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Monday, September 29, 2008

And now for something completely awful...


James Proudstar is having a hard time coming to grips with the direction of the team and all the killing that has been going on. He can't even talk to his pus...Hepzibah about it. He takes a break to go visit the grave of his brother. Wolverine and Cyclops want to test to see if Rahne Sinclair will still attack Angel when she sees him. Warren opens up his wings and Wolfsbane goes all sorts of Scottish crazy trying to attack him. Warren, in response to the threat, somehow transforms into Archangel and start flinging knives like they are going out of style. Wolverine subdues Wolfsbane while Cyclops knocks some sense into Archangel.

After everyone calms down, Cyclops deems Elixir to be a problem because although he is an X-Man, he is not on X-Force. He knows too much after being brought in to heal some members up after the run in with Purifiers. X-23 calls the Cuckoos to come and mindwipe Elixir. Wolverine has a problem with this solution until Exilir tells him he wants to have it done. He is against knowing about what they are doing, but he is okay with what they are doing. The seemingly long dead Graydon Creed is back giving speeches in front of people, all the while being controlled by Bastion. He calls for the extermination of the entire mutant race. Instead of going after Bastion and Creed, Cyclops poses a different target. The Vanisher. It seems he has gotten his hands on a little vial containing the Legacy Virus.

Quick Analysis: Boy, has this book gone off the rails. Actually, that is a false statement because this book was never on the rails. This has been a disaster from the beginning. This book is basically a collection of rehashed stories, some of which didn't work (like Bastion), repackaged without any real rhyme or reason. All of the villains in the book (Bastion, Graydon Creed, Reverend Craig, the Vanisher, etc.) were long dead by the time this book came along. Now they are back and cobbled together for no apparent reason other than the writers couldn't think up any new villains.

There are so many things wrong with this book it's almost too much to handle. Half the team has already been shelved because they can't take killing. Cyclops is acting way out of character, and seeing as how the Young X-Men opening arc went, they can't say he was Donald Pierce all this time. Wolfsbane going crazy anytime she sees wings is a nice touch, but Warren being able to turn into Archangel and back again is beyond ridiculous. I know this is comic books and anything should be able to happen, but this is too much. So the feather wings turn into razor sharp daggers when he wants? His whole body, including costume, change during transformation? Come on! I've always thought Archangel was a cooler character, but you can't have it both ways. And what is up with bringing back the Legacy Virus? Colossus died so it would be cured, and now he is back, so they have to bring that back as well? Man, this series needs to end now and be wiped from continuity. It's flat out terrible.

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Saturday, September 27, 2008

Holy frijole! Brandon went out and got another person to blog on this site who is even more long winded than I am. I'm not sure whether to be jealous or impressed.

I'm already going to have to go back on my word from Tuesday when I made the claim that I was going to review every book I get with little tid bits of information. I realize as I type this that I haven't finished the books from September 17th and I just picked up 26 new issues on Thursday. With the Steelers on Monday Night Football and the Penguins season starting on Saturday, I'm going to be way too busy to even keep up with reading, let alone do reviews. So I'm going back to only reviewing one issue out of stack at a time. To appease Brandon, I'll keep it brief.

Who is the winner of the last stack of books? Punisher #62:


In the previous issue a town in Mexico contacted the Punisher for help in dealing with a kidnapping problem occurring in their town. All of the young girls and women were disappearing and no one likes a sausage party. The issue kicks off with the Punisher arriving in the little Mexican town. He refuses their measly pesos but the townspeople insist on paying him. They offer him a woman (where is this town?) as payment to which he refuses again. This little senorita will not take no for an answer and she returns to show why she is known as the Mexican Kenny G.

Another woman ends up dead, this time impaled on a fence, and the Punisher starts gathering clues. He goes to a morgue to examine another recent victim. Frank decides to play 'Operation' without the risks of being shocked for making an unsteady move, and finds the victim had her eyes and lungs removed. Castle starts working his way through the Mexican underbelly to get some answers. He hangs a bunch of lowlifes up in a meat locker and starts pounding some meat. Mexicans that is. He gets the intel he needs and sets out to take down one of the clearing houses for the group. While investigating the clearing house, Punisher hears a noise and empties his clip into a window, accidentally killing a small girl.

Quick Analysis: I totally believed after Garth Ennis left that the Punisher would go down hill. While this story isn't on par with some of the really great stories Ennis churned out, it is still respectable. It's good to see Castle out of his element in another country. It would get stale if he continuing was in New York plugging Italians all night long. The only way that wouldn't be misconstrued as gay was if the Italian in question was Sara Varone. Now not only is he out of his element, his actions have directly lead to the death of an innocent girl. Will the Punisher crack or will he go on another rampage? That was rhetorical if you didn't already know.

The above book is available for purchase at Bent Wookee Comix located on 127 Fairfield Avenue in the West End section of Johnstown. See ya there!

Friday, September 26, 2008



VINSON'S WEEKLY REVIEW FOR THE WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 24th

Because you demanded it, I'm back with my reviews for this week. And what a week! We got like fifty titles in! The new release table is overflowing! So if you want to check out some new titles, hurry down to the store. We have everything!
Okay, my first review is actually from last week. But anyone who knows me, knows I have to include it here. It's Indiana Jones and the Tomb of the Gods #2. The first issue had Indy racing around atop the World Trade Center under construction, running from SS agents. Then he and Marcus traveled to Tibet to look for one of three pieces of a "key". Although, Indy wasn't sure what it will open and neither are we, only that it was old and that the German's wanted it. The issue ended with Indy and Marcus seeming to meet their end in typical cliffhanger fashion.

The second issue opens with them escaping their fate. Indy finds a new ally and we are reintroduced to a familiar character from the movies. After making another death defying escape from danger, Indy (and thus we) learns more about the key he is acquiring the pieces to. His quest leads him to Shanghai, where he and Marcus part ways. Indy heads for Siberia where he hopes to find the ultimate answers to the riddle of the key. Before he gets there he runs into even more trouble. He finds himself in another bad situation, this time with Janice Le Roi, whom he met briefly in the first issue. Once again, the issue ends on a cliffhanger.

Okay, I have to say that I have all the Indiana Jones movies, all the novels, all the Marvel comics and all the Dark Horse comics. This is the first story in any media to get Indiana Jones right as far as the character and the tone of the adventures from the movies go. The art is incredible. Steve Scott obviously worked a great deal from screen caps without resulting to tracing ala Greg Land. Indy looks like Harrison Ford. Marcus looks like Denholm Elliot. It doesn't have the style of some of my favorite artists but it fit's the story perfect. It is the BEST art out of any Indiana Jones comic ever!

Likewise, this story is incredible so far. Rob Williams has far surpassed any writer of any comic to portray the adventures of Indiana Jones. None other have even come close. None of the Indiana Jones' novels have come close either. I'm being completely honest when I tell you that so far, this is the next best thing to an Indiana Jones movie. Indy acts like he does in the movies, particularly the way he acts in Raiders of the Lost Ark and Temple of Doom. I was worried Marcus would be portrayed as a bumbling idiot, the way he was in Last Crusade. But he's more like the mentor/friend he was in Raiders. There are lines like "X never marks the spot" and "fortune and Glory" used here but they don't seem forced like they so easily could. I know not a lot of people ordered this title. However this month's Previews is advertising the 4 issue series in a trade paperback. Do yourself a huge favor and order it!

Next is a book that actually did come out this week: Flash Gordon. We only got one issue and I really dug the art so I grabbed it. However, if you swing by the store this weekend, you'll see its back on the new release table. I actually did read it but I thought it seemed too Don Bluth for my taste. Not that I have anything against Don Bluth. I love The Secret of NIMH. But I just wasn't digging this. In this issue we have a Mission Impossible 2 opening where Flash is climbing a seemingly impossible peak. We find out he is a school teacher and a scientist and a drummed out government agent. He gets into fights at the drop of a hat, especially with the very angry giant partner of Agent Dale Arden. Dale isn't the damsel in distress she was in the classic comics and most of the adaptations that followed. She's every bit Flash's match. Plus, she wears this shiny leather catsuit, which makes her the most likeable character in the book. Flash flirts with her a lot, and actually It's kind of painful to read.
Anyway, I didn't like it but if you're looking for something lightweight with kind of cool art, you might want to grab this issue.
Finally, they say you can't judge a book by its cover. I say bullox! I say that now, because I'm trying my best not to get censored but I'm pretty sure I can get away with that. Later I will try other words in the hopes that they are not met by a big black word block like many of the words in the following comic. Batman and Robin the Boy Wonder #10 is probably my favorite book of the week. I haven't read it yet but the cover is awesome! Plus the series as a whole has really grown on me (and I think many of the people who initially hated it but stuck around to give it a chance). My only complaint is that it's that it's only the third issue of this title to come out this year. I flipped open this book and yes, it is full of blacked-out words (swearing, vulgarity). I know what you're thinking: less reading. Bonus! But I say nay, not less reading, smart reading! You let your filthy little mind run wild while you read over those black bars. Think of it as dirty Mad Libs. But if you want to play, you need to pick up this issue. We still have a couple left. As always, Frank Miller and Jim Lee are at the top of their game. Well, Lee is. I haven't read it yet, so I can't be 100 percent sure about Frank (although, I know what words I'm using to fill those black boxes so I can be at least 50 percent sure that this story is awesome!).

The above books are available for purchase at Bent Wookee Comix located on Fairfield Avenue in the West End section of Johnstown. See ya there! (plagiarism is wrong, kids).
VINSON

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Two posts in two days. Look out! I was off of work this afternoon so while my boy was taking a nap, I got to tear through a bunch of funny books. Quick analysis time:

Foolkiller and the Punisher get to have their 'misunderstanding' fight which happens quite often in comic books. I'm sure PETA would love to see the scenes of the Punisher back handing Foolkiller's dog. The two vigilantes stop fighting when the White Angels show up and start shooting. The Punisher points out how useless Foolkiller's sword is against guns, which I have been saying since I started reading Foolkiller books. A bunch of White Angels are killed and the men decide to team up for the foreseeable future. They raid the basement hideout and a storage shed full of guns. Foolkiller pays Bootleg Jack a visit and tells him to stop spreading hate over the radio. The White Angels are spooked about Foolkiller and Punisher working together so they call the diminutive assassin Sickle Moon who has had a recent run in with the Foolkiller.

Quick Analysis: The inclusion of the Punisher into the limited series still seems forced. While the Foolkiller is going after the White Angels because they killed a black man and hung him from a streetlamp, Punisher is going after some gun trafficking that happens to involved the White Angels. It's a decent enough story, but there are some flaws in the execution that are keeping it from being a must read.


The Thunderbolts have been called in to apprehend the vigilante known as Moon Knight. Venom makes it obvious he wants to eat Moon Knight, which makes me wonder about his sexual orientation. Crawley goes to see Frenchie and asks him to help their mutual friend, Marc Spector, aka Moon Knight. Frenchie refuses. Tony Stark is looking for Moon Knight as well and wants to get to him before the Thunderbolts do. Crawley talks to Spector's ex-girlfriend and asks for her help but she refuses as well. Spector starts dressing up in a costume that is half Wolverine/half Black Panther and takes out a truck carrying contraband. The Thunderbolts show up. Spector chokes out Swordsman but it over matched by Venom. An explosion allows Spector to escape, but when he makes it home, the severity of the injuries Venom inflicted are revealed. He collapses on the floor and appears to be near death from all the blood loss.

Quick Analysis: I've never read Moon Knight until this series began so I find myself lost some times when continuity is brought up. I don't know the back story of these characters so when they make references to past events I'm clueless. The series was really good at the beginning, then went off the rails for a while. It is making an attempt to be part of the larger Marvel universe now so time will tell whether this is a good move or not. It has gotten better recently.


The Skulls attack Asgard and a great battle ensues with Beta Ray Bill and Balder leading the way. Thor has reverted to his human form to help a young woman give birth. Some volunteer fireman see the fires in Asgard and decide to go put out the blazes. Their attempts are futile and they must return to town and inform everyone of what they saw. A Super Skull, with the powers of Thundra, Titania, Volcana, & Battleaxe joins the battle, carrying Beta Ray Bill's hammer, Stormbreaker. Thor delivers the woman's baby and heads to Asgard to help. Beta Ray Bill is overpowered by the female Super Skrull and is defeated. Thor shows up to reclaim Mjolnir and to turn the tide of battle.

Quick Analysis: Talk about a glorified attempt to cash in on the whole Secret Invasion hoopla. There is no reason this series should exist at all. At most, they should have done one crossover issue in the regular Thor series and that could have been his motivation for going to New York to help the other heroes in the main Secret Invasion book. This issue was complete filler to get to the big Thor/Skrull battle and is a waste of time. Not a good series at all.


Nick Fury is trying to find the crew of the Icarus One who have been altered in 'fantastic' new ways. Nighthawk beats up a bunch of kids trying to set fire to a church. The girl with spider powers in Nebraska tries out her new abilities. Biogeneral comes to Nick Fury and theorizes that the reason he built his 'iron' suit was because of all the wacky events happening since the Icarus One landed back on Earth. Old Soldier shows up at Nick Fury's door asking to join his organization. Arcanna calls Fury to let him know Emil Burbank has awoken from his coma and he seems pretty mad.

Quick Analysis: This book confuses the hell out me. It's obvious the Icarus One crew is a knock off of the Fantastic Four and the supporting characters have characteristics of Spider-Man, Captain America, and Iron Man. I just don't know in what universe this is all supposed to be taking place. It's the Ultimate universe version of Nick Fury, but the Ultimate Universe has all those heroes. So that would mean it is some other universe, but it is already stated there is not a Squadron Supreme team on this Earth. So why is it called Squadron Supreme? I'm thoroughly confused and would stop getting this series if I wasn't a completest who only needs three more issues to complete the set. For everyone else, I would pass.


Santo punts Cyclops into next week, even though Donald Pierce, who was masquerading as Cyclops, is captured. Ink is confronted about how he knew where Pierce would be and he freely admits that he was working for him. The X-Men decide he should stay based on their track record of bringing in former criminals (Rogue, Cannonball, Gambit, etc). Cyclops decides the next generation needs training but he will not reopen the school, something more along the lines of a boot camp. He asks Sunspot and Moonstar to run it. Santo and Ink bicker. Beast analyzed Greymalkin's DNA and revealed he is not only a mutant, but a member of Charles Xavier's family from about 200 years in the past. Angel buys a church as a base of operations for the Young X-Men. Santo apologizes to Cyclops for punching him and breaking his jaw. Blindfold leaves the team. Moonstar asks Anole to join his former New X-Men teammates in San Francisco.

Quick Analysis: I have lost count at the number of series which have dealt with the next generation of X-Men. I was going to list them here but that would be too much research. The current series is just another one in a long line, which actually seems to get relaunched every other year. It's gotten off to an odd start, with a storyline involving an impostor while the whole Skrull thing is going on and saw the death of one of it's members (Wolf Cub already). Now, in issue #5, they are finally coming together as a team to train. It's good, but far from great.



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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

I've been catching some flack from the boss lately because I haven't been posting a lot to this blog. What can I say? I've been busy. Not only have I been out of the state on two consecutive weekends, Steelers season is in full gear so my other blog has been keeping me up at night. I've also been taking flack from the boss for being too long winded. I don't even get paid for this!

With all of that in mind, I'm going to try something different. Instead of taking one book I read a week and doing a full scale analysis, I'm going to try and cover every book I read in little snippets. I'm already way behind in reading and with the stack that will be waiting for me on Thursday, I'd say it's time we kicked this baby into high gear.

The following comics were released on September 17th:

This issue deals with the back story of how S.H.I.E.L.D. data analyst Mavis Trent received her Payback powers. After Mavis' father passed away, she began to see and hear messages seemingly from beyond the grave. When she finally acknowledges that the TV is talking to her in her dead father's voice, she finds out about a Variant alien symbiote that had attached itself to her father. When her father died, the symbiote dissipated into the air until it collected itself. It bonds to Mavis without her permission and Payback is born. Payback learns to deal with her powers then decides to test it out on an unregistered Superhuman. Enter Luke Cage. He defeats her in a fight but she gains new found confidence. She then recruits her father's ex-girlfriend, an empath who would love to see justice for her dead ex-boyfriend. While trying to hack into her father's computer, a bomb explodes, knocking Payback out of the apartment and she winds up unconscious on the street.

Quick Analysis: This book has an okay concept, but I'm not really sure what the point of it all is. This is issue #3 of a five issue limited series and some of the players listed in the front haven't even appeared yet. Not good when there are only two issues left to go. Perhaps they are trying to build to an ongoing, but I do not think the materials warrants that transition. Ok book, but nothing special.



The Guardians of the Galaxy have found a Skrull infiltration in Knowhere and some council members believe Drak the Destroyer is one of them. Quasar does not believe it and sets out to prove his innocence. Drak is hunted by the Luminals, but he is not called the Destroyer for nothing. Some inter-turmoil with the team leads to Quasar defying team leader Star Lord's command to stay put. Starhawk appears as a woman and claims there should not be a Guardians of the Galaxy team this early in history. She plans to set that right by destroying the entire team. Warlock discovers Cosmo has been in league with the Skrulls all along. Quasar finds Drak setting bombs in the infrastructure of Knowhere. He reveals that the only true test to see if someone is a Skrull is to examine their dead body. With that, he blows the charges.

Quick Analysis: This is probably the best team book I am reading right now, no joke. The only downside is I think you have to have read the two preceding limited series to get the dynamic of the team. This is a great book and I hope it doesn't get canceled because no one is reading it. Great book.


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Thursday, September 11, 2008




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Wednesday, September 03, 2008

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DUSTIN!!!








This is it. Uncanny X-Men #207. It's the one that hooked me years ago. A badly beaten Wolverine makes his way to the Hellfire Club to stop Rachel Summers from killing the Black Queen. Apparently the X-Man, Logan, was pretty messed up in some major fight, then on top of that had to deal with some cat named "The Beyonder". I had no idea what they were talking about....nor why there would be a character named...."the Beyonder", this being my first real introduction to the Marvel Universe. But none the less, Rachel is mere seconds away from doing just what she set out to do when he arrives (Wolverine...not The Beyonder). Wolverine has dragged himself off what is basically his deathbed and all the way into The Hellfire Club itself to stop her from doing something she'll regret. He reminds Rachel that the X-men don't kill, and she reminds him of his own hypocrisy. They argue. A shouting match ensues. And it all leads up to one final panel of the omnious...."snikt".


What a cliff hanger! And now I have to wait an entire month to find out what happens?!?!


But this was it. Claremont and John Romita Jr. delivered the work that found it's way into my veins and is pretty much directly related to there being a Bent Wookee Comix funny book shop today.


Of course later on I sought out a series called The Crow after reading about it in Comics Scene magazine. This dark independant creation not only had me transfixed with the story itself but with the history that inspired its creation. James O'barr managed to pour all his heart ache into his work, and this is when I was showed that comics did not have to be defined by it's super hero genre. It was about telling a story. And this particular one about loss was even more eerily solidified with Brandon Lee's tragic death filming the movie adaptation. It was angst ridden and full of pain and rage, something I hadn't been introduced to by buying off of my local conveniance store spinner rack.


And I have to admit some years passed that I became fairly disinterested in comics. I'd pick up random issues here and there, but it wasn't until Preacher #12 that I was officially sucked back in. Now mind you, at the time I hadn't been reading any of the Preacher series. I was in college and just happened to stumble upon this issue. This is the last part of Until the End of the World story where Jesse has a viscous battle with his warped uncle Jody. I had to find out more! And when I did it turned into one of my all time favorite stories.


I was hooked....again! I think It wasn't a matter of not liking comics at the time, it was just a matter of finding the right stories. And since then, series like Johnny the Homicidal Maniac, The Wretch, plenty of Wolverine and Uncanny X-men storylines have found a special place in my little black heart.

So here's the post that asks, not of best and worst, but of most notable for you personally. Of course Watchmen and The Dark Knight Returns were amazing reads, who wouldn't put them on the top ten? But what issues stand out as little push pins on your time-line? What hit that residual chord with you that feeds your need for comics?