Posted 03 January 2009 - 07:00 AM
Final Crisis: Secret Files sold out everywhere around here....
There's an ad in this week's DC comics for the Batman: RIP hardcover.
There's a review, which states, "As good as superhero comics get".
Is that meant to be a condemnation of superhero comics?
War Machine #1-What the hell is this?
I'm not sure whether I should be appalled or scared.
If you're someone who thinks that geopolitical problems can be solved by massive amounts of firepower and large death tolls, and that the armies of the world are neutered wimps....then, what the hell is wrong with you? But, also, this is a good book for you.
The politics are pretty well straight from the Iron Man movie. It even reuses the scene where Iron Man can target a group of terrorists amid a sea of civilians and only kill the terrorists. So, yeah, none of those massive amount of civilian death tolls.
But, there's also a plot point at the end that talks about the UN and NATO supporting military contractors who are arming a monarchy against revolutionary forces.
Greg Pak thought of something for the fascists, the Liberals, and the Left, how sweet of him to bring all camps together.
What's the deal with the Sentinel? A Sentinel retrofitted so it can pick out only those citizens who are not a member of the dictators tribe? How would a Sentinel do that exactly, since Sentinels work based on genetics?
And, since when did James Rhodes get his arms and legs blown off and have to be rebuilt as a cyborg by Tony Stark?
There's even dialogue like "The world needs a War Machine!".
Wolverine:Old Man Logan, part 5-I still don't know what to think of this story. At times Millar is witty, at other times he's wholly competent, at other times he doesn't seem to know what type of story he's writing. So, yeah, he's all over the place.
Wolverine explains his reasons for becoming a pacifist (and does so in the same way every beginner college student sets up explanatory dialogue....), but the reasons are believable and compelling.
There's also a really fun scene detailing what became of Henry Pym's Ant Man technology. That was good.
But, then again, there's dinosaurs roaming across the United States, and the super-villains all teaming up to conquer the planet just isn't believable based in the Marvel Universe, and Millar is trying to force these pieces together, and it's just not totally cohering, as much as he tries to trick you into thinking it does, and as much as he wants to believe he's writing something brilliant.
Magneto: Testament #4-That was a disturbing read. Magneto's childhood experience in Auschwitz. This isn't the sanitized "you know something bad happened, but Magneto escapes" origin shown in the all-ages titles. This is a fiction account of historical accounts of life in a Nazi concentration camp.
Magneto:Testament is certainly not an easy read. Very much like reading Elie Wiesel's Night.
My only complaint is that this is the origin of Magneto, told as historical fiction, and the next issue is going to be jarring, as it will feature fantastical elements, and this series has been totally lacking in any escapism. I think Greg Pak wrote himself into a corner by trying to merge historical fiction of the Holocaust with the Marvel Universe. Yes, the Holocaust is part of Marvel continuity, but we haven't seen Magneto as a child being chosen to work the crematoriums before either.
Batman #684-The second part of a two-parter by Denny O'Neil. It's always nice to see O'Neil writing a comic again, but this is completely missable. It's a Nightwing solo story, that sort of serves as an epilogue to Batman:RIP. This reminds me far too much of those filler issues in the Bat-books after Knightfall.
Incredible Hercules-"The male supremacist Y-Men"....snicker.
I also picked up a Dr. Who comic written by Alan Moore that I found in the back-issue boxes.
"Horror is the natural reaction to the last 5,000 years of history."
--Robert Anton Wilson