Pipeline, Issue #55


By popular request, we bring back the one-liners this week. (Well,not completely, but most of these ideas are little snippets I setaside looking for the right time to put them in a column. And herethey are.)

I really like Trade Paperbacks. There's something nice about owning collections and lining them up on a bookshelf. Maybe it's because they look closer to "normal" books. I don't know.

THE ESSENTIAL WOLVERINE vol. 3 came out this past week. So how'd Icelebrate? I read the first volume. There's some pleasant surprisesin there. First of all, the Madripoor storyline has grown on me. Ilike the disguised super-hero bit.

And the second chapter of the "Gehenna Stone Affair" may go into mytop 100 comics of all time list. Peter David and John Buscema puttogether a 22 page car chase scene. It was done really well.

There's still the thrill of completing parts of your collection.Reminds me of my extreme youth when I collecting baseball cards andripped into the latest pack of cards to find that final common Ineeded to complete any given set.

On that note, I finally realized why I was missing all those issues of Giffen/DeMatteis' JUSTICE LEAGUE. They renamed and continued the numbering with JL INTERNATIONAL at one point. Sheesh. Glad I finally figured this out. So the holes in my collection aren't nearly so deep as previously thought.

EXCALIBUR is another one of those series I'm reading mostly "after the fact." I only have one of the Warren Ellis issues, but I keep on the hunt for the rest of his run. Of course, the best issues were theones written and drawn by Alan Davis with Mark Farmer. ChrisClaremont's no slouch, either.

CAPTAIN AMERICA #8, written well by Mark Waid, includes a street-level hood named "Augie." John Byrne drew an ALIENS serial for PREVIEWS which included a bartender named "Augie." John Ostrander, in one of the earlier issues of THE SPECTRE, included a scene where the shady businessman was on the phone with a character named "Augie." While I love the fact that my name is showing up more and more in comics (and not just on the letters pages ;-), I'm beginning to wonder if complete strangers see the name "Augie" and think I'm some sort of hoodlum. I'm getting a complex. How many other "Augie"s have you all seen in comics? Please, let me know! (I keep thinking there was one in a Warren Ellis comic recently, but I can't recall for sure. If so, it's probably from TRANSMETROPOLITAN and then it was probably some REAL wakko...)

Jan Strnad has an excellent web site set up at http://www.atombrain.com

Check out his comic book on the web, "Dalgoda." It's actually thefirst issue from a series he wrote awhile back. Not only is it veryentertaining, but it's a good example of how comic book presentationsshould be done on the web.

Dale Keown used to be one of the best artists in the business when he worked on HULK. Now he's all but washed up, a control freak and aslow one at that. It's sad to see someone sink so low.

Sheesh, even Adam Hughes gets some specials out every year... I'mlooking forward to his SUPERMAN/GEN13 special. I'm looking moreforward, however, to the SAVAGE DRAGON/SUPERMAN issues.

Peter David's final issue of THE INCREDIBLE HULK came out this pastweek and it's a real winner. I wrote a special edition of this column on July 17th at mid-week to recognize this fact.

Why can't comic books include page numbers? Is that so much to ask? Is it just a reviewer's wish, or do other readers out there like them, too?

I find it odd that I got more visitors the day I announced thePipeline web site redesign than I got the day it was announced a newcolumn was up that week. What does that say for you people? ;-)

JUSTICE LEAGUE: THE NAIL came out this week. STORMWATCH #7 came out this week. Both were excellent reads. One was drawn by Alan Davis and Mark Farmer, while the other was drawn by Bryan Hitch and Paul Neary. Good luck figuring out which team drew which book. ;-) (OK, it's not quite THAT bad; Hitch does some excellent work, but his'inspiration' is obvious.)

GEN13/MONKEYMAN AND O'BRIEN #1 is written and drawn by Art Adams.He's been watching too much STAR TREK. He also brings back somecontinuity brought up by Mark Farmer and Alan Davis, who keep ratingmentions in this column. That's the third. I promise it's the last.

Oh, The Irony Dept.: While at Manhattan Comics a couple of weeks ago, it was pointed out to me that the kid from CREED looks a lot likeImpulse. THE FLASH 80-PAGE GIANT features a story about Impulse drawnby Creed's creator, Ethan Van Sciver.

John Byrne's washed-up. His story in said title did nothing for me, and all his stuff is looking alike to me these days. What happened to the creative mind that brought us NAMOR and NEXT MEN?

THUNDERBOLTS is still an entertaining title (I love a good swordfight), but it's lost its edge. Either that or I've grown too used toit. I don't know.

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