Ken, my friend Joe keeps annoying me so you must suffer with me!!!!!!!!!!
Get the comics reviewlution done already!!!!! Or you shall suffer my wrath!!!
He keeps asking me and asking me and asking me and I say, "No, not yet."
And then he asks again!!!! So review something!!! Anything!!!!!
Please . . . .? (firstname.lastname@example.org)
I know that none of you have any way of knowing that I am telling the truth,
but it's nearly 4 AM on Saturday morning. October 6, 2001, 3:50 AM. Just for
you, email@example.com, and your friend Joe, I present the October 3 Comics
Reviewlutionô -- so next time, add the second 'n' to my name.
Giant Flash Annual (1963) [reprint] (DC Comics, $6.95) This is one of
the best reprint books you could ever invest in. Bar none. Period. Go get it
The silver age books are really hit and miss, especially if you have grown
up on the comics that came out of the 1990s. They read as cheesy and cartoony
-- which, honestly, is half the magic. The other half is the innocence that
infuses the books, and this is, in this respect among many others, one of the
best. The artwork and cover by Carmine Infantino should be more than enough
to get you off your ass and down to the local comic shop -- and if they aren't,
there's something wrong with you.
Seriously. (10 out of 10)
Amazing Spider-Man #35 (Marvel Comics, $2.25) Straczynski is doing a
great job with revitalizing this title; let me say that up front so no one takes
this wrong way. I haven't enjoyed the treatment of Spider-Man since the clone
nightmare, but JMS changed that.
Now I add that his first major arc was wonderful until this issue. For all
the challenging of the status quo, we get a lackluster and disappointing ending
to the confrontation with the seemingly unbeatable Morlun. I like the mechanism
of Morlun's defeat (especially given that it allows for a nice emotional debate
without changing the essence of Peter Parker), but the execution is too quick,
too speedy. Granted, with the build up that it was given, it would have been
hard to reach this conclusion without drawing out the storyline unnecessarily.
Still, it felt like it was over before it started; perhaps it will read better
when collected into a trade paperback.
On another note, John Romita, Jr.'s art is a joy, as always. At times (that
is, in one specific panel) it is impossible not to think of the X-Men
arc featuring Kulan Gath, one of my all-time favorites, and that's a nice moment.
There is one very strong reason to read this issue, though, and that's the
setup that JMS provides for future arcs. It seems as though this title is headed
toward confronting real-life issues, and I'm very interested to see if Straczynski
handles this as well as I expect. (8 out of 10)
Ultimate Spider-Man #14 / Ultimate X-Men #10 (Marvel Comics, $2.25 each)
Yeah, these are two separate books in one review. Eat me.
Both titles are exemplary of the idea behind the Ultimates line: reimagine
and redefine the core characters of the Marvel Universe for a new generation
of readers. Both Brian Bendis and Mark Millar have taken nearly unmanageable
concepts and reshaped them into streamlined, beautiful worlds. You see the situations
and characters that you are so familiar with, and then watch as they take on
a new, often more natural life. Nothing feels wrong or forced -- this is the
most honest form of story-retelling.
Ultimate X-Men is worth buying if only for the scene featuring Marvel
Girl; Ultimate Spider-Man is worth buying and rereading obsessively if
only for the new Gwen Stacy.
Did I mention that I'm in love with both of them? (10
out of 10)
Unquantified, shameless mark rant of the week: Doom Patrol #1 (DC Comics,
$2.50) This book is so good that it's guaranteed to get canceled within a year.
Do your part to avoid this: buy the damn book in multiple copies, and share
it with your friends. (10
out of 10)