Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Comics on 3/5

Well, today was fruitful. I also picked up some DC volumes I was interested in (Infinite Crisis, Sinestro Corps War and JLI: A New Beginning), and I might go over those at some time.

World War Hulk: Aftersmash! Damage Control 1

Basic Plot: In the aftermath of World War Hulk, someone's gotta clean up.

Yes, this came out a while ago, but I missed it then, and got it today. Yes, I already read part 2, but whatever. This is a fun story, and an interesting premise. I have liked Damage Control and found it amusing. When I first learned about it, I was first disturbed and then I realized it made sense. People cleaning up after the messes of superheroes just makes sense. With that, I enjoyed seeing Damage Control in issues of Wolverine (where the CEO was corrupt) and Ant-Man (where he called himself Slaying Mantis). I was excited when I saw it was going to be a mini-series after World War Hulk. It was fun and funny, and the art was good. I really did enjoy it. Was it the best story ever? No, but it was a fun story and that is really what I want in comics.

Punisher War Journal 17

Basic Plot: Stuart Clarke deals with people, trying to do things his own way in the world.

This was an interesting story, although I couldn't quite fully get around Howard Chaykin's artwork. I was so spoiled with Ariel Olivetti's artwork, and now I am stuck with Chaykin, who isn't one of my favorite artists. Stuart was apparently once a supervillain who fought the Champions (why do they get mentioned so much recently?) and after meeting two people he used to work with, both of whom say that the other is trying to kill them, he chooses the wrong side, and lets Punisher do his job, taking out the bad one (bad, being a relative term here). I think the main point of these last few issues is that people may try and act like the Punisher, but nobody can do it as well as the Punisher.

X-Force 2

Basic Plot: X-Force tries to get Rahne back.

Wait, wasn't Rahne shot? Oh, in the leg, then it's okay. I find it trying to be more bad-ass, and failing, for multiple different reasons. The main one is that Cyclops is asking them to do this, and while I respect him from Astonishing X-Men, he is still Cyclops. Plus, their outfits are completely ridiculous. It looks like they are trying to mix the Grant Morrison run with the regular one. Black outfits based off of their regular ones? What? Plus, Bastion's main plan is to bring the Magus back. The Magus is from the older comics when things were still less serious. I mean, if it was a different universe, I might be able to accept it more, but in the MU, it just doesn't seem as real to me. I really like the art, although the story seems unbelievable to me.

Amazing Spider-Man 552

Basic Plot: Spidey goes after Freak and fails miserably.

Okay, so Spidey can't even catch a random loser now? Seriously, it is kind of ridiculous. I mean, it is a random punk and Spidey can't catch him. Sure, he knows the alleys, but Spider-Man is freakin' Spider-Man. I don't know if I like this one as much as the previous ones from BND, but this is okay. Not great, but okay. What Freak is going to be like now that he has powers will be interesting. All in all, though, this issue pretty much only had Spidey chase after Freak and fail miserably. Oh, and he rips his bottom, and didn't have underwear, so people could see his ass. Kind of weird.

Secret Invasion Saga

Basic Plot: Iron Man goes over his info on the Skrulls.

A free look at Skrulls in Marvel. It is kind of interesting, and it does have the part about how the Kree started the Kree-Skrull War, and while it mentions that, it still is more anti-Skrull. Maybe he's just upset. I don't know about you, person reading this, but I am seriously looking forward to the Skrulls. I have loved Skrulls for a long time, and this is the first major Skrull storyline I have seen since I started reading comics, so I am incredibly excited. After Deadpool, Kl'rt is my favorite character, and Skrulls come in slightly after Kl'rt. Oh, Kl'rt is Super Skrull, for those of you not in the know. Hey Skrulls! Make me entertained! Yeah, you heard me...hey, what are you doing? Ack...Ignore the above. The Skrulls are not invading your pitiful backwater planet. We, I mean, Skrulls have nothing to do with Earth. That was one single agent, acting on his/her own. The Black Bolt/Illuminati Skrull and Avenger and X-Men Skrulls also were acting on their own. There is no invasion.


Foilball said...

Magus of the "evil Adam Warlock" fame? what the hell does that have to do with the X-Men? And Spider-Man being lame when it comes to catching his villains now... did you see what happened with Menace? they're taking this "big loser" direction too far, imo. the pics i've seen of Freak remind me of the Bodywolds stuff... the freeze-dried corpses. and YES, i am excited about the SKRULLFESTATION as well!

Pi_3.14159... said...

Yes, an evil guy called Magus who has to do with Warlock. Not Adam Warlock, Warlock. Warlock who was a member of the New Mutants and Doug Ramsey's best friend. Warlock who is going to be in the next issue of Annihilation Conquest. Warlock (not Adam Warlock) is a techno-organic being who came to Earth and lived here for a while. His dad, the Magus, doesn't like people and tried to defeat the New Mutants and the X-Men and stuff like that and failed.

Well, with Menace, he was at least distracted by Jackpot, Councilwoman Parfey's death, being out of web and tired, and facing an actual freakin' supervillain. With Freak, it was more that he went after a guy who was hopped up on drugs and let him get away about 4 times (catching up with him after each). It reminds me a lot of the origin of the Hobgoblin, how he chased after that random guy who found Norman's lair and sold the secrets to Kingsley.

I am so looking forward to the Skrulls. I am so...The Skrulls are not invading. They are not infesting Earth. Go about your Earthly business.

Christopher said...

Pfft. I'm calling in Ronan. Once he's done with the Phalanx, of course.

I have to wonder how the "invading" Skrulls are dealing with the complete obliteration of their empire.

Pi_3.14159... said...

We have not had losses. I mean, Skrulls have not had losses. If (and that is an if) the Skrull empire had been decimated, we, I mean they, would start their new empire on Earth, starting with this "Christopher" person's place of dwelling. Impudent humans. The Skrulls shall never be destroyed!

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