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Monday, September 20, 2004
Don't be like me! Don't read two weeks worth of comics in one sitting! You'll kill any desire to even think about comics ever again if you do! (And yes, that does explain why you've been seeing music reviews and naked men around here lately.)
Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight # 183, Nightwing #97 and Batman: Gotham Knights #57: Wow...Batman's not very bright if it took him this long to realize that a) this was his plan all along and b) it's Spoiler's fault. Poor Orpheus. See, supporting cast members really are expendable!
Ultimate X-Men #51: More incestuous mutants...Chris Claremeont is to blame for the Strucker twins, isn't he. And at this rate the only X-Man Wolverine won't have had sex with is Colossus.
Ultimate Nightmare #2: 22 pages of exposistion to get the characters to travel from Point A to Point B. If I didn't know better, I'd think Bendis had written this.
Outsiders #15: Apparently I'm the only person who likes the art on this title.
Teen Titans #15: I liked how Johns "fixed" Garth's origin to remove any mention of the Doom Patrol, but did it in such a way that once Byrne's mistake is undone Garth could still have been a member.
Fables #29: A wolfman fighting Nazis and Frankenstein's Monster. My kind of comic.
JSA #65: Eh...it was okay I guess. The reliance on continuity is both the greatest strength and weakness of the title.
She-Hulk #7: First issue that didn't work for me. I just...don't care about Marvel's "cosmic" characters. Neat cover, though.
Pulse #5 and Spider-Man #6: Both Millar and Bendis think they're more clever than their actual skill as writers have proved them to be, but they both get points for finally dealing with that stupid, stupid, stupid bit about how nobody knows Osborn is the Green Goblin.
Challengers of the Unknown: Fairly review proof at this point. Some much needed exposistion reared it's head.
Gotham Central #23: It explicitly ties in to the War Games story, but doesn't carry the tag. Is it because they don't want to risk pissing off Goth Cent readers by alerting them to the fact that it's part of a cross-over? And there is some terrible fanboy part of me that kind of hopes that this Corrigan charcter running around will eventually tie-in to the Spectre/Hal Jordan/Green Lantern drama.
Fallen Angel #15 and Bloodhound #3: I'm still digging on the low-powered, morally ambiguous character's DC's been putting out lately. Both titles are worth a look if you're curious at all.
Madrox #1: I fear I have to be the voice of dissent here. While there's nothing wrong, per se, with this title, and it does avoid some of the pitfalls of Marvel First Issue Syndrome (all set-up, no action or character), it still suffers heavily from Mutant Title Complex, which is the fact that unless you've read a good number of the past titles with these characters in them you have no idea who they are, how they know each other, or why they're behaving the way they do.
Aquaman #22: Surprisingly good, and Pfeifer has a good grasp on Bats as well. Makes me wonder how he'd do on a Batman book.
Hawkman #32: Also quite good, a fun done-in-one book, with nods to quite a few sci-fi films thrown in for good measuere.
Action #819 and Adventures of Superman #632: These make for interesting back-to-back reading. Heck, Adventures could almost be read as a counter-argument to the rather bleak portrayal of the Clark/Lois relationship Austen presents in Action. It's also worth noting that DC is putting the same ads into Action that they put into the kids comics, instead of the ads that go into the DCU super-hero books.
Wolverine #19 and JLA #105: Johanna saysit better than I ever could.
Identity Disc #4: Okay Rob, we get it. You've seen The Usual Suspects. The Vulture is Keyser Soze. Please go back to writing good comics.
Strange #1: I bought this only because Pete has a standing rule about wanting to read the comics about magic-using characters. I've never been a fan of Doc Strange, and I'm getting the strong impression that Straczynski is nowhere near as good a writer as he thinks he is. Was there a point to this? Is there some new Doctor Strange movie in production that this new origin is supposed to resemble? Does this book only exist to pry an extra $3.50 a month out of Marvel's readers?
Books of Magick: Life During Wartime #3: I've got no objection to Tim Hunter as a character, but unless we get some damn exposistion and back-story in this book pretty damn quickly it's going to end up on the pile of books only Pete reads, along with X-Men: The End and Spider-Girl.
Bite Club #6: Well that was completely unexpected...and yet, somehow, I feel I should have seen it coming. Oh, and apparently I'm the only person who likes the art on this title as well.
Wanted #5: Y'know, Millar could have put a little more effort into rewriting his Secret Society of Super-Villains proposal that DC (apparently) rejected...I sort of liked this at the beginning, but Millar is quite clearly just pushing people's buttons for the sake of pushing their buttons.
Terra Obscura Vol. 2 #2: I get some strange thrill out of the fact that someone out there is terribly offended by they way they've "disrespected" the characters by (shock-gasp-horror) slightly changing them from the way they were portrayed seventy years ago.
Jane's World #15: GO BUY IT ALREADY!!! Heck, if the comic written by a straight man about lesbians who only find happiness and fulfillment when they're in a relationship with a man can become a critical success, an actually funny book about women who have romantic relationships with women should be getting more attention than it is.
JLA Secret Files 2004: The only thing worth reading was Busiek's teaser for his upcoming JLA run, and that wasn't worth $5.
JSA: Strange Adventures #2: Wildcat fighting Nazi robots! Genius!
Identity Crisis #4:...Oh, forget it, I'm not even going to bother trying to say anything about it. Everyone's made their mind up about it already, so what's the point?
(Okay, one thing: Inner Fanboy was most amused by the fact that "discovering religion" in the DCU means Kobra.)