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Monday, June 21, 2004

Marvel/DC for September 

Still playing catch-up from last week, or I would have talked about these by now.

Marvel

Strange: looks like Dr. Strange is being essentially rebooted. Couldn't care less.

Black Widow: another Black Widow mini (or is it an on-going...I can't tell anymore with Marvel). Couldn't care less.

Hulk & Thing: see Strange and Black Widow.

Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Daredevil/Elektra 2004: Y'know, all these OHOTMU books are doing is convincing me that I haven't missed anything by not reading the last 20 years worth of most Marvel titles.

And do we really need yet more Elektra and Bullseye series? Hasn't just about everything that can be done with those charactes already been done, repeatedly, to the point of tedium?

Gee, a Bush in the White House, a war in Iraq, and marvel publishing 2099 titles...it's like the last ten years never happened...

Madrox should be fun. The character's concept opens up so many interesting potentials. And David may not be a great writer, but he's a consistently good and entertaining writer.

Nyx #6: why are they even still trying to get this out? Just give it a quiet mercy killing and be done with it.

X-Men titles: the preview for Excalibur #2 convinced me that Marvel actually stopped publishing all X-Men titles after Grant Morrison's final issue. If you see any X-Men titles on the shelf, you're almost certainly hallucinating. Whatever you do, for God's sake, don't attempt to read one of them...

That being said, Alan Davis sure does draw a damn sexy Wolverine

Amazing Spider-Man: so, Straczynski has already messed up Spidey's origin, made the existence of Spider-man redundant with the "return" of Uncle Ben, and now looks set to undo the Gwen Stacy death in some way...is it just me, or does this guy just not understand why Spider-Man works so well as a character (and I don't actually like Spider-Man...)

Marvel Age Hulk: FINALLY!!! A Hulk comic I can actually sell to kids! But this really should have been out at the time the Hulk movie came out...instead of the 25 cent comic featuring an attempted rape in which the Hulk didn't actually appear...yeah, parents were real pleased when they took that one home...

Avengers titles: Just can't bring myself to care...Frankly, I'm half surprised they're even still publishing any Avengers titles.

Warlock by anyone other than Jim Starlin=bad idea. Warlock by Jim Starlin=not very good idea anyway, but still better than Warlock by anyone else.

She-Hulk, despite it's problems, is rapidly turning into the best book Marvel publishes...and dig that cover

DC

Batman titles are in the middle of a long, multi-part cross-over. Wake me when it's done. Too bad they have to drag Gotham Central into it as well...

The Loeb/Sale Batman collaborations are slight, and that's about the most generous appraisal of them I can give. They're not bad, but after I read one I have a hard time remembering anything significant about what I just read. And the "mystery" angles tend to be painfully obvious and unsuspenseful. So, I'll probably wait for the trade on Catwoman: When In Rome, so as not to break the habit I started with Long Halloween. I'll probably pick up Challengers of the Unknown Must Die as well.

The Superman titles seem to be mostly the same-old/same-old. I can't wait to tell people that the new Superman villains are named Sodom and Gomorroh.

Superman: True Brit will be an interesting case. The fact the John Cleese has second-billing should probably be read as an indication that his involvement is minimal. And the selection of Byrne as artist is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, he has a clean, accessable style which will probably appeal to this book's intended audience of people who don't normally buy comic books (this book has "big push in Border/Barnes & Noble written all over it...and if DC don't do that, they're too stupid to live). On the other hand, his work is so damned boring I seriously doubt any new or regular readers will be found as a result of this books publication.

Adam Strange should be entertaining. Diggle has yet to fail on that score. And it'll be nice to see what has happened to DC's space characters. They always tend to be forgotten about as soon as their titles get cancelled.

Teen Titans and the Teen Titans/Legion Special both seem like attempts to tie up as many loose ends from the current Legion series as possible before the lastest re-launch hits that title. Legion always strikes me as one of those books that's doomed to sell to the same audience that's been buying it for the last 20+ years, and no one else. I don't see how another reboot will help, especially since I'm not convinced Waid's audience is as big as everyone else seems to assume it is.

Putting the Little Endless book in hardcover will hopefully increase it's price and shelf-life to the point that DC will consider keeping it in print, as it's turned out to be one of the more requested and scarcer to get Sandman tie-ins.

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