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In Topic: Marvel's One World Order

Yesterday, 11:22 PM

Well, this marks the end of two of Marvel's best books.....Ultimates #100 ends the Ultimates book. Silver Sufer won't actually end until next month, but the writing is on the wall.

Why is it Ultimates #100? I'm not sure. Do all the Ultimates titles added together equal 100 issues? I somehow doubt that.
So, this issue did actually feature the Mark Millar version of the Ultimates (which is not the characters that were starring in this iteration of The Ultimates).
I liked that Al Ewing made fun of Millar's "The A doesn't stand for France!" goofy line from so long ago now. Like it's the Ultimate Captain America's catch-phrase, which he just uses randomly.
Lou may be happy, as this story seems to introduce the idea that the Marvel Multiverse has returned....probably for Marvel Legacy.
A good issue to go out, for one of Marvel's best books. It will be missed, but at least it had a strong ending. I loved this series.

Meanwhile, this month's Silver Surfer continues an epic run of greatness for that character. This issue, the Silver Surfer goes so far back in time, he crosses over in to the Multiverse that existed before the current Marvel Multiverse, the Universe from which Galactus came, when he was still Galan. It was also a heart-warming tale. I'll miss this book too, although it lasted longer than I ever expected.

In Topic: DC Comics

10 August 2017 - 04:24 PM

He did the art and writing.

In Topic: DC Comics

10 August 2017 - 01:34 AM

Mister Miracle #1 by Tom King-This is the type of book I like to see DC publishing! Remember all those great books that DC published in the 1980s, that changed the face of comics, and that stand the test of time as classics to this day? Yeah, this is the type of book that would have fit right in with the top of DC's post-Crisis series. A darker look at an enduring DC figure.
What Tom King did for the Vision, it seems like he will do for Mister Miracle.
Philosophical. Mind-warping. Could easily have been a Vertigo book, back when DC still cared about Vertigo.
Grade: A

Newsboy Legion and the Boy Commandos Special by Howard Chaykin-I actually bought two DC Comics this week. I can't remember the last time that happened. I'm glad I decided to pick this up at the last minute. It was fun, and reminded me what made me such a fan of Chaykin back in his prime. It's the type of story he's so good at telling....1930s-1940s period pieces, fighting fascists.....Good stuff.

In Topic: Marvel's One World Order

10 August 2017 - 01:30 AM

Inhumans: Once and Future Kings #1 by Christopher Priest-There were two very good comics out this week, so this book ends up as the second best comic book of the week, when on another week, it probably would have easily ended up as the best book of the week.
Rather than re-telling ground that Jack Kirby already covered with the origin of the Inhumans, this series is an origin story for the Inhumans Royal Family, a story which hasn't been told before.
It seems that there's going to be a lot of focus placed on the Alpha Primitives....you know, the unnerving, but quietly swept under the rug, aspect of Inhumans society, that they have slaves! I think this is a good area of Inhumans history to look at, especially since other writers haven't really touched on it. Either ignoring it completely, or just accepting it as something that makes them "inhuman", rather than a morally wrong aspect of characters who are meant to be protagonists.
It seems like the issue of slavery was only touched on once in a great deal by a prior writer, and that ended up not really going anywhere.
Anyway, it's well written and a return after many years of Priest to Marvel.

In Topic: Hellboy/B.P.R.D. thread

10 August 2017 - 01:25 AM

Hellboy and the BPRD: 1955-Wow! A Mignola book disappoints me once again. I should be used to this by now.
I was hoping for something different....the solicitation read "Oregon", "cryptozoologist", "1955"....Well, what does all that add up to? Bigfoot! No. Instead, we get another demon story. The ending of the issue summed up my feelings exactly....So, if the authors of said comic book felt that way, and they had creative control....why not actually pull the trigger and tell a cryptozoology story instead? It's not outside the confines of the Hellboy Universe, which used to be vast, but now seems to be the same old thing constantly.
Even teasing the reader....using Bigfoot and revealing that he was some sort of demonic being or something, could have been at least interesting. Nope, the same old Hellboy story I've read countless times now. A demon. Black magic. Yawn.
Plus, the writer (I'm looking at Chris Robertson, since it seems to be taking precedence since he's come aboard as co-writer, rather than a decision by Mignola) has a tendency to want to tell stories about racism with Hellboy Universe comics now. That's great most of the time. I'm a long-time Left-Winger concerned with issues like racism, after all. It's just that the topic really doesn't have much of a place in the Hellboy Universe. That was never what these Mignola books were all about. The Mignola books were always about escape and something more to reality. It's just like some concepts are fine in certain comic books, while others don't work. A comic like Captain America (well, before he went all fascist) tackling the subject of poverty is a good idea. A comic like Fantastic Four tacking the same subject....it just seems out of place.
It wouldn't have jumped out at me so much, since this is a period piece series, taking place in the 1950s, when America wasn't exactly as enlightened as it is today (and, we know how enlightened Americans can be in 2017, so yeah....), but the writers seemed to focus heavily on the issue of race in the just-concluded The Visitor mini-series. I was expecting a mind-expanding origin story for the aliens from Hellboy-past, and instead I got a "grounded" story, featuring domestic situations and racial issues.
Once again, it just doesn't really work.