SECRETS

Yes friends, it’s time once again to delve into the private lives and thoughts of the spandex set.

Silver Surfer…SECRETS…

You want to know the best part about being covered in a silver chrome? I never have to go to the bathroom. That's 1.5 years of my life I can spend watching porn instead.

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Little known fact: I'm silver with silver stripes

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I can't eat Mexican...trust me... it's not pretty... but it's so delicious.

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The biggest thing I objected to about being Galactus's herald was giving him a sponge bath every other day.

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Before the... unpleasantness, I was the lead singer in a garage band. We were one week away from signing on with a major lable. I miss those guys.

SECRETS!

This Week’s Comics — And More!

Diamond Releases for 9/02/09

It’s a pretty light week…

  • AGENTS OF ATLAS #10 – I wish I could say more about this.  AoA is the best book I get, hands down.  If you’re not reading it, you should.  If you are, then you know I’m right.
  • BATMAN #690 – Eh.  Winick’s Batman has been mostly unoffensive.  I wish I could even remember what he’s doing in there, though.  That can’t be a good sign.

Since I feel so bad about not having much to say, a few thoughts on some of last week’s books (SPOILERS ahead):

  • FLASH REBIRTH #4 – Johns is the man on Green Lantern.  I have to give him that.  He takes a nutty idea and makes it work with continuity, and throws in a healthy dose of pseudo-science just so we know we haven’t accidentally wandered into a Warren Ellis comic.  The idea of  the Sinestro Corps was brilliant in that it was so obvious and yet had never been done.  The Roy G. Biv corps seem a little like too much, but I’m willing to give him the benefit of the doubt.  HOWEVER…When he does the exact same thing to the Flash?  It’s just too much for me.  Bring back every wannabe speedster ever?  WTF?  Invent a REVERSE Speed Force?  OMG!  Take an artistic license of how Flash travels at super-speed and turn it into a real thing like “red lightning”?  OMGWTFBBQ!  Too.  Much.  My brain wobbles at the sheer ridiculousness.
  • Fantastic Four #570 – Based on Matt’s glowing review and an otherwise light week I went ahead and picked this up.  It was solid FF’ery, don’t get me wrong, but Alan Moore called and he wanted the Supremacy back.  (Actually, I’m fairly sure Moore borrowed the idea from someplace else, too.)  The big surprise for me wasn’t all of the Reed Richardses, it was what two of them were holding on the last page.  Very cool.  This was a very solid book, it just seemed like a bit of a retread in some places.  PS – Note to Dale Eaglesham: Short sleeves and gloves do NOT go together.

Today’s biggest news is that Disney is in the works to buy Marvel.  Teh Intarwebz, of course, exploded.  Even people not reading comics have some smart-ass comment about Disney Princess/X-Men crossovers.  It’s just a headline, there’s no reason for me to panic, and the deal isn’t even done, yet I’m still queasy about the whole thing.  Pixar was bought by Disney and they’re still putting out quality movies.  DC has been owned by Warner Brothers for decades and they’re still doing fine.  Still…Disney bought Marvel.  It’ll be interesting to see how this plays out.

Game Tape

Wednesday has come and gone. The heroes have fought their battles and villains have hinted at things to come. Now it’s time to review the game tape…

I got a ton of books this week. In addition to the usual stuff, I picked up the TPB of Roger Langridge’s Muppet Show. Besides being a handy sized collection, it includes the short pieces he did for Disney Adventures Magazine. It’s worth the price of admission to get these.

I can’t get myself psyched to talk about everything I read because only two books stick in my head. Everything else paled grossly in comparison.

Since McDuffie left Fantastic Four, I’ve been waiting out Mark Millar. Millar’s gone, and guess who’s still here. ME.

While there were some interesting ideas in Millar’s run (The cover layout, Doom’s Master, and Nu-World most notably), they always fell apart in the execution. That’s the past. This week’s FF #570 made me excited in ways that I’m not comfortable discussing in public. This book hit all of the beats that a new writer on FF needs to hit to show that he or she is competent: Reed’s smart, Sue is smarter in some ways, Johnny and Ben are the original buddy – pic team, and science can make a brain out of plutonium. Then there’s action with the Wizard and some wackiness ensues. I won’t give it away, but I need to consult a doctor. That last page gave me a nerd-erection that’s lasted more than 4 hours.

But the issue isn’t perfect. Given that Reed heads back to his nerdy scribble covered man-cave, it might have made more sense if the villain had been the Mad Thinker. Still that’s a little thing. The big thing is the new character designs…or rather design. When Reed’s not stretching, he looks like the love child of Hal Jordan and Nick Fury. There’s stubble. There’s superhuman muscle tone. There’s bulging biceps. It’s difficult to look at, especially with the new short-sleeved uniforms.

Next issue he kicks sand in the face of 98 lb. Weakling Richards.

The other book this week is Muppet Show: Treasure of Peg Leg Wilson #2. This continues to be a book for both groups of Muppet fans: those who’ve seen and remember the episodes and those who see the episodes everytime they close their eyes. For the first group, there’s Machu Pichu. For the second there’s a nice reference to the only rule of writing for the Muppets: when you can’t end a sketch, blow something up or throw some penguins. If the big-wigs aren’t talking to Roger Langridge about helping write the next Muppet movie,they’re making a mistake. This guy knows the Muppets.

I’ll be rereading those two books until next Wednesday.

Of minor note though is that this week’s issue of X-Men Forever featured some sweet art by Paul Smith. Claremont continues to tell a good X-yarn without the aid of Mr. Ubiquity himself: Wolverine.

But don’t take my word for it. Head down to your local library and check ’em out.