Friday, March 07, 2014
From Transformers: Robots in Disguise #26, "Finis Temporis" Written by John Barber and James Roberts, art by Andrew Griffith and Livid Ramondelli. This is part nine of the Dark Cybertron storyline, and Ultra Magnus and the crew of the starship Lost Light return to Cybertron, with the titan Metroplex! Who immediately throws down with the equally massive Necrotitan, both of whom are gigantic compared to regular Autobots and Decepticons.
Even though I'm not in love with the Lost Light's design, I do like the backstory: it was bought used, for their quest to find the Knights of Cybertron; and is about 15 miles long, 10 wide. It would have to be pretty darn big, since the Transformers are normally bigger than a person; but it's also big enough to contain any number of mysteries. Although, scale is often a problem in Transformers comics: how big is any given Transformer, compared to another, in a shot with a really big ship and two huge robots?
I was thinking about Deadpool's ship the Blame and what it looks like--not like any we've seen so far!
Thursday, March 06, 2014
If I see a Legion book in the quarter bins--or dollar bins, or whatever--I'll almost always spring for it. And since I'm checking out some comic book spaceships, we'll take a quick look at this one: from 2001, Legion Worlds #3, "You Are Here: Braal" Written by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning, art by Paul Rivoche.
With the Legion of Super-Heroes disbanded, and many of its members missing, this series checked in with several of the alien worlds in the United Planets. As you might've guessed from the title. This issue was Braal, home of Legion members Cosmic Boy and Magno, and follows the latter, who had lost his powers but was now a member of the Science Police. It touches in on a solidly built world, but not one seen often.
Bit of a low-content week this one, but we'll see about something for tomorrow as well.
Wednesday, March 05, 2014
Is this really episode #239? Eh, well, maybe?
It's pretty traditional for heroes to make a trip or two into space: sometimes, it's just as far as orbit or the moon, sometimes it's to an alien world or the far end of the galaxy. For X-Men in particular, visits to the Shi'ar or the Brood are as standard as a trip to the Savage Land or Japan. I was thinking of an issue of Classic X-Men (#7) where the X-Men bum a trip to on a space shuttle from their scientist pal Dr. Corbeau--whom the X-Men hit up every time they need a space shuttle but are never anywhere to be found when he needs to move a couch. Wolverine, Jean Grey, and Banshee were kidnapped by the Sentinels; and on the shuttle's launching pad Cyclops was being mopey broody, Storm was having a claustrophobic freak-out, Colossus was likewise losing it since his brother had been a cosmonaut and was believed to have died on the launchpad. And Nightcrawler is basically "Whooo! Space! Yeah!"
I'll have to find one of Deadpool's space trips some other time.
Tuesday, March 04, 2014
I wonder if Marvel will get around to an Essential style reprinting of the older incarnation of the Guardians of the Galaxy, but I suppose they may not want to pull focus from the version with the tree and the raccoon. Still, I wanted to take a look at some of their ships, like the U.S.S. Captain America. (This scan was from Guardians of the Galaxy Annual #1, story and art by Jim Valentino, inks by Steve Montano.)
I want to say this ship and their next one, Freedom's Lady, were rather Star Trek-styled affairs, especially with the nacelles. But I'm kind of turning an eye to starship design right now. For some reason...
Monday, March 03, 2014
I'm trying to work on some longer homemade strips, but we've got a second to check out the recent Baltimore: Chapel of Bones two-issue miniseries; written by Mike Mignola and Christopher Golden, art by Ben Stenbeck, colors by Dave Stewart.
These issues bring the comic series up to the end of the novel Baltimore, or the Steadfast Tin Soldier and the Vampire: the titular vampire hunter Lord Henry Baltimore summons three old friends to meet him, as his hunt of the vampire Haigus nears completion. While Baltimore blames Haigus for the deaths of his family, Haigus blames Baltimore for waking him and his kind up: by this point, World War I has been called on account of vampires and plague. But Haigus is both exhausted by Baltimore's constant pursuit, as well as unwilling to go on in the world he knows is coming. You see, while Haigus may be Baltimore's proverbial white whale, he's by no means the end boss.
This is a dark, brutal book: while Baltimore trudges along with a grumpy, fatalistic stoicism; everyone else is trying to eke out any sort of life in a world that seems like it's ending. Which is probably how it felt in that time anyway, the vampires and monsters are just icing on the cake. These two issues are 19-20 in the series, so you're not so far behind you couldn't catch up yet.
Friday, February 28, 2014
Even though I consider myself a pretty avid reader, I don't have as much time for it as I used to; and I tend to dislike or distrust multi-novel series. I lucked out with Stephen King finishing his Gunslinger books, but I worry if I start reading Game of Thrones Martin won't conclude the series. (That and I'm in no hurry to start reading it, and get attached to characters that are going to die horribly.) So I really enjoy comic book novels, that are usually done in one. Like this one! Although don't try to find it on Amazon, since I ordered one there and they came up with nothing! X-Men: Dark Mirror, written by Marjorie M. Liu.
It would be bad enough for the X-Men (Jean, Rogue, Cyclops, Wolverine, and Nightcrawler) to wake up in an asylum outside of Seattle. It's even worse when they don't wake up in their own bodies! With no powers, no cash, and no contacts; they have to make their way across the country and back to Westchester while trying to piece together what happened to them and what the larger plan against them is. It's a fun read if you can find it!
Meanwhile, I found Torchwood: Miracle Day on Netflix, so I'm going to be watching that...
Thursday, February 27, 2014
Today's lessons: no matter how cool you are, there's always somebody that won't be impressed. Sometimes, there's no way not to make the same mistake twice. And even though this blog's ostensible purpose is a hedge against senility, I remember this issue well enough to blog most of it from memory! From 1984, Star Wars #81, "Jawas of Doom" Written by Jo Duffy, pencils by Ron Frenz (breakdowns) with inks and finishes by Tom Palmer and Tom Mandrake.
This was Marvel's first issue set after Return of the Jedi, and seemingly takes place the next day. Han Solo bumps into a Rebel pilot, who wonders where Han's been. Slacking off or ducking out, no doubt. Han tries to explain he was frozen by Boba Fett, thawed out in the palace of Jabba the Hutt, then led the assault on the Empire's shield generator on Endor. The pilot is remarkably unimpressed. Or he may just be cheesed, that Solo owes him money. Which seems like a bad proposition all around: Han, while lovable, is sketchy as hell. There's no guarantee he wouldn't be killed; but it was wartime, so there was no guarantee the loaner would survive either, I suppose. And were Rebels even paid?
Feeling at loose ends, Han needs a hug from Chewbacca to get him going again; and he decides the first thing he should do is straighten out his finances. Which of course involves a quick hyperspace hop over to Tatooine, with Leia and Artoo--the latter because he can talk to the computers and sort it out. Meanwhile, already on Tatooine, the Jawas have been scavenging around Jabba the Hutt's exploded sail barge, and have made an interesting discovery...
The Millennium Falcon has trouble even getting clearance to land, since air traffic control remembers the last time Han took off in a hurry, without paying his docking fees, and they thought he was a piece of sculpture now anyway. Leia has to use diplomatic clearance so they can land, but Han's trip to the bank also goes badly. Meanwhile, the Jawas, emboldened by the power vacuum created by Jabba's death, steal Artoo. Visiting one of the air traffic controllers, who gives Han quite a bit of lip, Han and Leia "borrow" a couple of his landspeeders to look for the little droid, who finds himself meeting Boba Fett! The Jawas' droid believes him to be "unintelligent" and have been spit up out of the Sarlaac Pit.
As Han and Leia try to stop the Jawas' sandcrawler, events are complicated by an attack by the sandpeople, but Han gets aboard...to find himself looking down the barrel of Boba Fett's rifle! Luckily for him, Fett was still shellshocked, not knowing who he was, or who Solo was...until he heard Leia yelling his name and remembered. Just in time for the sandcrawler to drive straight into the Sarlaac Pit, with Boba Fett still in it. To his credit, Han tried to save him, but wonders if the universe is really going to change any after all they've done.
Silly name aside, this is still one of my favorite of Marvel's Star Wars, and easily the best of their post-ROTJ issues.