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20 Questions – The Return!

Remember this schtick? Well, it’s back!! It’s all because of question #6, which I couldn’t figure out how to work into a blog entry, until I remembered this bit! For those of you who don’t know this bit, there may be some spoilers mixed in here and some of the questions may very well be rhetorical!

Otherwise, enjoy!

1. How awesome was David Lapham’s twist on the “he doesn’t mean to do it” routine in Giant-Size Wolverine #1?

2. Is the “two-page spread of the Hellicarrier” in some contract all artists have to sign before they draw a comic with SHIELD in it?

3. Does the non-linear storytelling help Manifest Eternity at ALL?

4. Let’s say you were forced to put some limitations on Dr. Strange’s powers – what would you come up with?

5. So wait, Bloato might be alive AGAIN? You seriously can’t bring a character back twice in less than two years – can you?

6. How funny was it that, in his first issue writing Nightwing, Marv Wolfman had Nightwing lose a fight? I know T was loving it!

7. Do you think Dwayne McDuffie will make Reed Richards seem reasonable?

8. How does a comic as silly as Hunter/Killer have such an excellent underlying concept?

9. Is there a rider that there has to be at least one gay superhero in every Winick book? Oh wait, he actually avoided that with Conner, BARELY.

10. Did you think there was a drop off from Jim Starlin to Ron Marz on Silver Surfer?

11. Do you remember the story in Winter Men at all?

12. What do you do with a comic when you DON’T recall what happened in the previous issue? Re-read the previous issues first, or just try to pick it up as you go?

13. How cool was the cover to 52 #22? Who do you think came up with “Magnus: Robot Hunted!”?

14. What was Kevin West doing for the past decade or so before returning to comics for Nightmare on Elm Street, of all comics?

15. Am I the only one who thought the second arc on Planet Hulk was a LOT lamer than the first?

LIGHTNING ROUND!!!

16. Who would win in a fight? Iron Man or X-O Manowar?

17. Who is a better reporter? Iris West or Linda Park?

18. Eddy Barrows or John Byrne? Who do you like better on the Atom?

19. Who’s your favorite of the Demons Three?

20. who does Lex Luthor hate more – Perry White or Clark Kent?

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4. aliens

20. kent (is that somekindofa trick question?)

19. Abnegazar! (I can’t believe I not only remembered the name but could spell it correctly.)

2. No, they all just swipe the same image.
4. Hand cramps. He can’t cast spells without doing the weird Spider-Man hand motion, but his injury gives him terrible hand cramps if he keeps his fingers like that too long, thus rendering him unable to cast spells until the pain subsides.
7. I hope so; it would be a nice change of pace.
12. I’ve had that problem repeatedly with Firestorm and Fables. I usually try to read through the issue, but if none of the memories of the previous installment come back, I go and reread it.
13. Very cool. Seems like it might be a Waid or Giffen contribution.
16. I have that game for the Sega Saturn.
19. Gotta agree with Abnegazar.
20. These days? Clark Kent. But back when we could be sure that Lex and Perry shared a long history with each other, it was a real toss-up.

4. Sales

FunkyGreenJerusalem

October 10, 2006 at 6:20 am

2. No.

Ashley Wood gave the carrier the tiniest panel on the page in his Uncanny X-Men annual.
The best bit being of course, that the annual was Widescreen.
I bet the editor was a bit shocked instead of getting a really big pic of it, he got a tiny panel.

Made it twice as cool.

12.

I try to pick it up as I go.

1. I still don’t like Lapham and I really thought the writing in the book was overdone. The art rocked though.

2. The Hellicarrier is awesome and everyone wants to draw it. Plus, Hester’s version in Ant Man rocked!

6. Nightwing is losing more fights lately than Arsenal.

7. Dwayne McDuffie refused to talk to me about comics at Wizard World, but instead mocked me for not proposing to my girlfriend.

9. Am I the only one that actually likes Winick anymore?

13. One of my favorite covers thus far. So much fun!

15. I agree, but I’d also like to point out that even at its lamest, Planet Hulk is one of the best stories of the year.

1. Wait wait. Lapham’s writing comics comics? Where have I been? Are they as good as his other stuff?

3. Since you and I might be the only people on the planet reading Manifest Eternity, I’m qualified to answer the question. It is, of course, no. If it were one big novel-type book, maybe, but in serial format, it’s very annoying to jump around in time.

11. No. This is why I read mini-series all at once.

12. If it’s an ongoing, I never go back and re-read, even if I’ve forgotten things. That’s why I look foolish so often in reviews.

4. I love the idea of Strange having crippling arthritis, or a true disability, like deafness.

“Dr. Stephen Strange has become deaf, but his spellcasting ability is linked to complex and arcane hand signals. Watch him struggle to use American Sign Language without accidentally triggering the apocalypse in our next senses-shattering adventure!”

2. Yes, yes it is. And that was a pretty boss Helicarrier drawing, Bravo Hester and Parks.

3. Since the series is canceled, obviously not, but to be honest I prefer it this way. It’s different and makes the more cliched aspects of the story seem fresher than it is. It’s an unconventional storytelling chose and I applaud Lobdell for doing it.

4. Here’s an idea: kick him out of the 616 Universe and make him the only superpowered individual in another universe.

7. He’s got a huge knot to untie, but I think he’s up to the task. Look at Blood Syndicate, a series with a crack ho like Flashback, a hateful prick of a leader like Wise Son, etc.

8. Because Waid has lost it, yet there are still some sparks of the writer he used to be.

10. Ron Marz is one of the worst writers in comics history. Is that a trick question?

12. I pick it up as I go. If I can’t figure things out, then I need to get some sleep, then I come back to it.

14. Actually, he returned for the last issues of Majestic.

16. Joe Quesada.

18. To my surprise, John Byrne, though Barrows isn’t bad.

Nevermind, it wasn’t Dwayne McDuffie, it was Michael Davis, the other co-creator of Static Shock.

Well, considering that Dr Strange is always flashing the ASL sign for “I love you” whenever he casts a spell, I’d have someone call him on it! Now things are all awkward as Strange is embarassed to use his powers.

2. Yes. Just as it is a contractual obligation to have a story where Tony or Iron Man is controlled by an enemy during any run on “Iron Man,” or to say “He helps his own cause” any time a pitcher gets an RBI.

4. He should have to need to use his hands, so if he is bound, he can’t just cast a spell to escape. Similarly, all but the most basic spells should have a verbal component. And no casting spells in astral form!

6. Almost as funny as Marv’s stint as writer on “Werewolf By Night.” That’s almost too easy.

9. A Comic Aeteur with an agenda? Say it ain’t so!

12. Usually re-read it. With Marvel adding all those Previously pages (not to mention most plots being essentially just sound bites), this doesn’t come up much.

13. Coming Soon: Sailor Man, Or, The Atom! (I know, that sucks.)

16. Iron Man. He’s already won the battle of “not getting canned.”

2. Yes. Just as it is a contractual obligation to have a story where Tony or Iron Man is controlled by an enemy during any run on “Iron Man,” or to say “He helps his own cause” any time a pitcher gets an RBI.

4. He should have to need to use his hands, so if he is bound, he can’t just cast a spell to escape. Similarly, all but the most basic spells should have a verbal component. And no casting spells in astral form!

6. Almost as funny as Marv’s stint as writer on “Werewolf By Night.” That’s almost too easy.

9. A Comic Auteur with an agenda? Say it ain’t so!

12. Usually re-read it. With Marvel adding all those Previously pages (not to mention most plots being essentially just sound bites), this doesn’t come up much.

13. Coming Soon: Sailor Man, Or, The Atom! (I know, that sucks.)

16. Iron Man. He’s already won the battle of “not getting canned.”

15. Not so much lamer as the story is starting to drag out a bit. I’m enjoying it, mind you, but hopefully the next arc will pick things up a bit.

16. Iron Man. He’s a prick. Pricks always win.

17. I thought Iris was a photojournalist, either way I would have to say it’s a tie because, well, I don’t want to choose.

20. I’m going to say Kent because if BIRTHRIGHT holds any weight they weren’t boyhood friends anymore, so there isn’t that intense hatred/rivalry going on.

2. Yes. But the artist has to pay Marvel $500 to do it.

4. Lactose intolerance

5. I guess you can.

6. Simpsons season 8 funny

7. It’s a stretch (ba-dum-bum)

9. Who’s gay in Juniper Lee?

11. Nope

12. Re-read

16. War Machine ala Chuck Austen

18. Byrne

12. Had this problem recently with Phonogram and Ultimate X-Men and I took it as a sign that I didn’t much care for either of them. Ultimate X-Men really isn’t helped by the rotating Tom Raney, whose artwork I really dislike, and Phonogram just is not clicking with me at all.

Normally I will go back and try to re-read the previous issue, but in these two cases I couldn’t be bothered to try to find them.

Nightwing is losing more fights lately than Arsenal.

By lately, do you mean the past 25 years? Since his days in the New Teen Titans he’s always been DC’s highest profile fight-loser.

2. Yes. I’m sure they all work from the same “2 page spread of SHEILD Hellicarrier” too.

4. Use the same principles that mysticism is supposed to work on and impose chakra/chi limitations. He has a set limit to how much energy he can store and each spell uses a certain amount and he recharges his reserves via his meditation (which we always see him doing anyways). Sorta like in Naruto! Kids love the Naruto!

6. Funny in a “can’t they ever give this guy a break?” sort of way.

7. Yes, but the higher clout writers (read: Bendis) will ignore it and write him as an ass anyways.

10. Probably! Does anyone know the sales figures?

11. The what?

12. I might give the prior issue a flip-through but I usually try to remember while reading the current issue.

16. Bob Layton!

17. Lida West-Park (or is it Park-West?)

18. Barrows made me miss Byrne, is it too late to get him back? Or put anyone else on the book? Please?

20. Kent

Argh… number 2 should read: “I’m sure they all work from the same “2 page spread of SHEILD Hellicarrier” reference too”.

4. Really, isn’t Doc working from a big enough handicap given that he’s one of the most versatile, wide-open, imaginative and innovative concepts in Marvel Comics, and yet he can’t hold down a freakin’ series?

18. Eddy Barrows or John Byrne? Who do you like better on the Atom?

Barrows, which means I can start reading it now.

4. Hipsterness and senility.

12. I don’t think I’ve ever not remembered a story from month to month, but I don’t buy too many titles. If I had that trouble, I probably wouldn’t go back and reread. Because I’m lazy and have no time.

13. It sounds Waid-y, but it was probably one of those editor peeps.

16. Iron Man.

17. Hmm… I don’t even remember Iris being reporter-y, but she did write that awesome book.

18. Dude, I’d take Liefeld over Byrne.

19. I don’t… remember their names.

20. Perry, until the retcon. Clark’s just Clark, man.

4. I’d give Stephen back the limits he had in the old Ditko-era comics;

— To do big stuff, it takes him some time and he needs to call on not-always-cooperative magical entities for power.

— If he doesn’t invoke other beings or entities, he’s drawing on personal mental and physical energies and can wear himself out accordingly. We need to see just how much discipline and focus it’s taken Strange to get where he is. I’m reminded here of just how thrown off the 70s cosmic version of Strange was in Gerber’s Defenders by a relatively minor bit of mental tampering performed by the Headmen, and about his fear that

— Magic tends to work best against ordinary materials and minds, and against other magic. Magic performed by unenhanced humans shouldn’t trump any and all non-magical phenomena; Strange should need to call on massive amounts of outside power, with all the conditions that might entail, to take on supertechnology or to perform large-scale effects rather than simply being able to change the world because “magic is magic.”

— For a spell to achieve the caster’s goals, the goals have to be the right ones in the first place. There’s a quite good moment in Dr. Strange #145-6 in which Strange is almost killed by a bomb planted by Mordo’s Minions. Why? Because while he scanned for magical traps, he forgot to scan for merely “mortal” dangers. It was only his noticing that the room was out of order that twigged him to do a more general magical check for danger.

— Most IMPORTANTLY: The efficacy of magic, as in the classic Strange stories, is less a function of the sheer power or supernatural character of the spells and energies used than it is a function of the wits and skills of the sorcerer. Strange was able to run rings around Dormammu and the amped-up Mordo, and around extradimensional gods, because he outthought them. That’s what makes him Sorcerer Supreme, not the misguided notion of some fans and writers that he can twiddle his pinkies and turn everyone in the world into frogs or something.

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