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Posted: Fri Mar 09, 2007 at 12:47:22 am 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 gamut 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.

Unfortunately this comic was sold out by the time I got to the store. Well, sold out is probably a nicer way to put it, that the comic shop employees are hoarding all the issues so they can jack the prices up to Bill Foster size. I'll wait for the trade. Or I won't. Doesn't really matter to me. It's just a story. Cap's died before and my day still goes by unchanged.

>
> 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!

To me this was a piece of crap. The whole issue was filled with two-faced bipolar attitudes between Tony and Carol's thoughts as opposed to their words. Clearly these two dont trust each other deep down. Great way to start a team.
Ares was boring. Simon doesn't even resemble Wonder-Man. Guess he got over his love for Wanda real quick. Doesn't even think of her these days. (On a side note, I kinda was hoping that Simon was actually the father of Wiccan & Speed as they appear in Young Avengers. Think about it. Vision sired Billy and Tommy who turned out to be pieces of Mephisto's soul, and they disappeared, at least until that bit during Chaos. But it wasn't until Wanda started sleeping with Simon did the teenage twins appear. Now since Vision was patterned from Simon, who was to say that Wanda didn't really have two sets of twins? The fake ones with Vizh, and the flesh and blood ones from Simon. Oh well, it was fun to think about.)
Plus, I always hated the Daktari jacket outfit.
I'm passing on future issues of Mighty. At least till Bendis is gone.
>
> 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 adequately 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.

And bears no resemblance to the Ares we've seen as an Avengers protagonist as far back as in Roy Thomas' run on the series.

>
> 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 ladle 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?

Tony Stark. The Fleshlight?

>
> 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?

Maybe they can rename his monthly title to my subjectline.
>
> 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.

I agree. It seems to have lost it's momentum with me.

> 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.

Chances are one will die. Alex is my guess.
Rachel's not coming back from this adventure either. I'd bet a shiny new nickle on it.

>It's great to see the new characters, Deathbird, Li'landra, Chod, Corsair, and the whole crew.

Huh. New??? Those four have been around since the seventies.

>This may not be what everyone wants from an X-book, but I'm really digging it, and the art is terrific.

On that I agree. Tan's done his best work ever on Uncanny.

>
> 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,

Too lazy to archive myself, but I called it a long time ago that the new Guardian/Vindicator was gonna be the Collective guy. I'm not psychic, it's just that Marvel is so predictable these days.


>Reed Richards, and Sasquatch was effective, and it helped round out Bendis' weak 'Collective' NA arc. Ellis' Thunderbolts 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.
>
Now this was the only part I liked. The interaction of Marvels seventies heroines. It was nice to see Carol acknowledge their past which goes way back to Avengers Annual #10

> 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 pizazz. This book had it all, though I think there were a few holes.

Still wasn't worth the over inflated five dollar price tag in my opinion.

>
> 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.

Man if that were me, I woulda used the mass confusion as an excuse to shoplift back issues. Not that I condone that. But when opportunity strikes...




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