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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

No Thin Lizzy References Here

I’ve waited countless issues now and the wait is over. Something has finally happened in ‘The Boys’! I know what you’re thinking “But Jay, I thought you were Mr. Marvel and all you read was the mind numbingly large catalog of titles they produce in a single month. What are you doing reviewing ‘The Boys’ which is produced by a very non-Marvel company called Dynamite Entertainment?’ The short answer: Brandon put it in my box (ha, that’s what she said) and I have to buy anything in my box (ha, that’s what she said after visiting an adult toy shop). Let’s get it on!

I have been complaining for a while now about this book because nothing was really happened for several issues. What started out as a really strong series hit a rough patch when they made the transition from DC to Dynamite and I have to say it has been hit or miss since then. I’d even go so far as to say it’s been mostly miss. The current story arc has Wee Hughie posing as a member of G-Wiz, one of the G-Teams, which is supposed to be a knock on the X-Men and their myriad of teams. I’ve never really seen the connection outside of vague archetypes of Cyclops, Iceman and Beast, but I guess Ennis doesn’t want to piss off Marvel too bad considering they paid him a lot of money for his ‘Punisher’ run.

The issue begins with the hierarchy of the G-Teams finding out that Wee Hughie is in fact a spy in their ranks. Hughie is oblivious to this information and even attends a wake for Silver Kincaid, a fallen G-Men member. His attendance at the wake was in direct contrast to the Butcher’s orders from last issue to stop his undercover work. The Frenchman and the Female have been assigned to keep an eye on Hughie and they report back to the Butcher what he is going on. Needless to say, the Butcher is not pleased. Mother’s Milk works with the Legend to get a password into the Vought-American computer system.

Word is passed down to members of G-Whiz that Hughie is a spy and needs to be dealt with. They drive him out to a remote location to deal with him. Hughie tries to reason with the team, to convince them that they are cogs in a corrupt machine and that they don’t have to do what they are planning to do. After narrowly escaping Blowchowski’s toxic vomit, Hughie looks up and apologizes to G-Whiz. Not because of his treachery, but for what is about to happen to them.

Butcher and Mother’s Milk show up to interrogate one of the G-Whiz members about the information MM got from the Vought-American computer system. Turns out the G-Men might not be who they say they are. The captive is instructed by the Butcher to spill the beans on G-Men and face getting a throat excavation courtesy of…Wee Hughie!

What happened to the members of G-Whiz who were about to kill Hughie? What did Mother’s Milk find out on those computers? Can Hughie commit cold blooded murder simply because the Butcher told him to? Wanna know what happens next? Buy the book, available at Bent Wookee Comix located at 127 Fairfield Avenue in the West End section of Johnstown. See ya there!

Monday, March 16, 2009

Who Guards The Guardians...Of The Galaxy?

Brandon specifically requested that I do a review the new Guardian of the Galaxy series because I think I’m the only one down the store who gets it. I started doing a review and then something came up which made me stop and then I totally forgot about it. So while I know issue #11 is now out on shelves, I haven’t read it yet and since my review of issue #10 is done, you can read that review which should entice you to pick up that issue as well as the new issue.

For those of you who don’t know what is going on with this series, I’m just going to pick and choose excerpts from the recap page to bring you up to speed:

Guided the mystical insight of the newly returned Adam Warlock, the gun-slinging Star-Lord has forged a proactive team of proven cosmic champions ready to protect the vulnerable universe and prevent any large-scale disasters from ever happening again. Together, Star-Lord, Warlock, Quasar, Gamora, Drax, Mantis and Rocket Raccoon are the Guardians of the Galaxy.

Or at least they were. Discovering that Star-Lord had Mantis telepathically manipulate their minds to facilitate the formation of the Guardians, most of the group has quit. Rocket Raccoon attempted to keep the spirit of the Guardians alive by mobilizing a makeshift roster of Mantis, Groot, Major Victory, and Bug.

Star-Lord ended up in the Negative Zone, where his old adversary Blastaar rules and is attempting to invade Earth via 42, the Initiative’s interdimensional prison. The despot sent Star-Lord into the besieged prison to negotiate a surrender, but once inside, the stranded hero worked furiously with inmate Jack Flag to find a way to thwart Blastaar’s plans.

As Rocket’s Guardians made a desperate effort to locate him, Star-Lord realized it’s already too late: someone has opened the prison gates and let Blastaar’s zone warrior hordes in, surrounding the cavalry…

Ok, so that is where we are at. The team really isn’t together anymore, most people hate Star-Lord and want him dead, but some still believe in him. So the issue begins with Blastaar and his minions storming the prison. Turns out it was a prisoner by the name of Skeleton Ki who opened the door for Blastaar and is rewarded by not being put to death. The rest of the prisoners start surrendering left and right because they really have nothing to gain by fighting Blastaar. Star-Lord and Jack Flag, who is confined to a wheelchair, are providing the main resistance.

Outside the makeshift Guardian team is attempting to break in to save Star-Lord from certain death. With the aid of the talking Russian dog Cosmo, they locate Star-Lord and are teleported to his position. They arrive in time to save Star-Lord and teleport him away before Blastaar can reach him and Flag. With the prison now fully under his control, Blastaar asks Skeleton Ki for one more door to be unlocked, the portal to Earth.

Elsewhere, Adam Warlock and Gamora go to the Universal Church of Truth to tell them he is their resurrected messiah. He speaks of a coming war of kings that will destroy them all if he does not interject. He plans to stop the war and thus gain faith from their followers. He vanishes and the cardinals are left to decipher if he was the true prophet or just another false messiah. For how can Adam Warlock be walking around if the Universal Church of Truth still has the unopened Warlock cocoon?

Major Victory visits the detention area to visit with the female version of Starhawk, who was defeated by the Guardians previously. Her mission was to find the error in history which fractured time and repair it. Since her mission failed, thanks to her defeat at the hands of the Guardians, she know realizes that the War That Ends Everything has begun. And it started because “The King with no words has screamed in defiance, and his cry has spilt the universe in half.”

What is in the Adam Warlock cocoon? Can Skeleton Ki open the portal which would let the armies of Blastaar invade Earth? Can Star-Lord ever regain the trust of his original team? What part does the Inhumans play in all of this? Wanna know what happens next? Buy the book, available at Bent Wookee Comix located at 127 Fairfield Avenue in the West End section of Johnstown. See ya there!

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Monday, March 09, 2009

You're Locked In Here With ME!!

Brandon and I went to see "Watchmen" Saturday night and needless to say I was not disappointed. For those of you who don't know, I've been a comic book reader for close to two decades now. And before you say it, yes, I know it is absolutely incredible that I was able to land a hot wife while being fat, pale, and into comics. Dreams do come true, kids. I think Disney did a movie about my life. It's called "Miracle".

Anyway, "Watchmen" is the quintessential graphic novel. It is an example of the sophisticated things that comics can do by telling a very dark story that is grounded in real world sensibilities while being filtered through a view of men running around in tights. Holy shit, I can't believe I just made up that last sentence. Good thing I'm sitting down. I read "Watchmen" years ago and was blown away by the narrative, the tone, the events, and the conclusion. It was one of the first times I read something in comics that I wasn't ashamed to tell people to read. Seriously, it is that good.

The movie has been in development hell for years. But with the worldwide success of such comic book movie franchises like "Spider-Man" and "X-Men", it was only a matter of time before the Hollywood machine would tap one of the genres most adult and compelling works for the big screen treatment. And after seeing the movie, I honestly don't know how it could have been done before now.

I don't like to give away things in my reviews of movies because I like to be surprised when I sit down in the theater as much as the next guy. Hell, I even passed on a re-reading my copy of "Watchmen" because I wanted to go in with a somewhat naive eye. Well, as much of a naive eye as I could seeing as how I knew what happened. But I was surprised at some of the things I forgot about and was actually glad at the end of it that I didn't 'ruin' the movie experience by reading it again. With that said, make no mistake, the book is better than the movie, but that is usually the case anyway. But the movie did make as faithful an adaptation as it could.

The cast was top notch for the most part. Jackie Earle Haley, that punk kid Kelly Leak from the Bad News Bears movies, was superb as the psychopathic Rorschach. Billy Crudup, who was great in "Almost Famous" and "Big Fish", was excellent as the god-like Dr. Manhattan. Patrick Wilson, who I last saw almost getting his balls chopped off by a pre-"Juno" Ellen Page in "Hard Candy", actually made me like Nite Owl. Jeffrey Dean Morgan, whom I've never seen before, was perfect as the asshole Comedian. The other two main people were just okay. Malin Akerman as the Silk Spectre didn't really do it for me, but at least she has not problem with nudity and sex scenes. Matthew Goode as Ozymandias was also just adequate and was the only one of the cast who I thought could have been handled by someone else.

The movie is long, running nearly three hours, but it is well worth it. It deals with a lot of themes that some people will probably not want to deal with, like nuclear war, man's savage nature, and decisions that need to be made in times of crisis. For these reasons I don't think it will be very popular with a majority of Americans who want everything to be wrapped up nicely in a nice bow at the end. But if you want to actually have a comic book movie make you think about things, if just for a little bit, then go watch the "Watchmen". It's worth it.


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