Friday, October 09, 2015

This is my third win this year, but I swear I'm not cheating.

I've often joked that maybe Hastings should give me a kickback, and maybe they have: Wednesday I won a variant cover Invincible Iron Man #1! Picked up a copy to read as well, and...OK, now I feel kind of bad, since I won Secret Wars #1 before and didn't really care for it, but this was only a little better. There was a bit that felt like a jab at the X-Men, which may not have been the intent, but the way Marvel's treating that franchise lately that's how it came off; and another during Tony's date that seemed out of character for him. (The latter featuring a cameo from a character I wasn't sure Tony had even met at this point, but it was drawn well at least.) I don't want to say the Iron Man movies have made the comic redundant...but man, that's how this issue feels; and that should not be the case.

The new armor design isn't really doing it for me, either...

At any rate, I did pick up some other stuff, that of course we'll get to later. And I started getting the new Omega Men, since it felt like any book DC was going to cancel probably had to have something going for it. Took me a bit to find Convergence: Batman & Robin #2 with the first part of the story, though. (It is available a few places online, but I wanted the issue as well.)
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Thursday, October 08, 2015

It's an $8.95 squarebound, but I'm willing to cram it into the scanner for you.

Partly, because it's not great: from 1993, Spider-Man, Punisher, Sabretooth: Designer Genes, written by Terry Kavanagh, pencils by Scott McDaniel, inks by Keith Williams. As Spider-Man finds a number of lab animals butchered as ESU, the Punisher kills some "Canadian arsonists" that were hired to take out some homeless from an upscale construction site. Some of the homeless were also killed, torn to pieces, but possibly not by Sabretooth, who's after some genetic engineers who remind him of his time in the Weapon X program.

The Punisher is absolutely willing to murder the engineers, their backers, Sabretooth, and Spider-Man at this point. The latter is a little crankier than he usually gets: it would probably give Frank a staggering amount of satisfaction to kill Daredevil, but he never would. Spidey defends Sabretooth, even though he is a known murderer, and teams up with Punisher even though he knows Frank is getting a little trigger-happy.

This is a 64-pager with a "Silver Foil Enhanced Cover " that it absolutely didn't deserve. I wonder, if I went through it again, if there were chapter breaks (or points where they would've gone) every eight pages, since this possibly could've been commissioned as an eight-part serial for Marvel Comics Presents.
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Wednesday, October 07, 2015


Dale called Patsy's shadow cloak--she actually did have something like that for a brief period of old Defenders comics, before wadding it up into itself--but I was going to use Satana's, and it wouldn't fit around Hellcat's hair! The Vision cloak worked well enough, though; but I couldn't tell you how often I have everything all planned out and then still have to wing it.
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Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Because zombies, that'd be unbelievable...

From 1997, Action Comics Annual #9, "The Magnetic Medium" Written by David Michelinie, pencils by Vince Giarrano, inks by Brett Breeding.

This was part of DC's Pulp Heroes annuals, which I know I read a few of...yeah, the Legends of the Dark Knight Annual, back in the first year of this blog! And the Aquaman Annual much later. This one was set during the electric Superman era, and features a group of armored thieves that appear to be using technology but are actually using magic. Meanwhile, a young woman joins the order of Brother Serenity, since she felt like an outcast: she had magnetic powers and strange, snake-like protrusions on her face. Of course, there's more to Serenity than meets the eye...actually, he's got an eyepatch and goatee and looks like a pirate, so he's kinda suspicious, yeah.

Still, a fun done-in-one, like most of the "Pulp Heroes" annuals. I know I have the Hitman one floating around somewhere, though...
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Monday, October 05, 2015

Today, two stories that may or may not feature Nick Fury...

Also, how is "Kill Spider-Man" not number one on Norman Osborn's list? I'm surprised it's not on there two or three times. From 2009, Dark Reign: the List: Secret Warriors #1, "Leviathan" Written by Jonathan Hickman, pencils by Ed McGuinness, inks by Tom Palmer. Fury breaks into the Sentry's tower for a little meet-up with Norman Osborn, in a case involving a deep-cover agent in the Treasury who has funneled billions to a secret organization...called Leviathan.

This issue also features John Garrett, the cyborg agent from Frank Miller and Bill Sienkiewicz's Elektra: Assassin. Always surprised when he appears: I don't think he was intended to be part of the Marvel Universe proper, let alone a recurring character, and Marvel has gotten a surprising amount of mileage out of him.

This issue also features a reprint of the Lee/Steranko classic "Today Earth Died!, featuring an alien invasion which may or may not be a nightmare. Then again, both stories this issue may or may not have the real Nick Fury, since some writers have decided that Fury, not unlike Dr. Doom, was probably a robot every time you saw him for the last several decades. (A Life Model Decoy versus Doombot story just sprang to mind, although it could well go into Spy vs. Spy territory...) Sometimes that seems like a dick move for a writer: "Fury was a LMD every story not written by me..." Read more!

Friday, October 02, 2015

Today, an, imaginary story:

From 1984, Superman Special #2, "The Demon with a Cape!" Story by Cary Bates, art by Gil Kane.

I'm not positive this was an inventory story, but maybe: the main conceit of this "imaginary story" is that Brainiac here avoided transforming into the metallic new version, remaining the classic green-skinned alien. And...that's about it, it's a pretty standard Superman story otherwise. I say that because usually the imaginary stories go a little harder, like Superman dies or becomes a polygamist or a Canadian or something.

Brainiac has hoodwinked an alien planet into believing he was their "mystic seer," and that Superman was a demon bent on their destruction. With a satellite converting the star's orange radiation to red, Supes loses his powers, and is in pretty deep until a telepathic alien girl conspires to help him. Brainiac punches Superman up a bit, and sentences him to the "throne of agony," which has him worried for a minute. It's a fun little story with nice art, but I think they probably should've either set it...or maybe released it before Brainiac's upgrade.

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Thursday, October 01, 2015

When did the Demon become a romantic lead?

So far in the New 52, I think I've seen Etrigan with more girls than Hal Jordan: Madame Xanadu in Demon Knights, Zatanna in Justice League Dark: Futures End, and here Fire, in Justice League 3000 #15, "Burning Bright!" Plot by Keith Giffen, dialog by J.M. DeMatteis, art by Howard Porter.

I really need to pick up more of this, even though this was technically the last issue: it's up to Justice League 3001 now. (When it reaches 3100, sell!) (Boo!) This issue features the cloned Justice League, Fire and Ice, a future Camelot, and the new Injustice League of Lois Lane!...I have no idea what is up with half of that, hence, need more comics.
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