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Happy 2008 Everyone!

I hope everyone had a good new year’s party, I know I did. I’ve had a super lazy day, first in a while, and it has been pretty amazing. I finally managed to get my hands on a copy of X-Factor 26 to read, and I’m now fully up to date on Messiah Complex. Unfortunately I’m finding that while each individual issue of MC is absolutely amazing, there could be more transition between them. SPOILERS — Such as when Cable is revealed at the very end of episode 5, they don’t explain how the X-Men know of his existence at the start of episode 6. I’m at least 90% sure of this as well, because I re read the issues to try and piece together what is happening in between each one, and I’m afraid to say I’m coming up with nothing. Perhaps someone else could point me in the right direction, because right now it’s a little lost on me. However, every issue is just amazing, and I eagerly anticipate the next one. Another issue of Rapid Fire Reviews is coming up tomorrow, and will include another four comics, although, there are so many I want to do as full reviews that I might have to do as rapid fire ones because of time constraints.

One last reminder, tomorrow is NOT comic book day, it’s Friday again this week. One more thing, is anyone reading Ultimate X-Men and would recommend it?

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Comics for Friday December 28th

DARK HORSE:

Conan #47
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic #24
Osagi Yojimbo #108
DC COMICS:

52 Aftermath: Four Horsemen #5 (of 6)
Action Comics #860
Batman #672
Blue Beetle #22
Brave and the Bold #9
Countdown: Arena #4 (of 4)
Countdown to Adventure #5 (of 8)
Countdown to Final Crisis #18
Crime Bible #3 (of 5)
Death of the New Gods #4 (of 8)
Flash #235
Gotham Underground #3 (of 9)
Green Lantern #26
Green Lantern/Sinestro Corps Secret Files #1
JLA Classified #49
JSA Classified #33
Legion of Superheroes #37
Teen Titans #54
Uncle Sam & The Freedom Fighters #4 (of 8)
IMAGE COMICS:

Bomb Queen IV #4 (of 4)
Brawn #3 (of 3)
Drawing From Life #2
Invincible Presents Atom Eve #1 (of 2)
Pax Romana #1 (of 4)
Proof #5 (of 5)
Witchblade #112
MARVEL COMICS:

Amazing Spider-man #545
Avengers: The Initiative #8
Black Panther #33
Captain America #33
Captain Marvel #2 (of 5)
Fantastic Four Isla De La Muerta One Shot (English and Spanish)
Giant Size Avengers Special #1
House of M Avengers #3 (of 5)
Hulk vs Fin Fang Foom One Shot
Iron Man #24
Marvel Adventures Iron Man #8
Marvel Spotlight: One More Brand New Day
Marvel Spotlight: Messiah Complex
Marvel Zombies 2 #3
Punisher MAX #53
Red Prophet Tales of Alvin Maker #11
Thor #5
Ultimate Fantastic Four #49
Ultimate Power #9 (of 9)
Ultimate Spider-man #117
X-Men: Emperor Vulvan #4 (of 5)
X-Men: First Class #7
X-Men: Messiah Complex Mutant Files
X-Men #206
Zombie Simon Garth #2
OTHER PUBLISHERS:

Archie & Friends #117
Badger Saves the World #1 (of 4)
Bart Simpson Comics #39
Berlin #14
Betty & Veronica Double Digest #157
Drafted #4
GI Joe Storm Shadow #7
Knights of the Dinner Table #134
Shrugged #7
Snaked #1 (of 5)

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Rapid Fire Reviews: Moon Knight, Silver Surfer, Ultimate Iron Man, and Superman/Batman

Moon Knight 2007 Annual

            Marc Spector, aka Moon Knight, is back in this annual… sort of.  He doesn’t appear until page 16 (not counting advertisements), and even then, he disappears for a while, returning on page 25.  The Moon Knight annual is written by Duane Swierczynski (who will be writing Cable!), and illustrated by Jefte Palo (making his debut), and edited by Axel Alonso.  These men are the ones to blame for this, if you didn’t like it.  That’s a tad harsh; the story is good, I just would have preferred to see more Moon Knight in it.  The story is more about a sexual predator and how he preyed upon women, and was eventually found by Moon Knight, told from the perspective of an unlucky woman.  I have to say though, it is refreshing to see that Marc Spector is back to his usual line of work, his previous story arc was confusing and not really to my liking.  The art is good, not the super detailed art you may find elsewhere, but in a style very appropriate for a Moon Knight comic.  In short, if you are a fan of Moon Knight, or looking for a good place to have a look at him, I’d say go ahead and spend your four hard earned dollars, but if you’re apprehensive, you shouldn’t feel bad about skipping out on this issue.

Silver Surfer: In Thy Name #2

            In thy name is highly anticipated among Silver Surfer fans.  Written by Simon Spurrier, and Illustrated by Tan Eng Huat, issue #1 was well received, but issue #2 however, I feel will not be so much.  I’ll be honest, I found it confusing.  I could be the story, and it could be the art, I think it to be a combination of the two, however, I feel that it is more a function of the art.  The story picks up where the last left off, Norrin Radd is fighting a giant monster/demon on a distant planet.  After his victory, the previously utopian queen begins to show her true colours, and the façade of utopian society begins to crumble.  The story progresses, and he discovers that he lower society perceive him to be their savior who will lead them in battle against the ruling society.  This comic, while confusing does present very serious moral issues and metaphors, as is typical for Silver Surfer comics, and this one does not disappoint.  In terms of morality, this story looks like it will become exceptional, but it is still hard to follow.  I do not believe that in graphic novels, I should have to constantly refer back to previous issues to determine who is who, and what they are doing (exception being Astonishing X-Men, because that is released so infrequently).  If you don’t mind having to take breaks to figure out who the characters are, or if you have an overwhelming interest in the Silver Surfer, absolutely go out and purchase this without hesitation.  If, however, that doesn’t sound like you, go ahead and pass on this series.

Ultimate Iron Man II – #1

            It’s finally here: the continuation of Ultimate Iron Man.  Written by bestselling author Orson Scott Card, and art by Pasqual Ferry, with colours by Dean White.  I got into Ultimate Iron Man as a bit of a fluke really, I was ordering things off eBay in a bit of a frenzy, and I saw a cheap hardcover available, it turned out to be Ultimate Iron Man by mistake.  As luck would have it though, I loved it but alas, it was too short, why not continue it I asked?  Well, Marvel has delivered.  I want to say it’s amazing, and it almost is.  It’s good, but it’s nothing revolutionary, I was hoping, for a new series, it would have an all new plot; however it is a continuation of the plot from the first Ultimate Iron Man.  This being said, if you haven’t read the original, you’re going to need to.  While not much is happening in the first part of the issue (it’s all set up for the next one), the action is pretty interesting, and the last 2-3 pages really make you think about what is going on in the world today.  If you have not read the first volume of Ultimate Iron Man, go out and do so, but also, you will not be able to understand what’s happening in volume two.  If you’re willing to go out and buy the trade for the original Ultimate Iron Man, I highly recommend this new series.

Superman/Batman #43

            This month’s Superman/Batman is written by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning, and penciled by Mike McKone.  The issue opens with a bang; the Teen Titans are seemingly attacking the orbiter.  The orbiter is hoping to harness dark matter as a source of energy, and to help analyze massive amounts of incoming data, they’re using a Kryptonian processor.  Not only are the Teen Titans attacking, but as luck would have it, the Kryptonian processor seems to have gone absolutely haywire.  Soon the reader is made aware of two key facts: the processor and the Teen Titans are connected, and it’s not the real Titans.  It all seems to be a diversion for Dr. Light to infiltrate the fortress of solitude using the processor to transmit him self in photonic form.  Luckily though, Batman is guarding the fortress.  While this is all good and interesting, and the comic ends with a nice cliffhanger, nothing really happens from page to page, it’s more of the same each time.  Mike McKone has done a great job with the art however, entirely the style of art I expect from a comic book.  To expand on that idea, it is nice to have some really fine and detailed art, such as found in Marvels, or Silver Surfer: Requiem, but sometimes it’s nice to have art that feels like it really belongs in a comic book.  McKone delivers on this front.  I’d recommend this book, as hopefully the cliffhanger will have something to do with Countdown, and because it was nice to look at.  If you’re apprehensive, I’d wait to see if the story will end up effecting the DC universe as a whole, and if it does, Superman/Batman #43 isn’t entirely likely to sell out.

            As I am posting this, Santa is over Portugal according to the Norad Tracker.

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Wow…. Busy Day

Short update again today, moving houses is a big deal. Went to the comic store today, managed to pick up my back issues of Messiah Complex and Ra’s al Ghul, except for episode 5 of Messiah, which is upsetting, cause I really want to be up to date on the series, perhaps I can find someone who has it, or order it online. Other than that, I picked up the What If…? Civil War, World of Warcraft #2, Star Wars: Dark Times #7, Captain America: The Chosen #5 (variant because I didn’t like the regular cover), Cable & Deadpool #48, and Conan: The Frazetta Cover Series #1. Didn’t get a chance to write that piece on The Dark Knight trailer, but it’ll be up tomorrow, today was just a stressful moving day. Because of finals etc, I have 3-5 weeks of comics to rad as well, which is both awesome and daunting, so I’m gonna get to that, have a good day.

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Sexual Innuendo

So, my initial response to the Batman trailer is speechlessness. Granted, my ideal person to be would be a mix of The Stig, Batman, James Bond, and Obi-wan Kenobi. I’ve started the writing process for that, and it should be ready later today, or early tomorrow. On a personal note, I believe I mentioned that I am dead broke, well; I came into ~30 dollars, and decided I needed to go straight out and purchase my missing comics over the last two weeks. I was marginally successful. So I headed down to my local comic shop, but they didn’t have the last two Resurrection of Ra’s Al Ghul, or Messiah Complex. I’m going to have to turn to the internet to get those, or head into the city for Midtown ComicsI did however pick up some comics, such as Silver Surfer: In Thy Name, Wolverine #60, Ultimate Iron Man II, Sub-Mariner 6, and Star Wars: KOTOR to name a few. I’m very excited to read these; I got some annuals as well, spent more than I should, especially with Christmas coming up.

I ran across some humorous blog posts that I thought I would share. A post on El Sloganero, a blog devoted to a multitude of interests, recently posted a picture of an old Archie comic cover. This reminds me of all the stuff that gets thrown into children’s movies today. I recently watched the beginning of Happy Feet. In Happy Feet there is a scene where the two main characters are sliding about on the ice, and enact several different sexual positions. This is reminiscent of how old animators would throw in several subtle sexual innuendos, an example of which is the famous Little Mermaid Priest’s erection, perhaps just to see if people were paying attention, or if some of it was unintended. Regardless, it was harmless subtle fun back then, but this is blatant.

Now, granted, Shrek (the first one), did have something similar to this, but it was a short clip, and it was considered humorous. Also, admittedly, most young children wouldn’t notice what was shown in Happy Feet, however, the problem people are having is that it was so blatantly obvious. I have less of a problem with that, I’m just not a huge fan of modern art, in which everyone is trying to be more ‘out there’ than their fellow artists, because the most extreme get the most attention. I can elaborate on this viewpoint at a later time if anyone is interested, as I have just noticed this is in danger of becoming a huge rambling rant.

The other link I wish to present to you is Nadshot. Click at your own risk, some of it is kinda graphic. It’s nothing more than comic book characters getting hit in the man junk however. Less commentary to be made on this however, it’s just a neat link if you find that sort of thing funny. This concludes today’s post, hopefully I’ll be able to get tomorrow’s comics as well (shipping list in the previous post).

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Tomorrow’s Comics

Comics that are available tomorrow follow:

 

DARK HORSE COMICS:
 
Grendel: Behold the Devil #2
Scream #2
Star Wars: Dark Times #7
Umbrella Academy: Apocalypse Suite #4 (of 6)

 

DC COMICS:

Army @ Love #10
Batman and the Outsiders #3
Birds of Prey #113
Catwoman #74
Checkmate #21
Countdown: Arena #3
Countdown Presents the Search for Ray Palmer: Superwoman and Batwoman #1
Countdown Special: The Atom 80-Page Giant #2 (of 2)
Countdown to Final Crisis #19
Detective Comics #839 (Ra’s al Ghul #7 of 7)
Justice League of America #16
Metamorpho: Year One #6 (of 6)
Shadowpact #20
Superman/Batman #44
Superman #671
Scooby Doo #127
World of Warcraft #2

 

 

IMAGE COMICS:

Circle #2
Glister #3
Madame Mirage #4
Special Forces #2 (of 6)

 

MARVEL COMICS:
 
Avengers Classic #7
Cable and Deadpool #48
Captain America: The Chosen #5 (of 6)
Exiles #100
Footkiller #3 (of 5)
Immortal Iron Fist #11
Incredible Hulk #112
Iron Man: Enter the Mandarin #4 (of 6)
Marvel Adventures: Avengers #19
Marvel Adventures: Fantastic Four #31
Marvel Holiday Special
Might Avengers #6
New X-Men #45
She-Hulk #24
Terror Inc #4 (of 5)
The Order #6
Ultimate X-Men #89
What if: Civil War
Wolverine: Origins #20
World War Hulk: Warbound #1 (of 5)
X-Men: First Class #6

 

OTHER PUBLISHERS: 

Alter Ego #74
Betty & Veronica #240
Doctor Who Classics #1
Archie Digest #240
Fathon Kiani #4
GI Joe: America’s Elite #30
Painkiller Jane #4
Simpson’s Comics #137
Sonic the Hedgehog #183
Primordia #2 (of 3)
Red Sonja #28

 

Happy Reading!

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Somewhat Questionable Content

Today’s post, while probably acceptable to all viewers (no nudity, drugs, or violence) maybe offensive to some people with more conservative social standards. It does imply drinking and premarital sex through an alternative means… well, you really have to see it to understand it, I just don’t want angry emails coming to me or WordPress this early. Today’s comic comes from the Clio Awards, of all places. These are from the Clio festival, for advertising and design, and I’m going to be honest with you here I have no idea what these have to do with anything, but they’re fairly humorous, so I thought I would share them. There are nine in all, they all tend to revolve around a single theme, but I find them all very funny, especially number 4 and 5.  Please let me know what you think of them, and of this alternative comic in general.

I was considering doing my next comic review on something a little more mainstream, probably not something from Messiah Complex (Marvel) or the Resurrection of Ra’s (DC), because those reviews are fairly commonplace at this time. Not to say I will forgo talking about them at all, but just not at this moment. I am also working on getting an interview with a smaller webcomic writer/artist to talk about what it’s like competing for readership in today’s internet, so be on the lookout for that in the next few weeks, and I’ll let you know how it’s panning out.

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