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Bought/Thought for 9/13/06: Spoilers Contained Within! Etc...

GNR4Life said:
Planet Hulk kicked ass this week.

Damn straight...the spikes, this is gonna get VERY interesting next issue. May also explain the cover to issue 100 as opposed to annihilation being involved

might bust my bought /thought cherry while I'm here :o

other stuff:

Ultimate x-men

2 issues of build up...where was the climax, very dissapointed in this one. I expect more from kirkman 5/10 (purely for the art's sake :))

New X-men

Superb, humour tension, an ingenious plan from forge and still the rugrats manage to **** it up. I'm loving this book at the moment and that last page, I'm looking forward to them explaining that one next issue! 8/10 :word:

Civil War Files

Crackin, lots of good info, confirmation of certain things I wasn't 100% on and also... A CIVIL WAR TITLE WITH A PRO-REG SLANT :wow: If battle damage report meets the standard this set I'll definately be buying it 9/10

Overall a top week but then again I don't buy bad books :p

(insert sarcastic darthphere comment here)
 
Bought:

Definitive Shi, Vol. 1
Green Lantern/Green Arrow, Vol. 2
Essential Hulk, Vol. 4
Civil War Files
Ms. Marvel #7
Claws #2
Wolverine - Origins #6
Captain America #21
Incredible Hulk #98
New X-Men #30
Ultimate X-Men #74
Annihilation #2
Thunderbolts #106
52 - Week Nineteen
Martian Manhunter #2
Firestorm #29
DMZ #11
Green Lantern #13
Green Lantern Corps #4
Girls #17
The Escapists #3

Plus, Amazing Adventures #18,25,26,29,32,35,&37 for 20 cents a piece!

First Thoughts:

Civil War Files: Of all the handbook style books that Marvel has come out with, this is my least favorite. Previous handbooks have given much better bios of pretty much everyone included in this issue, and even though it's from the standpoint of Tony Stark, it reads kind of bland...just like Iron Man. Worse yet, the files aren't very thorough, as many of the participants in this event are just given a little picture at the back of the book stating whether they've registered or not. (Plus, some pictures might give away books you haven't read yet.) 6/10

Ms. Marvel #7: Since Civil War began, this title has gotten much better. The first two stories really weren't that good; but, teaming Carol up with Simon Williams just seems like a perfect fit. Plus, having her possibly teaching Arana to be a better hero in future issues would be something to give her character more depth and compasssion. Add in to this issue the fact that it also features my favorite Spider-Woman, Julia Carpenter, I enjoyed it quite a bit. (Loved the Dazzler shirt, too, BTW.) My only complaint is the artist's representation of Arana. He draws her as if she were about 12 years old, not turning 16. She reminded me too much of the youngest Runaway...but, that's really a small gripe to an almost perfect issue. 9/10

Claws #2: Actually, I read both issues 1 & 2 together, and wasn't too thrilled with them. The biggest drawback is the art. I think this might be the worst drawing of The Black Cat I've ever seen. She's one of the sexiest women in the Marvel Universe, yet she's drawn more like she's fresh out of a Josie and the Pussycats comic. There is just nothing sensual or seduction about this cat. And, while the script isn't God awful, it just seems to be an excuse to have Wolverine and Black Cat team up. In a few months, nobody will be remembering this miniseries. 6/10

Wolverine - Origins #6: This has to be one of the biggest disappointments of the year. While people can argue about whether they liked the first Origin miniseries that reveals who Logan really is, the promise that this book would be about more revelations just falls flat. It's just another book with a current storyline with small flashbacks from Logan's past. And, the flashbacks feel as if they are being made up while the writer is telling the story. For me, Logan's history should be well thought out. With Origin, the writer knew the story he wanted to tell, he had it all take place in Logan's past, and (for me at least) it all made sense. Daniel Way just seems to be making up stuff, not to explain Wolverine's origin, but to further whatever story he wants to tell. I wanted an Origin book to be about Wolverine's past, and just that. This is just another Wolverine book. As Ebert and Roper would say, Big Thumbs Down. 6/10

Captain America #21: Thank God for Captain America! After reading that terrible Wolverine issue, I got a story that makes sense. This is more than just a four part story...the writer, Ed Brubaker, is laying the groundwork for an epic confrontation between the Red Skull and Captain America, all the while, giving us on of the best supporting cast of characters in comics today. This just feels like he had everything layed out since issue #1, where we were shown the Red Skull's death. The return of Bucky is really starting to feel right, the various threads are starting to all come together (like with Crossbones and the Red Skull's Daughter), and this is probably the only writer (besides Slott) who could get me excited about seeing Spitfire and Union Jack. 10/10

Incredible Hulk #98: You know, I don't know why, but I'm not enjoying Planet Hulk as much as I think I should be. I can't put my finger on it, but I just don't jump at the chance to read the next issue. I think it might be because the story hasn't progressed much, that it's the Hulk going from one thing to another, and the real stuff won't get good until we see Hulk back on Earth and very pissed. Don't get me wrong, I still think it's better than a lot of the Hulk stories I've read in the past. I like the new group of characters, I love that Hulk is doing something different for once....but, there is just something not clicking for me. 8/10

New X-Men #30: After Decimation, this was my favorite title; but, the Nimrod story is just so-so for me. This book is best when it's got the drama between the team members, and this current team isn't clicking with me. (Or, are they clicking too much?) For one thing, they are drawn more like they're in their 20's. And, secondly, it's just another X-Team book now. Hopefully after Nimrod, they get back on track. New X-Men has never about getting alone...it's been about the differences between the characters and their emotions to one another and the things happening around them. 7/10

Ulimate X-Men #74: Ever think you've enjoyed a week, but then, after writing your reviews, find out how disappointed you were in it? Maybe it's because I had Cap and Annihilation be such standouts. Anyway, Ultimate X-Men was starting to get a little better, it seemed...but, this 3-part story just sunk all that. It's so bad, the ending isn't even an ending....and, the Xavier speech was really too much...and, the villians (?) speech cemented the stupidity of the story. The reader comes away thinking, "Why did I even bother?" Plus, the forced romance between Xaview and Lilandra seems just that...forced. (And, the most exciting part with the confrontation between Peter and Nightcrawler is a little late, after events from Ultimate X-Men Annual #2.) 3/10

Annihilation #2: If you haven't been reading Annihilation or all it's previous tie-ins (allll the way back to Drax The Destroyer miniseries that I bragged about last year), you're missing one of the best events to come out of Marvel in a while. (In fact, I think I'm more excited about this than I am Civil War.) What makes this great is the way it has so many characters, so many things happening throughout the book, that the loyal Marvel fan is being vastly rewarded. This book is so good that the art has totally grown on me, and I couldn't imagine the story being told without Devito's images. I'm just so excited about seeing some of my favorite characters returning finally, like Gamora, Starlord, and Thanos. Plus, the best part is that this series is very unpredictable. Anyone could die at a moment's notice....and, I really am clueless how this is going to turn out. I'm sure Thanos is just using this to further his own means, but I haven't got it figured out at all. I love it! 10/10

Essential Hulk, Vol. 4: Another great Essential volume! We get more of Hulk's lost love, Jarella...plus, the trial of the Hulk. You really can't do any better than Marvel's Essentials. 10/10

Definitive Shi, Vol. 1: And, if you want a better example of how much better Marvel does it, just check out this collection that apes the Essential books. Originally $24.99 (WOW, for Black and White, too), I picked it up on a trade paperback sale at my local comic shop for $10.00. The paper is very subpar, and the ink is charcoal in color, making it difficult to read. Even at $10.00, this tpb isn't worth it. The makers of this book should be ashamed they even imagined getting 24.99 for it, it's in such cheap condition. 3/10

Green Lantern/Green Arrow, Vol. 2 Another tpb on sale, I got it for only 6.95. That was a steal I couldn't pass up. I've read these classic stories before, and recommend them for anyone who wants to read some of the best stuff written in the early 70's. 10/10
 
Been reading CIVIL WAR FILES and naturally they're from Iron Man's perspective. It's a good read and one of the rare CW titles, aside for MS. MARVEL, in which you get a sense that there are "two sides" to the story and the pro-SHRA side aren't just fascist a-holes, as is the impression in the main title as well as some of the tie-ins, like FRONTLINE, NA, or YA/RUNAWAYS (plus, siding with the obviously bigotted Lazer in CW: XM doesn't make them look good either). In mean in CW FILES, Iron Man sometimes sounds pained to have to go after his old teammates, whereas in, say, the last issue of NEW AVENGERS, he all but relished setting up Drew for SHIELD and backstabbing her. As much as the editorial team would like this event to not just be a knee-jerk reaction to everything conservative since 9/11, it has come off that way for about 80% of the titles. And that makes the story less interesting. I mean, if it's going to be that one-sided, I'd rather they just fight Red Skull for the 100th time, y'know? So the Files are good.

I don't read HULK, sorry fellas. I never really was a fan of the Hulk and I only read the core title in the past because mom used to subscribe for years. Just never been big on the character. He's physically unbeatable and that usually bores the hell out of me. I don't have much against him and I get what he's supposed to stand for, which is rage.

And I agree, Kirkman seems stretched thin on ULTIMATE X-MEN. The annual was his best issue but the run on the core title started going a bit downhill by his 3rd issue. Hopefully he improves, but I am NOT looking foward to time travel and Cable. Carey also is off to a rocky start in UFF himself, drowning the first issue of his run in alien gibberish that means nada to us Earthlings. Man, what I wouldn't have given to keep Vaughan & Millar on those titles, respectively. Vaughan really overhauled the book from cynicism with his 1.5 years on it, and Millar's UFF was grossly underrated.

Part of me was a little disappointed that Shroud got collared so easily in MS. MARVEL #7, but he was fightin' Wonder Man, who is far from a pushover (he's usually the Avenger that gets thrown at stuff when Thor or Hercules are busy), so it wasn't a big deal. I'm liking his relationship to Julia Carpenter (a character I admit I only give a damn about because of the IRON MAN cartoon of the 90's, the second season of which was excellent). And I agree that the title seems to be a prelude to Mighty Avengers, but that only helps matters and justify the book.

And ANNIHILATION rocks. I'm really liking, amung other things, Thanos' redesign. His old blue/orange suit made him look a little goofy at times (just look at the MARVEL SUPERHEROES Capcom game if you don't believe me) but he's been redesigned as of last year and I think it's much stronger, and fitting. He's Marvel's answer to Darkseid, and he shouldn't look goofy. Period. He no longer does.

Plus, as while Nova is seemingly guarenteed to live now that he has an ongoing coming, you can't say the same for the rest. Plus, it's straightfoward. There's no political hogwash, no friends punching friends and then getting emo about it, no. You just have a nasty force gathering together to take over the universe, and the various characters are forced into alliances to not get gobbled up, and fight a losing battle. Everyone loves underdogs. And when a team that has Firelord and Ronan can be called underdogs, that's somethin'.
 
Dread, why aren't you reading one of the best books Marvel is putting out, Captain America???
 
Phaedrus45 said:
Dread, why aren't you reading one of the best books Marvel is putting out, Captain America???
1). Simular to why I'm not reading PLANET HULK, I just was never really interested in Capt. America in a solo title. Unlike Hulk, I never had a relative who got a subscription so I could read it for free. I have nothing against the character, I just was never interested enough to buy his main title. Sort of like SHE-HULK, which I am sure is also good.

2). At this point I would have to buy at least two hardcovers or trades to catch up, and there are no end of trades and titles I'd like to buy period, and I never have enough disposable funds right now, especially at the start of a semester when texts average $80 and up a pop. I mean there are a gazillion trades I'd like to get but never have the cash for, CA is merely one of them. There's INVINCIBLE, there's DRAX, there's MARVELS (I've read it, don't own it), and many more.

3). Honestly, the very thought of spending time on trades to catch up on many titles is daunting and never happens. I've wanted to catch up on INVINCIBLE for over a year, since before the first hardcover came out (now there's 2). Some of the gang pitched a few FLASH trades, but the odds of me suddenly going out and buying 7 of them, especially with Johns gone and done from the title, ain't likely. But the more of it there is to read and buy, the less I am interested. It's the bane of the storyarc. Would I be interested in reading them if they were, say, for free in a library? You bet. Do I want to spend $50 on two hardcovers to catch up? Eh, not as eager right now.
 
It was awesome to find out that Buck's been in contact with
Fury
.
 
Dread said:
1). Simular to why I'm not reading PLANET HULK, I just was never really interested in Capt. America in a solo title. Unlike Hulk, I never had a relative who got a subscription so I could read it for free. I have nothing against the character, I just was never interested enough to buy his main title. Sort of like SHE-HULK, which I am sure is also good.

2). At this point I would have to buy at least two hardcovers or trades to catch up, and there are no end of trades and titles I'd like to buy period, and I never have enough disposable funds right now, especially at the start of a semester when texts average $80 and up a pop. I mean there are a gazillion trades I'd like to get but never have the cash for, CA is merely one of them. There's INVINCIBLE, there's DRAX, there's MARVELS (I've read it, don't own it), and many more.

3). Honestly, the very thought of spending time on trades to catch up on many titles is daunting and never happens. I've wanted to catch up on INVINCIBLE for over a year, since before the first hardcover came out (now there's 2). Some of the gang pitched a few FLASH trades, but the odds of me suddenly going out and buying 7 of them, especially with Johns gone and done from the title, ain't likely. But the more of it there is to read and buy, the less I am interested. It's the bane of the storyarc. Would I be interested in reading them if they were, say, for free in a library? You bet. Do I want to spend $50 on two hardcovers to catch up? Eh, not as eager right now.

http://www.demonoid.com/files/details/390909/?show_files=1&page=1&ref=1158274051#file_list

Download these, then once you're hooked (and you will be), start buying the issues. I think this download goes up to issue 19 (We are on volume 5 right?), so you might want to download issue 20 and maybe even this weeks 21, but I have a feeling you'll read them all in time to rush out and buy it.
This is actually one of those times when it's good to download. Do so without guilt (that's an order!), because it's not like you COULD buy them but can't be bothered, you actually have a valid (and, once again, well articulated) excuse.

You'll need a bittorrent client first if you don't have one. http://a.scarywater.net/torrent/clients/ or just google for some.
 
MyPokerShirt said:
http://www.demonoid.com/files/details/390909/?show_files=1&page=1&ref=1158274051#file_list

Download these, then once you're hooked (and you will be), start buying the issues. I think this download goes up to issue 19 (We are on volume 5 right?), so you might want to download issue 20 and maybe even this weeks 21, but I have a feeling you'll read them all in time to rush out and buy it.
This is actually one of those times when it's good to download. Do so without guilt (that's an order!), because it's not like you COULD buy them but can't be bothered, you actually have a valid (and, once again, well articulated) excuse.

You'll need a bittorrent client first if you don't have one. http://a.scarywater.net/torrent/clients/ or just google for some.
Thanks, but I can't DL stuff on this comp because it's not actually mine. It also has administrator locks on that I can't break. It's no big deal.
 
Happy Birthday to Doc...Happy Birthday to Doc...ah, damn I'm old.

GRATS ROACH! Very nice :)

Okay comics...well, had to buy them up here in Canada, so I missed a few.

Dug 52 as always, I'm really liking Claws (White Rabbit and Arcade together? How can you go wrong?) and I'd say Green Lantern was my POTW! Crunchy blow-em-up cosmic space stuff. And the ending was grim, what with the
Guardians all chanting 52 and Guy being relegated to watching SBP!

Write more when I get back. Man, modems just SUCK.
 
Doc Destruction said:
Happy Birthday to Doc...Happy Birthday to Doc...ah, damn I'm old.

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Hmm... I haven't had time to get to the comic shop for any of the new stuff yet. Suppose I shouldn't have read the Planet Hulk summary. Basically, all I can say about the new stuff is that Mystique and Iceman don't actually hook up. But nobody is surprised by that.
 
Hulk #97-We get to know the Shadow chick more and understand her story.Mostly setup for the battle next issue,but I appreciate Pak's ability to pack so much into every issue since #92.Sure it's a 14 issue epic,but there's no typical decompression in any of the issues so far.People are going to be eating up these back issues when WWH hits next year,you watch.

Cap #21-The moments with Cap and Buck were great.I can't wait for these 2 to sit down and talk.Glad to hear that Bucko is working for a certain underground colonel.This has to be the best art to come out on a monthly basis,Epting and D'Armata are killing it.

Justice League of America #0 and #1-Had some extra cash and decided to pick these up.I could understand regular readers of DC becoming frustrated with the whole interaction between Bats,Supes and WW.I bet it has been done to death.But for a new reader like me,WOW.Meltzer sure as hell knows how to write these guys and get into their heads.I really enjoyed the looks into the future,especially the death of Pa Kent.Meltzer really pulls of the fact that these 3 powerhouses are friends first and foremost.At first I wasn't too psyched about Arsenal,Vixen and Black Lightning being on the team.But after reading these 2 issues,I'm sold.Red Tornado's ordeal was pretty touching as well at the end with him going home to his family.The caption boxes on that page were the icing on the cake.This title is officially on my pull list.If Meltzer can pull off great character interaction like this,I can't wait for what else he has in store.Familiar territory,yet very fresh and exciting.
 
MyPokerShirt said:
Of being undercover. He called Fury and told him he wanted to come out. Not a gay reference.

And Dread, the Iron Man cartoon was, indeed, awesome. I hated it as a kid, but I got hooked on the re-runs a few years after.
 
hippy fascist said:
(insert sarcastic darthphere comment here)

Darthphere is a sarcastic coment in itself. :yay:

:csad:
 
It's less smelly than being sodomy incarnate.:csad:
 
Phaedrus45 said:
Annihilation #2: If you haven't been reading Annihilation or all it's previous tie-ins (allll the way back to Drax The Destroyer miniseries that I bragged about last year), you're missing one of the best events to come out of Marvel in a while. (In fact, I think I'm more excited about this than I am Civil War.) What makes this great is the way it has so many characters, so many things happening throughout the book, that the loyal Marvel fan is being vastly rewarded. This book is so good that the art has totally grown on me, and I couldn't imagine the story being told without Devito's images. I'm just so excited about seeing some of my favorite characters returning finally, like Gamora, Starlord, and Thanos. Plus, the best part is that this series is very unpredictable. Anyone could die at a moment's notice....and, I really am clueless how this is going to turn out. I'm sure Thanos is just using this to further his own means, but I haven't got it figured out at all. I love it! 10/10

Yeah, I think Thanos will be the reason Annihilus gets defeated. It's just insane to see Galactus help captive and defeated like that :eek: Also, with the arrival of The Centurions and the United Front being SEVERELY outnumbered, I dunno how they're living through this fight. Excellent mini so far though. :up:
 
Hello everyone,

I'm doing a recruitment drive, and there are so many people who give their reviews every week that I'd love to see get involved in our contest, open to anyone and everyone who is willing to give about 5 months of their time. I start out with the bad, which is the commitment you'd be willing to take, to let you know the positive: The fun and a chance to win prizes in the form of comics or DVDs based on comics. The grand prize hasn't been determined yet, but last year the grand prize winner got a copy of the first appearance of Gambit and a bunch of other X-Men comics from the same time period. The value of that grand prize was almost $400.00. Along the way, 5 other prizes are given out, letting the winners get a chance in helping to choose 25 or more comics they'd like to have sent to them. These prizes are given out from my vast collection of doubles...of which I have way too many.

If you are interested, check out the link below:

http://www.superherohype.com/forums/...d.php?t=250260

The contest is identical to Sparta's Marvel Comics Character Contest, except 512 pre-selected characters are put into a tournament, divided into 8 brackets, and every winner gets to advance to the next round. The characters are divided between the contestants evenly and randomly. All you have to do is commit to giving at least one paragraph for each of your contestants, and why you believe he/she should advance, and then you vote every week. If you want to see an example of last year, just check out the following thread:

http://www.superherohype.com/forums/...d.php?t=189744

Thanks so much for reading. It's really a great way to get involved in The Hype that doesn't really take that much thought. Plus, from what I learned Season 1, you get to know some of your fellow hypers really well, and you can make some good friends. (Just expect some fights to break out. We want it civil...but, things do get kind of heated when you have two contestants who really love their characters and believe they could beat the snot out of the other players.)

Thanks,

Phaedrus45
 
BOUGHT:
52 #19
ANNIHILATION #2
BATMAN LODK #210
CAPTAIN AMERICA #21
CIVIL WAR FILES
CLAWS #2
DMZ #11
GREEN LANTERN #13
INCREDIBLE HULK #98
MARTIAN MANHUNTER #2
MS. MARVEL #7
NEW EXCALIBUR #11
NEW X-MEN #30
THUNDERBOLTS #106
ULTIMATE X-MEN #74
WOLVERINE ORIGINS #6

THOUGHT:
52 #19 - Lobo a holy man? Yowsa. Skeets an evil SOB? Double yowsa. This series is really taking what little I know about the DCU and making me realize everything I may know is wrong. Is it next week yet?

ANNIHILATION #2 - The calm before the storm. The art is great as usual (Gamora was smoking last issue, BTW) and the story is really compelling. I'm not much for the space stories (which is why I can't get into Planet Hulk) but this one is nullifying all those restrictions for me. The only thing I can't say I'm too thrilled about is Thanos' return to evil. I dug his series and his whole road to redemption. Ah well, guess it was inevitable.

BATMAN LODK #210 - The mystery deepens. Just when it looks like Bats has a clue, it turns out to a dead end. This painting style is stunning. Why the hell can DC do a painted book on time while Marvel ended up taking over a year to finish one story?

CAPTAIN AMERICA #21 - Cap and Bucky together again! A nice end to the story and a good lead-in to Cap's Civil War activities. Love to see how Bru tackles Cap's side of things. Plus, allusion to Nick Fury? What kind of role is he gonna play in this war I wonder? Can't wait.

CIVIL WAR FILES - A handbook told in Tony Stark style. It's content doesn't even matter...I just love how readily this info is made to us these days.

CLAWS #2 - Arcade and the White Rabbit? Comedic villains whose appearances usually have me rolling. This time around? Not so much. The art's kinda meh and the story really comes off as an excuse to team these two up. The only major plus for me? Wolvie is actually using his brains and animalistic skills for once. Something rare in comics these days. Continuity plus is Cat's mention of meeting Arcade.

DMZ #11 - Zee's backstory here. Definitely fleshed out the character and gave some nice insight to the early days of the war.

GREEN LANTERN #13 - Hal gets his girl back and delivers a major whupping to Cyborg Supes before blowing up his planet. An all-out action issue with some stunning art. I was never much of a GL reader before, but if the series keeps on like this story did, I may just have to become a regular.

MARTIAN MANHUNTER #2 - Martian, Martian, Martian. A whole mess of Martians on Earth now, and looks like J'onzz is becoming a bit of an anti-hero. Seems decent so far, see how it gets about halfway through.

MS. MARVEL #7 - About the only thing I didn't like was how Aran looked in this issue. After seeing her done a certain way for so many issues, a different look just didn't do it. Other than that, one hell of an issue. Nice to see Spider-Woman II back in action again...even if it's running from the supposed "good guys".

NEW EXCALIBUR #11 - The team goes back in time (sans DeLorean) to help out King Arthur's court. Not too bad a story, a lot more comprehensible than Claremont's were. Little extra focus on Juggie this time around, and I'm hoping this doesn't mean the rumors I've heard about him aren't true.

NEW X-MEN #30 - Forge manages to trap Nimrod, but the team accidentally lets him out, resulting in the first Marvel explosion of the week. Pretty good story, gonna love to see how these rookies take on a threat that gave the big guys more than their fair share of trouble back in the day.

THUNDERBOLTS #106 - And explosion #2 when we learn there's probably quadruple-crosses going on. A story where you don't know what's going on, but in the good way.

ULTIMATE X-MEN #74 - Meh. A lackluster finale at best whose suspense was kinda killed by the release of the annual a week earlier. I'm kind of reminded why I stopped reading this title. Ah well.

WOLVERINE ORIGINS #6 - Story is slow as hell, but I love that Wolvie is showing off his skills as mentioned earlier. In recent years he's become all claws and no style. Nice to see a return to that. Still not feeling the artwork, though, but Quesada's covers are amazing.
 
Wolverine25th style:

Bought:

ESCAPISTS #3
52 #19
GREEN ARROW #66
ANNIHILATION #2
CAPTAIN AMERICA #21
CIVIL WAR FILES
INCREDIBLE HULK #98
MS MARVEL #7 CW
ULTIMATE X-MEN #74

Thought"

ESCAPISTS #3 Escapists is shaping up to be one of my favorite stories in a long time. This book is so good, and the way they used the inking part of the book was a great touch. I can't recommend this any more, just go get it! 10/10


52 #19 "Another week, another...." yes you get the point, another solid issue. Skeets is up to something *que sinister music* and Lobo is a....er pope? Animal Man gets an origin story here, loving this. 8/10

GREEN ARROW #66 Best OYL book IMO, this issue is the second of the new arc, and we finally learn what happened to GA and how he survived. Turns out, he was brought to a remote island by Conner after being saved by civilians of Star City. He trains on the Island, and then hunts down the guy who trained Deathstroke so that he can recieve training by him. An excellent issue, but one thing really bugged me. In 52 #14 I believe, we saw Queen with Hal and Ralph. He appeared fine, no signs of injury.:confused: In this issue, we are told he spent his missing year on an island? 8/10

ANNIHILATION #2 Man this book is awesome. It has an epic baatle scale to it, I just loved it. Really thick issue, dailogue heavy, and Galactus....:wow: ....

Love the last two page spread, Nova and Company are going to have one tough fight ahead of them. 9/10

CAPTAIN AMERICA #21 Steve Epting, this guy's art is amazing. He needs to be on more books. Bucky and Cap together again, this issue was great. The end with Buck telling Fury that he is going to need a new arm was awesome. 9/10


INCREDIBLE HULK #98 The Shadow chick/lady w/e is trying to hunt down Hulk so the Emperor won't get to him and use him (like he could), they fight, this was mainly set up. Weakest issue of the story line, but don't let that stop you. This book on its down days is better than alot of other crap out there. 7/10


Ms. Marvel #7 This book actuall tries to show the pro-reg's side of view, and that they are not total bad guys. This book has got way better due to the tie-ins, and her teaming up with Simon is perfect. 8/10

ULTIMATE X-MEN #74 Dear God. This book sucks. Whats up Kirkman? I know you are a great writer, why are you doing this? I have a soft spot for Ultimate X-men, but you are driving even me to my limits. I want to drop this. :csad: 3/10
 
Civil War Files
Just to get it out of the way, yes, this thing completely reads like a damned myspace entry.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006 tonysIrMan616 wrote...

still fighting war. why wont tehy agree with me:(? stEve is teh tstupid.

bishop told said he had plans. i Listend. hes smart because he Agrees with me

Reed called me stupid coz i did his wife 345789435978x. DUM RUBBERMAN:mad:! i spikd his punch wiht robatessen.

agent Hill is caling kthxbye

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With that said, I think that sort of "personalness" also really works to this book's advantage. We've all seen dozens upon dozens of bibliographies with varying degrees of accuracy on all of these mofos. What makes this one stand out, therefore, is not any particular insight into these characters per se, but rather insight into these characters from the perspective of Tony. We learn more about him and his characterizations in this book than we ever actually learn about the people he's talking about.

One of the things that I find interesting -- perhaps not interesting good, but interesting nonetheless -- is how consistent they're keeping Tony's personality. And by personality, I mean that Tony doesn't trust his enemies and yet he obviously doesn't trust his friends very much either; he thoroughly questions the motives of almost everyone on his team, from Reed ("So what if he's been my staunchest supporter from day one?") to She-Hulk ("She doesn't see the big picture! We need to see the big picture! Big! Picture!") to Hank Pym ("How shall I manipulate his emotions to my advantage? Hmm.") to the Sentry ("After I deal with this, I'll have to deal with him."). And of course, Spidey.

Oh yeah, and he finds it "surprising" that the Mutant Registration Act was defeated and considers the new Sentinels to be "brilliant"...take that however you will.

We may not like this personality, but it's there and it's consistent at the least. A lot of people compare Tony's increasing paranoia and dickery to the sort of know-it-all paranoia and manipulations that Batman obtained throughout the past ten or fifteen years, and I agree that the comparisons are there. Batman as a character just got darker and meaner and more unlikeable and emotionally crippled to the point where almost all his writers unanimously agreed that something had to be done about it. A notable difference between Batman's spiral and Iron Man's, however, is in the details. Batman's train of thought seemed to go something like "These are powerful people, and power corrupts, so they can't be trusted. Evidence includes mindwipes and neck-snapping" Tony's train of thought seems to go something like "No one sees this situation as clearly as I do, so no one can be completely trusted. Evidence includes Disassembled, House of M, and Stamford." His continued distrust towards people who agree with him already says a lot. Batman kept his plans secretive because he knew no one would agree with him, but continues to surround himself with the very people he distrusts. Tony passionately wants everyone to agree with him and is preaching his ideas far and wide, but is even still keeping people at arm's length. It's an interesting reversal. It took the universe fcking itself up the bum to get Batman to unlax already. Hopefully, Tony will come around easier.

(oh, and as a note to Tony: Marvel Girl's been calling herself Rachel Grey now, not Summers)

(8 out of 10)


52 Week 10
A lot of revelations and clues this week. Storyline is dragging...a bit...but still, the anticipation level is sky-high.

I didn't notice that the arrow of "HIS FAULT!" was pointing at Skeets and not Booster until someone pointed it out to me. I don't really like Skeets being evil. It's not really a "twist" because there's so many conspiracy theories out there about this series and its storylines that it's hard to say anything really surprises us anymore. For example, people were saying from the very getgo that Supernova might turn out to be Conner. I personally don't believe that he is, but the point is that angle's already being covered by the fandom. I worry about this series all of a sudden making a turn for the "OMG what SHOCKS will we reveal THIS WEEK!!!?!?!?!!?:eek::eek:" road that folks like, oh say, Bendis might regale in. Man, just tell good stories. That's all it takes. You've all been doing an excellent job so far, let's not spoil it at this point.

But really, "good person turning ambiguously villainy" is overdone at this point. Especially concerning the JLI crew. I'm still excited for this book, but I worry.

(7 out of 10)


Green Lantern Corps #4
Wow, it's only been four issues of this book? It feels like so much has happened.

This issue contained good old-fashioned slapstick tomfoolery with Guy Gardner on his vacation planet ending with a good old-fashioned unexpected cliffhanger. It's got great scenes and great dialogue and doesn't pretend to be anything else.

There's some bit of serious stuff, too, concerning the Isamot and Vath and their duties to their personal lives vs their duties as a Lantern. It's good stuff, making me care about these "secondary" characters as much as I'd care about the established "leads" like Guy and Kilowog.

(8 out of 10)


Green Arrow #66
Really interesting issue. I'm one of those who really like Ollie's recent turn for badassery, and it's nice to see how it came down. Last year, Ollie got his ass kicked up and down the street, and now he's taking it all back. There's a sense of a story arc here, of past events influencing current ones and character history actually mattering, which I always really like in a book. I rag on Judd a lot for his more blatant writing issues, but the way he writes their training and the dialogue of the "masters" was all very fluid, very believable, and very involving.

But at this point in the game, we're seeing a lot of continuity problems between this and 52. In 52, Connor and Ollie were not only well and present at the unveiling of the Superman/Superboy statue in week one, but Ollie was just fine and back in his old costume and back in Star City after about a month. At present time in 52, Ollie was already campaigning for mayor. It really shouldn't bother me that much, but as I've said before...when DC is so tight with continuity in most other respects, small instances like this and Shadowpact become all the more glaring.

(8.5 out of 10)


Martian Manhunter #2
Hmm. Second issue. What to say?

There's nothing really wrong with this book. There's action and intrigue and suspense and good dialogue (mostly) and good art and all that. J'onn's a bit more hardcore and angry, but nothing off-putting. Well, almost nothing off-putting; I'm not as against superheroes killing as most, even if I prefer that they don't, but what I'm especially against is someone like J'onn, who had a very grounded sense of morals and appreciation of life and abhorrence towards violence of any kind, all of a sudden not seeming to care. That's not something that simple anger could explain. That's not a change in character that simply feeling betrayed could fully justify.

That last line is a bit weird, too. "Of all the human emotions I have observed, revenge is the only one not foreign to my people"?? Wtf? Did you even read that out loud before you wrote it down? That means that only revenge connects the broad emotional spectrum of Martians and humans. So happiness is foreign to Martians? Sadness? Fear? Excitement? This is the guy who said to Kyle just last year, "remember that sentient beings throughout the galaxy have more similarities than differences." This issue gets points taken off just for that line of sloppiness.

(6.9 out of 10)
 

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