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Comic Book Cheers and Jeers for 6/28

Here are a bunch of cheers and jeers from me, mostly having to do with this week’s new releases!

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

CHEERS to Jeff Parker’s opening issue of X-Men: First Class, where even artist Roger Cruz is on top of his game, as Parker delivers an issue of the Invisible Girl teaching Marvel Girl some lessons, and seeing how the rest of the X-Men deal with the possible loss of their teammate. Well-written stuff, and Cruz has some very good moments, artistically, in the issue.

JEERS to Kyle as Parallax. It is especially weird as he’s APPARENTLY in other Countdown related books as Ion, so, well, what’s up with that? I mean, if it is just for this storyline – then cool beans, but as a longer term thing? Doooooooorky. Also, Superman Prime (I love that he’s now SuperMAN Prime…hehe) as a Sinestro Corps member? Isn’t that kinda, well, stacking the deck a bit TOO much? There’s nothing inherently wrong with making the good guys seem like they are really screwed, but it certainly opens a writer up to a tough situation, vis a vis making the good guys win at the end.

CHEERS, though, to Ethan Van Sciver’s artwork on the Sinestro Corps one-shot. Some of his better work. Also cheers to the cool scene where all the rings start looking for replacements. Eerily effective.

JEERS to the ending of Silent War, in the sense that it wasn’t REMOTELY in tune with World War Hulk, which, you know, is kinda a big deal, no? How did no one think to coordinate the two books?

CHEERS to the inclusion of Traci 13 in Blue Beetle as the new love interest for the Blue Beetle. Very clever by John Rogers.

JEERSto the whole Monarch thing in Countdown (the whole Monarch thing, period). How ridiculous is it that this is now the SECOND time that a writer has come up with some convoluted way to make Captain Atom Monarch – all in some silly homage to a story THAT NEVER ACTUALLY EXISTED!! So silly. Almost as silly as Captain Atom all of a sudden talking like Doctor Doom.

CHEERS to John Rogers, also, for continuing with his appreciation for the Giffen/DeMatteis leaguers, with a really touching moment where Traci 13 references Ralph and Sue Dibney. Very nice artwork by Rafael Albuquerque, as well!

JEERS to the whole “Wonder Girl and Supergirl side with the Amazons” part of Amazons Attack. Will Pfeifer, please tell me that wasn’t your idea!!!

CHEERS, of a sorts, to the backups in Countdown, where Dan Jurgens retells all the old Multiverse stories. It is pretty darn funny to read condensed versions of these old stories, because they come off as so ridiculously stupid. Hearing the plot of Crisis on Infinite Earths squeezed into a couple of pages is absolutely high-larious.

JEERS to this week’s Invincible. This issue was some serious meandering, although with some nice character moments mixed in.

CHEERS to Kathleen Webb for a strong opening story in this week’s Betty, detailing the things Betty comes across while cleaning her room. Webb does a cute story in the end, too, about past summer romances of Betty’s older sister.

JEERS to Disney’s Junior Graphic Novel of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest. I was really interested in this project, in that I didn’t know how they would manage to condense the movie into one graphic novel. The answer to “how they would manage” is “poorly.” I cannot even slightly imagine anyone who was not well-versed in the film this is adapted from having any idea what is going on in the comic.

CHEERS to Jeff Parker for a cute story in this week’s Marvel Adventures: Avengers, where the Avengers work with a group of villagers from another dimension to teach the villagers how to fend for themselves.

JEERS, though, to Leonard Kirk’s artwork, which looked pretty darn rough. Maybe he just did breakdowns? He was listed as penciler, though…

CHEERS to Christos Gage and Andrea DeVito for telling perhaps the best issue I have read so far out of any of the crossover tie-in mini-series Marvel has been doing for their event books.

JEERS to the Hulk being impervious to stuff like telepathy. That seems like a reach.

CHEERS to Chris Bachalo’s artwork in X-Men #200. Very nice job.

JEERS to the way the new Witchblade beats the bad guy in the latest Witchblade. She literally just walks into the bad lady’s house, knocks her out after like, a half-page fight, then drags her out for her comeuppance. It was one of the most half-hearted resolutons to a plot-line I have seen.

CHEERS to Fabian Nicieza, for handling the removal of one of his main characters with style and grace.

JEERS to the X-Men in Ultimate X-Men being all, “All’s forgiven, Nightcrawler!” Uhmmmm…dudes, seriously? He did and said some pretty effed up stuff!

CHEERS to Esab Ribic’s sweet artwork in Silver Surfer: Requiem.

JEERS to Craig Boldman’s opening story in this week’s Jughead. He sets up a scenario (Jughead must win a burger-eating contest or else never return to Pop Tate’s), and then fails to give the story a resolution! It was absurd!

CHEERS, though, to Boldman for the other two stories, which were much stronger, including a delightful final tale of the hijinx that occur when Jughead tries to partake in “one of the exquisite joys of summer,” drinking from a hose!

JEERS to Robin Furth’s lead story in Legion of Monsters: Satana. Wow, so Satana makes a promise with a mortal but ends up screwing the mortal over? WHAT A TWIST!! So silly.

CHEERS, though, to Kalman Andrasofsky’s interior pencils. I knew he could draw!! CHEERS, also, to Jonathan Hickman’s awesome art on the backup story in the issue.

JEERS to Humberto Ramos’ artwork on X-Men #200. And it was an IMPROVEMENT over his past work on the X-Men, but it was still pretty poor.

CHEERS to Alan Burnett for at least trying to get Superman/Batman back on track with the latest issue, although I think, ultimately, it was a bit too disjointed. Schrocken was waaaaaaay too under-developed for a character shown quite often in the issue.

JEERS, too, to the name Schrocken.

CHEERS to Dan Slott’s legal work in the latest She-Hulk. I think even my pal Loren will be impressed!

JEERS, though, to even still be addressing the whole “Did She-Hulk sleep with Juggernaut?” thing. People, we all get it, Chuck Austen-penned comics rarely make sense! Just feel free to ignore them!

CHEERS to Garth Ennis for this week’s The Boys. The Tek Knight situation is hilarious, but by totally committing to the concept, Ennis is even able to elicit poignancy out of the situation. Very nice work.

JEERS to the coloring on the latest issue of Superman/Batman. The art could barely be seen at times!

CHEERS to the latest issue of Criminal. Another strong, character-driven issue.

JEERS to the same coloring issues on Thunderbolts. Everything is so dark and hard to decipher.

CHEERS, though, to the great work Warren Ellis has been doing with obscure superheroes in Thunderbolts. I love it when a writer does stuff like Ellis is doing here – honest, non-cynical, non-ironic superheroes. Classic stuff.

JEERS to not enough comics out there with Russ Heath artwork. This week’s Iron Fist shows he can still bring it!

CHEERS, though, to this week’s Iron Fist in general. A rip-roarin’ good time.

JEERS to the opener of Endangered Species. Like the Endangered Species one-shot, it was pretty good writing, but it was just an entire comic of the Beast talking to people, about mostly exposition. Pretty darn weak as far as openers go.

CHEERS to Dave Finch’s X-Men #200 cover. That was a great idea for a cover for a 200th issue.

JEERS, just because I haven’t said this in awhile, to the name “Daken” for Wolverine’s son. So lame.

CHEERS to David Michelinie’s ability to work Scott Lang into comics without it seeming too dorky. I was always impressed by that. He never gave the impression that he was pushing the character on us.

JEERS, though, for Tarantula in the Bat-books. The pain of reading her appearances never goes away!

CHEERS to the Extremists getting their own mini-series!

JEERS to the idea of Captain Atom recruiting Lord Havok to be his top lieutenant. So Giffen’s Justice League run just never existed?!?

That’s all I got!

49 Comments

Looks like I missed reading some really, really shitty comics this week.

Yay for me!

Black Lutefisk

June 28, 2007 at 4:23 am

You repeated the ending to Silent War jeer (unless you just hated it that much).

I’m agreeing with a lot of these. But the Countdown back-up features isn’t one of them. I genuinely hate those things. Did they really need to spend five issues recounting every single JLA/JSA team-up ever? We got the point after the first one: people crossed universes a lot. We didn’t need to recap Mike Friedrich’s giant alien boy and puppy crossover or the one where Cary Bates became a super villain and Elliot S! Maggin had to help stop him. The entire thing just reeked of pointless page filler. Also, this is the third Crisis recap in the last year-and-a-half (following the one in IC and the one in 52). Isn’t it safe to assume that newer readers have figured out what Crisis on Infinite Earths was about by now?

Also, I’d like to add in jeers for Countdown and it’s increasing number of gratuitous Mary Marvel upskirt shots.

Also, Superman Prime (I love that he’s now SuperMAN Prime…hehe) as a Sinestro Corps member? Isn’t that kinda, well, stacking the deck a bit TOO much? There’s nothing inherently wrong with making the good guys seem like they are really screwed, but it certainly opens a writer up to a tough situation, vis a vis making the good guys win at the end.

So there’s a pretty good chance this will eventually deserve a JEER but we won’t now until the story’s over, do we? If handled correctly it might possible even turn into a CHEER. So this might be a bit of an early judgement. Just sayin’.

The “Oh hell! The Heroes are really in for it now!!!” feeling, which you really don’t get in any meaningful way in comics anymore (the last time I remember it was during Princes of Darkness in JSA), seemed to work a lot better in X-Men than it did in the Sinestro one shot.

It just felt more organic, or character driven or what.

Of course character A hates all their guts and she’s going to turn on them, and of course character B is going to put her ideals/beliefs in front of everyone.

Bah, Invincible has been treading water for the last thirteen issues. Kirkman really needs to get back on the ball with that book. It can no longer claim it’s probably the best superhero book in the universe!

JEERSto the whole Monarch thing in Countdown (the whole Monarch thing, period). How ridiculous is it that this is now the SECOND time that a writer has come up with some convoluted way to make Captain Atom Monarch – all in some silly homage to a story THAT NEVER ACTUALLY EXISTED!!

When was the first time someone came up with a convoluted way to make Captain Atom Monarch to homage the story that never happened? There are huge gaps in my DC knowledge.

CHEERS to Alan Burnett for at least trying to get Superman/Batman back on track

When was this book EVER on track? That’s like complimenting someone by saying that they’re bringing Uncanny X-Men back to the glory days of Chuck Austen. Faint praise indeed.

-> “CHEERS to Garth Ennis for this week’s The Boys. The Tek Knight situation is hilarious, but by totally committing to the concept, Ennis is even able to elicit poignancy out of the situation. Very nice work.”

*cough-warrenellis-cough*

Or not. Sorry. Idiot mate posting as me over a silly private joke (honestly, you make One Simple Mistake…)

yeah, it seems like they just sort of hung Silent War out to dry and refused work it into bigger plans, which is a shame, because it was one of the better Marvel mini series in recent memory, and lays the groundwork for what could have been a really interesting Inhumans series…

The first time Monarch turned out to be Captain Atom after all was in Extreme Justice…and doesn’t it just sum up the 90s in a nutshell that there was even a title called ‘Extreme Justice’? “They’re superheroes…and they do the Dew!”

My Cheers! for the week is to me, for not picking up ‘Countdown’. Oh, it was so nice to look at the shelf of crummy Marvel and DC crossover tie-ins and say, “Not for me, thanks!”

I still bought ‘Ultimates 2 Volume 2′, though. Time will tell how unwise that is.

When did Armageddon 2001 become a story that “never happened”

I think the revelation of Captain Atom as Monarch in Armageddon was the story that never happened.

Julio Dvulture

June 28, 2007 at 7:37 am

Armageddon 2001 happened, but Captain Atom officially becoming Monarch in that series never happened (spoilers were leaked prior to the last issue and they changed the villain to Hawk instead of Captain Atom.

I’m pretty sure Silent War avoided tying into WWH because the events of WWH are largely irrelevant to whatever plans Hine has for his third miniseries in the trilogy (following Son of M and Silent War.) It’s kind of like complaining that Astonishing isn’t tying into Endangered species.

Also, even though I don’t doubt the main story is fairly mediocre, I know I’ll have to check out the Satana one-shot for Hickman’s Living Mummy story.

I like the Kyle-as-Parallax twist. I agree with J To The AAP: It’s too early to jeer the storyline. (Although the involvement of the Anti-Monitor does not excite nor inspire me. He’s lame.) But I’m actually going to buy the two Green Lantern books for the next couple months.

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You’re missing the point in DC logic. Follow with me:

Kyle is Parallax. Now he can bring back Bart Allen and Conner Kent, both of whom will be twisted with rage for some (unexplained) reason over their deaths. Now add in that Jason Todd is your opposite Batman, and toss in Monarch as a lackey, and you have a new “evil” Justice League to toss at people in a big summer crossover.

Besides, villains at DC and Marvel comics are passe. It’s much cooler to have heroes fighting heroes all the time. This would rock, man! >:-)

DC editorial. So silly they’re predictable.

“Also, Superman Prime (I love that he’s now SuperMAN Prime…hehe) as a Sinestro Corps member?”

This reminds me of a jeers I’ve had for a while:

JEERS to the Siegel family and Warner Brothers for not finding a way to end Superboy’s legal limbo. It’s a shame that none of his adventures can even get any kind of DVD release, much less appear in comics.

Daken spelled sideways is “Naked.”

…I wonder if HE’S the best there is at what he does, too?!

“JEERS to the ending of Silent War, in the sense that it wasn’t REMOTELY in tune with World War Hulk, which, you know, is kinda a big deal, no? How did no one think to coordinate the two books?”

As near as I could figure it the ending of this story took place in the future from where we are right now in the MU with WWH. I figure the first issue took place about 6 months ago Marvel time and the last issue took place about 3 months from now present time.
It confused and baffled me too, but when you step back from WWH its really just plain amazing. If there is in fact a third act coming, I am eagerly awaiting it.

Oh, and WWH X-men DID deliver. Gage needs to be writing New X-men regularly because thats the first time I ever really LIKED those characters. Excellent job on his part. I was really rooting for the kids even though you just knew they were going to lose and lose bad.

I still don’t see the problem with “Daken”? Do you not buy it as a real name or do you think its being too cool for school? What exactly is the problem?

I still think “Daken” is a perfectly fine name. Although, I prefer the “Dakin” spelling of it.

You repeated the ending to Silent War jeer (unless you just hated it that much).

I like that explanation!

I’m agreeing with a lot of these. But the Countdown back-up features isn’t one of them.

It was more of a sarcastic cheer. In the whole “they’re so bad, they’re good” sense.

So there’s a pretty good chance this will eventually deserve a JEER but we won’t now until the story’s over, do we? If handled correctly it might possible even turn into a CHEER. So this might be a bit of an early judgement. Just sayin’.

Oh, totally. That’s why I didn’t jeer it. The only JEER I gave was for Kyle becoming Parallax. THAT I think it totally dorky. The other stuff I just riffed on, while I was talking about Kyle becoming Parallax.

So yeah, that stuff is too soon to JEER. Don’t get me wrong, the odds are overwhelming that it WILL be something to JEER, but Dave Gibbons is also involved in this storyline, so I have a little faith.

When was the first time someone came up with a convoluted way to make Captain Atom Monarch to homage the story that never happened? There are huge gaps in my DC knowledge.

Back in Extreme Justice, they introduced the Monarch, who (prepare yourself for a lame idea here) turned out to be the ACTUAL Captain Atom.

As it turned out, when Captain Atom leaped into the future due to the quantum armor (the silver stuff) he was wearing, the actual person, Nathaniel Adam, was stuck in, like, time limbo. The armor ITSELF went into the future as a clone of Adam, THINKING it was the actual person, and went on to be the Captain Atom we all know.

Eventually, Hank Hall (Monarch) ended up in time limbo as well, and befriended the actual Nathanial Adam, and sent him the Monarch armor to escape from time limbo.

He showed up as the new Monarch, and after the initial storyline, no one ever referred to that plot ever again.

Thank goodness.

When was this book EVER on track? That’s like complimenting someone by saying that they’re bringing Uncanny X-Men back to the glory days of Chuck Austen. Faint praise indeed.

On track, you’d prefer? Fine by me.

I still don’t see the problem with “Daken”? Do you not buy it as a real name or do you think its being too cool for school? What exactly is the problem?

Both.

I didn’t go to the shop yesterday…Kyle is Parallax? Is DC trying to kill all the characters I “grew up” with from the mid-90s? Bart Allen is dead, Kyle is Parallax…what, is Starman going to torture and/or rape Jack Knight while singing the theme to Animaniacs?

As for Countdown…I just look for it cheaper whenever I can. Saves me money and agita in the long run.

JEERS to the idea of Captain Atom recruiting Lord Havok to be his top lieutenant. So Giffen’s Justice League run just never existed?!?

So when did this happen?

It’s the plot of the upcoming Extremists mini-series by Frank Tieri. Monarch/Captain Atom goes to recruit Lord Havok, and we see flashbacks in each issue to the background of each Extremist.

Alas, Daken is just one more bad celebrity name in a long list of them =3 There just seems to be a big air of ‘this name has to be UNIQUE’ going round atm.

Hey, I resent that! Us blacks were on the “name your kids something ridiculous that you swear sounds unique and cool” bandwagon way before Hollywood!!

Sorry =P You gotta admit, though, the celebs got you beat. Moon Unit? Heavenly Hiraani Tigerlily? Zowie Bowie?

You just know more about the celebrity names because they’re famous and get more exposure, but trust me, blacks got them beat! I’ve met girls named Ta-Tanisha, Starneisha, Lexxus (sic), Tangela and Chiffonia. Beyonce ain’t much better!

Urhines Kendall Icy Eight Special K is still the worst name ever. Poor kid. Seriously, if you don’t believe me, google him.

Um, sorry for the tangent, everyone else.

Damn there are a lot of DC jeers this week.

…NO! I will not be tempted back to Marvel. I’m still to pissed off about Civil War.

Still, I’m pretty annoyed that they brought out Superboy Prime already. He should just be used once a decade as an anniversary thing.

Chiffonia? Really?

…wow.

Given all the Earth 1 references in Countdown, and having that “unbeatable” team on the last page of Sinestro Corps, I’m predicting that they’re somehow going to bring back the Earth 1 Superman (the real one), who’ll be able to take the Corps down in about two pages.

CHEERS to Dan Slott’s legal work in the latest She-Hulk. I think even my pal Loren will be impressed!

JEERS, though, to even still be addressing the whole “Did She-Hulk sleep with Juggernaut?” thing. People, we all get it, Chuck Austen-penned comics rarely make sense! Just feel free to ignore them!

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She-Hulk #19 is really funny.

“It’s the plot of the upcoming Extremists mini-series by Frank Tieri. Monarch/Captain Atom goes to recruit Lord Havok, and we see flashbacks in each issue to the background of each Extremist.”

Pity they’ll probably ignore the fact that Lord Havok’s body was last being used to house Max Lord’s mind.

Still, at least they’re using the Extremists again. That’s never a bad thing. Scariest Disney animatronics ever.

Personally I so far like the Captain Atom as Monarch thing. Nothing I’ve seen so far indicates he’s a bad guy, especially since the Monitors in Countdown are really being portrayed as mostly a bunch of dicks, anyway.

Yay, Traci 13! Jeers to not having her cute little iguana familiar though.

I suppose the Satana story was predictable, but I thought it was a lot of fun.

I enjoyed how much the Sinestro Corps story was compressed. Lot of story in one book.

I remember a “Twisted Toyfare Theatre” where Daredevil sued Ben Affleck for the crap movie about his life. At one point, She-Hulk (representing Affleck) hits on Spider-Man while he’s on the stand, and he’s all, “Once you go Juggernaut, it’s physically impossible to go back.” Angry, She-Hulk moved that all Chuck Austen’s issues be stricken from the record, and the judge (a Quinte… Quintessa… that multiface thing from Transformers agreed. Cut to Nightcrawler: “Voo hoo! I don’t suck anymore!”

Austen-bashing…it never gets old.

The whole Juggernaut thing reminds me so much of the “Hulk does/doesn’t kill people” back-and-forth snitfest writers have been engaging in. Really silly and petty.

What’s an eneent War?

“Dakin” is a company that makes teddy bears. When I was very young I had a teddy bear that had a little plastic medal that had the company’s name on it, so I just made that the bear’s name. So… Yeah. Not a real tough guy name in my book.

I think the revelation of Captain Atom as Monarch in Armageddon was the story that never happened.

Duh – Stupid me

FunkyGreenJerusalem

June 29, 2007 at 6:40 pm

So Austen wrote a comic where She Hulk slept with Juggernaut?

Honestly, it’s the sort of thing you’d do if you were writing a parody of an Austen comic.

How did he ever get work?
Let alone so much of it on top selling titles.

Daken sounds like a farm machinery company. Not something you would name your child.
http://www.daken.com.au/

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