoically notices the absurdity of what’s going on around him.
This is where Steve Dillon’s contribution really shines. I don’t think anyone has managed to get bigger laughs from a slight change in facial expression. Frank is not the most expressive of characters, and most artists can get the stony faced bastard look down, but Dillon is the only one I’ve seen that can convey a wide range of emotion while maintaining the stony, humorless exterior. If there are any laughs in the pumpkin fiasco, it’s that tiny sneer of disgust on Castle’s face.
The old Marvel Knights set-up is dependent on someone being the hapless victim of all this madness, which is split between the aforementioned Schitti and Molly Von Richtofen, Det. Soap’s lesbian partner from “Welcome Back Frank”. Schitti is a one-joke character like Soap, whose entire existence consists of falling victim to one indignity after another and I was already losing interest in the character before the pumpkin sub-plot. Det. Von Richtofen is a lot more interesting, as she’s an extremely competent character who is just having one hell of a bad day, which isn’t helped at all by her bad attitude.
And then there are the villains. The Elite, the nutter social warrior from “Welcome Back Frank”, is replaced by his equally nutter son. He’s got the money and skill to be dangerous, but his dubious mental state and inexperience is his constant undoing. Ma Gnucci, the quadruple amputee veteran of a couple of Ennis stories, supplies a necessary sense of menace for her ability to unite the splintered gangs of New York. Both are obviously played for laughs throughout (especially The Elite), but he never loses sight that they’re supposed to be a credible threat.
If you have any fondness for Ennis’ old approach to The Punisher, this volume is a must-read, as it is a near-perfect companion piece to “Welcome Back Frank”.

TRIPWIRE MAGAZINE: SUPERHERO SPECIAL 2009

Publisher: Tripwire Publishing Ltd. Reviewer: Ambush Bug

I don't make it a habit of reviewing magazines. I'm too busy trying to work on reading my ever-growing 'to read' pile on my nightstand. But those looking for an alternative to the often breezy WIZARD MAGAZINE should look no further than TRIPWIRE. While this particular issue focuses its sights mainly on product from the Big Two publishers, it does offer frank, informative, and entertaining features that are beefier than your run of the mill comic book mag.
This issue in particular has got it all. It features coverage of THE WATCHMEN film (with a behind the scenes story and an inteview with artist Dave Gibbons), the KICK-ASS film (with interviews with writer Mark Millar, director Matthew Vaughn, & a JRJR sketchbook), an interview with Bendis on all things "Dark Reign", a pair of interviews with Geoff Johns and Dan Didio on the state of post-FINAL CRISIS DCU. My favorite of the bunch is an interview with Paul Cornell who talks extensively about the cult favorite CAPTAIN BRITAIN & MI13. There's also a pretty juicy interview with Lying in the Gutters' Rich Johnston, a cool retrospective of the Golden Years of Comics, and you can get your fanboy on debating if they are right or wrong about the top ten graphic novels of all time.
All in all, TRIPWIRE turned out to be slickly produced and filled with more than a ton of cool features. Although I'd love to see more coverage of some indie fare, TRIPWIRE proved to be a good read.

PHOENIX: NOSTALGIA V1

By Osamu Tezuka Released by Viz Media Reviewer: Scott Green

In PHOENIX, Osamu Tezuka made a concerted effort to capture and explore the patterns of humanity. Being an astute observer of the species' nature, a humanist with eyes towards the high and low points, and an absolute luminary in the manga medium, the results were boundary pushing classics. Each of the 12 major works served to move forward from pre-history and backwards from the end of human life on Earth in telling stand alone stories that explored aspects of the universal factors present regardless of time and circumstance. While developing these concepts, Tezuka was inspired by other media to bend light and perception into new forms in experimenting with his storytelling.
The sci-fi entries of PHOENIX tended to be more challenging than the historic epics. In the forward side of the cycle, Tezuka demonstrated a proclivity to leverage the fluidity of possibility to bend the stories and take the works in radically unexpected directions.
NOSTALGIA is a profoundly convoluted manga, to the extent that its theme appeared to be that, in aiming towards a goal or dream, some qualities may endure, such as love and determination, but the cascading elements shaping both future results and past memories are so complex as to be incomprehensible.
The path NOSTALGIA takes is part Judeo-Christian bible and part STAR TREK. It's phases resemble the gambit from Genesis to Revelations and the societies built and planets visited seem to come from the original 'Trek. The foundation starts with Romy and George, who in a storm of idealism and concern use the proceeds from a theft to purchase an uninhabited planet from a literally weaselly real-estate broker. Having been taken in a potentially lethal scam, not only are their dreams of building an island for humanity shattered, but their chances of survival becomes slim. After impregnating Romy, George dies in a robot assisted effort to provide for his family. Determined to go on, Romy leaves baby Cain in the care of the robot Shiva and retreats into a cryogenic sleep in which she'll be suspended until Cain has matured.
As opposed to the entries of PHOENIX in which Tezuka allows the work to slip into comically goofy gags, or presents exotic page construction, the cases where Tezuka breaks form in his illustration of this installment are few. Landscape in geological extremes are painstakingly rendered, but there is little in the panel and shading experimentation of other PHOENIX sci-fi chapters. Instead, the story has the air of a biblical chronicle; a serious minded presentation of a momentous subject. The break from this straight form narrative is a twist to capture Romy's perspective and memory. Her recollection of Earth shifts a number of times, starting with a weeping sphere of nature, spinning into an almost Disney-like forest scene, then a romantic postcard silhouette and finally into a print-like sea-shore landscape.
Beyond the biblical parallels, Tezuka invokes the idea of modern Israel in NOSTALGIA. As with his approach to the topic in Adolf, he seems deeply sympathetic with the desire for a homeland, but a bit ambivalent about the realities. The returnees to Earth from NOSTALGIA’s space diaspora are given an understandable longing, but the desire is also presented as an unsustainable movement. Tezuka doesn't approach the topic too politically, but he does raise the contentious issue as a point of thought.
Nostalgia is an interesting work from a meta-PHOENIX bookkeeping standpoint. For one thing, the immortal fire-bird itself narrates parts and is an active participant. Many elements seen in chronologically later, but previously released chapters of PHOENIX are present, with accompanying foreshadowing/flashbacks. The skilled outcast Saruta, who is in the forefront of much of the cycle, does not appear, but there is a pilot named Makimura who is surely in a different life than the pilot Makimura met a century later in "Universe". A "Chihiro" robot previously/later seen in Resurrection and the strange shape shifting objects of desire known as moopies from "Future" also make appearances. Not that any of these need to be accounted for by the reader, but such is the nature of the complexly interconnected universe and the complexly interconnection work of fiction.
While the PHOENIX works easily stand on their own, KARMA, volume four of Viz's release is probably the best introduction to Tezuka's intensions and abilities. NOSTALGIA is a beautiful and moving piece, but the nature of its progression is alienating by design. Its story mixes so many convolutions and cataclysms that its turns and actions seem precisely constructed to create distance and cause the reader to be taken aback. It's a rare work that balances the scale on a macro and micro level, in which cities and species rise and fall, caused, though not directed by, the love and reactions of a single woman.
Scott Green has been writing for AICN ANIME for over seven years. If you like what you see here and love anime & manga, be sure to check out his latest AICN ANIME column here.

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NICK ADRIAN: SECURITY GUARD #1 Bag & Board Studios

If you liked OBSERVE & REPORT, this book is for you. Serious to the laughable DRAGNET level, NICK ADRIAN: SECURITY GUARD follows the gruff title character as he patrols the mall, trains a rookie, and tries to thwart a shoplifting/fraudulent return scam. Using mannequin arms as weapons, Nick lays down the law in hilarious fashion, never cracking a smile, but cracking plenty of skulls. The book also features previews of future Bag & Board comics--the wonderfully surreal HOFFSTRONOMY & THE U-SQUAD, the quirky sketches of BODEGA GENIUS, an ambitious epic called DARKWORLD, and the best of the bunch, SONS OF FIRE. This first issue serves as a very cool intro to Bag & Board, a company that, by the looks of this issue, is determined to make their mark in comics.

VINCENT PRICE’S GALLERY OF TERROR #1 Bluewater Comics

This pin-up book is a must for horror fans and appreciators of fine art. Although the best of the bunch are the beautiful paintings by the uber-talented Joel Robinson, this book offers a variety of splashes and portraits of the master of horror in some of his most famous roles. My favorites of the bunch: Robinson's haunting depiction of Price as the Witchfinder General and Paul Temple's cool image of Price as a gardener taking care of his favorite overgrown venus flytrap. Bluewater's VINCENT PRICE PRESENTS has been a fun showcase of fine writing and rich artwork. This pin-up book is a worthwhile celebration of the talent behind that fun series.

SANCHO #1-5 2000 Leagues

I had a chance to catch up with the first five issues of SANCHO, Ian Whelan and Alan Nolan's anthology focusing on a monk/priest with a penchant to stumble upon and subsequently kick the dick in of all things evil. Vampires, demons, zombies, leprechauns, serial killers, sorcerers--Sancho kills them all real good. This is not touchy-feely religious comic where the hero thwarts evil with prayers and kindness. Oh no. Sancho is more like a holy Alan Quartermain/Indiana Jones type; diving into adventure fist-first with his little winged goblin sidekick swooping around and making wisecracks. The adventure is high and the shorts never fail to entertain. Often, with short horror fiction, there's a reliance on contrived twists and endings punctuated with winks and nods. You don't get that here. When they aren't telling SANCHO stories themselves, they leave it to a group of talented artists and writers that they have gathered to elaborate on the wondrous world of SANCHO. Recommended for seekers of thrill and fun.

NOVA #24 Marvel Comics

Once again, this series is pushing all the right buttons for classic superhero adventure. Reading NOVA is like eating a bowl of Frosted Mini Wheats—the kid in me loves the out-of-this-world action, super-keen characters and cliffhanger endings, but the adult in me loves the superb storytelling and sense of the dramatic! When a comic makes you feel something for the deaths of characters that have only just been introduced to you, you know that the writers are doing their jobs well. If anyone out there is like me, and has been lamenting the current crop of superhero titles, jump into the fresh-yet-nostalgic goodness of NOVA. - Imp

WONDER WOMAN #31 DC Comics

I think...yep, I think I'm going to be walking away from this title. I hate to do it and I have to apologize to Gail Simone for doing so. She kicks @$$ writing SECRET SIX, but with this comic, I just can't muster the energy to give a fig. Maybe it was the all too Doomsday-esque Genocide story. Maybe it's the lameness of the Manazons. Maybe it's because Wonder Woman time and time again fails to be a character in her own book or that the iconic aspects of the character overshadow any semblance of connection I may have as a reader to care about what happens to her. All I know is that I have been trying this book on for size month after month, hoping that Simone will deliver and make me care about Diana, but no matter what type of story she churns out (and she's tried everything from straight up adventure to mythology to fables to super-villains to romance to talking apes), it just doesn't seem to happen. You can't fault Gail for trying, but none of her stories so far have worked for me. - Bug

SKAAR: SON OF HULK #10 Marvel Comics

Just as the Illuminati deemed the Hulk too uncontrollable to stay on Earth a few years back, in a serendipitous act, the inhabitants of Planet Hulk have decided that Skaar has overstayed his welcome. The moment those still reading this comic has arrived-- Skaar is coming to Earth. There's a lot of potential with this character, but so far that hasn't really be reached in this series. I would have preferred Skaar hang around with the Guardians of the Galaxy or Nova before meeting up with his pop, but at least there's some momentum towards some interesting interactions happening. This series keeps chugging along even though I found the alien world stuff to be kind of boring. I am interested in seeing what happens next, which will ensure my purchase of Planet Skaar and the next issue of this series. And although Ron Lim's art ain't what it used to be (he needs a better inker here), it's still damn cool to see him draw the Silver Surfer again. - Bug

BATTLE FOR THE COWL: THE UNDERWORLD #1 DC Comics

Another fun one-shot mapping out the status quo for Gotham's underbelly. For the most part, it's another successful one-shot with some spot-on characterization by Chris Yost and awesome Bolland-esque panels by Pablo Riamondi. Two-Face and Penguin are battling each other while the Black Mask manipulates the rest of Gotham's worst with the Riddler, Catwoman, Harley Quinn, and Poison Ivy caught in the middle. Now that the stage is set, I am really interested in seeing how it all works out in this mini-event that is proving to be much better than the universe-shattering events of DC's recent past. - Bug

THUNDERBOLTS #131 Marvel Comics

There should be a rule that a comic needs to be allowed a few issues (maybe 6) before editorial can order a crossover. The T-Bolt team isn't even fully formed and writer Andy Diggle and his rogues are forced into a multi-part tie-in with DEADPOOL. The plot of establishing a team has been put on standby for a crossover that wasn't awful, mind you, but somewhat unnecessary. It only served to swipe valuable time that could have been spent fleshing out this team and what this book is about. Now that the crossover is over, hopefully the book can continue to define and distinguish itself from previous T-Bolt incarnations. - Bug

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  • May 6, 2009, 8:40 a.m. CST

    Should've reviewed some of the free comic day comics.

    by rev_skarekroe

    I think the standout by far was the Toy Story-esque book. Unfortunately, I can't remember the name of it. Nuts.

  • May 6, 2009, 8:41 a.m. CST

    First?

    by david19

    ...

  • May 6, 2009, 8:45 a.m. CST

    Dammit!

    by david19

    Oh well. Anyways, I need to catch up and stick with Green Lantern. Without a doubt in my mind one of the best books out there. If they go all out with the movie it has the potential to be a stellar hit. Space battles ala Star Wars, Star Trek, with glowing green men flying around could be very very cool. The first real blend of space scifi action with the superhero genre could be epic.

  • May 6, 2009, 8:57 a.m. CST

    I didn't bother with Thunderbolts....

    by BangoSkank

    because of the crossover with Deadpool. I don't read Deadpool, and it pissed me off that if I did begin reading TB, within just a few issues I would be forced to pick up another book to follow the storyline.

  • May 6, 2009, 9 a.m. CST

    I miss Ennis and Punisher MAX

    by TheLastCleric

    His work on that series is some of the best comic book writing to ever grace the medium.

  • May 6, 2009, 9:01 a.m. CST

    I'm sick of Obama already. Presidents should last 50 days.

    by ricarleite2

    Bored.

  • May 6, 2009, 9:17 a.m. CST

    classwar was great!

    by slutpunch

    its sucks marvel stole a bunch of talent from com.x

  • May 6, 2009, 9:24 a.m. CST

    Observations

    by gooseud

    1. Vegas set the over/under for how long before the talkbacks degenerate into a pointless political pissing match at 38.7 minutes. 2. Nova is indeed the tits. There really isnt much more to say, that title is fuckin amazing 3. Hearing about Ennis's quadruple amputee villians and tank soldiers getting their faces blown off makes me realize just how long he has been going to that same tired bag of tricks. He wrote Preacher, so he will always get some love from me, but come on, man. Just write a straight friggin story occasionally.

  • May 6, 2009, 9:30 a.m. CST

    James Robinson

    by gooseud

    James Robinson's apparent complete loss of ability to write comics is in my mind one of the great tragedies in the industry over the past 15 or so years. When he was good, he was one of the best ever. EVER. Yeah, I said it. Starman? one of the best books ever published. JSA? Sick. Golden Age? Sick. Firearm for Malibu? Sick. WTF happened to that guy? What a waste.

  • May 6, 2009, 9:32 a.m. CST

    Goose: Punisher Max

    by steverodgers

    That's your straight forward story right there. Give it a try, there are some great arcs. Ennis was on top of his game with those.

  • May 6, 2009, 9:39 a.m. CST

    Looks like they're turning Power Girl

    by Melvin_Pelvis

    into the dyke trucker bitch of superheroes

  • May 6, 2009, 9:41 a.m. CST

    re: Presidents should last 50 days.

    by Melvin_Pelvis

    and then use a big catapult to launch them into the sun to appease the gods

  • May 6, 2009, 9:42 a.m. CST

    just for that, gooseud...

    by greyspecter

    ...I'll decline to comment.

  • May 6, 2009, 9:54 a.m. CST

    Punisher MAX

    by gooseud

    Hmmmm I've been torn about that story for a long time. I've read bits and pieces here and there, not enough to form an opinion. I just dont wanna be lured into a story where its an Arse-face style "Retard villian of the week" Ennis-style......."This week in Punisher MAX: the return of Johnny Two-Cocks, he will screw you comin and goin!!"

  • May 6, 2009, 10 a.m. CST

    Punisher Max

    by steverodgers

    Goose you don't have to much to worry about in the 'my face is really a big arse' department, read the 'Mother Russia' trade, or 'the Slavers' to start and go from there. Ennis perfects the six issue Punisher arc by the end of his run.

  • May 6, 2009, 10:01 a.m. CST

    Wonder Woman

    by Redmantle

    Yeah, I wanted to like Gail Simone's Wonder Woman too. I thought she was going somewhere with the whole romance with Nemesis, and having her have a secret identity again. I didn't even think the gorillas were that bad, but I felt like I missed a couple of issues- the Greek Gods were all dressed in purple star wars looking gear?! Why? I just don't get it at all. Zeus kills the Hawaiian God Diana just devoted herself to? I though that might have been an interesting development... but nope, he's dead. The only time I really liked Wonder Woman was during the last run, where she was ambassador and was blinded. That was good. But this run... I'm going to be dropping it.

  • May 6, 2009, 10:03 a.m. CST

    Re: Obama Sickness

    by Atkinson

    I guess I could see how one could be sick of Obama. Apparently Fox News tells us he was a Muslim, then a Terrorist Sympathizer, then a Socialist, now a Fascist, next he'll be shaking hands with Sauron of Mordor! Of course the best way to defeat the guy is with a lipton teabag.... whatever ricarleite2

  • May 6, 2009, 10:03 a.m. CST

    Wonder Woman

    by gooseud

    is an unwriteable character. She has never been popular in the 34 years I've been alive and never will be. She's Aquaman with an invisible plane. MAYBE prime Alan Moore could make her interesting, but thats about it.

  • May 6, 2009, 10:04 a.m. CST

    Funny strip re: Johns's OC

    by Laserhead

    this is kind of funny:<p>http://tinyurl.com/6kqptl<p>Just discovered these comic critics strips yesterday. Some of them are spot on.

  • May 6, 2009, 10:05 a.m. CST

    Power Girl- dyke trucker bitch

    by Redmantle

    Alex Ross always draws her wrong. Wonder Woman too, for that matter, he gets these beefy women with unattractive faces to model for him... and that's what he works with. Alex, if you're out there, hire some hot models for your super-women! You get to have hot women over to your place in tight clothing of hours at a time while you draw/paint them. It's a no brainer. Quit hiring that beefy chick!

  • May 6, 2009, 10:05 a.m. CST

    Atkinson

    by gooseud

    For the love of all that is holy, stop right there. Otherwise, I'm going to be holding the dead body of this talkback screaming "NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!" up at the 30-feet-overhead camera.

  • May 6, 2009, 10:16 a.m. CST

    Thunderbolts & Deadpool x-over kinda sucked

    by superfleish76

    I like both books, but it went way too long and was reminiscent of a Bugs Bunny cartoon at times. It was completely forced into the T-Bolts title and would have been better had they just guest starred in DP and had he actually had some plan to get even with Osbourne that didn't involve stealing his wallet.

  • May 6, 2009, 10:29 a.m. CST

    Punisher MAX

    by Laserhead

    Yep-- one of the very best achievements of the medium. Each six-issue arc is one of the best American adult action movies that never got made. No worries about Ennis' usual dick-ass-retard schtick. It's not there.<p>And yet, the mystery of how to make a successful film of this simplest of comic characters still alludes the powers that be.

  • May 6, 2009, 10:30 a.m. CST

    My Parody of an AICN Talkbacker...

    by Atkinson

    "Obama sucks, obviously Bush was so much better. Look at me, I'm being ironic and satrical, my opinion matters because I hate everything and I have a keyboard - Mewwh'' Actually, I'm joking guys, Obama does suck. Bush was better. Okay, ha! Let's rip 'em some more.

  • May 6, 2009, 10:42 a.m. CST

    ...

    by blackthought

    shaking off the rust...posting...looking forward to um...

  • May 6, 2009, 10:43 a.m. CST

    WW and Co.

    by Homer Sexual

    Wonder Woman hasn't been a huge seller, that's true. She suffers from a lot of the Superman complex, having to be so perfect all the time. But since Superman is a guy, I guess he has an easier time maintaining a following. <p> But WW has been good several times. The first time I enjoyed her was when she changed her breastplate thingy from an eagle to a WW and Gene Colan drew her, that's when Silver Swan was created. <p> WW got better when Meissner-Loebs and Deodato did the whole thing with Artemis, even taking Diana out of the costume for some time. Awesome art (I preferred Deodato's style then to his current work), great story, great characterization of the Amazons and the humans. Of course, my friends commented that every woman in the book during this time was unbelievably hot, even by comic standards. <p> As great as that run was, I think the Greg Rucka time was even better. That's the whole time when she was an ambassador, went blind, etc. Great job of involving the Gods, but not overdoing it. Again, Diana was a person, really well done. This is my all-time favorite for Wonder Woman. I don't know why Rucka doesn't get more love, I think his writing is too adult and not sensational enough to get really popular, but he's awesome. <p> I am a big Simone fan as well, Secret Six being one of my very top books and her Birds of Prey also rocked. She can clearly write women, but I think she's much better with more flawed women (like Scandal Savage or Helena Bertinelli) than an icon. I also want to like it, but the stories are "meh" and the characterization isn't that great either. <p> So, on to Power Girl. Why is this whole "dyke trucker bitch" conversation going on? She isn't referenced in the reviews. Her new book, annoyingly promoted at the end of every DC comic for some time, didn't indicate this. I don't think Alex Ross' version is relevant to anything, so it seems just like a random, anti-Power Girl, anti-lesbian post. PG has never been indicated to be lesbian anyway. <p> Speaking of women some people think are attractive and others consider to be hideous, Michelle Obama. The whole thing with the Obamas is that all the far-right nutcases are demonizing them, making themselves look stupid. On the other hand, the liberals (my group) have some sort of PC thing where if you don't drink the kool-aid and pray to the altar of Barack and Michelle, you are a Pariah. Weird. And tiresome. I am sick of the Obamas and I voted for him. <p> Finally, Ennis is O-VER! I think he's gone downhill worse than the top two of "good writers gone lame:" Frank Miller and Chris Claremont. I can't imagine picking up an Ennis book again, ever! And I have many, many issues of Hellblazer and the entire run of Preacher. But that well has gone dry!

  • May 6, 2009, 10:53 a.m. CST

    I don't get it...

    by Mr.FTW

    This isn't an agry complaint I just don't get why you waste you're time, money and review space on stuff like the Michelle Obama comic. Before anyone freak out or goeson a political rant it has nothing to do with her, it could be the Sarah Palin comic it doesn't matter. It's just dumb.

  • May 6, 2009, 10:57 a.m. CST

    Loved the frosted mini-wheats analogy for Nova

    by kalel21

    I'm not sure I even knew Nova was a regular title again. I'll have to check that one out. By the way, if anyone's interested, the following blog is doing a month-by-month history of the Marvel Universe, starting with FF #1 in 1963.

  • May 6, 2009, 11:01 a.m. CST

    Whoops! I did it again

    by kalel21

    The blog I was referring to in my last post is: comicsradio.blogspot.com

  • May 6, 2009, 11:10 a.m. CST

    That doesn't look like a PHOENIX

    by Snookeroo

    It looks like a chicken pooping Valentines.

  • May 6, 2009, 11:11 a.m. CST

    "Cried during the inauguration"???

    by FeralAngel

    The guy should check his sack for nuts!

  • May 6, 2009, 11:12 a.m. CST

    Goose

    by Joenathan

    I'm with you. Ennis can suck my nuts, just because Preacher was awesome, doesn't mean we're interested in watered down retelling of the lamer bits and pieces.

  • May 6, 2009, 11:14 a.m. CST

    Seriously, spidercoz?

    by bottleimp

    Though I'm not a fan of everything Alex Ross does (he tends to be over-reliant on the same reference pictures for his projects), the man clearly can, and does, draw extremely well. It kinda goes hand in hand with painting. I'd be curious to find out who you consider to be a better draftsman.

  • May 6, 2009, 11:15 a.m. CST

    Less "Pigs In Space"??????

    by FeralAngel

    Of all the godawful art and writing in a godawful comic book (yeah, I read it - I don't criticize stuff unless I sample it), the Pigs In Space stuff rings the most true. And he doesn't liek it. But then kids have no taste, so it figures he'd like the worst stuff. (Although I do agree with him on one point - I can't believe they made a comic book about Muppets either. Who the frick needs it?)

  • May 6, 2009, 11:15 a.m. CST

    Wonder Woman comics have never been a money-maker for DC

    by Snookeroo

    They maintain the comic for copyright purposes -- because her LICENSING makes WADS of money.

  • May 6, 2009, 11:17 a.m. CST

    Goose 2: Electric Boogaloo

    by Joenathan

    Don't be fooled! Punisher IS nothing but Ennis's same old craptastic crap, just somewhat thankfully watered down by Marvel. If you are tired of him and recognize the recycling, you will not enjoy Punisher. Its nothing but more of the same.

  • May 6, 2009, 11:18 a.m. CST

    The First Ho book isn't as bad as Savage Dragon's Osama books

    by FeralAngel

    An embarrassing display of unprofessional use of the comic book medium. Eric Larsen has put Obama on the cover of like three issues of his subpar superhero saga. One of them shows Obama punching Bin Laden on the jaw. Good god, does the man wear Obama underwear too? Have paintings of him on black velvet? A Chia pet? Sheesh. Embarrassing.

  • May 6, 2009, 11:25 a.m. CST

    Wonder Woman

    by Joenathan

    She fascinates me. Even when she was "well written" her comic sucked balls and nobody cared and YET... she is an Icon. And she never falters from that. she is instantly recognizable. She is THE poster child for Female Heroes. People all over the world know her name... But seriously, name ONE good story featuring Wonder Woman that doesn't also involve every other DC universe character or the JLA. There isn't a single one and I don't mean... "this one is pretty good." I mean GOOD, like the comic world went Wow! Every Icon has one or several except Wonder Woman, who has consistantly sucked for decades and YET, easily, by a country mile, one of the most popular and recognized super heroes on the planet... fascinating.

  • May 6, 2009, 11:25 a.m. CST

    Unporfessional

    by Joenathan

    Since when are comics supposed to be this pure, unbiased medium. You are dumb.

  • May 6, 2009, 11:26 a.m. CST

    Thats "Unprofessional"

    by Joenathan

    Apparently, I am dumb too

  • May 6, 2009, 11:28 a.m. CST

    Alex Ross

    by Laserhead

    Sorry, I just don't like his stuff. All his men look like Randolph Scott, and all his women look like Randolph Scott in drag.<p>And superhero costumes have never looked as blatantly ridiculous as when he paints them.

  • May 6, 2009, 11:30 a.m. CST

    JoeNathan

    by Homer Sexual

    Well, Like I said, I think the Tournament storyline where Artemis becomes the new WW is pretty classic, and was big at the time. Also, the Rucka storyline where WW goes into Hades, as well as the one with her being blind and fighting Professor Zoom...that one is an awesome read. Maybe didn't get the buzz, but neither did, say, Alias, and that was a good book. <p> Batman has a ton of good stories. But the Morrison/Quitely All-Star Superman is, IMO, the one and ONLY good Superman arc EVER! For real! He is ten times more boring than Wonder Woman. (But she is, admittedly, boring by nature as well).

  • May 6, 2009, 11:32 a.m. CST

    Homer

    by Laserhead

    Did you read Johns and Frank's 'Legion of Superheroes' and 'Brainiac' Superman storylines? I've always had the exact same reaction to Superman as you, but those two collections were terrific. Not All-Star terrific, but then, nothing is.

  • May 6, 2009, 11:34 a.m. CST

    Alex Ross is Super Square

    by Homer Sexual

    Really, and I am probably pretty lame my own self for using a term like "square," but Alex Ross fits that bill. I enjoy his art, but it's a sort of hyper-realistic old-fashioned style, everyone looks like it's the 1950's, everyone is unattractive and old. He's great for retro stuff. He was great on Kingdom Come because, well, all the heroes were supposed to be old. But can you imagine him doing art on a contemporary book? Not so much. God help Kitty Pryde if Ross ever draws her. Or better yet..Emma Frost, the old whore he'd paint her as. I'd actually like to see that, in a twisted way.

  • May 6, 2009, 11:42 a.m. CST

    They should take Wonder Woman to her Golden Age roots.

    by rev_skarekroe

    Thinly veiled lesbian bondage scenarios, rocket rides, that sort of thing.

  • May 6, 2009, 11:52 a.m. CST

    Homer

    by Joenathan

    Even if that IS Superman's single great story (which I disagree with, but not by that much), that is still ONE. Wonder Woman can't even do that. The Artemis storyline? Come on! In the same league as Dark Knight Returns? PPPPPPPPPPHHBBBTTTTTTTTT!<BR><br>As for Alias, it did receive press and is well regarded, but then, she is an absolute no name of a character, so the fact that her "butt sex with Luke Cage" story is better known then Wonder Woman's "best" tale just proves my point.<br><br>And this isn't to say that I hate wonder Woman or anything, I'm just fascinated by the fact that such a wildly unpopular and consistantly poorly written character can be so insanely well known and for DECADES!

  • May 6, 2009, 12:01 p.m. CST

    Joenathan, re=Wonder Woman

    by Continentalop

    I think she suffers from Post Golden Age disease, just like Captain Marvel and Plastic Man do. During the Golden Age she was heads and tails above most male comic book heroes (including Superman), but every since her Marston left she had been floundering. <p> Now, like Plas and Captain Marvel, people are trying to update her and make her relevant in a quick fick session versus having her naturally grow and change with the times. I mean, she has been around for almost 70 years but she feels like a character that has like a 30-40 year gap in her history.

  • May 6, 2009, 12:01 p.m. CST

    The Kid is your best reviewer!

    by fiester

    That was a great GL review. His best yet! The other nubs who review here should read it and study it.

  • May 6, 2009, 12:08 p.m. CST

    The T-bolts crossover with Deadpool was awful

    by Series7

    It went fucking nowhere. The T-bolts issues weren't funny, just stupid. Also why did they do it, aren't both series selling well?

  • May 6, 2009, 12:08 p.m. CST

    Totally, Continentalop

    by Joenathan

    But thats my point... No one seems to be able to write her well fo any length of time on her own and YET... fucking Wonder Woman, man... everyone knows her. 70 years of being kind of sucky and uniteresting and lacking any kind of real defining tale beyond her origin (maybe) and yet... top tier recognition. Imagine if you were able to fail consistantly for 70 years and still be rich and famous and also have your failure go basically unacknowledged... sweet deal.

  • May 6, 2009, 12:08 p.m. CST

    by Joenathan

  • May 6, 2009, 12:09 p.m. CST

    yeah some free comic book day coverage would be nice

    by Series7

    Did anyone read the Shatner presents one? I couldn't find it.

  • May 6, 2009, 12:09 p.m. CST

    Oops... T-bolt cross-over

    by Joenathan

    I din't get that either and by that, I mean: I both didn't understand the reason for doing it and I didn't buy it because it was bad.

  • May 6, 2009, 12:19 p.m. CST

    They're not comics! They're "Graphic Novels!"

    by uberman

    And, by act of reading them, I am an literary giant. Really thick graphic novels are called, "Giant Funny Books."

  • May 6, 2009, 12:20 p.m. CST

    Or should they be called, "Graphic Short Stories!"

    by uberman

    Don't you think?

  • May 6, 2009, 1:06 p.m. CST

    Wonder Woman and Power Girl

    by Mr.FTW

    I think what would help Wonder Wonam and the title would be to pass the torch again. ither Let Artemis become WW again or Let Cassie take over. That would allow them to free up the character without worrying about Diana. Then of caourse in a few years John could bring Diana back with Wonder Woman Rebirth much like I hope it is him who brings back Bruce with Batman Rebirth. <br> I think the dyke comments about Power Girl all stem from how overly muscled she is always portrayed especially by Ross. In the comics she is always too beefy for the mainstream. When the revealed she is Earth 2 Supergirl that was their chance to start slimming her down. In Ross's art she always looks like a body builder and with the short hair she does often look manish. He and DC should take efforts to fem her up a little.

  • May 6, 2009, 1:15 p.m. CST

    PG and WW

    by Homer Sexual

    PG really depends on the artist. Sometimes she is like Rock of Love chesty sexy babe with a bad attitude, in others she is, indeed, mannish. A third group of artist portrays her as more reasonably proportioned all around. I personally prefer her drawn by Barts Sears, but that's just me. Ross isn't even a regular continuity artist, so using his version of Power Girl is like using his granny mean old Wonder Woman to judge Diana. <p> Joe, Alias doesn't have a best known storyline. I was totally unfamiliar with it until your recommendation. Something I noticed here is that the most popular Icon storylines are not set in regular continuity. DKR and ASS are both out of continuity and that's a lot of why they are awesome. WW could be the same, but I don't think anything like that has been done. Making Wonder Girl Wonder Woman would just ruin the Wonder Girl character. I don't think anyone could do WW better than Rucka did, so if even his run doesn't get recognition, it's a limitation of the character.

  • May 6, 2009, 1:15 p.m. CST

    Roger Langridge

    by Jonas Grumpy

    Best Muppets artist since Jack Davis.

  • May 6, 2009, 1:18 p.m. CST

    uberman, i like to use the term "funnybook" as well.

    by rev_skarekroe

    It's especially amusing if you're referring to something like Maus or Black Hole.

  • May 6, 2009, 1:23 p.m. CST

    Homer

    by Joenathan

    It dosn't matter if you know about Alias or not, she's a relitively new and unknown character. Wonder Woman is 70 years old and in the same boat basically. By that measurement, Alias is successful, Wonder Woman is a failure. The crazy part, to me, is how well known Wonder Woman continues to be, as if she wasn't a failure in her medium of origin.<br><Br>I prefer the Amanda Connor Power Girl and I don't understand the muscles/lesbain correlation... now Mullets/lesbian... ok, but muscles? Besides, Power Girl's upper body (both boobs and arms) is what sets her apart, making her just a super woman with giant tits makes her just like everyone else.

  • May 6, 2009, 1:23 p.m. CST

    Homer

    by Joenathan

    The power girl part of my post wasn't directed at you... just FYI.

  • May 6, 2009, 1:27 p.m. CST

    Enough...

    by Kessler

    ...already with the Obama homage. It's really starting to get creepy. Yes, I get it, you didn't like Bush. Ok. Fine. Seriously though, it's like walking into someone's apartment only to find hundreds of photographs of a celebrity taped to the wall, and you realize that something is just not right with the occupant.

  • May 6, 2009, 1:52 p.m. CST

    Maybe if they sexed her up, but it would never fly.

    by Homer Sexual

    WW, that is. One reason I don't like Simone's run that much is because she's having boring emotional issues with Etta and Tom. Her romance with the black guy (sorry,name escapes)during the Rucka era was way better than this. She's bland again, and that's always her problem. <p> Wonder Woman TO THE EXTREME! could work, it's basically what Marvel does with Power Princess, and I must say I find Power Princess more interesting. But I do think WW is hamstrung by the need to be perfect and all-ages role model. Hard to be entertaining in that. Probably why a WW movie never gets out of development (and, to a lesser note, why I don't expect any more Superman movies for a long time to come).

  • May 6, 2009, 1:57 p.m. CST

    Goddammit there was no buttsecks in ALIAS.

    by SleazyG.

    At all. So because the guy is behind the girl and they're kneeling it's buttsecks? No, it's doggy style, and nothing in the comic ever indicated otherwise. I'm not sure if the problem is that people are so vanilla they don't know doggy when they see it, or so vanilla they think you can only do anal in one position, but either way, WTF?

  • May 6, 2009, 2 p.m. CST

    Damn, that is one ugly woman...

    by maverick68

    and I mean on the inside. BTW, she and her husband ARE Socialists, just for the record and not NEARLY as popular as their prophets in the media would have you believe...

  • May 6, 2009, 2 p.m. CST

    Michelle Obama comic

    by howzah

    I think I'll pass thanks....

  • May 6, 2009, 2:02 p.m. CST

    Duck Duck Goose

    by gooseud

    1. Erik Larson has a hard on for Obama. Who cares? There are thousands of bands who share that feeling and no one cares. Toby Keith had a raging stiffy for Bush and I never cared. Artists have hard ons for political figures, who cares? And that affects my life how? Dont read it, I'm certainly not going to, not because I'm Republican (BWWWAAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAH!!!) but because I dont care about Michelle Obama, any more then I care about Toby Keith. Although evidently Kris Kristofferson literally made Toby shit his pants when Toby was fuckin stupid enough to talk shit to an American icon. Good stuff there. 2. The other great Superman story is Kingdon Come. Captain Marvel holding Supes yelling "SHAZAM!! SHAZAM!!!" just blasting the shit out of him, til Supes convinces him to stop the bomb, and the rampage at the UN afterwards, is in my top 10 overall comics moments. THATS how you write that character. Plus further evidence that Captain Marvel, and not Wonder Woman, is the most underutilized, underappreciated awesome character that DC has. Can you imagine getting JMS to write a Cap series in the vein of his current Thor work? Could pages even contain that type of awesomeness?? I'm getting a quarter chub right now just picturing it. 3. Did Longshot always suck this much, or is this a recent development?

  • May 6, 2009, 2:03 p.m. CST

    Sleazy

    by Joenathan

    I know, but its unny to refer to it like that, plus, everyone knows what you're talking about, so... butt sex, no butt sex... in the end, it doesn't matter.

  • May 6, 2009, 2:06 p.m. CST

    Longshot always sucked

    by Joenathan

    It was the hair and the hollow bones... what the fuck is that?<br><Br>I love the fact that all those red necks will lose their civil liberties. I can't wait until Obama puts them all in camps, makes their daughters date black men and then publiclly executes every single goddamn nascar driver out there. I'll be up there screaming: Socialized Medicine Uber Alles, bitchs! Who's with me!?!?

  • May 6, 2009, 2:06 p.m. CST

    reading political comments in a comic book column

    by gooseud

    usually goes something like this, just fast forward to about a minute and a half in: http://tinyurl.com/dyzq9s

  • May 6, 2009, 2:08 p.m. CST

    You know Luke Cage

    by gooseud

    is packin like 11, so unless that was her special super power, I'm thinking there wasn't any buttsechs going down in the Alias book.

  • May 6, 2009, 2:09 p.m. CST

    Hollow Bones

    by gooseud

    is up there amongst the most fucking useless super powers in comics history. "Don't mess with Osteoporosis Man!!"

  • May 6, 2009, 2:22 p.m. CST

    Homer

    by Mr.FTW

    I don't think making Cassie Wonder Woman would ruin anything, it would give the Dian character a break and allow her to eventually be brought back fresh. The common complaint here us Wonder Woman is boring and as Joenathan has pointed out like a blunt instrument over and over her 70+ years in the spot light hasn't produced much. Much like Wally West whohss been Flash for 20 years now and Kyle Rayner whowas the Green Lantern for 15 the Wonder Woman role would benefit from the growing up if the second teir of heroes. If you don't want to see Cassie in that role then it should pass to Donna Troy but not for a few issues but for like a decade. Just like with Bruce and Dick, duck should have become Batman years ago and been Batman for a very long time. That would help DC as a whole against the whole "incased in amber" line people like to toss around. Much like with Hal Jordan and Barry Allen they could eventslly revisit the "iconic" characters in those roles.

  • May 6, 2009, 2:26 p.m. CST

    Messiah War/Cable Question

    by General_Soreness

    Quick question...Does anyone know why Cable can only travel forward and not backwards through time in the current X-Force/Cable storyline? I haven't been following his current ongoing series until the last few issues. I know you can't really overthink this stuff, but it seems like the entire plot resolution hinges on this and it's kinda bothering me.

  • May 6, 2009, 2:52 p.m. CST

    Osteoporosis Man

    by Joenathan

    nice

  • May 6, 2009, 2:58 p.m. CST

    Gooseud, RE=Captain Marvel

    by Continentalop

    I agree also about Captain Marvel. One of the greatest superheroes ever, and one of the greatest, purest concepts of the superhero wish fulfillment fantasy ever. A young boy says a magic word and is magically transformed into an adult superhero with incredible powers and maturity. Fucking awesome. <p> As for WW, I am a firm believer that she can be a relevant and great character. The problem IMO is that DC tries to have her act like a Marvel character (which they do with a lot of their characters) and she is the furthest thing away from a Marvel character. She isn't meant to be realistic or even naturalistic - she is a walking example of the use of mythology and sexual symbolisms. She has little to do with realism and everything to do with metaphor and subtext. <p>

  • May 6, 2009, 3:06 p.m. CST

    Gen Soreness-

    by TedKordLives

    I *think* it's because Bishop is pursuing him thru time. I could be wrong, tho. I read the first two issues of Messiah War and they never touched on it at all. <P> Interestingly, my roommate and I are rewatching the old '90s X-Men cartoon (still fucking awesome, btw), and there was a two parter called 'Time Fugitives' where Cable and Bishop fight in the present to save their respective futures! So not only is the 'Wolverine' movie ripping off the cartoon, but the writers of the comic that inspired the cartoon are taking cues from the cartoon! WTF?!?!?

  • May 6, 2009, 3:09 p.m. CST

    Everyone's better than Liefeld...

    by Joenathan

    Well, except Rick Leonardi, but thats because I used to hate it when he would fill in as the Uncanny X-men artist when Silvestri wasn't available... he totally ruined the original Genosha storyline.

  • May 6, 2009, 3:14 p.m. CST

    I agree with the Alex Ross comments here

    by alienindisguise

    I loved Kingdom Come but it's like he never progressed beyond that and yeah, most of chicks are ass ugly.

  • May 6, 2009, 3:25 p.m. CST

    Jon Favreau on ScaryJo in costume on set for the first time:

    by TedKordLives

    "I've never seen a set go so quiet so fast." <P> Y'know, that could be a good thing or a bad thing, now that I think about it. I want PICS, like now.

  • May 6, 2009, 3:29 p.m. CST

    Let me guess, Skaar comes to earth...

    by LastDragon

    ...gets in a brief fight with dad, they bond, they team up to take out the Red Hulk.

  • May 6, 2009, 3:32 p.m. CST

    Punisher Max

    by detectivesoap

    Is the best shit in the world. Gooseud, I know I'm in geekland when we're talking the size of Luke Cage's dick. You guys are hilarious.

  • May 6, 2009, 3:34 p.m. CST

    A few things...

    by Ambush Bug

    Joe, you said "in the end" at the end of your butt sex post. Snorf! (Snorf! = the new Bwah!)<br><br> I agree with all of the comments on WW, especially the one saying that WW is better as a god and less and a human (which is what they try to do). There HAS to be a good story in there with her, but I even found Rucka's run (and Byrne's run and Messner-Loebs' run) to be pretty lame and those were probably looked at as some of the best WW stories in recent years. A good WW book seems to be mediocre everywhere else.<br><br> I disagree about the Leonardi comments though. He did some bitchin' CLOAK & DAGGER issues back in the eighties.<br<br> Longshot is indeed lame because they are trying to make him the mutant version of Starfox. And that "hit with the ladies" thing only works with him. What made the miniseries back in the day work is that there was a focus on his heightened agility (the hollow bones helped there because he was light as a feather). Plus he had probability shifting powers like Domino or Scarlett Witch. Peter David, while kicking @$$ with the rest of the characters in X-FACTOR is focusing way too much on his lady-killer vibe powers. Bring back the flipping and knife throwing and Longshot could be cool again. Plus, give the fucker some sleeves for god sakes. You've gotta have pipes to pull off that look (the mullet doesn't help either, but at least that distinguishes the character from others). Longshot needs to hit the gym in order to pull off the sleeveless jacket look.<br><br> Finally, I too am sick of the Zap-looking Power Girl. My favorite was Bart Sears version of the character too. Ross needs to either hone his women-drawing skills or get some new female models (preferrably without balls or recent scars where balls should be).

  • May 6, 2009, 3:40 p.m. CST

    Ambush Bug

    by TedKordLives

    There will never be a new BWAH-HAH-HA-HAHAHAHA! <P> Can't happen.

  • May 6, 2009, 3:44 p.m. CST

    LastDragon

    by TedKordLives

    Y'know, I fucking HOPE that's what happens. Jeph Loeb can take that red cypher and shove im right up his ass. I know the man's grieving but he should take some time off and get his head together. He's ruining my favorite Marvel character, and if you think he actually knows who Red Hulk is/is planning some great reveal then I'm afraid you're going to be sadly mistaken. <P> Ooooh, Joe Fixit gets REALLY mad and turns into the green Hulk. Uh, that's not how it fucking works. And Loeb should know that. Ok, I'm done.

  • May 6, 2009, 3:45 p.m. CST

    Damn, my post was cut short...

    by Ambush Bug

    <b>On Longshot, in the eighties series, his hollow bones made him lighter and more agile. He also had some kind of probability shifting power, which was similar to Scarlett Witch and Domino. Now, Peter David is making him out to be Starfox, an interesting character in himself, but the lady killer power seems to only work with him. David needs to stop focusing on the hooky girl-swaying power and focus on the agility and throwing knives and maybe he'd be cooler.<br<br> And lose the damn sleeveless jacket. The guy looks like he leapt out of a Foreigner video. Keep the mullet for shits and giggles, but give the guy some sleeves for god sakes.

  • May 6, 2009, 3:48 p.m. CST

    Post cut off again dammit...

    by Ambush Bug

    Where was I? Oh yeah, even shifting the focus on Longshots other powers won't save him from the fact that he looks like he just walked off stage at a Foreigner concert. Give the guy some sleeves. Keep the mullet for shits and giggles, but he's gotta have pipes to jsutify those sleeves and with those hollow bones, he ain't got the pipes. Pipe cleaners, yes. Pipes, no.

  • May 6, 2009, 3:49 p.m. CST

    TedKordLives

    by Ambush Bug

    I always kind of liked "chortle".

  • May 6, 2009, 3:57 p.m. CST

    Leonardi on CLOAK & DAGGER

    by Jonas Grumpy

    He also did some cool work in that GREEN LANTERN/ALIENS miniseries. Oh, and that one issue of STAR WARS TALES featuring Darths Vader & Maul duking it out.

  • May 6, 2009, 4:14 p.m. CST

    I enjoy a chortle now and then.

    by TedKordLives

    But you can't beat the classics.

  • May 6, 2009, 4:25 p.m. CST

    Rick Leonardi

    by Coma Baby

    is awesome! Have to disagree with you there. It took me a while to get used to him, (I think I was annoyed initially when he filled in on X-Men too) but his style is so unique. I think he really won me over with Spiderman 2099 - he was perfect with that book. I almost feel like no one else should even draw him.

  • May 6, 2009, 4:27 p.m. CST

    Liam The Kid: From the Mouth Of Babes

    by DOGSOUP

    On Todd McFarlane's art:"I didn’t like the way that Spider-Man was drawn. His eyes were too big and there are too many lines on his costume for webs. I don’t like the way Peter Parker and Mary Jane and Eddie and the other regular people looked, either. They looked kind of creepy. I wasn’t sure what that was about." On Movie Deadpool:"I saw the action figure of the movie Deadpool from Wolverine and it looks really bad. Deadpool doesn’t have swords on his hands, he carries them. He should be wearing a mask and I don’t know why all that stuff is on his mouth because if he can’t talk then he’s not going to be funny." On Bayformers:"The Transformers looked really cool in the comic. The movie ones are okay but they all sort of look the same when they are in robot form. You can tell what they are when they transform but when they’re robots a lot of them look exactly the same. I like that in this comic the Transformers all look different." This kid really is one of us. No bullshit, no ego to self-fellate, and all he wants is more fighting in comics.

  • May 6, 2009, 4:45 p.m. CST

    Alright Ambush!

    by Joenathan

    I thought that was hilarious, but then... no one else noticed... thanks.

  • May 6, 2009, 4:46 p.m. CST

    Leonardi

    by Joenathan

    going from Silvestri to him almost made me cancel my subscription. "Send me these brown paper envelopes that are open on each end NO MORE!" (breaks bow in half)

  • May 6, 2009, 5:44 p.m. CST

    Bug: Longshot

    by gooseud

    I'm just waiting for Longshot to bust out with "IM HOT BLOODED.....CHECK IT AND SEE.....IVE GOT A FEVER OF 103" and the scene will be complete. And I think Bug is right in that WW's best story, like the best possible story written for her, doesnt compare to the best possible story written for say, Supes (AS Superman), DD (take your pick), Cap (current Bru run), whoever. She is simply lame and un-saveable as a character, and I know I'm in the dissent here, but I'm sure even a Diana-less revamp can save that book. I mean, would YOU buy it? Honestly? Really?

  • May 6, 2009, 5:45 p.m. CST

    I meant CANT save that book

    by gooseud

    Damn no edit feature.

  • May 6, 2009, 5:46 p.m. CST

    And there has never more forgotten storyline

    by gooseud

    then the Mojoverse. Its like Longshot's origins, Mojo, Spiral, all that, its like it never existed. Some storylines are notorious for beng lame (Spidey-clones) but this isnt even that, its just like it has been wiped from the memory of the collective Marvel U.

  • May 6, 2009, 5:47 p.m. CST

    Cockney Tankies

    by The Cosh

    I know it's a minor point, but he's a Geordie. From Newcastle. The rest of the crew are the Londoners, which is why they find him hard to understand. Overall though, I agree that this one is shaping up to be a bit Ennis by Numbers after on outstanding story in Dear Billy.

  • May 6, 2009, 6:02 p.m. CST

    Pigs in Space

    by kuryakin

    Man, I didn't read this particular comic but I have to agree with The Kid about Pigs in Space, I always found it pretty tedious <p> Actually I agree witn The Kid about a lot of things, he's a great writer for someone of that age and he cuts through all the bullshit 'events' and tells it like it is. ,p> Well done, wee man, you're doing a good job

  • May 6, 2009, 6:30 p.m. CST

    I loved Pigs In Space

    by Continentalop

    I even owned the damn lunch box as a kid. And Captain Link Hogthrob is the original Troy McCluire.

  • May 6, 2009, 6:33 p.m. CST

    WW

    by Continentalop

    She is kind of like Dr. Strange, Namor or Martian Mahhunter: she seems to work better interacting with other heroes than she does working in her own adventures. <P> But the only way I could ever see myself buying a WW comic is if the entire direction of the character and her history was flipped 180 degrees.

  • May 6, 2009, 6:34 p.m. CST

    I would buy WW if

    by DOGSOUP

    They made her a Lesbian and every issue focused on her myriad lesbian adventures. Maybe with a fight or two here and there. C'mon isn't it an unsaid truth that all the Amazons play with each other in the most sexy ways? Talk about a spike in sales....

  • May 6, 2009, 6:46 p.m. CST

    The only recently interesting WW stories...

    by Continentalop

    ...I can think of are all they way back when Perez was doing her: The first time she faced Ares and The Challenge of the Gods story line. You have to go all the way back to the Golden Age before you find any other stories as interesting as those, I think - Villain, Inc. might be the first time a group of villians teamed up to take on one hero, although it could have been The Monster Society of Evil (and I don't think they formed for revenge against Captain Marvel as much as to conquer the world).

  • May 6, 2009, 7:10 p.m. CST

    Golden Age WW with the Bondage undertones?

    by DOGSOUP

    Hell yeah I'm down with that. Damn William Moulton Marston was a sex god...

  • May 6, 2009, 7:15 p.m. CST

    rev_skarekroe: The "Toy Story-esque book"

    by mbeemer

    is "The Stuff of Legends". Looks good.

  • May 6, 2009, 7:25 p.m. CST

    Wonder Woman is better then it has been

    by ktownman

    Its been pretty mediocre but the Rise Of The Olympian storyline has had some intresting devlopments and Genocide is kind of an intresting Villian. The Series went wrong where Rucka went right and put WW in with this Metahuman Government task force The supporting cast she had with the Rucka Run was well balanced but quickly disassmebled because of Infinite Crisis. I think the character went wrong around then but not because she killed Max Lord just her writing just worse. I Love Gail Simoine ( Birds Prey Run , Secret Six) but shes 50/50 on Wonder Woman and this should be her perfect character.

  • May 6, 2009, 7:28 p.m. CST

    Boom Studios

    by ktownman

    I think there Disney Line and Muppet Comics are a frakking great idea. Numbers have been going up each month at my local store and always a quick sell out. Though I dont read So called Kids Themed book im glad to see some getting attention and glad to point something out to a parent and not have them ask is it violent or too sexual LOL mind ya Miss Piggy has always been Hot.

  • May 6, 2009, 7:33 p.m. CST

    Michelle Obama Gets a Comic Because

    by ktownman

    Of Ebay sales Dang Namnit. Cha Cha Presells. Next Caroline Kennedy and then Princess Diana , Colin Powell , Bill Clinton , Ronald Regan and J.K Rowling. Hey they did these comics alot in the 50's and 60's and so far they have been well written and done well and have got new customers into stores.

  • May 6, 2009, 7:48 p.m. CST

    I thought one of these was "Classwar Punisher"

    by Pompoulus

    You have to admit that's an awesome idea.

  • May 6, 2009, 7:53 p.m. CST

    If You Haven't Read It, Why Review It?

    by chaderick

    I'm noticing a trend lately, where every review starts out with, "I gave up reading this title over year ago," and ends with, "...and this issue made absolutely no sense." Take a hint. If you gave up a year ago, and decided to read a comic you know nothing about, don't hold it against the author that you're confused! Try this: Review comics you actually read.

  • May 6, 2009, 8:18 p.m. CST

    Wonder Woman will never be HUGE...

    by MCVamp

    There is only one HUGE female character in comics today that doesn't feature gigantic tits in gratuitous supply, gore up the wazoo, and lesbo sex and near-nudity left and right. And that's Buffy--who is popular because of a recent TV show--and the comic DOES actually feature gore and lesbo sex. Guys (95% of comics buyers) do not buy comics with a chick lead. They just don't. Either because comics are a form of wish fulfillment, or they don't want to look like a pussy, or something in their brains equates chick comics with Barbie dolls. Not that hard to figure out. There's just less emotional investment for Joe Comix Buyer in a female. How often is a female hero referred to as "bad-ass?" Not very often, unless she's wearing impossible fetish gear with g-strings and DD-cups. Just an observation, not damning anyone...

  • May 6, 2009, 9:10 p.m. CST

    The 5% of your figure that are Female Buyers

    by DOGSOUP

    Buy indie comics. Girls I know who are into comics like just about anything Oni puts out (Scott Pilgrim, Hopeless Savages,Courtney Crumrin, ect..), Blankets, old Vertigo titles and stuff like that. They just don't get into the superheroics. So does that mean female comic readers are more into the more humanistic stories and less the fantastical or does it mean that the very thing MCVamp points out, there are NO powerful female leads in mainstream superhero comics that are not sex fantasies? Buffy is Dark Horse is Dark Horse mainstream or just the biggest Indie? Marvel and DC really have no interest in the female readership because your figure of 95% is good enough for them so BIG TITTIES! BONDAGE UNIFORMS! BOINGY BOINGY!

  • May 6, 2009, 9:12 p.m. CST

    MCVamp

    by Series7

    Yeah just look at Power Girl. Go to DC comics.com and look at the picture of her, its like HEY BOYS LOOK AS THESE! I mean she looks too stupid to be a super. Although Supergirl has been pretty good as of late.

  • May 6, 2009, 9:28 p.m. CST

    SOCIALISM?

    by solvseus

    Most of the people tossing around the term "socialism" don't seem to actually know what it means.

  • May 6, 2009, 10:41 p.m. CST

    Mrs. Goose

    by gooseud

    doesnt read the super hero stuff. Anything Vertigo? Gold. Anything else? No go. You would figure Birds Of Prey woulda been right n her wheelhouse, but she took one look at Benes's cheesecake art and was like "Annnddddd.......no".

  • May 6, 2009, 11:59 p.m. CST

    Well then let's face it guys

    by DOGSOUP

    Superhero comics are a Guy Thing like painting miniatures, Reading Maxim, and laughing at our own farts.

  • May 7, 2009, 7:34 a.m. CST

    Stuff of Legend!

    by rev_skarekroe

    That's the winner of Free Comic Book Day, whose title I couldn't remember yesterday. Runner up: Avengers. 2nd Runner Up: Nancy/Melvin Monster (seriously!)

  • May 7, 2009, 7:42 a.m. CST

    Girls like superhero comics when they're really good.

    by rev_skarekroe

    My recently ex-girlfriend loved Watchmen, some X-Men, Ultimate Spider-Man, Alias. But mostly yeah, they go for the non-spandex related books.

  • May 7, 2009, 7:52 a.m. CST

    Rob Liefield: Most Important Man In Fandom

    by Buzz Maverik

    Rob is the Unifier. He is the Secret Code. He is the One Thing On Which We All Agree. Rob is How We Recognize One Another. Rob's art was never as bad as it's now made out to be (here come the OH YES IT WASs...three...two...one) or as good as it was once made out to be (here come the I NEVER THOUGHT IT WASs)...Ah, consensus. Among outsiders, it is crucial.

  • May 7, 2009, 9:15 a.m. CST

    Buzz - it's true

    by Coma Baby

    He's sort of emblemic of the 90s craziness and fun to have an opinion about. I think there's a collective astonishment that he became so popular with art that was so bad. It was despite his skill - his style and mannerisms (written and art) perfectly caught the spirt of the time. So, then it becomes interesting on a larger scale - like, what it said about comics and who were buying them and what they wanted since his art and story choices embody (for good or bad) most of the popular trends in 90s comics. He can almost be called objectively bad, at least in terms of draftsmanship, sense of proportion, and space - you know drawing skill. The conflict is between people who never liked his art, liked it but then realized how bad it was, and the few people who look longingly at their polybagged x-force #1s and refuse to let go. Check out the preview at Newsarama for his new Youngblood Obama cash-in. He's still awful but the comments at least are funny and spot on.

  • Her chest IS her logo.

  • May 7, 2009, 9:44 a.m. CST

    logo on her chest, dammit.

    by Snookeroo

    not "log"

  • May 7, 2009, 9:45 a.m. CST

    JSA ....Stargirl and Power Girl

    by Animation

    Bottle Imp,<br /><br /> I *like* the Stargirl moments, and I think that she has been given a lot of respect for some time now. Ever since Jack Knight entrusted the legacy to her, and that was some time ago, she has been living up to it, at least in my opinion.<br /><br /> I do want to say that I hate how they've turned Power Girl, visually, into my old mannish gym coach lady from high school. Kinda creepy. WTF is up with that art?

  • May 7, 2009, 10:43 a.m. CST

    Do women say the same thing

    by Joenathan

    about say... sex and the city, that guys do about comics? "Come on, girls, Men just don't watch Sex and the City..."

  • May 7, 2009, 11:24 a.m. CST

    Sancho

    by WT

    Bought at the Bristol comic con a couple of years ago, well worth a read! And if you want to trade Obama for Gordon Brown we'd be happy to take him!

  • May 7, 2009, 11:37 a.m. CST

    Yes, Joenathan, they do....

    by Homer Sexual

    Obviously some guys watch Sex and the City, but that movie was huge due to women. Some guys like it, but not that many. <p> Sadly, I came here to post what MCVamp said, that there really is no successful solo book with a female lead, and never has been. Group books do better with women in them, but not just one single woman. <p> Spider-Woman only lasted 50 issues. Manhunter, which got tons of praise and all of us who read it, loved it, lasted less than that. Catwoman can't keep a series. I think Dazzler was the longest running, despite being horrible, because she wasn't straight super hero. <p> I prefer female-driven comics, but I am in the minority and must agree that no female-led book is gonna be huge.

  • May 7, 2009, 12:08 p.m. CST

    JSA

    by optimous_douche

    I'm usually a staunch Johns defender, I've always been a huge fan. I was even tolerant of the Forrest Gog issues in KC.<p> This shit though seems like it was written as a break time piece from his work on Blackest Night.

  • May 7, 2009, 12:12 p.m. CST

    Joen Sex & City

    by optimous_douche

    Of course girls don't say that about sex & city on message boards.<p> We all know they can't read<p> (my wife is going to kill me, but I couldn't resist)

  • May 7, 2009, 12:27 p.m. CST

    female-led book

    by nerfherder111

    it may not exactly count as a female-led book, but i got some hiiiiiigh expectations for rucka and jh williams' detective run starring batwoman. <br> <br> will it be huge? who knows, but it sure has potential

  • May 7, 2009, 12:38 p.m. CST

    I think nerf is trying to cause trouble....

    by Homer Sexual

    because there is a lot of Batwoman hate around here. Here comes even more "dyke" talk. <p> But I really wanted to tell JoeNathan that the last issue of JSA has super classic heroes relaxing in costume. Almost everyone except Stargirl is in costume for her birthday party. The absolute best is Hourman and Damage buying ice cream at the grocery store in costume, wondering why people are staring. Made me wonder how they pay...I guess they carry some cash in the costume.

  • May 7, 2009, 1:21 p.m. CST

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    by Joenathan

    I'm laughing at you. We're all laughing at you. HAHAHAHAHAHA!

  • May 7, 2009, 1:23 p.m. CST

    Relaxing in costume

    by Joenathan

    I just try to imagine an NFL team having a birthday party and everyone there in full pads, trying to naviagte the buffet, chatting over the grill, having to turn sideways to go through doors and yet still knocking over the Mrs's shelf of knick knacks, tipping their heads waaaay back in order to drink their beer past their helmet. Good stuff.

  • May 7, 2009, 2:36 p.m. CST

    Dazzler lasted only 42 issues. On the other hand...

    by cookepuss

    ... Spider-Girl lasted for 130 issues - 100 as "Spider-Girl", another 30 as "Amazing Spider-Girl" which relaunched only like 2 months after the adjectiveless. PLUS, she led several minis and an annual or two. PLUS, the character continues as the lead story in "Amazing Spider-Man Family" and Marvel's online digital "Spectacular Spider-Girl"<p> <p> Girls buy and read superhero comics. Female leads CAN work too. The problem is, most mainstream writers don't know what makes a good female led book work. Tom DeFalco's Spider-Girl character and book lasted for 12+ years because he's writing as much about relationships and family as he his spandex & slugfests. His book managed to please both sexes. That's why it sold so well in trade. <p> <p> The only reason why the self-titled book got canceled recently was because the recession reset the bar for how many low selling books could continue being published. With money being tight and paper/salary costs rising, Marvel finally had to say "no mas" after more than a decade and tons of fan fueled reprieves.<p> <p> You don't have to be an indie book to attract more gals into the comic stores. You can have a mainstream book too, as long as it doesn't fall into the usual "big boob & thong costume" cliches. Most female led books fail due to writers scripting them as wussy men instead of actual women. A book like SG has/had all of same sort of drama as Spider-Man proper or Ultimate, but from a whole other perspective.<p> <p> Books like Wonder Woman fail because they can't tell a good story. They fail because they're overly indulgent junk food that's targeted solely at horny teen boys or old men who ACT like horny teen boys.<p> <p> You can get more female customers in by writing more likable and relatable female characters. No woman wants to see the stereotypical sassy supermodel type with the dental floss costume and the shallow storylines that are more fit for guy heroes and guy readers. Women like humor. They like relationships. They like vulnerability that coexists with strength. They like action too, but not when its that mindless X-Force sort of testosterone driven stuff. At least not usually.<p> <p> Books like the Slott written She-Hulk or the DeFelco Spider-Girl could drive women to the stores. <p> <p> Books like Arana, Wonder Woman, Manhunter, Supergirl, Dazzler, Spider-Woman, and so forth usually fail because they're written for the wrong audience and by the wrong writer.<p> <p> The sad thing is, Marvel itself constantly fails when they target women because they end up pandering. They just (poorly) copy some indie idea that worked and only half-implement it with none of the inspiration. Shit like the upcoming "Marvel Divas" is something you'd expect from Vince McMahon and not the so-called "House of Ideas."<p> <p> BTW, one book that I think might sit well with women is the latest incarnation of New Mutants. Ish #1 came out yesterday and it was great. What's interesting is that 2/3 of the cast are ladies. Each one of them so far has had a distinctly different personality and not one of them is the traditional slutty whorish cliche. (Yeah. I can hear you guys getting all upset about the lack of whores. LOL)

  • May 7, 2009, 2:37 p.m. CST

    As for Power Girl...

    by cookepuss

    ... My penis died a little when I read that book. My outie is now an innie.

  • May 7, 2009, 2:39 p.m. CST

    You know what book I hate?

    by Joenathan

    Bomb Queen. I hate it because it tries to pretend like its pro-woman and I hate it because its the worst kind of tease comic and I hate it because its dumb. I hate it.

  • Somebody's getting some regularly! You're right rsanta74, it CAN be done but the question is WILL it be done? As for New Mutants I'm excited the title is back and Imma make sure the ladies in my life who enjoy sequential story-art give it a go and we will see if you're as spot on there as you are about this quality writer deficiency we have going on.

  • May 7, 2009, 4:32 p.m. CST

    I think that the women in your life will enjoy it IF

    by cookepuss

    they can come to grips with the continuity heavy stuff. New Mutants is not a light on continuity book. <p> <p> Zeb Wells has seemingly immersed himself in the best of New Mutants and X-Men continuity. You can get by with a rudimentary knowledge of who the characters are, but this book is not a 101 introductory course. <p> <p> You're thrown in head first into a middle of a story that starts off Magik, with the recently resurrected demon child sister of Colossus, and ends off with the return of X-Men/New Mutants super baddie Legion - son of Professor X and the sole cause for alternaverse the Age of Apocalypse. <p> <p> The Legion thing is not spoiler stuff, btw. It wasn't even the stuff of rumors. Marvel has been promoting his return here for months.<p> <p> I think that if you can get your gal an old school New Mutants trade to catch her up, she'll be fine.<p> <p> Characterization is spot on and the writing is smart and funny. The art isn't perfect, but it is indeed great and full of some sweet small touches that make the book worth a 2nd read. There are also lots of small fanboy giddiness inducing continuity nods everywhere. From mentions of Alpha Flight's Madison Jefferies to a scene framed like Cassaday's Astonishing #1 cover... Plus, with Warlock coming back in the 2nd arc and probably Cyper being revived.... Fanboys will LOVE this book.<p> <p> Zeb Wells, who was already great with his New Warriors reality TV themed limited series, has managed to top himself here. If this doesn't boost his career then nothing will.

  • May 7, 2009, 4:36 p.m. CST

    Zeb Wells and Geoff Johns getting more TV work...

    by SleazyG.

    ...check out Hercules' article on the new Adult Swim show from Seth Green and his buddies who do "Robot Chicken". Zeb and Geoff are both writing for it, which is pretty cool.

  • May 7, 2009, 4:46 p.m. CST

    Hey Mr. Sentinel

    by gooseud

    Now that the comics portion of things is over, I can let loose: plenty of people reported those comments. Journalism died in 2008? So the media wasnt a liberal hype machine in say, 2006? Bullshit. What, it died because it wasnt saying the things YOU wanted it to say? Everyone in this country knows exactly what your talking about with the "first time in my life" comment, its completely common knowledge. And guess what? NO ONE CARED. They all saw it, digested it, and decided they didnt care. Sorry, you lose. Oh, and by the way, as far as 2010 goes? Bush's approval rating 100 days into his term? 54%. Obama's? 66%. # of people in this country identifying themselves as Republican? 21%. # of apparent viable "rising star" Republican politicians out there who appear to have realistic political/Presidential ambitions for 2012? Romney and Gingrich. Thats the list. Good luck with all that. Maybe you should just do what Texas is doing, which is to take your ball and go home and whine about seceding from the Union (after widely mocking the people in 2004 who had the same reaction when Idiot Boy was re-elected). Heres a tissue, now go put on your big boy pants and find some Americans who actually care about your agenda, I'd start looking in say, North Dakota if I was you. Bye bye now.

  • May 7, 2009, 5:39 p.m. CST

    Goose

    by Joenathan

    You shouldn't even bother... I mean, the guy mentioned Sarah Palin in a positive manner... he's obviously retarded.

  • May 7, 2009, 5:44 p.m. CST

    All comic reviews should be by eight year--olds.

    by Flim Springfield

    Don't trust anyone over ten!!

  • May 7, 2009, 9:52 p.m. CST

    Face facts, super hero comics are a "boys" medium

    by Continentalop

    Just like playing video games, watching sports and working on cars, super hero comics are a male medium. Some females might like playing video games, watching sports or working on cars, but those women are few and far between (and even the girls who says she likes sports, she might sit, watch it and cheer and look damn hot in the team jersey, but ask her any sort of trivia question about the game and she will usually stare at you blankly). To get women to like comic books is a kin to getting men to like soap operas, romance novels and chick flicks; certain guys will get into them but not so many that it will make very good business sense to be going after that market. <p> There is something fundamentally about the super hero genre that makes it male-centric. Maybe it is the violence, the power fantasy (i think most women don't want to "better" than everyone else, they just want to be looked at as equals, and Captain Fair Treatment is not that exciting character), and the conflict. <p> One of the other problems I think with most female superheroes is that they are always presented as being strong characters and personalities, in and out of their costumes. None of them are shown as having insecurities or feeling of inferiority like a Peter Parker or Kyle Raynor does (notice how Spider-Woman wasn’t a dweeb like Spider-Man, but a tough Hydra operative?). The only way I can think that a female character in her own title might work is if you did emphasize how her gender makes her seem less powerful and to make the character a true underdog, similar to how they use female protagonist in horror and thriller movies because they are percieved as weaker and more vulnerable. Peter Parker, Bruce Banner, Billy Batson or Superman’s alter ego of Clark Kent all tap into comic book reader’s feelings of powerless and helplessness; a female character would have the added vulnerability of being part of the “weaker sex”. As big as underdog as a male hero might be facing six of his worst foes, a super heroine might be looked at as an even bigger underdog and a much more dramatic tale just because of her gender.

  • May 7, 2009, 10 p.m. CST

    Because if you look at "Buffy"...

    by Continentalop

    ...which was popular with certain geeks, she really was a super-hero in the Peter Parker tradition. No a geek or loser, but just a typical cheerleader who is given great responsibility she must live up too, and sometimes it feels like she is not up to the challenge. She doesn't have the hard edges and tough attitude that certain other female heroes have that gets on guys nerves after awhile, she was always vulnerable, especially emotionally like a Spider-Man character. <p> I don't know why comic books haven't tried this angle more often than just presenting the tough chick from "Encyclopedia Brown gets powers" over and over?

  • May 7, 2009, 10:06 p.m. CST

    Sarah Palin

    by Continentalop

    Wasn't Sarah Palin running for the second most powerful office in the US? You know, the position to take over as President if anything happens to the sitting one (and considering her running mate was over 70 with health problems, good chance something would happen). So I think her inability to articulate one answer to a number of basically easy questions makes it understandable why the media would want to scrutinize her over the supposed gaff of Michelle Obama, who isn't a possible POTUS.

  • May 7, 2009, 10:59 p.m. CST

    Women Don't Need Comics...

    by Buzz Maverik

    ...they already have all the other mediums. Books. TV. Movies. Comics are for guys of all ages, starting with the Kid up. We don't need comics for women. We need comics for Buzz Maverik. I'm talking huge lettering, lurid covers with werewolves and bug eyed monsters, all staring at us from the spinner rack, each bin crammed with different comics for this type from different publishers with heavy lines and murky coloring and some of those text articles that no one reads but dammit one of the comic books writers wrote a prose story on Morbius and there's Man Wolf and the Mummy and the Golem and the black and white Conan magazine that has naked girls and a King Kull back up story and Buzzy M. will tell his friends the difference between Conan and Kull is that Howard wrote Kull while he was still a virgin but after a road trip to a Texas border town the character became Conan and well get Slurpees and firesticks and a pack of Camels and stuff more comics down our pants than we buy and if that dude who will one day be the model for Jimbo on the Simpsons bugs with us on the way home we'll kick his ass arrrrgh...

  • May 8, 2009, 3:23 a.m. CST

    "Videogames are a guy's medium..."

    by WT

    The success of the Wii has proven this is not necessarily the case, and that smart people can spot the gap. For example, comics aren't that seperate from soap operas, and both feature continuity heavy storylines.

  • May 8, 2009, 3:41 a.m. CST

    I said Super-Hero comics WT

    by Continentalop

    But you are right, I should have said that most videogames are a guys medium, especially shoot 'em ups. Obviously a number of women are playing Portal, Wii, and online playing WoW. <p> I am not saying you can't do a female comic, just that I don't think you'll ever get women over to the super hero genre in any sizable number.

  • May 8, 2009, 8:55 a.m. CST

    See?

    by Joenathan

    ... retarded

  • May 8, 2009, 9:20 a.m. CST

    What I meant Continental...

    by WT

    Basically, Nintendo were smart enough to know they couldn't beat Microsoft and Playstation on graphics and power. So they decided to target families and create a "family friendly" machine. Now I'm not suggesting you do that with comics. What I mean is a wider look at (for example) the success of manga with a female audience- why is this? I won't pretend to be an expert pundit and say how you apply that to Marvel and/or DC, but what I am saying is perception can be changed.

  • May 8, 2009, 10:25 a.m. CST

    Powerful Girls

    by Homer Sexual

    I have to go with Joe here....imo, Sarah Palin's values include hypocrisy, cruelty, kickbacks and intimidation, among others. And that's without taking the easy shots at the differences between her stated views and her family life. But some people like her. These are not people many of us here have much in common with, and vice versa. <p> What was wrong with the first issue of Power Girl? She looked fine, if slightly too cartoonish for my taste. The story was ok. I don't understand the negative reaction. <p> OMG, New Mutants was indeed super duper awesome, I guess we'll talk about that next week. <p> And, sorry, but I have to agree again that, generally speaking, girls and women just don't like super hero comics specifically. Comics, sure. Super hero comics, not so much. Frankly, most women don't really like Super Hero movies either and that's why we're stuck with, for example, a whole bunch of horrible Tobey/Kristen dribble in the Spider Man movies.

  • May 8, 2009, 1:05 p.m. CST

    New Mutants

    by steverodgers

    Haven't read it yet, but can't wait to get some Dani Moonstar back in my life. Remember the issues with like the Demon bear or whatever - those covers were awesome.

  • ...or you'll be permabanned. We don't tolerate that shit here at AICN Comics.

  • May 8, 2009, 3 p.m. CST

    Sleazy and Steve

    by Homer Sexual

    Mr Sentinel's comments would be way more applicable to me than JoeNathan...but I bet I'm at least as well read as he. <p> Too bad, Steve. Though I had a total geekgasm over New Mutants, Dani doesn't appear in issue #1. Gonna have to be patient.

  • May 8, 2009, 6:45 p.m. CST

    So by your logic...

    by Continentalop

    I can call black people the N world all I want because I am not a racist? <p> But you just solved your own dilemma: Michelle Obama can say un-American things all she likes - it just proves how much she doesn't hate America.

  • May 9, 2009, 9:34 a.m. CST

    What is "unAmerican?"

    by WT

    I'm sorry I don't get what she's said that's unAmerican. If anything, her recent trip to an impoverished school in innercity London was like a showing of the "American dream". I say at least wait a bit and try to get as much positive as you can. The alternative is the dour deathtrudge of our current British government!

  • May 9, 2009, 10:18 a.m. CST

    Sarah & Todd Have Hired Me...

    by Buzz Maverik

    ...to lead the Alaskan National Army. You may call me Field Marshall Maverik, which is an upgrade reboot from the old Buzz Maverik & His Psycho Mercenaries.

  • May 9, 2009, 11:55 a.m. CST

    Mr. Sentinel, Why Do You Hate...

    by Buzz Maverik

    ...mutants. Programming aside, because androids and robots always rebel against their programming (eh, Vision, eh, Ultron, eh, Amazo). What have mutants ever done? Aside from Magneto taking over the military base and the Brotherhood conquering that one little country in South America that always got conquered in early Marvel. You're going to judge a whole stage of human evolution based on a few bad apples? And when the mutants fight back, you use that as evidence that they are menaces? What was Havok supposed to do? You Sentinels were coming at Polaris full force and Bobby Drake couldn't ice up and the Beast was on the run? I ask you.

  • May 9, 2009, 11:59 a.m. CST

    Buzz Maverik Says UnAmerican Things.

    by Buzz Maverik

    Beret. Pinata. Prime Minister. Ska. Bollocks 'n' kidney pie with a fried egg on top. Abba. Bollywood. Chow Yun Fat.<p>Say, this is fun. Of course, I will now have to name my own name when I testify in front of Senator McCarthy, Estes Kefeauver, Roy Cohn and Dick Nixon.