How Lee & Kirby's "Fantastic Four" Birthed the Marvel Universe, Part 1
What’s the matter with me,
I don’t have much to say,
Daylight sneakin’ through the window
And I’m still in this all-night cafe.
Walkin’ to and fro beneath the moon
Out to where the trucks are rollin’ slow,
To sit down on this bank of sand
And watch the river flow.
This is for all the various rambling thoughts that I have about this week’s comics that I do not think deserve their own full entry to discuss. There will undoubtably be some spoilers ahead, so beware! Otherwise, enjoy!
– So, who had four issues in the “how long before Selina’s baby was kidnapped” pool? I was way off – I thought we’d at least go a full year.
– Do you think Bendis has ever actually read a comic book with the Falcon in it before?
– I likes me the Hank Pym, but it still seemed pretty weird for Hank Pym to be the first person (after Falcon) that Cap would turn to. Really, Cap? Hank Pym?
– The New Frontier action figures look amazing.
– I don’t like the “no shades of grey” attitude towards Booster Gold in 52. Apparently, there is no place for the “grey area” of a hero who takes advantage of his fame to be a spokesperson. He has to either be a straight hero or a total jerkoff.
– Speaking of stuff I didn’t like about 52, I’m totally not digging the “Say everything except the one simple sentence that would clear the confusion up in two seconds” routine with Natasha and John Henry Irons. “Luthor infected me against my will! He’s evil!” “Oh, never mind, then. It was foolish of me to presume you were a gigantic hypocrite.”
– I think the whole “making the numbers of the alternate Earths have meaning” was an awfully cool move by Bedard. The perfect type of geeky in-joke – one that isn’t involved in the plot at all.
– Do you think that Simonson wrote into the scene in this week’s Hawkgirl, “Okay, the bad guy then tears Kendra’s top off!” or was that an improvization on Chaykin’s part?
– Didn’t Bruce offer to adopt Tim, like, last year?
– By the by, why, exactly, did Batman trust Harvey Dent to suddenly become a superhero?
– And that villain reveal? Wow, that was silly.
– Pfeifer’s Spectre series continues to be interesting. And you have to love Cliff Chiang!
– I would never say something like “Paul Jenkins shouldn’t write about historical events in a comic book.” That would be idiotic. However, just do it well. I am not “outraged” at the comparisons of the internment camps to Civil War, or Caesar crossing the Rubicon to the Civil War. I just think they’re laughably silly. And, all things considered, I think Jenkins would prefer me being outraged at the scene than me laughing at the scene.
– The Leading Man was a fun new comic from Oni. Haun’s art has developed quite nicely.
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