Bought/Thought 10/31/07

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  1. CaptainCanada

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    Justice Society of America #10

    In which Kingdom Come (Earth-22) Superman hangs out with the Justice Society of America, spends an awful lot of time explaining to them what his world was like, and decides he really likes the look of New Earth. If this issue has a real problem, it’s that it dedicates most of its page space to explaining what we already know: the nature of Kingdom Come. Apart from that, there’s also a rather gratuitous excuse for KC-Supes to fight the JSA, on his way to rescue a girl from committing suicide, since he apparently can’t stop to tell them where he’s going. Meanwhile Jay and Wally break out the ole cosmic treadmill to go in search of an alternate reality, there’s a killer on the loose who thinks himself a god, and the Justice League arrives to see the newest Superman to arrive in town (I’m most looking forward to him meeting Diana, personally). Power Girl is devastated by KC-Supes not being Earth-2 Supes (it’s even Earth-22 instead of Earth-2).

    Anyway, it’s a decent start to the story, but hopefully the pace will pick up now that we’re past the introductions. Also, Starman is really annoying; he should die.

    New X-Men #43

    In which a second straight issue passes with nothing particular happening in terms of action; Colossus even notes it’s been a good day since no one was tortured, maimed, or killed. The Kyle/Yost run has been pretty non-stop in its action, which has divided opinion, but I’ve really enjoyed it. The "Quest for Magik" arc was a bit longer than it needed to be, but it made good use of all the minor mutants that populate the school, and that continues here, as the team adds a few new members, and several others are used to good effect. Really, some members of the team (Dust, for example), have less to do. Anyway, Cyclops and the teaching staff hold an astral plane conference and conclude that they have to do more, Rockslide outs Anole; only to find out that everyone already knew; Prodigy gets the Cuckoos to sort-of restore his past knowledge, becoming a badass and dumping Surge in the process; X-23 slashes herself up a bit, and then hangs out with Mercury and Dust, and kids all use Match’s head as a campfire, which is awesome. The arc ends with a bit of the ole foreshadowing the impending crossover (which, indeed, starts today).

    This two-issue story has been an effective rebuttal to people who say Kyle and Yost only do action.

    X-Men: Messiah CompleX #1

    This issue illustrates the profound double-edge of pre-release spoilers and hype on the internet. When the writing staff sat down and gamed out what was going to happen in each part of this crossover, the opening shot got delegated a fairly basic task: set up the parties (the X-Men, the Marauders, the Purifiers), and the main plot point (the birth of the first mutant baby since M-Day). That’s about it, really: the X-Men get beaten to the punch by both Sinister’s goons and Stryker’s genocidal maniacs, who massacre an entire town in the process of trying to kill the kid, whose whereabouts are now a mystery. If you’ve been following the very detailed advance word on this crossover, there’s not all that much new here. If you haven’t, then this story is fine. Brubaker has a firm grasp of story mechanics, and the characters who appear here (basically the AXM team with a few additions; the New X-Men and X-Factor are basically entirely absent, although Rockslide has a good line). I think my biggest issue with this issue is Marc Silvestri’s art, which really doesn’t suit the story; the grim massacre of an Alaskan town needs someone more realistic than him, and his facial expressions are pretty uniform (on the subject of uniforms, his renderings of White Queen and Lady Mastermind have them both on the verge of popping out at all times).

    Regardless, I’m excited for the story, which will hopefully give the X-books a shot in the arm. Much like JSA, let’s get on with it (unlike JSA, that happens next week, instead of a good month and a half from now).
     
  2. SouLeSS

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    Yeah right dude Starman is the ****.
     
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    So I'm kind of pissed that I bought 26 issues of Countdown, only to find out that this issue is basically a "this is what's happened in the past 26 issues, so there's really no need to buy them" issue. Oh, and it also has Donna calling Todd "Re-Todd" and Kyle right after going "LOL GOOD ONEZ DON!"

    /facepalm out of 10.
     
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    He just wants to get in her pants.
     
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    My shop sold out of X-Men: Messiah Complex before I got there. Nice to see I didn't miss anything. :up:

    Sub-Mariner #5 - This series started off strong but has staggered a bit since. Basically it's a six issue series that could've been told in five or even four issues. The urgency of the political thriller plot has been dulled and most of the cameos have seemed forced. Not entirely wasteful, but not entirely needed, either. The way this issue in particluar winds down, I fully expcected it to end even with an issue still to go. I'll grab the last one because I'm a tool.

    Special Forces #1 - Hands down, the pick of the week. Anything Kyle Baker does is aces, but this one he knocks out of the park. The story is literally ripped-from-the-headlines. The Army recruits an autistic boy. Tragic hilarity ensues. If you passed on this, do us both a favor and kick yourself firmly in the ass.

    Dynamo 5 #8 - The one question I have about this book, is how do these mothers not know their kids are Dynamo 5? I mean, they know they banged Captain Dynamo and they know there's now a group of young adults running around using his name and displaying his powers. Hello? Two and two, anyone? Hector and his mom sat there together and watched a news report of two of the D5 kids fighting a baddie and the bells in her head didn't start ringing? Stranger things have happened, I guess. That little nitpick aside, this book continues to rock my socks off. It's pretty much everything you can ask for in superhero book. It's colorful, suspensful, the characters are all great, there's mystery and the art's top notch. The trade's cheap. Get it.

    Tales of the Fear Agent #1
    - I said it the last time a Fear Agent book came out, and I'll say it again. Heath Huston is the best character in the past 10 years. Who doesn't love a grizzled, old drunk with a heart of rusted gold? This one's a one-shot by Remender and Eric [FONT=Verdana,Helvetica]Nguyen (the artist Remender created Strange Girl with) featuring Heath's adventure to a half burned out sun to save some kids and their gorgeous caretaker. Heath saves the day and bags the girl by the end. Again, I say: What's not to love?

    American Virgin #20 - The name on the cover says Ryan Kelly, but series artist Becky Cloonan actually did the art for this one. We're near the end and it's a shame because the book has never been better. For those that don't know, it's been cancelled due to low sales. Newsarama's still got Seagle's blog/letter/rant about how Dread's a dickbag for not being accepting of new ideas and/or trying out quality books because he's a sheep that reads what Marvel tells him to. Point is, the book is good and I'll miss it.

    Daredevil Annual #1 - Marvel's Annuals have been stepping it up recently. This is no exception. The art and story are both great and it's nice to know that the
    [/FONT]Black Tarantula will be a player in the coming months. Seeing him partner up with Matt in this issue was a lot fun.

    Annihilation Conquest: Quasar #4 - Because Corp demanded it, the savior of the Kree Empire is revealed to be [BLACKOUT]Adam Warlock[/BLACKOUT]. I'm glad. I like him. Although, this mini is still the worst thing Gage has ever done, in my opinion. Completely filler. :down

    Also picked up Mouse Guard: Winter of 1152 #2 and The Secret History #3-4. Those are examples of those quality books that Dread knows nothing about. I savor those on the weekends. :up: ;)
     
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    Iron Man #23 - the transition between Guice and De La Torre art isn't even noticable it's scary,anyways,the Knaufs keep up the quality of the book,Mandarin has never been so calm and calculating,Samson makes another well written appearance for the 2nd week in a row,and the Knaufs as usual capture Tony's isolation from others as of late and the constant burden of his position,good stuff

    JSA #10 - yet to read
     
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    How was Action, anybody

    Frank's pencils? Fit?
     
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    I agree about the mini been really disapointed but it but YAY! for [BLACKOUT]Warlock[/BLACKOUT].

    Is Mouse Guard: Winter of 1152 as good as Fall was so far?
     
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    His reveal certainly took me by surprise. :up:

    I think so, yeah.
     
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    Great issue the only down side to Action is how Perry treats Clark now. I mean it is like they threw their friendship and history away.
     
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    Because they did. Apparently, Jimmy is back to being the coffee runner.
     
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    Annihilation: Conquest: Quasar #4
    Decent ending to a fairly mediocre mini, especially for Gage. Long story short: Phyla leads those people she worked her butt off saving last issue to certain death against the Phalanx, then ditches them and Moondragon in the heat of battle to fight the Super-Adaptoid. She reabsorbs some of the quantum energy he stole from her bands and pummels his ass with imagination, kind of like those green dudes over at DC. Wendell reappears, his consciousness apparently a part of the quantum bands, for like 3 seconds before assuring Phyla she'll make a good Quasar and then disappearing into the void in order to purge Annihilus' influence from the bands. Phyla finds that the Supreme Intelligence is the one who sent her on her mission--or, rather, his spirit, since he's dead as a doornail. Phyla and Moondragon pop open the assimilation device and find a cocoon Moondragon recognizes, which obviously means the savior is Adam Warlock.

    I'm not sure if PJ's comment means I said Warlock would be cool or something, but if I did, I recant it. Warlock sucks. I wanted Genis, goddamnit. :cmad:

    Other than that, not a terrible issue. This issue and the first issue were the best of this mini, and, really, the only genuinely good ones. The middle two issues were almost complete filler rehashing the same melodrama between Phyla and Moondragon and Phyla having doubts about her Quasardom. They could've appended Moondragon's transformation to the end of #1 or, better yet, not done it at all, and those two middle issues would've been utter wastes.

    Oh well, at least Mike Lilly's art was great all the way through.
     
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    Sarcasm is lost on you. :(
     
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    Only if it references conversations from like 2 weeks ago. My memory doesn't go back more than a few minutes. Like a fish.
     
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    You remember you hate Adam Warlock?
     
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    The feelings returned to me when I got to the last couple pages of Quasar.
     
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    It happens. That page was still the best page in the entire issue, though. Lilly signed his name at the bottom for a reason.
     
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    I liked the page where Phyla manifested a ton of quantum constructs simultaneously. That was the moment I thought, "Maybe she'll be a decent Quasar after all."
     
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    Corp got WARLOCKED!

    :dry:
     
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    That doesn't even make sense. :confused:
     
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    Oh sorry, I mean WARL0Ck3D!:huh: :dry:
     
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    The Wendell cameo did that for me. If Wendell backs her, she's good enough for me. :up:
     
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    The Wendell thing seemed way too shoehorned in for my liking. He's there for like a page and then gone for good. Kind of lame.

    Justice Society of America #10
    All right, as much as I *****ed about KC Supes coming over into New Earth (which I still think is a bad idea better left undone), this issue was actually pretty good. It felt like old-school Johns, weaving together elements of various stories and characters to create a new and interesting way of looking at all of them in a more cohesive manner.

    Basically, the long and short of it is this: KC Superman is set up as the anti-Earth-2 Superman. Basically, where Earth-2 Supes (and the rest of the havenites) looked at New Earth and saw nothing but chaos and darkness, KC Supes sees a world far better off than his own. I like that conceit. It gives KC Superman a firm perspective and more of a reason to stick around than just because Johns digs him. I personally don't think the JSA needs a Superman since they've got Alan Scott, but KC Supes at least has something of a place set out for him with this issue.

    Also, the subplot emerging is kind of cool in that it hearkens back to Johns and Goyer's reintroduction of the JSA back in the previous volume's first arc. It was Mordru running around killing off random characters back then, and the new guy has a similar MO. It's been a while since the last Mordru throwdown, and this time the JSA doesn't have a Dr. Fate to help them out, so it'd be cool with me if it were Mordru again. But I suspect that's too obvious, which says "red herring" to me. Whoever it is, I'm looking forward to JSA's next issue for the first time in a while, so that's a plus.
     
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    Gone for good? Didn't he explicitly say he'd be back?
     
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    Did he? I thought he didn't have time to answer any questions or talk much because he had to boot Annihilus out of the bands and he'd have to go with him.

    Although, given that he himself says that he's already died a bunch of times, I wouldn't be surprised if he does come back. Maybe that guy on the cover of AC #3 is Wendell after all.
     

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