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Commentary Track for The Buy Pile from February 17, 2010

First, some adminstrivia: these commentary tracks could hit a snag when Blogger goes dark on FTP (more on that shortly). I’ll see what I can do. There’s several possibilities, and I’m working on a blog about that, so I wanna stay on topic here.

Doomwar feels like the vindication of Christopher Priest’s run, as it does similar things as the two “Enemy of the State” storylines (in my mind).

As somebody who remembers Bob Layton’s Hercules series with great fondness (Recorder was the man!), the idea of a Marvel universe without the brash son of Zeus is oddly bittersweet. Wonder Man’s still shlepping around and Herc had to pass? Some comics shop pundits noted the circular path of divinities, much like Alan Moore hinted at when the officers of Top 10 investigated the murder of Balder, but I can’t imagine a way to bring him back and not have it take away a lot. Maybe the whole “Giffen/DeMatteis League Going To Hell For Tora” tactic. I can’t see any other way.

The opening strains of All Hail Megatron were the last time I enjoyed a Transformers comic as much as Last Stand of the Wreckers and that’s a good thing. Hopefully, unlike AHM it won’t fall apart at the end. Kup’s stepping up as a great point of exposition, Springer’s an interesting leadership type and the sole human has yet to annoy. Shocker!

Deadpool … when he’s on, he’s on. What more needs to be said?

As for Doctor Voodoo, I note that Earth’s new main mage has yet to be called in on a really high profile consult, and he didn’t make the “main” Avengers team (not publicly, anyway, a team which has zero non-Caucasians as of yet, but the Secret Avengers remain unrevealed), so even though he housed two major threats, I kind of feel like he didn’t get an appropriate moment to shine. Also, that coloring and muddy ink work didn’t help. Que sera sera.

If comics cost less, many, many books would have been contenders. I’m looking at you Incorruptible, G.I. Joe Cobra 2, Dark Avengers and … heck, all of the honorable mentions. They’re all good issues, just not good enough to justify the cover price.

Magog going “meh” was a surprise, but it just kind of Rashomon-ed stuff I’d already seen. Power Girl could probably reach just a little farther and make “Honorable Mention” status.

The bad … you know what? No need to give it more light. I’m sleepy.

More news as it develops …

Playing (Music): “Karma Police” by Radiohead

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2 Responses to “Commentary Track for The Buy Pile from February 17, 2010”

  1. Matthew Says:

    Something I enjoy about your Buy Pile is reading how completely wrong you are about most Blackest Night titles. It's entertaining yet frustrating.

    In regards to GI Joe: Cobra, I tend to give indie publishers a pass on pricing, especially when they usually have a better quality of presentation (sturdier paper and covers, ads placed at the back of a book) than the 2 major publishers.

  2. Hannibal Tabu, The Operative Says:

    Thanks for keeping up with my work. As with all things, your mileage may vary … "wrong" is a matter of opinion, and we all have one …


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