A random collection of reflections, of dubious merit, on my weekly comics pilgrimage. A sample:
Hey, did you know that the creator Lost is doing a mini-series for Marvel? I just saw the first issue today! It had the Hulk fighting Wolverine! Seems weird that they had him doing a mini tying in to a straight to DVD Movie (especially without a corresponding mini with Thor; they could have done a flipbook!). Didn’t pick it up. I think I’ll wait for the trade. That should surely be out in a timely fashion! Seems like Marvel really dropped the ball in not promoting that one more heavily, though.
Breaking Scott Pilgrim vs. the Universe Purchase News
Speaking of pilgrims; I didn’t buy Scott Pilgrim Vol. 5 this week. Because … well, I forgot to order the damn thing. Did get right on the re-order, so it should be in my hot hands in two weeks, tops. If I had a track record for entertaining daily content that had drawn a loyal following across the Internet, maybe I would have received in advance, for free.
Yeah. It’s not worth that kind of effort. Also, I wouldn’t have been able to be all snooty about how awesome I am for reading it when one of the guys at the shop gave me crap for ordering something he’d never heard of, and why in the hell would I want to deprive myself of that pleasure? I even mentioned that they’d all be reading it when the movie came out (perhaps having too much faith in that happening or it being good, but still; I was on a roll of self satisfaction!)
Comics I Almost Bought But Didn’t Section:
I was seriously considering buying Black Panther #1, just to find out why T’Challa had boobs now. I also seriously hate myself for that. But I did have a fair amount of interest in it.
I decided not to for three reasons:
1. $4 a pop for a first issue limits impulse purchases.
2. I don’t want to encourage this stunt and give Marvel an excuse to give every middle tier male character boobs to goose sales.
3. I have the Internet and can find out for free. That last one was the real deal breaker.
Okay, I’m ignoring all of the ads promoting this relaunch with random female characters heads pasted on Boob Panther’s body. Beyond infantile humor, there’s a good reason for that. My reaction to the tag line question “Will ___ Be The New Black Panther?” was almost exclusively “Why would they be?”
I also considered picking up Secret Warriors. Jonathan Hickman’s involvement and the fact that I’ve been sampling the Avengers spin-offs were strong incentives, but the combination of price and lack of Hickman drawing the thing made me decide against it. I mean, it’s great that Hickman’s getting high profile work, and what I saw on a flip through looked interesting, but if he’s not dropping charts and graphs in the middle of a superhero spy story, what’s the point?
Watchmen Multimedia Round Up
The Motion Comic version of Watchmen (without Moore reading Rorschach’s dialogue, unfortunately) was on in the shop. It was pretty cool, except when the narrator had to do Silk Spectre’s voice. Those parts reminded me of the radio serial in Fallout 3.
Also, it’s been so long since I’ve read the book that I forgot some of Rorschach’s really over the top turns of phrase. Hearing him go on about abattoirs of retarded children really caught me off guard as I was looking over the rack of new comics. Should be interesting to see how that works in the film (which comes out in around a month; that snuck up on me); depending on how faithful it is, it may come across as something you can write but not say.
They had the movie action figures in, too. Now, as much as I can see why making Watchmen action figures is a risible idea, especially after seeing the scene where Rorschach excoriates Veidt for whoring out all of the characters in the book for merchandise play out in that motion comic. That said, I to say; Rorschach’s is pretty damn awesome. I may have to get that one. If only so he and DKR Batman can have the team up maladjusted fans have been dreaming of since 1986.
Random Comics Thought From Last Week:
I was thumbing through Ultimatum last week. This is the first time where looking at a Jeph Loeb comic involves literal morbid curiosity. I mean, they’re not hiding it; the house ads feature a literal dead pool of Ultimate characters. So the fact that wholesale slaughter’s on the menu wasn’t a surprise. And on a really twisted level, I found Ultimate Professor X’s fate kind of funny. If nothing else, it was a nice way to break out of the monotony of the 1,000th scene of he and Magneto having a debate about their methods, and it is using the advantage of the Ultimate characters not being the original versions, even if it’s at an absurdly late date (in an absurdly absurd way).
That said, seeing Giant Man stumbling upon the Blob chow down on a dead Wasp’s corpse? Yeah, that actually did elicit some genuine shock from me. I knew she was dead (those handy house ads!), but I was not expecting that. Did someone bet Jeph Loeb that he couldn’t out over-the-top Mark Millar, and is he taking it that seriously?
Also, is cannibalism the next logical step for the for a character whose super power is basically morbid obesity, or is that just me? I swear I didn’t write “Jeph Loeb” and “next logical step” in the same sentence to give T. a seizure, by the way. I mean, where else can they go with the guy to make him more evil beyond that, save for literally stealing food from starving children? Maybe they’re saving that for the last issue. Also, I hate to say this, but it looked like they were setting up a pretty awesome scene with Cap and Thor in there. Not that I trust Loeb and David Finch to pay it off, but it at least had potential for awesome, and that’s something worth noting from a creative team that most of our audience would consider radioactive shit poisoning.
At any rate, that Blob eating Wasp scene did kind of creep me out, and I pride myself on not being affected by this sort of thing. Between her deaths in this, Secret Invasion, and even Marvel Zombies III (as hilarious as that was), it seems like they’re just picking on her at this point. It almost makes me not find her useless!
Token Creator Owned Comics Section
I talked with a friend of mine about Cerebus. Just bringing it up made me feel like an asshole for buying so many corporate superhero comics. Not that I didn’t go ahead by a bunch of them (and Buffy! That’s sort of creator owned!), but it did make me feel weird for picking my usual assortment of Marvel and DC Comics.
That said, even in my superhero-centric store, I did find a creator owned comic that caught my eye; Soul Kiss. I found the art really striking, if nothing else. Didn’t pick it up, because I have some reservations about buying any Image books serialized due to past experience and my buying habits (I don’t pre-order, even on something like Scott Pilgrim, which I love more than most members of my family). Still, the art and premise are alluring, so I’ll have add this to my “check out the trade at some point” list. Of course, it may get lost in the shuffle, given that there are roughly 150,000 trades on there, but them’s the breaks, quirky Image mini!
And that’s all I got before I start talking about comics I bought, and I think I’ll leave that to the expert in these parts.
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