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Brand New Day started in ASM this week. I'm not terribly impressed with the first issue, but I'm not completely repulsed, either. Since when is Peter ever reluctant to go after a mugger as Spidey? I don't recall him ever thinking about the way it would affect the Bugle's sales before...also, the double-page "here's what we flushed" spread would have been a complete waste of the paper it was printed on if it hadn't been drawn by JR jr.

So did they give Frank Cho the hook on Mighty Avengers or what? I'm not complaining, mind you. I love Mark Bagley's work.

First issue with the red Hulk, and....we don't see the red Hulk. Next.

Someone please, please, PLEASE tell me how the fuck Rob Liefeld keeps getting work.



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#2 Posted on | Instant Rating: 1.48
Be thankful you didn't look through the new X-FACTOR. I keep looking at these issues and I can't figure out what the fuck's going on in them. Mystique killed Mr Sinister? I thought he was un-killable?

SALVATION RUN was quite great. A few more d-list villians die and we find out Martian Manhunter is the 'prison warden' of the planet pretending to be one of them. Interesting. Oh yeah, Luthor smacks the shit out of Kid Karnevil and I said "Fuck Yeah!" out loud because he's been needing a good smack for years now.



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Oh, I did read X-Factor. It's a very rare thing for me to pass up a Peter David book. This crossover has been on the confusing side, thus far.

Oh, and The Twelve was pretty interesting. I'm intrigued enough to pick up some more. But I expected no less from JMS.



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#4 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.00
A little late, but here goes.

    Originally posted by ironcladlou
    Brand New Day started in ASM this week. I'm not terribly impressed with the first issue, but I'm not completely repulsed, either.


I wouldn't say I was completely repulsed, but boy did I find this pretty worthless. It seems to me like Joe Q wanted to make it perfectly clear all the reasons behind doing what he did...but instead of doing so in even one arc, did it in one issue. And yet it STILL managed to be a little boring, which is pretty amazing (and disappointing considering who's writing the book).

Oh, and color me dubious as to the claim that this title alone is going to ship three times a month. It IS Marvel, after all. Even if it is, if the lame back stories are the sort of filler we can come to expect in order to get the issue come out on time, it's not worth it.

And I think I'll be perfectly happy if I never see Mary Jane as a superhero. Ever again.

I fell behind pretty early with Messiah Complex, and not being big into the X-Books in the past decade or so I can't say I feel like I'm really missing out. I hear some good things, but not enough for me to not wait until the trade comes out.

The other stuff I read this week:

Salvation Run #3: It continues on the theme of what supervillains would do if secluded with nobody to thwart - they'd start thwarting each other, of course. I also like Joker being essentially useless in a Jungle setting, but so damn crazy and charismatic that he can still manage to murder one of the most powerful villains (Psimon) and gain a cult following of unbalanced rogues. It's still not quite living up to the full promise of its premise, but it's become a lot of fun.

Countdown #16: Good issue, but man am I already tired of The Monarch as an all-powerful villain. He's just...well, dull, and the seeming unending power he has makes him that much more boring. My hope is that the fact that he's putting his plan into action now means he's not the Big Baddie come "Final Crisis," because if he is, I probably won't even bother.

Nova #10: Yep, they're right, one of the best comics out there right now. Richard Rider contends with the Phalanx Virus being held at bay (which limits his powers in that he has to use so much of them to contain it) and a now Phalanx-infected ex perpetually trying to screw with his head (Beware of "W"oman~!). Gold star on this one.

Mighty Avengers #7: Just when I was about ready to give up on this title, they turn out a decent issue. And it's on time, too, just when I was ready to make the joke that it'll take this series three more issues to catch up with the events of the Infinity Gauntlet. Bendis's obsession with Spider-Woman is still a bit perplexing, but she was utilized well in this issue. By the way, I'm with Wonder Man - I dug his new look too.

Green Lantern Corps #20: Go figure, the Sinestro Corps War is over and this book is still a ton of fun. Kyle and Guy decide to move to Oa. Guy wants to re-open "Warriors" on the planet of the Guardians, and brings all his knick-knacks from the old place. Oh, and Mongul is back and badder than ever, and for once is presented in a manner that makes me care about him. Excellent.

HULK #1: Picked it up out of pure curiosity. I was really perturbed when I realized halfway through this issue that we weren't even going to see the Red Hulk, but the twist at the end not only kept me interested and motivated to keep reading subsequent issues, but also (for reasons I won't disclose for spoilers' sake) justified the existence of this issue in the first place. I won't go so far as to say it's a "must buy" or that you really missed out if you didn't pick it up, but despite my cynicism going in it wasn't bad.

Suicide Squad #5: Rick Flagg's getting totally screwed and I love it. This series had a dull start for the first couple issues, but it's really picked up.

    Originally posted by ironcladlou
    Someone please, please, PLEASE tell me how the fuck Rob Liefeld keeps getting work.

He must have something on every single person working at Marvel. That's the only explanation that makes sense to me, since he's the WORST artist to ever work for either of the Big Two and everybody who's dealt with him on a business level (particularly with Image) still hates his guts to this day.



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#5 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.82
    Originally posted by Cerebus
    Be thankful you didn't look through the new X-FACTOR. I keep looking at these issues and I can't figure out what the fuck's going on in them. Mystique killed Mr Sinister? I thought he was un-killable?


I thought this too, which makes me think he's not as dead as we think he is. I wouldn't be shocked if he gets up and no-sells the whole thing next week, but you never know these days. I will say I was legit shocked, almost as much as I was by Bishop's turn. This is turning out to be a lot of fun and has been much more enjoyable than the "One More Day" nonsense in the Spidey books.

Which segues into my thoughts about ASM's "Brand New Day". I want to hate it, but Dan Slott just brings 100 degrees of awesomeness to this title. I would have loved to see what he could have done WITHOUT the nonsense of the OMD ending, but he does some great stuff here. I was originally skeptical on the idea of new villains, but Mr. Negative looks very cool. And Mary Jane Watson a superhero? I'm guessing this is what she asked for when she whispered into Mephisto's ear.

    Originally posted by Deputy Marshall
    Countdown #16: Good issue, but man am I already tired of The Monarch as an all-powerful villain. He's just...well, dull, and the seeming unending power he has makes him that much more boring. My hope is that the fact that he's putting his plan into action now means he's not the Big Baddie come "Final Crisis," because if he is, I probably won't even bother.


The amount of power Monarch has is just ridiculous, even for comic standards. I just can't buy into him, because no matter how you slice it, it's still just Captain Atom in a suit of armor. His story will (thankfully) get a mercy-killing soon, as it looks like Final Crisis will either revolve around Darkseid or Superman-Prime.




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#6 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.03
I'd say so far that Messiah CompleX is a better crossover than X-tinction Agenda, but not as good as X-Cutioner's Song (yes, we all get it. They're the "X"-Men. XXXXX.) The blurb for the final chapter says that the final fate of Sinister is yet to be revealed, so that's probably going to factor into the end game of the crossover. And everybody, everybody, everybody should be reading Nova.
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#7 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.22
    Originally posted by It's False
    I thought this too, which makes me think he's not as dead as we think he is. I wouldn't be shocked if he gets up and no-sells the whole thing next week, but you never know these days. I will say I was legit shocked, almost as much as I was by Bishop's turn. This is turning out to be a lot of fun and has been much more enjoyable than the "One More Day" nonsense in the Spidey books.


Hee. Applying wrestling terminology to non-wrestling things never stops being funny. All I can picture now is Sinister doing a zombie situp and chokeslamming Mystique.

    Originally posted by It's False
    Which segues into my thoughts about ASM's "Brand New Day". I want to hate it, but Dan Slott just brings 100 degrees of awesomeness to this title. I would have loved to see what he could have done WITHOUT the nonsense of the OMD ending, but he does some great stuff here. I was originally skeptical on the idea of new villains, but Mr. Negative looks very cool. And Mary Jane Watson a superhero? I'm guessing this is what she asked for when she whispered into Mephisto's ear.


I didn't think she was asking for something, it seemed like she was offering something to me.



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#8 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.02
    Originally posted by Deputy Marshall
    A little late, but here goes.

      Originally posted by ironcladlou
      Brand New Day started in ASM this week. I'm not terribly impressed with the first issue, but I'm not completely repulsed, either.


    I wouldn't say I was completely repulsed, but boy did I find this pretty worthless. It seems to me like Joe Q wanted to make it perfectly clear all the reasons behind doing what he did...but instead of doing so in even one arc, did it in one issue. And yet it STILL managed to be a little boring, which is pretty amazing (and disappointing considering who's writing the book).

    Oh, and color me dubious as to the claim that this title alone is going to ship three times a month. It IS Marvel, after all. Even if it is, if the lame back stories are the sort of filler we can come to expect in order to get the issue come out on time, it's not worth it.

    And I think I'll be perfectly happy if I never see Mary Jane as a superhero. Ever again.



After being on the road for the week, I was finally able to get by "my" shop and pick up this week's haul. I read the new take on Spidey and thought it was fine quite honestly. Had it not followed the silliness that preceeded it, I probably would have thought it was even better. I'm not a big fan of McNiven's art, so I'm hoping that Jiminez's arc is right after this one. Looking at the shipping list for this week, it appears is if the 2nd issue will ship on time and that the $3.99 price for ASM #546 was a "first issue" type price which is a good thing, but if we have to deal with backups the weeks it does ship for $2.99, I can't see myself hanging around for too long.

In my opinion, the thing to watch this week will be to see if there's a run on Amazing Spider-Girl #16. It has been suggested by some people distraught/pissed off/frustrated with Marvel editorial that they should drop ASM from their hold files and add ASG as it features the daughter of Peter and Mary Jane and a timeline where they are still married. We'll see if people who've bitched and moaned about this will put their money where their mouths/posts are, as that is the only thing that will get anyone's attention at Marvel . . . with your wallet. I was too weak not to buy ASM #546, so I'm part of the problem (for now). What does your wallet say?



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I just got caught up on Spidey. I read them for free at Borders. I'm too much of a traditionalist to be a fan of the relaunch.

The way I understand it, Mephisto's motive was that Peter Parker's marriage to MJ was the rarest in the universe because it was "true Love," and out of all the realities this one was the only time Peter found someone, because he is really destined to be a single loser. So Mephisto wanted to erase this reality and he is very powerful, so now Peter and MJ never were and can never again get married.

There should be a way to make creative stories without erasing other people's work and you'd have to be real stupid to write a book that erases 100 issues of your own work. So JMS shouldn't put his name on it if he didn't agree with it. He is established enough that he should be able to stand up for himself.

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