Zilla and the Comics Junkies

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Uncensored's Pull list: November 16, 2005

So far this month I've bought comics every week, which is a tad unusual for me, but I like doing it this way better. Anyway, In my box this week was:

Green Lantern (vol. 4) #5:
Written by Geoff Johns
Pencils by Ethan Van Sciver
After a three month hiatus, Green Lantern is back. I'd like to say that it was worth the wait, but this book became boring so quickly that even my already-low expectations were not met.

The issue starts with The Black Hand sitting on an airplane while some random person babbles on to him with typical flight-chatter. Suddenly German speaking demons (yes, German-speaking demons) appear outside the plane (Twilight Zone, anyone?) and seemingly cause it's destruction (Black Hand lives though, naturally). Then Hal Jordan's upcoming test flight is canceled because Green Lantern is needed to go investigate a beach with corpses on it that have had their brains eaten out of their skulls. So Jordan goes underwater and encounters a giant super-evolved telepathic shark (you're reading correctly, I said a giant super evolved telepathic shark) that seems to be responsible for the eating of the grey matter.

The book started off interesting for the first couple of issues but has been on a steady decline since then. It seems like Johns is trying to recapture the silver age popularity of Jordan by telling silver age-typed stories. Unfortunately, they just don't work nowadays, and simply make the book come off lame.

** out of *****

Marvel Must Haves: Spider-Man and the Black Cat: The Evil That Men Do #1-3:
Written by Kevin Smith (37!?)
Penciled by Terry Dodson
Originally this series was released three years ago, but due to Smith's laziness the remaining three issues were never completed... Until now! So to capitolize on next month's long-awaited issue #4, Marvel re-released the first three issues collected in one, overpriced (in Canadian dollars, anyway) package. It was a good idea though, being a rabid Kevin Smith fan, loving the cheese-cake curvy poses Terry Dodson always draws Ms. Hardy in, and having a massive hard-on for the Black Cat, there was no way I was going to pass this up.

The series is rather unusual territory for a Spider-Man story, featuring an actor who has a thing for teenaged boys, herion overdoses, and so much sexual tension between Peter and Felicia that you just want them to rip eachother's clothes apart right there and just DO IT. Felicia gets a phone call asking her to look for a missing supermodel, so she showers, complains that everyone always wants her to do things for them just because she was once a costumed "hero", and gripes that it's been ages since she's had a boyfriend (or girlfriend...). A teenager in the class Peter teaches has been found dead of a heroin overdose, yet showed no signs of actually doing any drugs, so he goes on a quest to find out who is responsible. He is led to an actor with a thing for teeny-boys who was appearently the last person to see the kid alive. He also happens to be the boyfriend of the missing supermodel. Spidey and Cat run into eachother (literally), and combine their efforts.

I'd never read a Smith comic book before, but his writing is very distinct in the story, which isn't a bad thing. The character interaction between Spidey and Cat just feels so playfully natural that you wonder why Peter ever hooked up with Mary-Plain Watson (as Felicia calls her). Dodson's pencils are slightly more cartoonish in this series than in Marvel Knights Spider-Man, but the time difference is a factor (incidentally, the last eight pages are a preview of issue #4, which has Dodson's more updated look to it). Even so, he still draws Felicia so god damn hot you'll have a hard time paying attention to the speech balloons on the pages. It was a great idea for Marvel to re-release these issues together, and in doing so, they've got me (and I'm sure many others) on board for the remaining three issues, which are supposed to begin shipping next month.

**** out of *****

Supergirl (vol. 5) #3:
Written by Jeph Loeb
Penciled by Ian Churchill
Another late-shipper, although only by one month.

The issue has Supergirl fighting with various members of "The Outsiders" (a group I must admit, I've never even heard of until reading this), with her commenting on various things about them (their unusual names, specifically) in which she makes some rather amusing remarks. Until it's broken up by Nightwing (which, Supergirl's reaction makes a rather cute moment). It's revealed to her at last that Lex Luthor is the man who has been spying on her, so she takes off, without the Outsiders, to battle him.

While this series isn't a favourite of mine, it's an enjoyable read. Jeph Loeb writes the 15 year old Supergirl with such a cutesy (not weak) teenage attitude it's really hard not to like the character. The dialogue is funny in an honest way at times (with such conversations "So Dick, anything you want to tell me?" "What!? No. She's like fifteen years old" "And that's a problem, why?"). Ian Churchill's pencils (particularly the way he draws women) just scream "IMAGE COMICS 1992!" at you, but I don't really see at as too much of a bad thing since he draws Supergirl well. Not a gem but not used toilet paper either.

*** out of *****

All Star Superman #1:
Written by Grant Morrison
Pencils by Frank Quitley
I had no intentions of buying this until about a month ago when I was drunk I suddenly had the urge to read a Superman comic book, but I didn't own any.

A very brief one page recap of the Superman origin, and really, it's all that was needed. The story is about Superman rescuing some astronauts on the sun whose ship has been taken over by one of their pilots (who, turns out to be a human bomb created by Lex Luthor). Upon doing this, it's revealed that Superman's close proximity to the sun has caused some biological change in him.

Short and simple, but then, isn't that the Superman way? I can't say my expectations were lived up to, or that I was disappointed. There really doesn't seem to be much to the book other than telling Superman stories to those who don't read Superman. The art works, and Lois is pretty hot in this issue (more hot than any other incarnation of her I've seen, in fact). But Lex Luthor looks rather... Odd in the book. I really don't know what to say about this one.

No rating.

X-Men: Deadly Genesis #1:
Written by Ed Brubaker
Pencils by Trevor Hairsine
I must (shamefully) admit that I've never read the famous Giatn Size X-Men #1, so I'm sure there's things about this book I won't get. My reasoning for buying it was wanting to read a good X-Men book again, and check out Ed Brubaker's style (since he's taking over Daredevil, my favourite book). On a side note I must say that I'm very pleased with the ad count in this book (48 pages: 11 ads, 1 letter page, 8 page backup story, and 28 pages of main content) since Marvel's ridiculous amount of ads in their books as of late was making me consider dropping comics and switching to graphic novels (Ghost Rider #3 had a whopping 25 pages of ads in it).

The Sentinel at the end of House of M: The Day After is still standing guard at the Xavier mansion. Hank and Scott have a discussion about where all the energy from the depowered mutants could have gone. A mysterious figure awakens in a metero in space, seemingly in a state of panic over something. This being then steals an orbitting space shuttle and crashes it to Earth. The X-Men decide to check it out as Scott figures the only mutant in the world powerful to do that is Xavier.

This issue raises a few questions, including the integrity of Charles Xavier. This new enemy of the X-Men (who seems to be able to manipulate reality ala-Scarlet Witch) appearently is a figure from their past whom the X-Men don't remember. I've heard some speculation on who it is, but since I haven't read GSXM#1 such a revelation doesn't impact me all that much. The writing in this book is solid, with characters acting appropriately as to how one would expect them to. The artwork has a dark style to it which is nice, but I don't like the way he draws Kitty Pride (read: Manly). A promising start to what could be a good series.

***1/2 out of *****


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Criminal, The Goon, Daredevil, Exterminators, Punisher, Hellboy/B.P.R.D (All), Powers, Godland, Usagi Yojimbo, The Walking Dead, Invincible, Conan, Ex Machina, DMZ, Desolation Jones, Fell, 100 Bullets, All-Star Superman, Ultimates 2, Loveless, and Fear Agent.

I'm recently back reading after a 15 year comics hiatus.

Zilla is not my real name.

I'm from Tejas living in VA. I'm married w/ 2 dogs. I'm an IT security consultant cranking the wheel for a big consulting firm in "real" life.

I watch the History Channel, Nat'l Geo, TLC, Mil Channel, ESPN and NFL Network, CourtTV (forensic files, etc.) and the Cartoon Network (love Genndy T's Samurai Jack and Clone Wars Adventures). My taste in movies: Gladiator, Last Samurai, Braveheart, Godfather, Tarantino (whatever), Kung-Fu (whatever), Westerns, Top Gun, Big Lebowski.

I love the outdoors and bs'ing around w/ my dogs.

In addition to being a comics junkie, i'm also a sports junkie especially when it comes to the Texas Longhorns and the Dallas Cowboys.

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