Month: April 2011

1982 gave us…

I was going to speak a few words on the issue of Uncanny X-Men that came out the same month that I was all busy getting born and stuff (it was the introduction of the all-but-forgotten incarnation of Carol Danvers called Binary) but then I found this cover and wanted to comment:

First, I’m curious as to what Wonder Woman was doing being chained to a wall wearing nothing but a belt and her tiara, but more importantly, I want to know what kind of conditioner she uses!  For the length of time it must have taken for her body to decay down to just the bare skeleton, her hair looks fantastic!

(Covers released on given month found here.  Link originally found on TheMarySue, with help from this girl.)

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New Comic Day hangover

Okay, so I’m a bit behind.  I’m going to cover this week’s books and then I’ll swing back and catch up on the others later*.  This week we have:

  • Uncanny X-Force #8 in which we get the eagerly awaited(?) between Psylocke and the Shadow King.
  • Wolverine & Jubilee #4 (of 4) in which I want more issues of this mini.
  • X-Factor #218 in which a lot of chaotic stuff goes down.

Do I really even need to mention the SPOILERS after the jump?  I don’t think so, so I won’t do it.  Sorry.  Let’s begin!

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Top 5 Favorite Justice League TV Series Stories

I’ve recently been working my way through the Justice League cartoon, from start to finish, and wanted to share my thoughts on it.  While I recommend watching the entire series, these were my top 5 favorite stories.  I say stories because most of them encompassed multiple episodes.  Also, this list is just of the 2 seasons the show was known as Justice League.  I’m still working my way through the Justice League Unlimited revamp.

1.  A Better World
Directed by Dan Riba
Written by Stan Berkowitz
Plot.  Following the death of the Flash, the Justice Lords launch an assault on the White House, where Superman kills President Lex Luthor. Two years later, the Lords now rule over the planet with an iron fist. Batman discovers the dimension which the Justice League inhabits. Considering their counterparts naive, but wishing to spread order to the newly discovered world, they cross over and trap the League in a force field. They then take their places in a quest to make this Earth like their own.

Why it’s on this list.  The Justice Lords provide an example of what the Justice League could become if they wanted to, but the fact that they choose not to makes them seem more heroic.  There’s also a really nice Batman vs. Batman moment.  (more…)

Peter David’s Green Hornet

It’s no secret that Peter David is my favorite comic writer.  He’s been so since I discovered Young Justice at a time when I wasn’t reading many comics, which led me to rediscover the old issues of X-Factor that had been in my longbox for years.  When CBR features him in one of their weekly X-Position articles, I’m always eager to check it out.  Yesterday, amongst the usual questions of future stories for X-Factor and how he plots his storylines, a rather interesting story was told.  And it involved this:

This picture alone is better than Seth Rogen's movie.

PAD scripted the new Spider-Man game “Edge of Time”, so Activision brought him out to the recent WonderCon on their dime.  Wanting Activision to get the most for their money, he decided to limit his appearance to the game panel so that any attention he got would be shared by the game, since that was the whole reason he was there.  But still wanting to enjoy the convention, he put together a Green Hornet costume and went incognito.  And surprisingly enough, the costume worked like a charm.  He got numerous requests for pictures, but very few people recognized who he actually was and thus didn’t hound him with questions and autograph requests.

The funniest line of the article, though, came when he was talking about how creators he had known for years still didn’t recognize him:

[I]t was rather entertaining to walk up to Len Wein and say, “I’m a huge fan, Mr. Wolfman.”

I would have paid to see THAT reaction.

Quality X-Men stories not having “Phoenix Saga”, “Future Past” or “Man Kills” in their titles

 When asked about the best X-Men stories ever written, most fans will point out the same ones: Dark Phoenix Saga, Days of Future Past, God Loves, Man Kills.  And for good reason – they are three fantastic stories.  Younger readers might make an argument for Joss Whedon’s Astonishing X-Men tenure or perhaps the likes of the Age of Apocalypse (though more X-Calibre, less Generation Next).

But here are some of the best X-Men stories I’ve read that you may not be familiar with…though you should be.

The Sentinels Live! ((Uncanny) X-Men #57 -59)
It’s always been strange to me that for all the X-Fans who clamour on about the Claremont/Byrne era and the tenures of Marc Silverstri, Jim Lee and Joe Madureira, that are surprisingly few that have grown familiar with the run of Roy Thomas and Neal Adams at the close of the 1960s.  By that point, the X-Men had become a stagnant pool of mediocre stories and abandoned plot directions (anyone remember the FBI forcing the team to disband?) until Thomas returned to the book with the now-legendary Neal Adams to create a run that yanked the X-Men out of their Silver Age roots and did some amazing work.  Unfortunately, it was not enough to keep the book from being cancelled, but it did breathe enough life into the franchise to warrant a reboot five years later that changed comics forever.

In the story that originally introduced the Sentinels upon an unsuspecting mutant population, inventor Bolivar Trask ultimately sacrificed his life to prevent the unforseen lengths his Master Mold would go to destroy mutantkind (enslaving humanity, anyone?).  But the problem with noble sacrifices in such situations is that no one is around to see them, and that part of the legacy can easily be left out of anyone’s pledge to avenge their death.  Such was the task when Bolivar’s son Larry swore to carry on his father’s mission, introducing the Mark II Sentinels upon mutantkind.  And they were efficient at what they did.  Within two issues, the mutant-hunting robots had captured nearly every mutant introduced in the Marvel U (including Angel, Iceman, Lorna Dane, Havok, the Living Monolith, Banshee, Unus, the Blob, Quicksilver, Mastermind, Scarlet Witch, Toad, Vanisher and Mesmero).  In fact, the only two mutants not captured, besides the three X-Men that would eventually save the day, were Magneto and the Changeling, both of whom had very good reasons for not showing up as would be explained in upcoming stories.

As all stories involving giant robots tend to do, the plan backfired when Larry himself was revealed to be a mutant, leaving the Sentinels to control themselves.  Cyclops eventually used the creatures’ own sense of logic against them by convincing them that the Sun was the source of genetic mutation, and thus the Sentinels flew off to destroy it, with predictable results.  But after the three issues, Thomas and Adams had kicked off their run with an incredible tale that gave new life to the sagging title and set the stage for more excellent tales and allowed the X-Men to become the massive franchise they did.  This is a must-read story for any fan.

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Chuck Austen/SWII Sunday update

For those dozen or so regular Comicdom Wrecks! readers, you may be wondering ‘Hey, where are the regular updates for Chuck Austen’s X-Men and Secret Wars II Sunday?

The truth is that I’ve had a rough couple of weeks and haven’t much been in the mood for foul comics and lavish ridicule.  The books have been read, the content pulled, but I simply haven’t been able to get myself into the snarky groove.

But that is coming to an end.  Starting this Friday, we will resume the weekly features and get back on schedule!  Next up is Holy War, and I’ll leave you with a tiny tidbit to whet your appetite: “Disintegrating communion wafers.”  For real.