MOTW 2/1/12: I am the Shadow. I am the Night. I am the Tiger
, Dr. Nemesis takes everything to task, best Marvel book at the moment, take that Daredevil:
Uncanny X-Force #21,
a crushing good time and Deadpool gets a nice line about van paintings:
Swamp Thing #6
, Rudy has put Paquette out of a job with this and issue #4, and RE 4 gets mixed in this issue:
Action Comics #6 was a great Superman issue, with filling in a bunch of the smallville clark kent history. The back-up was pretty touching too. The image is a great scene between Clark and Pa Kent.
Venom #13 was a great starting chapter to the event, And I really enjoyed (even though it was kinda cliche) the way they brought the four together at the end.
"Ride or Die" confirmed Dominic Toretto, as they took off to find the Dragon Balls in hopes of reviving their friend Sonic
That issue was beautiful
Yeah, that was great. The Betty's costume was really cool as well. Also "Captain Abs," heh
X-Club was the best book this week though. Winter Soldier and Venom were great, and UXF had some really cool moments though it is a little down since the ending of the Dark Angel arcs. To be fair though, I don't expect Remender to get that good again so quickly, and it's not like UXF is bad right now or anything. It's still a really fun and cool book.
Can't wait for part 2
What I really want is a return of the New Invaders, to be honest.
"Why should I take orders from you?"
"I'm a general. You're a corporal."
and Flash just accepts it right off the bat, no whining.
Remender's Johnny Blaze is also fantastic. A country western John Constantine with a motorcycle. Don't really care about the new Ghost Rider though.
I hope that this little Venom mini ends with Rulk being all "why did you go AWOL son?" and then Flash tells them and then all four of those dudes go and absolutely tear the shit out of everyone threatening his family. That would be great. He can't do it himself in time to save them, but with X-23, Rulk and Ghost Rider at his back then he could totally smash up those assholes.
And then Flash gets his life back and some degree of peace with himself. He deserves it.
and I didn't really follow it past the 0 issue but it seemed like in the new GR series Blaze gives up the Spirit of Vengeance but is tricked and it ends up being bound to Alejandra.
Yeah that is true. He must sort himself to some extent then.
Seriously, even X-Sanction was just good fun hitting stuff, and had a couple twists at the end.
I'm not even sure I could pick a single moment. Although I'm sadder than ever before to see Cornell leave Stormwatch. He left the series in a really interesting place.
They weren't anything major, but they were fun for a book that has essentially had no plot beyond the solicit blurbs until now.
And I guess Glenn Talbot is the Red Hulk in Cable's future.
I did this 2 weeks ago. I've got the 2nd one already and its taking every ounce of willpower for me not to blow all my money on the remaining trades. Does Locke & Key have the whole story planned out? In alot of the art, there seem to be many, many keys.
Yes, it does.
The sixth volume is supposed to be the last (they're finishing up volume 5 in singles right now).
I don't know how Ennis will drag this out 9 more issues but I'm there for every one.
Is each trade a volume? That seems short to me. I was assuming it would be longer.
MOTW so far: Reading the first issue of Hellboy via the internet for free. Will be buying some shortly I suspect.
Once the second volume of Locke & Key goes up on Comixology, I will probably buy 1-3.
I don't know what the blurbs at the bottom of the Defenders pages are all about, but they're awesome.
Also Petra is cool but her fearless taunting of those gangers seemed pretty false. Like, I can accept that she is being made into a strong female character, but I would expect anyone short of, like, the Punisher, who was tied down to a chair by a bunch of gangers who promise to do horrible things to them to be scared. That Petra wasn't at all isn't bad but, eh, it seemed a little forced. I can get that she is a tough cookie, but at the same time Pete was trying to fight that dude. He was fucked up, and clearly terrified, but he gave it his best shot anyway and was pretty brave. That's more what her scene should have been like, because it really did seem a lot more "fuck yeah you tell him Pete!" than Petra's blaze indifference.
But apart from that, still a good series, and I'll definitely be picking up the last issue in order to see what happens.
And I have to say, I enjoyed the scene with Pete and Luther's mom. Too often in comics, civilians are cannon fodder that can only scream or die in the face of stronger threats. But here, both characters seem fully realized enough to actually have agency within the story, and respond proactively to a threat. Even Petra, who's tied to a chair at the opening of the story, has managed to get a shard of glass, and start cutting through her ropes, before Luther even arrives to save her. I enjoy that kind of stuff.
On Petra, I agree that her character's a bit too super-badass-girl, but it's also been present there from the beginning. She's a bit too much of the perfect, manic pixie dream girl. But, I think we do see that facade break a bit with this issue, where Luther literally tears someone's face off, and throws it into the hallway where she's waiting, causing her to faint.
That said, I think the last few issues didn't move the story as much as I'd have liked. I'm curious to see how things wrap up, considering that I'm pretty sure Justin Jordan has said he has sequels planned.
If Justin Jordan does have sequels planned, then I double hope that he doesn't kill off supporting characters, because that would suck, and I do want to keep getting them because like I said I do enjoy the series.
I think that in recent years the Avengers have kind of shied away from those old stories in the 70's and 80's where the entire universe would be at stake and they were fighting omnipotent super-beings and so on. You know, like Infinity Gauntlet and the Beyonder stuff and that Avengers arc where all of reality is destroyed except for, like, one house that the Avengers are in.
Which is a shame, because I love that kind of thing. And I think that while it definitely has been in the pages of some books, like FF and Chaos War and the cosmic books, that kind of weird, cosmic, far out stuff has still been a little on the down low. And that the Defenders has come back and is doing this really bigt, far-out, high-concept kind of thing that feels like a classic Defenders story is really cool.
Also the various characters are great (never read any books with Red She-Hulk before, I like her a lot), Iron Fist, Namor, Dr Strange and the Silver Surfer have always been favourites of mine, and their voices seem very cool and spot on, or at least very interesting where Fraction has changed them.
Anyway, definitely worth the excitement I had going into the series, and I am looking forward to what happens next with great anticipation.