MOTW 7/29/09: Do as He Has Done
Two good stories this week.
Superman #690 was a good issue built on setting up the supporting characters for the next year, with a great Steel/Atlas fight.
And Robinson does a lot of good supporting character pages this issue, especially with Dr. Light and Guardian
But also on tap, to wash away the terrible taste that Ultiamtum left us all with, Ultimate Spider-Man Requiem #2's ending:
So how'd Ultimatum end?
Spoilers copied from Newsarama, good God don't spend money on that book:
(SPOILERS and all that stuff)
Above the Arctic Circle.
Wolverine says all the other times he's fought Magneto, he guesses he held back because he wasn't willing to die. Today, he is. Magneto's murdered millions of people. Humans. Mutants. Heroes. Villains. It made no difference to him. Jean is in Logan's head and tells Cyclops he's really going to kill him. Wolverine says that Magneto thinks he's god, but if he is god, then god is dead. Magneto hurls Wolverine away. He says that he won't be judged by someone less than man, nothing more than animal. He asks if they honestly think they can stop him when they can't even stop themselves. He opens Cyclops' visor and causes Iron Man to fire his repulsor, pretty much blowing up Wolverine. Hawkeye and Storm take down Cyclops and Iron Man. Magneto says despite his instinct to survive, it's too late. They killed Wolverine.
Wolverine stabs Magneto in the chest and says, "Not yet." Magneto finishes blowing up Wolverine, apparently tearing the Adamantium off of his bones. Storm, Hawkeye, Jean, Cyclops, and Iron Man mourn Wolverine, letting Magneto escape. Again.
Hulk and Colossus are trashing the engines. Mystique shows up with a big flame thrower and fires on the two heroes. Hulk says he'll eat her. Colossus attacks. Sabretooth grabs Mystique and they escape on a hang glider. They left a bomb though. Boom.
Magneto, back at his thrown, pulls Wolverine's hand from his chest, saying he'll kill every last bit of him, down to the blood cells. Nick Fury tells Erik he screwed up. It's like he told Doom: every one of them has a weakness, something he keeps as his ace in the hole, in case they get out of hand. And Erik got way out of hand. Magneto says he won't answer to him. Fury says not to him, but to Jean Grey. Jean connects Fury and Erik's mind and shows Magneto that mutants are man made, rather than a miracle of birth or a gift from God. Fury tells Magneto that he's just a man, no different from the millions he's killed.
Magneto magically has a change of heart. He uses his power to reverse the damage he's done to Earth's magnetic poles. He says that Charles will forgive him. Cyclops says Charles is dead, killed by Magneto. There's no one left to forgive him. Cyclops blasts Magneto's head off.
Fury assembles Mr Fantastic, Hawkeye, Hulk, Colossus, Jean, Cyclops, Iron man, and Captain America and says its time to go. (No clue where Power Princess or Doom are, since they were standing with everyone just a moment ago.) They leave on their jet as the Citadel explodes and sinks into the water. Wolverine's hand goes down with it.
Eight Days Later
United States Senate Building.
Cyclops is addressing a rather large crowd of mutant haters. He says that the world faced terrible tragedy, caused by a mutant. His name was Magneto, and now he is dead. But the damage he did cannot be forgotten. Rogue and Jean are in the crowd, Storm and Colossus are with Scott at the podium. He says that maybe one day what can be forgotten is the lie that all mutants are evil. Kitty, Iceman, and Johnny Storm are in the crowd. Cyclops says they are here today because history is about to be changed. Freedom is about to be changed. A vote is being taken in the senate which will make it so mutants must surrender to the US government or be hunted down and shot on sight.
Boom. Scott's head explodes from a bullet. The crowd is out of control. Carol Danvers arrests Storm and Colossus. Iceman runs to help, leaving Kitty behind. She says he can't leave her like everyone else. A streak zips through the crowd.
Castle Van Damme.
Latveria. Eastern Europe.
Doom says he has so little to show for all of it. Only Namor, the last prisoner. The door opens. A figure enters. He says Reed told him how Doom pushed Magneto's buttons so he'd go to war, all so Doom could have the leftovers. Doom blasts the intruder, revealing Thing underneath the cloak. He says Reed didn't have the stomach for this, but Doom has to pay for what he did. He grabs Doom's head and crushes it, much to Namor's shock.
The Fabled Land of Wundagore.
It's done. Cyclops has been assassinated. A bullet was pushed through his brain. The same bullet used to kill the Scarlet Witch. Pietro says it was quick, with no problems. A shadowed woman says good. When the time is right, they'll start over. Pietro says exactly like she planned. Magneto had grown too soft. Complacent. Only when he believed that Pietro had died, that his kids were gone, would he act. His vengeance cleared the path for a better world. His father is gone, but his dream lives on... (Sabretooth and Mystique look on in the background.)
Honoring those who died in Ultimatum
Angel, Beast, Blob, Cannonball, Captain Britain and the European Initiative, Cipher, Cyclops, Daredevil, Dazzler, Detonator, Forge, Dr. Emma Frost, Hardrive, Juggernaut, Longshot, Lorelei, Madrox, Magneto, Nightcrawler, Polaris, Psylocke, Hank Pym (Yellowjacket), Janet Pym (Wasp), Dr. Franklin Storm, Dr. Stephen Strange, Sunspot, Syndicate, Thor, Toad, Victor Van Damme (Doom), Wolverine, Prof. Charles Xavier
Missing in action
Firestar, Havok, Spider-Man
The millions of people who lost their lives in New York City, Latveria, London, Wakanda, the Savage Land, and throughout the world.
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Man, that death list sorta screws up an Ultimate idea I had. I guess I'll have to re-jigger some things to fit with the status quo.
Is Wednesday Comics still selling well at your store? MY LCS was concerned with how the book is falling way short of what they thought for sales.
My LCS still had a full rack of Wednesday comics, and the only one that seems to have sold well was #1.
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Anywho, I'll be back later with my moments, since I'm sure I'll have quite a few this week.
oh yes, zombie goodness
Can anyone tell me what the fuck was going on in that book?
WW and Black Canary team-up, but this moment is pretty good, a bit meta though:
I decided to pick up Thunderbolts on a whim, because I like Songbird and the cover promised her to be in the issue. She had a pretty cool entrance at one point, but I didn't scan that. Anyways, I thought the end reveal was even cooler. (Pretty big spoilers, last page reveal, yadda yadda.)
Well, that doesn't matter, because Songbird uses her powers to throw missles they shoot at her from their ship back at them with some tentacles she manifests (Ew!), and Black Widow takes that chance to eject from the crashing ship. She hooks up with Songbird and is all "Shut up, do what I say, and come with me." Songbird is hesitant, naturally. So this happens.
Black Widow was impersonating Black Widow II! Oh, Natasha, you are my favorite Russian superspy.
So I take it
Also, that means Deadpool is in love with Natasha!
And also, in regards to Deadpool, <3who wouldn't.<3
As for Ultimatum, well...
was pretty much him throughout the whole issue. Anyways, I'm not sure what was up with Chemical Man or whoever he was, but is it just Luke's skin that's indestructable? Because I thought his "Oh! My gallbladder [tiny]okay he said heart[/tiny]!" thing was kind of weak.
Did anyone pick up this week's JSA? How was it?
The preview on DC's site seemed neat, and King Chimera looks pretty cool. By the time the book splits, I may be able to hop in.
Merino's art, I kept wondering if it was his art really, or if he was just using some poses he took from past work he's inked for Pacheco. Some pages his art looks identical to Pacheco's, some times it looks like he drew the work himself with no references. Green Lantern looked like he was swiped from the JLA/JSA: Virtue and Vice story.
I'm not saying his art is bad, it was very good. And if he can retain a style similar to Pacheco but be more punctual, I'm all for it.
It was kind of obvious they were using Bigby as a template for Wildcat though.
I SAW YOU BITCHING ABOUT ULTIMATUM IN HERE WHAT DID I SAY ABOUT BITCHING IN HERE
I was concerned people might accidentally spend money on Ultimatum.
Did we say that we liked it?
No, I think it's abundantly clear that nobody thinks buying Ultimatum is a good idea, and it should be abundantly clear that I said that these threads aren't for bitching or consumer warnings.
I grabbed Detective. And no, no I can't.
But, I couldn't actually follow the progression of the book.
Well, wasn't that device taking away everyone's powers, so it wouldn't matter what was normally invulnerable? Or did I totally not understand that last scene? I was actually wondering why it was fucking up the un-powered Avengers.