So I’m reading some Spider-Man comics from the mid 90’s and stumbled across the the 1995 mini-series “Planet of the Symbiotes”. In this story, Eddie Brock tries to separate himself from the Venom symbiote, which causes it to freak out & send a telepathic distress message into space, which brings a whole mess of symbiotes to Earth. Turns out that there’s an entire race of the things that travels the galaxy and bonds with different lifeforms, consuming their energy until they’re dead & then moving onto the next planet. The Venom symbiote we all know and love was actually exiled from their society for wanting to permanently bond with a host & actually live with it rather than just use it up as fast as possible and leave behind a dead husk. What a loser, right?! It was marooned on Battleworld until Spider-Man found it during Secret Wars. Anyway, Spider-Man, Scarlet Spider, and Venom team up to fight off the symbiotes & save the day.
The point I should be getting to here is that issue two of this series, Spider-Man Super Special #1 (it ran in “super specials” off all the Spider titles at the time; Amazing, Spectacular, Web of, etc.) was drawn buy a guy named Joe St. Pierre. St. Pierre hadn’t been in the business that long, having gotten his start in 1992. His art style…I can only describe it like this: It’s like somebody got Todd McFarlane good & hammered drunk and had him pencil a Spider-Man book. Take a look for yourself.
Joe St. Pierre is still working today and he did go on to get a lot better. Just goes to show you that any artist would most likely be better served cultivating their own style instead of trying to mimic someone else’s.
It’s time for part 2 of our discussion on Chris Claremont and John Byrne’s Uncanny X-Men run. Find out what awaits our band of fearless heroes after their ordeal on Murderwold. Will they find happiness on Muir Island, or just a crazy mutant? Find out what in world is happening with Jean Grey. All that and possibly the Wendigo is ahead.
It’s time to talk about good X-men stories. That’s why Jacob and Casey join us this week to discuss Chris Claremont and John Byrne’s run on Uncanny X-men. The discussion ran pretty long, so we are breaking it up into two parts. This is part 1 of the discussion. Part 2 will be up in a couple days.
In this episode, Anthony and J. R. continue their trek though Stephen King’s The Dark Tower series with part 4, Wizard and Glass. In this story, learn how the ka-tet is able to outsmart Blaine the Mono. See what trouble a young Roland found himself in. After that, Jacob stops in to catch us up on what has been going on in the X-Men comics.
Now that Marvel has finally gotten the proverbial stick out of their proverbial butt and let the X-Men be the frickin’ X-Men again, I’ve found myself back into the foray of reading comics. And when I read comics, I tend to have lots and lots of opinions about them. Thankfully, I have a blog for that!
Coming soon will be the restarting of my eXaminations bit where I go through what’s going on in the X-Men world, and I’ll probably do it on an individual issue basis so I don’t let the pile grow to the point where there’s more work than thought.
But I’m not just reading X-Men, dear friends. I’ve also been sticking my nose into other books that tickle my fancy and I will be sharing thoughts on those as well. The main one, of course, is the Whatever New Relaunch Blue Beetle book which has the return of Ted Kord! And why isn’t he dead, you ask? Because in this world, he never died.
So look for that. But before I leave, I will give you a little bit of joy I found in my readings, coming from April’s Spider-Man/Deadpool #16 by Joshua Corin and Scott Koblish. The setup is that Deadpool, Spider-Man and Cami Van Helsing have traveled to Latvia to convince Dracula to lead his Vampire Army against their monster-leading villain. Unfortunately, they find Dracula uninterested in doing anything of the sort, being perfectly fine living his life down in the basement playing online games while a minion regularly sends him victims to feed upon via trap door slide from the toilet.
So Cami Van Helsing pisses off the undeadman to the point that he’s ready to kill her fabulously, but Spider-Man challenges the gamer in him to a video game fight in which Cami plays as Spider-Man and Dracula plays as, well, Dracula.
Three years ago. many were introduced to the Guardians of the Galaxy. The success of the first movie surprised many. Among the five main characters, the two most recognizable actors were only doing voice work, Vin Diesel as Groot and Bradley Cooper as Rocket. Zoe Saldana was hidden behind alien makeup. At the time, Chris Pratt was just some goofy guy on Parks and Recreation. Then there’s former pro-wrestler Dave Bautista rounding out the cast. Not exactly the standard formula for a success. But it was successful. The Marvel machine was rolling, and word of mouth on the movie was incredibly positive. The movie went on to gross over $770 million world-wide at the box office.
And now, we have the highly anticipated sequel. While overall enjoying the movie, there were some positives and negatives that jumped out to me. Spoilers ahead. (more…)
In this week’s episode, Jacob sits J.R. and Anthony down to explain why 90’s-era X-Men crossovers were so awful using the one that cost Wolverine his metal and Magneto his brain, FATAL ATTRACTIONS! There are deaths! There are returns! There are betrayals! There are explosions! By the end of this podcast, you will know that the story probably wasn’t as good as you thought it was.