Well, I’ve been sitting on this for, like, six years. Might as well hit “Publish”
So here’s the deal - I’m doing a critical/historical examination of the first ten-or-so stories from each of Marvel’s major franchise titles - Fantastic Four, Hulk, Thor, Spider-Man, Iron Man, X-Men, Avengers, Daredevil, Captain America, and Kid Colt Outlaw. Sorta. This is the fourth part examining the initial Lee/Kirby run on Fantastic Four.
Part One – Covering Fantastic Four # 1 – is here.
Part Two – Covering Fantastic Four # 2 through 5 – is over here.
Part Three – Dealing with Fantastic Four 6, 7, and 8 - this-a-way.
And Part four is down there somewhere.
So, whadya think of week four and week five?
I’ve got this BIG ASS pile of comics in front of me, so… tell you what. Reviews for the last few weeks will be by request only. If there’s a DC # 1 that wasn’t sold out at my shop and I didn’t already review that you want me to talk about tell me in the comments and I’ll whip up a review.
(Update: Aquaman reviewed. 11:17 PM CSBG time.)
(Update 2: Red Hood and the Outlaws reviewed, 12:25 AM CSBG time.)
(Update 3: Flash reviewed, 12:37 AM on Saturday morning, CSBG time.)
Links: The week two “Talk about” post is here. The week two post is here. Catwoman (and only Catwoman) discussion here. List of potential books under the cut, but anything from the last few weeks that isn’t Batman related is fair game. (Not counting “BATMAN.” I did get Batman.)
In lieu of this week’s review post, let’s talk about Batman and Catwoman #$%^ing.
Specifically: The last scene of this week’s Catwoman # 1, which fairly explicitly shows the two lovebirds getting it on.
This has caused…. some controversy in the comics blogsphere. Basically, I figured it was gonna eat up all the comments to my regularly scheduled review post anyway, so I’ll throw in my 1500 or so words and everybody else can have at it. RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS # 1 was also indicted in the uproar, but my shop was sold out so I ain’t gonna talk about it.
Catwoman # 1 “… and most of the costumes stay on…” by Judd Winnick (writer), Guillem March (artist) Momeu Morey (colors), Sal Cipriano (letters). $2.99, 20pp, FC, DC Comics.
Pictures after the cut…
Last week a bunch of the DC number ones sold out before I came waltzing into the shop a day late. This week, I decided to be more vigilant. So there I was, totally camped out in front of the comic shop way before it opened, all dressed in my pjs and nightcap, wielding Mister Groofus the Teddy Bear and ordering breakfast pizza via delviery.
End result? FOUR of this weeks crop of DC relaunch books were sold out before the shop even opened.
So it’s up to you guys to review BATMAN AND ROBIN, FRANKENSTEIN, SUICIDE SQUAD and… GRIFTER? Whatcha think?
(Seriously? I live in a world where people care that much about the… *counts on fingers* seventh awesomest WildC.A.T? Can I just assume that everything I know is wrong and reality is a lie? This was totally not worth it. I’m never getting out of bed early again.)
But here’s what I thought of the other nine.
‘Cause I’m curious what you guys thought. I got eight of them, and I would’ve collected them all if they hadn’t sold out.
I’m excited. Are you excited? I’m excited.
I really, really need a better name for these things than “Old Marvel Review.” “Everything Was Better Before I Was Born?” “All You People Dissing On Stan Can Suck My Left One?”
I am not good at titles.
Anyway, here’s the thing where I talk about the first handful of issues - One Marvel Masterworks Volume Worth – of the major Marvel Comics franchised: Fantastic Four, Hulk, Thor, Spider-Man, Iron Man, Avengers, X-Men, Daredevil and Captain America from a critical and historical perspective, with an eye towards discovering why they resonated so darn strongly for so darn long in popular culture. Part One (covering Fantastic Four # 1) is here. Part Two (covering Fantastic Four # 2, 3, 4, and 5) is here.
This one’s stuck with me for a while now, so I should probably write about it.
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Here’s the deal:
I’m talking about the very first couple of issues (one Marvel Masterworks volume worth) of each of the long-running Marvel comics franchises – Fantastic Four, Hulk, Thor, Spider-Man, Iron Man, Daredevil, Avengers, X-Men, and Captain America – in more-or-less chronological order by series. I’m attempting to provide (A) historical context on these damnnear 50(!) year old comics, and (B) terrible, terrible jokes. Fair ’nuff?
Here’s part one, covering Fantastic Four # 1 from 1961.
Man, I’ve been excited about this for. Ever.
I heard about it, I saw some preview art, I put in on my pull-list.
Copies Never Made it to Iowa.
I cried bitter tears of rage.
I swore revenge to the very heavens themselves.
But now there’s a collected edition.
Which I assumed was gonna be the best thing ever.
And I brought it home to find..
So here’s the deal. A while back Bill Reed linked to a long-form essay by Colin Smith comparing the first eight issues of the Avengers from way back in 1963 to the current model.
I thought “Hey, that was fun!” After which I thought “I wish there was more blog-style writing on the earliest Silver Age Marvel superbooks.” And THEN I said “Oh, yeah. I’m part of a group blog. I could just get off my laziness and make it happen.”
So here’s what we’re gonna do. I’m going to do a critical/historical survey – with bonus added terrible comedy! – of the first issues of each of the major Marvel franchise books: The Fantastic Four, the Hulk, Amazing Spider-Man, Thor, Iron Man, Avengers, Daredevil, and Captain America. I’m planning on following Colin’s example and comparing the original model to what came after.
But I’m planning on discarding that plan if I feel about writin’ about other stuff.
And I figure what better place to start than with the debut of the Marvel Age of Comics?
AAAAAHHHHHHH! THIS COMIC! IT IS SO BAD! SO! SO! SO! BAD! GAAAAAAAAHHHHHH! LET US GATHER TOGETHER AND CLEANSE THE UNHOLY DAMNED THING WITH FIRE! IT IS SOOOO BAD! SOOOOOOO BAD! BAD BAD! BAD! BAD! BAD!
So, hey, just in time for the BEST COMICS OF 2009 lists to come rolling in,
We have the Best Comics of 2008 meta-list! (based on a methodology devised by our own Chad Nevett)
Dash Shaw’s Bottomless Belly Button is number one.
Which means that, while my post on last years (07) list was enthusiastic and happy and all about explaining the logic as I see it, THIS years list is gonna be a lot more “What the hell are you people thinking?”
The best comics ever!
(For a very specific definition of best.)