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  1. I am liking Hickman's X-Men. It has a different feel to it, but there's also the sense of the classic buried underneath. I'd say it is pretty close to what Ewing is doing with Immortal Hulk. It's not as good as Immortal Hulk (at least not yet), and Hickman is using a lot more in-depth continuity. I don't think a reader unfamiliar with the history of the X-Men would be able to figure out what was going on with most of X-Men #1. Immortal Hulk's use of continuity is much more superficial. It reads as a stand-alone series. I'd best describe X-Men #1 as Chris Claremont meets Grant Morrison meets Arthur C. Clarke. If you haven't read House and Powers of X books, don't bother with X-Men, because it won't make much sense. X-Men #1 continues over directly from the finale of Powers of X, which is why it's released just a week after that series ended. Although, Hickman said that the new X-Men series was going to be done-in-one stories, and that's definitely not what this issue featured. Right now, I'm the most excited I've been with the X-books since Mike Carey was writing X-Men probably, and it's the most interested I've been in the direction of the X-Men since Morrison. I even want to read most of the spin-off "Dawn of X" titles now to see where this is going.
  2. X-Men #1, and...that's it. OK then.
  3. Christian

    DC Comics

    Unless Grant Morrison is writing something, I'll continue my previous commitment to DC, which is not bothering with anything unrelated to Grant Morrison.
  4. Christian

    DC Comics

    So...umm....DC plans to reboot their universe, yet again, with the coming "5G" launch in 2020. They're hinting at another Crisis, I guess. The Finally Final Final Crisis, I'd have to suppose. So., explaining everything about the "New 52", "Convergence", and "Rebirth" eras through Doomsday Clock (I think. I'm not reading that comic) will just settle in the readers minds, when it's time to reboot the entire DCU all over again. Also, instead of a "wizard did it", at DC the answer is "the Watchmen did it". Oh good. I'm glad that DC took the initiative with this to, possibly, explain why Batman seems to be a guy in his 30s instead of 80 years old, because that's something we need more of in comic books. Sounds like Bendis is getting more power at DC.... At least DC using a sliding time-scale isn't as much of a problem as Marvel's, because DC had a lot less usage of real-world events in their comics' history as compared to Marvel. Thanks to Marvel's sliding time-scale all of the wars of the 20th century must have happened since 2002 now. The Marvel Universe is even more of a Hell than our world! I'm guessing sales at DC are looking bad again, which seems to prod DC to reboot their universe yet again and launch all new #1 issues, which increases interest in their comics again for another six months. I'm glad comics are so sustainable as a viable medium for the 21st century. So, 5G (unlike my initial guess of being an all-mobile phone comic book universe) seems to be DC planning to introduce all new heroes to replace their existing heroes. I'm hoping that they're going to create an African-American Superman (no, Grant Morrison, not Obama!), a gay Chinese Batman, a Muslim Green Lantern, and a lesbian Aboriginal Wonder Woman. I want to hear the alt-Right loose their collective minds again on the internet about how "diversity has once again ruined their very existence, and the pain must stop". Then, they'll take a hissy fit and say they're going to boycott DC Comics (which they probably didn't even read to start with) until DC brings back all white, straight, male superheroes. Then, DC will have an excuse for the up-coming sales grab, err....reboot called "6G".
  5. It starts of good, but it really hits a peak with the "Hulk in Hell" story-arc.
  6. I'd definitely say that Immortal Hulk is a horror comic. It's been quite disturbing at times, and is definitely not a superhero book. It's less of a superhero book that Moore's Swamp Thing, because at least Swamp Thing had morality. There's nothing heroic about this Hulk. There are more similarities, like between General Fortean and General Sunderland though, but that's also part and parcel of Hulk continuity, considering Thunderbolt Ross. I'd also definitely agree about the Moore Swamp Thing comparisons. It's easily accomplishing the same things for the character, although the Hulk is a much more high-profile character,. If I were asked to compare it to another comic book, I wouldn't hesitate to say Moore/Bissette Swamp Thing. Yes, I like this new trend at Marvel to look back at the origins of some of their classic characters and reinterpret them in a completely new direction. It's a good usage of continuity without just writing a tired rehash of the same stories that were done better a few decades ago. Those early Stan Lee/Jack Kirby Hulk comics, they were definitely not a superhero comic. The Hulk has very firm roots in the horror genre, although it didn't last very long before Lee decided to try to make the Hulk a lot more sentimental. Ewing is tapping in to those earliest hints about the direction that the Hulk comic could have gone under Stan Lee, but going somewhere very dark that Lee would have never touched. A sort of Stan Lee meets Alan Moore mysticism. Hickman's X-Men run has been mining some of that same territory. I don't care what people say, I thought there were some good stories in those first couple of Lee/Kirby X-Men comics. That very first issue of X-Men, there's something creepy and unsettling about the mutants when we first meet them. If you were reading that comic in 1963, it would have been a different experience. "Who is this bald guy, calling out to his X-Men? What is this all about?". Hickman also tapped in to that feeling of weirdness that was there in the first Lee/Kirby X-Men comic, but has also mixed in elements of the character-defining Chris Claremont run and Morrison run, to tell a different story about mutants. I like how these creators are going back to what Lee (and usually Kirby) gave us on the comic page, before Lee really figured out what he was doing in creating a superhero universe, and backed away from some of the ideas from the collective unconscious that he seemed to be tapping. Anyway, back to the Immortal Hulk, yeah, this is not only the best "superhero" comic being published today, it's the best horror comic that I've seen in recent years.
  7. Does anyone know if Black Mask has gone out of business? It's been a while since I've seen anything published by them. They have a long-delayed comic scheduled to ship in November (Billionaire Killers, which is a few years delayed at this point...), but if that's an old solicitation that will be canceled, I'm not sure. It's a shame if they did go under, because a lot of the names they discovered are working at Marvel now. Although, they seem to be atrocious at putting out monthly comic books. They've had so many delayed, unfinished, or canceled books. The publishers seem to be unable to get the comics out in a timely manner. For a newer publisher, that's not good. Companies like AfterShock (which are even more recent) seem to be able to handle actually publishing comic books. It's sort of been like every writer is a vintage Warren Ellis at Black Mask. Put out two issues, and then never see the title published again.
  8. Christian

    DC Comics

    I don't know. I think it'd be interesting If a writer actually pursued the obvious about Batman living in one of the poorest places in the DCU, yet being one of DC"s richest people. It's never really been fully addressed in the comics. At best, it's just made some writers somewhat uncomfortable. Like, Morrison mentioned it at times during his lengthy run, but never really went anywhere with the idea, even switching the narrative during his final work on Batman Inc. Sean Murphy seemed like he was interested in the idea with his White Knight mini-series (which was even taking place in an alternate reality), but what was on the page was a complete mess and had nothing to do with the idea.
  9. I know. How does anyone write a Hulk comic after Ewing? I'm sure Marvel will just find a way to ignore it. Maybe Ewing even has a reset button worked in to his story, so that it has a definitive ending, and then all the toys can be put back in the box for the next writer. Then, the book will be right back to mediocre stories we've seen done so many times before.
  10. Powers of X #6-Well, that was kind of a waste. Hickman made the story a lot more complicated than it needed to be. Since this was just establishing the new status quo, it probably could have been accomplished in just four issues. Basically, the first three issues are pretty amazing, with lots of big ideas and making you feel like you are reading a story that was completely different from anything in the X-Men before. After that second issue of House of X, though, not a great deal happened. I believe that Hickman intends this to be the new status quo for mutants going forward, so that we don't have a return to the horrible story directions we've been seeing in the X-books since House of M. How that will work with the rest of the Marvel Universe, I'm none too sure. However, Marvel barely cares about tight continuity anyway. It seems like Hickman used a large number of pretty random ret-cons throughout this series. It makes you wonder though, how does this direction work in the same universe as a comic like the Immortal Hulk? I'm intrigued enough to pick up Hickman's X-Men #1, although I'm still hesitant. At the very least, this direction is a lot more interesting than "mutants are going extinct again" or another poor man's retreads of Claremont. Oh, and I want to mention something about Hickman's use of characterization, but that would be a spoiler.
  11. Yeah, I can't see myself bothering with Thor after Aaron either. I even gave up on Aaron for a time too, but am reading the King Thor story. I'm trying to keep my pull-list small too. I got really burned out by trying to keep up-to-date on most of Marvel's comics. They put out too many books. I can't afford it. Plus, the quality isn't there usually, and it made me start to dislike most comic books. I'm following Hickman to the end of House/Powers, and after that, I'll see if I plan to continue with any of the "Dawn of X" relaunch. Al Ewing's Immortal Hulk is a true stand-out mainstream comic. One of those books that comes along only too rarely. That's about all of the interest I have in Marvel's output currently. I have even less interest in most of what DC is publishing these days. A lot of books I've been following (like Black Science) have recently ended. I'm not seeing a great deal of indy books that I feel the need to read to replace anything either. I'm still keeping up with the Hellboy Universe at Dark Horse. I can really pare my pull-list down to a bare minimum now. There was one point when my pull-list consisted of Uncanny X-Men, Morrison's New X-Men, and Lucifer. That was it. I didn't even want to keep buying Uncanny either, but had to for the sake of my collection.....
  12. Can you really consider that a "superhero" comic though? Hulk is certainly not acting very heroic. Yes, the ending of the last issue was great. Check out the cover for next issue: How can you not want to read that comic?
  13. Ruby Falls....New Anne Nocenti! Hopefully, she'll get further with this book than her last Dark Horse series (The Seeds), which only saw two issues get published.
  14. You'll be surprised to find out what happens with that new team, I'm guessing.
  15. I really like the Inferno story-arc. I thought it was probably the best cross-over event Marvel published. I'm not sure how well these cross-over books from Claremont read on their own. Most of Claremont's stories built up. Maybe they'll be enjoyable on their own. Fall of the Mutants was pretty good too, although it ties in closely with the "Australian Outback" stories which followed. X-Tinction Agenda is pretty dumb. You'll get to read the amazing original Genosha story-arc in the Inferno Prologue TPB though, which is worth the price of that book alone. One of the greatest commentaries on apartheid in comic books. So, at least that will set up what's going on with X-Tinction Agenda. I'm not sure what Dissolution and Rebirth collects. Is that the end of Claremont's run, when he was working with Jim Lee? Those aren't the best stories. The "non-team era" was pretty interesting, at least, but again, that might not make that much sense without the context of the "Outback period".
  16. Christian

    DC Comics

    Yeah, there were just the two Batman Inc. series. The first Batman Inc. was really fun, and read as a modern-day version of Silver Age stories. I liked that one. It was Batman Inc. (vol. 2) that I didn't like. That was when I started to feel like Morrison stayed on the character too long. I didn't enjoy the second volumn of Batman Inc. I wasn't sad to see Morrison's long-term work on Batman come to an end, and see him move on to other projects.
  17. As almost every writer who takes over JC basically says the same thing...."We want to take John back to his core roots. This is what I find to be the core motivations for John. etc.", and then we got what we've gotten for over a decade now....I can't say I give a lot of credence to writers saying this exact same song and dance. Yes, I want to believe Spurrier, because I like him as a writer, but I've wanted to believe other writers too.
  18. I know. Maybe Marvel initially greenlighted Hickman on Eternals, but realized that this will contradict what’s been going on with Aaron’s Avengers, and decided they could wait for the big Eternals push closer to the movie. I might be wrong, but some of the elements from House/Powers seems like it would have fit better with the Eternals.
  19. So, I've begun to think that Hickman's X-men was intended to be about the Eternals. I think Marvel editorial requested that Hickman lead their next X-Men relaunch instead, and Hickman ended up shoehorning in characters and concepts from the X-Men in to his plans for the Eternals. So far, turning the X-Men in to the Eternals seems to have been a boon to sales. Maybe I'm wrong.
  20. Black Science #43-One final call to tell people that this is a series they should have been reading. "The world chips away at everything you love, killing it all off, one piece at a time. If you're lucky, there are bright spaces between the loss. But no one ever gets a happily ever after. Everything we love is killed and taken away from us, and either we're left alone to bear its absence-or it's left to bear ours." Geez, just about the perfect summation of life. We didn't find out if Grant ever really did make anything better. The ending can be read in two ways, I suppose, as the political versus the personal. However, does the personal betray Grant's true self, or is there more going on in the "alternate world"? It's left open-ended, but not in the sense that Remender is probably ever going to return to this creation, but rather that this is just the nature of the multiverse.
  21. Christian

    DC Comics

    I felt that Morrison's run on Batman kept improving until the second Batman Inc. series (New 52). His stories with Bruce Wayne were very hit and miss (probably with more disappointing stories than great ones too). It always seemed like he was too in awe of the character Bruce's history to really allow himself to tell the sort of stories that you'd want to see with Morrison on Batman. Then, with Batman and Robin, I thought that Morrison started to tell those sorts of Batman stories. He made the character feel more like his own. I think he felt freer working with a character like Dick Grayson over Wayne. Batman Inc. was just crazy, fun stories. Those Morrison-style updated Silver Age stories. After that point, I got sick of Morrison on Batman. I thought he overstayed his welcome. I had a hard time even reading that second Batman Inc. series. It was one of my least favourite Morrison comics.
  22. Walt Simonson returns to write (probably?) one last Thor story. Maybe not his last Thor story, but I can't see Marvel brining Simonson back again after their 80th Anniversary. He'll only be doing the writing though, not the artwork, I guess. It's a special one-shot as part of Marvel's 80th anniversary celebration, which has turned more in to, "We'll put out a special issue every so often, and publish as many books possible", rather than feeling like an actual celebration. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Meanwhile, the final Clarmeont/Bill S. New Mutants 80th anniversary special comic was a mixed bag. Some of the good elements of Claremont's writing could be found in the story, but some of Claremont's more problematic latter-day tendencies cropped in to the book also. Thankfully, he didn't create a characterless new supervillain who looked like an action figure and that fans wanted to forget about as soon as they finished the story. It didn't exactly feel like I was reading one of those classic 1980s issues of New Mutants, but it also didn't feel like I was reading an issue of X-Treme X-Men either. Bill's artwork just didn't look the same either. It might have been due to a different inker working with him, but I think it's been a long time since I've seen any art from him too*, so he just may have gotten old, sadly. It wasn't bad artwork, but seemed like Bill was slipping in to the same sort of territory as a lot of latter-day Chris Bachalo incomprehensibility over surrealism. I mean, he did a great cover. *Yeah, I want to say it was probably in the early-2000s on something for DC that was the last artwork by him I saw. By the way, I'm sure everyone know I'm calling him Bill S so I simply don't have to spell his surname out over and over. I am not on friendly terms with him, nor do I mean any disrespect.
  23. Yeah, Batman & Robin was really good....Alan Grant's Batman was even better. Really good Batman comics.
  24. Black Science-The final issue. New Mutants: War Children-One last Claremont and Bill S New Mutants story. Powers of X Safe Sex #1-Another comic that was supposed to be published by Vertigo, but this one ended up at Image instead.
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