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Old 01-06-2010, 02:37 PM   #1
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Siege #1 - Pretty good. Since this is only 4 issues long, the pacing is moving along quickly(which is good). I wanted to see more of the Thor/Sentry fight that's been coming for years, but it was cut short by a gang-up at Thor's expense . And even though I know Cap alone wouldn't do anything to turn the tide of this fight, seeing him pissed off on that last page was freakin' awesome. I smell some assembling in the near future

Cable #22 - Another tedious issue of Cable and Hope time traveling with Bishop trying to shoot her. Can't wait for the conclusion of this whole thing.

X-Factor Nation-X - Pretty solid one-shot. Figured none of Jaime's bunch would stay on Utopia; I'm sure Longshot will come home sometime lol. My only complaint was all the sexual jokes/moments in the issue. Shatterstar hitting on Northstar w/i minutes of getting to Utopia? Yeah cuz gay people attack each other like that all the time.

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Would you say by issue 1 that SIEGE feels like an event? Been in the hospital so I'm playing catch-up.

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It still doesn't feel like an "event". Just a "big ass fight". Get better soon man :up;

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I honest'y didn't know SIEGE was only four issues. I'm looking forward to seeing the aftermath of Norman losing everything.

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If you havent read any of Dark Reign could you just pick up Siege?

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Old 01-06-2010, 03:22 PM   #6
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Yeah, I don't see why not.

- Osborn runs pretty much everything

- Read up on the members of the Dark Avengers

- The Initiative is basically his good squad of cannon fodder

- Stark is recovering from having his brain restored(he tried to erase it b/c he had too much private info about superheroes' real lives in there)

- Thor is exiled from Asgard and can't have Mjolnir broken 1 more time or else he'll die too

- Cap(Steve) is very much back

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Old 01-06-2010, 04:04 PM   #7
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Blackest Night #6 - Belated review, since the store in my hometown didn't get the special shipping. Kind of an ordinary issue of the heroes fighting the Black Lanterns some more (I'm not sure there's really much more to this story), then they call out for a few more assistants. The deputies are mostly fitting choices, though Mera feels really random; the rings calling Diana "Diana Prince" is really dumb, but that's Johns-written Wonder Woman for you. Art continues to be great.

Blackest Night: Wonder Woman #2 - picking up more or less where Blackest Night #5 left off and covering stuff that happend off-panel in #6, this is Rucka Wonder Woman, so it's fairly enjoyable to read, but it's really not the same as him getting to actually revisit his own plots. But there's a lovely bit at the end that actually sees the return of one of the Drew Johnson costume designs for the gods, which was wonderful. Nicola Scott continues to do commendable artwork here; should be interesting to see her draw an arc on the main title.

Siege #1 - in contrast to many Brian Michael Bendis titles, the pace here is borderline breakneck, though this may be partly the point: Osborn goes to the trouble of replicating Stamford, but he doesn't wait for it to sink in or even to spin it to the public, he just sends in his dogs. Lots of action here, but not much in the way of impressive fights (Bendis' action scenes tend to involve masses of characters shown grappling with each other with minimal choreography). Coipel's art is good, though I confess I've never been as thrilled with his work as many are. There's some awkward scheduling going on here, with all of the big three Avengers' books taking place before this story starts (though in the case of Iron Man there was never any way that wasn't going to happen; Cap and probably Thor are a bit behind schedule). I still don't really know what to make of Steve's status quo; if he's going to keep wearing the costume, is there any meaningful distinction in him not being "Captain America"?

Stumptown #2 - Greg Rucka's newest Oni Press detective title hits issue #2, and this continues to remind me a lot of Criminal; it's even got text backmatter, in this case commentary from the artist (Matthew Southworth, sort of an apprentice Michael Lark) about how he researched and did the art for the series. Continues to be a solid detective story, not a whole lot else to say about it.

X-Factor: Nation X #1 - another oddly scheduled little thing, this clearly takes place at some point in the future of the main X-Factor title, given that they've got the entire cast here in their new costumes, including Layla, who's still mysteriously in Latveria as of #200. It's a nice little story, though, mostly consisting of snippets of X-Factor castmembers interacting with various X-Men on Utopia. It makes a good case for David writing one of the main titles; he handles these cameos very nicely, and I especially liked Darwin talking with Professor X, a little followup to their interaction during Brubaker's time on UXM.

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Siege: Part the First: Color me impressed. I read the preview a while back and liked it, but I still went into this issue a bit apprehensive about whether Bendis could actually be trusted with subjects as near and dear to my heart as Thor and Asgard. But this issue definitely delivered and allayed my fears a bit. In fact, I only have two cons after reading it, so I'll get them out of the way first.

Thor got taken out like a total chump at the end. I know, I know, it's only the first issue, there'll obviously be more to it, and Thor will have his chance to shine later on. But damn, Thor is literally taken down in seconds, and that just never sits well with me for a guy on his level. My disappointment is mitigated a bit by the fact that Osborn Ares planned for Thor's appearance and effectively had a bunch of fairly powerful villains just blitz the ever-loving hell out of Thor the moment he showed his face; that's a legitimate (and smart) strategy against a superior foe. But my gut reaction is that it's still a bit of a bummer to see in light of Thor just recently returning to the spotlight in such a big way.

The second con is minor and something even I would characterize as a nitpick, but I wasn't too thrilled to see Balder with some random ho in bed. Not exactly living up to his reputation as the noblest god in all Asgard. Rather, it seems like Bendis or Coipel or someone along the way decided that Balder's a king and must therefore be as much of a poon hound as a lot of kings historically have been. But it's a nitpick, like I said. Who knows, maybe he's exploring a real commitment to that chick. Nanna's been dead for a long time and Karnilla doesn't seem to be knocking on his door anymore.

Now, the good stuff: As is increasingly the case, the best part of the issue is Ares, who drips badassitude from every goddamn pore and makes me love it. I love that his gut reaction to Norman (a.k.a. "some pissant mortal who'll be dead in the blink of an eye" from Ares' perspective) plotting to invade Asgard is a resounding "hell no" followed by "and I'll f***ing kill you if you try." Ares himself has tried to conquer Asgard and disgrace Thor before, and he's assisted Tyr and others in their aims to do the same, but the fact that Norman is a human makes all the difference. Politics of the gods; I love it. I like that Ares has some faint glimmers of anti-heroism to him now, too. As much as I've loved seeing him as a weapon that points himself at whatever he wants for a federal paycheck, that single-mindedness could become boring after a while. It's good to see Bendis is stretching his characterization a bit (although I'm not sure if this is old news or new, since I haven't been reading Dark Avengers).

The plot in general is pretty solid. It's tight and paced well, starting things off with a (literal) bang and keeping the momentum up throughout the issue. That's what a big event centered on a big battle should start with. Don't worry about prefacing s***: Get us to the fisticuffs and let us enjoy them. True, Bendis' fights aren't particularly jaw-dropping, but Coipel makes up for that to a greater extent than most of Bendis' other artists. If there's one thing his Thor run showed, it's that Coipel can draw some truly epic fight sequences. See Thor vs. Bor if you disagree.

The last page is pretty good, although I think it might've been more effective if Cap had said something. Exclamation lines around a character's head are fine for panels, but a full-page splash feels like it demands more to me. Oh, and after all this time, I still can't really buy Osborn as the big cheese Dark Reign has set him up as. Then again, Siege is effectively all about Osborn overplaying his hand and suffering for it, so maybe that was intentional. I tend to think Bendis isn't that subtle a writer, but maybe I'm wrong. Regardless, I'm looking forward to the next issue and the Thor tie-ins.

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Haha, I thought the same thing about Balder waking up with that woman in his bed.

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Where is Karnilla, anyway? We haven't seen her since the reboot.

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Siege - Was pretty good but boring in that nothing new happens here. We knew all of this going into the event so it was all expected. Now i"m curious to see what happens from here.

Siege: Embedded - It was okay but I'm not sure if I'm going to continue the story. I like Ben Urich but there's just nothing grabbing me here.

New Mutants - Pretty good issue. I was bored to tears with this book at first but every issue just barely keeps me. Looking back I'm finding I'm liking the book more in hindsight than while actually reading it. Doug Ramsey's constantly speaking about languages is getting old quick though. Nice to see Warlock back though.

Echo - Probably one of my favorite issues of the series yet. Great stuff. Originally this book felt minimal and simplistic... now it feels fairly deep and complex... but very natural. I love it!

Cable - Stab my brain with a toothpick. I'm pretty sure I read this story back in issue 1... and then again about 5 times since then. The writer needs to move on to something else and X-Editers need smacked for approving this title. I'm hoping the book ends after the next issue or two... and that's not a good sign for a title.

And here the writer was good on Immortal Iron Fist. Why's he suck so much on Cable?

And because it was a light week I also bought Captain America Reborn 5 and Who Will Wield The Shield.... both felt like wastes of money really. I have no interest in this story any further.

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Can someone tell me why Siege was quote, "Seven years in the making?" I don't get it but since I haven't been reading comics that long, maybe I missed something. I did like the first issue of the series, it seemed to flow quite easily from the regular Thor ongoing and I had no trouble following it along.

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It wasn't "seven years in the making", they're just saying that to hype the event. I remember them saying nearly the exact same thing for Secret Invasion, that it was the culmination of years of events. I doubt Marvel had any thought about Siege until last year.

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I think Marvel learned their lesson when Bendis shot his mouth off about having laid the groundwork and planted the seeds for years with Secret Invasion, which he obviously didn't. All of the "hints" he supposedly left were all retconned in during Secret Invasion tie-In stories. The only real 'seed' was the Elektra reveal from New Avengers #1, but that was just some random secret and it could have been anyone for any reason. Much like Red Hulk, the coin will be flipped on his identity when it's revealed. And the SHIELD business from the second arc in the Savage Land... also connected to the overal "master plan" in very flimsy ways. Siege is "7 years in the making" because all of the events leading up to it, not that it was planned for seven years.

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Red Robin 8 was book of the week.

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The first week of the new decade and I was hardly besieged with titles. See what I did there? I'll be here all week, folks! Tip your waitress!

To be honest, this wasn't a week where there were so many good books that picking 3 to review at Examiner was a chore; this was those OTHER kinds of weeks, when out of 4 books maybe one, at best, is a 7 out of 10 and one has to amp the hell out of it to seem positive. Full reviews are always at Examiner first, and pure spoilers/rants are below.

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HAUNT #4:
The funny thing is how similar this premise is to DOCTOR VOODOO, that it debuted around the same time as Marvel's launch, and it's actually outsold it every issue. That's rare from an Image comic these days. At any rate, this is still very much a comic by committee; Robert Kirkman writes the monthly scripts, while Greg Capullo lays out the pencils, Ryan Ottley finishes the pencils, Todd McFarlane inks (and somewhat edits, if past editorial pages are to be believed; nothing Kirkman writes per issue will fly if Todd himself doesn't approve), and FCO colors. The book debuted at about 45-50k but sales for later issues have fallen at least 50% after the five printings #1 had; still, it should probably still be the best selling Image title besides WALKING DEAD and SPAWN as of this writing. How long that lasts doesn't negate the fact that combining Image's current star with their star of their founding era has produced their best launch in years. Old fading talent mixed with the current whiz kid; this is the buddy cop movie of creative teams.

This issue, things seem to start shifting to reflect more of Robert Kirkman's personal tics. There is some more dark humor, more banter with, and amung, the government agents. The brothers Kilgore (Daniel the live one, Kurt the dead one) continue to merge as the superhuman Haunt, although quite why is still not entirely explained. This issue we learn that the effect is a strain on Daniel's body, and transforming once per issue has left him physically weakened by the end. This is good, considering the character is seemingly immune to small arms gunfire and most knives. Speaking of knives, we also see a rematch between Haunt and a character who is definitely in McFarlane's wheel-house; Cobra, a knife carrying soldier assassin guy who has absolutely nothing to do with cobras, unless you count his poisoned knife gimmick. Haunt gets to save Kurt's wife (and Dan's former love) from Cobra, and we see more of the big boss man who is working behind the scenes at the heart of the matter. We also see the femme' fatale who stole Kurt's notebook and all but caused these chain of events to occur.

The artwork is still alright; different and darker than Ottley's INVINCIBLE pencils, which is good because this is a darker story. This title has improved a little since the start and I must say a re-read of prior issues didn't hurt it. The only dodgy aspect remains the design of Haunt himself. He has a mystical spandex design and nothing in the story lends itself to expect that. We know vaguely what a "Haunt" is, but we don't know exactly way it bestows so much power, or why it makes one look like a superhero vaguely inspired by Venom, complete with similar abilities. The next issue promises to answer that, although the story might linger a while. Overall, this isn't as good as ASTOUNDING WOLF-MAN, but it still entertains me. Now, if this was $3.99, I probably would have dropped it; it isn't so awesome that it is worth $4 an issue. But for $3, it entertains me just fine and I'll likely stay aboard unless things take a turn into dire territory, like ULTIMATE X-MEN did. There are better Kirkman comics out there I guess, but this is much better than something McFarlane could have done entirely alone. It still reads almost more like a "hey cool!" type of stunt than a viable premise, but Brother Voodoo's "merging with dead brother for powers" gimmick hasn't been nearly as run into the ground as other super powers, so there is a place for it. A solid B grade comic.

MARVEL BOY: THE URANIAN #1: This made "book of the week" at my Examiner article site, which is more of a testament to how modest a week it was as opposed to how brilliant this is. It still is good, although for a Jeff Parker debut issue I have read better. The artwork by Felix Ruiz doesn't do the story any favors; it's a bit rough and sketchy, and I don't think that fits the tone or premise of the story well. The colors by Val Staples certainly help. Still, it's not bad art at all. The premise is to retell Bob Grayson's origin from the retcon circa 2005's AGENTS OF ATLAS mini. In that, it erased his "death" in 70's era FF comics as an "impostor" and added a bit to his 1951 origin. Considering the gap of time between that mini and new Agents stuff, the time might be right to retell the origin however Parker wants it. So in this issue, we have Grayson landing on Earth in 1950 as a deligate from Uranus, out to make an impression and fight evil. Unfortunately this is the height of Cold War era paranoia, so he is promptly arrested by the military and set up for a date at the operating table. Fortunately Grayson escapes and flees to New York.

As an interesting twist, he falls in with a comic book promoter, who by 1950 would have been desperate as the superhero genre was waning in that era. He suggests a line of comics based on the hero to better allow the public to accept him; a comic within a comic. It works well enough, as Bob settles on calling himself, "Marvel Boy", which seems more timely than "the Uranian". Parker still deserves props for seriously toying with a superhero from Uranus without making it the butt of jokes. See, the butt of jokes?

As a bonus, you get a colored reprint of a Marvel Boy story from 1951. Those stories are usually goofy, and part of me wonders if Marvel seriously wants to make this AGENTS OF ATLAS franchise catch on, maybe making a spin-off to a low selling series as expensive as possible isn't the best strategy. Even at only 3 issues, retailers would have ordered more copies at $3 than $4. But what do I know? I'm only a comic reading fan, who doesn't use success and arrogance to shield me from reality. I'm clearly not as smart as editorial wizards.

At any rate, a brief mini series that seeks to flesh out one of the key members of the AGENTS OF ATLAS; no more, no less. I'm not sure if anyone who wasn't already an Atlas would especially enjoy this, but if you are one like me, you'll enjoy it. Especially this week.

SIEGE #1: Or, "BENDIS EVENT III #1" of four. Although THE SIEGE: THE CABAL for all intents and purposes was SIEGE #1-A of this series. Still, even with that included, at 5 chapters this would be the shortest major Marvel event mini in years. HOUSE OF M and SECRET INVASION were both 8 issues, a number that some Marvel execs seem to now quietly concede was too long. On the other hand, sales talk, and I imagine they were more than one factor in expanding CAPTAIN AMERICA REBORN to six issues instead of five (that and BLACKEST NIGHT doing so well). If SIEGE #1 moves like 300k, will Bendis be handed an extra issue? Is money green?

The long and the short of this is that it isn't bad at all. Throw in solid artwork by Oliver Coipel, who last worked on an event comic with Bendis for HOUSE OF M, and it's actually above average, a 6 out of 10. The question is it worth $3.99 just for a glossy cover, an extra page of story (23 pages total), and 3 pages of script noting a Dark Avengers security meeting, shamelessly expanded to 4 by repeating Page 1, with extra pictures? Not entirely. But it's an event, and few of us really expect them to be great as stories. In fact this is only the second Bendis comic I have read in a year. And in all fairness, Bendis events are rarely rubbish at the start. They merely devolve into rubbish by about the middle and then collapse into overrated buffalo feces by the finale, which is almost always either an anti-climax or a non-ending everyone saw coming, which Bendis treats as if it was told to him by a Burning Bush and usually explains better on Newsarama than in the pages within.

More happens here than in THE CABAL one shot, although the problem is that most of what happens was more or less stated in the 6 page preview, and in various solicitations and interviews. The usual, a surprise event that surprises no one. Volstagg causes a ruckus trying to fight crime, and a fight against the U-Foes (who are technically federally sanctioned superheroes) destroys Soldier Field in Chicago (no, not the Cubs!). This gives Osborn all the opening he needs to declare war on Asgard in Oklahoma and launch a full Dark Avengers attack on it to improve his standings with the public and media. The President is against it, but Osborn naturally doesn't heed him, and only seems to heed Loki. As usual, Loki is playing Iron Goblin like a fiddle.

Bendis adds Balder to his list of, "what figures written above most common people can I depict in a state of undress in mid-sexual intercourse" beside Dr. Doom and Dr. Strange as the attack begins. Also note that for all his faults, not even Bendis makes Balder as much of a gullible chump as JMS did on THOR; he immediately suspects Loki's hand in the attack, nor believes Loki's lies to the contrary. This book is a little ahead of THOR, which still has most of the Asgardians in Latveria as Thor and his chums attack Dr. Doom, but it isn't as bad as the whole REBORN debacle. In fact it does tie in quite well with INVINCIBLE IRON MAN, in which Donald Blake and Maria Hill are still watching over a comatose Tony Stark when the spit hits Asgard.

It says a lot about Thor's status on Marvel's totem pole of 100 ton tankers when the moment I saw Thor fly onto the scene, I literally thought, "oh, Bendis is going to have him get TKO'd like a wuss in 5 pages or less", and lo and behold, that is precisely what happens. While Thor doesn't get taken down as easily as, say, Colossus of the X-Men usually does, he's still nowhere near as tough as Hulk or, of course, Wolverine. You'd never see Wolverine get ***** slapped in the opening issue of a line wide crossover mini. The last time I saw Hulk get spanked this quickly, also by the U-Foes, was the Ostrander/Ferry debut issue of HEROES FOR HIRE in the mid 90's, and good LORD did WIZARD magazine throw a hissy fit about that one. Yes, I know it showed Ares' strategy; the "throw everything and the kitchen sink at Thor immediately or we're all dead" ploy. But, again, I can't think of anyone other than Colossus or Sentry who would fall that quickly when it counted, and that stinks. I've seen Luke Cage take WAY more than that. Hell, Luke Cage made Electro pass out just with a sneer; when the hell has Thor been allowed such a moment? Least one not written by Kieron Gillen?

Coipel as usual turns in a good art chore, although even at only 4 issues of relatively average comic length I wonder if he will be entirely on time. He couldn't handle more than 2 issues of THOR monthly and he ran late on HOUSE OF M. Still, reading this next to, say, an issue of anything Ed Brubaker writes revolving around Captain America and you really see that Bendis has no talent for pacing a fight and relies entirely on his artist to do that. And Coipel is hardly George Perez in that regard. Thor gets in a few hits with Sentry, energy blast, down. Bendis relies on TELLING you that Thor is going down, rather than really showing it well. WORLD WAR HULK was a big Greengasm, but at least Greg Pak and John Romita Jr. could pace some hellish fights. At any rate, the issue ends with Steve Rogers, who watches TV in his Captain America uniform, stand in surprise. Well, watching one of his old buddies get spanked would likely incite Rogers into action. Anyway, can you tell REBORN is running late?

The "board meeting" at the end is interesting in that without art and with sheer script reading, I had no idea who was usually speaking beyond Ares and Sentry, and even when I knew, Gargan as Spidey sounded the same as Parker under Bendis. I could swap Bullseye's creepy cynicism with most of Bendis' Logan or Clint lines and I doubt anyone would notice. Remember how in SUPER FRIENDS, everyone talked alike and without the voice actors, it all would have read the same? Bendis is like that, only snarkier and bleaker. He's the ANTI-SUPERFRIEND. I also could imagine that with better scripting, Bendis could have gotten 10 pages of art around those 3 pages of text talking. And that's disgusting.

No, SIEGE #1 wasn't bad. But is "not bad" the best we can expect of Marvel's Number One writer? It is, and that always is annoying. Bendis events always start out as good as they're going to get and go downhill from there. I'm only here because of morbid curiosity and because this is the "it" Marvel book of 2010. I hardly expect a miracle. I do expect side titles doing tie-ins, such as AVENGERS: THE INITIATIVE, MIGHTY AVENGERS, or THUNDERBOLTS, to get a lot out of this, just as everyone but Bendis worked SECRET INVASION better.

Some are predicting the Marvel universe to swing back into "not as bleak" territory after SIEGE. Politically, with Bush out of office almost a year now, it's about time considering Marvel's about as left as a turn signal. But with a Bendis event, I expect nothing but overrated gibberish unless proven wrong. Still, considering my 12 month break from Bendis, he hasn't completely displeased me. From him, "average" is better than expected.

SIEGE: EMBEDDED #1: I didn't plan on buying this all until yesterday when I read it was from Brian Reed and not Paul Jenkins. I decided impulsively to give it a try, and I regretted it. This isn't worth $4 a pop. It isn't bad, but the definition of "meh", and a waste of Samnee's pencils. As well as a waste of shelf space, paper, and my time. It should simply be called "SIEGE: SOMETHING ELSE FOR FOUR BUCKS, SUCKA".

Phil Urich teams up with another reporter guy to follow Volstagg back to Oklahoma and report on SIEGE. Because conservatives are evil, an obvious metaphor station for Fox News is 100% behind Osborn and being set up to preach his propaganda. Because, y'know, news stations that lean left never, ever, EVER report anything that nears propaganda for Democrats. The art is probably the highlight, and a lot of the story washes over like rain, and is forgotten as soon as one is inside. I'd say political stories that still rail against conservatives when they are out of majority power is much like kicking someone when they're down to an audience that is too busy being hysterical to notice, but no matter.

This wasn't even worth sticking around for $3, much less $4. But, I knew better, and didn't listen to myself, because I was once impressed with Reed's CAPTAIN MARVEL, and him getting something almost decent with Bendis in some issues of THE ILLUMINATI. My fault. The art by Samnee was probably the highlight. Now HE should have drawn MARVEL BOY: THE URANIAN!

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Where is Karnilla, anyway? We haven't seen her since the reboot.
Judging from Hela's appearance, she's probably hanging with the Norns in some forest in Prague or something. I'm sure when a writer has an idea for her, they'll bring her back. She's been a major part of the mythos for a long time.

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Yeah cuz gay people attack each other like that all the time.
Thats not what it was showing, quite the opposite actually. Sometimes there are people staright and gay in life who are straight hornballs. It wasn't about shatterstar specifically being gay, its more about him being a hornball who happens to be gay. And to be honet, marvel usually presents their gay characters in very positive lights, morally perfect, etc... That to me is unrealistic, just because your gay doesn't mean your not a hornball, it doesn't mean you are the most respectful or morally right person in the world, being gay makes you no different than a straight person. Not every gay character has to be all uptight about being gay like Hulkling and Wiccan. Also you didn't see Northstar all over Shatterstar, nor did you see Rictor all over Northstar or Statterstar. I've never seen Anole get all over anybody before, hell Anole elbowed Northstar in the face and vis-a-versa.

Has Johnny Storm never immediatly hit on a woman the minute he sees her? And that goes the same for the 1000's of other characters in the MU.

I don't know, I'm not gay, maybe ypu are and your taking it more personally. If you are taking it personal, get over it and stop reading into it.


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Ha, I'm not gay nor am I taking it personally. I just thought the issue was a bit too sexually charged; hetero and homosexually. Rictor and Shatterstar seemed to be a couple as of the last X-Factor issue, but here Shatterstar is lunging after Northstar, making out with Boom Boom, and I recall him getting all doe-eyed for somebody else too.

I guess it is good that Marvel is showing the hornball side of their homosexual characters b/c like you said, Johnny does it all the time. I just think there was more to be covered during this reunion. Minor nitpick in the end though. Hakuna Matata

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It wasn't "seven years in the making", they're just saying that to hype the event. I remember them saying nearly the exact same thing for Secret Invasion, that it was the culmination of years of events. I doubt Marvel had any thought about Siege until last year.
LOL, that's what I was thinking. Just hype.

As for Embedded, I didn't think it was that bad. Maybe because I am new to all this, I dunno. Was it worth four bucks? Nope. But I've read far far worse.

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It wasn't "seven years in the making", they're just saying that to hype the event. I remember them saying nearly the exact same thing for Secret Invasion, that it was the culmination of years of events. I doubt Marvel had any thought about Siege until last year.

Yeah it is. SIEGE is all about bringing the Big 3 back together. The last time they were all in the Avengers at the same time was during Geoff Johns run in 03. They briefly were together during Ragnarok which was early 04. That's seven years.

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It'll only be a new decade next year... you're a smart boy... you should know better.

And that was a bad pun.

Untrue, unless this decade is different. Does anyone consider, "The 80's" to include the year 1990? No. It was 1980 to 1989. Much as "The 90's" did NOT include the year 2000, but were 1990-1999. No one counts the year 1980 as being part of "The 70's"; that was 1970-1979; after all, "THAT 70'S SHOW" after seeming to list the year the show was based in at the end credits at around 1975-1976 soon had to stop and list every year as 1979.

Now, with the 2000's being a new deal, no one knows what to call the whole decade from 2000-2009. "The Aught's" is just a nickname. As a society, America hasn't had this problem since 1899 shifted to the year 1900. And according to at least some sources, around World War Two, the 1890's were just called "The 90's" for their time too. Would someone have included the year 1900 as the 1890's?

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It wasn't "seven years in the making", they're just saying that to hype the event. I remember them saying nearly the exact same thing for Secret Invasion, that it was the culmination of years of events. I doubt Marvel had any thought about Siege until last year.
Agreed. Marvel doesn't plan beyond a year or two in advance. Some of the writers just know how to leave certain things blank and feel in the gaps when they come up with things down the road, and then say that was were they were going all along. It's a parlor trick; I run message board role playing games, and I know how to do that; hell, I knew how to do that when I wasn't even of drinking age. These are professional writers with often a decade or more or experience. Assuming they don't do that is laughable.

Still, there's no harm in it per say. Marvel likely sees the reunification of the old Avengers as the draw. Even though...didn't Secret Invasion promise that? Only the Capt. America was different. Or does Bucky really not count?

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Now, the good stuff: As is increasingly the case, the best part of the issue is Ares, who drips badassitude from every goddamn pore and makes me love it. I love that his gut reaction to Norman (a.k.a. "some pissant mortal who'll be dead in the blink of an eye" from Ares' perspective) plotting to invade Asgard is a resounding "hell no" followed by "and I'll f***ing kill you if you try." Ares himself has tried to conquer Asgard and disgrace Thor before, and he's assisted Tyr and others in their aims to do the same, but the fact that Norman is a human makes all the difference. Politics of the gods; I love it. I like that Ares has some faint glimmers of anti-heroism to him now, too. As much as I've loved seeing him as a weapon that points himself at whatever he wants for a federal paycheck, that single-mindedness could become boring after a while. It's good to see Bendis is stretching his characterization a bit (although I'm not sure if this is old news or new, since I haven't been reading Dark Avengers).

The plot in general is pretty solid. It's tight and paced well, starting things off with a (literal) bang and keeping the momentum up throughout the issue. That's what a big event centered on a big battle should start with. Don't worry about prefacing s***: Get us to the fisticuffs and let us enjoy them. True, Bendis' fights aren't particularly jaw-dropping, but Coipel makes up for that to a greater extent than most of Bendis' other artists. If there's one thing his Thor run showed, it's that Coipel can draw some truly epic fight sequences. See Thor vs. Bor if you disagree.
I thought the same. Agreed.

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Disagree with this however. I thought Cap's expression and his body language said more than any words could. In fact I feel saying something would have taken away from the moment. Sometimes silence gives the hardest punch.

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Siege 1 of 4:Good issue wish it was longer and that there was more action.****

Siege:Embedded 1 of 4:Will this limted series be all about reporters and volsatagg? If so then i'll just by it to hope it improves.Contary to the cover the dark avengers only me a one panel cameo.**

New Mutants 9:Good issue nice to see warlock and doug ramsey back.It was hilarious that madison jeffreies was telling danger that warlock produced by himself.(Meaning he dosnt need to have sex.)But i'm not sure what illyania's secret is yet.And some dead dudes from limbo come back to kill the new mutants.****

X-Factor Nation X:LOVED THIS ONE-SHOT BEST BOOK OF THE WEEK! Boom-Boom and Dazzler have major rules in this and Strong-Guy one of my favorite X-Factor characters story is hilarious.Madrox was good in to so was darwin and longshot.*****

Cable 22:UGH WHEN WILL THIS BOOK END! No stars

Jackpot 1 of 4: One of the best books i read all week but i wish they said how Sara changes her hair from short and black to Red and Long but that is just a minor nitpick and suprsingly nearly no spidey in this book at all.*****

Cartoon Network Action Pack 44 and 45:Had some extra money and two of my favorite things the secret saturdays(Great show by the way.) and dinosaurs i just couldn't pass it so i got this.The first story of both issues were great but of course samuri jack and codename kids next door both horrible shows craped all over it so i just read 7 pages in both books so great secret saturdays horrible back storys.44 **** 45 ****


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