Friday, July 20, 2007

AWtC Weekly: 07/20/07

SPOILER WARNING: This is the "current events and gossip" part of our presentation. New comics, comics news, and gossip can and will be discussed. Don't freak out, but we got SPOILERS, baby. Heavy, heavy SPOILERS.

Something I don't say very often: I really, really want to read this Archie comic...


Comics News this week:

I know it's cool to hate on Alex Ross these days, but I usually enjoy his work, and I'm looking forward to his latest project, SUPERPOWERS. Ross will be reviving several public-domain superheroes in a new series for Dynamite Entertainment, and if you've been paying any attention at all, you'll know I digs me some oddball golden Age heroes. Ross and Jim Krueger will be collaborating on this Justice Style, so it ought to start out strong, be overlong, and get way too complicated by the end. But! It'll look fantastic. I just wonder how the copyright/trademark issues will play out, but I'm under the impression that these characters are are all in the public domain.


You do realize that all the Spider-Man books are going to be unbelievably, horrifically late for the next few months don't you? Not only because Joe Quesada is molasses-in-January s-l-o-w, but because the creative team following him keeps passing out from sheer joy at the ability to tell awesome Spider-Man stories! You see, the only thing keeping Marvel from bringing you wonderful, timeless Spider-Man tales all this time has been Spidey's marriage, and now that they're trashing that, all Spider-Man stories are going to be great great great from now on forever! Really!! Yes, at long last we can enjoy stories of Peter's wacky dating life, the loss of which has been the only thing keeping Spider-Man comics from being the greatest, bestest comics ever! Boo, marriage!!!


New Comics Commentary:

Ultimate Spider-Man #111:
I've got a feeling that they're getting ready to have Aunt May forget Peter's dual life after "One More Day", probably magic-ing it away somehow. So of course, she now knows in the Ultimate Universe. The Spot also gets ultimized in this issue, but he still looks like a dalmatian.

Speaking of Lame ass villains, Super-Villain Team-Up: MODOK's 11 #1 is fat-packed with them, the Spot among them! Yes, the speckled stealer makes his second appearance in ten the same week as his first appearance in ten years.

MODOK was just ousted from A.I.M. over in Ms. Marvel, but he seems to have upgraded a bit and gotten over his illness. Good for him!

Bliss, of course. Not enough MODOK in this first issue, but I really liked what I saw of the other villains. Armadillo, Mentallo, Rocket Racer, Chameleon, Nightshade, Living Lazer, Spot, and Puma are all called together by MODOK to steal an all-powerful weapon, but only Mentallo sees what's really going on. I notice writer Fred Van Lente has written Rocket Racer as a nerdy stutterer like he did in Marvel Adventures: Spider Man, which I quite liked.

OH. and ladies, I want you to note that Deadly Nightshade is wearing much, much more clothing in this comic than she's ever worn before:

Brave and the Bold #5:
Oh, Batman, is there anyone you don't "pwn"?

Thunderbolts; Desperate Measures
I have to admit, I'm morbidly fascinated with the whole Speedball/Penance deal. He sure doesn't look too bad for a guy who's supposed to be stabbing himself all the time. Boy's got nary a scratch in this issue. This was hilarious, though:

Haw! Jive turkey!

Again With the Comics Eagerly Awaits:

Kyle Baker's Special Forces looks like good, mean-spirited fun. I'm on board.

Okay, I've got another business trip coming up, so there will be no AWtC Weekly next week. I will, however, be continuing my What If? Top Five series through the week, so there's that. See ya August 3rd for a bigger, beefier AWtC Weekly, with two weeks worth of jabbering! Do try to contain your enthusiasm; its awful hard to get stains out of a blog.


Siskoid said...

Oooh, the original Daredevil!

coco67 said...

Isn't "Not enough MODOK" your boilerplate complaint for ALL comics?

Also, everyone should be reading Van Lente's awesome Action Philosophers!

Brian Hughes said...

"Not enough MODOK" is my boilerplate complaint for all LIFE.


Oh, you lucky, lucky people. What a week you have to look forward to.

I'm going away, but a whole weeks worth of What If? is ready to roll out. Are you ready?

Siskoid said...

Color me READY!