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Mixin’ and matchin’ with this week’s comics!

Instead of reviewing the books I bought this week, as it’s Sunday and I just got them today, I thought I’d play a game with y’all. Dig in!

Okay, so here’s the game. I write some very brief random thoughts about the comics I bought this week. You will match them to the list of comics I will provide. It’s just like the SAT test, people! Except more fun. Let’s hope.

1. I really ought to work the phrase “You maggot-infested trough of a diseased hog’s dinner” into conversation more often.

2. The twists and turns and time jumps in this issue make the conclusion to this arc a brutal and brilliant piece of work. Everything fits perfectly and sets up the next story wonderfully.

3. So many hilarious lines, typically beautiful art, and a world where Thomas Edison has invented a “necrophone” is one I want to live in.

4. Say what you want about the creative team, but any book that uses sound effects so excellently has to be a must-read, right?

5. I read someone call it “fincest.” Heh. That’s pretty clever. This comic just kind of ends as if it simply ran out of pages, which is kind of weird.

6. Why does this character have a grawlix sewn into his shirt? That’s kind of odd. And yes, if you’re not steeped in some obscure history, this might not work for you, but it did for me!

7. Normally time travel makes my head hurt, but this fits together very nicely. I’m still not sure why the past can’t be changed, but oh well.

8. An issue on time? It can’t be!

9. By far the creepiest book of the week, plus the continuing obsession of the writer with beards!

10. I can’t imagine how this book will last very long, but the first issue is a nice disturbing book, with an odd restriction at its center. I know it’s just to get things rolling, but it seems like a very strange overreaction.

A. Agents of Atlas #6 by Jeff Parker, Gabriel Hardman, Jana Schirmer, and Nate Piekos.

B. Astro City: The Dark Age Book Three #2 (of 4) by Kurt Busiek, Brent E. Anderson, John Roshell, and Alex Sinclair.

C. Atomic Robo: Shadow From Beyond Time #2 (of 5) by Brian Clevinger, Scott Wegener, Ronda Pattison, and Jeff Powell.

D. Batman and Robin #1 by Grant Morrison, Frank Quitely, Alex Sinclair, and Patrick Brosseau.

E. Captain Britain and MI 13 Annual #1 by Paul Cornell, Mike Collins, Livesay, Jay David Ramos, Joe Caramagna, Adrain Alphona, and Christina Strain.

F. Chew #1 by John Layman and Rob Guillory.

G. Scalped #29 by Jason Aaron, R. M. Guéra, Giulia Brusco, and Steve Wands.

H. Seaguy: Slaves of Mickey Eye #3 (of 3) by Grant Morrison, Cameron Stewart, Dave Stewart, and Todd Klein.

I. Secret Six #10 by Gail Simone, Nicola Scott, Doug Hazlewood, Mike Sellers, Jason Wright, and Sal Cipriano.

J. Universal War One: Revelations #3 (of 3) by Denis Bajram.

These are probably too easy, but that’s why it’s fun! I’ll be back on point this week, polluting the Internet with my overly long ramblings that no one cares about! Until then, start your guessing!


1. Secret Six #10. That’s completely a Gail Simone line.

2. Scalped #29. It was the only one I couldn’t connect, so here we go.

3. Thomas Edison? That’s Atomic Robo for sure.

4. Batman and Robin #1. Frank Quitely is all about subliminal words.

5. Agents of Atlas #6. Apparently Atlantis is the underwater version of Appalachia. This was foreshadowed in Incredible Hercules, by the way. Herc freaked out a lot for a guy whose stepmom is also his aunt.

6. Captain Britain and MI 13 Annual #1. You really needed to know your Excalibur and Captain Britain to get full impact here. Did anyone else have trouble IDing all the cricket players?

7. Universal War One: Revelations #3 (of 3). I personally find the time travel in this series pretty hard to grasp, but it works out eventually. It’s a complex series that really benefits from a reread.

8. Astro City: The Dark Age Book Three #2 (of 4).

9. Seaguy: Slaves of Mickey Eye #3 (of 3). Haven’t read it, but the first Seaguy did feature She-Beard.

10. Chew #1. There are only two first issues up there, and Batman and Robin sure isn’t in any danger of cancellation.

Mauricio Castro

June 7, 2009 at 5:33 pm

1. Seaguy: Slaves of Mickey Eye #3
2. Scalped #29
3. Atomic Robo: Shadow From Beyond Time #2
4. Batman and Robin #1
5. Agents of Atlas #6
6. Captain Britain and MI 13 Annual #1
7. Universal War One: Revelations #3
8. Astro City: The Dark Age Book Three #2
9. Secret Six #10
10. Chew #1

1. I
2. G
3. C
4. A
5. H
6. E
7. J
8. D
9. B
10. F

1. Seaguy: Slaves of Mickey Eye
2. Scalped
3. Atomic Robo
4. Batman and Robin
5. Agents of Atlas
6. Captain Britain and MI 13 Annual
7. Universal War One
8. Astro City
9. Secret Six
10. Chew

How’d I do?

Dang. Master Mahan gets it on the first try. I have to make these harder! Thanks for playing, everyone!

Continuing the trend of undervaluing Marvel’s Soleil line, here we have a review of the conclusion to one of the greatest european SF comic epics, a book indicated to the greatest award in comics (the Angoulême award) reduced to a two-sentence review in the midst of a multiple choice quiz. Which boiled down to saying it wasn’t as confuse as it was expected.


Was that the way manga were treated on the US before the Tokyopop explosion?

Hunter (Pedro Bouça)

Pedro: I really liked Universal War One. The finale was completely unexpected, which I appreciated, and the art was stunning throughout. Shame on Marvel for releasing it while I was on vacation. What’s wrong with them?!?!???!??

It’s cool, man. I just find it frustrating to see that book – the very best series Soleil has published – get even less repercution than the most obscure super-hero comic. Not even with Marvel backing it!

I don’t know. They should forget the direct market, forget the US comic size and just release the books in bookstores on all their deluxe oversized glory. What good is to sacrifice your cultural identity when it amounts to nothing? Manga only got popular when it was published on a format similar to the original, I think the same will apply to european comics. At least the large format would make them stand out from the crowd…

Hunter (Pedro Bouça)

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