Director’s commentary for The Buy Pile this week? Sure, why not?
Dark Reign: The List – Wolverine: I have to admit, I’ve been a fan of Noh-Varr since the Morrison/Jones mini-series, and I don’t really think he’s been properly utilized since. Well, except here. Since Fantomex is another Morrison creation, they have a great natural synergy, and that’s good stuff. Plus, their personalities (as Jason Aaron shows) can work well. I could imagine a team-up mini-series with these two, maybe even a movie franchise. All I know is, I’d love to see more of them working together, especially since Noh-Varr essentially doesn’t have anything else to do with his time. I will admit, I was bothered that there wasn’t a bigger public notice of one of Osborn’s premiere “heroes” going AWOL, but whatever.
Astro City: Astra Special #2: Same basic comment as always: “more please!” Another world I would love to just walk around in, as rich and as well-developed as Fables, in its way. I have no idea why Busiek and Anderson don’t just live in these stories — financial reasons, probably, but I honestly don’t know — but I never want them to stop. Aw, that just made me miss Top 10 a little, since it felt the same way.
The Incredible Hercules #137: I can’t say enough about how much I enjoy Amadeus Cho. He’s like a precursor for Destiny from Genius where the line between “hero” and “villain” for the character is often hard to find, much less choose a side. Moreover, for Marvel, between Amadeus Cho and Jimmy Woo, Marvel is putting together some pretty happening Asian characters. Like Cage almost stopped embarrassing me all the time, too. I won’t beat the “creators of color” drum given that Greg Pak was given a free hand here, but it hangs in the back of my mind.
Jack of Fables #39: … honestly? I need this series to be funnier. I still like it, I’m liking the almost Noh-Varr vibe I’m getting from the new Jack Frost, but the “funny” counterpoint to the “serious” Fables was a perfect balance. Still really good, but not quite there yet.
Nova #30: This series and Guardians of the Galaxy are so close almost every month. In better economical times, it’d be easy to just lower the bar an inch and let ‘em in. Darned global economic downturn! I like the development of Richard Ryder as a leader of men, almost as much as I love Jack Flag in space (who’d have thought that guy’d get a Geoff Johns-style revamping?).
- Osborn needs a plan. He’s king of the hill, but even he must see how precarious it is. His own son almost messed it all up.
- I get the feeling DC hates me personally and is making these books intentionally to contradict my tastes. That’s delusional, I know, but I can’t dodge the feeling. Especially after Ambush Bug went so wrong. I’m a die-hard Ambush Bug fan, and a Giffen devotee since the 80s, so if you lose me there, that says a lot.
- Remember when Vertigo was cool? I should send them a pitch for their crime line. Except I remember one of their big editors cowering away from me like I was a mugger when I went to say “hi,” before even saying my name. Meh.
- I wish Boom! Studios would just collect all these little minis they use as movie pitches. I’d much prefer 2 Guns (for example) as one chunk.
- I’m kind of mad this is the first we’re hearing of Dr. Gregory Stark. More please.
- I’m ignoring the Douglas Ramsey short story that popped up in my heads after reading New Mutants. I am. Shut up!
- Remember when Ms. Marvel was good, right after Karla Sofen took on the role? Those Storytellers … man, they screwed things up. If they’re the deus ex machina. that unseats Norman, I may have to travel to NYC and throw up on Marvel’s front porch.
- I never thought I’d say I hate anything done by the genius behind Nightly News and Pax Romana, but Jonathan Hickman’s Fantastic Four is a tragedy. Not in a good way.
- I really hope you’ll pre-order The Untamed from Stranger Comics, a dark fantasy story about how an unscrupulous man facing purgatory seeks vengeance against his enemies, yet he is conflicted with the hope of redemption and salvation in the eyes of his daughter. It’s in Previews right now, pages 285 and 286 SKU #OCT091072, and is beloved by both Watchmen producer Lloyd Levin (“What’s not to love about Jones and Bertging’s THE UNTAMED: it’s a Sergio Leone, Frank Frazetta, William Blake fever dream mash-up. And that’s just where it begins!”) and master of horror Clive Barker (“THE UNTAMED promises to be an epic tale, conceived and crafted not only with a great love of comics, but also a profound understanding of the power of visionary storytelling”). Yes, I’m a shill for them. I do it because I believe in the product and the creators. You go now!
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