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Subj: July. Is it already almost over? various mild spoilers, including Cap Amer 40 and Mighty Avengers
Posted: Mon Jul 28, 2008 at 12:17:50 pm EDT (Viewed 94 times)

Liking: Guardians of the Galaxy. Nova. Captain America

Hating: Events of all varities.

Movies: Hellboy Golden Army and Batman the Dark Knight

Hype: Comicon

Still on the shelf awaiting me to read them: Iron Fist, 1985

I enjoyed reading Captain America. It's starting to feel like this story is reaching an eventual climax. I'm not saying that the original Cap will be back by this storyline's end, but Brubaker's magnum opus seems to be in the final laps. I like Bucky as Cap, and being a bit less experienced at filling in the shoes. I like that he'll take the occasional cheap shot if he has to. Falcon has moved from partner status to more of a mentor role. Skull is starting to suffer setbacks. This has been a long winded story, but i'm hoping we'll see a conclusion by issue 50, with a focus on Bucky in shorter length missions afterward. I DO think the original Cap will have to come back at some point, as it seems so much of what occurs in the MU always comes back to him and the example and presence he established. Marvel has done a good job keeping his memory alive in that regard.

GoG and Nova are simply great reads. All I can do is recommend them to whoever enjoys reading great comic stories. The storylines aren't long winded either, a huge plus for me.

Flipping through different Secret Invasion titles pretty much makes me happy that I dropped those particular books. After 4 issues, if you were to try to take this story and figure out the real-time aspect of it (from SI number one that is), it'd probably be all of 15 minutes. I'm not saying that's a bad thing. The Avengers books are getting a lot of praise for filling in the blanks. Personally, i'm not shocked that a lot of those blanks are creating more blanks. Mighty Avengers picked up on themes that were probably better dealt with in the book they originated in, that being New Avengers...Electro and Elektra and the Raft incident and such...but even then, the characters featured are barely even Avengers anyway. These backstories are probably better told in an offshoot book, or companion mini or something. But, I guess they gotta tell the story somewhere, and I dont want to bust on Bendis for trying to flesh out the story and be more complete. There of course is also the issue of trying to put something in the Avengers books that doesn't contradict or spoil the whole SI event as well. So as I always say at a funeral with a slight shrug - "What are you gonna do?" Overall, I really feel that for an "event," very little has happened in Secret Invasion that we dont know, couldn't have already predicted or even can be surprised by. I'll read the spoilers and await the conclusion happily with my money in my wallet.

Final Crisis is also a mess, by the way, and I dropped that. I guess I shouldnt call it a mess. I just dont freakin' get it, or have the necessary patience to appreciate it. Either way, i'm done with it.

I havent seen Hellboy or Dark Knight, but I will see DK tonight. The whole Heath ledger Oscar nom fanfare is a double edged sword. DK has further made superhero movies a viable and worthwhile Hollywood vehicle. They can be taken more seriously now. Unfortunately for those wanting Heath to get the Oscar, all the outcry has done is convice the board to nominate him posthumously, but not vote him the win. Had people kept their mouths shut, Heath'd probably have won the Oscar, but now, the Academy will likely forgo letting him win it posthumously for fear that they'll be viewed as catering to public demand and not true evaluators of the art. The movie's success though, helps Marvel. Big numbers for (what I have heard is) a well done superhero movie raises the bar for creators but also makes the genre easier to accept and appreciate by the masses. It also creates demand. Kudos to Warner Bros for getting it right 2 Batmans in a row, now.

I'm looking forward to the Watchmen and Wolverine movies next year. Stan Lee gets a cameo in Wolverine even though he didn't help create the character. Personally, I think Frank Miller and Chris Claremont should get cameo nods, as they were the ones who made his character great in the first place. Nothing in the last 10 years has been unique or creative in the Wolverine ongoing storyline. Believe it, bub.

I'm dreading reading Iron Fist. I flipped through a few pages and wasn't impressed by the art, though I wasnt turned off by it either. I'm just wondering what this new creative team is going to do. Hopefully, i'll like it. IF has been one of my favorite titles over the last year.

1985 number 3 also waits. I enjoyed the first couple issues. Starting to worry that the thing that made this series feel original is giving way to the usual "what if?" story vibe. I guess we'll have to see. Fingers crossed I continue to enjoy it.

Thats about it for me. I am enjoying the leaner reading list and the extra cash it has created for me.

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