Month: August 2013

So about Jubilee

There’s something that’s really been bothering me about Adjectiveless X-Men.  It’s not that it’s a pointless grab for extra money using an all-girls gimmick and big name creators that adds nothing but pointless filler in the greater scope of the BIG PICTURE Marvel Universe.  You’d think that would be my problem, but it really isn’t.  X-Men‘s been a fun little read.

No, my problem is with one of the things the book has been focusing on – little Jubilation Lee and her bundle of joy.

Jubilee-baby

Jubilee showed up in issue 1 with a baby in tow and everyone is all like “ZOMG JUBES YOU GOT A BABY!!!!!!”  and on their way they go.  Not one person in the book – not Storm, not Psylocke, not Kitty Pryde, not even GUEST STAR Wolverine – pointed towards the deal and said hey, wait a second there, this might not be that good of an idea.

Jubilee is not the poster child of good character decisions in her time.  Quite the opposite, in fact.  Pretty much every thing she does is a bad idea.  First appearance?  Jumped into a portal and got whisked to Australia.  Most recent appearance?  Bailed on the X-Men to go run with a vampire coven.  A lot of screw ups go in between.

So suddenly Jubilee shows up with this baby and everyone is like, aw Jubilee that’s my girl, she’ll do good.  And that bothers me.  Because Wolverine’s established character is making good decisions when the bone-heads try to make the dumb ones.  That’s what he does.  That’s why he was on the A side of AvX and all the X side people came crying to him.  But then I see him sitting here with Jubilee and this baby she found and smiles all around?  Come on.

Maximum Linkage: Comic Related Stuff From Around the Interwebs

It Stinks!

25 Superman and Batman comics that should be considered for the Man of Steel sequel. (Film Drunk)

Whoever plays the next Batman, at least it’s not this asshole. (E! Online)

Southie Batman is my new favorite thing. (Film Drunk)

Was Ben Affleck’s Daredevil really that bad? (Gamma Squad)

Richard Dreyfuss would’ve been the best Batman. (Twitter)

DC vs. Marvel, all time domestic box office earnings, adjusted for inflation. (Geeks Are Sexy)

A much more detailed breakdown of Marvel vs. DC at the movies. (Congerson Movie Score)

Just in case you’ve started to take for granted how good comic book movies have gotten, here’s the trailer for Howard the Duck. (YouTube)

The Five Best (and Five Worst) Status Quo Changes in Superhero Comics (Topless Robot)

“My name’s Electric Nachos.” A supercut of superheroes introducing themselves. (Screen Junkies)

Maximum Linkage: Comic Related Stuff From Around the Interwebs

  – Do you like comics? Since you’re reading this blog, I’d say you do. Do you like the  Muppets? Of course you do. They you’ll love these Muppet/comic mash-ups. (CBR)

  – Who would win in a fight: Marvel or DC? (Slate)

  – The Daily Show’s John Oliver has a moment of nerd rage when a 42 year old inventor is  called the inspiration for the 50 year old Tony Stark character”. (The Daily Show)

  – How Superman vs. Batman would really go down. (Imgur)

  – The cast & crew of Kick-Ass 2 responds to Jim Carrey distancing himself from the movie for being too violent. (Digital Spy)

– Writer and podcast host Brett White has an interesting comment about Marvel & DC’s approach to movies. (Twitter)

  – Antboy is kind of like what would’ve happened had Peter Parker become Spider-Man when he were much younger. Also, you know, bitten by a radioactive ant. (YouTube)

– Goodbye, My Brothers: Probably the saddest Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles themed thing you’ll ever see. (deviantART)

– Some people bought a “furnished” house, found a whole lot of collectibles inside. (Reddit)

– If you ever wanted workout advice from Ghost Rider, here’s your chance. (Imgur)

These are classics?

I’ve been using this bookmark for a few months, so I’m not entirely sure when it was thrown into my bag.  Just recently, I actually took a good look at what DC considered “classic” superman stories that people should read to get ready for Man of Steel.

Superman:  Earth One Vol 1+2, All-Star Superman, Superman:  Last Son of Krypton, Superman:  For Tomorrow, Action Comics:  Superman and the Men of Steel

Superman: Earth One Vol 1+2, All-Star Superman, Superman: Last Son of Krypton, Superman: For Tomorrow, Action Comics: Superman and the Men of Steel

First, I find it surprising that they don’t mention Superman:  Birthright, which I’ve been told that Man of Steel borrows from.  Second, none of these are really what I would call “classic” Superman stories.  I consider something to be a classic if many years after its released, it’s still considered a great story that a Superman reader would recommend to others.  My back issue boxes are full of good comics, but I wouldn’t just toss all of them on someone and tell them to read everything.  You pick out the great comics to get them hooked and wanting more.

I haven’t read the Earth One volumes, so I can’t comment on the quality of them.  Although, I’ve never seen anyone call them must read stories.  And out of the other 4 stories, All-Star Superman is the only that I consider a must-read Superman story.  Don’t get me wrong, I like the other stories.  It’s just they’re not what I’d tell others to read.  For example, Last Son is a good story, but it’s not even the Geoff Johns’ Superman story I’d recommend.  That would likely be either the Brainiac story, or Superman and the Legion story.  Morrison’s Action Comics will forever be shadowed by All-Star.

But don’t think I don’t see why these stories were chosen, mostly.  The Earth One and Action Comics are recent origin stories.  Last Son is a General Zod centric story.  So, I understand why DC is steering people to those stories.  I just take issue with using the term “classic.”  I think when you casually use a term for greatness to describe things that aren’t, you lessen the significance of that word.  Kind of like when everything is special, then nothing is really special.

Catching up: Gambit

Every time the X-Men line hits the switch-it-up button, a few of the characters get a solo book out of the deal.  We’ve seen Nightcrawler, Bishop, Rogue, Cable, Mystique, Jubilee, etc. numerous times and it never seems to be able to stick.  Gambit is one of the ones that gets the solo book going pretty much every time the X-Men line hiccups, and for good reason.  Gambit’s the kind of character that really should work as a solo hero.  He’s a gambler, a thief, and a charmer.  He’s basically James Bond without the government ties and with British couth replaced with Cajun pizazz.

But for some reason, in a storyline sense, Gambit’s been weighed down for some reason,  There’s been something shackled to him that prevents him from using his basic traits and basically watering him down as a character.  What could it be?  Oh I don’t know….

In the past decade or so, Gambit’s existence around the X-Universe has been pretty much to sit around and be a good boy while Rogue goes on and on about her decisions and her problems and her life.  And that’s the kind of thing that happens when you get an X-Men book by an awesome writer tailored completely around you (we miss you, Mike Carey!).  But in the meantime, Gambit has been basically jumping around waiting for Rogue to make up her mind about whatever the hell she’s on about this time, so much so that she finally had to make a decision and DIDN’T choose him.

And now all the Rogue lovahs hate me, but I’ve got an entire Gambit/Rogue entry in the works to fuel that fire.

ANYWAY, I’m not the only one who thinks that helpful ex-boyfriend and mutant teacher isn’t the role for Gambit.  Turns out, Gambit himself is feeling that way too, and decides that he’s going to scratch the thieving itch and steal an evil something-or-other from a really bad person, because that’s what heroic thieves do.

And then all hell breaks loose.

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What is going on with the Hawkeye Annual?

Here’s the first page of the issue.  There’s nothing special about this particular page, but it is representative of the art in the rest of the issue.

Hawkeye annual 1 art

What the hell is going on?  Can anyone explain why you would completely black out the characters at some points?  And it’s not like these are supposed to be silhouettes.  There are times when the characters are outside, in the bright sunshine and still blacked out.  The question “Who is Kate Bishop?” is asked numerous times throughout the issue.  So, I could see if it was just Kate Bishop that was blacked out.  But it’s everyone, and seemingly random times.  Seriously, can anyone see a reason.

And what the hell was up with the $4.99 price tag?  There were 28 pages of content.  A normal issue consists of 20 pages of content for $2.99.  So, it cost an extra $2 for 8 pages.  And yes, I may not have paid much attention to the price had I enjoyed the comic, but I didn’t.  Let me rephrase, the art annoyed me too much to really enjoy the comic.  All I ask of art is for it to convey what is going on in the story so that it makes sense, and don’t cause a distraction from what is going on.

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