Oct. 27, 2010, 9:11 a.m. CST
...who are always complaining about too many Marvel reviews.
Oct. 27, 2010, 9:11 a.m. CST
Oct. 27, 2010, 9:12 a.m. CST
Thought I had it. :(
Oct. 27, 2010, 9:22 a.m. CST
Actually, there was some creepy stuff near the end of her original series as well. That's where Daddy Longlegs was introduced and and I remember a few other macabre characters.
Oct. 27, 2010, 9:39 a.m. CST
Where's all the MArvel comics? You guys never review enough Marvel. BOOOO!
Oct. 27, 2010, 10:53 a.m. CST
by foree forehead
those clive barker comics from the 90s? there were a few volumes of them, beautifully drawn and based on his short stories if i recall correctly. might be good for another look/review.
Oct. 27, 2010, 10:57 a.m. CST
by Homer Sexual
Well, the Long Box is my fave this week, because it features a bunch of comics I read, and some of which I actually still have. Those Blair Witch books rock! They were just as evocative as the movie. Unfortunately, I am missing issue 3 from the mini,but I still re-read those books on a regular basis. If only it existed in collected form. Also, I like Blair Witch 2 and it is why I learned about AICN... Harry liked the movie and got quoted on the ad. Initally, I didn't like BW2 because I felt it disrespected the original, which was the ONLY movie to actually scare me since I was in high school (the 80's fyi). With some distance, it holds up pretty well on it's own, with the only drawback being the asylum scenes that were put in at the studios behest. <p> I often state that Spider-Woman is my favorite comic character, and the early run of Spider-Woman is exactly why. She was an outsider who alienated most people. Infantino's art was perfect. And she actually kinda returned to her roots in the brief Nocenti/Postman run right before the book got cancelled with issue 50. <p> I am glad to see recognition of Batman and Robin, because this is the issue where it all comes together. I often (not always) feel like Morrison needs a lot of patience, and sometimes (not always) it pays off. I feel like we are now reaching the payoff of Batman and Robin, and I says Hell Yeah! <p> OTOH, all the ads about the relaunching of the Batman line after the current "return of Bruce" ends do not thrill me. While I am glad to see Dick will continue, and I will at least try that book, I expect to drop Batman and Robin. I will pick up Batwoman, since it's still JH Williams and probably won't end up lasting very long. The other books, even Batman Family or whatever that one was called, don't look like they're gonna be all that. <p> Also, the New Teen Titans: What is up with Nikola Scott's art in the previews? It's totally retro and I'd think that is the worst possible idea. He's done great stuff in Secret Six, so why the Titans looks so awful is beyond me. <p> Missed last week, but I wonder if anyone read Knight and Squire. I quite liked it, it was very different and entertaining. While I don't think something so very British could work as an ongoing, it seems to be a very solid mini.
Oct. 27, 2010, 10:59 a.m. CST
Don't know how no one mentioned this through two separate reviews, but the symbol on Mars was a Black Lantern Symbol, not White. Black has five straight lines on top of the triangle, forming a hand. White has seven lines radiating from the triangle with an arc through them, like light shining through a prism. The reveal was supposed to be sinister. Also, why in the world are you getting so hung up on the Black Lanterns? Out of all the comic book logic going on in the stories, this was the hardest to swallow? Let me list a few facts to maybe clear it up a bit. 1. It's been shown that Black Lanterns can regenerate from the smallest amount of physical remains. 2. Deathstorm, who only managed to survive by clinging to the Firestorm Matrix, has the power to transmute matter into any other type of matter he wants so long as he knows the chemical formula. 3. He has captured and is corrupting a lantern that contains the essence of all life in the universe, and shares an intimate connection with the twelve it resurrected. Is it that much of a stretch to assume that Deathstorm, using the White Lantern, could recreate a small chunk of each of the hero's Black Lantern corpses, at which point they would regenerate fully?
Oct. 27, 2010, 11:12 a.m. CST
by maxwell's hammer
Props to you, Mr. Higgins, for much less clunky reviews this week. I'm a Higgins-Hater, but I'll give credit where it's due. You still use too many ill-placed adjectives (you used the word 'brilliant' three times, but your 'fantastic' count was down to only one!) but overall, much better.<BR> <BR> This review of a review is brought to you by OxyClean.
Oct. 27, 2010, 12:11 p.m. CST
Oct. 27, 2010, 12:16 p.m. CST
typo in B&R was hilarious, btw.
Oct. 27, 2010, 12:20 p.m. CST
by Homer Sexual
It was a joke. Joker's jokes are never actually funny.
Oct. 27, 2010, 12:27 p.m. CST
Thes reviews are consistently the best thing on this site, and I'm not even a comic fan.
Oct. 27, 2010, 12:28 p.m. CST
Peter Straub is a really underrated writer. I discovered him through his correspondance with Dave Sim, and I have just been hooked on his books since then. I'm glad Straub gets to explore his universe in a graphic novel. It just sucks that it's in hardcover form. I don't really feel like overpaying for two pieces of cardboard that don't add anything to the final product.
Oct. 27, 2010, 12:29 p.m. CST
And the talk about the double, the duece, and double-u is reference to 'W' for Wayne, as in Nathaniel Wayne, Thomas Wayne's double. And I don't know who that was saying 'lovely covered in dirt.' Just rolled with it as atmosphere.
Oct. 27, 2010, 12:31 p.m. CST
This is truly a golden age of Batman mythos.
Oct. 27, 2010, 12:34 p.m. CST
For someone like me, I just love books...not just the words on the page. Everything about them, including the book design and printing. THE GREEN WOMAN is a beautiful piece of art to hold in your hands too. The hardback is solid with an embossed image of the "Green Woman" and the paper stock and printing for the slip cover is also a tactile sensation that I love. Sometimes it is all about the printed words...but oftentimes it is the fuller experience of the entire package that makes me love something. It's something "digital" can never capture.
Oct. 27, 2010, 12:35 p.m. CST
...there was no set-up, context, or follow-up. A simple typo that wasn't caught.
Oct. 27, 2010, 12:37 p.m. CST
...as Marvel accidentally having Doc Ock call Spidey "Superman" in Doc's first appearance.
Oct. 27, 2010, 1:36 p.m. CST
This particular 5 book batch was pretty weak. Crosshairs was awful, 7 Seconds to Hell was weak. The last batch, the one with 39 Seconds in it, was great, all 5 of those books were ones I would have read.
Oct. 27, 2010, 1:38 p.m. CST
I have no idea why I read them. They are never really that good. They always have some kind of weird funky art. FVZA, a premise that you would think was inpossible to screw up, sucked by the end. Somehow though, they always draw me back. The premises always sound so cool. Last Days of American Crime was the only one that really lived up to the hype for me, although Driver for the Dead has been decent so far, and Ryder on the Storm was ok, although that title is god-awful. I'm just a sucker, I guess.
Oct. 27, 2010, 1:58 p.m. CST
Prof, I completely uderstand and respect your point of view, but for someone who'd rather use that extra cash to buy another book instead of paying for the hardcover, it feels like a ripoff. Just wish they'd give us the choice, y'know.
Oct. 27, 2010, 2:14 p.m. CST
by Sailor Rip
As a huge fan of the Blue Rose trilogy(The Throat being one of my favorite books ever written) I can't wait to read the Green Woman.
Oct. 27, 2010, 3:17 p.m. CST
Like Robin's a shrimp, duh
Oct. 27, 2010, 3:38 p.m. CST
to be used whenever people complain about the choice of books they review on a weekly basis. They gave you all new books from different companies this week and its a ghost town in here. Anti-Marvel zealots, if you dont speak up on a very non-Marvel week like this, then your concerns are kind of moot, arent they?
Oct. 27, 2010, 3:52 p.m. CST
Somehow I missed that issue 5 came out! I need to get that now! Also need to get the new Incognito.
Oct. 27, 2010, 3:56 p.m. CST
New Incognito!<br><br><br><br>And it looks like Goose is right, apparently Bendis, Millar, and Joe Q are the fuel that runs the @$$holes' engine... Marvel uber alles.
Oct. 27, 2010, 3:57 p.m. CST
I suspect you will love it. I have THE THROAT read to read. Since I started with THE GREEN WOMAN, I'm actually going to read the trilogy backwards starting with THE THROAT. :) Let me know what you think of THE GREEN WOMAN when u get around to reading it.
Oct. 27, 2010, 4:14 p.m. CST
by Homer Sexual
The only book I buy on todays list is Chaos War, which is ok but not as good as Incredible Hercules used to be. Ish 2 is waaaay better than sucky issue 1, I will say. although I am considering buying Green Woman, none of the other reviews interest me in the slightest, except for the longbox reviews (which only appeal to us old timers) and the Batman and Robin cheap shot. <p> I have certainly posted my share today, and B&R is just soo much better than anything Millar Bendis etc are doing nowadays. If there were a Superman or Wonder Woman review, ther'd probably be a lot more action as well, since everyone loves to hate those books (me included) <p> Infinity War or whatever that book is called came out again last week, and for all the people who say how great it supposedly is, there's no review or reference except by me.... and I think it is totally weak! So there! <p> I spent $45 on comics last week, so more should stick in my mind than Batman and Robin. I remember reading Power Girl... it was pretty good... and DV8, which is uber-excelente and if you ever read about these characters, I promise you will love it. Unfortuantely, if you don't know who the characters are, it may not be as compelling.
Oct. 27, 2010, 4:16 p.m. CST
by Homer Sexual
Yes, the first issue of a four part Loki mini came out, and while it isn't as incredibly intense, awesome and current while being set 100% in Asgard as the current Thor of Asgard mini, it was also very beautifully drawn, true to the legends while still being fresh and new, and another book I highly recommend.
Oct. 27, 2010, 4:19 p.m. CST
by Homer Sexual
I can't believe I am blanking on the name of the Daredevil crossover currently occuring, but both books from last week were solid but unspectacular reads that advance the storyline but still feel very status quo and reinforce the feeling that this whole brouhaha is much ado about nothing. <p> Deadpool was ok, but not worth talking about.
Oct. 27, 2010, 4:21 p.m. CST
by Homer Sexual
Maybe New Mutants was two weeks ago. The current story is good, liimbo-related and all, but this issue was just a bunch of "beat up the heroes before they triumph" <p> I had dropped X-Factor but started picking it up again recently because all the sexual shenanigans of Shatterstar/Rictor/Wolfsbane are very interesting to me. The rest of the book, not so much. Layla... not at all, but she's absent this issue.
Oct. 27, 2010, 4:23 p.m. CST
by Homer Sexual
The rest of you must have bought some comics last week. didn't the horrible Avengers 7 come out yet, with Rulk joining the train wreck?
Oct. 27, 2010, 4:24 p.m. CST
by Homer Sexual
I don't care it MG is overhyped, it rocks! Boarding Schools are rife with potential, and the characters are amazingly developed for such a short number of pages. I actually find myself caring about what happens to them.
Oct. 27, 2010, 4:36 p.m. CST
That is a great comic, although I just read the Morrison is jumping off son... so I will be too. <br><br>Also, Homer, I'm planning on picking up DV8, I'm just waiting for my LCS to fill in a gap. You're right it does look really good
Oct. 27, 2010, 4:38 p.m. CST
Seems to share alot of stuff with Morning Glories. Tower Prep is by Dini though.
Oct. 27, 2010, 4:40 p.m. CST
by Homer Sexual
From the ads I see. Morrison is gonna write something like Batman Family but with a name I also keep blanking on. Starts with O. Art looks bad. B&R does look underwhelming w/o Morrison. really only the Batman book with Dick and...maybe...Dark Knight with Bruce (as well as Batwoman) look good. I guess we'll see once the current arc is over.
Oct. 27, 2010, 5:42 p.m. CST
....it really dosen't matter which books get reviews each week. mavel, DC, Image...whatever... because the talkback becomes about marvel regardless. or a debate over garth ennis vs. mark miller and if either of them actually has any talent, or something else equally as .... unintresting. <p> sorry, that probably sounds way more harsh than i want it to be, but thats just the way it is. sadly the comic section of aint it cool has become just like the rest of aint it cool..... a bunch of dudes talking AT each other, more intrested in trying to show how clever they are, instead of having a discussion. <p> *shrugs* what are you gonna do, it is what it is.
Oct. 27, 2010, 7:28 p.m. CST
had one of the best first issues in ages, it was the shizzle. Thor of Asgard is also amazing, that book rules. It has to, to make up for the complete cliff-fall of the main title, which has gone from JMS/awesome to Fraction/terrible in the space of like 6 issues.
Oct. 27, 2010, 7:38 p.m. CST
I never talk at anyone. In fact, I hate that. I actually go out of my way to make sure I'm not showing blind prejudice or nut hugging towards any title. In fact, I'm probably the least nut-huggingest comic guy on the planet. Thor, Cap America, X factor, Astonishing when Whedon left, the second any book goes in the shitter, I drop it. Likewise, if any book or writer sucks and suddenly gets good, I'll give full credit. If you would like to steer any discussion in the direction you would like to take it, by all means, post away. Maybe your just upset we arent talking about the books that YOU personally read?
Oct. 27, 2010, 7:40 p.m. CST
70% of the books I read are non-MArvel, and 100% of my top-of-the-stack books are all non-Marvel. I just dont talk about them because no one reads them or cares. I'm about 70% non-Marvel, 29% Marvel, and 1% DC (Secret Six). I've tried a million times to discuss American Vampire, any of the Radical stuff, Scalped. No one really wants to talk about it (shrugs).
Oct. 27, 2010, 10:55 p.m. CST
Bats can be a real dick when he wants too, eh?
Oct. 28, 2010, 2:50 a.m. CST
I'm certain the double/deuce line had *some* meaning to it, but I can't see how you'd have arrived at the explanation you suggested other than purely a a guess. I mentioned the prawn line because of how random it was, but yeah, it's pretty obvious that it's a deliberate pun. If not, why would he have said "plate" instead of "board"?
Oct. 28, 2010, 4:19 a.m. CST
....i'm not saying everyone does it, just an observation in general. and yeah, every once in a while a good discussion can be had here, like i said...... it probably came out harsher than intended. <p> it's not like it matters much anyway because quint or beaks or whoever runs AICN nowadays will be trying to get the comic storys off the front page as soon as possible by posting "news" about the top gun sequel or something else equally as riviting. *shrugs*
Oct. 28, 2010, 5:05 a.m. CST
.....i NEVER come here expecting any of the books i read will be reviewed. i actually check out the reviews to find new stuff to read, stuff i might have missed or sometimes didn't even know about in the first place. <p> and trying to "steer" a discussion in a given direction never seems to work. people are intrested in what they are intrested in, the chances i could get people to talk about stuff they don't wanna talk about seem remote at best.
Oct. 28, 2010, 5:27 a.m. CST
and all the ridiculous rumors are what make AICN the malformed creature it is to this day, so quit ur bitchin'.<p>But sonny has a point. Talkbackers! Talk about the fuckin comics the a$$holes review instead of babbling ceaselessly about the bored mainstream creators that bombard us with weekly tripe! Bendis is boring but writes silly dialogue! Millar is predictable but gets cool artists! yaddayadda-yah!<p>Did anyone read Tomb of Terror this week? It had prose!<p>P.S. Batman and Robin doesn't count because of course we're all readin that shit 'cause it rules!
Oct. 28, 2010, 9:52 a.m. CST
I've been looking forward to this comic for a while, especially after reading the review here last week.<br>There are a couple of things I don't understand about the comic -- is this an on-going series to be published in this format, or was this a one-shot?<br>Is this the one continuity for Superman going forward? Is Superman Secret Origins moot now?<br><br>Frankly I didn't mind the (so-called) emo Clark Kent - at least to a point. I think JMS did a good job of portraying a being like Clark in a real-world setting, at least in the first act.<br>It seemed like a lot of set-up for a resolution that happens way too fast -- especially for the price, this book should have been twice the length. As much trouble as JMS went to to set the story in real-world surroundings, when other-world creatures show up and start trashing the planet, the issue seems to jump into standard-comic-world reality with aliens and world-wide destruction being accepted as almost commonplace.<br><br>The artwork is excellent for the most part, but kind of wonky in some places (the artist REALLY has a problem drawing hands). The main Big Bad comes off as kind of silly (picture a male version of Silver Banshee), who, by the way, is dispatched fairly easily. Clark too often is drawn to look like Keanu Reeves with one expression (maybe an homage to Tom Welling, who also only has one expression).<br><br>I'm a huge Superman fan, so I'm sure my opinion is tainted, but I enjoyed the book -- I think it's worth a buy; however, it was not as good as I expected.
Oct. 28, 2010, 2:53 p.m. CST
apparently i made a good point put the subject line has to focus on a typo. again.... AT not TO. and please don't take it personal kungfu, i'm just illustrating my point. <p> and BTW, whos bitching? again, just pointing out a reality that the staff at AICN seems to want the comic stuff off the front page as soon as possible. how else do you explain the 3 "storys" about tom fucking cruse "news" posted since this morning?. NO ONE cares about that midget THAT much. hell, i bet tom cruse is sick of tom cruise.
Oct. 28, 2010, 3:01 p.m. CST
I spelled your "ur" so do you think I really care about typos? AICN is the least personal thing in my life sonny, so no worries<p>It is kind of weird that they bury the comics column on the main news page, but you can always just scroll down to the comics section, and there it is!<p>What's worse for me is how quickly the talkback fizzles out. Back when I had more time for this stuff, I used to chat with these guys on the same talkback for weeks, so it was always in the top talkbacks. The comics crew moves on a lot more quickly.
Oct. 28, 2010, 3:12 p.m. CST
.....is the talk back dying out BECAUSE it drops off the front page? in much the same way we all wonder how many licks it takes to get to the center of a toostie roll pop..........the world may never know. <p> and while we are at it.... a couple other foods for thought....what ever happened to the "topic for discussion" the 'holes used to throw out? those were usually pretty cool. and why don't they mix it up in the talkbacks more often? it really did have more life around here when they did.... kind of a shame really.
Oct. 28, 2010, 3:46 p.m. CST
Goose is right again...
Oct. 28, 2010, 4:30 p.m. CST
Question for everyone: what's missing from comics right now? What aren't you getting from whatever you're reading that you want to get? Not actually titles that you're not reading, just, storytelling beats and the like.
Oct. 28, 2010, 5:22 p.m. CST
well, for me personally it's any sense of wonder. that WOW factor. i read stuff and it's intresting, it holds my attention, but it's been a hell of a long time since i read sometning that knocked me on my ass or made the hair on the back of my neck stand up. <p> the last time that happened was probably in Kingdom Come, the full page splash panel when superman decides to get off his ass and make with the law and order allready. he has all of the disorderly metas in hand and just floats there in the air with that look. fucking awesome. i could hear the movie theme in my head, the neck hair was at full attention. i had, in that moment, a sense of wonder, that WOW factor. <p> but now that i say that.... maybe my lack of wonder is my fault. maybe i'm just a old jaded comic fan? maybe it's a case of been there, done that? or maybe there really is nothing new under the sun? <p> i dunno........ but i do want that feeling back.
Oct. 28, 2010, 5:29 p.m. CST
.....the last panel of Y:the last man was fucking awesome. kicked all kinds of ass and gave me that old feeling. that sense of wonder. <p> but i dunno if that counts because it was fucking Y: the last man.... which was just awsome in its own right.
Oct. 28, 2010, 8:25 p.m. CST
by Buzz Maverik
Me; "Yeah, Mark Miller's a friend of mine."<p>Clerk with the piercings:"Mark Millar is not a friend of yours.'<p>ME;"I didn't say Mark Millar is a friend of mine. Mark Miller is a friend of mine."<p>PIERCING GUY:"The Ultimates Guy is a friend of yours?"<p>ME:"I don't think Bug has written the Ultimates...yet. Yet."
Oct. 28, 2010, 10:21 p.m. CST
I already have the first volume and love it, but I rarely have 15 extra bucks to throw down, although I do get trades on discount all the time. Just recently I got the first volume of League of Extraordinary Gentlemen for six dollars. I like how the story doesn't take too lon to introduce the team, but it does have this slow burn leading up to finding out what's really going on. And any comic featuring Fu Manchu is cool in my book.
Oct. 29, 2010, 2:22 a.m. CST
1. Morning Glories-Love the story, hate the art. Wasn't crazy about the first issue. It felt a little formuliac. The "twist" at the end wasn't even really much of a twist. We all knew something was going to happen. We had barely spent any characters. Everyone was just a cartoon outline. However, I loved the second issue because stuff. Happened. 2. "Wow!" Moments-Does Punisher #54 count? 3. I am enjoying comics just fine right now. There's always something out there that I haven't read.
Oct. 29, 2010, 2:24 a.m. CST
I recently snagged some cheap Dark Reign/Siege Stuff. Dark Avengers was great. Also enjoyed The Initiative,though it could've done without the Avengers Resistance.
Oct. 29, 2010, 9:42 a.m. CST
If you liked Dark Avengers, check out Secret Warriors (and Avengers). They both have the same tone. And you read Ellis's Thunderbolts run, right? RIGHT? If not, get on that.
Oct. 29, 2010, 10:26 a.m. CST
Best thing Warren Ellis's done.
Oct. 29, 2010, 10:59 a.m. CST
by Homer Sexual
Yeah, it's not even new but for some reason I hadn't gotten around to reading it. It was ok, but it did make me think I should stop buying some of the books I buy... <p> Why? Because there was this whole thing about Hawkeye and Mockingbird on different teams and Spider-Man being miffed because he didn't get the Avengers Priority call although he's on both teams, and I was like, its hard enough to get over this absurdity without Bendis making a whole huge point of it.
Oct. 29, 2010, 5:33 p.m. CST
And I meant: Read Secret Avengers too, not plain Avengers. Just clarifying
Oct. 29, 2010, 5:35 p.m. CST
I agree. They should be on one team or the other. For some reason, I'm okay with Wolverine going between the X--men and Avengers, but having him on both Avengers teams in the same city bugs me.
Oct. 29, 2010, 7:49 p.m. CST
...got it now. marvel zombies all the way. *shakes head*