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Subj: Other thoughts on the same subject..
Posted: Thu Mar 08, 2007 at 12:31:57 pm EST
Reply Subj: Thoughts On Yesterday's Books - A Good Week, Despite You-Know-What [SPOILERS]
Posted: Thu Mar 08, 2007 at 10:19:47 am EST

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First of all, Captain America, if he had to go, went out with a bang. Brubaker did an excellent job on this issue, it's one of the best I've ever read, and included the full gamit of Cap's mythology: WW II, the super solider program, Bucky, the Red Skull, the Falcon, Crossbones, Sister Sin, Sharon Carter (oh my), Nick Fury, and even a resurrected Doctor Faustus, whom I was very glad to see figuratively smoking his pipe again.

A very powerful issue with clear allusions to the Kennedy assassination. Bravo, Ed. A sterling job.

Next, Mighty Avengers. Well, it certainly felt 100% more like the Avengers than anything we've seen since before 'Chaos.' It was full of holes all the way through, but of the kind I can forgive, though why Jan, Tony, Simon, and Natasha didn't recognize moloids and the Mole Man's monsters is completely unexplainable. and why weren't Jan's and Natasha's previous Avengers-leadership positions mentioned? Both Tony and Carol should totally be aware of that!

Also, with all the heroes available for membership, Ares? A total wild card, instead of She Hulk, Hercules, and Photon? So now they've got the Sentry, whose membership was still not adequetely explained (which Carol acknowledged in her wonderful--and welcomed--thought balloons) and Ares, who may develop into an interesting character, but whose membership really makes no sense.

I think the story was well-told, but having Iron Man be invaded by and transformed in a female Ultron seems to be a bit much to ladel on this character at this time, with everything that's happened and resulted from CW. Does Tony now have a vagina? A mechanical vagina? Where did Tony actually go?

Having Ultron invade Tony via a download was an expected idea in this day and age, BUT shouldn't Tony have been 100% secured against such invasions, if we're supposed to believe that he's so technologically on top of things?

I'm glad to say I look forward to the next issue.

Uncanny X-Men: Brubaker is doing a great job on this book, though I admit I think it's starting to drag a bit (as is Planet Hulk slightly), and might have been better as an 8-parter instead of a 12. But his characterization is dead-on, and Lorna is Lorna again (which means a whole lot to me), and it looks like she and Alex will patch up their romantic differences. It's great to see the new characters, Deathbird, Li'landra, Chod, Corsair, and the whole crew. This may not be what everyone wants from an X-book, but I'm really digging it, and the art is terrific.

The Initiative special: This was an enjoyable read all the way through, and I comment Ellis and Bendis, and Silvestri on the art. The use of the Collective, Reed Richards, and Sasquatch was effective, and it helped round out Bendis' weak 'Collective' NA arc. Ellis' Thuderbolts section was true to form, though why Silvestri decided to physically portray the Radioactive Man as a huge-toothed Chinese stereotype out of the Karloff 'Mask of Fu Manchu' from 1932 is beyond me.

The section with Ms. Marvel and Spider Woman was okay, though I don't really know what the point of it was. The poor Grey Gargoyle was used as cannon fodder, which I don't appreciate. I don't for a moment buy that the GG couldn't take down Spider Woman. He's got all these powers, and yet he's chronically used as a helpless patsy. No thanks to that.

One of the best of the week was Meltzer's JLA arc closer about the Red Tornado, Eclipso, and Solomon Grundy. Holy moly! Talk about violence, drama, suspense, great dialog, action, and pizzazz. This book had it all, though I think there were a few holes.

My NYC comic shop was jammed-packed, with crews from the AP and Reuter's on hand, as well as local news stations, to cover the death of Captain America. The check-out line wrapped all the way around the inside of the store, which means three long columns of buyers, each column containing about 100 people. It was a madhouse, and all due to the death of our beloved hero.

> First of all, Captain America, if he had to go, went out with a bang. Brubaker did an excellent job on this issue, it's one of the best I've ever read, and included the full gamit of Cap's mythology: WW II, the super solider program, Bucky, the Red Skull, the Falcon, Crossbones, Sister Sin, Sharon Carter (oh my), Nick Fury, and even a resurrected Doctor Faustus, whom I was very glad to see figuratively smoking his pipe again.

My little shop was sold out, but I assumed I wasn't missing anything since I'd been thoroughly spoiled. Sounds like I still need to get a copy of this. Brubaker's a good solid writer and has voiced his opinion on how this has and will work out. I hope he does Cap justice. Well written or not, though, I'm still disturbed that the symbol of America fell on the steps as he was about to be tried for crimes against the country. that's not something I can let go of easily.


> Next, Mighty Avengers. Well, it certainly felt 100% more like the Avengers than anything we've seen since before 'Chaos.' It was full of holes all the way through, but of the kind I can forgive, though why Jan, Tony, Simon, and Natasha didn't recognize moloids and the Mole Man's monsters is completely unexplainable. and why weren't Jan's and Natasha's previous Avengers-leadership positions mentioned? Both Tony and Carol should totally be aware of that!

I only had a quick read through of this, but agree with most of your points. It WAS fun, we don't know what's actually happened to Moley's folk, but at least it looks like something that'll be adressed and a contributing part of the plot rather than something mentioned then forgotten by the writers but not the readers. They unspoken moments with Stark and Carol were worth the ticket price.

> Also, with all the heroes available for membership, Ares? A total wild card, instead of She Hulk, Hercules, and Photon? So now they've got the Sentry, whose membership was still not adequetely explained (which Carol acknowledged in her wonderful--and welcomed--thought balloons) and Ares, who may develop into an interesting character, but whose membership really makes no sense.

Well, come now. Does it have to make sense? He's popular and Bendis tosses in popular characters. Logic often has little to do with it.

> I think the story was well-told, but having Iron Man be invaded by and transformed in a female Ultron seems to be a bit much to ladel on this character at this time, with everything that's happened and resulted from CW. Does Tony now have a vagina? A mechanical vagina? Where did Tony actually go?

I wanted to believe, and still might, that Stark wasn't physically in that armor. The way it twisted and squirmed made it seem all inorganic, so I'm thinking there's no man in the tin suit and the new Ultrona is all robot. Might explain the army of Iron Men on the other cover, if they can be remote controlled and Ultron gets through the controls then he has them all.

> Having Ultron invade Tony via a download was an expected idea in this day and age, BUT shouldn't Tony have been 100% secured against such invasions, if we're supposed to believe that he's so technologically on top of things?


Shark Shark Shark. There you go with the logic again. Modern Marvel is about saying what WAS is wrong and faulty unless it suits the story \:\)

> I'm glad to say I look forward to the next issue.

Me too, and that's saying A LOT. I'm a serious Bendis disliker..

> Uncanny X-Men: Brubaker is doing a great job on this book, though I admit I think it's starting to drag a bit (

Actually it was dragging a bit a while ago, I've dropped this title \:\(

> The Initiative special: This was an enjoyable read all the way through, and I comment Ellis and Bendis, and Silvestri on the art. The use of the Collective, Reed Richards, and Sasquatch was effective, and it helped round out Bendis' weak 'Collective' NA arc. Ellis' Thuderbolts section was true to form, though why Silvestri decided to physically portray the Radioactive Man as a huge-toothed Chinese stereotype out of the Karloff 'Mask of Fu Manchu' from 1932 is beyond me.

This got me very excited for Omega, but I've gotta say as little interest I had in the Doom-bolts this just made me less interested. Yay! They're badguys and they beat the crap out of folks for fun and profit.

> The section with Ms. Marvel and Spider Woman was okay, though I don't really know what the point of it was. The poor Grey Gargoyle was used as cannon fodder, which I don't appreciate. I don't for a moment buy that the GG couldn't take down Spider Woman. He's got all these powers, and yet he's chronically used as a helpless patsy. No thanks to that.

Only way I can excuse the manhandling of GG is if Drew had him all pheromoned up or something, otherwise he's WAY out of her class.

> One of the best of the week was Meltzer's JLA arc closer about the Red Tornado, Eclipso, and Solomon Grundy. Holy moly! Talk about violence, drama, suspense, great dialog, action, and pizzazz. This book had it all, though I think there were a few holes.

If not for the FF:END I'd call this the book of the week. Dear GAD was that a well written and illustrated story. Then again how long were we waiting for it?

FF:THe END was unlike any other END story before it and made this lifelong fan of the Four shed a tear of happiness(given I read it in the morning after a B-Day drinking bash and before the coffee had me totally awake)The last page image was awesome! DOOM is Eternal \:\)


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