Sunday, September 09, 2007

This Week's Haul: If I only had One More Day, I wouldn't waste it reading Spider-Man

The reviews are pretty late this week due to a combination of comics being late this week, and me being away for Friday and Saturday. But now the long wait is over.

I should mention quickly that the second podcast guest-starring me is up at The Dollar Bin. In this episode we discuss super hunks. So you can check that out here.

Alright, let's get this show on the road.

Metal Men #2

Metal Man always has been, and always will be, a very nerdy comic. And not even in the fantasy worlds and freaky alien peoples kinda way. In the way that you actually learn stuff, and if you happen to be a chemistry nerd, there are layers to the comic that only you will enjoy.

I have never been one for science. Basically anything I know about chemistry, I have learned from Metal Men comics: Mercury is liquid at room temperature, lead is heavy, and platinum is slutty.

Even though we would have nothing to say to each other, I have a pretty big crush on Will Magnus. I like guys named Magnus who build robots, and I like guys named Magnus who fight robots. It's a weakness.

Duncan Rouleau's Metal Men mini-series is so beautiful and so entertaining. When the ads said it was "exploding from the pages of Superman/Batman," I was a little worried. Nothing should explode from those pages...except my brain.

Anyway, like I say, this series is excellent. And very cute.

Look at Lead! So adorable! And look at Will! Equally adorable!

Buy this, read it, love it. I know it's science-heavy, but you can't possibly know less about science than I do, and I'm enjoying it immensely. Even if you just look at the covers it's worth it.

Outsiders #50

I am no fan of the Outsiders. Never have been. I don't care if Batman started it, they are still boring.

So imagine my surprise when I read this and really, really liked it. I haven't read any of the Five-of-a-Kind comics leading up to this, but I checked this out because it's written by Tony Bedard and had Batman on the cover. And it's the last issue of this series, as it now becomes Batman and The Outsiders.

I'll tell you what I really loved about issue #50: this guy:

Oh, Bruce. I love it when you play dress-up. Always good to see Matches.

I also really liked that the get-up didn't fool Catwoman for a second:

Also...Catwoman!

Woot! Ok, Outsiders. Sign me up for issue #1. You have my attention.

Supergirl #21

Sadly only one issue left after this one in the Bedard/Guedes run. I'm probably never going to be very interested in a Supergirl comic, but this run has been well-written and looks great. I have no complaints. Except the covers. I wish Guedes was doing them.

But look at the inside! Look at how bored she looks when Karate Kid chops her in the face!

That girl is tough. I like her and look forward to more of her Teen Titans adventures.

Jonah Hex #23

I read this last night just before I went to see 3:10 to Yuma, so it was a really excellent cowboy night all around.

I love every issue of this series, but I thought this one was especially awesome. The Jordi Bernet artwork certainly added to the awesome.

I really like the way he draws Hex. There have been many different levels of grossness in his face, depending on the artist. It ranges from it looking like raw hamburger, to just being a simple bridge of skin over his lip and a slightly larger right eye. I think Bernet strikes a perfect balance:

I really like the blank white eye. That's a nice touch. Hex should be hard to look at.

Anyway, excellent issue.

Countdown Week 34

I was happy that Piper and Trickster were the stars of this issue. Some JLA members finally caught up with them (most notably, Wally), and we start to get some answers:

Did anyone listen to the podcast (or go to the panel) of the Big Guns panel at ComicCon? It was pretty awkward to listen to, most notably because at one point someone asked why we're supposed to believe that Piper and Trickster are innocent when we clearly saw them beating Bart to death in The Flash? Paul Dini (I'm pretty sure it was him, anyway) answered by saying that, though they are doing their best, they aren't able to keep track of everything that is going on in every DC comic when they are plotting Countdown. This was the WRONG answer.

Dude. First of all, the correct answer to questions such as that, is always "Wait and see." Then your ass is covered while you go do your research or whatever and re-write stuff. Or so ten years down the line you can write a comic that reveals that the Piper and Trickster who beat Bart up were alternate Earth Piper and Trickster. Or whatever you want. The point is, it's a valid answer that does not reveal that you screwed up in any way. Because...seriously? I know you can't pay attention to every little detail of every comic, but the comic in which Bart Allan is murdered is probably worth a read.

Anyway, I didn't mean to go off on a whole thing there. I'm just saying, his answer surprised me. And disappointed me.

Black Canary Wedding Planner

That's just an adorable cover. Stephane Roux rocks.

Inside was fine. Was anyone else bothered by Green Arrow's flaming read hair? That was kinda weird. Also, I dunno. Maybe I just don't care about weddings. They should get married in the Watchtower. Hell, I would.

The All-New Atom #15

I was really glad to see this issue get away from the whole Countdown Jason/Donna/Monitor thing for a little bit so Ryan could fight some giant monsters. That was fun. I don't have anything in particular to say about this issue except it was, as always, very funny and great. And I want a Head action figure. That talks.

The Incredible Hulk #110

I thought this was pretty great. This whole series has had a lot of great "Woah! Neat!" moments, and this comic had a good one. Amadeus Cho, kid genius and Hulk fan, successfully argues that Hulk doesn't have the capability to kill anyone. It's pretty cool.

I am still really enjoying this series. It's so much more enjoyable than Endangered Species or One More Day (and, yes, I am making that call on OMD after only one issue).

I want Hulk to come around and stop trying to kill everyone, but not before he makes the heroes fight in that giant gladiator ring. Because that is going to RULE.

The Amazing Spider-Man #544

Well, this wasn't very good at all.

This really grossed me out:

Ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww.

Lucky for Iron Man he has all that armor on.

Now, I'll admit that I don't know the most about the Marvel universe, but is there a reason why Peter Parker couldn't have gone to another wealthy super hero for money for May's hospital bills besides his arch enemy? Say...Danny Rand? Anyone? Any reason at all? Was Peter just being poetic and decided Tony should be made to pay the bills?

Aw, who cares. This comic was lame.

10 comments:

Shelly said...

Yeah, Ollie's red hair bothered me. I mentioned it in my review.

And a talking head action figure would be seriously cool.

Ben said...

First off, Platinum isn't slutty. Having a completely uncontrollable, single-minded absolute crush on the man who is basically your father is a lot of things, but slutty is not one of them.

Also, OIne More Day did, indeed, suck. And now that I see those pages again, I realize of all the unrealistic things I've ever seen Spidey's webs do, this is easily the dumbest. He can web a super robot armour guy up without even looking? Real tight, with strands goin' off in every conceivable direction? Come on . . .

Also, yes, grossest. Yeesh.

Chance said...

You sold me on the Outsiders yourself. way to blog!

Carl Walker said...

Yeah, I was at that Big Guns panel and I was pretty amazed at Dini's admission there. He looked kinda out of it when he said that, actually, like he was overwhelmed by what he got himself into it (but I may be reading too much into it). I think the worst part, though, was that no one pressed him further even after he had shown his willingness to admit to the highest order of screw-ups. Apparently the fanboys were too busy asking if Diana was going to team up with Barbara Gordon (not a joke).

Anonymous said...

I to want a Head action figure.

Merchandise or Submission!

Greg

Gyuss Baaltar said...

Peter really doesn't know the secret identies of all that many other heroes in the Marvel U, espeically really rich ones who can pay inflated hospital bills. Not everyone can have Millonaire Playboy as their secret identity like Batman and the Green Arrow do.

I really like this interaction between Peter and Tony. It's a good payoff on their relationship.

And strangely enough, as was pointed out on the Big Monkey Podcast a couple of weeks ago, the coolest moments in the Marvel U seem to be when the heroes fight each other.

Paul McCall said...

In addition to the red hair I was bothered by how young and thin GA was drawn. He looked younger than Roy is being drawn these days!

SallyP said...

Nice reviews as usual, Rachelle. And the podcast was hilarious.

I too, was wondering about Ollie's suddenly reddish hair.

Jon Hex said...

One More Day is hopefully the last of the overly dramatic Spidey tales and I hope they get it out of their system in these four issues.

I didn't get Wedding Planner because it seems like unnecessary filler.

Teebore said...

I read a comment (sorry, I blank on whom) that pointed out perhaps Peter went to IM, aside from money and a vow to make him personally responsible for harm come to MJ or May, because of all the nifty hi-tech health care equip IM has, like that "broken arm healing" thingee from 'The Other'.

Having not read the issue yet, can't say if anything in the story itself suggests/supports that though...