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Monday, May 31, 2004

Super-fast-quick-fire-ultra-rapid Reviews 

Because Daddy is a little hung, children, and still has to go to work today...yet for some reason still feels the need to tear down the hard work of other people, who are certainly geniuses, just unappreciated by the maddening crowd.

Authority: Move Kev #1: Wrong...just wrong. Funny...but wrong.

Ultimate X-Men #46: Ultimate Mr. Sinister=Ultimate X-Men officially jumping the shark (or your choice of over-used phrase to indicate that a concept has become worn and tired).

Caper #8: But, when I go to the club, they have an official "NO PHOTOS" policy...I mean, great art, ending seems a little contrived.

Conan #4: What is not to love?

JLA #99: I still maintain that it's a lettering error, and Byrne is just trying to cover his back.

Promethea #30: Treads very similair ground to Morrison's Doom Patrol, but approaches it from a very different angle and towards a very different end.

Supreme Power #10: I've seen Eros comics with less nuditivity.

Secret War #2: So, was Wolverine acting drunk for some reason that was never explained, or did Bendis not read the character bio in the back of this very book which clearly states the Wolverine is immune to alcohol? Speaking of those character bios, there's a good explanation of much of Peter Parker's motivations as a character there, but it would have been much more effective to have that kind of info stated in the comic itself.

Astonishing X-Men #1: Looks pretty. Reads like one of the over-hyped and ultimatly less-than-exciting typical Buffy episode. And Whedon appears to be making the mutant=gay metaphor that was implied in the films explicit here. Which, you know, I always like it when straight people talk about whether or not my sexuality is a choice, genetics or a disease. I like it even more when they use ham-fisted metaphors to do it. But Cassaday does draw a damn sexy Wolverine, even if he hasn't quite gotten the hang of Beast yet.

Witchblade/Wolverine: Pete asked me to get this for him. I swear.

Batman: Harley & Ivy #2: Uhm...how can I put this politely? The portrayal of women in the Batman animated universe has always struck me as border-line misogynistic. The intent of a book like this is to be playfully sexual, but it's hard to see that when we keep getting gratuitous crotch shots of Poison Ivy and see her having sex with plants. Add to that two gay villains, and I'm not entirely sure if this is still "playful" or not.

NYX #4: Uhm...yeah...I would have more respect for the creepy under-age prostitute if she had murdered the john.

Kinetic #3: Next to Hard Time this is probably the Focus book with the best potential to find an audience. We're three issues in, and just now is it starting to pick up the pace. I'm not so sure that decompressed storytelling is a good idea for new concepts in the current comics market. Of course, I also think that the whole Focus line is going to be reprinted in manga-sized digests, so maybe it will find an audience there.

Losers #12: Again, what is not to love?

Joe R. Lansdale's By Bizzarre Hands #2: As far from the previous issue that you can get in art and tone, which is probably a good idea. Who knew that a story about two old-people dying could be so...sweet?

DC: The New Frontier #4: So. It's good. A bit heavy-handed on the tone sometimes, but good. A lot of people are really excited about the portrayal of Hal Jordan in this series. I'm not. He seems self-centered and more than a little irresponsible. But then, he's only a fictional character and thus has whatever personality the writer wants him to have. Or maybe I just don't care one way or another what the status of Hal Jordan, vis-a-vis the DCU and the Green Lantern Corps is.

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