Quasar #4: The Conquest minis are wrapping up, and this one has all the trimmings. Quasar wrecks up the Super Adaptoid, meets the spirit of Wendell Vaughn, discovers that she was sent on her quest by the disembodied consciousness of the Supreme Intelligence, and finally discovers the identity of the mysterious Kree savior.
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I totally called it. Adam Warlock returns for the main Conquest series. Not much of a surprise, but still totally awesome.
Reaction to the Quasar mini seems to be a bit mixed, but I'll put it in the win column. Starlord wraps up next week, just as the main Conquest mini starts up. Do yourself a tremendous favor and pick up Conquest #1, even if you haven't been following the event up to this point.
X-Men #204: The epilogue to Mike Carey's run on X-Men, although really it's a prologue to Messiah Complex. The X-Men sit down and figure out their next move, and Sinister's team does the same. It's a talking issue, which are always my favorite X-Men issues, but your mileage may vary.
Messiah Complex Chapter One: This really didn't accomplish a whole lot. We meet the key players for the X-Men, and I'm glad to see that Angel's back on the team. A new mutant is finally born, and in the rush to claim it an Alaskan town is laid to waste by the Marauders and the Purifiers (a generic anti-mutant human commando team). Blockbuster and Prism are killed in the fight, although since they were both clones already I'm not sure that means anything. Predator X also shows up, which I guess was something that showed up in New X-Men before. I don't know anything about it except that it eats mutants. I guess this does a good job of setting the stage, but there's not a whole lot of meat here.
Cable & Deadpool #46: This title continues it's slow march to cancellation with yet another in a string of pretty darn good issues. The story revolves around the Fantastic Four, past and present, trying to shoot Wade and Bob back to the proper time. The best part of the story, for me at least, was toward the end when we get Bob's inner monologue about why he joined Hydra and why Wade has the potential to be better than that. It's kind of a throwaway line, but I really enjoyed that little bit of character.
Thunderbolts #117: You know, considering how much I enjoy it when Len Sampson shows up to do therapy for super heroes, I think that I would totally buy an ongoing series focusing on his practice. His session with Robbie is a real winner. Also, we get the scoop on what Mindwave's deal is. One thing I do not like is the continued representation of Chen Lu as a personable, humorous man. It goes utterly against his characterization since forever. But that's a pretty small complaint for this issue.
Sub-Mariner #5: Okay, I was wrong last time. Apparently the leader of the rebellion is Kamar, a son that I was not familiar with. In any event, Namor shuts down him and his cronies in short order, and then zips back to Atlantis to pretty much single-handedly stop the armed revolt down there. Considering how easily he's resolved everything so far, I don't think Tony Stark has much chance of stopping him in the next issue.
Daredevil #101: "There's a monster sleepin' in that man that you don't wanna wake up." That is awesome, and so is this series. Daredevil finally stops acting like an amateur, and starts kicking some ass. The Hood also finally puts in an appearance in this issue.
Daredevil Annual #1: Featuring the Black Tarantula. This is, as most annuals are, a done-in-one. But it's a really excellent story of a man seeking redemption, and finding it (sort of).
GI Joe #28: Much better than the last issue. The quality of this title is just so inconsistent, I honestly couldn't recommend it to anyone else. Still, this issue has the Oktober Guard and Roadblock kicking ass, so it's got that going for it.
I fully intend on jumping aboard the Conquest bandwagon when it lands this week. I figured I wouldn't miss much by missing the minis, even though I was heavily tempted to pick up Quasar, since I'm somewhat of a mark for the Super-Adaptoid.
Good to see this thread this week, as there wasn't much for me to pick up personally. For the month of November, I'm definitely putting all my stock into the end of WWH, the start of Conquest, and the end of the Sinestro Corps.
I'm also picking up New Avengers: Illluminati #5 (which may be thread-worthy, depending on the outcome). The big draw, aside from the Illuminati looking over the Elektra-Skrull corpse, seems to be that Marvel's teasing an Illuminati member is a Skrull. All signs point to Xavier, which would be such an easy cop-out that I'll chuck this issue into a blender if they trash the last few years of Xavier's character development just to give us a cheap "OOH, he was a SKRULL the whole time!!!" moment.
"Wocka Wocka...who wants to hear a funny-ass joke?"
06/01/2007? Well, at least the YEAR part was correct. (hahaha)
Messiah Complex bored me. It's trying to get me all excited and caring about shit that isn't really all that exciting and I really don't give a shit about. I didn't even bother buying it, that's how exciting it was. I wait to find it in a quarter box at a convention.
Quasar was a let down. They've got Captain Marvel back, why not use him instead of Adam Warlock for the millionth time. Let the guy rest for a few years, damn.
I think Chen Lu's character is pretty interesting over in Thunderbolts. For years, he's just been a mindless killer who destroys everything, but we've never actually known anything about him. Finding out that he's actually a decent guy doesn't seem off base at all when you factor in that Jeffery Dahmer's neighbors thought he was a nice guy before they found out he liked to eat people.
Things you forgot to pick up while you were at your comic shop...
DEATH OF THE NEW GODS #2: Holy crap! The first issue was alright, but this one picks up really quickly with a lot of talking. Yeah, that doesn't sound like much, but reading it all then seeing the second source wall made up of slain New Gods really makes me want the next issue to hurry up and get here. Scott Free, however is doing his best 'Ralph Dibny' impression and I feel horrible for him.
Batman #670 starts us off on the 'Ressurection Of Ra's Al Ghul' and I hope it leads us to either the death of Damian (Batman's son... ugh!) or Ra's taking him in and killing of his daughter. It's gonna be one or the other.
Frank Tieri's Countdown: Lord Havok and the Extremists is another reminder of why he's one of the best comic writers working tody. His take on this goofy group from Giffen's Justice League days is worth looking into.
In New Avengers: Illuminati #5, it's hinting that Xavier is a Skrull. In Sub Mariner #5, Tony Stark is so retarded, it's looking like he's a skrull. In the last issue of New Avengers that featured the main group, Doctor Strange did some whammy Hocus Pocus on everyone supposedly proving that none of them were Skrulls, except maybe Doctor Strange is really a Skrull and it was all faked. I'm getting really fucking sick and tired with all this Skrull shit, and I can't fucking wait for this shit to get done with. Fucking Skrulls! LAME!!!
Originally posted by Cerebus06/01/2007? Well, at least the YEAR part was correct. (hahaha)
Sorry, I thought I fixed that. I agree that I'd rather see Mar-Vell out in space where he belongs, but apparently he's on some kind of weird editorial lock-down, having been brought back to life for apparently no reason whatsoever. He should have a mini-series coming out soon though, so that hopefully will be pretty good and show him interacting with his kids. As for Quasar, well, I do like me some Adam Warlock, so I'm a happy camper on that score. And what I meant about Chen Lu wasn't that I didn't think he could be a decent guy, it's that showing him as this happy, jokey guy didn't make a whole lot of sense. For a really good Chen Lu story, dig up issue 9 of New Thunderbolts, "The Count."
I've loved the playful Twitter banter between Dan Slott and Gail Simone over "Is it a reboot or isn't it?" I don't want a full-on reboot, but there are a few things where Marvel could use a few steps backwards.