August 27, 2008 Leave a comment
Here is a good article from the New York times about the legal battle between Fox and Warner Bros. over the rights Watchmen.
By comic nerds for comic nerds.
August 22, 2008 Leave a comment
After great effort (and a lot of help from the Marvel Chronology Project) I put together a reading order of my archive of X-Men back issues and got to reading, starting at the 1991 launch of the second X-Men book (now called X-Men: Legacy). Not too far in, I came upon the 12-part, 4-title crossover, the X-Cutioner’s Song. I’ve had the trade paperback of this for a while, but it always seemed to convoluted to really get into – but as I didn’t want to read only half of the story, I dusted it off and got to it.
It was a laborious read, I’ll have you know. To get into, you need to have some knowledge about past X-Force/New Mutants history as well as X-Factor knowledge. The basics are thus:
Once you have that down, we can get underway. Apparently, Cable shoots Professor X at a Lila Cheney concert, the Dark Riders (not working for Mr. Sinister instead of Apocalypse) kidnap Cyclops and Jean Grey, who are then traded to Stryfe for Summers DNA, which is a ruse – the container actually unleashes the Legacy Virus. The X-Men and X-Factor go after X-Force to get Cable, jail them, go around fighting for a while, then end up on the moon when Stryfe and Cable duke it out until Cyclops detonates a time portal. Ending comes, la la la. Oh yeah, Stryfe is apparently Cyclops’ son who happens to be a little bitter about what happened to him. You can understand that, right?
The story, while about four parts too long, wasn’t anything terrible. It got all the teams together, tied up a couple loose plot threads (for a while) and put a lot of focus on Wolverine, Cable and Bishop – the overly popular characters in the huge muscles, huge guns era of the early 90s. Looking back, with over 15 years having passed between then and now, the story doesn’t really hold up too well.
And thus you have the legacy of the X-Cutioner’s Song. If you’re aching to dive in, check out the trade. Actually, I managed to find all twelve individual issues for 50 cents each in a bargain bin, some even in the original bag complete with card! How X-Citing!
August 20, 2008 Leave a comment
Back in April, .I complained about the solicitation of an X-Men: Origins one-shot starring Colossus. I felt there was simply no reason to expand a character like Colossus’ origin to anything that would warrant it’s own one-shot. I didn’t buy the book, but reviews I read (such as this one from Paul O’Brien’s X-Axis) pretty much summed up my thoughts on it: nothing unreadable, but pretty much unnecessary.
However, when I saw a solicitation for another X-Men: Origins book starring Jean Grey, I was more intrigued. Jean Grey was (as she’s still dead) a character with a pretty interesting back story before she got to the X-Men. For those of you not in the know, when Jean Grey debuted in X-Men #1 back in 1963, her lone power was telekinesis. Over time, she was given telepathy and a back story was provided to explain why she had not used them the whole time: while still a child, her best friend was hit by a car. Jean telepathically connected with her as she died, which mentally scarred her. Professor X was called in to help heal the damage, and he blocked off her telepathic powers until she was ready for them.
The Origins issue is a retelling of that story with a heavier focus on what Xavier actually did, and it’s excellent work. The writing works and the painted art is gorgeous. It shows that you don’t have to add new events to an origin for an issue like this. Just expand on what’s already been established to allow readers to get a better grip on the character.
There’s another one coming out soon for Beast, so let’s hope that quality too.