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What I bought – 2 December 2010

“I play with life, you say, and that is true, but I play because it pleases me; whereas Christian virtues would bore me in a day, as does the philosophy of Seneca. Because of this, Paul’s eloquence is displayed in vain. He should understand that people like me will never accept his religion. With your temperament you might either hate Christians or become a Christian immediately. I recognize, while yawning, the truth of what they say. We are mad. We are hastening to our doom, something unknown is coming toward us, something is dying around us – agreed! But life exists for itself alone, not for death.” (Henryk Sienkiewicz, from Quo Vadis)

With a Kim Basinger cameo! Yep - still icky Sixty percent of the people on this cover do NOT appear in this issue! Part six of six my ass! Well, that's charming! This looks even better than the first one! Eric Powell likes it! I hope this is Rob Schmidt-approved!

This week I bought FIVE single issues, one of the lowest totals in a while. I didn’t ask for your input because I was busy on Wednesday (root canal, yay!) and I figured the top vote-getter might be Heroes for Hire #1, so I bought that. I toyed with the idea of ignoring reviews and just rambling about other things, but with two series ending and one beginning and another one getting its second issue, there’s stuff to chew on. Believe me, I have a neat plan the next time I want to take a week off! But it won’t be this week!

Bullet to the Head #6 (of 6) by Matz (writer), Colin Wilson (artist/letterer), and Chris Blythe (colorist). $3.99, 25 pgs, FC, Dynamite Entertainment.

The first of two Matz comics that wrap up this week, Bullet to the Head has the advantage of actually ending, which is nice. Jimmy and Philip wrap things up, with a few twists thrown in for good measure, and all’s well that ends well. The trade will look nice, I’m sure, especially the Colin Wilson art. As pulpy stories go, this one works very well. It fits together decently, and while Matz relies on a bit of an infodump to wrap things up, it feels like we’ve earned it, because the rest of the series has sped along so crazily. So the fact that the book comes to a screeching halt while a character explains it all isn’t too annoying. Matz also structures the issue nicely, so that we know Jimmy and Philip come out of the final showdown early on, and Matz keeps cutting back to what happens on the night in question. It’s a tried-and-true device, and it works well here.

I’m sure a trade has been solicited, but if it hasn’t, it will be soon. It’s a fun, brutal story that has a silly idea at its center (instead of paying blackmail, a character resorts to assassination) but ignores that to zip along merrily. It won’t change your life, but it will entertain you. That’s what it’s all about sometimes!

One totally Airwolf panel:

Those two should just get a room - oh, wait, they already tried that, and it didn't take. Too bad!

Generation Hope #2 (“The Future is a Four-Letter Word Part Two”) by Kieron Gillen (writer), Salvador Espin (artist), Jim Charalampidis (colorist), and Dave Sharpe (letterer). $2.99, 22 pgs, FC, Marvel.

I casually mentioned the Akira reference in issue #1 and moved on, but in other corners of the Internet, it created quite the kerfuffle, with people calling for Gillen and/or Espin’s testicles to be dipped in gravy and then the creators thrown to wild hyenas. I wondered about it, because it was so blatant, but figured there was some reason for it. The unfortunate nature of serial storytelling means that all of those people who wanted to grab a pitchfork and organize a good mob had to wait an entire month to see why Gillen did it, if they indeed bothered to pick up issue #2 because their nerd rage hadn’t subsided yet (there’s no rage like nerd rage!). There’s a perfectly good reason for the reference, and Gillen explains it fairly early on, but I wonder if Marvel screwed the pooch a bit with the way they released this. Consider: The first issue was #3.99, which already means a bunch of people probably didn’t get it – we can argue if Marvel knows what they’re doing or not, but I’ve seen enough anecdotal evidence from people here that I think a lot of people automatically didn’t get issue #1 due to the price. Then, we get the tempest in a teapot about Gillen and Espin ripping off a classic. How many people, instead of seeing where Gillen goes with it, simply dropped the book? Books get dropped for dumber reasons, after all (I should know, because I’ve dropped books for dumber reasons). For a second-tier X-book in a world where second-tier X-books don’t sell as well as they used to, is it enough to kill the book? I hope not – unlike the totally superfluous third X-Men ongoing, which stars some of the same characters as the other two ongoing X-Men series, at least Generation Hope has a unique core and a reason for existing. Whether it’s good or not in the long term remains to be seen, of course, but it would be a shame if something so idiotic as the Akira “homage” drives people away from the book. It’s the curse of serial storytelling, I guess – it was a good cliffhanger, and if Gillen had explained it, the beginning of this issue would have been a lot less effective. Oh well.

It’s always good to see Scott being a total douchebag, and Gillen does a nice job in a few panels of showing what a douchebag he is. Through all the changes in the X-books over the past 35 years, we can always count on Scott being a dick. Yay, Scott!

I don’t have much else to say about the issue. It’s significantly less verbose than issue #1, which makes me think that Gillen was simply doing that to get as much information about the characters to the readers as possible. I still don’t think it was necessary, but at least he pulls back on it in this issue. As this is written as a four-issue arc, it ends a bit abruptly, seemingly in the middle of a scene, but that doesn’t bother me too much. And Espin’s art looks a bit worse than it did last issue, especially with some of the characters in motion. It’s odd – he seems to have spent a lot of time making Kenji look awfully impressive, and Kenji is awfully impressive, so maybe he had less time for the rest of the issue. We shall see going forward what his art looks like.

As always with new series, I’m feeling this one out, but it’s been pretty good so far. I hope everyone who had a conniption fit about the first issue can take a deep breath, read issue #2, and see what’s what. Then we can all focus our nerd rage where it belongs – at Bendis for screwing up Noh-Varr so badly!!!!

One totally Airwolf panel:

I'm not sure how that would work, but I'd like to see it!

Heroes for Hire #1 (“Are You For Hire?”) by Dan Abnett (writer), Andy Lanning (writer), Brad Walker (penciler), Andrew Hennessy (inker), Jay David Ramos (colorist), and Joe Caramagna (letterer). $3.99, 22 pgs, FC, Marvel.

Hey, yet another Heroes for Hire series. Well, I’m totally sure this will sell well, right?

Abnett and Lanning have been off doing cosmic stuff for so long, it’s interesting that they’re on this book, which is a decidedly street-level comic. It’s not that they can’t do it, I just wonder if they’re finally bored with space adventures. Of course, cosmic books and this kind of book are very similar, so it shouldn’t be too much of a leap. I just find it interesting.

So, the set-up: Misty Knight calls random heroes and tells them she has a job for them. She’s coordinating everything, so they don’t necessarily work together and they don’t necessarily know what the other parts of the job are. She has a mysterious benefactor whom she refuses to discuss, and she doesn’t even allow Sam Wilson to call her “Misty” when they’re on the job – she calls herself “Control,” because that’s what she is. If you’re getting a Global Frequency vibe, I’m sure you’re not the only one – I’m sure I saw Warren Ellis’s fedora shoot straight off his head when his brain exploded with rage – but it’s not a terrible concept, and it’s not like Ellis hasn’t lifted a few ideas now and then, is it?

So Misty sends the Falcon and Black Widow to stop a shipment of a drug called Hook, which is a favorite of Atlanteans and is now making its way to the surface. They stop the shipment, and then Misty calls Moon Knight to bust up the warehouse where the shipment was heading. He finds something very nasty about what they’re doing to create a worse version of the drug, and he starts busting heads. Meanwhile, Elektra is called in to take out the drug dealer. It all fits together!

Abnett and Lanning throw some curves at us, including a really nice twist at the end. They also show Paladin hanging around, and considering he’s been a member of the team before (something I learned from the back of the book, where there’s a history lesson of the Heroes for Hire), I’m sure he’s up to no good. It’s a solid first issue, with nice action, a decent through-plot, and solid art. Walker’s work looks a bit slicker than I remember, which is perhaps due to Hennessy’s inks and Ramos’s colors, but it also could be just a natural progression. It’s pretty good, although some of his faces look really weird – Misty’s most noticeably, but Natasha’s as well at one point. It’s solid superhero art, and while the coloring is a bit darker than I like (of course, this issue does take place at night, but still), it works fine for the book.

It’s a fairly intriguing first issue, so I’ll stick with the book for a bit to see where Abnett and Lanning go with it. I do wish Marvel would stop pricing #1 issues at $3.99 – that just seems so very, very stupid. Oh well.

One totally Airwolf panel:

Well, that's just unpleasant

The Killer: Modus Vivendi #6 (of 6) by Matz (writer/translator), Luc Jacamon (artist), Edward Gauvin (translator), and Scott Newman (letterer). $3.95, 29 pgs, FC, Archaia.

I’m fairly enraged by this issue, because in no way, shape, or form is this the sixth issue of a six-issue mini-series. It’s really a holding pattern between a five-issue mini-series and however long the next mini-series is. The main plot really wrapped up last issue, and Matz gives us a bit of the fall-out from the killer’s actions, but not too many. Then he simply starts putting the plot for the next mini-series in motion, as we realize that Cuba’s attempts to nationalize their oil reserves will meet with stiff resistance from the United States and that will be what the next series revolves around. All well and good, but why would Archaia publish this as a six-issue mini-series? Did Matz and Jacamon originally plan it that way but changed their minds after Archaia started publishing this? I assume this has already been published in France, but how much lead time does Archaia have? If they had enough, they shouldn’t have promoted this as a six-issue mini-series, is all I’m saying. It’s really annoying reading this issue and realizing as you get closer and closer to the end that Matz and Jacamon have no intention of wrapping anything up. The first series was 10 issues and came to a decent conclusion (presumably because no one was sure if there would be a sequel). It’s fine to do a sequel, but the least they could do is make sure they tell a complete story. Why couldn’t this have been 10-12 issues of a complete story? Beats me.

Anyway, Matz’s politics, which have bugged me throughout this series, are once again on display, but the killer isn’t quite as enraptured with Cuba anymore, and Mariano, his pal, makes the point that people are greedy and despicable everywhere, which the killer should know because he espoused that philosophy in the first series before he started ranting about the United States. (I apologize again for defending my country so vehemently when, as a good godless Commie liberal, I should hate it and everything it stands for. It annoys the hell out of me when anyone – usually Europeans, but not always – bashes on the U.S. but is blind to the abuses of the countries they admire. You can point out the flaws of the United States as much as you want – God knows we have plenty – but you either have to point out the flaws of other countries as well or point out the good things the U.S. has done. That seems fair. Okay, I’m done. I guess I can go back to hating America like I’m supposed to!) I’m sure in the next series, we’re going to get more U.S.A.-bashing, as Matz is setting up a confrontation between the States and Cuba, but as long as the killer realizes that maybe, just maybe, the Cuban Communist Utopia isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, I can deal with it. We shall see.

I also love when a character – almost always a man – talks about how monogamy and fidelity are stupid concepts, as the killer does in this issue. He sees no problem with sleeping around, and that’s fine, as long as he understands it goes both ways. I wonder what he would say if the mother of his child took up with some other dude. Would he be as open to her doing what he’s doing? I very much doubt if Matz is going to do anything with that, but it would be a neat subplot as the series moves forward.

I liked the first edition of The Killer a lot. This series was not as good, because it seemed a bit more messy, plot-wise, as if Matz and Jacamon just couldn’t really decide what to do with their lead character. By the end of this series, the plot comes a bit more into focus, and it would have been nice if Matz had tightened everything up a bit, streamlined this series more, and gotten into the plot of the next series sooner, so maybe it could have been a decent, single-volume epic. I’m still going to check out the next series, but that doesn’t change the fact that as a six-issue arc, this doesn’t work all that well.

Cool art, though.

One totally Airwolf panel:

That's going to be tough to get off of his leather jacket!

Secret Six #28 (“The Reptile Brain Part Four of Four: The Skull Just Beneath the Flesh”) by Gail Simone (writer), Jim Califiore (artist), Jason Wright (colorist), and Travis Lanham (letterer). $2.99, 22 pgs, FC, DC.

Shakira realizes early on in this issue that maybe turning Machiste into a giant snake demon isn’t so hot an idea. I always love people in fiction – ideas that 99% of the population would realize are pretty dumb get put into practice all the time, and then, the characters realize what everyone else realized a long time ago. Good times!

This issue wraps up the Skartaris arc nicely, as we learn why Bane is there in the first place and Alice figures out why her power isn’t working. Simone also hearkens back to Ryan Choi’s stint as the Atom, which was kind of neat (I don’t know if Simone is angry at all about Ryan being killed off in such an idiotic manner, but I like to think she was imagining Dan DiDio’s face on Dwarf Star as she wrote that scene). I’m not sure if Simone is going to have a core cast with rotating special guests not unlike the old Suicide Squad (Waller says she only needs six of the group, but does that mean the same six?), but this arc has served to shake everyone up, introduce some possible new characters, and give them a new focus going forward. Given that Simone appears to be a fan of Ostrander’s SS, I don’t have too much of a problem if this is where she wants to go. So now they’re off to have crossovers with Action Comics (the sales of which at my shop are plummeting, according to the proprietor) and the Doom Patrol (which can’t be selling well, can it?). Is Secret Six helping them, or are they supposed to be helping Secret Six? Only the DiDio knows for sure!

One totally Airwolf panel:

I dig the Superman undies!

Pinocchio Vampire Slayer and the Great Puppet Theater by Van Jensen (writer) and Dusty Higgins (artist). $14.95, 163 pgs, BW, SLG.

The first volume of this was surprisingly good, so I’m looking forward to reading this. Higgins’s art looks superb, so there’s that.

Pug Davis by Rebecca Sugar (writer/artist). $15.00, 122 pgs, BW, Albatross Exploding Funny Books.

Eric Powell likes this, so I do hope it’s more than dick and fart jokes, as that seems to be the level of humor that Powell enjoys. Unless, of course, they’re really funny dick and fart jokes. Then it might work.

Trickster: Native American Tales. Matt Dembicki, ed. $22.95, 231 pgs, FC, Fulcrum Books.

This looks pretty keen. Lots o’ stories starring animals!

It’s a bit late, but Leslie Nielsen died on Sunday. It’s stunning to think how he re-invented himself in Airplane and how influential that role was. It would not have worked if people didn’t think of him as a stolid, wooden actor, and although it’s still a funny role today, it had to have been terrific for people who knew the image of himself he was roasting. Plus, it paved the way for “serious” actors to act ridiculous – think of Robert DeNiro skewering his own image in Meet the Parents, where the only reason it’s funny is because we have an image in our heads of what “Robert DeNiro” acts like. And Police Squad is one of the greatest television shows ever conceived. I remember watching it when I was a kid and occasionally losing my breath because I was laughing so hard. I saw it years later and yep, it still holds up. So RIP, Enrico Palazzo. You’ll be missed.

Onward to The Ten Most Recent Songs Played On My iPod (Which Is Always On Shuffle):

1. “Take the Money and Run”Steve Miller Band (1976) “They headed down south and they’re still running today”1
2. “100 Nights”Marillion (1991) “She spends your money on me”
3. “One of Us”ABBA (1981) “I felt you kept me away from the heat and the action”
4. “Mofo”U2 (1997) “Still looking for the face I had before the world was made”2
5. “The Wrong Man” – Amanda Ghost (2000) “I know the games we play aren’t fooling anyone”
6. “Lady Nina” – Marillion (1985) “‘Cause your beauty is the only thing you’ve ever owned”
7. “Black”Pearl Jam (1991) “I know you’ll be a star in somebody else’s sky”3
8. “House of the Gods”Pogues (1990) “Finally found a place they could never reach”
9. “Never Satisfied”Living Colour (1993) “I sold my soul like a whore”
10. “Sneakin’ Sally Through the Alley” – Robert Palmer (1974) “I said, I can’t find nothing wrong with being friends, ’cause sometimes, she lets me use the car”4

1 You must, of course, do the hand claps whenever you listen to this. No exceptions! Even if you’re on the freeway! YOU MUST!!!!!
2 I always wonder why bands don’t become more experimental as they get older and more successful, because they can take the financial hit if their experiments don’t pan out. I love when bands do this and the fact that so many don’t vexes me. U2 is a case in point. After Achtung Baby, which was a bit different from their 1980s output, they were the biggest rock band on the planet, and then they released Zooropa, which was even weirder. Four years later came Pop, which is a pretty underrated album. It did well but not well enough, and three years later they were back to the “U2 sound” with All That You Can’t Leave Behind. That’s not a bad album, but after the experimentation with the previous three albums (and, of course, the music wasn’t all that experimental, just different from what they had been doing for the first decade), it was disappointing. I guess U2 just couldn’t deal with not being “the best band in the world,” which Bono said they were trying to reclaim in 2000. Did they owe too many people money? Beats me. It’s just too bad that they retreated from the relative strangeness of the 1990s to the security of the 1980s.
3 In 1991 I saw Pearl Jam, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Smashing Pumpkins at Penn State. It was quite the good concert. My favorite song on Pearl Jam’s debut album, Ten, was “Black.” They performed 10 of the 11 songs on the album. Guess which one they didn’t sing? Damn you, Eddie Vedder!
4 If you only know Palmer from his mid- to late-1980s heyday, you should give his debut album a listen, especially this tremendous song. It’s a jazzy, bluesy, funky groove with hilarious lyrics about a sap trying to explain away his affair to his wife. A great, great song.

Sorry for the lack of reviews this week – there just wasn’t a ton of stuff coming out. I’m sure that the next few weeks will be packed – won’t that be fun? Until then, relax and enjoy the 70-degree temperature. Isn’t it 70 degrees where you live?

26 Comments

Akaky Akakievich Bashmachkin

December 3, 2010 at 2:03 pm

“Then we can all focus our nerd rage where it belongs – at Bendis for screwing up Noh-Varr so badly!!!!”

Huh?

It’s a brisk 37 degrees here, at least according to the magic weather thingie on my computer. SWIMMIN’ WEATHER

I passed on Pinocchio volume two. Let me know if I made a huge mistake!

I had the same reaction you had when I saw the Akira reference: it’s so blatant that it has to have a good explanation beyond “he ripped it off”.And even though I didn’t like the first issue at all, I’ll still give the second one a try.

No random lyrics this time? I never guess them, but I enjoy the challenge (or at least the 30 seconds it takes to Google them).

Oh, and I’m European and I don’t hate America. Hell, I don’t even like football/soccer! How quaint is that? :-)

I think my favorite song off Ten is either “Garden” or “Porch”

Akaky: Chad Nevett claims the Bendis ruined Noh-Varr when he used him in the Avengers books. Hence the reference.

Dude: Oops. I totally forgot the totally random lyrics. Dang it. Oh well.

Dude – you saw Pearl Jam, the Chili Peppers and Smashing Pumpkins at PSU -1991 – Rec Hall! I was a sophomore at Penn State at the time and I’m still kicking myself for not going to that show. To make it worse, I was in West Halls at the time, so I was virtually right across the street from the venue, and my roomate went, trying to convince me to go, but I declined. Then, within about a 4 month period, Pearl Jam and Smashing Pumpkins made it big (I mean really big). The Chili Peppers were already fairly well known by that point.

Still kick myself for missing that show. There was really no good reason not to go at the time. I remember my roomate coming back from the show saying he hated Smashing Pumpkins though. Said that Corgan was a real asshole on stage (he didn’t elaborate though).

The reason I stopped reading the Killer is exactly the reason you stated, except I have no problem with Matz’ politics. What I dislike is this narrative caption box abuse that is so prevalent in bad comics, especially run-of-the-mill bad superhero comics. While his counterparts use these godforsaken boxes as lazy info dumps, Matz found a way to make it even worse; making condescending, pretentious asides THAT HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH THE STORY!!!! Its lazy and cheap writing. It felt like the Killer’s primary method of assassination is Douching people to death.

If you want an outlet for your views, get a @#$%ing blog! Its a shame though, I really liked the book when it isn’t a podium for some boilerplate rhetoric.

I haven’t read the comic, so I’m not speaking to the quality of the writing, but this sentiment…

“If you want an outlet for your views, get a @#$%ing blog!”

…annoys the shit out of me. How can people complain about someone expressing opinions in their art? That’s the whole point of art. It’s a venue for communicating IDEAS.

Not to mention the fact that the book was created by the writer. If you have a problem with the X-Men promoting a certain ideology, that’s one thing. But to complain that someone is making their worldview known in their own creation is just stupid.

Bendis did ruin noh-varr. I mean you had this cool modern-age kirby infused teenage anti-hero and bendis decides to beat all the anti-hero coolness out of him (literally). What a let down and dissapointment.

I can’t believe people actually got mad about Generation Hope “rippng off” Akira. That’s like somewhere between getting mad a Project: A-Ko for “ripping off” Superman and Wonder Woman and getting mad at West Side Story for “ripping off” Romeo and Juliet. (Which is to say, somewhere between “you weren’t NOT supposed to notice” and “that was kind of the point.”)

Mudassir, I would read a series where the killer Douches people to death. Not sure how it works.

The quote up top is interesting, but I prefer his writing in Stray Toasters. Wait, wha-?

And Shakira is in Secret Six? Do her hips not lie there too?

And Black is an awesome song. What a dick move not to do it at that awesome sounding show you saw. It’s not even like that was the big hit of the album, although at that point maybe it was and they were trying to be all full of “integrity” and not perform what the MAN wanted them to.

Trickster is pretty good, especially the track “One in a Million” — no, wait, that’s “Trixter”, the crappy hair metal band. Fortunately my memory fails me on how that band sounds, but I think I’m getting Firehouse in my head instead, and that sucks ass.

The Trickster book is pretty good, seriously. My pal Jim Coon does a nice story about beavers (it’s a theme with him…), and a lot of the other stories are quite good. Hope you enjoy it.

I am surprised they didn’t play Black in the concert. While the album has a lot of hits, it seems clear that the top 3 are Black, Jeremy and Even flow (in terms of popularity).

Pearl Jam, even going back to the early days, don’t just play all the hits at their shows. They change up the setlists a lot from show to show. It’s great for fans that go to multiple shows or that listen to bootlegs and whatnot but I could understand how it could be disappointing for a casual fan.

I think I worded that incorrectly; I meant to say if a writer wants to write 500 word rants on matters irrelevant to the story, in a story, he should write a blog instead.

Also, as I said, I have no problem with his views. I agree with him, mostly. The first volume also had the problem, but it was tolerable. This time it was unbearably condescending.

Finally.

I’ve been waiting for somebody to graft the Global Frequency model onto another team book. It is, after all, the best team set-up around: countless operatives ready for action and just a phone call away.

I never would’ve guessed the first book to test the format would be Heroes for Hire, though. Misty Knight as the new Miranda Zero (or Aleph, depending what the extent of her role turns out to be)? Completely caught me off guard.

DnA have proven themselves time and again, so I have no doubt it’ll be a solid series. I rather doubt they’ll opt for the done-in-one style that Ellis used, since that’s not how Marvel operates, unfortunately.

And, I guess having a different artist each issue is out of the question. Brad Walker’s art is…not my cup of tea, but, if Wes Craig gets tapped for an arc, I’ll pick up the series in a heartbeat. Anybody know what’s next on that guy’s plate?

Global Frequency lasted a dozen issues. Can a new Heroes for Hire series top that?

Akaky Akakievich Bashmachkin

December 3, 2010 at 11:22 pm

@Randy

“Bendis did ruin noh-varr. I mean you had this cool modern-age kirby infused teenage anti-hero and bendis decides to beat all the anti-hero coolness out of him (literally). What a let down and dissapointment.”

Somehow, I don’t really see it. As much as I liked the previous take on the character, there is a point to his change. He ain’t a teenager any more. He grew up and found his place in the world. He has a girlfriend. He likes to chat with his teammates. He makes jokes with Spider-Man. How is that ruining the character?

Ah, I see what you meant. Fair enough.

jjc: complete agreement. The performance of “Porch” from Pearl Jam unplugged was awesome.

Artists have every right to turn their work into their soapboxes. Sometimes you get Guernica and sometimes you get a Very Special Episode of the friggin’ Outsiders, but the principle tands.

There’s room for argument in corporate super-hero comics, and other commercial considerations, as Apodaca said, an artist shouldn’t be faulted for expressing themselves in work they own. The execution, though, is subject to as much criticism as the reader wants to level.

“stands,” not “tands,” but anyway…

I only read the first few issues of Dark Avengers, but it felt like Noh-Varr had been neutered. There’s a great story about this character that never got produced using his original character, the aborted Marvel Boy 2. Seeing him as just another super-hero is disappointing. Maybe he grew up, but I wanted to see how he was going to turn the Cube into the capital of the new Kree empire, as told by Morrison & Jones. Oh well.

Totally agree about U2’s trajectory. Achtung Baby was the first album I kind of “discovered” in middle school that got me into music in a big way. I went backwards through the U2 releases and traced their evolution as performers so that, when Zooropa came out, it just seemed like the next step. Then with the Passengers album and Pop, I was still really digging their sound but they were losing listeners like crazy. I felt like All That You Can’t Leave behind was kind of surrendering a bit. I haven’t been a fan since then and they used to be my favorite group. Oh well, there are other acts I like that keep trying to find new sounds and new ways to express themselves but U2’s retreat to safety was just a huge bummer considering they are the group who convinced me that bands have to keep moving like sharks to stay relevant.

I don’t know if Simone is angry at all about Ryan being killed off in such an idiotic manner, but I like to think she was imagining Dan DiDio’s face on Dwarf Star as she wrote that scene

Ha! I’m glad I’m not the only one who wondered that. I imagine Simone would be kind of pissed, after all the great work she put in on that book, to see it so casually tossed away. I figured she was setting up something when she teamed up Dwarfstar with Giganta in part 1 of this storyline, but I was getting worried that we hadn’t seen any payoff. Until this issue. Damn that scene was just what I had been waiting for. And I really hope this is the last we see of Dwarfstar, who’s an abominable character anyway. He’s the type of raping/murdering/psychotic villain that Didio and his editors seem to think are so ‘kewl’ these days and the less of those type of characters the better…

Tom Fitzpatrick

December 4, 2010 at 1:18 pm

Look on the bright side, you’ll get a chance to read more adventures of everyone’s favorite sociopath in the next series of The Killer. ;-)

I had no idea there was an Akira reference in Generation Hope, or that anybody was complaining about it. But I didn’t think the first issue was very good. It wasn’t horrible, and the series does have potential, but I’d already decided against picking up the next issue.

My biggest concern about Heroes For Hire is that the ads show Ghost Rider as a team member, and I’ve never thought he worked as a member of a team. Of course, I haven’t read a Ghost Rider story in a long time, so I don’t know what the character is like at this time. I also wasn’t sure about Silver Sable, since she has her own for-hire team, or at least she did last I’d heard (I haven’t actually seen her since the ’90s. I was starting to wonder what had happened to her.) But if this is a series where characters are hired now and then, for specific missions, then there’s no reason not to use her when the opportunity seems right. (And I do like Silver Sable. She is supposed to be in this series, isn’t she?)

Mary: I haven’t heard about Silver Sable. I’m not exactly sure what the deal is with the series – whether they’re going to evolve it into a core group or not. We’ll see, I suppose.

funkygreenjerusalem

December 5, 2010 at 7:11 pm

So now they’re off to have crossovers with Action Comics (the sales of which at my shop are plummeting, according to the proprietor) and the Doom Patrol (which can’t be selling well, can it?). Is Secret Six helping them, or are they supposed to be helping Secret Six?

Is it too much to dream that 3 story focused writers could have come up with a crossover for the fun of it?
Action Comics* and Secret Six are great, and Doom Patrol has good buzz… I dunno, if they’d forced REBELS (yuck) in there, I’d feel it was more of a stunt, but who knows?
I can see Action and SS fitting together thematically, DP is the odd one out.

*People at your shop are silly.
The only misstep the series took was last issue, where it slowed right down, but even then, the Jimmy Olsen story was fantastic.

Only the DiDio knows for sure!

Does he?
He moved on up to Levitz’s level – it’s Bob Harras now!

funkygreenjerusalem

December 5, 2010 at 7:19 pm

He moved on up to Levitz’s level – it’s Bob Harras now!

So it’s almost definitely an attempt to boost sales, and probably based around an unresolved subplot from twenty years ago that everyone had forgotten.

(Yeah, yeah… it took until after I’d posted for me to see that one!)

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