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2013 Weekly Comic Buys n' Reads
Topic Started: Jan 3 2013, 12:24 PM (10,015 Views)
Erick Von Erich
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Superman/Wonder Woman #1
Given to me, free, as I was curious if DC still pisses me off. Yup. Plenty of talk of the two calling each other "Clark" and "Diana". Wonder, errr, Diana even name-drops: "if I wanted that, I'd be with Hal Jordan". Gee, isn't it neat that they all know each others' names?!!

Some story about them flying over an ocean freighter and running into Doomsday. I. Don't. Care.
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Avengers (vol.5) #20
More talkie stuff about "Infinity", with plenty of Ex Nihilio while Cap discusses strategy with the remaining space alliance guys. I'm not reading "Infinity", but 20 issues into this series and I'm still waiting for something to happen. Instead it seems to constantly allude to upcoming events and how some master cosmic plan is going to reach fruition.

Friends are telling me "Infinity is SO awesome", but I can't get into it, as it doesn't feel like an Avengers story. Super heroes flying around in space ships and doing very little super hero-y stuff (like using their powers)... could be anybody in their roles. Really can't wait for it to end.

Then I read that the Avengers are being re-shuffled, yet again, as a new creative crew comes aboard soon. Makes me feel like this title's been a waste. If this results in another new "Avengers #1", I'm done. For real.
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Uncanny Avengers #12
More origin stuff of the Apocalypse twins, with callbacks to the "Uncanny X-Force" plots... which would be nice to have annotated with asterisks. The silly "Marvel AR" app isn't in effect, either.

The story is still working well, though. It's down to the Scarlet Witch being told to "rapture away" all the mutants on Earth. Works well for Kang, but the Twins pulled a switcheroo on him, using this rapture plan to also kick him out of the timestream. So I'm guessing Kang (or Immortus, who has been hinted at) returns with a vengeance and sets everything right.
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Cerebus #9-11
Pretty much a pain to get through. The satire aspects are growing tired as this is catering way too much to the Sword and Sorcery genre. I'm sure if I was a Conan fan in the 70's, this would be great. #10 is all about Red Sophia, once again and it's even worse than before. #11 features what's supposed to be a Batman satire, "The Cockroach", and it feels out-of-place.

The "letters from the publisher" are full of self-fulfilling hyperbole, as Dave Sim (and/or his wife) talks about all the creators who love him. Mostly Frank Thorne (Red Sonja), then Marshall Rogers and some other name drops that I couldn't care less about. Then it's all about the "cons" they've been to. Don't give your Oscar speech until you've won.

With the Cockroach, it seems like this could dive completely into satirizing other comics. If I didn't know "this gets better around issue 20 or so", I would've stopped reading this shlop.

I'd say "Groo" took over the cartoony sword-n-sorcery spoof (and did a much better job of it) a few years later. Groo also mixed in some social satire as it went on, but it was much more playful, along the lines of "Fractured Fairy Tales".
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Actually you're about 2 issues away from it getting better. Once he falls in with Lord Julius it stops being a straight up satire of sword and sorcery books.

The Roach is great. He changes his identity over the years to whoever is hot in comics at the moment.

I would also recommend not reading the letters section. Simm gets nuttier as this progresses and he's a truly unlikable human being in most regards.
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The Return of Andre "The Fucking" Giant!
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Erick Von Erich,Oct 12 2013
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Superman/Wonder Woman #1
Given to me, free, as I was curious if DC still pisses me off. Yup. Plenty of talk of the two calling each other "Clark" and "Diana". Wonder, errr, Diana even name-drops: "if I wanted that, I'd be with Hal Jordan". Gee, isn't it neat that they all know each others' names?!!

Some story about them flying over an ocean freighter and running into Doomsday. I. Don't. Care.

Didn't care - had Wonder Woman. Bought it.
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Erick Von Erich
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Viceroy-- Wonder Woman was your reasoning for buying it? Please explain.



Avengers Assemble #20
A one-shot issue, dealing with some fallout from the Inhumans' Terrigen Mists being released in "Infinity*". A suburban family is suddenly infected with size-altering powers, so the Wasp, Wonder Man and Scarlet Witch respond. Errr...excuse me: "Jan, Simon and Wanda". Sure, Wasp and Wonder Man have public IDs, that's not the issue. I think it's a little tiresome that modern writers constantly feel the need to use character's first names. Especially after decades of them using code-names or slang ("Wondy", "Cap", etc.).

Anyways, to save the family, Wasp shrinks back down to the Microverse and has another encounter with Lord Gouzar. Gouzar's phrase of exclamation is "in the name of the Baron..", which makes me all giddy and think it's a call back to Micronauts. A fairly satisfying one-shot issue and stuff actually made sense. More enjoyable than the shlop I've been trying to understand in "Avengers".


*Whoa, the actual "Infinity" series is about Thanos attacking Earth? Cool, I'd be into that. Much more exciting than the Avengers flying around in outer space and listening to alien-babble, with no real rhyme or reason.
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Marvel Two-in-One #26-33
In order, it's the Thing teaming-up with Nick Fury, Deathlok, Sub-Mariner, Shang Chi, Spider-Woman, "Mystery Menace", Invisible Girl and Modred the Mystic.

It all starts when Mentallo and the Fixer bring Deathlok to the present and brainwash him with plans to assassinate President Jimmy Carter (in one of his many Marvel appearances). After that's resolved (note: Carter didn't get killed), the Thing is sent to England to get Deathlok repaired. On the flight over, he and Alicia Masters run into the Sub-Mariner for a quick fight with Piranha.

Once in England, Thing runs into a plot with Hydra to abduct the doctor who can fix Deathlok. Shang Chi makes this appearance, but then it's a whole lot of Spider-Woman for the next few issues (from 29 through 33). This was probably only her second real appearance and she still has the full hooded costume. Her connections with Hydra are played up, as they turn Alicia into a super-spider. Sue Richards arrives to help and it's finally resolved.

Issue 33 is the final "Thing in England" story, as he and Alicia do some sight-seeing at Stonehenge. Spider-Woman follows because...uhhh. Modred pops up in a VERY heavily worded story about three elemental demons.

This was an attempt to make the team-up format into actual story arcs with a flow and not just "one and done" issues. It's a very meandering plot, but fulfilled the wishes of 70's fanboys to have SOME connection. The real problem is the scripting, as the Thing makes several pop culture analogies that don't flow into the situation and REALLY run on. Like: "you look like one'a them Bruce Lee types from those Kung Fu movies that Torchie tried to get me to see a few years ago. I had enough of that kind of action with Iron Fist".

The Thing whines a lot about his appearance and how Alicia's "the best gal in the world", but he's glad she can't see him. His "woe is me" attitude gets tiresome, as it's brought up at least twice per issue.

Art-wise, it gets pretty terrible, especially in issue 33. There are so many word balloons, that we just see profile shots of most characters.

The last stinky point is the "British" dialogue. Lots of "'ello" and "ruddy" type of stuff. Several British bobbies make analogies to WWII, which seems dated even by 1970's standards.

The Fury/Deathlok/Carter story is vintage Bronze Age Marvel fun, but the rest is junk. Spider-Woman (whose origin hadn't been determined yet) is the only mildly interesting thing in the mix. You have to wonder if someone was throwing darts and dared a writer to connect all these characters in a loose story arc.
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Marvel Two-in-one #34
One more England story. Richmond Enterprises discovers an old relic, which turns out to be a tentacled alien. This brings Nighthawk to England, where he quickly tells the Thing his secret identity. Everyone thinks the alien is malicious, but it's the ol' "don't judge a book by its cover" moral. The alien dies rescuing kids from a hospital to prove the point. Aside from the dying novelty of this story being set in England, it's a typical one-issue team-up story.
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Marvel Two-in-One #35-36
Once again, Ben agrees to be a test-pilot. This time it's for the US Air Force, as he flies a jet over the Bermuda Triangle. This takes him back in time to the era of Skull the Slayer, who arrived in the past the exact same way.

After fighting some pterodactyls and the "Jaguar Priest", Ben, Skull and Skull's cast use remnants of their planes to fly back to the present. The Priest and his monsters also follow, as it's another monster fight at Cape Canaveral. Mr. Fantastic pops up, but is really no huge use. More of a chance to tie-up Skull's title, which had lasted all of 6 or 7 issues and had no conclusion. MTIO had used several new or cancelled fringe characters (Black Goliath, Tigra, Modred, Spider-Woman, Scarecrow, etc) and this seemed more of a "Marvel Universe Inventory Issue".

Marvel Two-in-One #37-39
Another convoluted multi-part story about the Mad Thinker framing the Thing, then thinking Daredevil has precognitive powers. It caps off with a lame kidnap attempt of the Vision at Avengers Mansion. Yellowjacket gets involved, as well, and plays an important part in the pay-off.

Kinda' sick of the MTIO brainlessness, now. Will probably take a break for a bit. I remember enjoying this series about issue 70-80, so there's a LONG ways to go.
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