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What I bought – 18 April 2012

“Cities, like dreams, are made of desires and fears, even if the thread of their discourse is secret, their rules absurd, their perspectives deceitful, and everything conceals something else.” (Italo Calvino, from Invisible Cities)

So much looming! NAZIS!!!! Oh nos! Will he ever give up the ciggies? Not sold in Germany! Why, Rogue, why? Wockijika-wockijika-wockijika! Old-school! Freaky-deaky! Is he married? Ka-Boom! So much rage! Baron Zemo = Playa! That's some crazy shit, man! That can't be good Nothing is more interesting than Cleveland! Finally! Not enough tits anymore! Well, of course her ass is toward the reader!

I’m kind of in a mood today (not really a bad one, just a mood), so I decided to have some fun. I took my reviews, ran them through Babel Fish, then translated them back into English. Nothing will go wrong with that, will it? I’ll let you know which language I translated these into, because I’m swell. Plus, to make it easier on the publishers to find pull quotes, I will put quotes I think will help sell their comics in capital letters above the reviews. How helpful am I? I’ve deleted my original reviews, so your guess is as good as mine as to what I meant when it comes to some of these!

3 Story: Secret Files of the Giant Man by Matt Kindt (writer/artist). $3.50, 24 pgs (plus a 7-page preview of Mind Mgmt), FC, Dark Horse.



Matt Kindt’s the history of Story 3 is an excellent graphic novel, and these three short stories which with the origin appeared behind when the Dark Horse upwards put cartoons on MySpace (thus behind in the dark ages) supplement with this book. They’re not really all which essential, but if you’re about a ventilator of Kindt (and why wouldn’t are you?), they’re recreation with reading. Kindt sends Craig Pressgang, which is a literal giant, to Paris, Cairo, and Vietnam, and each history is right a small section of its life. They are used to show him how excepted place it is in the world, but in the last, Kindt adds a little tragedy to the things, because it implies that if the public had known Craig was to Vietnam, the pressure would have been larger to finish the war earlier than it finished. Obviously, this is fiction, but it’s interesting to consider the manner that the public reacts to various stimuli and what it of the groups of people of causes to be made. For me, the most enthralling thing about the book was a forecast of Kindt’s new series Mind Mgmt, which leaves in month. Each one on a plane loses their memory, except a 7-year-old boy. A true author of crime wants to write the history of a plane and of its survivors, but it continues to obtain the loss of memory, also, thus there’s of the mood twisted with the forecast during it continues to launch the same idea to its agent, which accepts with a tired air. This looks at very fresh, and I’m sharp to see it leaving.

As for the giant stories of the man, they’re enough decent. Obviously, the graphic novel is well better.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

One totally Airwolf panel:

The Raft of the Jellyfish is rather fresh

Dark Horse Presents #11. “Black Beetle: Night Shift Part 1 of 3″ by Francesco Francavilla (writer/artist); “Amala’s Blade” Skull and Crossbones Part 3″ by Steve Horton (writer/letterer) and Michael Dialynas (artist/colorist); “Finder: Third World Chapter 9″ by Carla Speed McNeil (writer/artist/letterer), Jenn Manley Lee (colorist), and Bill Mudron (colorist); “Criminal Macabre: They Fight by Night Chapter 2″ by Steve Niles (writer), Christopher Mitten (artist); Michelle Madsen (colorist), and Nate Piekos (letterer); “House of Fun Featuring Milk and Cheese” by Evan Dorkin (writer/artist/letterer) and Sarah Dyer (colorist); “The Occultist: Damned Can Dance Chapter 1″ by Tim Seeley (writer), Victor Drujiniu (artist), Andrew Dalhouse (colorist), and Nate Piekos (letterer); “The Creep Chapter 1″ by John Arcudi (writer), Jonathan Case (artist), and Nate Piekos (letterer); “Pig” by Andrew Vachss (writer), Geof Darrow (illustrations), and Pete Doherty (colorist); “Blood Chapter 8″ by Neal Adams (writer/artist) and Moose (colorist); “The White Suits: A Way Out” by Frank J. Barbiere (writer/letterer) and Luke Radl (artist). $7.99, 80 pgs, FC, Dark Horse.



This expenditure was a strewn depot, the isn’t surprising, is accepted, but a little surprising Dark of Horse Gifts an anthology book, the opinion being that some the expenditures were so good. I’ve itself the Francavilla’s, to see is pleased; the Black Beetle in the activity and during a mystical adventure standard history with Nazis as rogues is up to now; Francavillla’s art surprises naturally. “Amala’s Blade” ends rather well and McNeil’s “Finder” history continues on its strange way. Neal Adams is back and “Blood” is as strange as at all. “The Occultist” is a new history, over a “Gecken” is that the mysterious investigates and hangs out with one foxy detective, around the he’s clumsily. Arcudi’s “The Creep” their son is suicide specified and from she over a private detective, a letter of an old friend; receives distrustfully. Jonathan Case’s shifts into the kind, art-intelligently, is very nice. “The White Suits” is fascinating – if Moscow 1988, criminal in the white complaint lets a racquet and killing everyone which disturb on their lawn. Actual history isn’t, which is large, but, the condition is very tidy and Radl’s art is sharp. Dorkin’s strips are absolutely diverted. The Milk and the Cheese ones are fine, but on the other hand it has a bundle of three-lining strip (four, if we count the title lining), which is wildly merry and wildly offensive. “Bad Rabbi” (“Again with the Holocaust?”) and with the asking one miniature knew my favourites, but they’re concerning completely shining. Evan Dorkin could to hell, but to I’m safe he’ll find a place, in order to maintain down there!

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DHP continues being a very good amusing even if some stories in this aren’t largely (the new ones were okay, with Francavilla’s art which increases, but they could have another chapter to keep going real). And naturally it continues being a phenomenal value, the shouldn’t is easily taken.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ½ ☆ ☆ ☆

One totally Airwolf panel:

Things are kept ugly

Elephantmen #38 (“The Killing Season Part Three of Four: The Most Dreadful Things in the World”/”Patient Zero Part Three of Five”/Charley Loves Robots) by Richard Starkings (writer) and Axel Medellin (artist); Rob Steen (writer/artist) and Richard Starkings (letterer); J. G. Roshell (writer), Gabriel Bautista (artist), and Kevin Hartnell (artist). $3.99, 32 pgs, FC, Image.



I stayed a bad critic last week and forgot that I read this, thus it’s still later than usual. As always, I’d like to thank Richard Starkings for me to send this above. It’s very sharp of him.

In do this exit, we obtain with (envisaged?) apogee of the case of the human of murdering strange called “Razorback” on the cover. We knew that we had to discover who it was thereafter, and when the cover promises this: “one lives” and “one dies,” it ain’t kidding. There’s a fight to dead in this comic, and what’s interesting is that Starkings manages to make death rather sad though neither Razorback nor Sloe had all what many “screen time.” In this exit, we learn a little more about the Sloe (it would be difficult to get information about Razorback, considering the circumstances), but Starkings also manages to lead the remainder of the book ahead as well. The Hip finds Miki and confronts his/her mother, who doesn’t go like anyone import which thought, and there’s a little more about Obadiah and of the Sahara. The apogee, naturally, is when the Sloe and its associate stumble through Razorback claiming another victim. Medellin draws a brutal and short combat that’s completely of hatred, worse fact by the fact this Sloe doesn’t like elephantmen more than made Razorback. It’s a tragic combat, and requests at least a question about the age of the characters, but that’s very which I will say about it!

As always, this is comic marvelous. The stories of help are full, also, with Steen’s strange tale taking a turn for terrifying and Roshell’s history a cut out boy of his technology taking a slightly sinister turn as well. Elephantmen continues to be an impressive achievement. You’d like it if you tested it!

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

One totally Airwolf panel:

No good can come from this!

Hellblazer #290 (“Another Season in Hell Part Four: Back to Earth”) by Peter Milligan (writer), Giuseppe Camuncoli (layouter), Stefano Landini (finisher), Brian Buccellato (colorist), and Sal Cipriano (letterer). $2.99, 20 pgs, FC, DC/Vertigo.



Is the type of things incorporated a piece in this question, as it’s one before last in the arc, thus John is behind in the ground, but first fallen makes his usual type of problem. I was a piece that was disappointed from Epiphany, because she’s a bad-donkey usually thus but she takes John in a point of problem, but at least John it realises now that it should it examines the twin thing of demons (or anyone the hell this is). I’m still no entirely sure because John said lies in his sister, but supposes that it should precisely chalk up to in that is dick.

In any event, there’s a lot of that says for this question, I do not suppose. It’s likeable it sees in the use John the magic and magic means (is the flower enough intense), even if it’s also likeable that the writers do not appear never they go too much far with. Is the next question big fight, does suppose, and I’m curious it sees who Milligan finds. I’ll you are there!

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ½ ☆ ☆

One totally Airwolf panel:

I of course wouldn't fuck with that type

The Manhattan Projects #2 (“Rocket Man”) by Jonathan Hickman (writer), Nick Pitarra (artist), Rachelle Rosenberg (colorist), and Rus Wooton (letterer). $3.50, 20 pgs, FC, Image.

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Manhattan Projects is far merrier, than you to expect could, from Wernher von Braun’s arm (you see down), to Richard Feynman’s narcissism and cowardice, to Albert Einstein’s donkey footstep, that to Opperheimer’s secret world. Hickman does much world-building, when the only thing which is real in this expenditure happens that Feynman goes to Germany toward the end of the war and draws in von Braun, but differently than Fantastic Four, which I dropped because Hickman lasted too long to have in order to establish its world, in this amusing seems he fun much more even than he in some important affairs treated. These scientists are as much more intelligent than someone else and the government did not limit it at all, thus naturally them to the sociopaths make, which are convinced of their own God complaisance. It’s a fascinate and rather amusing only two expenditures of the fun inside and I’m, which enjoys immeasurably it.

Pitarra continues a fine work with the art (and Rosenberg’s colors are great), but I have an expenditure with its Hitler. Whenever you see Hitler, it was perfectly shaved, but Pitarra gives it a small point of the neck. I’m nitpicking are over as an artist draws Hitler, but it’s a see strange, because we know Hitler evaluated appearance as much. The small hair on its chin was, particularly because this wasn’t disturbingly in the war, as probably it its appearance would let a point, having the somewhat more important things late go ensure to itself approximately.

Still this is amusingly full arousing from the large ideas and from the fun concepts. I’ve heard Fantastic Four quite well failed, but man! it was strong receiving by those first expenditures. Manhattan Projects the ground running struck, which is very tidy.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ½ ☆ ☆

One totally Airwolf panel:

This shows how spirit ill this book is

Near Death #7 by Jay Faerber (writer), Mike Loniewski (writer, “Loose Ends”), Simone Guglielmini (artist), Ron Riley (colorist), Charles Pritchett (letterer), E. T. Dollman (letterer, “Loose Ends”). $2.99, 26 pgs, FC, Image.



I’m not the biggest of #7 Near Death, and the reason is they feel very little “after the private schools.” Markham previously rented joined a gang banger Islamic nation in the prison (do all members of Islamic nation need to wear the dorky yield relations?) and wants to Markham obtained by his brother a gang. Markham and writer enters the screen. This in it. I won’t tell you what happened, but for me a little saccharine. Faerber I do not want to make this month “to hit” book of wicked men, but speaking page where Naseer Markham the change of attitude toward killing people is the essence of the story, which shed light on the nature of the person Markham (if it is in fact, we did not know before). The most important thing is good, but not something special. I, of course, appreciate Markham (and Faerber) does not want to solve all the problems of violence (there is some violence in this, of course), but this still feels the BBC part very little. Faerber is going on in short stories include on the back for each subject, also, in this issue, white black tale of thirties, prestigious arts looks forward to Guglielmini very nice. The story itself, good but not special.

I like writing the way Faerber Markham, and how he was dealing with new mission in life, but this issue and #6 a little weak on the most important pieces. That delicate balance, also of the opinion that I am hoping for Faerber, because that, I think that the book would get really good decent instead of like now.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

One totally Airwolf panel:

Markham says such as what it is

Next Men: Aftermath #42 (“Finders of Lost Children”) by John Byrne (writer/artist), Ronda Pattison (colorist), and Neil Uyetake (letterer). $3.99, 22 pgs, FC, IDW.



For some reason, I jumped the edition enough #41 of this title, but strange, I didn’t has any problem ahead following. Cynthia and Gower are helping towards it go to Bethany and Nathan, that are trying to “scoop” upon Jasmine when she’s the baby, and Byrne gives all the classes us of indirect on the way that the line of time is different now, but as this one is part of a history of the ten-edition, to things ahead move something slowly until Byrne, in the typical way of Byrne, it does something that gives an electrical shock. Its art is perfectly fine, as usual, with the exception of a panel where the car of Gower seems not to have no wheels. It’s very amazing. Generally, although, The Following Men is as pleasant as it is generally. If that’s its thing or is not incumbent on you.

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Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

One totally Airwolf panel:

Dude, nothing sophisticated

Rocketeer Adventures 2 #2 (of 4). “Work to Do” by Tom Taylor (writer), Colin Wilson (artist), Dave Stewart (colorist), and Robbie Robbins (letterer); “Betty’s Big Break” by Paul Dini (writer), Bill Morrison (artist), Serban Cristescu (colorist), and Chris Mowry (letterer); “Autograph” by Walter Simonson (writer), John Paul Leon (artist), Dave Stewart (colorist), and Shawn Lee (letterer). $3.99, 24 pgs, FC, IDW.



The book of these types usually, the story exactly aren’t which is long, attracts art attention. Taylor’s before wicked thing fighting largely badly, the story of concerning the Cliff which helps the soldier of the wounded person is splendid, but it’s Wilson’s actually the art of which can point to the story splendidly (with Robbins’s the lettering of is splendid really). Dini’s the humorous story of concerning the Cliff which so you steal and hear Betty’s first movie role (continuation of Z class) feeling to be good, Morrison’s so it is help of the cartoony art makes that more charming. Simonson is announced identity end being last, and the famous movie star who is written concerning the Cliff which rescues splendidly small vignette (that was another time, but being the bit which the fact that is strange the actress is just 17 years old) Leon’s art helps like the story 1939 makes that be moved and as for me the excellent art of which has been known. Story everything is splendid, but it’s the chance which looks at that the solid work which the help which is read these artists makes well in this series is done. As for IDW when being the under way, starting directly, as for this it is your chance which obtains the taste of venture of the kind which the Rocketeer obtains before that. It tries trying!

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ½ ☆ ☆ ☆

One totally Airwolf panel:

You do not think that everyone would like to awake to that

The Secret History of D. B. Cooper #2 by Brian Churilla (writer/artist) and Ed Brisson (letterer). $3.99, 22 pgs, FC, Oni Press.



Again, Churilla sketches the bunch of monsters; therefore certainly the book looks strong. It also makes a good work resembling us that thus far Cooper it kills the monsters in the world of reason, he’s the bad guys of killing from after the Iron Curtain. It seems that this is achieved more earlier than issue #1, because into this comic we learn as he met the red plush of bear cub he hang outside in by the first issue. We also meet his former wife and we learn that he doesn’t need narcotics in order to enter the strange reason-peace, which is bit disrupting. Cooper thinks that he it can find his disappeared daughter by way to go into this peace, and somehow he’s calculated outside how to obtain there.

Two issues inside, this intriguing series, and thus far I have no idea why mainly nature it must be the Cooper of D. B. (but), it’s the book is sufficiently cold to those times.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆

One totally Airwolf panel:

Tits or obtain fuck outside!

The Shadow #1 (“The Fire of Creation Part One”) by Garth Ennis (writer), Aaron Campbell (artist), Carlos Lopez (colorist), and Rob Steen (letterer). $3.99, 22 pgs, FC, Dynamite Entertainment.



Way perhaps, the recall it does, I’ve being disappointed the fact that I am correct to Garth Ennis recently, if he did not stop him himself of the bit of The Shadow, it became and being disappointed, but I calculated. There’s fearfully it forces violence, naturally, but terrible what excessively. You grudge Ennis and are deep, most supernatural murder machines, you have decided the method of writing him to tie this first story to the Japanese who between 1930s age do fearful things in the Chinese, you have known. Therefore it’s in addition as for fiction of the pulp of the part of but espionage activities the part, it works rather well. Ennis is not large yet with the writing woman character, but on the one hand, as for the Shadow in any case it is the man predominance principle person of just a little scumbag. Campbell’s the art of works – the mini-series of Sherlock Holmes which recently is in the scene – it is better; with that favor as an ordinary citizen, and that ink which is heavier than Lamont Cranston at first glance there, Campbell has a bit of John Paul Leon’s the work of.

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This isn’t Ennis’s several reckless work from 1990s, but it’s controlled more from comic many that recently, from it becomes independent. I don’t this first issue love, but it’s sufficiently good way I can thing inspect the following one. When we’re have expressed recent work and that of Ennis, that’s an impressive achievement.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

One totally Airwolf panel:

Him, the shame not knowing of Margo the prostitute it loves still

The Sixth Gun #21 (“A Town Called Penance Part Four”) by Cullen Bunn (writer), Brian Hurtt (artist), and Bill Crabtree (colorist). $3.99, 28 pgs, FC, Oni Press.



Bunn takes the month off, it’s like whole 28-page story is wordless – Becky was deafened at last issue (presumably it’s temporary), so that Bunn takes us into her head tells the entire story without words, which means that Hurtt catch to release, it’s amazing. Becky starts shooting people, finds at Drake just like that weird beastie is about to climb into the ear, rescues him, and then they both start shooting the shit out of this underground city, it is really amazing. A certain stage they are confronted with a giant by a mosaic of a knight of carrying vintage hourglass with a snake with the head person building wrapped around his ankles were scarred from where they had, all while standing in front of a Sephirot. It’s very strange to say, but they have no time to waste time what it says. Then, when they reach about escape, some creature rises above the lake and was trying to kill them (as you can see on the cover). Hurtt is doing wonderful work with Becky and Drake of faces, as they give to each other it seems that there is no need for words. I enjoys of Bunn dialogue about this book, but it is very cool of the experiment, and Hurtt nails, so it is amazing!

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

One totally Airwolf panel:

You should probably be careful that

T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents #6 (of 6) (“Echoes of T.H.U.N.D.E.R.”/”Undersea Devils”) by Nick Spencer (writer, “Echoes”), Michael Uslan (writer, “Devils”), Wes Craig (artist, “Echoes”), Cafu (penciler, “Echoes”), Bit (inker, “Echoes”), Trevor McCarthy (artist, “Devils”), Hi-Fi (colorist, “Echoes”), Santiago Arcas (colorist, “Echoes”), Dave McCaig (colorist, “Devils”), Jared K. Fletcher (letterer, “Echoes”), and Steve Wands (letterer, “Devils”). $3.99, 30 pgs, FC, DC.



I like how Cafu drew young girl-child, and apparently with direct to draw the impossible for him with the child Wes Superstar drew like his curly, therefore, his for the Spencer that it is the length’s hair. Bizarre.

However, it is a very wrap-up on issue and not less than Spencer and in the end of it better than in pre-series from reboot has ended. It is not happy, but it is not the issue is bad. Taken revenge is eligible, some are dead, some new leases could get respect of life, and each board was the sunset seems to. Trevor McCarthy story what is good work to help.

P.E.A.C.O.C.K. Agents was always a bit magic and also that a huge audience, as it is bad impression remains to. DC must be to issue a very large, on the issue of 16-hardcover entire songs. Astrologers-related issues from the middle of the better reads it as a part of a whole in.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆

One totally Airwolf panel:

So, we get it

Thunderbolts #173 (“Like Lightning Part Two of Three”) by Jeff Parker (writer), Declan Shalvey (artist), Frank Martin Jr. (colorist), and Joe Caramagna (letterer). $2.99, 20 pgs, FC, Marvel.



Parker: the problem with the whole trip, and a head ache, especially in the end, which I’m sure he will tell you how, but now it next issue, it is very annoying. In most cases, this fun, whereas in the future will gradually Thunderbolts tell the original Thunderbolts, and Baron Zemo, the villain, you know where to find the reliable machine (Tip: an Eastern European castle). But then all is well, because, of course, will start the original Thunderbolts will start in the thoughts that had been done to them the “future,” and don’t like this. Oh my dear. This paradox, and if there is anything in the world which I hate, paradox. Stupid paradoxes distributor! But, you know, whatever you do. Next issue, I think, should not be a huge reset button, but Parker’s writing, I’m sure you want to be entertained.

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And he who does not love Bagley’s “Zemo the playa”? Chicken, is likely to be. The chicken – always trying to be everything!

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆

One totally Airwolf panel:

It is not?

X-Factor #234 (“Long Distance Call”) by Peter David (writer), Leonard Kirk (artist), Matt Milla (colorist), and Cory Petit (letterer). $2.99, 20 pgs, FC, Marvel.



I’m class of interested to know Jezebel’s open, gown wide fitted, toga remains in its chests when it attacks it to the Isolationist. Invisible tape of double slide? Only the church of Leonard knows for sure!

Basically, in this edition Monet and Layla it crumbles outside towards his editions, as Monet thinks that Layla keeps bringing of people behind the deads but Layla the demand didn’t. David explains Layla’s drives a small piece, Jamie test that he’s not a unwary one, and we consider something of the sinister plan that Jezabel must help towards it go to the Isolationist. It’s everything very sinister!

Naturally, it’s good edition. I have taste of this comedian because David as soon as it moves to us ahead slowly, but he moves to us ahead. That’s always pleasant! More, the dialogue both enters super heroes of the loser is absolutely funny. Super stupid heroes of the loser!

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ½ ☆ ☆

One totally Airwolf panel:

Guido knows what's what

20th Century Boys volume 20 by Naoki Urasawa (writer/artist). $12.99, 206 pgs, BW, Viz Media.

I’ll review this one day, I promise. It’s good. There!

Cleveland by Harvey Pekar (writer) and Joseph Remnant (artist). $21.99, 123 pgs, BW, Top Shelf.

Alan Moore wrote the introduction to this. I really hope he ignored the book completely and penned a jeremiad against the new Watchmen books. That would be awesome.

Fear Agent volume 6: Out of Step by Rick Remender (writer), Mike Hawthorne (penciller), Tony Moore (penciller), John Lucas (inker), Lee Loughridge (colorist), and Rus Wooton (letterer). $16.99, 112 pgs, FC, Dark Horse.

I’ll have to sit down and read the entire series, because it’s been so long since the last trade came out. This is a bleak series, but Remender seems to be an old softie at heart, so I bet this ends well. But don’t tell me!

Gantz volume 22 by Hiroya Oku (writer/artist). $12.99, 195 pgs, BW, Dark Horse.

Yeah, it’s Gantz. It’s less interesting as the random boobs and even randomer violence have fallen off and the grand plot has been slowly revealed, but it’s still entertaining for the 5-10 minutes it takes to read a volume.

Six Guns by Andy Diggle (writer), Davide Gianfelice (artist), Dave McCaig (colorist), and Dave Sharpe (letterer). $14.99, 100 pgs, FC, Marvel.

Whatever happened to Andy Diggle? He was supposed to be a big star in the comics firmament when he was doing The Losers, and he’s kind of fallen off the map, à la Paul Jenkins. Did he go off to Hollywood and make some real money? Anyway, I’ve heard very little good or ill about this series, but it looks nice, and I like it when we get something a bit different that’s nevertheless set in the Marvel Universe.


This has been kind of a shitty week, so I haven’t had much motivation to go around the Internet and find the weird shit that’s out there. I don’t even know why it’s been a shitty week – just a lot of small stuff that has piled up a bit. I will link to my other blog as I do occasionally, because 18 April is the anniversary of my daughter’s accident, and I like to do an annual progress report about her on that date. If you’re interested about how she’s doing, feel free to stop on by. That’s not why it’s a shitty week, by the way. If I let my daughter’s condition affect my mood that much, I’d go all fetal in the bedroom all the time.

I also have decided to give my iPod some time off. I have a bunch of stuff I’d like to add, but I might have to delete some stuff, so I figured I’d unplug it from the car and keep it inside for a while. The Ten Most Recent Songs On My iPod will return, but not for a while … probably not until June, if I’m setting a time. I’ll have to replace it with something, but right now, I can’t think of anything good.

I hope you enjoyed my little experiment. I imagine the people who hated my last attempt at humor won’t read this, so maybe I won’t get many angry comments. But what the hell do I know? I hope everyone has a nice day and a nice weekend. Maybe we all need to get outside and enjoy the weather instead of sitting in front of our computers being grumpy!


Andy Diggle Is working on something for Judge Dredd magazine called Snapshots, while I think his Astonishing Captain America mini with Adi Granov is still being drawn.

Randy: Ah, a mini-series with Granov. That would explain why he’s been MIA for a while! :)

That is the worst idea ever.



Took me a minute to put together VENTILATOR with “fan”…when im slightly less drunk im going to have fun reading this again.

That was an AWESOME idea! Loved it, as I enjoy your reviews every week.

I’ve only read Dorkin’s stuff in DHP so far. Two things I found out: he’s aware of Doctor Who and can draw Daleks, and he’s a Mets fan . . . or he does enough research in order for Milk & Cheese to sing a song to the tune of “Meet the Mets” about beating the snot out of everybody while they’re beating the snot out of everybody. While my “Meet the Mets” was the Eighties version, I can say that Dorkin has a great ear.

I’ m. little sadly to see less enthusiasm for the supplement of 3 tale. I read for the first time tale only 3 couple weeks suffered and loved — as you perhaps less than lichtjes super spy and for same the reasons. I had exactly a dark monster trigger gedownload of the horse which some pagina’ s of this (as well as the super intriguing opinion Mgmt) contain and something foresaw especially. I still pleasant of am and my fingers will cross which you’ re misleaded, but you’ ve moistened a little my enthusiasm.

Wow, English-Dutch-English is brutal.

sorry man, I usually read this feature but couldn’t be bothered this week. I gave it the old college try, but I dropped out after about five sentences.

That Dude says

April 19, 2012 at 9:29 pm

Why are you not reading BPRD!? This last issue that came out was one of the best fight comics since whatever (some manga probably. Big two fights are BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOORING).

That Dude: I read BPRD in giant-sized hardcovers, and Dark Horse is about 5-6 years behind the current stuff in getting those out. It’s a great series, I agree, but I’m very far behind.

Seth: That’s good stuff. It’s not that I didn’t like the stories in the book, but they were kind of slight. It’s always a pleasure to see Kindt’s art, though.

Dave: Thanks. I was hoping someone would get the “ventilator” thing. I was having some trouble myself with some of the translations, and I had the original in front of me (before I deleted it, of course).

Nawid and Seth: Sorry it didn’t work for you. I’ll be in a less weird mood next week, I’m sure.

What did you mean when you wrote “bad clown making like super American car racers. I would make them sweat. War, war”?

This is utterly batshit insane and I don’t like reading reviews in this format… but I 100% applaud you for doing it.
I’ve had weeks like that. I can relate. I probably would have done the same. Hope you feel better soon.

I loved Thunderbolts and X-Factort his week, but those books have been consistently good for a long time.

Manhattan Project wasn’t as thrilling as last month, but it was by no means a bad book and it definitely has potential to be really fun.

The Shadow (And T.h.u.n.d.e.r. Agents for that matter) kinda left me… meh. Some good moments but I expected a little more. Having said that, I got faith that Ennis will pick it up in the next few.

flash of the owl

April 20, 2012 at 12:39 am

shadow was tzight holla


First of all, wow, I didn’t know about your daughter before now (not sure if this is because I just haven’t been reading very closely or if I’ve missed the previous posts where you’ve linked to your other blog). I read the new post, and I have to say, you’re a hell of a father and it’s really inspiring to read things like that. Best of luck in the future for you and your family.

And now, as you’re prone to say, COMICS!!

I don’t have too much to say this week. I really love the idea behind what you tried this week, but I definitely agree that it made the actual reading of the column a bit trying. I think it might have been more fun if the bulk was in normal English and you just did the pull quotes in the mega-translated versions. But even still, it was a fun and creative exercise, and those are always worthwhile.

I’ve found lately when I read comics, I instinctively look for a “totally airwolf panel,” and the new issue of Wolverine & The X-Men had a great one…

(this is all in one panel)

Beast: “I’m going into space to fight a giant bird of cosmic destruction. The least you could do is give me a hug.”

Wolverine: “I would, but you’ve got fleas.”

Beast: “They’re not fleas! The Bamfs got into my Pym particles!I don’t want to die with you thinking I have fleas!”

Wolverine: “Too late!”

I have to say, I get around 35 comics a month, and I think Wolverine & the X-Men is by far the best book on the stands. I can’t recommend it highly enough. It has a combination feel of several other great team books from the past: it works in the total weirdness/there are no rules of Morrison’s Doom Patrol (though not the psychological depth of character), the inane hilarity of the Giffen/DeMatteis JLI, and the fun teenage misadventures of the Lobdell/Bachalo Generation X. What I think the book does so well is it splits totally equal time between the adult/X-Men/faculty cast and the student cast, which I don’t think any other book has ever done (to my knowledge). Sure, Generation X, had Banshee and Frost, but it was just the two of them and they were practically supporting characters. The X-Men and New Mutants never really starred in the same book, and the Morrison era was always more X-Men while using a few of the students in spotlight roles here and there. But Wolverine & The X-Men really is a 50/50 book between the X-Men & the students, and the book has a real “anything goes” feel. The dialogue is fantastic, the issues feel packed, the art works wonderfully, and the characters all feel fairly developed. This is what reading monthly comics is supposed to feel like.

Seriously, Ktity Pryde getting impregnated by Brood spawn, Beast leading a team of students inside her blood stream to combat the threat, and Kid Gladiator trying to take on all the Brood singe-handed. Meanwhile, Wolverine and Quentin Quire are trying to cheat in an intergalactic casino to fund the future of the school.

Everyone should be reading this book.

It’s too bad that it took a shitty week for you to have the idea to do this, because I loved it. Still, no portuguese? I thought we were friends. :-)

Andy Diggle also recently wrote a Daredevil run and that Shadowland event that was…less than good.

I think you’re going to love the ending of Fear Agent. I’ve said it before, but to me, it rivals the ending of Hitman for emotional impact.

Also, I second what Third Man said. I wish nothing but the best for you and your family.

Tom Fitzpatrick

April 20, 2012 at 5:15 am

Have you ever seen the movie “Little Deaths”? The movie in itself is gruesome, not from the gory stuff (hardly any blood and gore – if I remember correctly), but from the moodiness of the film. Very dark. You might like it, or at the so very least, relate to it.

Reason I mention it, is that the dialogue is kind of funny. It’s in english, but the way it’s spoken sounds like its been translated from some foreign language into english. It doesn’t quite sound right. Much like your experiment above. ;-)

I Heart Catman: Thanks. I think Manhattan Projects was a bit less wacky because once Hickman hit us with that first issue, we were kind of expecting something crazy in this one. At least, that’s my theory!

Third Man: Thanks. I don’t mention her TOO much over here (occasionally, but I hope not too much) because it is, after all, a blog about comics, but every once in a while, I figure, is fine.

I’m looking forward to reading Wolverine and the X-Men in trade. The hardcover just came out this week, so I imagine Marvel will solicit a softcover soon. I can’t justify spending 4 bucks for anything from Marvel or DC, unless (like T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents), the issues are actually longer than usual. But I’ve heard so many good things about the book that I’m REALLY looking forward to the trade.

Pedro: Thanks. You’re right, I forgot that Diggle wrote that Daredevil stuff. And I didn’t use Portuguese because I was trying to match the language to the comic as much as I could. You’re right, though – I probably could have used it for Next Men or Elephantmen, because it was hard thinking of a language for those comics. Please forgive me!

Tom: No, I haven’t seen the movie. I’ll have to keep an eye out for it.

My best wishes to you and your family – your kids are beautiful and you and your wife have gone through so much I am sure. How do you have time to read so much?

I always enjoy your comics blog as your comic tastes seem so similar to mine and sometimes you help me figure out if something is worth my time and $. Thanks a lot and I’ll keep reading. Hopefully next week, I’ll understand it.

bad-donkey & P.E.A.C.O.C.K. Agents were the best things to come out of this. Good times. I gave D.B. Cooper another shot after being underwhelmed by the first issue…still not sure about it…might give #3 a shot just to see what other creatures Churilla comes up with.

Whew! Syntax is not your friend when you get all translatey! I think that roughed up my language center more than I would like, but hey anything is worth trying once, right? I always enjoy this feature Greg (even more when I can understand it) so keep on keepin’ on.

Best wishes to your little girl man, she’s got a family that loves and supports her, and you can’t do much better than that.


April 20, 2012 at 8:25 am

You crazy bastard, Greg! I decided to read it all with Stephen Hawkings voice simulator plaing in my head, to add to the effect. I hope Richard Starkings uses the Elephant Men pull quote on an issue.

Near Death #7 fell a bit flat for me as well. I was cautious from the moment the characters were talking about The Wire were confronted by a character dressed like a specific oddly dressed character from The Wire. That just never sat right with me throughout it – I just don’t understand that choice. What did pointing out the visual reference add?
It was also disheartening that Markham bought a house in LA, though funny how he did it, as both LA stories have been a bit shaky and I was hoping he’d move on soon. Hopefully Faeber is just getting ready to blow our little minds with what comes next.


April 20, 2012 at 8:30 am

Greg, it came out last week, but you, and EVERYONE, should check out America’s Got Powers, from image.
Jonathan Ross and Bryan Hitch knock it out of the park.
Hitch is inked by Paul Neary, so it’s like his early exciting art, rather than his boring stiff art of late.
Read it and love it!

Doubleplus was exceptionally goodknocking turkeybaster Fred.

Next week… with clarity, okay?


Yeah I’m not reading that. At first I thought it was only the capitalized blurb at the beginning, but the entire review is nonsense.

Interesting try/gimmick, I guess, but I enjoy your real stuff.

jp: Thanks. And I don’t have a job, which helps. Plus, the kids are in school for a good chunk of the day, which helps as well. Once they’re home, I have less time, but while they’re not here, I read. I suppose it’s better than watching ESPN all day!

Sean: Thanks for the well wishes.

FGJ: Hearing that voice would make it more awesome, I expect! I plan on checking out America’s Got Powers in trade, because neither of those gentlemen is known for their speed. I’ve heard two quite positive reviews of it and one extremely negative one, so it will be interesting to see what people think of it going forward.

Mitchell and joe: Again, sorry it didn’t work as well for you. You know I screw with things every once in a while, but I’ll be back on point next week!

I really enjoyed your reviews translated from Babel. It’s even better when you read the reviews using that language’s accent (believe me, I killed the Indian one).

This week’s Sixth Gun issue was one that I was looking forward to and did not disappoint. For me, the best comic books are the ones where you can get the gist of the story just by looking at the images. I like dialogue and exposition but the art is what sells me. Well done Hurtt!

Please don’t do this again. I normally find your reviews entertaining and informative, but the double translation has rendered them nigh-unreadable.

Greg, I had a very shitty week too. This week’s “What I Bought,” just mad it worse. I look forward to this each week. I’ve checked out many books I might not otherwise try b/c of things you’ve said in these articles. I’m too tired from my shitty week to even try to understand what you wrote. So, thanks for shitting on my already shitty week. I’ll be back next week, hoping things are back to normal for you.

Don: I do apologize. I’ll be back to normal next week, and I hope we’re all feeling better. I was trying to amuse myself, to be honest, and I’m sorry it didn’t work for you.

Please don’t stop doing inexplicably weird stuff Greg. It’s who you are, man.

This was all worth it for: “Tits or obtain fuck outside!”

Michael M Jones

April 20, 2012 at 4:36 pm

(Swedish Chef)
I usooelly injuy thees culoomn, und luuk furverd tu reedeeng yuoor thuooghts oon zee cumeecs et hund. Thees veek ves joost a leettle-a tuu veurd und herd tu reed fur me-a. Better loock next teeme-a.

I usually enjoy dis column, and look fo’ward t’readin’ yo’ doughts on de comics at hand. Dis week wuz plum a little too weird and hard t’read fo’ me. What it is, Mama! Betta’ luck next time. What it is, Mama!

(Valley Girl)
I usually enjoy this column, like, wow, and look forward to readin’ your thoughts on thuh comics at hand. Like, ya know, this week was just a little too far out and hard to read for me. Better luck next time.

(Pig Latin)
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I’ll spare you Redneck, Moron, Cockney, Hacker, and Elmer Fudd.


Usually hatred the revisions of expedient, but for a reason I found this amuse (if incomprehensible), perhaps because I love the linguistics. At least, it was better than the revisions of verse rhymed that the critics hear often the need to inflict on the world, that refuse to read on the start.

If you want to amuse yourself after a shitty week, take up masturbation.

Preferably in private.


FunkyGreenJerusalem — In NEAR DEATH #7, Naseer wasn’t dressed specifically like Brother Muzone from The Wire. Naseer was dressed like a fairly typical member of the Nation of Islam (of which Brother Muzone was a member). Black men of that faith frequently wear suits and bow ties. And here’s a tiny spoiler: Markham returns to Seattle in issue #9 for a 3-part arc.

How did “T.H.U.N.D.E.R.” become “P.E.A.C.O.C.K.”? That’s amazing. I also really like “Wes Superstar”, which is surprisingly apt, given how great Craig’s art has been throughout this overlooked mini.

But, sgt pepper nailed it. The best is “Tits or obtain fuck outside!” That should become a recurring thing. It’s so much better than the regular GTFO.

Ian: Yeah, I have no idea how it became Peacock. It was quite strange. Some of the differences were easy to track, but that one (and Craig’s last name) are mystifying.

I agree that “Tits or obtain fuck outside” rules. I don’t know – I laughed out loud at some of the translations. I guess some people just didn’t.

“Only the church of Leonard knows for sure!”


Hope this week is an improvement for you.

Do you think you could maybe post the original reviews now? It was funny but now I’d like to read what you wrote for real.

I couldn’t quite make it through everything, but some of it was choice, particularly your helpful pull quotes.

To echo someone else, don’t be afraid to do weird shit. It’s why we love you!

I thought the Shadow was kinda meh.

I must slightly disagree with our good friend funky. America’s Got Powers was ok, but the underlying cynicism was a bit too much (and I’m a cynical bastard!).

And since Faerber stopped by…WTF happened with the end of Ringer, dude? Oy, that was a disappointing anti-climax. I almost hope it doesn’t come back, because what would there be to come back to? But the disheartening thing was to read somewhere online that the producer thought the show lost people by being too complex, and I could definitely see in the wrapup of the season (and the series?) a … de-complexifying of the show. Everything wrapped up a little too nicely at the end. Ah, I hope if it doesn’t come back that Faerber finds another show to work magic on and earn that sweet sweet TV money. As I said before, his eps did seem to be better ones through the series.

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