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20 Questions For You All For the 12/13 Comic Week!

This time around, MarkAndrew is joining with me to ask some questions for you all!

There may be some spoilers mixed in here and some of the questions may very well be rhetorical!

Otherwise, enjoy!

MARKANDREWS’s TEN

1. Is Big Barda in the Birds of Prey, being written as a serious character? If so, what the fuck?

2. What was your favorite and least favorite story from the Years Best Comics 2006 anthology?

3. D’you think that Onion Jack, the only superhero story to make it in the book, is competitive in quality with the best superhero stories in comics last year?

4. Of the four Avengers Books Currently Being Published (New Avengers, Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, Marvel Adventures: Avengers, Ultimates) which team is your favorite?

5. What’s your favorite issue of Acme Novelty Library, based on book design?
6. Which Harvey character is most due for a comeback?

7. What’s your favorite Non-Marvel work by Steve Ditko?

8. Which Marvel Essential is hurt most by the lack of color? Which de-colorized Essential looks the coolest?

9. What do you think of Fantagraphics’ Ignatz format books? Is the size and cool binding worth the extra cost?

10. Cheryl Blossom? Yea or nay?

MY TEN

1. The “mystery” villain in Justice League of America, do you think Meltzer actually intended it to be a mystery, or was that just Wizard hype?

2. Anyone else amazed by how readable the latest 52 was? I have decided, surprisingly, to give Morrison the credit.

3. Is it just me, or was the Escapists oddly paced?

4. 10 years from now, how hilarious will the Spider-Totem stuff seem? I think the Iron Spidey stuff is no different from, like, Captain Universe Spider-Man, but the Spider-Totem stuff? Lordy.

5. What current storyline do you think will be the FUNNIEST, looking back at it, ten years from now?

6. Did you know that Battle Pope actually eventually gets pretty good?

7. Is Dick Grayson still officially adopted by Bruce Wayne in current DC continuity?

8. How is Sonic X different from the regular Sonic the Hedgehog comic book?

9. Who is your favorite Omega Man?

10. Were you able to get past the art in Wonder Man #1?

26 Comments

1. Hey, Big Barda’s awesome, and can be serious if she wants to be.

2.3. Pass.

4. Probably the Ultimates. It’s the Avengeriest team of them all, really.

5. Pass.

6. Jigsaw. But Joe Simon owns him, I think. Full-on Harvey goodness… um… Hot Stuff. Oh yeahs.

7. I love Ditko. All his Charlton stuff was cool. Captain Atom, Blue Beetle… hell, I adore this Many Ghosts of Dr. Graves issue I have by him.

8. I think they’re pretty okay without color, but I’ve only got the Thor ones.

9. I love experimenting with form and packaging. But I hate paying lots of money! I’m torn. I’m… Rip Torn. Dig it.

10. I’m still waiting for my Cheryl Blossom/Blossom crossover.

Whew. Time for a breather. Oh noes! Part dos!

1. It was probably supposed to be a random reveal that pretended to be a mystery.

2. Don’t read 52.

3. Maybe it was. I’ll have to get the trade. #1 was good.

4. Iron Spidey should team up with Iron Captain America. And Spider-Totem-Man can face off against Toomazooma and the Living Totem!

5. I’m sure we’ll all look back and have a mighty chortle over Civil War.

6. Nope.

7. Hmm, I didn’t know he ever was adopted.

8. In Sonic X, he’s a mutant.

9. Um…. the rock guy? I dunno.

10. I didn’t read it, but I can’t say I have a problem with Currie’s art from what I’ve seen. I know, I’m the only one.

Mark’s 10
1. Personally I hope she’s got a little bit of an Orion temper in the book, like she did in Morrison’s JLA, but still have the gentle side to her.
2. Abstain
3. Abstain
4. None. Don’t read any of them.
5. #8…blanking on the reference.
6. Richie Rich- The boy’s due for a serious comeback!
7. What’s the one he did in the Eclipse books, the back ups for the Rocketeer? That I liked.
8. Hurt by lack of color: Tomb of Dracula; that should’ve been a Masterwork. Decolorized Essenaiil that looks the coolest: Ant-Man.
9. I love them. I have all of them (up to date). I’ll pay extra for a quality book any day of the week.
10. I’m waiting for the Cheryl Blossom/Cherry Poptart crossover!

Cronin’s 10
1. Like all of Meltzer’s comic work, buildup for a letdown. He could’ve made it Crazy Quilt and the suckers would’ve bought it.
2. Well, it had the Great 10 so you know Morrison spent more time on that issue than the others.
3. Yes. Perhaps the best mini of 06 but it was a bit jumpy.
4. 10 years from now, we’ll all laugh at the Sins Past debacle as well.
5. Indentity Crisis and Infinite Crisis
6. Don’t care.
7. Don’t care either.
8. Its got nudity in it?
9. Charlton Heston.
10. No, the cover literally made my eyes spew excrement it was so bad.

1. Barda works a serious character.

2. The selection from La Perdida got me to buy that book. I really liked the “Rabbit Head” story too. The one about the kid making faces in the mirror and talking to himself was pretty stupid.

3. It was really good, but not as good as New Frontier or All-Star Superman.

4. Ultimates.

5. I really like the Date Book. Does that count?

6. Richie Rich.

7. Shade, the Changing Man.

8. The Kirby FF and the Cockrum X-Men lose something without the color. I think Paul Smith’s X-Men looks better in black and white.

9. Love ‘em and yes.

10. Yea.

MY TEN

1. I think he intended it that way. Maybe. I won’t be surprised if another villain is revealed to be behind him next issue.

2. The best 52s have focused mainly on only one or two of the stories, and I’ve enjoyed Ralph’s quest. I give Morrison all the credit too.

3. I’m waiting to buy the trade.

4. It will fall somewhere between Mike Murdock and Mopee.

5. Meltzer’s JLA. “The hyena in me wants to laugh at already.”

6. I had no idea.

7. I assume so.

8. I assumed he was hipper and maybe wears sunglasses.

9. Tiggor.

10. Peter David and Wonder Man were enough to keep me away.

1. Anyone who weilds an Apokoliptian power rod AND bunny slippers SHOULD be written by Gail Simone.

2. The second one.

3. Do you really want me to answer that, or are you just asking for a smack upside the head?

4. MAKE MINE MARVEL ADVENTURES

5. The Second One.

6. Brad Meltzer should do Identity Harvey, and poop in his own mouth.

7. All of it.

8. Godzilla.

9. Yes.

10. You only had nine questions, didn’t you?

MY TEN

1. I think Brad Meltzer is just Wizard hype and will be revealed in JLofA #6 to actually be a sleepwalking, self-loathing Mark Waid android.

2. What means “readable”? You mean that Morrison should get credit because the pages weren’t stuck together? That your living room now has adequate lighting?

3. Evenly?

4. How hilarious is the Spider-Totem stuff now?

5. The 9/11 Report.

6. No.

7. Only on Thursdays, and then, only in panels where Roy Harper remembers to have chin fuzz.

8. Slightly more mature themes, and lots of naughty double entendres.

9. Charlton Heston.

10. Was I able, or was I willing?

MARKANDREWS’s TEN

1. Is Big Barda in the Birds of Prey, being written as a serious character? If so, what the fuck? – Yeah, and why does this surprise you? Morrison played her pretty straight back in JLA?

2. What was your favorite and least favorite story from the Years Best Comics 2006 anthology? – Haven’t read it.

3. D’you think that Onion Jack, the only superhero story to make it in the book, is competitive in quality with the best superhero stories in comics last year? – Ibid.

4. Of the four Avengers Books Currently Being Published (New Avengers, Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, Marvel Adventures: Avengers, Ultimates) which team is your favorite? – Marvel Adventures, without a doubt.

5. What’s your favorite issue of Acme Novelty Library, based on book design? – I haven’t read too many.

6. Which Harvey character is most due for a comeback? – Li’l Red Hot.

7. What’s your favorite Non-Marvel work by Steve Ditko? – I’ve never read anything by him other than Spidey and Dr. Strange.

8. Which Marvel Essential is hurt most by the lack of color? Which de-colorized Essential looks the coolest? – Probably Wolverine for worst; that ’80s art is just not meant for b&w. For best, Avengers.

9. What do you think of Fantagraphics’ Ignatz format books? Is the size and cool binding worth the extra cost? – I got nothing against it.

10. Cheryl Blossom? Yea or nay? – Yea, yea, a thousand times yea!

MY TEN

1. The “mystery” villain in Justice League of America, do you think Meltzer actually intended it to be a mystery, or was that just Wizard hype? – Probably just hype.

2. Anyone else amazed by how readable the latest 52 was? I have decided, surprisingly, to give Morrison the credit. – Haven’t been reading it.

3. Is it just me, or was the Escapists oddly paced? – Ibid.

4. 10 years from now, how hilarious will the Spider-Totem stuff seem? I think the Iron Spidey stuff is no different from, like, Captain Universe Spider-Man, but the Spider-Totem stuff? Lordy. – Meh. I think it’ll only seem that way to the people who hate it now. (Incidentally, there’s a story in the second volume of What If? Classic that makes a very similar point.)

5. What current storyline do you think will be the FUNNIEST, looking back at it, ten years from now? – Intentionally, or unintentionally?

6. Did you know that Battle Pope actually eventually gets pretty good? – I did not.

7. Is Dick Grayson still officially adopted by Bruce Wayne in current DC continuity? – I thought he never was.

8. How is Sonic X different from the regular Sonic the Hedgehog comic book? – You’re asking the wrong person.

9. Who is your favorite Omega Man? – Don’t have one.

10. Were you able to get past the art in Wonder Man #1? – Yep. But, you know me; I’m a PAD whore.

First Verse:

1. This isn’t anything new to the character, but hey this is the NEW DC, where EVERYBODY is played seriously now. Look for Sugar and Spike’s descent into adult depravity sometime next year.

4. I like the writing in the Marvel Adventures title if not the team so much. Drop Wolverine for Hawkeye and you pretty much fix that.

6. Hot Stuff…. after he purchases Richie Rich’s soul

7. Starman, though I like his Charlton stuff too and though I’ve not read all of it, what I’ve seen of Mr. A was visually interesting.

8. Hulk, he doesn’t look very monstrous without the green skin tone. Otherwise I don’t mind the black and white save for those pages they just photocopy in.

10. Redheads, woo!

Second verse:

1. Not reading the current Justice League, who was the mystery villain?

4. I’m sure we’ll all come around to seeing how ground breaking that material was for the character by that point……

… yeah, I can’t even type that with a straight face.

5. Heh, at this point we don’t even wait for a storyline to finish to start ribbing on it. The question is which will we still be laughing at 10 years from now. I think Infinite Crisis will edge out Civil War by a small margin… though there are alot of other candidates.

Speaking of which, anyone else catch the swing Dan Slott took at the hype for Trial of Shazam? That was pretty funny.

6. I did not know that

7. Bruce implies that Dick was a ward when he offers to adopt Tim, so I’m going with “no”.

8. It’s based on the anime which is set in a different universe. It’s sorta the Ultimate or Elseworld Sonic, and takes place on Earth from what I understand. I know some obsessive Sonic fans.

9. Felicity

10. No

“Speaking of which, anyone else catch the swing Dan Slott took at the hype for Trial of Shazam? That was pretty funny.”

I did not. Talk to me.

Maybe in ten years some will actually read the ending of the “Spider-totem” story and get it. Looks like it hasn’t happened yet.

1. Is anyone in DC not being written seriously right now? My God, look at what they’ve done to the Marvel family!

2.,3.abstain

4. Marvel Adventures: Avengers; it’s a fun book

5. Jimmy Corrigan, the Smartest Kid on Earth

6. Baby Huey

7. Probably his Charlton stuff

8. I think they’re all hurt by lack of color. I can’t really think of one I liked the look of.

9. I like ‘em, I’d say they’re worth the extra cost.

10. You better believe yea!

The Deuce!
1. I think it would have gone better if not for the Wizard hype.

2. Not amazed, I actually like 52.

3. abstain

4. The spider-totem stuff will probably be even worse looking in retrospect. Of course, never as bad as the sins past stuff.

5. Two words: Onslaught Reborn

6. (Johnny Carson voice) I did not know that. Weird, wild stuff.

7. According to Batman he was only adopted as Bruce’s ward.

8. I wouldn’t know.

9. Charlton Heston ;)

10. I wasn’t interested in the first place.

“I did not. Talk to me.”

Eh, looking at it again, I think I’m reading into too much (mountain meet molehill). But when he described his upcoming “serious” mini as being filled with “fat marvels, thin marvels, short marvels and tall marvels” struck me as humorously counter-pointing/parodying the comments that you wouldn’t be seeing any of that stuff in Trials of Shazam because they were too silly for a serious title.

Apparently I am easily amused.

7. Is Dick Grayson still officially adopted by Bruce Wayne in current DC continuity?

He was adopted in Devin Grayson’s Gotham Knights I believe.

Mine.

1. Bunny Slippers are a Good Sign. Kirby would’ve put Barda in bunny slippers.

2. DanLarkin – How WAS La Perdida? I didn’t like Abel’s Artbabe much ‘tall, but I heard she got better.Rabbithead was great, but I liked it better on it’s own and bigger. You can’t really see her how the first panel laps back to the first one.

3. Yes. Onion Jack is the best superhero story of last year.

4. Adventures or Ultimates.

5. # 3 which was huge, like Quimby the Mouse. I heard there was gonna be a little teeny one but I haven’t seen it.

6. Wendy. Aren’t witches in this year? Richie Rich just rubs all my class issues the wrong way.

7. Yeah. Can’t say either, although my favorite of his stuff was Charlton. I’ve got a couple ROMANCE comics with Ditko art and they look really, really good. Maybe the Question, just ’cause it’s such a great design. But, yeah, I put that one ’cause I couldn’t decide.

8. (Weirdly) I really liked Tomb of Dracula without color. The Steranko Cap stuff was really hurt by the colorlessness. (Haven’t read any Wolverine, though.)

9. Too expensive, dammit! I’d buy all of these if they were two bucks cheaper. (I probably will anyway.)

10. No, see, this question is THE most important. Let me rephrase.

How adaptable is the Archie-verse? Can elements be changed without destroying it’s basic integrity?

Cronin’s…

14. I like the Spider-Totem. It’s like a spiritualist take on Spider-man. Interesting. I mean, C + for execution, but good in theory.

15. I can’t imagine history being too kind to Iron Spider or the current Flash.

19. Which one was Omega Men and which was Atari Force again? Can I say the Hukka?

4. That would be Ultimates, though I like ‘New Avengers’ too.

I have a peeve with Ultimate Iron Man though. He has two different origin stories, doesn’t he? I remeber his origin being told in Ultimate an Marvel Team Up issue written by Bendis (as they all were) and drawn by Mike Allred. Off the succes of The Ultimates came the Ultimate Iron mini-series by Orson Scott Card and Andy Kubert, which told his origin. But how about the origin told in team-up?

I prefer the story of the mini series and I think it fits the Tony stark in Ultimates better, but hasn’t anybody ever mentioned or tried to fix this? Or is everybody just ignoring the Bendis version?

Or is everybody just ignoring the Bendis version?

Got it in one. You look at that run of Ultimate Marvel Team-Up and about half of it’s been thrown out. Doesn’t really matter to me that much but I daresay somewhere there’s a guy with a web page indexing all the anomalies and trying to reconcile them. If not yet, then soon.

I occasionally think about possible answers myself, particularly in trying to figure out the FF one, but I have the Wold-Newton-geek thing of not asking the question unless I can also suggest an amusing answer. So far I’ve got nothing. Might get a column out of it eventually… been playing with one about “Icebox” questions, as Alfred Hitchcock called them.

“I daresay somewhere there’s a guy with a web page indexing all the anomalies and trying to reconcile them. ”

That would be http://www.chronologyproject.com

garbonzo (proud member of the marvel chronology project since 2004)

On #8, I agree with Tomb of Dracula as the book *least* hurt by lack of color. In fact, I think Colan’s art looks even better in black and white than colored on cheap ’70s-era Marvel newsprint. (Though a “Masterworks” treatment might be another story.)

Hurt the most, probably the classic Kirby Silver Age stuff. I was looking at my Essential Fantastic Four volumes, then remembered that I had the DVD with the entire series collected, and color made a big, noticeable difference.

Not Marvel, but I think DC’s Jonah Hex Showcase looks very, very good in black and white.

"O" the Humanatee!

December 18, 2006 at 11:46 am

Re MarkAndrew’s question 6:

All-Star Baby Huey. Written by Frank Miller. Drawn by Frank Miller. Lettered and colored by Frank Miller. Stapled by Frank Miller. Trees cut and paper milled by Frank Miller. You thought you knew Huey? Well, think again. (Say “you knew Huey” over and over again. It’s kind of fun.) Learn about the horrific experiments that led to his giantism while rendering him permanently infantile, and the rage that has consumed him ever since. (You can provide your own “What are you, retarded? etc.” joke here.)

Also, Porn Wendy the Good Little Witch. I had the hots for her when I was a little boy. (And this is why my identity must remain a secret.)

Mark Andrew- I liked La Perdida a lot. I haven’t read ArtBabe,thought, so I can’t tell you if it got better.

Essential hit most by being B&W: Wolverine

Best in B&W for my money is Silver Surfer.

The repro on that last Wolverine volume is shocking as is issues 13 & 14 of X-Factor (The Master Mold story)

The X-Men ones are great in B&W – that’s how I remember reading many of them in the UK. And Byrne’s work in Iron Fist looks superb without colour.

Since everyone is passing on 2&3 (shame on you all!), I’ll answer:

2.) The anthology is currently sitting under my Christmas tree, so I’ll let you know in a few days. However, for those asking, La Perdita is extrordinary. It is better than Artbabe, in that Artbabe contained short, unconected stories. It’s like the difference between Ghost World and the other stuff in Eightball at the time.

3.) I’ll let you know this too.

5.) My favorite Acme is still the Quimby the Mouse issue (#2, I believe). Much as I love Acme, the formatting is really a pain in the ass. Unless you buy that big display from Fantagraphics, there’s really no way to store the damn things. But that one is not too big, not too small. Incidentally, I’m not sure if I like the nwe hardbound format. I’d be happier if the book had been like that from the beginning.

And I might as well answer 8.) as well: Steve Ditko’s work looks amazing in b&W, Jack Kirby’s not so much. I think this has more to do with the quality of inkers Kirby had than anything else.

1. Is Big Barda in the Birds of Prey, being written as a serious character? If so, what the fuck?

What the fuck indeed.

2. What was your favorite and least favorite story from the Years Best Comics 2006 anthology?

I can honestly say I did not have one.

3. D’you think that Onion Jack, the only superhero story to make it in the book, is competitive in quality with the best superhero stories in comics last year?

Nope.

4. Of the four Avengers Books Currently Being Published (New Avengers, Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, Marvel Adventures: Avengers, Ultimates) which team is your favorite?

None. If I had to pick one or face execution or something I would pick Ultimates purely because of the [tryhard nerdy think its cool because they lack life experience stuff] of the creators – they are killing Marvel and no one at Marvel seems to realise or care.

5. What’s your favorite issue of Acme Novelty Library, based on book design?

pass. no idea what this is and care less.

6. Which Harvey character is most due for a comeback?

Hot Stuff. Allied soldiers can paint him on weapons n stuff while we fight the arabs

7. What’s your favorite Non-Marvel work by Steve Ditko?

Blue Beetle

8. Which Marvel Essential is hurt most by the lack of color? Which de-colorized Essential looks the coolest?

none look cool, all should be in colour. if they can’t afford to do that why the fuck are they wasting money on the short-term gains of eg Civil War?

9. What do you think of Fantagraphics’ Ignatz format books? Is the size and cool binding worth the extra cost?

Yep

10. Cheryl Blossom? Yea or nay?

Yes. Like it matters.

MY TEN

1. The “mystery” villain in Justice League of America, do you think Meltzer actually intended it to be a mystery, or was that just Wizard hype?

Don’t read Wizard since it is pathetic so no idea. Sure why not.

2. Anyone else amazed by how readable the latest 52 was? I have decided, surprisingly, to give Morrison the credit.

I didn’t think it was readable and don’t like Morrison.

3. Is it just me, or was the Escapists oddly paced?

No idea what this is and care less.

4. 10 years from now, how hilarious will the Spider-Totem stuff seem? I think the Iron Spidey stuff is no different from, like, Captain Universe Spider-Man, but the Spider-Totem stuff? Lordy.

JMS is overrated – way overrated. He is no Gene Roddenberry and his comic writing sucks ass. So yes, all of his crap is funny / sad now and that will grow with the passing of the years. Whatever company ends up owning the Marvel properties when Marvel goes terminally bankrupt will eliminate all this extraneous crap. Same with the Spirit- people look back fondly (on comics they never read) and “remember” classic Spirit not the end of the series space crap.

5. What current storyline do you think will be the FUNNIEST, looking back at it, ten years from now?

Ultimates and Authority or any of those try too hard type ultra serious books. Mainstream readers find them all funny anyway. Or just disturbing.

6. Did you know that Battle Pope actually eventually gets pretty good?

Don’t know, care less. If you get money for pimping it or something, good luck to you. Until there is also a Battle Mohammed book I won’t be reading anything that singles out one religion over another to slur.

7. Is Dick Grayson still officially adopted by Bruce Wayne in current DC continuity?

Don’t know, don’t care.

8. How is Sonic X different from the regular Sonic the Hedgehog comic book?

Superhero? Who gives a shit.

9. Who is your favorite Omega Man?

The one true one of course. Charlton Heston.

10. Were you able to get past the art in Wonder Man #1?

Don’t read it. Or, as of Civil War, any Marvels at all so that will make it easy to answer this if I do another one of these quizes.

I have not read it in awhile but I thought the “Spider-totem” was how Ezekial, the old spider-bloke, got his powers, NOT how Spidey got his? And then he tricked Spidey into thinking it was all about him but it really wasn’t that much, or something…, right?
eg. It COULD have been how Spidey got his powers, or it could have just been how Ezekial got his powers and then manipulated Spidey to take on all of the mystical spider guys.
yeah. JMS isn’t so bad, he just ran out of bright new ideas after the totem arc, almost everything before then was good to me.

That is what it was, Mark, and I thought that was a great move on JMS’ part.

Make it be A theory as to how Spider-Man got his powers, but make it unclear.

Much later, the Other storyline basically just confirmed it, though, sadly.

I bought the entire Wonder Man series. The art was pretty horrible, but it was Peter David and that’s what really matters. (Alas, it did turn out to be a pretty weak story by Peter David standards.)

This column is two years old now, and I think the Spider-Totem thing will turn out to be pretty laughable.. once my stomach finally stops churning over the way it changed the whole essence of the character.
(It looks like One More Day/Brand New Day may have undone the whole thing, but they haven’t explained how yet. They’re probably still trying to come up with an idea to undo it that doesn’t come across as forced and stupid.)
Why wasn’t Straczinsky fired the moment he proposed this idea?

I can’t believe nobody mentioned Sad Sack.

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