Apparently, comic shipments AREN'T delayed by Presidents Day. Who knew?
Countdown to Final Crisis #10: Holly, Harley, and Mary continue chasing Granny Goodness. They get some help from some higher powers in a good issue. The mystery behind the New Gods' killer continues while Brother Eye just gets bigger. If you haven't gotten on board, catch up on Wikipedia and jump on board for the final issues. Thumbs up.
Justice League of America #18: Splitting a comic into two stories is just not a good idea and it shows here, as the JLA vs. Suicide Squad fight is WAY too short. Thumbs down.
The Incredible Hercules #114: After Ares shoots Herc with a bullet of Hydra blood, Herc goes nuts and HERC SMASH! It looks cliche, but the execution is great and the visions Herc has are just too good, especially when he sees himself on the old Champions team. This book has taken me by surprise. Thumbs up.
Hulk #2: Red Hulk SMASH! The Big Red Monster takes out She-Hulk, Iron Man, and a SHIELD heli-carrier single-handedly. As for Rick Jones...
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Rick Jones is once again sighted shirtless, but before more speculation can begin, the Red Hulk confronts him. Just as the Red Hulk looks to smash again, Rick Jones transforms into a NEW Abomination!
Huh...didn't see that coming. Thumbs up.
Angel: After the Fall #3: It's official. I'm lost. I probably just need to re-read it, but I couldn't follow any of what's happening. Props for bringing the Groosalugg out of mothballs, but not much else. Thumbs down.
I think I missed this, but how exactly DID Darkseid capture all the Greek Gods? Was it mentioned in the issue and I just missed that part or the story? Wouldn't Wonder Woman have noticed something like all the fucking Gods had gone missing? COUNTDOWN also gives up Brother Eye assimilating Apokolips, which sounds cooler then it actually is. This series is starting to crap out on me.
Hulk #2 really has me wracking my brain trying to figure out who the Red Hulk is. My two guesses are Doc Samson or Thunderbolt Ross. Samson makes more sense, but I think he's a Skrull so probably not and Ross has the combat knowledge to take out the people who'd cause him the most trouble like She-Hulk but then we saw him in this issue so it couldn't really be him and now I'm just dumbfounded.
After shitting all over ULTIMATES 3 issues #1 and #2, issue #3 was a huge step up. This isn't to say it was any good, oh no, this issue was absolute shit, but it was so fucking bad, it was entertaining. Scarlet Witch created the Savage Land! Wolverine is Scarlet Witch's dad! Magneto, after catching Wolverine impregnating his wife, lets him join the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants! Wolverine somehow remembering shit from his pre Brotherhood days when he's said many times that he DOES NOT REMEMBER ANYTHING from that time! The whole Black Panther bullshit... this issue, with no competition, wins Shittest Comic of the decade.
What else did you skip over...
IRON MAN #26: Hot damn! Iron Man Vs Mandarin was very nice to look at.
MIGHTY AVENGERS #9: The Avengers go after Doctor Doom. Chaos ensues. What's with the splash pages that looked like smaller pictures just blown up? Lazy artists! Doom going back in time to knock boots with Morgan Le Fey is kind of interesting though. The ending just makes me think that I've seen this story before and it was much better 20 years ago.
DEATH OF THE NEW GODS #6: What the hell! We finally find out who it was killing all the Gods (That weren't captured by Darkseid (hahaha...)) and it's... him? Is this Zero Hour all over again where they changed who it was at the last minute and hope it works? Well, it's not working for me! No matter what power he has, I can't see HIM taking out Orion. Another gripe about this book, yet again, is that there is no reason for Superman to be here. He is completely wasted in this series and he just doesn't belong here.
THE ORDER #8: Mullholland Black is the daughter of Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love... that's kinda funny. More of a shocker, I guess, is that the 50 States Initiative isn't a new idea. Someone else thought it up years ago as a secret governmet project. We are also introduced to Ezekiel Stane, who's gonna be a big bad guy in the upcomming INVINCIBLE IRON MAN series.
Countdown is definitely losing me a bit, but I've stuck it out this far, may as well go the full 9. Or 52, as the case may be.
Ultimate X-Men 91 was actually quite good. Ultimate Apocalypse is pretty cool...he tears Wolverine's arm off, and takes his healing factor. So that explains how he becomes Cable, I guess. Kinda puts the character in a corner, though. I wonder how many issues it'll take for it to be erased.
"I could drown the pain, and drink upon commuter trains, and here you stand in eastern standard time" - Mike Doughty
Originally posted by CerebusI think I missed this, but how exactly DID Darkseid capture all the Greek Gods? Was it mentioned in the issue and I just missed that part or the story? Wouldn't Wonder Woman have noticed something like all the fucking Gods had gone missing?
This was (sorta) explained at the end of Amazons Attack, as it turned out that the Athena that was guiding Hippolyta and the Amazons was really Granny Goodness all along. Of course, if you missed Amazons Attack, I can hardly blame you, because that series was god-awful (no pun intended). What's a more pressing question to me is exactly how the GREEK gods gave Mary Marvel her power back. Aren't the Marvels' power derived from more than one pantheon?
You know, I never really liked Hercules as a character very much. But Pak's Incredible Hercules is just so much fun, you can't help but like the guy. And I like how Hercules isn't being portrayed as a complete and utter idiot in the book.
That's indeed an interesting topic. I was first introduced to it during a course on ancient Greek warfare, when we discussed the possible role of binge drinking session on Alexander the Great's military campaigns.