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Here we go....I may as well start off with the worst first....

Screwball? Paper Doll? Butterball? I swear, except for the Silencer, who's been seen only once, Dan Slott couldn't create a decent character if his life depended on it. And having characters wear Camouflage pants over their costumes looks positively ridiculous. Imagine Spider-Man or Iron Man doing that.

AVENGERS/INVADERS....pass.

CAPTAIN AMERICA #38....Oh, look, it's the Red Skull! Oh, yeah, baby! We haven't seen this guy in ages! Oh, wait, he's been in the last 37 issues. D'oh! "The Never-Ending Story" Part 38 of Infinity! Watch out, Rhino! The Red Skull is itching to become Chief Overused Villain Ever!

IRON FIST....*flushes toilet*; nothing against the writers, but the idea of multiple Iron Fists through the ages (ala Witchblade and the Darkness and....) and multiple cities like K'un-Lun totally ruins the uniqueness that was once Danny Rand and K'un-Lun. Just my opinion. I gave this series a try for five issues and I just couldn't take it.

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY....cool book alert! Quasar!!!! Gamora!!!! Plus, Drax, Starlord and Adam Warlock! Plus, Abnett and Lanning, writers of NOVA. I'm in!

IRON MAN: DIRECTOR OF SHIELD #29....Sweet Christmas!!!!!! Madame Masque is back!!!!! Not that fakeout thing version Bendis used in NA, but the real one (I hope)! And the Maggia is back!!!! Whoohoooo! While I don't collect this title anymore, I'm on board for these four issues, baby! Whitney!!!! my second favorite comic book character of all time! *love*

And even more Maggia goodness in MARVEL ADVENTURES IRON MAN #13, with Blacklash! This title is now on my pull list, folks. I just started buying it this week with #10 (featuring Spider-Woman!), and I can't wait to get #12, with Kiber the Cruel!!!

FANTASTIC FOUR #557, GHOST RIDER #23, X-FACTOR: THE QUICK AND THE DEAD....each book with the most shocking last pages ever! Well, only one of them can claim that, and I doubt any of them will pull it off. Ah, you've gotta love that idiotic Marvel hype machine.

CAPTAIN BRITIAN AND MI:13....since Spitfire and Black Knight are a part of this team, I'm all over this new title.

MS. MARVEL #27...BEST....BOOK....EVER! As usual! William Wagner's secrets are revealed! Is he the secret Kree? I mean, they're revealing his stuff in this storyline, and since the Skrull is on the Lightning Strike team....if true, that means whoever Sarah Day really is is another set of marbles (Hecate). Would be neat if Sarah turned out to be Dr. Minerva, though.

Is that Machinesmith I see on the cover of NEW WARRIORS #12?

Nova versus Galactus? BAM! Nuff said!

Better not kill off Mystique, Jason Aaron, or you'll be sharing that brownstone with Grant Morrison (murderer of Darkstar), Peter David (murderer of Lady Mastermind) and Dan Slott (apparent murderer of Diamondback). >:-D

NEW EXILES #6....more Claremontian goodness.

And that's it.


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Doc Shallot




> Here we go....I may as well start off with the worst first....
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> Screwball? Paper Doll? Butterball? I swear, except for the Silencer, who's been seen only once, Dan Slott couldn't create a decent character if his life depended on it. And having characters wear Camouflage pants over their costumes looks positively ridiculous. Imagine Spider-Man or Iron Man doing that.

I predicted a couple weeks back that Butterball would have fans either loving or hating the character. I'll see how it goes. I like this series and the title is now a collaboration between Gage and Slott.
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> AVENGERS/INVADERS....pass.

I'm so there for this one.
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> CAPTAIN AMERICA #38....Oh, look, it's the Red Skull! Oh, yeah, baby! We haven't seen this guy in ages! Oh, wait, he's been in the last 37 issues. D'oh! "The Never-Ending Story" Part 38 of Infinity! Watch out, Rhino! The Red Skull is itching to become Chief Overused Villain Ever!

Again, I agree to disagree. I'm not sick of the Skull and I credit Bru for actually maintaining a 3 plus year run with the same villain at the center.
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> IRON FIST....*flushes toilet*; nothing against the writers, but the idea of multiple Iron Fists through the ages (ala Witchblade and the Darkness and....) and multiple cities like K'un-Lun totally ruins the uniqueness that was once Danny Rand and K'un-Lun. Just my opinion. I gave this series a try for five issues and I just couldn't take it.

Flushes toilet!?! I have to disagree again. I think it opens up multiple story paths yet doesn't ruin the uniqueness at all. Stay tuned for my comments on the excellent Green Mist of Death special soon(and it's not the Hulk having gas).
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> GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY....cool book alert! Quasar!!!! Gamora!!!! Plus, Drax, Starlord and Adam Warlock! Plus, Abnett and Lanning, writers of NOVA. I'm in!

Agreed.
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> IRON MAN: DIRECTOR OF SHIELD #29....Sweet Christmas!!!!!! Madame Masque is back!!!!! Not that fakeout thing version Bendis used in NA, but the real one (I hope)! And the Maggia is back!!!! Whoohoooo! While I don't collect this title anymore, I'm on board for these four issues, baby! Whitney!!!! my second favorite comic book character of all time! *love*

I doubt I'll come back to the main Iron Man title but I might check out the second title from Fraction and LaRocca.
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> And even more Maggia goodness in MARVEL ADVENTURES IRON MAN #13, with Blacklash! This title is now on my pull list, folks. I just started buying it this week with #10 (featuring Spider-Woman!), and I can't wait to get #12, with Kiber the Cruel!!!

Still haven't bitten on the Adventures line yet, although I continuously hear great things.
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> FANTASTIC FOUR #557, GHOST RIDER #23, X-FACTOR: THE QUICK AND THE DEAD....each book with the most shocking last pages ever! Well, only one of them can claim that, and I doubt any of them will pull it off. Ah, you've gotta love that idiotic Marvel hype machine.

Millar held my interest with his debut issue of FF and hype goes hand in hand with his work, so I'm not surprised there. I believe some old character is returning in GR, and if any book can pull off a shocking last page it's PAD with this special featuring Quicksilver.
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> CAPTAIN BRITIAN AND MI:13....since Spitfire and Black Knight are a part of this team, I'm all over this new title.

I'm passing on this one.
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> MS. MARVEL #27...BEST....BOOK....EVER! As usual! William Wagner's secrets are revealed! Is he the secret Kree? I mean, they're revealing his stuff in this storyline, and since the Skrull is on the Lightning Strike team....if true, that means whoever Sarah Day really is is another set of marbles (Hecate). Would be neat if Sarah turned out to be Dr. Minerva, though.

I'll be on the sidelines for Invasion and unfortunately this book is smack dab in the middle of it. I dropped it anyway. I will be interested in Wagner's identity, as well as Day's. That's the thing though-the same "never-ending" quality you find annoying in Cap I find annoying here. When subplots start stretching YEARS then it needs to be very compelling(like Cap) or it will lose my interest.
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> Is that Machinesmith I see on the cover of NEW WARRIORS #12?

He'll probably have more to do there than he did in the Hood NA storyline. He was in it, correct?
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> Nova versus Galactus? BAM! Nuff said!

Shortest. Fight. Ever. No, if anyone can pull this off it is the writers on Nova. I'm assuming Rich will be Phalanx free and have full access to the Worldmind or else he wouldn't stand a chance.
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> Better not kill off Mystique, Jason Aaron, or you'll be sharing that brownstone with Grant Morrison (murderer of Darkstar), Peter David (murderer of Lady Mastermind) and Dan Slott (apparent murderer of Diamondback). >:-D

Characters never stay dead and Mystique post-Messiah complex is just too interesting to kill off so soon. Let's hope she gets in some licks(the battle kind) against Wolverine. To be fair to the other writers, Lady Mastermind's death was probably editorially mandated and PAD just wrote the chapter she died in, and I doubt Diamondback is dead. MVP was laying waste to everyone, including Hank Pym. I'm willing to bet they are all battered, but not dead.
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> NEW EXILES #6....more Claremontian goodness.

Haven't given the Exiles a look yet, I might. I think Claremont might thrive in these alternate-reality tales. I must confess I have found his mainstream MU work a pale shadow of what it used to be.
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> And that's it.


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AndrewMTC




> Here we go....I may as well start off with the worst first....
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> Screwball? Paper Doll? Butterball? I swear, except for the Silencer, who's been seen only once, Dan Slott couldn't create a decent character if his life depended on it. And having characters wear Camouflage pants over their costumes looks positively ridiculous. Imagine Spider-Man or Iron Man doing that.
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Look at the solicitation again.


AVENGERS: THE INITIATIVE #13
Written by CHRISTOS GAGE
Pencils & Cover by STEVE UY

There's a contract out on The Taskmaster, and no shortage of villains willing to fulfill it. But what'll kill him first -- the bad guys, or his latest class of recruits? Welcome Annex, Prodigy, Gorilla Girl, Sunstreak and Batwing to the Initiative. But are they -- is anyone -- ready for the coming of…Butterball??




Check it out: Shu and I (and FLCL) teamed up!



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Attok12




> > CAPTAIN AMERICA #38....Oh, look, it's the Red Skull! Oh, yeah, baby! We haven't seen this guy in ages! Oh, wait, he's been in the last 37 issues. D'oh! "The Never-Ending Story" Part 38 of Infinity! Watch out, Rhino! The Red Skull is itching to become Chief Overused Villain Ever!
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> Again, I agree to disagree. I'm not sick of the Skull and I credit Bru for actually maintaining a 3 plus year run with the same villain at the center.

Yeah, but I just don't see an ending coming anytime soon. I mean, the Red Skull had Cap assassinated and he's doing all this other stuff and no one can stop him? He needs to pay big time, but I'll be Rip Van Winkle before it happens, I think. At least, in DAREDEVIL, Bru is using a great number of old DD baddies and sticking with a one-year plotline, instead of 3 or 4 or 12.

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> > IRON FIST....*flushes toilet*; nothing against the writers, but the idea of multiple Iron Fists through the ages (ala Witchblade and the Darkness and....) and multiple cities like K'un-Lun totally ruins the uniqueness that was once Danny Rand and K'un-Lun. Just my opinion. I gave this series a try for five issues and I just couldn't take it.
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> Flushes toilet!?! I have to disagree again. I think it opens up multiple story paths yet doesn't ruin the uniqueness at all. Stay tuned for my comments on the excellent Green Mist of Death special soon(and it's not the Hulk having gas).

I remember when Iron Fist was one guy who beat a dragon to get his power. Shao-Lao was supposed to be a tough SOB, and yet it appears he lost every fight he was ever in, since there are now dozens, even hundreds, of Iron Fists through the ages. I guess I may as well go fight Shao-Lao. He's a dandy wimp. And I remember when Danny could only summon the chi, like, once an hour and needed a recharge. Now he can do it once a minute and even put it in bullets and arrows and whatever. *rhe* Yikes. And I remember when there was K'un-Lun and K'un-Lun only. Now there are six or seven other cities just like it? Yikes. I'm glad you like the book, but I'll just still to Claremont and Byrne's awesome original series, of which I own all 15 issues (and what a job that was, too, yeesh).

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> > GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY....cool book alert! Quasar!!!! Gamora!!!! Plus, Drax, Starlord and Adam Warlock! Plus, Abnett and Lanning, writers of NOVA. I'm in!
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> > IRON MAN: DIRECTOR OF SHIELD #29....Sweet Christmas!!!!!! Madame Masque is back!!!!! Not that fakeout thing version Bendis used in NA, but the real one (I hope)! And the Maggia is back!!!! Whoohoooo! While I don't collect this title anymore, I'm on board for these four issues, baby! Whitney!!!! my second favorite comic book character of all time! *love*
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> I doubt I'll come back to the main Iron Man title but I might check out the second title from Fraction and LaRocca.

Madame Masque is the only thing that would make me go back to the main Iron Man title....and there she is. But I only plan on getting the issues she's in, and then it's back to bye-bye.

I, too, am planning on checking out Fraction's Iron Man book, but I never liked Obadiah Stane, so seeing his son is a yuck for me. Still, we will see.


> > MS. MARVEL #27...BEST....BOOK....EVER! As usual! William Wagner's secrets are revealed! Is he the secret Kree? I mean, they're revealing his stuff in this storyline, and since the Skrull is on the Lightning Strike team....if true, that means whoever Sarah Day really is is another set of marbles (Hecate). Would be neat if Sarah turned out to be Dr. Minerva, though.
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> I'll be on the sidelines for Invasion and unfortunately this book is smack dab in the middle of it. I dropped it anyway. I will be interested in Wagner's identity, as well as Day's. That's the thing though-the same "never-ending" quality you find annoying in Cap I find annoying here. When subplots start stretching YEARS then it needs to be very compelling(like Cap) or it will lose my interest.

I like sub-plots that take a while to work out. They were prevailant in most Marvel titles back in the day. Mystery stories like Bloodaxe and the Hobgoblin and the Rose were lots of fun. Reed has been very Claremontian in this regard. He gives a little something-something for an issue and then leaves it for a few. And although it's taken two years for Sarah's story to unveil, and one for William, the answers are coming. Meanwhile, the Red Skull is doing the same thing for issues and issues, with no end even remotely in sight. Bru has used lots of old baddies in DAREDEVIL, but he's barely touched Cap's rogues gallery at all, and the ones he does use, like Dr. Faustus and the new Master Man and Arnim Zola are working for....you guess it....the Red Skull. The Skull is behind everything in CAP. Every baddie works for him. Why not throw a story or two in there featuring a bady guy unrelated to the Red Skull in anyway? Like perhaps the Flag-Smasher?

That said, I have to pick up CAP #36 next month, since Bucky is going to fight the Serpent Squad, a team Bru created but then left off. I'll be a little out of the loop, but the previously pages and my looking through the last five issues in the store have helped me keep track of things.
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> He'll probably have more to do there than he did in the Hood NA storyline. He was in it, correct?

I think so. I don't recall now.

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> Shortest. Fight. Ever. No, if anyone can pull this off it is the writers on Nova. I'm assuming Rich will be Phalanx free and have full access to the Worldmind or else he wouldn't stand a chance.
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> > Better not kill off Mystique, Jason Aaron, or you'll be sharing that brownstone with Grant Morrison (murderer of Darkstar), Peter David (murderer of Lady Mastermind) and Dan Slott (apparent murderer of Diamondback). >:-D
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> Characters never stay dead and Mystique post-Messiah complex is just too interesting to kill off so soon. Let's hope she gets in some licks(the battle kind) against Wolverine. To be fair to the other writers, Lady Mastermind's death was probably editorially mandated and PAD just wrote the chapter she died in, and I doubt Diamondback is dead. MVP was laying waste to everyone, including Hank Pym. I'm willing to bet they are all battered, but not dead.

PAD still killed her, though, and that's enough for me. >:-D Actually, I doubt Diamondback is dead, too. She's a pretty popular character.
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> Haven't given the Exiles a look yet, I might. I think Claremont might thrive in these alternate-reality tales. I must confess I have found his mainstream MU work a pale shadow of what it used to be.

Yeah, Claremont does work well in alternate-reality tales. He can do whatever he wants without it touching 616. Well, not counting Sage and Psylocke.


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Tiger Shark




..so I can't agree with you there--it's definitely novelistic in style and really one longgggggggg story instead of multiple related arcs. I think it's great, and it's a mature and wonderful use of Faustus, Arim Zola, the Serpent Squad, the Skull, Sharon Carter (who's pregnant with Stve's baby and is about to have an abortion forced upon her!), a Sleeper robot awakened, the Black Widow, Bucky, the Falcon....what's not to like!

In a sense, this 'mature,' novelistic story is what Bendis is trying to do and failing to do with the abyssmal New Avengers.



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Fiasco





> AVENGERS/INVADERS....pass.




Attok passes....he goes long....long....the defender falls down, he has an open receiver! It's Fiasco! Caught! Touchdown!! (This is a book I am looking forward too)




> CAPTAIN AMERICA #38....Oh, look, it's the Red Skull! Oh, yeah, baby! We haven't seen this guy in ages! Oh, wait, he's been in the last 37 issues. D'oh! "The Never-Ending Story" Part 38 of Infinity! Watch out, Rhino! The Red Skull is itching to become Chief Overused Villain Ever!




I guess you kinda have to look at Red Skull as a supporting character, or even a star in this book's cast. To be blunt, this is one book that has regularly featured Tony Stark and I still enjoy it. Yes, the story has been unfolding over a long period of time, but at least each individual issue has something exciting and actually drives the story forward. It's not just a dialogue heavy, anemic drag-out issue by issue. But to each his own. Cap is one of the books that keeps me into comics these days.




> IRON FIST....*flushes toilet*; nothing against the writers, but the idea of multiple Iron Fists through the ages (ala Witchblade and the Darkness and....) and multiple cities like K'un-Lun totally ruins the uniqueness that was once Danny Rand and K'un-Lun. Just my opinion. I gave this series a try for five issues and I just couldn't take it.




You flush it, I flaunt it. Iron Fist is another reason I still read comics today. - Doc Shallot, I look forward to your post on the Green Mist one shot. I enjoyed it too. I was actually going to post about it myself, but hey, you called shotgun.



> GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY....cool book alert! Quasar!!!! Gamora!!!! Plus, Drax, Starlord and Adam Warlock! Plus, Abnett and Lanning, writers of NOVA. I'm in!



I'm in as well. I had reservations, but since Annihlation Conquest has delivered for me, I cant see why I wouldn't want to be in on this book.



> IRON MAN: DIRECTOR OF SHIELD #29....Sweet Christmas!!!!!! Madame Masque is back!!!!! Not that fakeout thing version Bendis used in NA, but the real one (I hope)! And the Maggia is back!!!! Whoohoooo! While I don't collect this title anymore, I'm on board for these four issues, baby! Whitney!!!! my second favorite comic book character of all time! *love*



I have no plans with anything modern day Iron Man. The movie? Yep. I just got the Demon in a Bottle tpb on the cheap. But that's about it for me.




> And even more Maggia goodness in MARVEL ADVENTURES IRON MAN #13, with Blacklash! This title is now on my pull list, folks. I just started buying it this week with #10 (featuring Spider-Woman!), and I can't wait to get #12, with Kiber the Cruel!!!




While this version of Iron Man is not a victim of 616 characterizing, like the Ultimate IM, he suffers my ignorance simply due to overexposure. Even Wolverine looks scarce compared to IM these days, and that's saying something.




> FANTASTIC FOUR #557, GHOST RIDER #23, X-FACTOR: THE QUICK AND THE DEAD....each book with the most shocking last pages ever! Well, only one of them can claim that, and I doubt any of them will pull it off. Ah, you've gotta love that idiotic Marvel hype machine.



Yeah, Marvel needs some new tag lines. I will likely be in on the FF, as i'm giving the new creative team a chance to win me over, but GR is not on my radar and X-Factor is on the edge. I may get it, but only if I hear good things about it.



> CAPTAIN BRITIAN AND MI:13....since Spitfire and Black Knight are a part of this team, I'm all over this new title.

> MS. MARVEL #27...BEST....BOOK....EVER! As usual! William Wagner's secrets are revealed! Is he the secret Kree? I mean, they're revealing his stuff in this storyline, and since the Skrull is on the Lightning Strike team....if true, that means whoever Sarah Day really is is another set of marbles (Hecate). Would be neat if Sarah turned out to be Dr. Minerva, though.



Two titles I don't read. I started with the Ms Marvel series, but moved on around issue 6 or so. Now, based on reviews, I feel like i'd be hopelessly lost if I wanted to jump back on board...and truthfully, I am avoiding as many needless SI tie-ins as I can.




> Is that Machinesmith I see on the cover of NEW WARRIORS #12?




New Warriors has also fallen off my radar. It was taking too long (Too many issues) to get to a point where I felt it probably should have started off as a series.



> Nova versus Galactus? BAM! Nuff said!



Nova is another title that I say keeps me in comics. Good stuff, and this will hopefully be no exception.




> Better not kill off Mystique, Jason Aaron, or you'll be sharing that brownstone with Grant Morrison (murderer of Darkstar), Peter David (murderer of Lady Mastermind) and Dan Slott (apparent murderer of Diamondback). >:-D



Man o man, can you ever hold a grudge!!!




> NEW EXILES #6....more Claremontian goodness.



First issue was good, but I don't know...i'm not a huge fan of Claremont's modern day work. I will probably not buy another issue.




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Attok12




I saw the solicit. I've read enough of Gage's work, and of Slott's, to know which one of them created Butterball. Now, if I'm wrong, then I apologize, but a character named Butterball is still one lame ass character, and shame on anyone who created him.


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Attok12




I do agree that Brubaker is one heck of a writer who truly pulls off his twists and turns and whatnot. And he's doing wonders with the Red Skull, surely. I just have this problem with the Red Skull being behind everything in his run and with him never getting any comeupance anytime soon. A three-plus year story is just too long for me. Now, if Bru peppered his run with other stories unrelated to the Red Skull -- like a story with the Flag-Smasher or with the Leader or with the Hatemonger or with the Viper/Madame Hydra, etc., then I wouldn't be bothered as much. Alas....


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Attok12




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> Attok passes....he goes long....long....the defender falls down, he has an open receiver! It's Fiasco! Caught! Touchdown!! (This is a book I am looking forward too)

I'm mostly not getting this book for money reasons. I have to pick and choose, so I'd rather go for GUARDIANS and CAPTAIN BRITAIN. I'm sure this book will be pretty good, though.


> > And even more Maggia goodness in MARVEL ADVENTURES IRON MAN #13, with Blacklash! This title is now on my pull list, folks. I just started buying it this week with #10 (featuring Spider-Woman!), and I can't wait to get #12, with Kiber the Cruel!!!
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It's pretty sad when a non 616 book of Iron Man is better than the main 616 title, when you think about it.

> > Is that Machinesmith I see on the cover of NEW WARRIORS #12?
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Yeah, I liked this book to an extent, but I agree about the incredibly slow pace of this title. I decided to give the book another chance this week with #9 (after skipping the last two), so Griveoux has one more shot at winning me over.

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Yep. Sad but true fact. I'll never get over Darkstar's atrocious demise. Even creating a new version in HULK can't help.

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I think Claremont works best these days in an alternate-reality setting, where he can do whatever he wants.


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Omar Karindu




> I do agree that Brubaker is one heck of a writer who truly pulls off his twists and turns and whatnot. And he's doing wonders with the Red Skull, surely. I just have this problem with the Red Skull being behind everything in his run and with him never getting any comeupance anytime soon. A three-plus year story is just too long for me. Now, if Bru peppered his run with other stories unrelated to the Red Skull -- like a story with the Flag-Smasher or with the Leader or with the Hatemonger or with the Viper/Madame Hydra, etc., then I wouldn't be bothered as much. Alas....

I think the Skull's being killed and stuck in Lukin was meant as a dual comeuppance for them, since they hate each other only a little less than they hate Cap and America. But I agree that another round is due soon...

- Omar Karindu

"A Renoir. I have three, myself. I had four, but ordered one burned...It displeased me." -- Doctor Doom

"It's not, 'Oh, they killed Sue Dibney and I always loved that character,' it's 'Oh, they broke a story engine that could have told a thousand stories in order to publish a single 'important' one.'" -- John Seavey


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Tiger Shark




..we saw her get chomped therough the waist by Predator X..not eaten and swallowed as some reported.

With some surgery and a long period, she could easily survive in the MU.

I doubt Carey built her all the way up just to have her die.

Item: X-Men: Legacy was the Super bomb yesterday. Great stuff from Carey..he even took the time to give Exodus his best showing in a decade (and make him 'human' and even likeable), as well as giving Amanda Vought and the mean-ass Black chick villain (Frenzy?) real personalities and depth! You can't ask for more than that.

AND...a great showing from one of my favorite 'new' characters, Omega Sentinel, who is free of Malice and hanging with Exodus and his crew because her inner database was severely damaged by Malice...but she's free now and knows her new associates are cum-se, cum-sa types...Go Karima!

That's my 2 cents on Carey's latest work. He's a master.




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Attok12




Did you know that the great Chris Claremont created Karima/Omega Sentinel? He used her in EXCALIBUR series set in Genosha.


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TJ Burns




> I saw the solicit. I've read enough of Gage's work, and of Slott's, to know which one of them created Butterball. Now, if I'm wrong, then I apologize, but a character named Butterball is still one lame ass character, and shame on anyone who created him.

I could swear this character has existed since the 80s. One of Gruenwald's , IIRC.


TJB


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Doc Shallot




It's good to hear about Legacy continuing Carey's great run on this title. I was a little worried about this book maybe being too retro but it sounds like it has one foot firmly set in the present.

Yes, Carey's a great talent and having him be a major contributor to the X-Franchise is a great thing.

I didn't pick it up this week. These days very few monthly titles make the jump into my buy stack the first week they come out.

Have you picked up Project Superpowers? I'm telling ya--you'll like it. It uses old Golden Age characters like The Twelve. There's even a Dynamic Man in it, which caused me some brief confusion. This Dynamic Man is more along the lines of the Captain Marvel family though...an evil Captain Marvel family.


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entzauberung





...have you checked out his Lucifer series for Vertigo? I dig his X-Men work but Lucifer - a massive horror/fantasy epic - is absolutely amazing.



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Nyssie




That was a female wrestler that joined the Grapplers. This one's a new character (how two characters named Butterball can exist, I'll never know).

> > I saw the solicit. I've read enough of Gage's work, and of Slott's, to know which one of them created Butterball. Now, if I'm wrong, then I apologize, but a character named Butterball is still one lame ass character, and shame on anyone who created him.
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Tiger Shark




I don't want to ruin it for you, but we find that Tempo messed with time at Exodus's behest just after the last MC battle, and so the Acolytes escaped with Xavier, who Exodus and the others, including Amanda V., are trying to heal if possible, especially his mind.

So the story takes place in the present 'reality,' as well as the past, where Xavier's fevered mind is wandering.

EXCELLENT characterization throughout.

I haven't heard of that series of which you speak, but will look for it next time I wander into my comic shop. Who publishes it?

Feel free to get a Handbook, but I really can't say, knowing you as I do, that I can recommend it to you highly.

If you like the recent handbooks, you'll like this. That's the best I can say about it. It's just okay. It may not be worth $19.99 or $24.99 to you.


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Tiger Shark




..except that he wrote some Harris Vampirella (but who didn't?).

I'll look this up. Thanks. I like horror comics.

I do think he's an incredible writer, and every bit as good as Meltzer, Giffen, and Brubaker.


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TJ Burns




> That was a female wrestler that joined the Grapplers. This one's a new character (how two characters named Butterball can exist, I'll never know).

How do we know that yet, though? The issue's just being solicited, and we haven't seen enough preview art to know. The Grappler was the character I was thinking of, though. \:\)


TJB


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Doc Shallot




I for one think Chuck is long overdue for a good makeover, and Carey's the guy to do it. It's time for Charles to refocus and re-energize. I felt he was a bit whiney and pathetic since Bru has written him.

Project Superpowers is published by Dynamite comics and it is from the team of Krueger and Ross(who did the updated character designs). It features several old characters who have fallen into the realm of Public domain. It's good. There's even a character called Dynamic Man, which had me scratching my head in regards to the Dynamic Man in The Twelve. In project Superpowers they refer to Dynamic Man by a certain name but at the conclusion, in a "war journal" entry, he is given the same name as the character in The Twelve - Curt Cowan. They are both androids by the way, but I don't think that has been revealed yet in The Twelve.

My local shop didn't carry the handbook. They are not a full fledged shop, comics are actually one of the smaller aspects of the store. Music, dvds, games and novelty items make up the rest. I will probably order it from Barnes and Noble. The online price minus membership comes to $17.99. Over the course of 12 hardcovers that's about a 84 dollar savings. That can buy me some other stuff.

It's about time I got up to speed with the handbooks. I own the original 80's handbooks and their first update. The hardcover format appeals to me. Reading long convoluted histories is a much better experience when you hold the book in your hands rather than developing eye-strain on a web site.


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Blue Beetle




>
> AVENGERS/INVADERS....pass.


I plan to buy this because I enjoyed Justice.


> CAPTAIN AMERICA #38....Oh, look, it's the Red Skull! Oh, yeah, baby! We haven't seen this guy in ages! Oh, wait, he's been in the last 37 issues. D'oh! "The Never-Ending Story" Part 38 of Infinity! Watch out, Rhino! The Red Skull is itching to become Chief Overused Villain Ever!


I dropped this because the pacing is way too slow and Steve Rogers isn't returning.


> IRON FIST....*flushes toilet*; nothing against the writers, but the idea of multiple Iron Fists through the ages (ala Witchblade and the Darkness and....) and multiple cities like K'un-Lun totally ruins the uniqueness that was once Danny Rand and K'un-Lun. Just my opinion. I gave this series a try for five issues and I just couldn't take it.


Here again the pacing is way too slow. Plus I detest seeing Danny shoot chi like a laser.


> GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY....cool book alert! Quasar!!!! Gamora!!!! Plus, Drax, Starlord and Adam Warlock! Plus, Abnett and Lanning, writers of NOVA. I'm in!


I'll be buying this.


> IRON MAN: DIRECTOR OF SHIELD #29....Sweet Christmas!!!!!! Madame Masque is back!!!!! Not that fakeout thing version Bendis used in NA, but the real one (I hope)! And the Maggia is back!!!! Whoohoooo! While I don't collect this title anymore, I'm on board for these four issues, baby! Whitney!!!! my second favorite comic book character of all time! *love*


I've decided to sample this comic for a few issues because Tony Stark seems so central to so much of what's happening.


> FANTASTIC FOUR #557, GHOST RIDER #23, X-FACTOR: THE QUICK AND THE DEAD....each book with the most shocking last pages ever! Well, only one of them can claim that, and I doubt any of them will pull it off. Ah, you've gotta love that idiotic Marvel hype machine.


None of these interest me.


> CAPTAIN BRITIAN AND MI:13....since Spitfire and Black Knight are a part of this team, I'm all over this new title.


Hmm. I wasn't planning to get this but I might change my mind.


> MS. MARVEL #27...BEST....BOOK....EVER! As usual! William Wagner's secrets are revealed! Is he the secret Kree? I mean, they're revealing his stuff in this storyline, and since the Skrull is on the Lightning Strike team....if true, that means whoever Sarah Day really is is another set of marbles (Hecate). Would be neat if Sarah turned out to be Dr. Minerva, though.


I hate to say it but books about women almost never hold my attention for very long.

Yet for some reason I hold out hope for a Valkyrie book and a Thundra book. I think it's because they're very warlike which in my sick mind makes them honorary men. \:\( |)




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The Black Guardian




> ..we saw her get chomped therough the waist by Predator X..not eaten
> and swallowed as some reported.

No. That was Vertigo. Lady Mastermind was skewered by Wolverine.

> With some surgery and a long period, she could easily survive in the
> MU.

Skewering is even easier to survive.

> I doubt Carey built her all the way up just to have her die.
>
> Item: X-Men: Legacy was the Super bomb yesterday. Great stuff from
> Carey..he even took the time to give Exodus his best showing in a
> decade (and make him 'human' and even likeable), as well as giving
> Amanda Vought and the mean-ass Black chick villain (Frenzy?) real
> personalities and depth! You can't ask for more than that.

Agreed.

> AND...a great showing from one of my favorite 'new' characters, Omega
> Sentinel, who is free of Malice and hanging with Exodus and his crew
> because her inner database was severely damaged by Malice...but she's
> free now and knows her new associates are cum-se, cum-sa types...Go
> Karima!

Agreed.
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Pav




There's a lot of titles coming out that I'm pretty stoked about. When I started buying comics again a few years back, I limited myself to two a month - Runaways and X-Factor - plus a mini that looked interesting. This May I'll be picking up:

X-Factor
X-Factor: The Quick and the Dead
Captain Britain and MI: 13 (probably)
Avengers: the Initiative
Amazing Spider-Girl Vol. 3 TPB
Runaways (if there is one that month)

X-Factor is always a treat, so I'm happy to get a double dose. PAD's Quicksilver is a fun bad guy for X-Factor, and between X-Factor and the Son of M/Silent War minis, he's becoming someone I look forward to seeing in action (until the inevitable change of him being a hero again).

Other than one back issue of Spider-Man featuring Excalibur, I really have no connection to CB and MI:13. But I've been interested in picking up both the Wisdom mini and the Union Jack mini for awhile now, and for some reason I just think this will be a comic I'll enjoy. I think the idea of a Skrull posing as John Lennon really sold me. If the comic is something I can have fun with, and not have to worry about a whole ton of backstory, that'll be a keeper.

Even though the Initiative has always piqued my interest, I've never given it the go ahead. But the inclusion of Prodigy in this month's ish is like crack to me, so I'm in - gonna buy the back issues and everything. Any Slingers appearance, and I'm there.

I try to support the MC-2 stuff, so as with Amazing Spider-Girl, I'll probably pick up American Dream as a tpb even though it doesn't really hold much interest for me. Just being a good Samaritan I suppose. Also planning on starting to pick up the tpbs of Daredevil, maybe even going back as far as all of Bendis' stuff, because 1) the Hood has been appearing; 2) Black Tarantula's been appearing, and; 3) I've just heard so much praise about it. It's one of those books where, if I wasn't a broke college student, I'd probably be picking it up. Same goes with all the Annihilation stuff - always looked cool, but because I really have no connection with any of the characters, I never picked it up. Hopefully someday I can get the whole lot of the story.

Also, anyone think we'll see any Skrull Kill Krew during this Invasion stuff? It seems like a pretty natural fit to me! I'd really love to see Runaways do an arc where Noh-Var hires the SKK to hunt any leftover Skrulls on Earth, which of course leads them to Xavin.

-Pav, who really can't help it, the comics have been so good lately if you know where to look...


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The Black Guardian




> Here we go....I may as well start off with the worst first....
>
> Screwball? Paper Doll? Butterball? I swear, except for the Silencer,
> who's been seen only once, Dan Slott couldn't create a decent
> character if his life depended on it. And having characters wear
> Camouflage pants over their costumes looks positively ridiculous.
> Imagine Spider-Man or Iron Man doing that.

I agree with you about the camo pants. Regardless of how they look... C'mon, certainly the techmeister Tony can afford better.

However, there's more to a good character than a name.

> AVENGERS/INVADERS....pass.

Pass, as well.

> CAPTAIN AMERICA #38...

At least Red Skull is more interesting than Rhino's been in his past eleventy uses. Still, I couldn't be less interested.

> IRON FIST...

Never really been a great fan of Danny, and this hasn't made me more interested.

> GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY...

Curse everybody! I've already pushed by budget far enough.

> FANTASTIC FOUR #557, GHOST RIDER #23, X-FACTOR: THE QUICK AND THE
> DEAD...

"Most shocking..." *yawn*

> CAPTAIN BRITIAN AND MI:13...

Not interested.

> MS. MARVEL #27...

Already getting it. The solicit could be a pile of crap and I'd be there.

> Is that Machinesmith I see on the cover of NEW WARRIORS #12?
>
> Nova versus Galactus? BAM! Nuff said!
>
> Better not kill off Mystique, Jason Aaron, or you'll be sharing that
> brownstone with Grant Morrison (murderer of Darkstar), Peter David
> (murderer of Lady Mastermind) and Dan Slott (apparent murderer of
> Diamondback). >:-D

Meh. Either Logie will succeed, and Mystique will get the death she's deserved since her first appearance, or Logie won't succeed, and she's just be in for a world of hurt that she's deserved since her first appearance.

What?! Diamondback is dead?! :-@

> NEW EXILES #6...

'Nuff said. I'm there.
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Todd Arliss




> Here we go....I may as well start off with the worst first....
>
> Screwball? Paper Doll? Butterball? I swear, except for the Silencer, who's been seen only once, Dan Slott couldn't create a decent character if his life depended on it. And having characters wear Camouflage pants over their costumes looks positively ridiculous. Imagine Spider-Man or Iron Man doing that.
>
> AVENGERS/INVADERS....pass.
>
> CAPTAIN AMERICA #38....Oh, look, it's the Red Skull! Oh, yeah, baby! We haven't seen this guy in ages! Oh, wait, he's been in the last 37 issues. D'oh! "The Never-Ending Story" Part 38 of Infinity! Watch out, Rhino! The Red Skull is itching to become Chief Overused Villain Ever!
>
> IRON FIST....*flushes toilet*; nothing against the writers, but the idea of multiple Iron Fists through the ages (ala Witchblade and the Darkness and....) and multiple cities like K'un-Lun totally ruins the uniqueness that was once Danny Rand and K'un-Lun. Just my opinion. I gave this series a try for five issues and I just couldn't take it.
>
> GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY....cool book alert! Quasar!!!! Gamora!!!! Plus, Drax, Starlord and Adam Warlock! Plus, Abnett and Lanning, writers of NOVA. I'm in!
>
> IRON MAN: DIRECTOR OF SHIELD #29....Sweet Christmas!!!!!! Madame Masque is back!!!!! Not that fakeout thing version Bendis used in NA, but the real one (I hope)! And the Maggia is back!!!! Whoohoooo! While I don't collect this title anymore, I'm on board for these four issues, baby! Whitney!!!! my second favorite comic book character of all time! *love*
>
> And even more Maggia goodness in MARVEL ADVENTURES IRON MAN #13, with Blacklash! This title is now on my pull list, folks. I just started buying it this week with #10 (featuring Spider-Woman!), and I can't wait to get #12, with Kiber the Cruel!!!
>
> FANTASTIC FOUR #557, GHOST RIDER #23, X-FACTOR: THE QUICK AND THE DEAD....each book with the most shocking last pages ever! Well, only one of them can claim that, and I doubt any of them will pull it off. Ah, you've gotta love that idiotic Marvel hype machine.
>
> CAPTAIN BRITIAN AND MI:13....since Spitfire and Black Knight are a part of this team, I'm all over this new title.
>
> MS. MARVEL #27...BEST....BOOK....EVER! As usual! William Wagner's secrets are revealed! Is he the secret Kree? I mean, they're revealing his stuff in this storyline, and since the Skrull is on the Lightning Strike team....if true, that means whoever Sarah Day really is is another set of marbles (Hecate). Would be neat if Sarah turned out to be Dr. Minerva, though.
>
> Is that Machinesmith I see on the cover of NEW WARRIORS #12?
>
> Nova versus Galactus? BAM! Nuff said!
>
> Better not kill off Mystique, Jason Aaron, or you'll be sharing that brownstone with Grant Morrison (murderer of Darkstar), Peter David (murderer of Lady Mastermind) and Dan Slott (apparent murderer of Diamondback). >:-D
>
> NEW EXILES #6....more Claremontian goodness.
>
> And that's it.

What do you think about LAST DEFENDERS #3? U-Man Returns!!!



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>
> What?! Diamondback is dead?! :-@

Or so it appears, anyway. Slott did the dead in the last issue of AVENGERS: THE INITIATIVE (#9, I believe). However, as others have pointed out, she is likely only injured, but you never know.


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Attok12





>
> What?! Diamondback is dead?! :-@

Or so it appears, anyway. Slott did the dedd in the last issue of AVENGERS: THE INITIATIVE (#9, I believe). However, as others have pointed out, she is likely only injured, but you never know.


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>
> What?! Diamondback is dead?! :-@

Or so it appears, anyway. Slott did the deed in the last issue of AVENGERS: THE INITIATIVE (#9, I believe). However, as others have pointed out, she is likely only injured, but you never know.


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Attok12




*rhe*

Kept screwing up the word "deed". Heh.


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>
> What do you think about LAST DEFENDERS #3? U-Man Returns!!!

I saw that. I'm looking forward to seeing him battle characters he's never faced before. \:\-\)


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Baal




One thing to recall with Lady Mastermind is sometimes a character is created or brought back just to be cannon fodder. Carey does appear to plan far ahead and his use of LM could have been so her death in MC had more emotional stakes (something it then lacked because PAD glossed over it). Not that I really care if she stays dead or not. She was my second to least favorite member of Rogue's team and if she does go the way of Freedom Ring or Kole I won't be writing any angry letter.


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