Monthly Archives: March 2013

30 Days of Transformations – Day 24

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When friends of mine laugh at the fact that I still read comics – and call them “funny books” (yes, there are people who still do that) all I can do is shake my head and feel bad for them.  I feel bad because there is so much emotion and amazing stories that they miss out on because they decide that stories told with pictures is child’s play… too bad for them.

Variant Alert Friday!

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I was going through TRU the other day and noticed the MU Avengers Boxed set was being released again.  I figured, since I had it already, that I didn’t really need to take a look at it – but something compelled me.  I looked at the Hulk figure… something was… off.  I figures I was being paranoid and then left the store without the set.  Then I went home I looked at the figure I have and it seemed the same… but also didn’t.  I couldn’t put my finger on what was different but, alas, I just forgot about it and moved on.  Then, I went to Target tonight…

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Sure enough the Avengers Boxed set was sitting on the shelf again and I couldn’t help but to look at it.  Something was not right.  I decided to purchase the set and then go home and compare.  As you can see, by the pictures I posted, I was right!  The new re-release sets have a Hulk with a slightly different paint job – a brighter green – without a wash over him!  I was psyched – mainly because I seem to be the first person mentioning this variant.  Which does not happen very often!  So, Hulk completests, just so you know – there is another Hulk figure to get!

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30 Days of Transformations – Day 23

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I know that writers sometimes try to be poetic with their wording – making their narations sound more dazzling and interesting than they actually should be… but “Yawning Night?”  really?  Yawning?

Waid’s Run Wednesday!

So, not very many Hulk fans are digging this new Hulk run – and it’s not like I can really give solid reasons on why they SHOULD – all I have is my own reasons for liking it.  Believe me when I say that I know it is FAR from a great run so far – nor do I think it will go down in the Hulk history books next to PD or Pak’s Planet Hulk – but it’s a major step up from what we’ve been shoveled, as far as Hulk stories go, for the last few years.  I think Waid is building up to something – unlike Aaron whose ultimate plan was pretty transparent and also pretty shallow  at that – Waid is a really accomplished writer.  Sure, Hulk hasn’t really said a word yet and Banner seems to be controlling everything, but we haven’t really gotten to the meat of what his run will signify.  At least, I don’t think…

In the meantime we’ve been served some pretty fun, action filled issues where the Hulk is confronting former foes and former allies that he still has grudges against.  Maybe Waid hasn’t found the voice that he wants the Hulk to have – or maybe he has but hasn’t reached the point where he’s going to unveil it – but at least we have issues WITH the Hulk in them!  When Bruce Jones didn’t have an idea of who the Hulk he was writing was – he simply didn’t write the Hulk into the stories!  Also, I like reading a Hulk who has some trouble before ultimately accomplishing something – like Waid did in the latest issue.  Was Hulk going to pass out or die?  I doubt it – but the story is at least more interesting when the Hulk has some trouble fighting his foes but then is able to put the smackdown in the end – like in Planet Hulk.

I did say I have been enjoying this – even more than Pak’s second run – and that’s because when Pak took over he was forced into writing a Hulk book without a Hulk and instead his first few arcs centered around Banner training Skaar.  Let’s face it – Skaar has proven to be a pretty forgettable short-lived character in the MU.  He may follow in the footsteps of Spider-Man 2099 – one that a lot of people liked – but not enough to keep a series of his own alive.  He may stick around in the MU – but he’ll never be the lead.  Then Pak dealt with the other son Hulk had… I think Hulk said it best here:

apple picking 050That’s right… ANOTHER SON… while I really liked reading Pak’s second run – there was too much whining and Hulk children and… goodness, I mean, Hulk had two sons and a daughter in the span of a year!  How is that humanly possible?  All of which needed to be addressed and cleaned up.  That’s what Pak’s second run was all about to me – cleaning up the mess that was created before him while trying to tell his own stories too… not an easy feat.  He did it better than most could have – but the “Hulk Family” was a failed experiment that I don’t think anyone will ever want to re-visit.

Back to Waid’s run: We are still pretty early on here – and unlike when Aaron’s run was at this point – I am still hopeful that this is going somewhere great.  I have patience when I see a writer has consistency and seems to be writing a decent story.  Notice I have been giving slightly above average grades – but not exceptional – which reflects how I feel.  This is not classic material – but so far, so good.  What do you guys think?

 

Guess That Panel Wednesday!

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The last time we did this it was a doozy!  This time around I don’t suspect it was be as hard… but we shall see.  Series and Issue # – GO!

30 Days of Transformation – Day 22

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This is showing a more psychological change – what happens in Bruce’s fragile mind – rather than just the physical – which, to me, is WAY more interesting!

Catching Up with Tuesday!

Another homage to a Hulk cover... freakin' Spawn...

Another homage to a Hulk cover… freakin’ Spawn…

Yes – it has been a very busy few weeks – for both work and comic readers – but I am happy to say I have caught up and am ready to give off a few of my opinions. Strap yourself in and get ready for them!  So, what’s been happening?  Well, Nova got “Loebed” (I am totally copy writing that term!) while Hulk is making the blue chicks feel all sexy.

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I always like to begin with the latest Hulk because, unlike the last two series, this one is not only readable but it seems to heading somewhere.  I am all for when they bring back some B-Lister enemy and Waid is really pulling out all the stops with the Quintronic Man and now the old FF villain Attuma.  I am going to confess that I was REAL bummed that they didn’t bring back Aquon – this story line was ripe for it! Although, the finale of these issues wasn’t too bad either.  The Indestructible Hulk #5 (W: Waid, I: Yu, 2013, $3.99) has the Hulk’s  presence affected the Rebel Army’s female soldier Mara to the point she was ready to knock boots with Jade Jaws and not ask any questions later.  Attuma’s whole plan was to use magic to control the huge underwater beasts to victory – but the Hulk has never met a huge beast that he didn’t give his best beat-down.  Ultimately, both Hulk and Banner win this one as Bruce leaves with the recipe for a liquid weapon.  Grade: B

Chris Steven's Variant

Chris Steven’s Variant

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And then I read Nova #2 (W: Loeb, I: McGuinness, 2013, $3.99) which sucks all the excitement out of the first issue because we are given what seems like a filler issue. The cliched second issue is filled with a young man just given new powers and he does a lot of yelling and exclaiming as he makes mistakes and explores what his new found powers are.  In the end he sees the Watcher… watching.  Not much to it at all.  Grade: D

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I’ve always liked the idea of the Savage Land – a place that is so  dangerous and primitive that the pampered people (including heroes) dare not take a step onto it!  Of course, rules like that isn’t something Wolverine usually follows.  Many things have happened to Shanna in Wolverine in just 2 short issues (Loeb should call him to ask how to write a compelling, action filled story) and Savage Wolverine #3 (W/I: Cho, 2013, $3.99) is yet another great issue!  The beautiful artwork makes reading the constant battles and bloody action all that much more enjoyable!  Amadeus Cho is on hand in this issue once again to try to help a rare Shanna mis-step.  Only Wolverine does not know it yet and he is ready to guy the whole island!  Grade: A

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Maybe it’s a second issue thing – but Marvel loves to stretch out a story line if they can!  Especially when it’s an “event”.  So Age of Ultron #2 (W: Bendis, P: Hitch, I: Neary, 2012, $3.99) follows in the same vain.  A slower paced issue that gives as a glimpse at a few more living heroes, a look at the severity and brutality of Ultron’s army and a look back at how Spider-Man came to be where he is.  Oh, yeah – and Cap finally stands up.  Hopefully the next issue will pick up the pace!  Grade: C

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I do like how things are progressing in Avengers #8 (W: Hickman, I: Weaver, 2013, $3.99) with the “White Event” creating a new weapon called Starbrand.  A once forgettable, geeky kid who is now responsible for more than 3,000 deaths with his inception.  Right out of the gate he knocks the Hulk into orbit – although the Hulk gets his revenge.  With Captain Universe and Nightmask’s help the boy discovers where he came from.  It comes full circle from where the series started – pretty damn great issue – makes me interested for future issues! Grade: A-