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The Pull List (Click title to go directly to the review) GREEN LANTERN #54 X-FACTOR #204 SPELL CHECKERS Vol.1 THE SPIRIT #1 WWE HEROES: RISE OF THE FIRST BORN #2 SIEGE: SPIDER-MAN #1 (One Shot) THE GUILD #1-2 MARVEL HER-OES #1 Retro Review: CAPTAIN AMERICA: TO SERVE & PROTECT TPB Big Eyes For the Cape Guy presents BUNNY DROP Vol. 1 Indie Jones presents THE BOONDOCK SAINTS #1

GREEN LANTERN #54

Writer: Geoff Johns Artist: Doug Mahnke Publisher: DC Comics Reviewer: Optimous Douche

There’s an obvious power-play happening at DC. While this could be the final death rattle for the congealed holistic continuity between all DC titles coveted by old fanfucks, it also is a sign that we will witness a new level of co-opetition between singular stories to see which creators’ brain children will reign supreme.
The seeds have already been planted; after all, DC has been operating this way for the last few years. What’s changed in recent months is that instead of conjuring loosely bound narratives like COUNTDOWNS and CRISES that seemed to cause more confusion than clarity someone finally just said, “fuck it just do whatever the hell you guys want to do.” And all I can say in reply is, “Thank the smelly seat cushion of Metron’s chair.”
Yes, I am part of that new breed of collector that is willing to forego the days of when a whisper of plot line would be uncovered in BATMAN, exploited and blow-out in SUPERMAN and then trickle down through the B-list titles. The universe has simply become too large and convoluted to support this model we all grew up with. Personally, I’m looking forward to this future of spandex fiefdoms.
In one corner you have Morrison working his magic with Batman and hopefully justifying the return of the multi-verse in coming months. Dan Didio promised us at last year’s Wizard World this would be so, and I for one always believe a comic editor. Robinson is still doing his thing with the multitude of Kryptonians in the various Superman titles. Not much else to say there so moving on. Great work is being done in the C-lister verse, but we’re here to talk GREEN LANTERN and specifically how Johns has made the B-List roster the best damn read in all of DC.
We still don’t know a hell of a lot, which is exactly how I should feel during this stage-setting phase of the next GREEN LANTERN epoch. Yes, epoch. This is not an event. As a matter of fact, I would love it if the term “event” could be magically circumcised from our collective tongues. We have become sheep people, believing in the marketing more than the stories themselves. Somewhere, I think it was around 2005, the term event became a grave misnomer. When everything is an event eventually nothing is an event. Both Marvel and DC are guilty. Just stop it with the events already; they are parlor tricks to draw in the uninitiated. Here’s a clue, guys--you won’t baptize new readers this way. Just keep making movies and the new readers will come.
Heroically Creepy…if I can be so bold as to create a sub-genre for comics, that’s the best way I can describe the current state of GREEN LANTERN and BRIGHTEST DAY. The heroic part naturally comes from Johns doing what he does best, ret-conning what once was for the modern age. The creepy part is all Mahnke. More on that in a minute.
If I had to pick one moment that stuck in my mind, it would be the simple interchange between Hal Jordan and Carol Ferris in the old pilot hang-out bar. Most reviewers got full on fanboners for the set-up at the end of issue, and while it gets my green goblin all riled up as well, it’s the interchange between Hal and Carol that sits at the crux of everything GREEN LANTERN right now. We knew there would be a “come to Jesus” moment for the love the two professed during the throes of battle in BLACKEST NIGHT. Johns is often accused of ret-conning to fit into his version of the universe. Not here. Despite professing their true feelings, the two still dance around the issue. It’s worked for them for the past forty years and I commend Johns for putting that passion on the back-burner instead of turning up the heat.
After the two have this awkward moment they decide to do what any of us would do with pent-up sexual frustration – go fly some fighter planes, baby. We’ll ignore the fact they did this right after they were at a bar. A swoop in by Sinestro during this frivolous sortie made me realize once again when Johns is on — the man is on. To date I have never read another author that has made a son-of-a-bitch so damn likeable. Johns is able to convey every arrogant ounce of Sinestro while somehow still making him…dare I say…noble. All of this of course is leading Hal Jordan on the path of discovering why the White Light keeps asking for him.
That’s what we know; the rest of the issue serves as an exercise in foreshadowing and where Mahnke rocked out with his cock out: a lone green shackled figure on Ryut that was around before the Corps…hell, before the Manhunters that predated the Corps; that same figure calling to a drooling Hector Hammond; a truce between Atrocitus, guy Gardner and Ganthet that threatens to tear the Corps asunder; and finally Larfleeze still tormenting Luthor. This was probably the most horrific and the most amusing moment. How Mahnke portrays Larfleeze precariously balancing his pet Guardian like part child part puppet was startling, and Luthor’s line about Earth’s greatest asset will make Donner fans squeal with glee.
BRIGHTEST DAY may not accentuate the “big players” of DC, but I will say hands down this is the biggest and best story they have going right now.
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X-FACTOR #204

Writer: Peter David Penciler: Valentine De Landro Published by: Marvel Comics Reviewed by: BottleImp

As a selective comic book reader, there is one word which, when I see it emblazoned on one of my regular titles, causes my eyes to roll back in my head and bile to rise in my gullet. That word: crossover. There’s a reason I don’t buy every single X-MEN title on the racks (or AVENGERS-related, or DC, etc.); part of this reason is the mere pragmatism that won’t allow me to throw all my money away on what used to be a fairly inexpensive hobby, the other part is the simple fact that I read what I like and I like what I read. If I don’t enjoy reading a certain title, then I don’t want to be forced to spend money on that title just because the powers-that-be at the editorial department decided to force their writers to drop what they had planned and tell one part of a big story designed to either A) dramatically change the world of BLANK…forever! Or B) bring in some cash. Luckily, there seems to be one writer whose opinion on crossovers mirrors my own, and that writer is X-FACTOR’s Peter David.
So this issue is a tie-in with the “Second Coming” thing that apparently is happening throughout all Marvel’s mutant books, and from the text page introduction in this issue I’m getting that a Sentinel from the future has resurrected some old X-Men villains in an attempt to destroy mutantkind forever, blah blah blah…in a nutshell, the same old, same old. Frankly, we’ve seen it all before. In fact, we’ve seen it most recently in the very pages of this series, right down to the whole time-travel thing. Does this mean that X-FACTOR is embarking on a boring repetition of this recent plotline? Far from it. Thankfully, David is not only continuing the adventures of Madrox’s misfit mutant detectives as he intended, the writer is using the burden of the crossover as a way to draw attention to the fact that X-FACTOR is NOT repeat NOT the typical X-book. The resurrected Bolivar Trask, creator of the Sentinels, is shown conferring with the U.S. government’s Mutant Response Division about how to eliminate the “mutant threat” that X-Factor poses, and during this discussion it is pointed out that, “…they’re not terrorists. There’s nothing for us to respond to…X-Factor is a business. They’ve broken no laws.” It’s great to see that even when David and Co. are roped into the latest spandex super-nonsense storylines that are the hallmark of the mainstream X-books, the focus of the title remains on what makes it appealing to readers like me in the first place: the fact that the comic ISN’T the typical spandex super-nonsense.
David also continues on his mission to bring the X-Factor team out into the wider scope of the Marvel Universe rather than letting it stew in the “mutants only” corner, as he uses the unconventional character the Absorbing Man as this issue’s plot device. Along with the previous Dr. Doom oriented storyline and the current use of Dr. Strange’s nemesis Baron Mordo, the Thor villain serves as a reminder to the readers of Marvel’s longstanding, once innovative tradition of a shared world for all of its characters.
Yes, there’s less of the X-Factor team than I would have liked to see, thanks to the need for pages to be spent on crossover-related plot exposition. We still have yet to see the return of Syren (now re-christened Banshee) or why Layla Miller kept Shatterstar with her in Latveria, and I could have done with seeing more of Guido and Monet’s subplot. But despite being fettered by editorial direction, David is still on course with his plotting…he’s just taking a more indirect route. And unlike the “Secret Invasion” Larry Stroman debacle, the scenery is still pretty, thanks to De Landro. So stay strong, X-Factor fans. According to the “Second Coming” checklist at the end of this comic, we’ve only got two more issues to go until we can go back to happily ignoring the rest of Marvel’s mutants.
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 here. He’s given up comics more times than he can remember. But every time he thinks he's out, they pull him back in.

SPELL CHECKERS vol. 1

Jamie S. Rich: Writer
Nicolas Hitori De & Joelle Jones: Artists
Oni Press: Publisher
Vroom Socko: Living Weezer Song

Nine years ago, Oni released a story about three young women who were secretly assassins. Written by Gail Simone and illustrated by Lea Hernandez, KILLER PRINCESSES was funny and action packed. The cool thing about it, though, was it was also an attack on two of America's pasttimes, the pursuit of fame and the elevation of mediocrity. It's a favorite of mine, if for no other reason than it makes frequent reference to the short story Gimple the Fool.
Now Oni has a new book about a trio of bitchy girls who have a secret life, this time as a coven of witches. This new book, SPELL CHECKERS, also has an undercurrent of social commentary, this time on the sense of entitlement held by young beautiful people that they deserve whatever they want whenever they want. Now, I'm not saying that Jamie Rich is ripping off Gail the Great. I'm instead suggesting that Oni is developing its own new genre. Well, if future stories along these lines are as good as these, I'd certainly welcome them.
This particular story features three 16 year olds who at a young age stole a book of spells from an old wiccan woman, and proceed to use their new powers toward such noble ends as cheating on their history exams, banging cute boys, and generally holding court as the top bitches in their high school. This lasts until one of the three is confronted with a problem she inexplicably can't magic away. Then one of the others finds her power level drained, and before you can say catfight the three are at each other's throats.
These three are genuinely hateful, unlikable wastes of skin. One of then, Kimberly, has a protracted rant against learning history, since it's all about crap that's already happened, so what's the point. I'm reminded of what Stephen Fry had to say on the subject: that it's the kids who think like this that end up unemployed alcoholics, while those who find joy in learning are the one who actually do something with their fucking lives. Anyway...the point is, there's every reason to dislike these girls. But because Jamie Rich fills the pages with as much schadenfreude as physically possible, and with the anti-entitlement sentiment to the narrative, I can't help but love these horrid c***s.
Now, I know that I've praised both Mr. Rick and Ms. Jones on this site before (and in the interest of full disclosure, they and I have had occasion to drink from the same bottle of scotch once or twice) but it's Nicolas Hitore De that really wowed me in this book. There's a scene where Cynthia, the bitchiest of these bitches, is attempting to stick to her regular routine of avoiding gym class, and failing spectacularly. You can write a scene like this and WANT it to be funny, but it's up to the visuals to sell the comedy. Hitore De sells it. Man, does he sell it. This is the first work of his I've read. It definitely won't be the last.
The best thing about this book, though, are the two words right on the front: VOLUME ONE. I already know there's a Volume Two in the works, (scotch, remember) and I hope like hell there'll be a third one after that. These girls are just begging for a comeuppance, and I want to be there when it happens.
Vroom Socko, aka Aaron Button, only hates two types of people: those who think they can manipulate the world to suit their own ends, and Seattle Sounders fans. Anyone else, and he's pretty easygoing. He's also a huge fan of online comics, so if you've got one, send a link his way.

THE SPIRIT #1

er(s): Mark Schultz (Denny O’Neil on backup) Artist(s): Moritat (Bill Sienkiewicz on backup) Publisher: DC Comics Reviewed by Humphrey Lee

After a strong start, this whole FIRST WAVE idea has started to lose me. After the highly, highly entertaining DOC SAVAGE/BATMAN special that kicked this off, I was enthralled by idea of having all these pulp heroes in their own little universe to play with. The problem is, the concept has fallen silent. The first issue of the FIRST WAVE series proper came out and…it was okay. Too much meandering, too many subplots thrown out there right off the bat, not enough of characters we came to see, but that’s also to be expected since two of them, the Doc and The Spirit, were getting their own books. But that’s when the other speed bump hit two weeks ago, when DOC SAVAGE #1 came out and was probably the worst comic I’ve read all year. And now that brings us to the newest volume of THE SPIRIT, which now has the unfortunate role of renewing my enthusiasm for this whole FIRST WAVE endeavor…
And it kind of does for the most part. If anything, I think I’m excited for the idea of a SPIRIT book that doesn’t exist just to exist like happened to the book after the departure of Darwyn Cooke on his fantastic run. This first issue kind of quenched my thirst so to speak for a Spirit tale that seems to have some sort of direction and handle on the character and how he operates. An essence of the character if you will, which is what I wanted out of this whole FIRST WAVE concept to begin with, complete with the retro-pulp setting and everything.
The story of this first issue is pretty typical to be honest. Spirit busts up some thugs, gathers some info, hangs out with Commissioner Dolan and rubs his daughter/perpetual love interest the wrong way, and the Octopus does some scheming. But it’s the way it’s executed that had me enjoying this. The way The Spirit has no qualms just walking around, night or day, in his duds to do what he has to do. I’m not exactly a Spirit expert, but I think I’ve read enough to know that there needs to be an atypical blend of seriousness with aloofness from our fedora-bearing scourge of the underworld to make a book featuring him work. A little camp to go with the gritty, and Mark Schultz with the ingenious pick of ELEPHANTMEN’s Moritat to bring that all to visual light handles that balancing act very admirably. At the least it’s made me highly excited for the next issue of this book and to see how he is further handled in the FIRST WAVE mini itself.
As for the backup that drove the price of this up a buck, I’m kind of indifferent on it. On the one hand, love both the gentlemen involved. Think they are two of the most creative minds the industry has seen. But the story, while a little nifty with the turn it takes at the end, is a little disposable and I really, really, really don’t think I can handle Sienkiewicz art in black and white. So many lines that it all kind of bleeds together and looks muddled and scratchy without the colors to separate and drive home the emphasis. But it’s still enjoyable, and if DC is adamant to get what money they can out of this book for its continued existence, so be it. I can think of way more asinine back ups that I’ve paid for in the past and continue to pay for coughNomadinCaptainAmeriacough. I don’t find myself angry this book costs an extra buck for its existence, but I’d rather just be paying three for the main story.
Overall, I think we’ve found at least one winner of a book to justify this entire FIRST WAVE push, and I hope we continue to see more of this Spirit regardless of what happens in the main arc of this movement. I would just like to see some more traction in the main tale, more of the other characters I hoped into this to see, hell, I’d just like to see another issue (two months now I think the wait between issues one and two will be? Bleh). But, until then, I’ll just have to remain satisfied with the existence of a SPIRIT book that gets it right again.
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.

WWE HEROES: RISE OF THE FIRST BORN #2

Writer: Keith Champagne Art: Andy Smith Publisher: Titan Books Reviewer: Mr. Pasty

The boys over at World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) are back in part two of Titan’s ongoing comic book series titled HEROES: RISE OF THE FIRST BORN. And what started as an interesting tale of ancient gods showing up at Wrestlemania to settle a thousand-year old score has quickly and (gruesomely) turned into BLACKEST MONDAY NIGHT RAW. I guess it’s unrealistic to think that a comic can exist in a zombie-free world but hey, it’s a sign of the times. Nazis have officially been replaced by the undead and truth be told, I kind of miss them. At least they had some sort of personality. Zombies have all the charm of a timeshare presentation – minus the fifty bucks you get for listening. And for me, that’s where HEROES stumbles.
I enjoyed part one. It had a nice balance between alternate realities. The wrestling stars did what wrestling stars do: They wrestled. Of course there was the banter and tomfoolery you would expect from a typical WWE show, but it was offset by the more serious tone found in the story of the two Shadow Brothers fighting for world domination. It was obvious these stories were eventually going to intersect, but I think it might have happened a little too soon and in my opinion a little too darkly. There are three deaths in the second half of this book and while they occur (mostly) off screen, they’re incredibly graphic in nature. One innocent bystander and one WWE wrestler are stabbed to death. Another has his heart crushed or zapped (hard to tell) but again, for a comic that is sure to attract a younger audience, I found the subject matter a little unsettling. I had originally intended on giving the first two issues to a friend who has a 7-year-old son that loves wrestling. Now I’m not so sure. Maybe I’m getting old? Hard to say, but as I think back, the last stabbing I can recall in a PG book was when Marlo Chandler got a knife in her back courtesy of Rick Jones’ psycho mom -- but at least she survived and made a full recovery (thanks to Jones’ patented itsy-bitsy spider physical therapy treatment). But I digress.
This seemed more like an Afghani hostage video, as the victims pleaded for their lives. Vince McMahon makes an appearance but is not killed, though it would have been understandable if the evil forces had seen a clip of the Mae Young-Mark Henry storyline from way back when. I don’t want to sound overly negative because the book does have its moments. I definitely dig Smith’s artwork and Champagne has good command of the narrative. Is it fair to slam a book for telling a story I don’t like – especially when it’s told well? That’s tough to say. I can’t call this a bad comic but between the murder and the zombies I don’t see myself committing to issue #3. Maybe everyone comes back to life in the end? It happens all the time in both wrestling and comics. A Paul Bearer cameo would go a long way in restoring my sense of optimism.
I’m a wrestling fan, and obviously I’m a comic book fan. Bring them together and you should have a double the pleasure, double the fun, right? Unfortunately,no. WWE HEROES: RISE OF THE FIRST BORN #2 fails to capitalize on the compelling groundwork laid by the debut issue and takes what I found to be an unnecessarily dark and morbid turn. It’s a decent comic that has a very indecent ending.
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SIEGE: SPIDER-MAN #1 (One Shot)

Writer: Brian Reed Art: Marco Santucci Publisher: Marvel Comics Reivewer: Johnny Destructo

I’ve been approached by people on the street who offer me sub-par services in exchange for money. Prostitutes slinging their raggedy tomatoes, homeless folks armed with Windex and newspapers, ready to "wash" the windshield of my car at an intersection, so on and such forth. Sometimes after they've finished smearing my windshield, I'll throw them a couple bucks out of respect for their attempts. I'm not saying that Brian Reed is a prostitute and that Marco Santucci is a homeless man. What I AM saying is that despite my charitable givings, I wouldn't pay them money for this book.
I've been enjoying the main SIEGE title, to be sure. But after reading this issue and last week's SIEGE: CAPTAIN AMERICA, I definitely won't be plunking down any more doubloons for these One-Shot cash-grabs. That isn't to say there isn't a touch of worth in here; the writing is mildly entertaining and the art does its job just fine. There's just nothing to sink your symbiotic teeth into. It's all icing, no cake. It's like this: Venom and Spidey take a detour from the main battle to duke it out in the nearby town of Broxton, Oklahoma, only to get interrupted by Ms. Marvel who abruptly gets taken over by the symbiote. Blah, blah blah, Spidey fights her, she breaks free of the goo and knocks the reunited Venom into next week before flying Spidey back into the main story of Siege.
The only thing that piqued my interest was the bit of news that comes out about Ms. Marvel "has emotions" towards Spidey. While the symbiote had its slime wrapped around Ms. Marvel, he was able to feel what she feels toward Spidey. Not having read much of Ms. Marvel, I'm not 100% sure what is being referenced. Is this old news, or something to be touched upon in the future? I'm sure someone reading this will let me know down in the talkbacks if I've missed something, so fire away!
As for this issue though, I love personal character pieces as much as the next guy, but I just can't recommend spending money on this. Take that $2.99 and hand it to your Friendly Neighborhood Window Washer instead.

MARVEL HER-OES #1

Writer: Grace Randolph Artist: Craig Rousseau Publisher: Marvel Comics Reviewer: KletusCasaday

Well damn…where do I start with this one? First off the title is stupid seeing that there is an actual word for female heroes…anybody? Yup, it’s heroine. Now I know its not the best word seeing as it’s also a drug that contributed to the deaths of many of our beloved rock stars, but it is a word. I am very skeptical on Marvel’s approach to doing more female oriented comics--not that they shouldn’t but I question the approach. DC does a fine job with titles such as Batgirl, Wonder WomAn, Detective Comics, Supergirl--and none of these books scream “Look at us we’re women AND we’re in a comic book!” Do they really think women (or girls) want to read comics with “Girl” or “Her” in the title? I’m sure if you marketed a book to younger kids called Kid’s Comics any kid above the age of seven would probably skip it due to the perceived amount of fluff that could be found within those pages. Personally I think they should have got a few bad ass teams of writers and artists and just put out some quality one shots rather than (and this is no insult to the team on this book) getting a writer and artist that few people are familiar with. I’ve heard of Craig Rousseau but I don’t know that his name is selling books on its own (I could be wrong), which brings me to my next question for Marvel: why aren’t you treating this “Women of Marvel” thing with the same respect you would treat a high profile book? Why are these books relegated to relatively unknown creative teams and stupid titles? I know they did put out Sif and Firestar (one shot) and those looked cool but these silly titles aimed directly at women (or girls) are a little questionable (however I did sell out of GIRL COMICS #1).
Now this story isn’t bad but I have a little problem with it. It basically takes place at a high school that a few high school age super ladies go to. The very loose plot of this comic (if you’re worried about spoilers…get over it this is not one of those books) is that Janet Van Dyne (Wasp…recently deceased in the 616) likes a boy in high school but she’s kind of nerdy and feels weird about talking to him but the same boy is under the watchful eye of none other than Namorita (recently resurrected in MI13 or is it Nova? Or is that megann…AAAGGHHG whatevs!) and they argue and fight over said boy using their super powers. This in my humble opinion is a pretty stereotypical plot for anything involving two women especially a book aimed at a younger female audience. I mean isn’t that the plot of almost every high school movie with a female protagonist? My major complaint about this book is that it seems that they didn’t try very hard to stray away from a conventional “girl” story. I guess this book may be for kids so maybe I shouldn’t look too deep into this--or should I? A lot of things in our society perpetuate stereotypes and get overlooked and yes most of these things are a lot bigger deals than a comic book for kids but shouldn’t we try to at least curb these kinds of ideas? I know I have a lot of questions in this review but I’m trying to make you think, dammit!
Ok I’ll get back to reviewing…this book isn’t breaking any new ground with writing and the artwork is ok but everyone’s head is tilted at a weird angle and looks kinda knock off manga-ish. The art looks like Kenneth Rocafort if he was 13 (with a lot less style), which isn’t necessarily a bad thing but it definitely not a good thing. The one cool thing I found about this book was Janet’s librarian pal who has…let’s say…an anger management problem. I was actually surprised when I found out who this person was and maybe it’s because I was little hung over when I read it and missed something but I thought it was a cool addition. Marvel has other kid comics (that don’t mention it in the title) that are actually pretty good like Marvel Age Spider-man or Marvel Age Avengers that just take some of the grittiness, blood and more adult oriented things out but still manage to craft a story that even an adult could enjoy and desire more of. This title does not do that and I’d be surprised to see any male or female over the age of 8 that would want to pick this up. I know that this book was maybe designed with girls in mind but a good comic can transcend any kind of gender lines and appeal to anyone who appreciates comics.
This comic wasn’t for me and maybe that’s why I wasn’t really in to it but I feel they could have made a better effort to make a comic that anyone could enjoy and not pigeon hole this comic into some pink room with a Taylor Lautner Fathead on the wall. I guess maybe super young kids who have yet to read and fully comprehend that which they are reading may enjoy this book because it has pictures and colors, but I can’t see too many other people being interested enough to purchase the remaining three issues. But I guess if your mom is buying you comics (yes you, 40 year old person living in your mom’s basement) and you don’t have any choice in the matter, you’ll read anything. Basically I recommend you stick to the Marvel Age titles because they are fun and probably won’t have as much fluff and “girl” stuff as this comic. I’m not sure what age ranges this book is for but it has to be for ultra young kids. The bottom line is kids over the age of 8 or so don’t want comics for kids, they want regular comics that everyone else is reading and unless they have super strict parents that’s what there are going to buy.

CAPTAIN AMERICA: TO SERVE AND PROTECT

Writer: Mark Waid Artist: Ron Garney, with Dale Eaglesham and Andy Kubert Inker: Bob Wiacek Publisher: Marvel Comics Reviewer: William

This past weekend I was in Richardson, TX for Official Pix’s Sci-Fi Expo. My first ever convention of any kind, and I had such a blast. I got to meet Adam Baldwin, took pics with some Klingons, spoke a little with Roger Christian during his Q&A, and even got an autograph from the lovely Jaime King. I’m afraid I wasn’t too familiar with her work as I got to her booth, but I can honestly say that she is one of the most beautiful women I have ever met in my short life. So petite and charming.
In any case, while perusing the comic book vendors I came across one seller who had some boxes of clearance comics. Knowing that within one man’s trash is always another man’s treasure, I looked through the bunch and eventually found this great TPB from Mark Waid and Ron Garney.
Captain America remains one of my favorite comic book characters ever. Jingoism and all, he is Marvel’s version of Superman. So clean and All-American, to see any harm come to him always makes me take notice. I quickly began reading this TPB while I was waiting in another line, and I must say that this remains a truly great read.
To sum it up, it deals with the theme of “Capmania” as Captain America suddenly becomes a major superhero celebrity. Trying to convey to the people that he should be a symbol of hope rather than a product, Captain America balances a world that follows his every move as he continues his fight against villains. In this regard, Mark Waid hits a home run here as he presents one of the best Captain Americas I have ever read. Always looking to fight for truth, justice and the American Way; always willing to stand up to anyone (in this case HYDRA) looking to terrorize his American public. It’s interesting to note how Waid wrote this during a time before September 11. Here he explores terrorism through hokey villains as HYDRA and Batroc, with Captain America always being held in such a warm American light. After the Twin Tower attacks happened and former President Bush began his War on Terror, it would’ve been interesting to see how Waid would’ve handled such a change within Captain America.
A great plot point however remains with Captain America losing his iconic shield. This is one of the BEST moments here as it shows Captain America in his best spotlight. After having jettisoned himself and some naval officer out of an exploding submarine, Captain America suddenly finds himself with the choice of either saving the now critically injured officer or his plummeting one-of-a-kind shield, one about to be lost within the depths of the Atlantic Ocean forever. So Captain America easily picks the former, only hesitating slightly before making the right choice. Such a great moment.
Ron Garney (and company) provide some adequate artwork too. While sometimes too cartoony, Garney knows how to milk those patriotic shots as Captain America charges into battle.
In any case I highly recommend this TPB if you’re a fan of Captain America. It’s a nostalgic trip back to the more innocent days in America and Captain America’s life.


BUNNY DROP Vol. 1

By Yumi Unita Released by Yen Press Reviewer: Scott Green

BUNNY DROP is the story of a 30 year old office worker who takes it upon himself to raise his six year old aunt. It's not sci-fi. (Though, If you read much anime/manga, it's not hard to imagine a series that would actually do that.)
Upon being notified of the death of his grandfather, Daikichi hastily arranged for some time off of work and commuted back to his home town. Upon opening the gate to his grandfather's house, he was met with the tense gaze of a young girl in black mourning dress, clutching a bellflower in her hand. While he'd been focused on his career, Daikichi hadn't been around his family for a while, so his immediate guess was that the young girl was his niece. Entering the house, Daikichi meets his mother and she corrects the assumption. In fact, the girl is Daikichi's grandfather's illegitimate daughter. No one in the family is quite sure of the circumstances that lead to the elderly man fathering a child, and no one is too enthusiastic about taking in the six year old girl. It is perhaps telling that the manga never identifies who lets Daikichi know that her name is Rin. Her silence is off-putting, especially in contrast to Daikichi's rambunctious like aged niece. Creepily, she begins shadowing Daikichi, presumably due to his sometimes startling resemblance to his grandfather. If Unita had illustrated her with dark rather than light hair, she could've been mistaken for one of Japan's "dead girl" ghosts.
The child's presence spurs an impromptu family meeting. In the heated discussion, they cuss the old man. They make dehumanizing comments about Rin. Daikichi's mother in particular vocally asserts that the others in the room don't know the sacrifice it takes to raise a child. Daikichi angrily wonders where Rin's reality fits into the scheme of their reasoning. Quietly, he spells out that he believes Rin is more intelligent and more sensitive than they give her credit, not to mention, more likely to mature into a proper adult. Then, he leaves, taking her with him.
Next we see Rin waking up in Daikichi's cramped apartment, telling him that she's hungry. He's immediately barraged with the practicalities of the situation. She needs clothes. He needs to figure out her daycare arrangements. And, there's an effect on his life. Minor alterations include being more selective about what programming he watches on TV least something like the new upset Rin. More major ones include a significant reworking of his career path.
Prior to his grandfather's death, Daikichi was fine focusing on his work. A guy doesn't need to "have it all" - career, marriage, family - the first will suffice. After Rin moves in, he bemoans his single status, but being derailed from the fast track is apparently what really gets him.
To reuse a previously made generalization, manga for young audiences tend to be about aspiration, while manga for older audiences tend to be about reconciliation. In discussing Bunny Drop, David Welsh brilliantly raise the point that men have a propensity for staging their involvement in child raising activities as heroic. Naoki Urasawa's 20th Century Boys comes to mind. In that manga, the protagonist takes it upon himself to manage the family store and raise the infant daughter that his sister abandoned. I'll certainly admit that I was impressed. 20th Century Boy's hero is initially berated for this. He's the last bachelor in his circle of friends, and his mother laments for his future. It's an understatement to say that the character is on the receiving end of a lot of trouble, but sooner rather than later, he's positioned as not just responsible, but heroic... messianic even.
In contrast, Daikichi is simply doing his best. I thought that Urasawa did a fine job capturing mature responsibility, but that holds nothing to Unita's matter of fact suggestion that her protagonist is simply filling the need to raise a child, and not entitled to be canonized for it.
Scott Green has been writing for AICN ANIME for over eight years. If you like what you see here and love anime & manga, be sure to check out his latest AICN ANIME column every week on AICN.

THE BOONDOCK SAINTS #1

Written by Troy Duffy and J.B. Love Art by: Toby Cypress Published by: 12 Gauge Comics Reviewed by: Irish Rican

Boondock fans had to wait ten long years for a sequel to the cult favorite film. Luckily writer/creator Troy Duffy is not going to make fans wait that long again for the continuing adventures of the McManus brothers. While the movie brought us several years forward in the action, the new comic book series by 12 Gauge Comics brings us back within familiar territory.
The comic looks to add to the Boondock mythos by telling tales not told within both films’ fabric. The first issue is very similar to what Kevin Smith did many years ago with Clerks: The Lost Scene. Both comics tell tales within the film that were never actually shot. What's more amazing about both books is that they are written by the creators of the film, giving it that much more credibility.
The first issue of Boondock brings us right to the point in the film where the character most people loved, Rocco the Funnyman, realized he could help the two brothers bent on killing off bad guys. Rocco's mind is an encyclopedia of crime thanks to his time spent in the very, very lower depths of the mob as a bagman.
Suddenly the brothers McManus and Rocco are on a boat sailing to what we can assume to be bad guys. Rocco is pleased to be out on this adventure with his two best friends but not happy about being on the water. It seems he, just like me, gets a little green around the gills being in a small boat on choppy water.
Going in-depth on this plot is not worth it for a number of reasons. First: this is a Boondock comic. We all know the bad guys will all die in a blaze of glory. Second: one of the best parts of the comic is Troy Duffy's writing. His writing skills are as sharp as they've ever been and those abilities translate swimmingly to the comic book genre. Duffy is very comfortable writing his own characters and by being one of the few writer/directors who actually take time to work on a comic book we know that he's doing so out of the love for the characters and his fans.
THE BOONDOCK SAINTS #1 is a Duffy power punch. It's sleek, funny, and exciting - perfect for fans of the films and of the comic book genre. The comic has a bit of everything from action to amazing dialogue that rings out quicker then the machine gun blasts. My only hope is that the series bring us up to speed of how the brothers wound up in Ireland by the beginning of the second film. Hopefully Troy Duffy and his crew have much more to bring us in the future.
Ryan McLelland AKA Irish Rican 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. Ryan's new webcomic Mobile Estates can be found at www.mobileestatescomic.com.

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  • April 28, 2010, 8:33 a.m. CST

    Didn't everyone hate

    by unkempt_sock

    Boondock 2? Why would they make comic books?

  • April 28, 2010, 8:39 a.m. CST

    Not everyone

    by DatoMan413

    True, wasn't for everyone, but I got a kick out of it.

  • April 28, 2010, 8:40 a.m. CST

    Optimous

    by oaser

    I agree with your assertion of the things going on in DC. I like that each writer is in his own corner, caring only about his own work because it makes the storytelling that much greater. I'm tired of all the crossovers, and now that Blackest Night is over, we get a respite for the next big event. But, Morrison has been doing some great things with Batman and Robin, and Johns has been doing some great things with GL and Brightest Day. I think Johns' foreshadowing is one of his strong suits -- I love that he's building to something even after just dropping us from his previous "big thing." And thanks for pointing out that Ferris and Jordan go flying after drinking in a bar -- I found that a bit too silly. Keep up the great reviews!

  • April 28, 2010, 8:57 a.m. CST

    X-Factor is still around??

    by ShiftyEyedDog2

    I used to be a huge X-title reader. I gave up comics altogether because, like him) I was sick of crossovers (and the limited holo-foil-embossed-lenticular-super-special cover variants...$$$)<br><Br>so granted I've been out of the loop for a while. But when did X-Factor come back??

  • April 28, 2010, 9:03 a.m. CST

    So Irish Rican's official AICN duty

    by Laserhead

    is to try really, really hard to pimp all things Boondock Saints. You should attach yourself to a more worthwhile project, bud.

  • April 28, 2010, 9:04 a.m. CST

    It's been my experience that...

    by Joenathan

    only two types of people like Boondocks Saints: Douchebags and dumb girls.

  • April 28, 2010, 9:08 a.m. CST

    Although

    by Joenathan

    The Documentary Overnight is fucking awesome

  • April 28, 2010, 9:16 a.m. CST

    I'm not a douchebag or a dumb girl, and I liked Boondock Saints

    by rev_skarekroe

    I see it as more of a comedy than a badass action movie, though. And I didn't even bother with pt. 2 since DeFoe isn't in it.

  • April 28, 2010, 9:17 a.m. CST

    Marvel: It's a small world

    by ME_M

    What I remember from the earlier Marvel comics was that each title was largely self contained, but that guest visits by other heroes made it seem like a bigger world. The current titles have all heroes, all the time, which makes it seem like a much smaller world.

  • April 28, 2010, 9:18 a.m. CST

    Bottleimp is showing his age...

    by Joenathan

    "on what used to be a fairly inexpensive hobby"<br><br>Yeah? When? 1987?

  • April 28, 2010, 9:19 a.m. CST

    Rev

    by Joenathan

    Whatever you consider it, it is a terrible fucking movie. Watch Overnight and your opinion will change.

  • April 28, 2010, 9:21 a.m. CST

    Marvel Canceled Two Of Their Best Books: NOVA and GUARDIANS

    by LaserPants

    One supposes, to make more room for several more superfluous Wolverine, Xmen, and Avengers titles. Oh, I bet they'll all feature Deadpool prominently too! EPIC F***ING FAIL, Marvel. They're just getting worse, and worse, and worse...

  • April 28, 2010, 9:22 a.m. CST

    Boondock Saints, The Movie, Was TOTALLY RETARDED

    by LaserPants

    I never read the book owing to the fact that the movie was UNBELIEVABLY STUPID and AWFUL.

  • April 28, 2010, 9:24 a.m. CST

    I dunno, I think I like it BETTER because Troy Duffy is such a d

    by rev_skarekroe

    To me, the fact that the guy who made the film is such a self-important douchebag adds a whole new level of meta-humor to the film.

  • April 28, 2010, 9:25 a.m. CST

    ShiftyEyedDog2 (RE: X-Factor)...

    by MisterE

    ShiftyEyedDog2, the new X-Factor began with a "Madrox" miniseries in 2004, and continued with a new "X-Factor" monthly series in 2005. Peter David is writing and has produced some very good stories. For the most part "X-Factor" has managed to avoid crossing over with the other X-Titles, so you can pick up the back issues without having to worry about other series. The issue numbering for the new series is 1-50 and then 200-current. There were 149 issues in "X-Factor" volume 1, and Marvel changed the numbering on the new series when the total issue count for this property hit the 200-issue milestone.

  • April 28, 2010, 9:30 a.m. CST

    Technically Nova and Guardians are "on hiatus"...

    by rev_skarekroe

    ...while they're doing this Thanos crossover event. So we'll see if they bring 'em back later.

  • April 28, 2010, 9:31 a.m. CST

    LaserPants, I think Nova and GotG are coming back...

    by MisterE

    LaserPants, I think I read that Nova and GotG are coming back with new #1 issues. I hope that's the case, as Marvel's cosmic properties have been really entertaining since Thanos (2003), Drax (2005), and Annihilation (2006).

  • April 28, 2010, 9:32 a.m. CST

    No Cheap Shots?

    by letsfightinglove

    Whu happen? ME-M, your subject line made me think of a Small World ride with all Marvel charaters around the (Marvel) world. Latveria, Wakanda, the Savage Land...it could happen.

  • April 28, 2010, 9:34 a.m. CST

    Her-oes

    by Clash_at_Demonhead

    I thought Marvel was going to change the name due it sound like...it sounds. Comic nerds everywhere are giggling. They might as well have gone with X-Fems (but that sounds like they USED to be female), or somesuch ludicrious name. Not that I'm even a Marvel or DC fan, which I'm not (except for Batman the character, not the current Batman comics, if anyone cares). I just laugh at the poor marketing attempts in these troubling economic times. If Marvel was paying attention to today's female youth, they would observe that girls go for humourous writing and engaging stories over GIRL-POWER. Take, for example, my wife, who just finished the 5 existing Scott Pilgrim books, as well as Y: The Last Man. She loved the blend of comedy and action. Well, I don't know where I was going with that, but the Her-Oes title sucks. Orgasms lol.

  • April 28, 2010, 9:35 a.m. CST

    Rev

    by Joenathan

    Then you definitely nned to watch Overnight.

  • April 28, 2010, 9:37 a.m. CST

    Marvel Cosmic

    by Joenathan

    I think the idea is to give a new jumping-on point for those of us (like me) who have admently refused to read them before this, despite their good press. Nova is now a Secret Avenger, too, so that's a pretty positive sign for the future of his book.

  • April 28, 2010, 9:41 a.m. CST

    Overnight is awesome, Joen

    by Laserhead

    And Boondock Saints is the most hilariously homo-erotic grade-Z action movie ever made.

  • April 28, 2010, 9:44 a.m. CST

    rev_skarecroe

    by Rocco Curioso

    Maybe you *should* have a gander at "Boondock Saints 2" on DVD (hint, hint); you might be surprised.<P>Why the fuck would anyone want to make the Boondock Saints into a comic book? Loved the first movie, liked the second movie, but I don't see how the esoteric appeal of the movies can be properly translated to this venue. Doooesn't quite work.

  • April 28, 2010, 9:44 a.m. CST

    Thats really the worst new I could imagine

    by gooseud

    I honestly cant think of comic news that would bum me out more, other then the finale of Walking Dead, then finding out that GOTG and Nova are being canceled AKA on hiatus. That is just a complete shit sandwich. Nova is a Secret Avenger?? Gee what a fucking brilliant idea!! Lets take him away from the writers who have made him one of the best characters in the Marvel U, and in addition lets stick him on Earth, so he can stop do everything that made him cool (cosmic adventures), because god forbid we keep doing exactly what has been kicking epic amounts of ass up until this point. Fucking retarded.

  • April 28, 2010, 9:44 a.m. CST

    I Certainly Hope They Come Back!

    by LaserPants

    Marvel's Cosmic Books are their best books these days, imho. Joenathan, you should really pick up the first Nova trade from this latest run, it's really good. Guardians is really great too, and fun! Actually, pretty much all the cosmic books have been consistently great.

  • April 28, 2010, 9:47 a.m. CST

    Agree, Laser

    by gooseud

    Those are the best books that Marvel puts out, and it isnt even close. So, of course, in true editorial genius fashion, what is the logical response?? CANCEL THEM!! That's gold, Jerry, GOLD!!

  • April 28, 2010, 9:54 a.m. CST

    What I see happening at DC.

    by cookylamoo

    Is that Johns continues to reshape everything in the DC Universe and since he's a talented guy, most of what he comes up with is pretty good, easy to understand and get with enough of an adult feel to snare the modern fanboy. But the problem is, Johns can't write 100 books a month (although he tries) and as soon as he steps away from a character, sales go down. Plus, anyone who tries to fiddle too much with what Johns did, like Jim Starlin in the Hawkman Special, gets slapped down. As a result, the other creators have gone scrambling for their own corner of the DCU where the can run a little fiefdom and not interfere with the plans of the Lord. And the writers who write Johns concepts who are NOT Johns bear the brunt of the peasants scorn.

  • April 28, 2010, 9:59 a.m. CST

    The cosmic books are great (duh)

    by Laserhead

    I had no idea they were going on hiatus or whatever. I thought the Realm of Kings one-shot that introduced the Cthulu-verse was one of the best single issues I'd read in a long, long time.

  • April 28, 2010, 10:03 a.m. CST

    It seemed to me

    by Joenathan

    they weren't being canceled, they were just doing this Thanos thing, kind of like what they did for Cap: Rebirth or whatever it was called. Once Rebirth was over, Cap came back. So... calm down, ladies

  • April 28, 2010, 10:05 a.m. CST

    Laserpants

    by Joenathan

    The cosmic stuff is on my list. I think it's going to become pretty central in the MArvel U soon (meaning: The Avengers will get involved. HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! You hear that, kids? I bet Bendis is going to be touching it! A-HAHAHAHAHA! For serious, though: Bendis is awesome.) Anyway, I'm going to check them out, they're on my list, I'm just trying out X-Factor and Chew first and I haven't started them yet.

  • April 28, 2010, 10:40 a.m. CST

    Oh No! Not Bendis!!!

    by LaserPants

    Why not Hickman or Abnett / Lanning?! Those guys can actually write! Maybe a gritty space aged street noir from Brubaker.

  • April 28, 2010, 10:49 a.m. CST

    HAHAHAHAHA

    by Joenathan

    Bendis-ized!

  • April 28, 2010, 11:06 a.m. CST

    Boondock Saints?

    by loodabagel

    Hmm, I'll have to remember that reviewer so I know to never, ever trust his opinion.

  • April 28, 2010, 11:07 a.m. CST

    I do have a beef with Guardians....

    by Homer Sexual

    I agree that it's a great read but if any book overuses the "death" and resurrection of characters, it's this one. <p> First they kill off half the team, but I kept reading figuring they'd be back. Now Phylla is dead again. She died in an unexplained off-panel manner, so I figure she'll be back again. (If not, it would suck to die so lame-ly). And now Thanos is back. <p> Not that it's so bad to have Thanos back (although for me he is tiresomely one-note at this point. yes, he loves death. Got it). <p> I just wish they'd lay off the constant "death" of the team members, at least for a while. <p> Also, Nova as a Secret Avenger is not good. Nor Beast. Why can't Marvel allow their characters to stick with one team at a time?

  • April 28, 2010, 11:27 a.m. CST

    Yay Bendis writing Nova

    by gooseud

    Awesome, if there was one thing that character was missing, it was more conversations like this: "You mean....?" "I do" "No." "Yes" "It cant be....." "It is!" "But that means...." "I know" "The hell???"

  • April 28, 2010, 11:40 a.m. CST

    The Cthulu-Verse one shot

    by gooseud

    was indeed awesome, as have been the minis, they even made the Imperial Guard vaguely awesome (in addition to haveing a truly disturbing Cthulu-Prof X), and last week's Nova/Cthulu-Quasar issue of Nova was the tits.

  • April 28, 2010, 11:41 a.m. CST

    On another note

    by gooseud

    if ya arent reading American Vampire, your missing out, that is far and away the best new book I've read in years, literally. Its freakin AWESOME.

  • April 28, 2010, 11:55 a.m. CST

    Bendis rules Marvel

    by Joenathan

    Just admit it.<br><br>How's the art in American Vampire? I only glanced and I wasn't too keen.

  • April 28, 2010, 12:01 p.m. CST

    American vamp

    by optimous_douche

    I keep going back and forth. First issue I hated the roraring twenties story and really dug the old west.<p> This issue exact flip-flop.<p> Can't quantify it.<p> Hoping three will bring the two closer together like this issue did.

  • April 28, 2010, 12:22 p.m. CST

    GOLLY #5!!

    by Series7

    Nothing else fucking matters.

  • April 28, 2010, 12:29 p.m. CST

    Anybody pick up Ellis's Do Anything collection?

    by SpiderHarshaw

    I heard good things, but my shop didn't have it. Sadly, my list of floppies has officially been weeded down to The Walking Dead and Hate Annual. More money for trades, I suppose.

  • April 28, 2010, 12:30 p.m. CST

    Also...

    by SpiderHarshaw

    Boondock Saints is one of the absolute shittiest movies I've ever seen. Overnight was a blast, though.

  • April 28, 2010, 12:41 p.m. CST

    wow, irish rican is pimping boondock saints???

    by RedHorseVector

    WHAT A FUCKING SURPRISE. fucking SHILL.

  • April 28, 2010, 12:53 p.m. CST

    "Bendis rules Marvel"

    by LaserPants

    Indeed! That's why Marvel has been getting worse and worse and worse... Bendis and Quesadilla (and Didio over at DC) are the anti-matter of good comics. They're the Hack Lanterns.

  • April 28, 2010, 12:56 p.m. CST

    American Vampire Is Okay

    by LaserPants

    Not so surprisingly, the part written by Stephen King is half-assed hackery (his best days are so looooooooooooooooooong gone it's not even funny). The other guy, who's name I forget, is much better. Some flapper gets victimized by vamps, comes back a Flapper Daywalker Vamp.<br><br>Either way, in terms of de-Twilighting vampire stories, DEVIL and TURF are MUCH better.

  • April 28, 2010, 1:48 p.m. CST

    IF by "worse and worse and worse"

    by Joenathan

    you mean: super awesome and selling like crack filled hotcakes, then yes, I agree with you.<br><br>Also, New Secret Warriors and FF today! Woo!

  • April 28, 2010, 1:48 p.m. CST

    Read the first issue of American Vampire...

    by loodabagel

    I liked it, but I wasn't really blown away by anything. Both of the stories felt a little lacking. It's cool to have comics set in the 20s and cowboy times (1880s?) I'll pick up the second issue when it shows up here, but I'm on the verge of giving up on it altogether.

  • April 28, 2010, 1:57 p.m. CST

    Geez Looda, give it a chance!

    by gooseud

    Read issue #2, its pretty awesome, although whoever said it above is exactly right, the Old West storyline was better in issue #1 and the 1920's storyline was better in issue #2. Its pretty funny, I've been reading comics for 30 years and no one has managed to make me care about Reed Richards yet, but I actually care what happens to that flapper chick after just 2 issues. Odd.

  • April 28, 2010, 1:59 p.m. CST

    Also............

    by gooseud

    The Light and Fevre Dream were both good. Not amazing, but good. Check em out.

  • April 28, 2010, 2:01 p.m. CST

    Haha! Yes, Selling Like Crack To Crackheads

    by LaserPants

    ;p <br><br>Nah, but seriously, whatevs. I like Marvel too, I just think they've been sucking lately (with notable exceptions we've discussed). Also, I might be wrong here, and not that it proves one is better than the other (how can one "prove" subjective opinion anyways?), but isn't DC outselling Marvel now?

  • April 28, 2010, 2:44 p.m. CST

    I think Blackest Night has number one,

    by Joenathan

    but I think the rest are all Marvel.

  • April 28, 2010, 3:11 p.m. CST

    EXXU-SPEN-DIBURROW!!!!!!!!!

    by NADO

  • April 28, 2010, 4 p.m. CST

    Marvel cosmic

    by KidKaos73

    I've heard good things. If I wanted to start reading, where would I start so I won't be lost?

  • April 28, 2010, 4:20 p.m. CST

    That's a tough question, KidKaos73

    by rev_skarekroe

    They've been really building on it for the last 5 or 6 years. I'd just start with the first Annihilation trade, which pretty much sets up everything that's come since. It helps to be versed in older Marvel cosmic stuff too (Starlord, Nova, FF space stories, Infinity Gauntlet, etc.) but you can use the internets to help with that if you need to.

  • April 28, 2010, 4:58 p.m. CST

    The Wolverine/Romulus Saga

    by SteadyUP

    http://tiny.cc/11w0b

  • April 28, 2010, 5:23 p.m. CST

    KidKaos

    by gooseud

    It really depends on how versed you are with the cosmic stuff. For me personally, I wasnt completely fluent with everything (for example, I had never heard of Starlord before recently, but knew Rocket Raccoon, Mantis, and the concept of the Guardians), so it can be enjoyed without knowing that stuff. However, it helps, seeing as they pull obscure cosmic characters out of the blue in pretty much every issue. I would start with the Annihilation lead-up minis (Silver Surfer, Nova, Super Skrull,etc) that led up to the huge "Annihilation Proper" mini(probably in my top 3 of best mini-series I've ever read, and possibly the best)....this will led to the Annhilation: Conquest lead-up minis (Wraith, Ronan, etc) and Conquest Proper mini, which leads into Nova and Guardians of the Galaxy, which leads us to where we are now. There really isnt anything below-par in that entire 6 year run, its all awesome.

  • April 28, 2010, 5:26 p.m. CST

    One caveat

    by gooseud

    When you get to the War of Kings section, it really helps to have read the X-Men run from a few years back where the gave the whole backstory on Vulcan and his whole deal. I read it after the fact and it retroactively helped immensely in getting what was really going on. Be warned, War of Kings is the weakest part of the 6 year Cosmic run, it is mostly meh. Dont worry, they have all rebounded after that series wrapped up.

  • April 28, 2010, 7:23 p.m. CST

    That last page of X-Factor

    by Tall_Boy66

    Uh, how the heck is this going to be fixed? Lots and lots of dupes with makeup? I still dig this book, and good on Peter David not going along with a buy-every-book crossover. There's something big happening in the X-universe. Here's a self-contained different facet of it. Long live X-Factor in it's own corner of the mutant universe. I like them better interacting with non-Muties anyway. All Cyke and Jamie seemed to do is just gripe at each other anyway.

  • April 28, 2010, 9:39 p.m. CST

    My guess on that last page...

    by bottleimp

    Remember how Madrox had Longshot handle the money for the Absorbing Man job? Longshot can see the history of objects by touching them. So my guess is that X-Factor knew it was a trap, and the car that got shot to shit wasn't what it appeared to be. I'd bet that the only one in the car was the super-adaptive Darwin, and Madrox and the rest of the crew that were seemingly there were some sort of hologram, or some other deus ex machina. We'll see if I'm right in a month...

  • April 28, 2010, 9:42 p.m. CST

    A belated response to Joenathan

    by bottleimp

    I was actually thinking back to the glory days of the mid-1990s, when the average comic book cost a buck and a quarter. Fifteen years later and the average comic today costs $3.99... I wonder, did any other medium see a 300% jump in cost over that timespan... even movie tickets?

  • April 29, 2010, 7:41 a.m. CST

    "glory days of the mid-1990s"

    by LaserPants

    I hope you're only talking about cover price, because that was the ONLY good thing about 90s mainstream comics.

  • April 29, 2010, 8:03 a.m. CST

    But EIther Way, Yeah, A 300% Increase Is Pretty Insane

    by LaserPants

    I predict more or less all comics will be distributed in the form of cheap digital downloads in about 10 years. You can read them on your wafer thin, transparent, foldable iPad. Which kinda sucks, but, the writing is on the wall.

  • April 29, 2010, 12:33 p.m. CST

    Bottleimp

    by Joenathan

    yeah, but 1987 is way funnier than 1993. Comedy first, my man, comedy first.

  • April 29, 2010, 12:34 p.m. CST

    I agree

    by Joenathan

    there is no saving the monthly pamphlets, they're done. Graphic Novels have plenty of life yet, but the monthly mags are done

  • April 30, 2010, 2:34 a.m. CST

    Hey there internet.

    by loodabagel

    First off, fuck those ipads and kindles and whatever. Second, finally caught up with Blackest Night and Final Crisis, and you know what? Final Crisis was better. Waaaaaaaaaay better. Blackest Night started strong and ended lame. Final Crisis started incomprehensible and ended incomprehensible, but the middle was great.

  • April 30, 2010, 2:34 a.m. CST

    Now I'm going to try to catch up with that cosmic Marvel stuff.

    by loodabagel

    Be back later.

  • May 1, 2010, 11:28 p.m. CST

    If by, "the final death rattle for the congealed holistic contin

    by rabidfnark

    you mean that DC is going to stop trying to justify every single interaction their characters have ever had, and stop having a "Crisis" every six months, then great. On the other hand, if you mean that characters cease to interact and each get their own universe, well, I don't think I can get on board with that, not entirely. When I think of DC's characters, how they interact with one another defines them almost as well as their origins (Batman and Superman don't get along but always have each other's back, Green Arrow and Green Lantern once piled into a beat up pick up truck and drove around the country fighting injustice, etc...). There's some rich history there, and if its all going to be thrown away just so Grant Morrison (or whoever) doesn't have to reference Metropolis (or wherever, and yes I know I'm simplifying matters)then I think that's a shame. But, just to be clear: I don't care what earth I'm on or what time I'm in, I just don't favor a complete disconnect.