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Comics: Commentary Track for the September 15th Buy Pile

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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, what do we have here …

CRIMSON: I’ve gotta say, I’m officially interested in the movie adaptation of Red.

I can’t find my original reviews (“Red” is too common a term, even with my name, to Google properly on the amount of sleep I’ve had), but suffice it to say that the humorous tone here is a far cry from the gritty, murderous Jack Bauer-ishness of the original miniseries with Cully Hamner on art. While I would have enjoyed seeing that, I could just watch The Bourne Ultimatum or something for fast chases and close cropped action and what not. This takes Warren’s original idea and makes it a whole different thing, which I’m interested in too without taking anything away from the original work (unlike, say, V for Vendetta which was one of comics’ finest accomplishments and such an abomination on the silver screen that we shall never speak of it again). This makes an arguably new idea.

“Are you mad that Warren didn’t do it that way?” Heck no. Why? I’ve already got more Red comics on stands than the original run of the mini, and two of ‘em are excellent (one is virtually sublime, the “Joe” special I bought this week). Warren Ellis doesn’t do funny that way — if Giffen and DeMatteis had showed up for it, well, that might do. Honestly, I think Greg Rucka, Christopher J. Priest or Gail Simone could have done okay too.

That said, these books have me hyped for the movie, which could only be more excellent if it had some ridiculous level of “blow ‘em up” added to the already amusing concept. I just hope the script and on screen chemistry doesn’t fall apart.

WHAT’S THE STORY, MORNING GLORIES? I can see the appeal of Morning Glories, can see certain types of readers (Runaways fans, I’d wager, but maybe some Phonogram or Blue Monday types too … what, I’m not just some superhero fanboy, I am aware of other stuff) who could glom on to this. I am almost there, but I need either a stronger sense of the characters (maybe too many of ‘em) or much tighter plotting. I like the expanding of the media and opening up to stories of this sort, but I think an editor could tighten the story a bit. To be honest, I feel the same about Mystery Society, which I’d love to love rather than just have a passing interest in, as I do now.

CHOOSE JOY: I’m trying to avoid talking about some of the crappy comics this week — really, Black Manta and “Deathstorm?” — because life’s too short. I will make one note from my mobile blog that’s been irking me since I saw the announcement that T’Challa would become “Black Panther: The Man Without Fear” …

For thousands of years, through the entirety of the colonial period, Wakanda remained isolated, strong, advanced and free. T’chaka gets friendly with Steve Rogers, his son opens the nation to the world … and down goes the greatest civilization in Marvel history, now dependent on “foreign aid” and charity to maintain their society after throwing away their greatest cultural heritage to try and toughen the nation up. Reminder: never been conquered (and not for lack of trying). It’s like Chuck Norris saying, “You know, I’ve had it too easy … I’m gonna chop off my hands and feet, so I can find out how to really be tough.” OR YOU COULD KEEP YOUR ADVANTAGES YOU WORKED SO HARD TO MAINTAIN, MORON!

I’m so upset about this … until I remember it was a creation of one white man and torn down by another (not just Doom, I’m looking at Jonathan Maberry too). Screw this noise …

They have no idea they’ve even taken anything from anyone. Amazing.

So there’s that (and the jury’s still out). Back to the good stuff …

ODDS AND ENDS: Let’s close this down, stuff to do …

  • I think the recent Rawhide Kid series would have made a great novella. I can see it opening up the western genre in a whole different way. As pamphlets it felt thin and ended weakly, maybe a collected read will go better. Not like I’ll ever know, but still …
  • I think X-Factor needs more Vegas. I liked Deadpool’s recent trip there, I kind of liked when the Initiative runaway was hyping Hydra there, Bruce Banner had a fine old time there for a while … heck, I think Vegas would be a good town for Madrox and his gang. Besides, how many ongoing comics are focused on Vegas? (I seriously don’t know) How awesome would that be? Who’s with me? Vegas or bust for X-factor, which was getting a little emo in New York (which is too jam packed with capes and masks anyway)!
  • Drifting a little there, G.I. Joe: Cobra 2. Let’s stay on target, y’all.
  • Yes, Green Lantern: Emerald Warriors answered some questions … but not in a way that made the story compelling. Sorry.
  • We discovered that if the Hulk just calmly said things, it was pretty funny. We somehow envisioned Hiro-Kala, Skaar and Hulk running into Logan, Daken and X-23 at a park or something, and things went downhill from there between store clerk Quislet and Tax Hitler (also known as Senor Sidekick). The phrases, “Hulk not best father” (admitting that his three marriages and two instances of being a deadbeat dad were proven) and “Hulk have talk” (when finding out that Hiro-Kala tried to defile X-23) are still cracking me up today. Made me miss Hulk’s blog to be honest (written by CBR reviewer and all around bon vivant Kevin Church).

Tabu out. Keep it movin’, y’all …

Playing (Music): “Airplanes” by B.O.B. feat. Hayley Williams

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One Response to “Comics: Commentary Track for the September 15th Buy Pile”

  1. ritchiehall2 Says:

    I just blogged about Tchalla over on my page too,
    We pretty much have the same sentiments

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