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Hey folks, Ambush Bug here. We had a light week last week, but I managed to squeeze a few reviews from the guys. But first a word from your pal and mine, Optimous Douche.


Optimous Douche is heading to Wizard World Philly!

Attention big-booth guys, lunch table indie booth guys, and meandering wanderers, Optimous Douche is heading to Wizard World Philly on June 12th and wants to talk to you! Look for this wandering Douche to tell him about your latest projects, future projects or just shoot the shit about comics. It is Wizard World after-all.
Now, if you want to get all formal about things, you can also e-mail Optimous to set up a time to talk. As he puts it, “he’s in it to win it” for the whole day on Saturday.
You can also follow Optimous on Twitter @robpatey or #wizardworld
And now, on with the reviews!

The Pull List (Click title to go directly to the review) AVENGERS PRIME #1 WEREWOLVES OF MONTPELLIER OGN SERENITY: FLOAT OUT #1 One Shot JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA #39 / JSA ALL STARS #7 Retro Review: HITMAN/LOBO: THAT STUPID BASTICH #1 Big Eyes For the Cape Guy presents RATMAN: THE SMALLEST HERO?! Vol.1 Indie Jones presents… CHEAP SHOTS!

AVENGERS PRIME #1

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis Penciler: Alan Davis Inker: Mark Farmer Publisher: Marvel Comics Reviewer: Johnny Destructo

WHEW! After not loving the last couple installments of the new Heroic Age, the first half of this issue actually reads like a contemporary comic! I found myself mumbling to....myself…"oh finally"! I was just stoked to be diggin' one of the new Avengers books. I fully admit that maybe I just need to let my inner IddyBiddy out to enjoy the new Marvel-Go-Lucky vibe, but I'm just not there yet. The past 7 years of Bendis' badassery just feels like it's come to an abrupt and shocking stop, but now everyone is buddy-buddy despite some of the tensions that have been building up for the past however long. Thankfully in this here issue, we finally see a bit of that sexual tension between Tony Stark and Steve Rogers come spurting to the forefront. This conversation is exactly what I've been wanting to read ever since Steve came skipping back into the present. I won't say too much about it, but for me, it was worth the cover price alone.
As for the rest of the book, when dealing with a portal in fallen Asgard that allows folks to travel between the nine realms, and said portal is kinda wonky from, you know...Asgard falling? Really, what do you THINK is gonna happen? Call it FunkyTown or call it Vanaheim...either way it's for sure they ain't in Oklahoma anymore. They each find themselves in a spot of trouble, and an old villian/ess? shows up at the end, but a quick word about Steve's ninja skills. Having been transported where and when, he has no clue...but when he sees a building, he decides to WALK THROUGH THE FRONT DOOR without really checking it out first? Steve, you're wearing your sillypants, clearly. But Steve's shorts o'silly are just a nitpick, really. This issue was pretty good stuff!
And the art! Alan Davis and Mark Farmer knock it out of Midgard on this one. Great looking panels with a clean, crisp line, plenty of thick inkwork without being too dark, and strong compositional work. Really strong stuff. Davis doesn't have the glitter but still shines plenty.
Excellent first issue, a solid followup to SIEGE and has the badass trilogy of marvel heavy-hitters. Check it out!
JD can be found hosting the PopTards Podcast, discussing movies, comics and other flimflam over at www.poptardsgo.com, graphically designing/illustrating for a living, and Booking his Face off over here.

WEREWOLVES OF MONTPELLIER OGN

By Jason Publisher: Fantagraphics Books Reviewer: Ambush Bug

A thief dresses like a werewolf and falls in love with a lesbian, drama ensues as a real werewolf shows up. I don't know how many times I have to read a story like that. Man, I wish comics could have some fresh ideas...
I kid.
If you are in search for fresh ideas or even tried and true ideas presented in a fresh light, this is the book you've been yearning for. WEREWOLVES OF MONTPELLIER is one of those true indie gems that make me glad I took a chance reading something outside of the mainstream. One of the coolest things about doing the regular Indie Jones column here at AICN Comics is that I get to see new and exciting talent before mainstream corporations suck them dry. Then there are companies like Fantagraphics which consistently churn out quality indie material every year. WEREWOLVES OF MONTPELLIER is by far my favorite Indie Book of the Year so far.
As described above, WEREWOLVES OF MONTPELLIER is about a man in search of...something and going about this search in an offbeat manner. Mid-way through the book as our faux werewolf thief sits with his lesbian friend in the laundromat, he explains why he does what he does. He tells a story of a banal experience he had with a homeless person and how he saw something completely profound in it. Finding something profound in the banal is a good way to describe writer/artist Jason's style. He uses anamorphic humans that look like Disney characters on major depressants to tell stories of wonder and awe, yet the characters reactions to these events are about as maudlin as you can get. Jason's characters don't look twice at the fact that actual werewolves exist. They just do and then the characters go about their everyday lives. A smile is never cracked nor is it anything out of the ordinary for bird and cat headed people to be walking around. The drama comes in the interactions between these people and the themes of sorrow, loneliness, and despair that permeate every page of this book. But it's not all doom and gloom. You will not be able to read this book without laughing out loud. Some of the interactions between these characters are hilariously insane.
I know most of our readers are a mainstream crowd, so here's a test. Read the following blurb from a scene from WEREWOLVES OF MONTPELLIER.
"The escalator is the greatest invention of all time. When you are behind a girl and the escalator is heading up, you're on the same level as her ass. And when it's going down and you see a girl headed up the other way you've got a bird's-eye view of her cleavage."
That's an actual quote from the book from a conversation between a bird headed man and a cat headed man playing chess in the park. If you laughed at this observation, then this book should definitely be on your radar. If not, well, you probably already scrolled past this review anyway.
This isn't going to be a book for the 'splosions crowd. Jason's simple line work and deadpan delivery of word balloons are not for everyone. If you're a fan of the Cohen Brothers or David Lynch, it's a safe bet that any work by Jason is going to be right up your alley. I've read quite a few original graphic novels by Jason. Until WEREWOLVES, I always loved I KILLED ADOLF HITLER and LOW MOON. But in WEREWOLVES OF MONTPELLIER, Jason takes his style of irreverence and perfects it. I guarantee if you take a chance with this book you will not forget it and seek out more Jason. It's one of those stories that sits with you long after page last comes to pass. Hilarious, profound, fun, and meaningful. WEREWOLVES OF MONTPELLIER is filled with indie goodness.
Ambush Bug is Mark L. Miller, reviewer and co-editor of AICN Comics for over eight years and one of the original @$$holes. Check out his comic book shorts from Cream City Comics’ MUSCLES & FIGHTS VOL.3 and MUSCLES & FRIGHTS VOL.1 on his ComicSpace page. Bug was interviewed here and here at Cream City Comics and here and here about his comic from Bluewater Comics, VINCENT PRICE PRESENTS: THE TINGLER #1-2. Look for more comics from Bug in 2010, including ROGER CORMAN PRESENTS DEATHSPORT in July, and the just announced vampire miniseries NANNY & HANK in August (and check out Jazma Online’s new interview with Bug about NANNY & HANK here). Bug’s latest comic is VINCENT PRICE PRESENTS #21: WITCHFINDER GENERAL on sale July 2010. Fanboy Radio recently interviewed Bug about it here. Order VINCENT PRICE PRESENTS #21 in May's Diamond Catalog order # MAY10 0828. Check out an interview on NANNY & HANK over at Comic Monsters.com (NANNY & HANK is available in June’s Previews Order #JUN10 0824).

SERENITY: FLOAT OUT #1 One Shot

Writer: Patton Oswalt Artist: Patric Reynolds Publisher: Dark Horse Reviewer: Optimous Douche

I’m going to come right out of the gate by saying that SERENITY: FLOAT OUT would be better described as SERENITY: FLOATER. This issue wasn’t bad, but I certainly can’t call it good either. It’s like when you take a hearty satisfying dump that is then ruined by one nagging buoyant turd that simply won’t flush. The SERENITY experience in my analogy is the relieving dump, a refreshing take on the sci-fi genre for the uninitiated. So I couldn’t help looking at FLOAT OUT just like I look at my floaters. And while no doubt engaging it is not something to say I’m proud to have looked at. Aside from a surprise ending, which I’ll be sure to spoil later in this review, the entire piece felt…lifeless, without a real purpose, and certainly not SERENITY.
I give Oswalt credit for courage and the ol’ college try. To try and emulate the style of Whedon is like asking a third grader to paint Van Gogh. Creators like Whedon are so unique and inspired, that any emulation comes across as a mere carbon copy. So while Oswalt does have panache for comic dialogue, SERENITY dialogue is simply not your ordinary fare. I fully believe it can’t be done to its fullest by anyone other than Joss (or perhaps Zack Whedon – it seems they share similar cerebral folds). Also, with Oswalt at the helm I had certain expectations based on his name and past work. Oswalt is a funny mother fucker. I love his stand-up, and whenever he would appear on the “King of Queens” or “United States of Tara” his welcoming gnomelike expressions alone would get my funny bone warmed up for later guffaws. Sadly, this book wasn’t funny, not by Whedon standards or what I would expect from Oswalt. If anything, this book was a little sad. I’ve had this feeling with past Serenity tales that have moved into comics, but the story was always able to compensate. During past comic excursions I was so elated to merely take another spin aboard the good-ship Serenity I was able to forgive the dialogue not being as shiny as it would be with a Whedon at the helm. This time though, even the story was merely a shell of the SERENITY we once knew and adored.
FLOAT OUT is the first comic tale (to my knowledge) that takes place after the events of the “Serenity” movie. Past comic forays have always filled in the gaps from the show’s canon and time period when the entire crew was together. When I saw Washburne, the Serenity pilot who met his untimely (or perhaps it was timely after reading FLOAT OUT) end against the Reavers at the close of the movie, I had a good inkling as to what we were in store for…and I was titillated. Being a smart ass myself, I always felt a kinship towards Washburne as Serenity’s chief funny man. I thought for sure the book would be rife with laughs based on this fact alone, but with Oswalt at the also at the helm I expected to bust my appendectomy scar with belly laughs. As I said earlier this tale was simply not funny and the sad part was a regular old comic fan can easily see why. This tale was not told by Washburne, but rather about Washburne. This may seem trivial, but it broke the basic tenet of comic storytelling: tell me the story, don’t tell me about the story. Or if you are just going to tell me about the story, it better be a damn such a fucking unique yarn that space folds in on itself from the vortex of originality that is created.
Washburne’s life is basically being recounted by three friends he knew during his Pre-Serenity days. Three scallywags that have come together to christen their new vessel of fortune, The Jetwash (get it – in honor of Washburne – I’m glad you got it, I thought it was tangential at best). That’s really it folks, sorry it took me so much preamble to get here, but I wanted to give everyone their AICN money’s worth. These three guys we never met before recount three separate tales of how Wash saved the day. The big surprise I mentioned earlier was a guest appearance by Zoe, Wash’s widow, who is now apparently carrying his child. This gives us a nice context for the timeframe of this tale, as there is a final panel cliff hanger that I assume will be built upon in later books. This last pipe hiss also could have just been the Jetwash undocking. At this point I don’t know or really care.
Simple things really could have helped this book. For some reason Dark Horse or perhaps the licensing agents keep trying to stuff too damn much in these books. We saw this with SERENITY: BETTER DAYS as well. If each of the three tales in this book were simply their own single issues, Oswalt would have had way more room to capture the voice of Wash instead of merely telling a tale about the ships he flew. Also, if this was dissected into single issues, we could have cared more about the people telling the story, instead of them simply being three rejects from a Nirvana cover band. If only Whedon would commit to reviving FIREFLY like he has BUFFY in a seasonal comic format, fans like myself would be able to feast on a deep smorgasbord of FIREFLY instead of the scattered bi-annual morsels we have been satiating our hunger with over the past few years. If only…
I have hope for the future though…A SHEPHERD’S TALE (scheduled to be released later this year) is going to bring Serenity back into retro mode by telling the pre-story of Shepherd Book…also we’ll have the Whedons in the Serenity driver seat again. Until then, Browncoats…
Optimous' book AVERAGE JOE is being published by COM.X. AJ is a tale that explores what our world would be like today if everyone was gifted with super human abilities in 1938. The guys are looking for top shelf art talent to partner with on this project. Reach out to Optimous on FaceBook for further details.

JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA #39

Writer: Bill Willingham Art: Jesus Merino (pencils), Jesse Delperdang with Ramos & Merino (inks)

JSA ALL STARS #7

Writer: Matthew Sturges Art: Freddie Williams II Publisher: DC Comics Reviewer: Ambush Bug

I was really looking forward to the reboot of these two titles a few months back. Willingham and Sturges seem to be the team supreme over at FABLES, but as with Willingham's other mainstream DC work, these takes hit just off the mark. There are tons of reasons why these books aren't working (not enough room to elaborate on much in this review), but first and foremost is that even with splitting the team in two, there are way too many characters. And the main problem is that Johns did such an effective job of rebooting these characters that no one wants to kill them off or send them away. But the frustrating part is that there are too many cool characters in the kitchen and it appears that the writers at the helm don't know how to maximize the potential.
Over in JSA ALL STARS, depth of character is traded for multiple splash pages of the team springing into action. Check out any given issue and there are at least two splashes of this going on. And though there were some cool moments (like a few issues ago when Power Girl and Magog instruct the newbs how to take out an opponent in the most effective way and end up beating the crap out of each other), these blips of cool are few and far between. On top of that, in this issue, Sturges retro-fits a romance between Judomaster and Damage to add a bit more depth to a character who has gotten the shaft since Jump Street. This attention to character reads a bit too little too late in my book and only highlights the flashy splash page action replacing attention to character that has been going on since issue one.
I saved JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA for last because it is the most frustrating of the bunch. So the main reason for splitting the book (besides profit) was because there are too many characters. So in the second big arc, what does Willingham do? He kills off the entire team in an alternate universe story and focuses on Mister Terrific and the Justice League. This is insane! If I wanted to read about Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Arrow, Black Canary, Robin, and the rest of the DCU, I'd read those books. I want to read about the JSA and they aren't even in this book save the final page of this issue. This could have been a down and dirty story focusing on how the old guard beats this new Fourth Reich with the same moxy they used in WWII. And dusting them off to do this in the last issue of the arc (which is next issue) isn't going to hack it, if that's what the writer has planned. Missed opportunity of the highest caliber.
So what do I do? I guess I have to do the right thing and save a shekel or two by dropping these books. I love the characters. But they are being either ignored or glossed over by flashy art. I'd much rather see one book that had the entire team in it with a rotating focus on smaller units (kind of like a GI JOE book), rather than two washed out versions of the same thing. The faith I had in the teams behind these books is dwindling fast. These guys seem to be able to play in their own sandboxes with their own characters fine, but when using properties that are not owned by them, the result has been pretty lackluster.

HITMAN/LOBO: THAT STUPID “BASTICH” #1

Writer: Garth Ennis Artist: Doug Mahnke Publisher: DC Comics Reviewer: William

After reading GREEN LANTERN #54 last week, and it finishing with the “Main Man” now in Green Lantern’s territory, it reminded me of another Lobo crossover that I had purchased a while back. For only one whole quarter, I had found this great one-shot within the clearance section of my local Half-Price bookstore. I still can’t believe why this was left to rot there, as this remains one of the best (and funniest) Lobo comics around.
Lobo is of course the epitome of male testosterone. Pure animalistic enjoyment at being the biggest and baddest “bastich” around. There’s just something so enjoyable about reading someone so vain, especially when everyone else considers him the ultimate douchebag. Add the fact that he enjoys bullying others around, and knows he can practically get away with it thanks to his nigh-immortality, and you have great conflicts just waiting to happen.
Enter Hitman. DC’s answer to the Punisher, he’s just sitting at his favorite bar when Lobo decides to barge in. Leaving him be at first, once Lobo begins messing with some of the local patrons, especially his friend Sixpack (a short, potbellied wisp of a man), Hitman decides that he’s had enough. He shoots Lobo in the eyes in order to instantly blind him, and then runs off as Lobo begins chasing him. And this is where the calamity begins.
I thought that Garth Ennis did an excellent job of writing Lobo within Hitman’s world. The writer most frequented with Lobo is the great Alan Grant. I had previously read a lot of Grant‘s work here, so I was a little wary of how Ennis might interpret him. It was surprising though to see just how easy the transition was. If anything Ennis (predictably) takes Lobo’s violence level up a notch, seeming to enjoy having Lobo take on anyone in the most blood-filled way possible. I had already been familiar with Ennis’s work on Hitman, so Ennis keeps him in familiar territory here. What was a sheer delight though was reading how Hitman manages to deal with someone basically on par with Superman. If he can’t beat him on sheer strength or invulnerability, I enjoyed Hitman’s improvisations along the way. You’ve got love an issue that involves double barrel shots to the eyes, beer scented clothes, a mob torn to shreds, car throwing, dog-welding, a baton carrying Frenchman, a wrecking ball, and a wedding to a guy named “Bueno Excellente”. To see just who Excellente gets married to, followed by his trademark “hehehe…bueno” was an absolute hoot.
Mahnke’s art remained perfectly suited for this issue. Simple, but effective nonetheless. His grossly exaggerated interpretation of Lobo remains one that others should follow (and by sheer coincidence, it’s good to see him working on Lobo again in that Green Lantern issue). If there’s anything that Mahnke is perfect at, it’s the emotions that he conveys on his characters. The “stare down” that he places between Hitman and Lobo by the end of this issue is just picture perfect.
I highly recommend this back issue if you can find it somewhere. It’s probably on Amazon.com somewhere, or maybe at the clearance section of some comic section somewhere in your town, but whatever the effort, the trouble of finding it will be well worth it. This by far remains one of the best Lobo one-shots out there.

RATMAN: THE SMALLEST HERO?! Vol.1

By Inui Sekihiko Released by TokyoPop Reviewer: Scott Green

In WATCHMEN and TOP 10, Alan Moore posited that if costumed crime fighters existed, young people wouldn't be fascinated by them. Media like comics would instead be dedicated to pirates, lawyers...something other than costumed violence.
RATMAN isn't exactly an Alan Moore comic. Shuto Katsuragi lives in a world in which individuals in flashy costumes, often backed or promoting some business, do battle with villains, and yet he's a wide eyed enthusiast. To the chagrin of his younger sisters and classmates, he mimics the postures of heroes, reads up on them, and otherwise declares his adoration. Though is short stature is supposed to underscore how unprepared Shuto is to actually be a hero, his mock hero theatrics rises to the level of accidentally provoking local toughs. One day, a female classmate who had humored his eccentricities is kidnapped, propelling Shuto into a situation that allowed him to realize his fanboy dreams. Meeting up with a waylaid hero, Shuto is given a transformation watch, allowing him to become costumed, super powered Ratman and rescue the classmate. Thing is...it was all a ploy. Shuto was set up by his classmate’s elder sister and her cadre of mad scientists and skull faced Jackie minions to become a henchman of the secret, evil organization JACKAL. Though, even if it doesn't mesh with Shuto's expectations, maybe it's not a bad thing to be bad in the world of Ratman. While the ostensible heroes are compromised or outright greed-heads, JACKAL folks have a quirky self-defining appeal to them.
The frequent comment is that RATMAN is a manga take on American style super-heroes. Really, the formula is closer to tokusatsu live action special effects driven series of the TV variety. Power Rangers is still the most readily available point of reference. Think of the scheming master villain. They stay off the battlefield and ready monsters to attack. That's the classmate’s sister. Then, there's the army of masked, non-individualized, easily defeated foes. That's the Jackies. The episode based foes haven't showed up, unless you count some of the heroes. Then, there's the reoccurring henchmen, and that's Ratman. It's not a superhero parody. There's shared history in genres. But, the joke is more specifically based on the tropes of those tokusatsu shows than Spider-Man, Superman and the like.
Tell an anime/manga enthusiast that a tokusatsu parody is getting released in North America, and they'll probably ask "why not ASTRO FIGHTER SUNRED?" Though neither the anime nor the manga have been licensed, it has an excellent reputation. The joke there is that its title character guards a river side suburb while exercising the minimum effort required. He ignores his girlfriend. He half asses his work. He shows up in a t-shirt over his red Power Rangers-like masked outfit, cigarette and hand, and gets by with his ability to thump foes without breaking a sweat. In contrast, his evil looking adversaries, General Vamp and Florsheim's Kawasaki Branch are generally considerate and fine citizens. ASTRO FIGHTER SUNRED runs in Square Enix's Young GanGan (thus, if it were to be released in North America, it would probably be from Yen Press). It's for a kind of older audience. And that's why I'd be mildly surprised it were licensed. While seinen has dominated the Eisner nominations for manga, commercially, a manga about a masked twenty something listlessly stamping out cigarettes and having a contentious relationship with the cohabitating girlfriend is a bit of an iffy prospect commercially.
RATMAN runs in SHONEN ACE, home of also Tokyopop recently release DEADMAN WONDERLAND. This anthology is known for its many anime tie-ins, mostly of the mecha variety such as NEON GENESIS EVANGELION, various GUNDAM and various MACROSS. As the name implies, it's for a shonen, teen boys, audience, but it skews older than periodicals like SHONEN JUMP or SHONEN SUNDAY, as it features darkly disturbing, and/or violent works, often populated by older characters such as GOTH (teens investigating murders due to their pathological fascination with violent crime), ANNE FREAKS (a teen on the run after killing his mother combats a terrorist cult), MPD PSYCHO (a police detective/criminal profilers/serial killer with multiple personality disorder, adapted for TV by the infamous Takashi Miike), and KUROSAGI CORPSE DELIVERY SERVICE (underemployed Buddhist college grads find work transporting corpses to where the dead need to be).
Sunred's a bum, and probably will continue to be one through the course of his non-narrative comedy serial. As much praise as ASTRO FIGHTER SUNRED gets, selling that sort of work is tricky. In contrast, RATMAN is driven by Shuto's perspective. For a SHONEN ACE action comedy, written with the expectation of hitting a geek audience, the manga mixes an appropriate cocktail of aspirational idealism, hormones and cynical distrust. Without entirely dismissing Shuto's hero enthusiasm, it sets him up via his fumbling with female peers such that he crashes into the feet of clay beneath his idols. The consequences are light comedy with a bit of rebelliousness. He gets the chance to distinguish himself, even if the delineations of the world weren't were he thought they were.
Inui Sekihiko is a concept guy, especially remixing the familiar. Before RATMAN, his big work was MURDER PRINCESS, a fantasy in which a princess and mercenary woman swap bodies, leaving the sword wielding foe-smasher in a gown and crown and with the former princess serving as the warrior's maid for the good of her kingdom. In the execution of these concepts, he works through visual, mostly physical humor. The gangly, puppy dogs in skull masks Jackies are good for a smirk. The martial artsy-bits of RATMAN are generally a solid it. The daughter of a trainer to the heroes springing onto the shoulders of a bully then leg tossing him onto the pavement was better looking action than might be expected from a parody focused series. The appearance of a Billy Banks doppelganger combines this with a nice sight gag. You've probably seen funnier manga and more exciting manga. The teen geek perspective, the action and the humor complement each other well enough that RATMAN succeeds in being entertaining. No element is transcendent enough to be memorable, but as read it, and don't think too much more about it manga, RATMAN does the trick.
Scott Green has been writing for AICN ANIME for over nine 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.

Ambush Bug here. A couple more books from out of the ordinary for you all to chomp into to satiate your Indie Jones. Scroll down, if you dare…

CHIMICHANGA #1-2 Albatross Exploding Funnybooks (more info found here)

I missed the first issue of this and had the pleasure of reading both first and second issues in one sitting. Since there was about a six month gap between issues, I guess I did myself a favor. There's a lot of fun to be had in this comic. A bearded girl befriends a giant monster and tries to save the circus she works in while a witch and a pharmaceutical company try to take advantage of the little tot. If you howled out loud at Powell's work on THE GOON, you've experienced the kind of humor going on in this book. If that book was too lowbrow for you, then don't bother. But I love watching Powell shine in whatever he does. He's perfected this type of perverted yet sweetly potty-mouthed humor and his art style has grown to iconic status in record time. Plus we get a bit of commentary on how pharmaceutical companies are evil bastiches to add a bit of heft to this one. But the main reason you should buys is for Powell's sumptuous art and the guffaws that are sure to follow after reading it.

GRIZZLY & CATICUS #3 Cool Monkey Press

Another issue of the real deal surreal adventures of creator Andrew Edge’s multifaceted dramatic series is out and this book gets better with every issue. Having read this one from the get-go, I have to say that the confusing bits in the early issues have paid off. Once again, the narrative leaps around to a huge cast of characters, but the transitions are much more fluid here. It’s good to see Edge grow as a storyteller. There’s an especially effective scene in a park at night that will send shivers down your spine. This is great weird stuff for those who dig Lynchian kookiness and creepiness.

MANLY TALES OF COWARDICE Vol. 1-6 Staplegenius

Though I’ve only read through the first three of these indie pamphlet books, I have to applaud the wickedly funny folks behind it. Danno Klonowski headlines each book with his creation, Fleming Hazmat, a blowhard with a penchant for losing his sidekicks and stumbling into adventure. Each volume pokes fun as a different genre staple, from INDIANA JONES to JOHNNY QUEST to THE DAVINCI CODE. Though it may be hard to track down, the search is definitely worth the work. The crew behind the genuinely funny MUSCLES & FIGHTS Volumes provides back-ups in each issue. Those of you who follow those anthologies will recognize Continuity Guy, Meatfist & Gronk, Tommy Chicago, and Uptown Girl. All of these segments ooze indie goodness and capture the true essence of what it means to be comic on the fringe. Wanna see tomorrow’s top talent today? Check out MANLY TALES OF COWARDICE and you’ll get a taste of what’s fresh and new.

VINCENT PRICE PRESENTS #17 Bluewater Comics

Though I’ve written for this title before, I had nothing to do with this issue, but looking at this issue reminded me of why I became interested in this anthology series in the first place. Truly original terror is churned out on a monthly basis with this title and this issue is no exception. Writer Paul J. Salamoff and artist James Reekie offer up a tale of down home terror centering on a mysterious scarecrow, a group of bullies, and an outcast kid. The story moves pretty quickly, but there’s a lot of nice tension building here. Reekie’s art is nicely done with stark lines and shadows making the looming scarecrow in the middle of the cornfield really creepy. A good spooky issue.

IRREDEEMABLE #14 BOOM! Studios

IRREDEEMABLE continues its upward trend in quality this month with yet another issue that actually engages my interest. Mark Waid is FINALLY giving the readers more background on the cast members-- they started out as supporting players, but I'm beginning to think that Gilgamos, Bette Noir and the rest are reading more as main characters, with the Plutonian being relegated to McGuffin status. With the cliffhanger leading into next month's issue looking to be less talky and more punchy, this title is starting to hum with the same energy that made the first few issues so exciting. Now I just want to know who or what the hell Modeus actually is, being able to hide inside the corpse of a teenage Indian kid and all. -BottleImp

HERCULES: TWILIGHT OF A GOD #1 Marvel Comics

This book is dripping with "old school" which means that a lot of modern readers won't like it. But for those of you who remember Layton's awesome HERCULES PRINCE OF POWER miniseries from the eighties, this will be a fun treat. They've even brought back the stellar art of Ron Lim for this one. The book is a bit heavy in the exposition and hits the ground running. There's a lot going on in this book and it'll have current fans of Herc scratching their heads a bit since we haven't really seen any of Herc's space adventures in about twenty years. But Layton gives us the Herc everyone fell in love with. Jovial, stubborn, and foolhardy -- that's what Layton's Herc is. This new predicament forcing Herc to wear a helmet to protect the damage he did to himself in a drunken adventure is pretty fun. The comedy will make the belly roll about 75% of the time which is pretty good. All in all, a nice old school romp that's bound to be panned by those of you who began reading comics after 2001. - Bug

INVINCIBLE #72 Image Comics

The Viltrumite War begins in earnest here, but I can't shake the feeling of deja vu... maybe it's because the rematch between Invincible and Conquest is just as over-the-top, violent and bloody as their first go-round a few months back. I'm all for upping the stakes for a comic-book superhero-- need to keep up the drama, after all-- but Jesus! There's some serious, David Cronenberg-level puking up your guts gore in this issue. Here's a fun game: when you get to climax of this issue, try to make the sound effects that would accompany the horrifying imagery. Don't get me wrong; it's GOOD gore in that it's integral to the intensity of the story. I'm just pining for the days when INVINCIBLE was a return to the more innocent side of the comic book superhero. Maybe we’ll get a little bit more of that after the War storyline has ended... that is, if its title character manages to survive what Kirkman and Ottley are putting him through. -BottleImp

THE THANOS IMPERATIVE #1 (of 6) Marvel Comics

Welp, the bloom is a little off the rose for me already. I'm still gung-ho on the story-- especially the scene at the beginning of this comic when the allied spaceships of our universe are pelted with matter from the Cancerverse, matter that turns out to be voracious Cthulhu-like monstrosities-- but the art for this limited series is leaving me a little flat, especially compared to Brad Walker's excellent pencils for the IGNITION One-Shot lead-in issue. Miguel Sepulveda's work is mostly in gray tones with very little solid black (as evidenced by the black and white issue #2 preview pages found at the end of this issue), and colorist Jay David Ramos seems to have overcompensated for that fact by saturating every page with dark, dark colors. The result is not so much moody as it is muddy, and although the work is by no means horrible, I'd trade it in a second for the storytelling clarity previously presented by Walker and colorist Wil Quintana. But who am I kidding? I'm an Abnett and Lanning addict, and I know I'll be lining up for my next monthly fix, sub-par artwork or not. -BottleImp

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  • June 9, 2010, 10:44 a.m. CST

    First ????!

    by billybigbollocks

  • June 9, 2010, 10:45 a.m. CST

    Ha ha,

    by billybigbollocks

    Don't care about the article but I LOVE being First! Sometimes it's the only pleasure to be had from AICN. And sometimes it's not )

  • June 9, 2010, 11:11 a.m. CST

    I am so sick of...

    by v1cious

    People complaining about comics being too violent. I've seen this a lot lately with Spider Man, Brightest Day, and now this. Face it, the golden age is dead. Comics have moved forward. Most of the people who follow comics are adults now. If you want retro, go read the adventure comics line.

  • June 9, 2010, 11:34 a.m. CST

    Avengers Prime and Invinceable

    by faelon

    I am still trying to figure out why the back half of Avengers Prime #1 seems suspiciously like someone reused the script from New Mutants Special Edition #1 (1985)? As for Invincible, personally I would love a bit more of the classic character moments that the servies was famous for,a nd a bit less of the entrails. The page after page of uber dudes pulling each others intestines out issue after issue is just getting dull.

  • June 9, 2010, 11:34 a.m. CST

    3rd Grader gotta cut off his ear first.

    by Squashua

    I thought Floater wasn't all that great either; could have been anyone and any thing. Even though there were reavers, it just didn't feel like it fell into anything other than generic sci-fi universe number twelve.

  • June 9, 2010, 11:38 a.m. CST

    Douche- re: Float Out

    by schadenfreudian

    Are you familiar with what an elegy is? This is how that book works, and how it is MEANT to work.

  • June 9, 2010, 11:39 a.m. CST

    And, not, I DON'T mean eulogy.

    by schadenfreudian

  • June 9, 2010, 11:40 a.m. CST

    Modeus is a BRAINIAC analogy.

    by Squashua

    I was typing the word "Modeus" and instantly "Modeus is a BRAINIAC analogy, not LUTHOR" popped up. Apparently, I've written this before as a talkback. Considering he is like Brainiac, Modeus is probably a disembodied consciousness of sorts.

  • June 9, 2010, 11:41 a.m. CST

    Dropping Justice Society

    by Squashua

    I won't buy Willingham's super-hero books; I've been burned with Shadowpact. I won't be fooled again.<br><br> YEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHH!

  • June 9, 2010, 11:44 a.m. CST

    Every HITMAN comic is a great comic.

    by Squashua

    I have never seen an issue with Hitman that I didn't like. Even the Soveriegn 7 crossover, and especially every Resurrection Man crossover. Those were great. <br><br> *Mitch Shelley rises from the dead* <br><br> Tommy Monaghan: "What's your power this time?" <br><br> Mitch Shelley: "I can make multicolored butterfl..." *BLAM BLAM*

  • June 9, 2010, 11:46 a.m. CST

    Sound effects to accompany the horrifying imagery

    by Squashua

    KLUDD

  • June 9, 2010, 11:49 a.m. CST

    I am familiar with an elegy

    by optimous_douche

    And Floater was an elegy -- it doesn't mean it's a good comic or a good Serenity comic

  • June 9, 2010, 11:54 a.m. CST

    Fair enough, Douche.

    by schadenfreudian

    I thought it worked just fine.

  • June 9, 2010, 12:08 p.m. CST

    Gotta disagree about one thing on Serenity

    by Kremzeek

    I think Jane Espenson has written some of the best stories in the Whedonverse. But maybe you were only referring to the comics. I haven't paid much attention to who has written what in that medium. But for sure, Jane's episodes, were for the most part, as good or nearly as good as Josh's.

  • June 9, 2010, 12:09 p.m. CST

    And by "Josh" I of course meant "Joss"

    by Kremzeek

    Doh...

  • June 9, 2010, 12:09 p.m. CST

    Rule #1 of the Whedonverse

    by Thalya

    The guy wearing the Hawaiian t-shirts is the Joss stand-in. (suicidal Spike during the middle of Buffy season 4 or incognito Angel during early Angel season 1 don't count. Hawaiian shirt-wearing Lorne in Angel may work, though.)<BR><BR><BR>Basically, anyone writing Wash, Xander, Topher, et al, who isn't Whedon (or Brad Meltzer or part of the showwriters group) just doesn't cut the mustard.

  • June 9, 2010, 12:21 p.m. CST

    I hate when ppl refer to him JOSH Whedon

    by Squashua

    It annoys me for some reason.

  • June 9, 2010, 12:22 p.m. CST

    Throw an "as" in there between "him" and "JOSH"

    by Squashua

    So says Squashua.

  • June 9, 2010, 12:26 p.m. CST

    Also, anybody read...

    by Thalya

    ..Joker's Asylum: The Riddler? <BR><BR>Without going into detail because that would spoil the fun, it's a gem of a oneshot that really makes use of the comics medium. Above and beyond what you'd expect from any book. Prof C. and I were going back and forth on the details all weekend.<BR><BR>Curious to know thoughts on whodunnit if anyone's read..?

  • June 9, 2010, 12:52 p.m. CST

    Wow

    by Joenathan

    that kind of derailed things, huh?

  • June 9, 2010, 12:54 p.m. CST

    This may shock some of you

    by Joenathan

    But I really liked Avengers Prime. It reminded me (in a good way) of the old Avenger one off adventures. And on the flip side, I finally got around to Secret Avengers... awesome.

  • June 9, 2010, 1:04 p.m. CST

    Fair Enough DStrange

    by optimous_douche

    I was merely referring to the comics.

  • June 9, 2010, 1:17 p.m. CST

    Before Moore wrote Watchmen...

    by ME_M

    ... we had Monty Python: "This is Mr. F G Superman. To all appearances, he looks like... any other law-abiding citizen. But Mr F G Superman has a secret identity. When trouble strikes at any time, at any place, he is ready to become... BICYCLE REPAIR MAN!"

  • June 9, 2010, 1:18 p.m. CST

    Did I miss something?

    by rev_skarekroe

    What's the deal with the homophobe?

  • June 9, 2010, 1:22 p.m. CST

    rev

    by optimous_douche

    I believe it was becasue JohnnyD made a reference about Cap and Stark gazing longingly at each other.<p> What's funny is the TBer immediately assumes johnny swings to the same sex.

  • June 9, 2010, 1:26 p.m. CST

    Oh, I see now.

    by rev_skarekroe

    I missed that line the first time I read it. If a little mildly gay innuendo makes Dr. Cosmic that uncomfortable I shudder to think how he reacts to the average episode of Will And Grace.

  • June 9, 2010, 1:29 p.m. CST

    Idiot...

    by Ambush Bug

    banned.

  • June 9, 2010, 1:40 p.m. CST

    Invincible's Costume Change

    by SteadyUP

    ...wasn't he supposed to be *less* violent now? http:/www.half-assed.com

  • June 9, 2010, 1:58 p.m. CST

    INVINCIBLE sound effects

    by bottleimp

    SPLUTCH!

  • June 9, 2010, 2:01 p.m. CST

    HITMAN/LOBO

    by Grandpa Bunche

    I worked in the DC production department when that HITMAN/LOBO book was in the works and just before it left house, The Powers That Be, specifically the publisher, demanded that the sequence involving Bueno Excellente be art corrected into something far less potentially offensive than what finally saw print. What originally happened after the wrecking ball crushed Lobo's head and pinned his body, while Lobo regenerated, Tommy (aka Hitman) called in Bueno Excellente to — I shit you not — ass-fuck Lobo while Captain Sixpack got it all on video. For those who have not read HITMAN (which is by far Garth Ennis' most underrated work and one of his funniest), Bueno Excellente was one oif a group of mentally damaged "heroes" called Section Eight, and his ability was to, off-camera, anally violate his opponents. The way this was depicted in the one-shot in question was to have Bueno in the foreground, sweating and rolling up his shirt sleeves as he approached the ass-in-the-air Lobo, as Tommy observed something to the effect of "Oh, God" before directing Sixpack to start shooting. I swear to god I'm not making this up; I made sure to get full-size photostats of the uncensored sequence and would run them online if I had no concern over DC taking legal action. If anyone else out there who was on staff at the time and saw the page before the art correction is reading this, please back me up!

  • June 9, 2010, 2:03 p.m. CST

    CORRECTION

    by Grandpa Bunche

    The bit where I said "art corrected into something far less potentially offensive than what finally saw print" should have read "art corrected into something far less potentially offensive than what was originally in the script and drawn."

  • June 9, 2010, 2:11 p.m. CST

    Bendis and Willingham, groups and individuals

    by Homer Sexual

    Maybe Bendis and Willingham should be a writing team. Willingham could do the plots/storylines and Bendis could do the dialogue. Bendis is, of course, overly "hip" and Willingham super "square." So maybe they'll balance. But I didn't read JSA or Avengers Prime. <p> I used to read JSA, but even Johns just got sooo corny, I couldn't deal with it any more. JoeNathan would have liked seeing them go to the grocery store in costume, I suppose, but that was some geezer shit, and Willingham seems to be a geezer writer. <p> I don't know why too many characters is a big issue. Just focus on the ones the writer chooses to focus on. I enjoy books with lots of characters around. If I want to read a "group" book with three people, I'll just pick up, for example, Captain America. If your group book has more than two, but less than seven members, I'm probably not interested. <p> Power Man/Iron Fist, Daughters of the Dragon, Hawkeye/Mockingbird are all pair books, and I love(d) them all. So cheers to "pair" books. I don't see a point to "Avengers Prime" especially with Bendis still doing Avengers...why not just include this storyline there? The conversation sounds interesting, I will say. <p> Thanos Imperative continues to be not-at-all memorable to me. Diminishing returns on these Annihilation-related titles, I guess. <p> Before Leyton did Prince of Power, I hated Hercules. Both he and Thor were just pompous assholes. But I have LOVED Hercules ever since. They made him fun, etc etc. But I am on the fence with this new book. Hercules grandkids are boring and lame, and though set in the future, their look is dated. I enjoyed seeing Skyppi and Recorder, and the Skyppi section is the best part of the story. I guess my hopes were too high, but this so far isn't as good as the original mini or the recent, incredibly awesome, Incredible Hercules.

  • June 9, 2010, 2:20 p.m. CST

    Excellente, heh, heh, heh.

    by Squashua

    I always thought it was inferred Excellente "consummated" the marriage to Lobo off-panel; what Grandpa describes is a little more blatant picture of what my sick brain had already pieced together.

  • June 9, 2010, 3:08 p.m. CST

    always wondered why Lobo...

    by sonnyhooper

    ....wasn't a much more popular character. i mean, if deadpool and wolverine can have, like, seven books each, why isn't the main man staring in at least 4 of his own titles? <p> and don't try to tell me it's because DC has more taste or class than marvel.... because we all KNOW that ain't true.

  • June 9, 2010, 3:39 p.m. CST

    I love that Hitman/Lobo one-shot

    by sean bean

    But then entire run of Hitman is pure gold. It was actually more consistent than Preacher (which had a couple of weak story arcs and boring issues towards the end of the run). I don't think the censorship at the end of Hitman/Lobo hurt it at all. In fact, the implied horror of the published edition is much funnier than having Lobo's ass in the air.

  • June 9, 2010, 3:54 p.m. CST

    God I miss Hitman

    by ballyhoo

    Best work Ennis ever did. I just about exploded when he did that Hitman/JLA a while back. Anyway, yeah that Lobo story rules. I absolutely love how Tommy just jumps headfirst into trouble, and stalls long enough to figure a way out. I also love that Sixpack and his team are included in the plan. Super-silliness aside, it really just feels like a story of a dickhead who annoys the shit out of a group of close barfriends, and they get together and send his ass packing.

  • June 9, 2010, 4:23 p.m. CST

    Lobo's terrible but he ain't that benevolent

    by Thalya

    Space dolphins aside, that is.<BR><BR>I'd argue that a quality of "terrible benevolence" accounts for the most successful characters in the superhero genre: Batman, Wolverine, now Deadpool (though it's questionable whether he'll last or the overkill will set in).<BR><BR>Superman used to qualify, but then the benevolence half won out: having abilities like his, early in his tenure, was radical enough to inspire fright, but waned over time as we got used to him and his limits.<BR><BR>Deadpool's humor stretches the bounds of "benevolence", but he's a more successful parody character than Lobo because Lobo's parodic source, 80s/90s style grim'n'gritty, is now dated, whereas Deathstroke is still readily active and appealing.

  • June 9, 2010, 4:33 p.m. CST

    Why do the Assholes....?

    by cookylamoo

    Review the same titles over and over. Expand your horizons guys.

  • June 9, 2010, 4:47 p.m. CST

    I think the economy has something to do with it.

    by Squashua

    Unlike some comics review teams that get their books handed to them each week, or reside in comic book stores with unlimited access, the AICN @$$holes have to buy their own books (with the exception of some sample comics sent to the team for review), so they're only going to review books that they read, and with the economy in the toilet, the purchase range is limited.

  • June 9, 2010, 4:48 p.m. CST

    I dunno, sonnyhooper, but...

    by rev_skarekroe

    ...maybe it's time for DC to try and bring Lobo back. Remember, Deadpool had pretty much vanished for several years before his recent surge in popularity. Maybe it's Lobo's turn for oversaturation.

  • June 9, 2010, 5:19 p.m. CST

    Not sure what you are talking about, cooky...

    by Ambush Bug

    Out of all of the comics reviewed this week, only a couple of them have been reviewed before. JSA, JSA ALL STARS, IRREDEEMABLE, INVINCIBLE. Everything else is something we haven't covered before or a number one issue. Care to clarify or are you just griping for gipings sake?

  • June 9, 2010, 5:34 p.m. CST

    "terrible benevolence" ...

    by sonnyhooper

    .....now thats a great theory. i don't believe i've ever heard it expressed quite like that before, but now that i have, it makes perfect sense. so maybe Lobo just need to be given a little more humanity? <p> considering that he seemed to work best when he was on Superman; the animated series, maybe DC just needs to let Paul Dini write Lobo?

  • June 9, 2010, 6:26 p.m. CST

    Lobo is as played out as Jennifer Lopez

    by Homer Sexual

    I once liked him, bought his Xmas Special, etc. Especially the way Simon Bisley drew him. Then he got so fraggin stale. So invincible. So unlikable. Deadpool is likable, honestly. I can't stand Lobo.

  • June 9, 2010, 6:50 p.m. CST

    I'm all alone on Thanos Imperative

    by gooseud

    I think its awesome. The art is a bit muddy, for sure, but I mean, the final panel reveal at the end? Total geek out moment. I think it is light-years better then Conquest (which in my humble opinion is vastly overrated and didnt really truly pick up til Warlock arrived on the scene) and War of Kings (which honestly, I didnt like that much, Vulcan and his deus ex machina invincibility just annoyed me). I guess ill just have to be out on the island by myself with this one.

  • June 9, 2010, 6:53 p.m. CST

    Joe liked Avengers prime??

    by gooseud

    SHOCKER!! However, its pains me to admit this, but Secret Avengers is pretty rad, although it shouldnt be, Valkyrie and Nova are retarded choices to even be there, but whatever, its pretty cool. And as anyone who reads the talkbacks knows, thats coming from a guy who has to be dragged kicking and screaming into reading much mainstream Marvel.

  • June 9, 2010, 7:03 p.m. CST

    :-D !

    by Thalya

    You're right, Dini's especially good at bringing out the humanity in villains, animated series or GCS et al.. I think, Lobo, especially as written by Giffen, needs a fair amount of leavening. That said, how he was written in 52 worked pretty well, too, being that universal church leader or whatever he was.<BR><BR>I can't take credit for the idea, and it's not wholly a unique phrasing, though Google suggests it might be original in relation to the idea's source. Try Googling "terrible benevolence Rene Girard" - first result should be for a Google Books view of "Violence and the Sacred." I can't recommend the book enough. There's so much that's relevant to the superhero genre in it; part of me thinks Nolan used it as a textbook for The Dark Knight.<BR><BR>RE: Terrible benevolence, Girard discusses how, before late-stage mythologization takes place, hero and monster are really one and the same: a scapegoat/"apotropaion" (one who averts evil), both the source of evil and thus the one capable of removing it. More complex than I can describe briefly, but great stuff.

  • June 9, 2010, 7:39 p.m. CST

    Why does Iron Man always revert to an armor retired 2 decades ag

    by Ash Talon

    It seems that whenever a huge crossover comes around, Marvel finds a way of having Iron Man revert to his hipdisc armor which is decades old. There are plenty of previous armors, which are more powerful than the hipdisc, he could use in a pinch.<p> Never been a big fan of Bendis. New Avengers always felt like it was spinning its wheels while everyone just talked witty to each other. Siege was laughably bad and had be vowing to drop any Bendis-speared Avengers books. I tried the new #1, but it still has too much of the Bendis taint for me.<p> I also thought Conquest was lackluster compare to Annihilation. War of Kings was okay, but I've always found Vulcan to be boring and too evil. How does energy manipulation allow him to do anything he wants or give him super-strength? Makes no sense. Glad to see him gone, though.

  • June 9, 2010, 7:43 p.m. CST

    Faelon, it seems familiar, because it is.

    by Ash Talon

    Bendis is such a huge Marvel fan that he's constantly revisiting old events and renaming them as his own (Age of Apocalypse=House of M, Cabal/Dark Reign=Acts of Vengeance, etc). He probably loved those New Mutants in Asgard stories so much, he just had to write some of his own.

  • June 9, 2010, 10:19 p.m. CST

    Ash Talon, exactly

    by gooseud

    Vulcan basically ruined the War of Kings thing for me, a villain no one cared about, who apparently had powers that could be defined as......whatever the writers felt like at that moment. Him reconstituting himself within 45 seconds after Black Bolt blew him to shreds with the Scream was a huge "jump the shark" moment for that mini, where I just stopped caring what was going to happen at that point. Having said that, everything has happened AFTER that mini wrapped up has been 5 star, aside from the Nova/Sphinx storylione, which was god-awful.

  • June 9, 2010, 10:57 p.m. CST

    That 1980s Herc Mini-series

    by OutsideChance

    Correct me if I'm wrong but at some point didn't Marvel say that series actually took place in the far future (in order to explain why some characters [primarily Galactus]) were actually so goofy and out of character?

  • June 9, 2010, 11 p.m. CST

    Herc mini DID take place in the future.

    by OutsideChance

    According to Marvel's own product description: "Centuries in the future, Hercules embarks on an extraterrestrial odyssey and finds there are more gods in the heavens than he imagined! With his computerized comrade the Recorder, he wows worshippers, attacks avatars, and sires a son who may be an even more dangerous demigod than he is! Rigellians, Skrulls, carnivorous horses, and more! Plus: interviews with Bob Layton, creator of Herc's 24th century! Collects Hercules: Prince of Power (1982) #1-4, and Hercules: Prince of Power (1984) #1-4." http://tinyurl.com/2uhkevz

  • June 10, 2010, 6:58 a.m. CST

    The new Herc mini...

    by Bootskin

    I've been reading comics since 1978, and I still think this Herc mini was shite. Loved Slott's Herc stuff and felt that was the first time the character was given anything important to do since he was nearly beaten to death by the Masters of Evil. This was just horrible...Mr Layton, the time has come to perhaps...move on...

  • June 10, 2010, 7:13 a.m. CST

    cookylamoo

    by Poptard_JD

    is there something we aren't reading or reviewing that you'd like us to? gimme a challenge and i'll take a stab at it..

  • June 10, 2010, 7:14 a.m. CST

    Senior Douche

    by Poptard_JD

    what did i miss here? what's the homophobe reference?

  • June 10, 2010, 9 a.m. CST

    JD

    by optimous_douche

    Well I'm not the one who called you a homo, but if I had to guess it would be this: "Thankfully in this here issue, we finally see a bit of that sexual tension between Tony Stark and Steve Rogers come spurting to the forefront."

  • June 10, 2010, 9:03 a.m. CST

    All right now I get it

    by optimous_douche

    Since Bug banned the guy you can't see the post anymore. Someone took extreme umbridge with the sexual tension remark -- called you gay and then made a super biggoted remark about gays bringing about the end of days.<p> Score one for Bug for banning that asshat.

  • June 10, 2010, 9:30 a.m. CST

    Iron Man Hipdisc Armor

    by bat725

    Aside from being IM's real costume (he rocked it for like 20 years), Marvel plays it like its the only armor not connected to the mainframe network. So, when the network gets hacked/corrupted, that's the armor he falls back on. Just a nod to the old-school fans, like myself.

  • June 10, 2010, 10:13 a.m. CST

    cooky

    by deelzbub

    I believe he is also referring to the Vincent Price comic,which has already been written about.

  • June 10, 2010, 10:53 a.m. CST

    Yeah, that's right, Goose

    by Joenathan

    Agree with me, yeah! You like that, don't you? Yeah, feel the agreement all up in ya'... yeah, you love it. Uh! Get down on it.

  • June 10, 2010, 11 a.m. CST

    I love

    by Joenathan

    how you guys are all like: "Wah! Bendis! Wah! I'm never buying an Avengers book again! Wah!" And then next week: "I hated this latest Avengers book! Wah! My butthole hurts! Wah! Why can't the silver age stay forever and ever?" <br><br>B-O-O H-O-O, ladies

  • June 10, 2010, 11:15 a.m. CST

    Joen

    by Ambush Bug

    You do know more than one person writes reviews for this column, right? You've been around long enough to know that no @$$Hole agrees totally with one another and that there is absolutely no consensus on what's good and what's bad. Our varied opinions are our bread and butter.

  • June 10, 2010, 12:22 p.m. CST

    Wait a minute...

    by Joenathan

    There's more than ONE of you? When did this happen?

  • June 10, 2010, 12:52 p.m. CST

    I think every comic book is complete shit.

    by Squashua

    There are few gems. I even disliked Return of Bruce Wayne #1. Not enough to stop buying the series, which in retrospect is not that bad (so far).

  • June 10, 2010, 1:55 p.m. CST

    Squashua

    by Thalya

    Clearly you haven't read Joker's Asylum: The Riddler then.<BR><BR>*shakes head* tsk tsk..

  • June 10, 2010, 2:43 p.m. CST

    New Books...

    by Homer Sexual

    So last night I read a couple books, well, three actually. <p> One of them was Young Allies. It was ok, but Firestar is way too old to be in this group, she's a grad student and the others are in high school. Apart from that, it was a solid, if unspectacular, book. Unpowered Arana is kinda lame, Toro is very cool. <p> Avengers Academy was awesome all around! Great cast of new characters, great villains already in the very first issue. I've always been a fan of McKone's art. I believe McKeever wrote it, and he's good with the teen-theme thing. Highly recommended. <p> The last one was Rawhide Kid. Frankly, as a homo, I would like to thank Marvel for publishing another series with the out-and-proud in the 1880's Rawhide. He's a flamer, he's a badass, he's hilarious, he's awesome! If he's an inspiration to an oldster like myself, I can imagine he's having a more important effect on younger readers of my ilk. And Chaykin's art is really good on this book. <p> I spent over 50 bucks yesterday, but I've gotten my ten bucks worth from those three, even if YAllies was just a'ight.

  • June 10, 2010, 2:44 p.m. CST

    Asylum: Riddler

    by Homer Sexual

    Oh, yeah, did want to add to Thalya's comment that it was really good. If you're a fan of Gotham City Sirens, you'll like this one and probably already bought it.

  • June 10, 2010, 3:12 p.m. CST

    Homer

    by Thalya

    What did you think of the artwork?

  • June 10, 2010, 3:57 p.m. CST

    Thalya droppin more knowledge...

    by sonnyhooper

    ....than lil' wayne. nice. i'll be sure to check out that book. sounds like it takes the whole beowulf/grendel dichotomy and runs with it. <p> but getting back to Lobo for a second, i figured either they need Dini to write him OR have Brad Garrett come to everyones house who buys a Lobo book and have him read the dialogue out loud. :)

  • June 10, 2010, 4:52 p.m. CST

    Oh noes..!

    by Thalya

    The last time someone in a TB said I was droppin' knowledge or droppin' logic, I wound up cofounding a Buffy messageboard. :) Wow, that was about 8 or 9 years ago now..<BR><BR>It's way beyond just Beowulf/Grendel, man. Think: any hero and his archnemesis. Apollo and Dionysius. Oedipus Rex. Human sacrifice. Ritual incest. A takedown and absorption of Freud. A demystification of all religion. An excellent companion to Berserk as well as TDK. On and on..<BR><BR>Fair warning: while a dense read, but only a little over 300 pages, it took me a year to read. Mainly because I had to put it down. Trying to get through 3 chapters in a weekend caused me to not need caffeine for 2-3 weeks and gave me vivid dreams which woke me up 2-3 times a night, every night, one of those times laughing for 10 minutes straight. I shit you not. I felt GREAT, but for the effects I didn't want to wait for the other shoe to drop. You don't see the world the same after reading it.<BR><BR>Brad Garrett? GENIUS.

  • June 10, 2010, 5 p.m. CST

    Thalya

    by Homer Sexual

    I thought the art was good. I don't think March is that great at drawing women, so I didn't care for him on Sirens, but he does a good job with the Riddler, and Ivy and Harley aren't the focus, so his weaker art on them isn't as annoying. The inking was very good as well.

  • June 10, 2010, 5:12 p.m. CST

    You really describe it well, Homer

    by Thalya

    My sentiments accord. :)<BR><BR>Just..and I'm trying to put this as vaguely as possible to not spoil those who haven't read - did you notice the house of cards scheme? My money's on the 7 of clubs for the answer to the riddle.

  • June 10, 2010, 8:27 p.m. CST

    The Light n' Brighty fad has got to go

    by Tall_Boy66

    I want something more realistic and grim in my comics today. All this superheroics is lame.

  • June 11, 2010, 11:40 a.m. CST

    This week's Booster Gold

    by Squashua

    Was so good. In comparison, JLA Generation Lost #3 was shit.<br><br> Doom Patrol was good too, but kinda all over the place, not introducing characters we are expected to know, even if we are not longtime D8M Patrol readers, which is unfair. One good thing was it did confirm that last page surprise from 2 issues ago as 100% in-continuity.

  • June 11, 2010, 6:20 p.m. CST

    Optimous - RE: WWP

    by Thalya

    Umbrella Corp has been sighted wheeling in suspicious containers. BRING. ANTIDOTE!

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  • July 22, 2010, 3:22 p.m. CST

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