- Jeff Parker does a postmortem on Atlas with Chris Sims. To tell the truth, the 3-D Man arc didn’t do much for me, other than line the Agents up with the old What If…? issue. And those text pages in issue 5? No thanks.
- Legends of the Superheroes is making it’s way to DVD. Matt and I had the dubious pleasure of watching these last summer. If you’re a fan of things so cringe-worthy it makes your skin crawl (or casual race or age-ism) this is for you! (In all seriousness, these were pretty entertaining. Not necessarily good, but entertaining.)
- Check out the bat-pool. I think we’ve found Wayne Manor. You’d think he would keep it better-hidden.
- I usually don’t care for video articles, but I found this one with Mark Waid talking digital comics and piracy to be right on. It’s a complicated issue, but he’s trying. Interestingly, this comes out the same week that Steve Lieber spoke to folks pirating his book Underground and sales skyrocketed.
- Now that the January Previews has come out, it turns out that Marvel’s piggy-backing on DC’s $2.99 announcement was basically just their way of stealing some of DC’s thunder. Because nothing about their price points has changed.
- Finally, in the self-promotion department, I’ve fired up a new photoblog called “Christmas Threw Up On My House!“, which specializes in pictures of over-enthusiastic Christmas lights. It’s still new but I’m hoping to get a decent backlog of photos up by the time December rolls around. Please check it out, and pass the link around if you like it. I’d love to add any photos you may have, too.
In any given week there are approximately 32 books featuring either Wolverine, Deadpool, or both. And there’s more to come. Here’s a sample of titles you can look forward to reading at your local panel story pamphlet dispensary.
Agents of Deadpool
Deadpool: No Class
League of Extraordinary Deadpools
Deadpool: The End
Deadpool: Year One
House of Deadpools
Wolverpool, a Tale from the Amalgam Universe
Untold Tales of the Wolverine
Love and Wolverines
What if Wolverine…?
Wolverceratops vs Deadpooladactyl
House of Wolverines
On a whim I picked up Loki #1. It’s not a bad book, but it’s a only an adequate book. It’ll probably read better as a collected trade. This series continues the idea that Loki is a function of the stories told about him. We see how Loki remembers acquiring Mjolnir for Thor. It’s well told and the art is decent, but this issue didn’t set my world on fire. Disappointing since I like the character of Loki. It is nice that with Balder’s death, Thor is sure we’re on the road to Ragnarok… too bad there’s no JSA to stop it.
Chaos War #2 didn’t inspire as much love this week as its predecessor. It’s still enjoyable and the story is headed in an agreeable direction. If nothing else, the scenes with the Silver Surfer are more than entertaining. Pay close attention to those sound effects. This issue is all about putting the band together in order to confront the Chaos King. Disappointingly, there is no back up feature here.
For those who miss $5 words and an over abundance of alliteration spewing from Cobra Commander’s mouth, G.I. Joe: Real American Hero #159 is the book for you this week. The Joes are making a break from Cobra’s Silent Castle. Plenty of BATs and things blowing up; plus there’s a ninja battle.
Not the best week of comics. I’m hopeful that B&R will make up for mediocre things.
We’ve got another good batch of books this week. Last week I passed on the Red Robin and Batgirl one-shots because I was picking up so much other stuff. I don’t remember the last time that’s happened to me. And now let’s take a look at this week.
- BATMAN AND ROBIN #15 – I don’t even remember where we are with this one. That can’t be a good sign.
- BATMAN BEYOND #5 (OF 6) – On the other hand, the Hush Beyond arc here is really picking up steam. The big reveal wasn’t as surprising as I would have liked, but it makes sense. I just wish SOMEONE in the Bat-universe could get a happy ending. Sheesh.
- BRUCE WAYNE THE ROAD HOME CATWOMAN #1 and COMMISSIONER GORDON #1 – Like last week, these will depend on the creators involved and a flip test, but I’m game.
- CHAOS WAR #2 (OF 5) – Man, I really loved issue #1, and I’m glad Matt talked me into it. Don’t let anyone tell you “Event Fatigue” isn’t a real thing, especially if they’re working for a publisher putting out three (!) at the same time. But this book has all of the Herc madness we’ve come to love.
- MUPPET SHOW #11 – This is a good reminder that I haven’t read #10 yet. As always, this comes with the highest possible recommendation by both of us.
Last week’s Return of Bruce Wayne #5 proves that you can never, EVER say Grant Morrison doesn’t know what he’s doing, and to quote the big man (Bruce, not Grant) himself “The plot’s got a few holes, but I think it’s starting to make sense”. I suspect by the end we’ll get the answers to everything we’ve wanted to know about Dr. Hurt and the Waynes, and Thomas and Martha will return to their normal sainted status in the DCU.
In other review news, I was pleasantly surprised by Superior #1, and apologize to Mark Millar for calling it Superman when, in fact, it is Captain Marvel. Like with Nemesis, though, I still take issue with Millar’s boasts about creating new characters when he’s just rehashing old ones. He does it very well, but what’s the last truly original character he’s written?
That’s it for me this week. What are YOU looking at?
Here, the rainbow bridge,
Midgard is calling for aid,
And so thunder rolls.
- Grant Morrison talks about Batman, Inc and his upcoming plans for the Bat-family. I’m still on the fence as to how good an idea this is, but at least he’s got a strategy.
- It’s not comic-related, but Matt and I are both huge fans, so it’s going up. Cake is accepting pre-orders for their new album. Get it signed, or bundled with other cool stuff.
- The new Action Comics annual sounds incredible.
- Expect to see the X-Men arcade game coming soon to a console near you.
- This Onion interview may only appeal to Matt, but so be it.