Month: August 2010

Countdown To Fables #100: Jack Be Nimble

It’s time for another entry in my twice-weekly recap of stories in Fables, as we countdown to the release of issue #100.  Today’s story is titled “Jack Be Nimble,” and is collected in the volume 6 trade paperback, Homelands.  In this story, Jack runs off to Hollywood, looking for fame and riches.  Also, an index of previous countdown entries has been set up under the Special Features menu.  So, if you’re new to the countdown, check out some of previous entries, and get yourself caught up.  But back to today’s entry, the story recap and spoilers after the break. (more…)

The tale of the Girl Turtle

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have a pretty familiar supporting cast of characters.  Of course, we all know the four brothers – Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello and Raphael – but just as well we know Splinter, their rat father-figure, Casey Jones, the hockey masked best friend, and April O’Neil, the reporter hottie in the yellow jumpsuit.

However, in 1997 when Fox Kids launched the live-action Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation, it was felt that things should be shaken up.  Meant to be a continuation of the movie franchise, strangely enough nowhere to be found were Casey or April.  In their place, we got this:

Quit staring at her shell boobs.

This abomination new character was Venus de Milo, adding the much-needed sex appeal to a show lacking the classic April O’Neil.  And seriously, if you think that this thing is sexier than April, you have issues.  And you need to stay away from Muppets.

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Countdown to Fables #100: The Mean Seasons

Welcome to my twice weekly recap of every story told within the pages of Bill Willingham’s Fables, counting down to the release of issue #100 on November 24th.  Today’s story is the title of volume 5 trade paperback, “The Mean Seasons.”  This story arc is a 4 issue run that takes place over the course of a year, one issue per season.  This story is about the birth of Snow and Bigby’s child, and the fallout from the Mayoral election.  The story recap and spoilers are after the break. (more…)

New Comic Day hangover

Yeah, I know that three weeks ago I said “hiatus complete” but I had some extenuating circumstances over the past couple weeks.  Two weeks ago I was too lazy – my bad.  Last week, Casey and I travelled to Chicago for the Wizard World Comic Con and the hotel I was staying in charged $12 for internet access.

But enough excuses.  Let’s make up for the lost time and hit the big list!  This week we have…

Astonishing X-Men #35 in which the story that took forever ends with a disappointing whimper.

Booster Gold #35 in which Booster realizes his trip in the past is not as innocent as he believes.

Justice League: Generation Lost #7 & 8 in which the JLI attacks Checkmate.

New Mutants #16 in which we get the back story of the hellish soldiers.

Uncanny X-Men #527 in which Hope goes after another new mutant.

X-Factor #208 in which Wolfsbane finds out her bf is shacking with a dude.

X-Men #2 in which Blade pops up for the vampire story.

And finally, X-Men Legacy #239 in which we meet Indra’s fiancée.

Please be warned there will be SPOILERS in the reviews following the jump.  I no longer feel bad.

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The unexplained mutant problem

The general populace of the Marvel Universe do not really like mutants. After all, the X-Men’s tagline says “Sworn to protect a world that hates and fears them” for good reason. The general idea is that mutants are just like ordinary humans until puberty, when they develop superhuman abilities. Ordinary folk dislike this for two reasons: first, the powers can have unpredictable results. Perhaps a mutant might lose control of their powers and blow up a city block. Perhaps they might take advantage of their ability to walk through walls and rob a bank. Second, humans have a natural dislike of anything superior to themselves. Mutants are refered to as the next step in human evolution. Hell, they’re refered to as “Homo Superior”. That’s pretty much rubbing it in the face of the rank and file civilian. 

But this is well-known information. Why break up the Fables countdown for this? I have a problem with the reaction towards mutants in the Marvel Universe. Actually, not so much in that I question the response towards them – that is completely understandable by looking at human nature. Rather, I question the trust thrown towards other super-heroes while all the hate is being lobbied at the X-Men and their kin. To me, it’s a contradiction of opinion that has gone on mostly unquestioned for nearly 50 years. 

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Countdown to Fables #100: War Stories

Welcome to today’s edition of Countdown to Fables #100, our twice-weekly exploration of every story that has ever appeared within the pages of Fables.  Today’s story is entitled “War Stories,” and is collected in volume 5, The Mean Seasons. This story is a tale about one of Bigby Wolf’s adventures behind enemy lines during World War II.  Read on after the break for the story, and of course, there are spoilers. (more…)