Every week I do a column full of comic book reviews as I’ve done since March 2003 and currently published at Comic Book Resources. Then, after the reviews post, I try to come over to my blog and expand on the thoughts and ideas listed there. Sometimes it’s profound, sometimes it’s gibberish, but it’s always about comics … let’s see what we get this week!
What? This week’s reviews …
Okay, so I’ve been gone … what, three or four weeks? This blog in particular is late because my four-month-old was a little reluctant to go to sleep tonight. If the choice is “my kids” or “comics,” sequential art never stands a chance.
May 5, 2010: The Great Ten being cancelled at issue nine is both funny and wrong at the same time. I am starting to hate Steve Rogers a little bit less now he wants to be a spy, but I still hate Captain America thanks to “the casual sexism and racist thought” of stories like “Captain America and the Ageless Orientals Who Wouldn’t Die.” Oy. I would like more dynamic, engaging art for “Killer: Modus Vivendi.” I hate the “trailer park” syndrome that many writers (I won’t name names for the guy who essentially founded this school of “storytelling” but since he wanted to throw me in the water behind SDCC, chances are that he knows) have adopted, but snippets and samples of plot do not make a plot. Also, fair warning: I automatically start to tune out on any story involving Nazis, zombies, pirates or vampires. They’re overdone like Wolverine and Snake-Eyes in the late 80s.
May 12, 2010: People often tell me that I hate everything. To that I have two words in response: Amadeus Cho. I have never seen a single panel with this character that I did not like, and I’m pretty sure that’s a fact. Whether he was in Pym’s Avengers or just hanging with Herc, he’s written with such aplomb and intelligence and bad-assery (note: not a word) that he’s everything I’d have wanted to be as a teenager … well, you know, but Black.
I also have a huge man-crush on the “bwa-ha-ha” era, and to see Booster Gold back with DeMatteis and Giffen (who, it seems, are like EPMD — best when together) and doing some effective heroing as well? That’s fantastic stuff. I love it unequivocally and hope two more issues are this good so it can get a standing spot on the Buy Pile as the character has long deserved.
Final love letter? The Legion. Dude. I love the Legion. The endless variety of powers, the complicated personal relationships, the galaxy-spanning threats. Loved giving Jemm, Son of Saturn a reason to exist. Loved the building of Mon-El into something real, finally, as the Valor thing seemed to be missing a leg for a long time. Love the crankiness of Braniac 5. Love seeing Levitz back at the wheel. Big happiness that week.
I saw that this dude blogged about me (comments weren’t enabled when I swung by) re: Titans: Villains For Hire … and I didn’t really get his point. I read stuff way more terrible than that. It’s biggest problem was (as Der Bugman notes) yet another white guy whacking a character of color … and the fact that it was no story, just fight scene. Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t like it … but if we’re gonna call DC out for racially dialing the clock back to somewhere white in the early 90s, they at least didn’t try to be as open as Logan’s clearly hateful commentary, writing off the peoples of an entire continent and ignoring the reasons why things happen that way. I’ll try to be meaner, if it’ll make you feel better, but honestly, I’m tired of being that guy since massa ain’t gonna change.
May 19, 2010: Transformers: Last Stand of the Wreckers delivered in a big way. If you’re doing a mini, that’s the right approach — leave it all out on the field in your last issue. No telling what sequels may come, or if the world will come to an end. Dream big.
Also, Yildiray Cinar is one hell of a penciller (sp?). Very talented. ‘Nuff said.
Please, please, please can Kill Shakespeare live up to its premise and promise? Please be better.
I’m glad that 100,000 Kryptonians are no longer a story element in DC, but War of the Supermen was a dumb way to go about it.
Speaking of racism, what’s with Ultimate Proto-Hulk going from scientist to gangster? Not cool.
May 26, 2010: Go Incorruptible. Now you’re doing some writing!
I will likely reprint Jonathan Hickman’s entire Reed Richards speech on my blog. It literally inspires me. The rest of the comic, meh, but that speech is worth owning and reprinting and living up to.
Bringing back Thanos? Yes, I love that guy. Bringing back the dude on the last page? Not cool. Don’t muddy my Thanos with heroism. I liked him the way he was. Grrr!
That will have to hold you until next week, children. Much to do, much to do. Play safely.
Watching (Hulu): Lost, “The End”