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I christened my new reading room so to speak by taking a look at X-Men 2099 #1 for it’s been a very long time since I’d read it last and it was fascinating to look at again. It’s part of the 2099 line Marvel had back in 1993. Eerily enough about the same time period in which my comic buying started cutting back and started into my Magic: The Gathering addiction but I digress. I’ll sum up who worked on the book right in this part..
Writer: John Francis Moore
For the longest time he was extremely prolific when he was working on everything from X-Force to the insanely good Chronos. He was literally all over the map in fact why I read this first issue was because I noticed he was the writer of this series.
Artist: Ron Lim (insanely solid artist)
Inker: Adam Kubert!
Yes kids he inked this sucker and that’s fascinating as hell to me to see that.
What’s interesting about this book and what I love about it is you literally get introduced to each and every one of your main characters quickly. You have the whole cast known and you get a good idea as to what’s going on. For make note on this I never really did read 2099 series so a lot of this as I review this run will be as new to you as it is to me as I read through it all. You have your main characters being,
Bloodhawk (Yes..90’s..Blood..move on.)
Skullfire (who is Timothy and from what I remember he’s eventually called this.)
Shakti (who I’m not sure of the codename of.) (Just looked it up and it’s Cerebra.)
Eddie (who I think is called Metalhead but I’m not 100% sure.) (Yay I was right, Metalhead!)
Before the end of the issue you get your intro to each of the characters and get a feel for them. The storyline from what I can gather is Xi’an is gathering his own X-Men team and has this sanctuary in the midst of the desert gathering mutants and general other people who would be considered rejects of society. One the artwork is so nice, crisp, and clean. Ron Lim is one insanely under-rated artist in his skills for art and storytelling. For the man can tell a freaking story in the midst of his artwork. The writing is solid and gives you the start to what I find one curious adventure into the universe. For this is pretty much one team generally set at the core just is adding people to get set up for the next step in whatever Xi’an is going for next. Your character that is your point of view character for the early part of this is Timothy (soon to be Skullfire) and he’s your intro into this thing and leading you through the initial concepts of this place he’s managed to wander into. Then through the book you get your tour through the world.
Now what you might all find funny is how I managed to wander into X-Men 2099 land right?
Giant collection of it at an antique mall near my comic store. The place was originally a Van Leunens Department store that got converted into this and how I heard about this place was through my Mom and my Great Aunt who said there were comics. Ever since then I’ve made a point to pop into the place from time to time to see if any dealers have any new stock. Every bit or so I find finds say like this or the giant piece of Cable comics I found as well. Again I digress but I give you more place setting for this.
It’s fascinating to see that also you can get one full story setup within one issue I mean I don’t mind decompressed storytelling but it’s nice to be able to get introduced to the general concepts of the series in one fell swoop. I can appreciate that quite a bit. I will say I grabbed this giant chunk because it was cheap and it turned into one pleasant surprise. In fact I have the last bit of it I don’t have ordered and on the way to me. Soon I will have one giant series review in the future for this book and spoilers be darned I will go nuts. Might even end up being a video review? We shall see!
If you stumble upon this book cheap definitely go for it and you might end up wanting to just blast out the entire run if you can see the rest of it too.
Till next time!
First off let’s get this out of the way I haven’t read a Spider-Man comic in quite awhile. I read the first hardcover collection of Brand New Day and I liked it but never could fully get into it due to well finances and just it fell off my radar. I had read the preview pages early on of issue #648 and was immediately curious and decided then and there to grab that issue. I mean hey it’s a new start with new main writer and I know what’s been going on enough so I shouldn’t be completely lost. As I put down on my twitter feed Dan Slott and Humberto Ramos. I’m back to collecting Spidey again. Yep you got me back kids. I’ll explain further as we go on with this post but yes I’m officially stating that I will be returning to my Spidey collecting once more after this issue. I’ll explain why as I go on.
The name of this arc is called Big Time. It’s the setup for Peter Parker and the new storyline to come and how the Parker luck actually gets a bit of an break so to speak. I won’t get into too many spoilers but needless to say it is cool. The first pages of the book involve this beautifully done Octopus robot walker invasion force in New York City. You get the Avengers helping out in the midst of this chaos. I loved the general interplay of the team and how it was all handled. I guess the best way to put this was it was fun. I mean it was genuinely fun Spidey reading. Full admission further I bought a freaking crap ton of Spidey back issues from the past bit or so so I could fill myself in on a few blanks. Though I’d have to say the big thing I enjoyed about this issue is it’s really new reader friendly. I mean you could pick up this book for the first time and be able to click into what the heck is going on.
I think I was genuinely surprised in my own right at how much I enjoyed it. I mean I didn’t expect to hate it but I didn’t realize how much I would enjoy it. I wasn’t a fan of how One More Day was handled but again I don’t think I was alone and I wasn’t planning on touching Spider-Man but the way I was reading the interviews over the past months or so and just the preview pages alone I was sold at least on grabbing the first issue of this new run. It’s a great first start and I wish I could think up more words outside of what I have but there’s a lot to it I don’t want to really spoil too much. There is stuff out there already for the issue but if you can read it and discover for yourself for it is a lot of fun. Humberto Ramos knocks it out of the park art wise. Oh and also the Sinister Six is involved with this if that’s not enough for you to at least be curious. Actually one of my favorite bad guy concepts too I’m not going to lie. I’ve always liked the Sinister Six. I should seriously look into posting a list at some point of this sort of thing.
Anyway though congratulations you’ve got me back reading Spider-Man. I want to seriously see what happens next issue.
Full disclosure as I begin this look at the book.
I am an admitted Superman nerd.
I’ve dressed up as Superman.
I will at least try out anything that involves Superman in a series at some point.
He’s honestly one of my favorite characters in comics.
For me this character is one of my favorites in just the aspect that yes he’s one of the most powerful characters in comics period and yet at his core he likes being human and one with humanity to be with them. The classic Superman is the Mask while the real person is Clark Kent. For that’s a big part as to who he is.
Now that we’ve gotten all that out of the way it might come as no surprise to you that I really did enjoy the heck out of this book. I read it and was surprised at to how much I really did like it. I had heard little views here and there and at my own comic shop I’ll get a bit of flack for liking this as much as I did. J. Michael Straczynski is a bit of an controversial person in comics in a way because of well different things over the years. From his Spider-Man work, Thor work, and onwards you either get the you either love it or sweet lord above you hate it. I’ve liked a good bit of his work and hated some of it too but this one really struck me. The way JMS looks at Superman and Clark Kent are fascinating. He spends the early part of it just giving you the foundation of this character and giving you the history of this organically. Instead of trying to blast it all out in the early pages and cram it he lets it flow. Organically doing an origin story and still letting the story breathe. For there’s a curse with the first books of any series like this is some people are trying to cram in everything under the sun with it and this book doesn’t try and cram it all in at once. It’s a relatively realistic look at the character and his development. What’s interesting is the showing of Clark trying out different job interviews for it got me curious in how JMS had him in different job interviews just trying to see what he could do. For the thing is Clark knows he can do whatever he wants. If he wants to play football he could do it, if he wants to work in a high end corporation he can do it, and yet the one job that always fascinates him and yet eludes him is the Daily Planet. Minor Spoiler but not too big it’ll derail your enjoyment of the book. That’s one thing that struck me in this title.
One part I absolutely adored and I mean adored was the conversations that his parents had with him about his powers and himself. Being on the outside looking in with his abilities and all he can do is a major part of this. There’s a few other the conversations that I don’t want to spoil for you because they’re so beautifully done. I’m not kidding if they decided to either use this as basis for the live action movie or even an animated movie this would strike me as stuff that should be in there as much as the epic battle scenes in the book. See the one thing about Superman is you get into conversations about how he’s so overpowered and he has no real character. I call pure and simple you just haven’t read enough into him. This book would be one of the books I would show people that Superman has a lot of character if you look into him further. Seriously I would look at it this high as being one of the more interesting modern looks into the character. These sort of Elseworlds stories in which I know it’s not but these alternate world stories can be all over the map but this one really got me. It uses great elements of what I loved in Superman: Secret Identity by Kurt Busiek in how to humanize Superman for he is truly human if the right writers get a hold of him and get that. I digressed a little there but I had to put that in.
Now before I forget I have to add in the artwork to this story. I had read a few things on this and I’ve also looked at a great bit of the work that Shane Davis has done and this is probably one of the best showcases of his work to date. His abilities with this are astonishing. You can see a bit of everything with this book as to what he can do. From the great little character pieces in this title in conversations and just the subtle looks and into the great battle sequences in the second half he does it all. One segment of the character pieces I enjoyed was the job sequences and also the great last segment that once you see it well I don’t want to spoil the last few pages for you but needless to say it was beautifully done. All I can say is whatever DC has in store for him next it better be one great follow up since this is one great looking book in addition to being well written.
I’m going to also get into the details of the first full reveal of Superman and how that’s handled. For his fight is against a character named Tyrell that well I won’t spoil why the fight but needless to say I’ll get into that a little more next paragraph. The whole sequences of his first fight to the last parts of it were handled nicely. There’s one part of their fight that in showing the intensity of it I couldn’t help but be impressed by how it was handled. Then in the homage in the book from Action Comics #1 which you’ll know it when you see it. The full reveal I mention in the first part of this segment is well just this nicely handled panel to panel reveal of the costume and then that “Oh wow.” moment of Superman shown with all the ships of the invasion of Tyrell’s fleet of Earth is impressive to say the least. There’s more than a few segments I’m dying to mention with the looks at Krypton but the spoilers would be intense and all sin and I’m keeping this to minor spoilers and that’s it.
There’s one major thing that if I don’t mention it it will drive me nuts later is the explanation of what happened to Krypton. It’s one of the more different ones and the way it’s retold is pretty cool and I liked it. It was one of the ones that I know some people are going to have fits over it in one way shape or form but I thought it was interesting. You’ll see what I mean when you read this book but it is definitely different. Same conclusion just done in a different fashion. The ship too plays a different part too for there’s a few extra elements that make sense as to why they’re there and how it all works out. I liked the new twists put into the origin story and how it all comes together.
In closing definitely get this book. It is worth every penny. Strangely enough and I was surprised by this I put it in the tops of my favorite Superman stories. Not number one but definitely at least in the top ten if I was keeping track. So run don’t walk and get this book. It is beyond worth your time.
This is something I’ve thought about for a long time as a fan of how I decide to grab my books. There are many ways fans do this and many ways fans look at the different books on the stands. We all look at different aspects of the book and see just what catches our eye with it. If it’s an author we know there’s usually a good chance if we like the said author we’re going to grab it or in some cases not grab it if we don’t like the said author. There’s even books from authors I’ve liked that I don’t end up picking up just because something about it isn’t clicking with me. The same goes for authors I generally don’t like but find that one book I like reading of theirs and I’ll read that book and only that book. I’ve always been curious in what gets people to grab a book. So I’m going to post something to you all either comment here or even on twitter on my name iamcomicaddict. Either way and give me your thoughts on this. Tell your friends if you like and get them involved. I’d love to hear it and I’ll compile the results and see what opinions I get. Let me know. I’d love to hear from everyone all over the place on this one.
I’ll give you a detailed one on myself to start out. I’ve been reading steadily since I was 16 but read a good bit when I was a kid until about 12 or 13 right around the time I got into Magic the Gathering and all that. As that was fading off I developed my major interest in comics via reading Wizard Magazine and I’ll never forget the issue either. It had the Hulk on the cover and it had this big thing on the Avengers #1. For the reboot of it upcoming around 1997. So I read it and fell head over heels for the concept and then when the issue came out it blew my mind. If you ever wonder why I have a bit of a soft spot for the Avengers this is good reason why. It’s what got me back into comics and reading them again. I just devoured anything I could of Marvel for awhile expanding into Deadpool and the awesome Joe Kelly run. Then it got expanded further when I discovered Battle Chasers which I’m still cranky with Joe Mad about not finishing but hey I still adored that series and it was great for the time period just it so should have been completed. Just saying there kids. I digress.
Over time from there I’ve developed my tastes into so many varied tastes of comics that literally I can’t pigeonhole myself into just one genre of anything. I sort of choose my stuff as to what might catch my eye. Morning Glories was a great example of it for I had read about it online and took a look at it in the store and fell in love. That’s just sometimes how it works. I remember when I first read Exiles and that first issue and couldn’t believe my eyes at just how cool it was. For awhile it made me grab almost anything Judd Winick until I sort of fell out with a few people just because of not as much interest in work and well finances. That’s always a kicker too. Still though for awhile I felt as if I was losing my own love of comics for a period of time too for I remember one period where I took a month off from the comic store and then I came back. I’ve never known really why that one happened but it did and to this day I’ve never had a period that long again of just not going to the store. Outside of having to have major surgery. That’s a story I never fully want to get into on here. *laughing*
So tell me your stories and tell me what you’re all into right now. Keep me posted and let me know! Either comments or twitter name: @iamcomicaddict.
Yes you can pretty much get the idea from the title what I’m going to say about this book. I re-read number 1 to refresh myself on the story a bit and read 2 and 3 this morning and this is probably one of the more fascinating books in quite a long time. Nick Spencer is definitely getting a major push as of late in comics and it’s no secret as to why for he’s just a good writer. Morning Glories in a word if you haven’t heard much about the plot of it is about these students all turning sixteen on the same day and all being put into this special school. It’s the most twisted prep academy represented in a comic. One of the more twisted ones. I remember when I was first hearing about this series and knew little to nothing about it and saw the first issue and gave it a shot. My mind was blown. These kids just pop out at you as characters as you read through this. From what I almost call the early leader of the group Casey to Jade they all come to life. In what makes a good comic or anything if you like the characters or at least find them interesting you’ll read on. The academy in itself is a character with the faculty and just trying to see what their ultimate goal in in the midst of this series. Just telling you about the sixteen year old aspect is a minor spoiler in itself. The book is filled with stuff happening every issue almost organically.
You just go through the book and the staggering amount of development that you get in each issue is fascinating. Literally if you just see the cover of the first issue you just see these prep school kids and you’re not exactly sure what you’re getting into but it’s oddly fascinating. I have and note I’m not bragging but a first printing of the book and all you see is these kids just looking cool and Casey (blond girl in the front) handing an apple and you just go, “Okay..so she’s handing me an apple to read the book oh why not I’ll just take the apple and see where it leads.” The thing is this book is genuinely freaking creepy. As you keep reading you just don’t want to put it down as you keep getting into these characters. Of course make note the adults in this book are nightmares. Outside of the first issue you don’t get a single sympathetic adult. They’re fascinating to behold but not sympathetic by any means. Just the third issue alone is a fest of messed up but absolutely fascinating storytelling.
Now before I forget to mention and I’d be remiss to not say anything but the artwork on this book is great. Joe Eisma is the artist and he’s impressing the hell out of me. He’s one of those artists that can give you amazing character work in just telling the story and giving you the emotions yet can do nicely placed action sequences at the same time. It keeps the book moving brilliantly. The other thing I want to make a point to mention are the covers? Rodin Esquejo does a great job with the covers of this book. I know even if I didn’t know anything about the series I’d want to pick it up and like I mentioned about the first issue I saw that first cover and just had to take that bite of the apple and see where it takes me.
The best way to put it to you all that read this is literally get this book. It’s amazing. You’ll not regret it and they’re also on the fourth printing of the first issue and the second printing of the second is on the way and the third just came out this week. Honestly if you can find them all do it. You won’t even want to attempt to wait for the trade for this book is a hot book and for good reason. Just go. Find it. Enjoy. You won’t regret a single minute reading this series. It’s got it all.
For those of you in the reading audience who have no idea who Bob Harras is right now well he’s the man who was Editor in Chief of Marvel from 1995-2000. This was about the period of time when I got back into comics actually. See there was a time when I was out and just about around 1997 is when I got back into it all. In a weird way this is a fascinating announcement for me. There are those out there who hear the name Bob Harras and just start cringing in pure pain and fear. For he was in the midst of the great x-men nightmare of rotating writers and artists left and right with nothing consistent and editorial nightmares abound. It was weird though for around the time I was getting on I was enjoying the life out of a lot of books. Sure the X-Men weren’t my favorites of that period since it was literally all over the map with those books. Though that late 90’s push with the Avengers was what got me back into comics.
No I wasn’t really a big fan of Bob Harras on Avengers I will state that but you know here’s the thing DC could actually benefit from this. Having someone like Bob Harras in charge of running the DC Universe books could be a great thing. I’ll state this for people if anyone is freaking out don’t freak out. It will be okay. Just keep a cautious but hopeful eye. This could turn out to be a good thing. If it turns out bad then it turns out bad. To be honest with you I’m leaning towards cautiously optimistic. Let’s see what happens. For once in our lives let’s just see what happens. The man is a solid editor and he’s been very solid at DC from what I’ve been reading. He’s been downright quiet as of late. I was surprised to even read this. For goodness sakes though Bob Harras wasn’t the best writer on Avengers he got Kurt Busiek and George Perez on the book and that is pretty danged awesome in my book for one thing.
I still feel like I’m in a time warp and back reading the early internet seeing this across the internet. When I popped on twitter to see responses I think this kind of broke twitter a minute since it is one of those, “Wha?” sort of deals. For anyone who has been reading awhile this will take you back a bit. Just see how this plays out. That’s how I’m looking at this whole thing at this point. If it turns out bad believe me I’ll be the first one to be ranting about it all. Still keep an open mind. That’s what I’m doing.
Don’t panic and here’s your towel.
Thor Mighty Avenger 1-4
Writer: Roger Langridge
Artist: Chris Samnee
Yesterday at my store in the midst of my grabbing Thor #615 there was another Thor book on my radar which was Thor the Mighty Avenger. I’d been hemming and hawing on grabbing this for awhile but I decided to take the plunge into this series this week. I wasn’t disappointed at all. The nifty thing about this book is the radiating of pure unadulterated fun that comes from this. The best way to put this to you if you’re curious is this is the way you’d love to see a Thor animated series done at least one concept of it. If this became a series I’d not be disappointed. It changes some things up like Jane Foster being a curator in a museum in Oklahoma rather than her being a doctor in new york. Not a big deal though. I did like the aspect that Thor had absolutely no idea what he did outside of just being zapped onto earth to learn humility for whatever it was he did. You also get quite a nice look into the different aspects of Thor as you go through these issues. Even the Marvel Universe at large gets nice highlights. From Hank Pym and Janet Van Dyne who were absolutely a joy to read in this book I have to say. Into Mr. Hyde and one of my favorite uses of the Warriors Three. Even a quick zap of Loki in the book which causes one fascinating bit of chaos in issue three that involves Hank and Janet.
The thing you have to appreciate is this is one book that for all ages you can actually show someone from a kid to even an adult. I actually plan on showing this book to my Dad at some point since he’s a big Thor fan and it’s hit or miss for me in finding current Thor books he’d like. The last book that he and I actually read was and you’re all going to laugh was the Dan Jurgens run on Thor. He absolutely loved it until Lord of Asgard. I’m digressing though for that’s a post for another day. Yes this is the most user friendly Thor book I’ve run into. It’s a different look into the character and world that is absolutely a joy to read. I know now that I’ve started into it I will never put it down. I could go on for quite awhile on this book. There’s just so many more details to get into. From the quirky cast in the museum that pops up to Thor’s adjustments to earth in little doses. For it handles that really well and it’s so perfect in how it works. You just can’t help but smile as you read this for it’s just absolute fun. For all the growling that goes on in comics how we lack fun in it and so forth you show someone something like this and it can spark something. From fun writing to crisp and just fun to look at artwork this has it all. Go to your local store and just go grab these issues and you won’t be disappointed.
Yes I just summed up four issues of this book in a short review but seriously for this one I sort of just keep going into the aspect of narrowing it down to, “It’s awesome go get this!”
That is how I’m going to roll with this one.
You know today as I start up this new blog I’ve done many tries at this at having a more focused blog aspect to my online self. By nature I play into many realms on land of geekdom. From gaming to comics I have covered the gamut. I guess you’d say I’m well rounded so the thing I’m in the midst of refocusing my own self online. I’m accepting the fact that I have so many interests that to be honest to just be on one thing doesn’t work so hot for me. For comics are the big gigantic thing for me. If you had to give me a home base so to speak it would be comics. If you saw my room it’s generally a giant mish mash of gaming and comic related materials. That and I also love wandering the internet for information to learn more about these things. So here’s the deal. When you read this expect the fact that any topic I bring up can be anything. The reason why as I chose the aspect of the Geek Who Landed for my own video series on youtube is the aspect that honestly I’ve always felt as if I’m outside everyone. The funny part is I feel like an alien who’s come down to earth and at times is having to figure out how everything works. The reason why geekdom is a big part of myself and why I hang with so many different aspects of it is I just love it all. Now my video series is a big part comics because like I said that’s my home base.
If anyone is ever curious in my reviews here’s the link for my channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/GuardianNeoKnight
We’re a culture in all things that likes to attempt to keep things isolated from each other. Gaming fans, Comic fans, and in all things. Yet in all of our geek aspects don’t we crave for something into the aspect of connection with each other? That’s why we’re on the internet to begin with is to connect am I right? So this is what I think we’re all part of one giant geek culture so why not embrace it all? Yes I’m overly simplistic as is my blessing and curse but I have simple thoughts on these sort of things.
Now expect as I go through a blog that will link to my videos of course but also into my more detailed thoughts on matters. It’ll mostly be comic related I will say this much but I mention my other interests for you never know what will pop into my mind on a given basis.
Till next time this is your humble host the geek who landed signing off for now.