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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Mutant Mind Tricks Are All The Rage

I know Dark Wolverine #76 just came out last week, but I'm just getting around to reviewing issue #75. Yell at Brandon for putting necessary content on here, not me.

Daken. Stupid name. Even worse hairdo. Needless character. Waste of time and resources. Those were my opinions going into this book. I love Wolverine as much as the next guy, probably more, but I just couldn't accept the idea of a forgotten son who has the same abilities as Wolverine showing up after all these years to take revenge on his daddy. I understand Marvel's desire to farm out the character because he is without a doubt one of their top sellers. Put Wolverine in a book and it's going to sell. There is no easier equation in the comics world. With that in mind they tried making the female version (X-23 who is a clone/hybrid of Wolverine's DNA) and now his biological son. So now, not only do you have Wolverine appearing in Astonishing X-Men, Uncanny X-Men, New Avengers, X-Force, Wolverine, Wolverine Origins, Wolverine Weapon X, and any other book in a given month, they can now throw X-23 into X-Force, Cable, and possibly New Mutants while Daken appears in Dark Avengers and now Dark Wolverine. Talk about covering the bases.

Needless to say, my expectations going into the book were fairly low. I wish I would have given it a fairer shot from the get go because it turned out to be quite good. It just goes to show that in the right hands, any character can be made interesting and worth reading. I should have looked back on X-23 as an example. When she was first introduced in 'NYX' she was a scared girl working as a prostitute who specialized in cutting up masochists. That dovetailed into a limited series where they explained why she had claws and where she comes from, which was quite good. After another limited series which explained events up until her appearance in NYX, they moved her to Uncanny X-Men where she was written by Chris Claremont. He did not understand the character at all and turned her into a snarling, feral Wolverine knock-off, which was both stupid and lackluster. So in the hands of good writers she was a conflicted girl who was trying to deal with the fact that she had been used by everyone she ever knew but in the hands of a bad writer all she did was growl. Daken was pretty much the same when he was introduced, a barely one dimensional character who had one note to his entire existence. Now in this book he is more well rounded. The odd thing is it is the same writer.

Maybe they needed time to flesh out the character, but I like the direction they are taking. Daken is now a cocky little prick who enjoys busting the balls of everyone around him. The issue starts out with Norman Osborn asking Daken if he knows what a hero is and him responding '...like Spider-Man?' The first page alone sets up how Daken is going to interact with Dark Avengers teammates. It is revealed that Daken has a previously unknown mutant ability where he can affect emotions through scent. This allows him to either make the cute girl find him more attractive or piss off Hawkeye at a meeting. There is an excellent scene where Daken asks Hawkeye "...did you kill your father because he touched you...or because you liked it?" This obviously elicits a very violent response from Hawkeye. But Daken reveals that he has been messing with Hawkeye for weeks through his previously unknown mutant ability. He has been subtlety pushing his buttons, just waiting for him to go off. This manifests itself when some guests show up to a Dark Avengers mixer looking for Hawkeye.

Who showed up to the party unannounced? Is Daken trying to take over the Avengers? 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, July 27, 2009

Upton Sinclair Would Not Approve Of This Utopia

Let me say that coordinating a blog that I am not the owner of is pretty complicated. There are times where Brandon has to actually put up legitimate news and information for his paying customers. During these times I have to put off reviews and/or stupid comic related pictures so as not to scare off the masses. A prime example has been my waiting since last Saturday due to the Green Lantern appearance at the store to post another review. Since I waited so long, my review is going to seem extremely dated. Oh well, let's get on with it.

Hi, my name is Jay and I love the X-Men. There, I said it. The X-Men Cartoon was the reason I got into comics in the first place so they will always hold a special place in my heart (and my checkbook). But with that being said, the entire X-Men line has been pretty rudderless the last few years. Remember the horrible The Draco storyline? Ugh. The X-Men used to be the flag bearers for the company but complacency and a lack of solid direction has allowed the title to fall behind "New Avengers" among others as their go-to book. The line needs to be focused and start on a clear cut direction now that they have moved to San Francisco. Judging by the start of the "Utopia" crossover with Dark Avengers, they might be on the right track.

The premise is simple enough. A group of normal humans calling themselves Humanity Now!, lead by Simon Trask (who may or may not be human himself...hmmm), march down the streets of San Francisco in a self described 'peaceful' demonstration. The X-Men students show up to quell the situation from getting out of control but tempers start to flare and things quickly spiral out of control. The junior X-Men take exception to be bossed around by people lower on the evolutionary chain and a fight breaks out. Police are called to the scene where they arrest Beast, even though he was not involved in the fighting. Cyclops, who is seen as the de facto leader of all the remaining mutants in the world, is called to task by the mayor of San Francisco for not having more control over 'his people'. And just when things couldn't seem like they could get worse, Norman Osborn shows up with H.A.M.M.E.R to take charge of the situation.

As the day wears on, tensions mount and even more riots start popping up all over the city. The senior X-Men jump into the fray to try and put a stop to it all. But all of their hard work doesn't prevent the Dark Avengers from showing up and attacking them. Ms. Marvel takes out a group led by Angel, Colossus battles Venom, and Hawkeye and Ares draw battle lines in the stands with the crowds. When the rioting is quelled, Norman goes on TV as the Iron Patriot to tell everyone Cyclops is a wanted man and even has Professor X make a plea for Scott to turn himself in. While all of this is going on, Emma is secretly meeting with Osborn to go over the new plan. Beast wakes up in his cell to hear a familiar voice calling to him with a warning. "They're taking away our powers..."

This is what the X-Men need. They need a foe that isn't necessarily bigger and stronger than them, but a foe that is real and potentially far more dangerous. This is the principal that the X-Men were built on, defending a world that hates and fears them. They can't punch this foe into submission. They have to hold back and in some cases appear as though they are losing the battle. The addition of the Dark Avengers only heightens the suspense since they are an element that can be taken on physically. But how do you balance fighting psychopaths like Hawkeye and Ares with being non-confrontational with normal humans? It's a dilemma that adds something unique to the X-Men. Teams like the Fantastic Four and the Avengers were universally loved so they only had to deal with big physical threats. The X-Men have to fight those threats AND try to fit in. I think they are going back to that and I like the results so far.

What is Osborn's plan for the mutants? Who is the mysterious prisoner talking to Beast through the walls? 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, July 26, 2009

Friday, July 24, 2009

GREEN LANTERN BLACKEST NIGHT


.....stayed tuned for more pics from The Blackest Night Sale last Saturday! And for those of you who didn't make it down, we still have copies of issue #1 AND BLACK RINGS left!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

THE GREEN LANTERN COMETH!!





WEDNESDAY, JULY 15TH is the release of GREEN LANTERN THE BLACKEST NIGHT #1!!! This marks the beginning of DC's major event for the summer as hordes of intergalactic black ringed zombies terrorize the living! And for every issue bought you'll get a free BLACK LANTERN PROMO RING (while supplies last).


And SATURDAY, JULY 18TH come see Johnstown's own GREEN LANTERN at Bent Wookee Comix from 12:00 to 2:00!!
All this and we'll be having a BIG SALE ALL WEEK LONG! Check back here for details!


Saturday, July 11, 2009

This Is The Type Of Spider-Man I Would Be

Back to back Dark Reign solo mini series reviews? You bet your cannibalizing symbiote ass.

Check off another surprise from my weekly collection of funny books. "Dark Reign: Sinister Spider-Man" on the surface seems to be another pointless tie-in to the ultra-mega-huge-crossover that has become "Dark Reign". Every villainous character in the Dark Avengers title also is appearing in their own monthly book (Daken in 'Dark Wolverine', Moonstone in 'Ms. Marvel') or has a mini series out (Bullseye in 'Hawkeye'). It was only a matter of time before Venom would be showing up as his Norman Osborn manufactured alter ego, Spider-Man. Really, the only Dark Avengers who don't have a solo going on right now are The Sentry (presumably because he is still good, just misguided) and Ares (who can never really be quantified as either good or bad).

For those of you who don't know, Venom is no longer Eddie Brock. I don't read the Spider-Man titles (surprise, surprise) so I don't know exactly when he lost the symbiote. What I do know is that the symbiote is now attached to Mac Gargan, formerly the lame Spider-Man villain, the Scorpion. When Gargan became bonded with Venom he became more powerful than Brock ever was and is more dangerous since he lack Brock's conscience. He was initially recruited to be a part of the Thunderbolts strike team to take down superheroes and villains who did not register during the Civil War struggle. When Norman Osborn rose to power following the Skrull Invasion, Venom moved onto the Avengers as the Sinister Spider-Man.

This series kicks off with Venom taking down a bank robber by the name of General Wolfram who claims to be part of the Third Reich. Venom steps in and stops him, much to the delight of the onlooking crowd. Normally, Spider-Man would save the day and swing off on his next adventure. Not this Spider-Man. This Spider-Man indulges in the superhero groupies, hanging out long enough to play some games of tonsil hockey and grab ass with his adoring female fans. The real Spider-Man would web a petty criminal up and leave him for the police to arrest. Not this Spider-Man. This Spider-Man bites off the perp's arm because he is hungry and swings away with the stolen loot. The original Spider-Man would go home to his Aunt May after a long day. Not this Spider-Man. This Spider-Man goes to a strip club and throws enough money around to convince a stripper to change her name. The good Spider-Man would take J. Jonah Jameson's insults and slights with a shrug. Not this Spider-Man. This Spider-Man leaves dead strippers in JJJ's bed to cause a scandal for the new mayor of New York City.

I love the fact that Venom is eating this up, no pun intended. This is the type of Spider-Man I would be if I had his powers and connections. Fondle a couple of groupies, visit a strip club, throw some money around, and smite your enemies before the day is done. I'm not down with the cannibal stuff, but to each his own. But everything is not entirely rosy in the life that Venom has come to enjoy. Norman Osborn is not pleased that he is out stopping bank robberies without his approval. And there is a shady character named the Redeemer who is currently recruiting other members of the "I Hate Venom" club to take a run at him.

So who is the mysterious Redeemer? Is Norman Osborn pushing a barely stable maniac too close to the edge? How does J. Jonah Jameson explain the dead stripper in his bed? 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!

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Could A Lethal Legion Comic Be Good?

I know I joke a lot about how Brandon puts crap in my basket and forces me to buy it. But the fact of the matter is that I'm a grown man and if I really wanted to I could look into those dreamy eyes and tell him...um...tell him...that...um...what was I talking about? Oh yeah, Brandon puts crap in my basket and I'm forced to buy it because it is in my basket.

When the laundry list of Dark Reign titles were soliticated I felt a pain in my wallet that I haven't felt since I got the bill for my wedding. I knew there was going to be many $4 books passing from Diamond to the store to my house that were probably going to be an utter waste of time. One of those titles that I had absolutely zero desire to read but knew I would get anyway was "Dark Reign: Lethal Legion". I mean, who wants to read about a group of D-list villains?

Well, you should be reading about them. This book surprised me in how much I liked it probably because I wasn't expecting too much. It starts off with the basic premise that a lawyer, Mr. Livingston, is landing on the maximum security prison known as the Raft to interview his newest clients, the Lethal Legion. His first interview is with the Grim Reaper, who is convinced that the members of the prison staff are in league with Norman Osborn to kill him. As he is about to tell his story to Livinston, he is shived in the chest by another inmate who claims to be doing the work of Osborn.

From there Livingston talks with perennial punching bag, Tiger Shark. I've always thought of Tiger Shark as a joke but he is presented in a most unusual sympathetic light. He is prone to panic attacks and has to submerge his face in water to calm himself back down. He is also worried about this secret getting out, which I thought was a unique twist on the character. He recounts his encounter with Osborn after he failed to kill Deadpool as per their arrangement. Tiger Shark unsuccessfully tries to blackmail Osborn and promptly has his ass handed to him by Bullseye, Venom and Osborn himself. The final insult is issued when he is unceremoniously dumped out of the top floor of Avengers Tower and left for dead on the sidewalk.

The fact that they thought so little of him to not even check to see if he was actually dead lead him to join up with the Grim Reaper and a bunch of like minded villains who shared a hatred of Osborn. The newest incarnation of the Lethal Legion consisted of the Grim Reaper, Tiger Shark, Gargoyle, Mr. Hyde, Nekra, and the Absorbing Man. Each with their own specific reasons for hating Osborn but all committed to the cause of taking him down. They were doing just fine until their final member showed up with ties to both sides of the fight. That is when everything went to hell.

So who is the mysterious final member? Whose side is he really on? Does Norman Osborn really care about the Grim Reaper enough to have him killed in prison? 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!

Thursday, July 02, 2009

HAPPY 4TH OF JULY!








































...and of course since since the store will be closed to celebrate the holiday by drinking all day and setting off explosives, here's a pic to make up for the last post.