Month: March 2013

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Fun with sound effects

The following panel is from Detective Comics #602.  Flipping through this issue, the thing that stuck out was that there was a lot of different sound effects used in this issue.  There are so many, that I might make another post showing each one.  But there’s no time for that.  The following panel really stuck out to me.

Detective Comics 602 sploosh

Would people spilling a shot of something really make a deep “sploosh” sound?  I’d expect something a bit more high pitched.  Kind of like a “splish.”  Someone should record themselves spilling a shot on them so we can see how it really sounds.

Remember that Telltale Fables game?

Well, that game now has a name, and that name is The Wolf Among Us.

The Wolf Among Us

According to IGN, the game takes place before the comic begins, and players will play as Bigby Wolf as he tries to keep Fables undetected.  Originally announced in 2011, I have eagerly been awaiting this game, and it seems like I only a few more months as this game (well, episode 1 probably) is released this summer.  Also by Telltale, make sure to play The Walking Dead, if you haven’t already.  The game is fantastic.

186 Reasons Chris Claremont is Awesome #4: Leave Jean Grey Dead!

This time we’re not looking at what actually did happen, but rather what Chris Claremont wanted to happen with his merry mutants.

You might have heard this before, but once upon a time Jean Grey went and died.  It might have even been a big deal.

The Dark Phoenix Saga was a huge event at the time (and even remains so today) because it featured the death of a beloved X-Man.  Sure, Changeling and Thunderbird died before, but this was Jean Frickin’ Grey!  The beloved Marvel Girl who had been around from day one of the X-Men.  And not only was the event huge because she bit the big one, but it was such a tragic tale that had been built up for so long with her fall to darkness and her eventual suicide.

And Chris Claremont made sure readers remembered how important her death was.  Thunderbird only got one mention the issue after he died, but Jean was mentioned in nearly every issue for some time to come.  Villains inquired about her.  Members of the team became sullen whenever her name came up.

Of course, all this was for moot with the launch of X-Factor in which it was revealed that the Phoenix that had died was not actually Jean, but rather a clone of her created by a cosmic entity known as the Phoenix Force, which had answered her mental cry for help and placed her in a healing cocoon under Jamaica Bay that was later discovered by the Avengers.  Jean’s revival was done because an editorial edict that wanted the original five X-Men back together in the new book.

But Claremont himself was not at all amused.  In his mind, having the revelation that Jean was not actually Phoenix damaged the original story’s depth, and having Jean back created all kinds of new issues, most notably for Cyclops and his new bride Madelyne Pryor, whom Claremont had created specifically to give Cyke his “happy ending” for at least the time being.  There was no way that Jean’s return could do anything but confuse the marriage and damage Cyclops’s character, making him a royal ass for abandoning his wife and son just to hook back up with his lost love.

So what was Claremont’s idea instead?  He suggested using Jean’s sister Sarah, who had been introduced in the Dark Phoenix Saga, in her place amongst the original X-Men, giving them a red-headed Grey, but having her uncomfortable and even hateful of her role as a mutant.  Rather than simply going with the original team, it would give them a new foil, and one that kept the tragedy of Jean’s death right in front of the original members.  Also, what would Sarah’s reaction to Madelyne be?  In fact, the Grey family were kept quite distant from Cyclops’s wife – it was an encounter that just never happened.

Claremont pitched the idea to Marvel, but they were sold on the return of Jean, and thus back she came, complete with wrecking Cyke’s marriage and creating a new spin on the Phoenix Force that took Marvel decades to finally straighten out.

What could have been…in my opinion is one more reason Chris Claremont is awesome.

186 Reasons Chris Claremont is Awesome #3: Charles Xavier’s Brand New Legs

So there was this one time that Professor X turned into a giant space bug and kind of died.  Funny thing, really.

Though largely an easily-defeated menace today, once upon a time, the Brood royally jacked the X-Men up, even infecting each one of them with a Queen embryo that would hatch and transform its host into a Brood, killing them in the process.  The thing even hatched in both Wolverine and Storm, but other factors (a healing factor and death) prevented the transformation.

Charles Xavier wasn’t so lucky.  His first attempt at detecting the thing knocked him into a catatonic stupor, then its influence led him to recruit the original New Mutants.  Seriously – go look it up.  Finally the X-Men, recently healed from their own infections, made it back to Earth and set out to cure their beloved mentor of his infection.

And they failed.

The Brood embryo hatched and Professor X’s body was irreversibly transformed.  Fortunately, the X-Men managed to put the kibosh on the thing before it overtook his mind, and before you can say “space age technology”, the Starjammers had a new Xavier body cloned and ready to go and transferred his mutant brain over.  The operation was a complete success, and the neat procedure had two neat little benefits.  One, it allowed creators to be able to keep Xavier “ageless” as his new body could be considered any age rather than being stuck with the real-world events of his origin.  The same was done with the recovery of Magneto, but that’s a story for another day.

The second and more in-story benefit was that the new body had a fully working set of legs, as the Starjammers didn’t find it necessary to smash his legs so the two would perfectly match.  So, with the X-Men and New Mutants watching with bated breaths, Professor X emerged from the medical site and shocked everyone by standing up from his chair for the first time since his Silver Age psychic braces had been abandoned because they were really stupid.

And then he screamed out in pain and crumpled into a heap.  Whoops.

You see, when Xavier initially had his legs smashed by Lucifer, he used his psychic powers as a mental painkiller to block the horrific pain.  As he continued over the years, he was always slightly doing such to keep himself sane and preventing his legs from having to be amputated.  With the debut of his new body, he finally was able to stop blocking the pain, but his powerful mind was not exactly registering his new limbs and thus still registered the massive pain when he tried to use them.

Think phantom pains, but in reverse.

So thus, Xavier’s fix was not a simple get-’em-and-go, but forced him into months of physical therapy to train his mind to once again use his legs, much like anyone going through rehab to relearn simple tasks upon recovering from injury.  It was a fantastic and unexpected move for the character, and is just one more reason why Chris Claremont is awesome.

Green Arrow: The Archer’s Quest

Green Arrow Archers QuestUp next in my stack of trades that I need to read is Green Arrow:  The Archer’s Quest.  This story takes place in Green Arrow #16-21 (way back in 2002), written by Brad Meltzer and drawn by Phil Hester.  Normally, I’m not someone that buys Green Arrow books (despite my love of Robin Hood), but there were a couple things working in this trade’s favor.  First, I do like Brad Meltzer’s writing.  Identity Crisis, along with Green Lantern:  Rebirth, was the first thing I bought when I got into collecting.  Second, I already had the Green Arrow issues directly before this.  I had bought the two trades before The Archer’s Quest, Quiver and Sounds of Violence, because they were written by Kevin Smith.  So, I figured it wouldn’t hurt to get The Archer’s Quest.

Before getting into this story, let’s go over some background.  Oliver Queen had died in an explosion, but was halfway resurrected at the end of the previous Green Arrow run.  I say halfway, because this Oliver Queen was without a soul, because Oliver was happy in heaven.  During Quiver, Heaven Oliver is forced to return to life in order to not allow the shell of him on Earth to be inhabited by someone else.

Oliver is visiting his grave, when Clark Kent shows him some pictures of the people that attended Oliver’s funeral.  He recognizes everyone, except one man.  Oracle later tells Oliver that this person is Thomas Blake, aka Catman (who is nothing like what he is in Secret Six).  Worried what a villain was doing at his funeral, Green Arrow and Roy Harper confront him.  Green Arrow finds the instructions for Blake to be at his funeral, and Shade shows up.  (more…)