| > HULK: RAGING THUNDER #1: I enjoyed this one-shot issue. It was a Thundra tale for sure, although it was narrated by hers and the Hulk's daughter (not sure I like this new character yet or not). I'm glad Thundra was finally brought back, although I'm not sure when the story takes place. Arkon is nowhere to be found, and who knows about when the story takes place for the Hulk. Still, I enjoyed this issue, and I also enjoyed the reprint of FF #133, which I never read until now.|
What did you think of it? It was my first true-blue FANTASTIC FOUR purchase. Up until then, I'd been reading Stan and Jack material from a British weekly called THE MIGHTY WORLD OF MARVEL. I think it was Junior Gerry Conway's first major-Marvel book script, as well. He was twenty. The plot was Roy Thomas'. It's a hell-nutty comic, in my book. I think Ben gets creamed far too easily by Thundra. (And she extinguishes the Torch's flame with some waving around of a huge Times Square clock big-hand arm. As if!)
But I adore the darn thing. Strangely, it's penciled by my favourite AQUAMAN artist, Ramona Fradon. (Has any other woman ever drawn a regular issue of FF?) The inking, with all the stylistic "seriousness" and bitumen of Joe Sinnott in his absolute prime, is a strangely successful clash of styles. Methinks.
I agree with Blue Beetle about Arkon. I've liked AVENGERS and X-MEN stories
featuring him, but somehow, he's about as captivating as my back steps. Thundra made him more interesting perhaps. But saddled with him, she's a whole lot less interesting herself.
So the Hulk has another kiddiewink... ??
Say, what colour's this one?
- Fradon's AQUAMAN even exceeds the Aparo and Cardy renditions
Reading: Assorted LITTLE AUDREY and BABY HUEY from Harvey and LOIS LANE and JIMMY OLSEN from DC, AFTER 1984, a poetry chronicle by Judith McNeal and KAVALIER AND CLAY by Michael Chabon.
Listening: I'm Bored and The Passenger by Iggy Pop, God's Away on Business by Tom Waits, Black Betty ("Woah, Black Betty bam-ba-lam Woah...") by Ram Tam, 96 Tears by Question Mark and the Mysterions, Who's That Lady? by The Isley Brothers, Temptation by Heaven 17, and Beat the Clock and No 1 in Heaven by Sparks
Watching: THE THIN BLUE LINE and WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOLF?
RIP: BO DIDDLEY