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Watching the River Flow for 6/29

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.

9 Comments

I liked the villain in Batman. You wanna fight?

I would buy The Leading Man, but I don’t trust Moore to have it done before, you know, my kids go to college. I will wait for the trade.

The villain is not bad. The reveal was the silly part.

Sean Whitmore

June 29, 2006 at 6:07 pm

- Do you think Bendis has ever actually read a comic book with the Falcon in it before?

*What, all black guys fon’t talk the same way?

– 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?

*I can see it. What other founding members are there? Figure Hank and Janet are a two-for-one deal.

– 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.

*I can swallow it because the thing he was called on (hiring an actor to defear) was 100% bad, and so it casts a shafow on everything e;se he’s done.

– 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.”

*Very “bad sitcom”.

– 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.

*Yes, no good reason, and another yes.

– 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.

*Silly would be nicer than what I’d call it. Friggin’ idiotic are the words I’d use. But I’m the fiery type. :)

*I can swallow it because the thing he was called on (hiring an actor to defear) was 100% bad, and so it casts a shafow on everything e;se he’s done.

Right, but that’s what I mean. They made him cross the line from shades of grey to just flat out fraud, and I think that’s a silly line for him to cross. He’s a much more interesting character as an ACTUAL hero who just cashes in on his fame.

Oh well, I’ll be the first to comment on the Hawkgirl thing: yeah, I think Chaykin just threw it in there, rather than Simonson writing it into the script. I don’t blame him either. Artists have a really insular, boring job when you think about it, y’know? I can see artists just goofing around to see what they can get away with; I’m surprised it doesn’t happen more often, sometimes it can even be inspired: look at the kind of things Simon Bisley used to throw into his pages/covers.

THANK YOU for noticing that Bendis completely missed it on his characterization of The Falcon! I was uttering my dismay with some volume as I read each of his lines and they got progressively worse. Ya dig, brotha?

What is up with that crap?! Sam Wilson is not Luke Cage.

Sam Wilson is not Luke Cage.

Maybe Bendis patterned the Falcon after WWE wrestler Booker T.

Can you dig it, suckaaaahhhhh????

moose n squirrel

July 1, 2006 at 10:33 am

I think Bendis has just never met an actual black person before.

I guess the idea was that Batman recruited Harvey in an effort to give him something to do that might keep him on the straight and narrow, but it was rather silly, yeah.

And Bendis seems quite enamored of writing his comics as if they’re Tarantino films, so his African-Americans tend to be Tarantino African-Americans.

Still not as annoying as his various takes on Doctor Strange, though.

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