Monday, September 22, 2014

"One afternoon on Ord Mantrell..."



Someone on Twitter described the Prototype Boba as "Boba Fett arisen, like Gandalf the White, after his ordeal in the Sarlaac pit." Or to that effect.
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Friday, September 19, 2014

OK, This Week's Comics:


A light week, with a mere four books, and all four in various points of larger storylines. First up, probably the best selling of the lot, Trees #5, from writer Warren Ellis and artist Jason Howard. The various threads of the book haven't yet come together, if they will at all, but they all serve the larger story of a world that has been invaded...by invaders who don't seem to care. It's a slow boil, that's going to explode later.

Over in B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth #123 the apocalypse has been going for seemingly eighty issues or more. This issue visits Japan, and takes a traditional Toho monster approach to the end. A crazy scientist has seemingly pulled a giant monster out of nowhere, and it throws down with the creatures that the B.P.R.D.'s fared so poorly against. These last two issues were billed as jumping-on points, and while they're not bad, between this book and Abe Sapien, it feels like the apocalypse has gone so long it's losing a little steam. ("The Broken Equation, part 2 of 2" Written by Mike Mignola and John Arcudi, art by Joe Querio.)

Similarly, Satellite Sam #10 is billed as the conclusion of the second story arc, but the titular mystery of "Who Killed Satellite Sam?" is seemingly no closer to being answered! Yet, like Trees, it's playing a longer game and building up to an explosion. A five-part finale is set for 2015, so it's nice to know the end is at least in sight; and the book continues to be cheeky and smutty in individual installments. ("Keyhole and Welt; Shadow, Seam, Heel" Written by Matt Fraction, art by Howard Chaykin.)

Lastly, Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #33 moves forward some recent plot points--the disappearance of most of the Lost Light's crew, the mystery of Rodimus Prime's corpse, and a measure of Megatron's altruism--as well as the reveal of a traitor who's been there since the beginning, and an appearance from a dead favorite. I don't know if I've enjoyed the issues as singles lately--too many questions up in the air!--but as part of a larger read it's a remarkable tapestry. ("Slaughterhouse, part 2: The Road Not Taken" Written by James Roberts, pencils by Alex Milne, inks by Brian Shearer and John Wycough.)

Now, maybe I can figure out where the previous issues of all these books are...

EDIT: I actually went back on the "OK this week's comics" tag, and saw the last time I reviewed most of these same titles...and said pretty close to the same things! Enjoyable, but installments of a larger whole. Seems to be a running theme.
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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Best explanation for Superman being Clark Kent I've heard lately, random 70's Action Comics...



I know Superman spent a good chunk of the seventies as a TV anchor for Galaxy Broadcasting, but I'm fuzzy on the start and end dates there. So when Clark gets fired at the start of Action Comics #452, I thought it might stick! From 1975, "The Loser--and New Champion!" Story by Jim Shooter, art by Curt Swan and Tex Blaisdell.

Lois tries to cheer up Clark after he gets canned, but he has to ditch her so Superman can take care of an armed bomber at an oil refinery. The bomb turns out to be a fake, but Supes only finds that out by accident: he knows he doesn't have his head in the game today. Moreover, the bomber turns out to not only have super-strength, but he blocks metal fragments like Wonder Woman and her bracelets--and wants Superman to beat him! The bad guy almost foregoes his plan when he sees an opportunity to kick Superman's head off, but Supes rallies to win.

The owner of the refinery wants to make a donation in Superman's name, and he suggests the WGBS children's hospital fund. Clark nails what could be one of his final newcasts, but overhears with super-hearing a bit of good news and puts one over on Steve Lombard. But the bomber, Rick Lawrence, has posted bail, and has gone to confront the scientist that experimented on him, Sunder. Said experiments had been incredibly painful, but were supposed to mutate Lawrence's DNA to make him as strong as anyone he fights. And it works, after a delay: Lawrence gains the power of the fighter that last beat him. In a flashback, he explains how he took a shot at Wonder Woman, and gained her power; before deciding to go all out and pick a fight with Superman. You know, years later, I think they used something like that for Doomsday's origin...

Superman finds Lawrence before he kills Sunder, since he sprayed him with a "super-perfume" he could track anywhere on earth. Now in top form, Supes is still able to beat Lawrence, then takes him to the bottle city of Kandor, where he won't have powers. Except, wouldn't he still have Wonder Woman's powers? I think you'd be able to do a lot of damage there with those...oh, yeah, there's a bit of due process/extradition issue here too. Superman kinda disappeared that guy...

In the end, Clark still has his job--the refinery owner liked his work and signed on as a sponsor. He even manages to get another lunch with Lois, so not a bad day.
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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

"Planning a Killing."


Secret weapon Nightcrawler? Next time!

When was the last time I read a proper comic with Ronan the Accuser? Maybe Annihilators: Earthfall, which featured him on a team with Beta Ray Bill, Quasar, and Gladiator. I'm far more used to seeing him as the villain, as in the Guardians of the Galaxy movie. But we'll get to him soon.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

There's still time! (To get this, not post today, apparently.)

Over at Humble Bundle, you can get a mountain of Star Trek books from IDW! From Gold Key reprints to John Byrne to the new movie universe, it's over 80 issues that you can download and take wherever! I got the Transformers bundle this summer, and enjoyed it quite a bit. And they're DRM-free, so you don't have to be connected to the internet to read them!

I'm most looking forward to reading Star Trek: The Next Generation: Hive, which I thought had been billed as the last Borg story, but I could be mis-remembering that. Guess I'll see!
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Monday, September 15, 2014

A scene I'd love to see in Marvel's Axis crossover:


God, I hate Cyclops. Although he may actually be more interesting as a villain. But he'd have to be...

I don't think we've since Nightcrawler call Cyclops out yet. Kurt was going to quit the team before his death in "Second Coming," a death that couldn't have been more telegraphed if he'd announced he only had three days until retirement. Since then, the Phoenix-possessed Cyclops killed Professor Xavier, and Professor X and Nightcrawler had some time together in heaven before Kurt came back. Cyke and his current team showed up at a party celebrating Kurt's return, but Kurt played peacemaker (as usual) between Cyke and Wolverine. I'm not positive it's fair to call Cyclops a terrorist, but, well, maybe.

EDIT: Oh, and the Captain America/Wolverine encounter Cyke mentions is from Secret Wars, but that line may have a bit more negative connotation today.
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Friday, September 12, 2014

"Ding me the head of Boba Fett."


Although the Prototype Boba Fett from Walgreens is, well, a prototype; it still has the same ding on his helmet as the original Boba Fett. Because the original came first and it's the same mold, yeah. The review at It's All True holds out hope for a Jango Fett with undented noggin, but I had to make up a reason. Namely that Fett has probably been bashing his head on the same badly placed instrument in his ship for most of his adult life...

If I recall correctly, Fett's helmet was supposed to give him 360-degrees of view; so he could see behind him, all sides, and so forth. Consider that for a moment: all 360 degrees around you, crammed into a display to fit the less-than-180 degrees you can see in front of your face. Through practice and constant use, Fett is doubtless able to adapt and use that to his advantage, but I wonder how he functions when (if) he takes the helmet off.


"Bring Me the Head of Boba Fett" was an Eltingville Club strip from Evan Dorkin. It was adapted into a pilot for Adult Swim but sadly not picked up. Still super fun. Have a good weekend!
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