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Comic Book Cheers and Jeers

I totally wouldn’t have ripped off TV Guide’s schtick, but then I saw that, like, a dozen different sites, including Daily Kos, do “cheers and jeers,” so forget that, I’m getting on that bandwagon! The following are a bunch of cheers and jeers from me for the past two weeks of comic books!

There will most likely be some spoilers…otherwise, enjoy!

CHEERS to Marc Guggenheim, for bringing Hannibal King back to his Tomb of Dracula roots in this week’s issue of Blade. Man, King and Frank Drake can have quite the battle over who was ruined more post-Tomb of Dracula…

CHEERS to Stephan Nilson, for coming up with an interesting use for Guy Gardner in last week’s Justice League Unlimited #32 – the Green Lantern of the Fourth World! Clever, eh?

JEERS to Daniel Way for naming Wolverine’s son Daken. Daken? What kind of ridiculous name is Daken?!?! And how dorky does Daken look?

In fact, let’s add a new jeer.

JEERS to what Daken looks like…

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Yuck.

This Daken talk just reminded me – even though he wasn’t in a comic the past two weeks, just a general JEER to Judd Winick for Constantine Drakon. Possibly the worst creation Winick has ever had – and yet Winick keeps bringing the guy back! Jeer, I say!

CHEERS to Barbara Slate, for coming up with an interesting angle for the lead story of Archie #574, with the parents of Archie, Betty and Veronica all going out for dinner together, leading to the teen trio fretting over what embarrassing things their parents are telling each other about their respective children.

CHEERS to David Hahn, for following up his debut issue of Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane, where he seemed to be almost trying to make his art look like outgoing artist, Takeshi Miyazawa,with this past week’s issue, where he does a totally new style, while still fitting the mood of the book. Well done by Hahn – giving the fans a “transition” issue. Clever.

JEERS to Nemesis not using his disguise talents in Wonder Woman since issue #1 (at least, I don’t recall him using it after that issue). Isn’t that, like, his entire gimmick!?!

CHEERS to JG Jones for the awesome James Bond homage cover for 52 #49, featuring Will Magnus and the Metal Men.

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CHEERS to Grant Morrison for Zibarro.

CHEERS to Warren Ellis for the photograph gimmick in this week’s Fell. Quite clever (and perpetual CHEERS to Ben Templesmith for his artwork).

JEERS, though, to Ellis, for not exactly following the gimmick the whole issue. It was kinda distracting.

CHEERS to the return of Madman! What a beautiful looking first issue by Mike Allred!

JEERS to New X-Men #37′s for the pages drawn by Skottie Young, but…

CHEERS to New X-Men #37 for the pages drawn by Niko Henrichon.

JEERS to the Spectre story from Tales of the Unexpected. Each month, they are awful. I think this is pretty clearly the worst work that David Lapham has ever done, and Lapham wrote a couple of issues of the DARKNESS, for crying out loud!

CHEERS, though, to the Dr. 13 story from Tales of the Unexpected, in particular, Cliff Chiang’s artwork. Why isn’t he doing something higher profile?!

JEERS to the lettering in Gen 13 #7. Lordy, purple “handwriting” style letters? Highly distracting.

CHEERS to Mahmud A. Asrar, artist of Dynamo 5. Damn, does Jay Faerber have an eye for talent!

JEERS to the coloring/printing process of this week’s Thunderbolts. Das Boot had better lighting.

CHEERS to Jonathan Hickman’s art in Nightly News…I forget if I supported him or Scherberger back in CBR Comic Idol…

JEERS, in the loosest sense, to a typo in the latest issue of Nightly News, unless one of the folks in the issue became President of NBC News at the age of 17…hehe.

CHEERS to Gabrielle Bell, for telling a full, compelling story on ONE page of this week’s MOME.

JEERS and CHEERS to Adrian Tomine, for doing an excellent job of detailing the exploits of one of the most irritating protagonists in comics, Ben Tanaka…(that was a facetious jeer, for the record)

JEERS to the artwork of Superman #661 last week. I totally understand that most likely, Richard Howell and Eduardo Barreto had, like, ten minutes to complete the issue’s artwork, but boy, was it unpleasant.

CHEERS to the second printing covers for Marvel’s Back in Black comics…amusing homages. I like seeing effort put into second printings, and not just sketches of the original cover’s art…

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JEERS to this week’s Back in Black Official Guide to Marvel Universe Handbook, because it reminds me that there are people out there who have been waiting for Delilah to get a Handbook entry…

CHEERS to the twist in Two Guns #1, but…

JEERS to the ending of the first issue, which didn’t give us a lead-in to the next issue.

CHEERS to Marc Sumerak, for his fun Hulk and Power Pack mini-series.

JEERS to DC for screwing over Mark Verheiden’s Superman/Batman storyline. What was it, five different artists for a six-part storyline?

CHEERS to Michael Ryan’s art on Joss Whedon’s first issue of Runaways. Marked improvement. Impressive.

Oh, a belated CHEERS to Craig Boldman, for a moving story in Betty and Veronica #225. One of those stories where you play with the audience’s expectations based on what they “know” about the characters. Good stuff.

That’s all, folks!

25 Comments

Man, I hate bone claws. I hope Daken turns out to be a disintegrating clone.

Both Asrar and Cinar (who’s drawing Noble Causes) are Turkish. Faerber apparently knows where to look, too. Nice to see the talent pool expanding to countries that you might not expect.

I don’t think that Mark V needed much help screwing up that S/B run.

And the Power Pack & ….. issues have been some of the best quality comics Marvel have put out in the last few years. They’re just so much fun.

I was not a fan of the writing, either, Matt, but I meant more from a sales momentum standpoint. Big delays, and four (I was off by one, it was only four artists, not five) artists to draw a six-issue storyline!

Wasn’t Daken a Hair Metal band back in the ’80s?

That’s DOKKEN, Mr. The Mutt, and you will speak their name with RESPECT!!!!!

I think Paul O’Brien put it best: Daken is the Marvel equivalent of Poochie.

This is the first I’ve heard of this Daken. I think it would’ve been better if I’d remained ignorant of his existence.

That 52 cover is just awesome.

I hope we see more Cheers and Jeers in the future.

I don’t think Drakon was a bad creation, in fact I think he’s a great Winick creation, and I usually HATE Winick. First off, he totally beat down and served up that perpetual Mary Sue Connor Hawke, a character I can’t stand. That alone rates him as one of the best DC character creations ever. I mean, he just beat Connor senseless. How can anyone hate that?

So let’s say that Wolverine is Scooby Doo.

Does that make Daken Scrappy or the dumb one?

Daken is *definitely* Scrappy.

And, while I emphatically don’t give a damn about 52, that is a great cover.

So wasn’t the whole selling point of Wolverine:Origins that is was supposed to offer, you know, origins of Wolverine? Has it even attempted to do that? I’m not a Wolvie follower, so i don’t know, but it seems like the series is just another series for Wolvie and not offering origins.

So wasn’t the whole selling point of Wolverine:Origins that is was supposed to offer, you know, origins of Wolverine?

Origins doesn’t so much offer origins for Wolverine as it does stick in uninteresting little additions to the 400+ plus pages of origins we already have of Wolverine.

I don’t think Drakon was a bad creation, in fact I think he’s a great Winick creation, and I usually HATE Winick. First off, he totally beat down and served up that perpetual Mary Sue Connor Hawke, a character I can’t stand. That alone rates him as one of the best DC character creations ever. I mean, he just beat Connor senseless. How can anyone hate that?

On a related note, what do you call it when one Mary Sue battles another?

Mary Sue-icide?

The words describing what the Archie trio was fretting over at dinner got chopped off somehow….

I’m glad someone felt the same way about the art in New X-Men #37.

I kind of like “Daken”. I’m more familiar with the “Dakin” spelling of the name, but it’s not that unusual. It’s a popular Scandinavian name.

I kind of like “Daken”. I’m more familiar with the “Dakin” spelling of the name, but it’s not that unusual. It’s a popular Scandinavian name.

Where in Scandinavia? I´ve lived there all my life and never heard of any Dakins.

Denmark. I have two guy friends there with the name. I was told it was popular. Perhaps he was mistaken.

Double jeers for Daniel Way for writing such a crap book.

Well, I don’t know too much about this book, I lost the lust to read it becayse there are simple WAY tooooo many Wolverine rip offs. That really bugs me, I have a hard time dealing as a fan with all the Wolveine copy crap out there, Like X23. Just makes me roll my eyes. This struck me the same way and the fact that Logan’s son hates him makes it even worse for me. It would have been better if his son was different and tryed to forgive his father for something he had nothing to do with. Good greif… Samw old same old rehash of the same idea over and over again. Piss poor writting and lazy minds if you ask me.

Sorry about the type Os lol i just go too fast when I get going.

Daken is badass

Daken…his mother was japanese…DA-KEN. Why is the name then so hard to understand? I <3 the way the drew him up…he is a F'd up, confused, and evil (from what I've read) dude who hates his father to the point he joins a team of mock X-Men? COME ON…how can that be lame? Also, IMHO I appreciate the different "copies" of Wolverine. The son, legit birth to my knowledge (sorry don't know whole background on Daken) so how is he a "copy," it's called genetics. Your kid isn't a copy but a natural "variation" of you and your spouse.

X23…besides the fact she is a hot character and has the same temperament as the man she was "cloned" from…Wolverine is STILL the hottest thing ppl will try to "recreate" as seen in Wolverine: Weapon X Adamantium men as well as past attempts. They tried to make another wolverine, had issues, and ended up with a fem version. That alone makes her NOT a clone. A clone is an exact copy of your DNA. She clearly is not…the boobies alone tell that tale. ;)

*and yes…he, Daken, is badass.

Love, peace, and adamtium claw grease.

G

you’re just a kid, I canso tell you don’t know crap about life , haven’t lived long enough, that’s for sure. first off Daken being a copy isn’t to say he’s a copy,like from a copier that makes copies. Nor does that mean it for X 23 either. Copy means, teh concept is a COPY and there is no saying it isn’t cause it is, they both are. end of that. and, Being “hot” doesn’t make a good design btw, Nor does being a “bad ass” Writers that take the time to put thought and unseen ideas into their work, THAT”s what makes a great creation and great story telling. NOT peat and repeat. Just because you change a color or two, or a new out fit, doesn’t make Barbie bran new.

Sense the last time these comments were written, the stories with X23 and Daken have proven to be good and enjoyable… but they WERE NOT in the begining, and that’s that

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