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Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you!  Personally I am thankful for my health, family, and safety, my thumbs, and living in a country where I can soon apply to become an American citizen.  That said, my girlfriend told me that an unspoken requirement for citizenship is to watch the Macy’s Day parade.  As such, I am doing so, I really enjoyed the Rick Roll, which if you missed is on the internet here.  To keep things on a comic level, although it is a very personal day for many people, I’ve noticed that many comic blogs are taking today as an opportunity to compare DC’s version of Rockwell’s thanksgiving to the original.

While apparently I am doing the same, I would like to add an extra, a Macy’s Parade spiderman.  Not everyone is posting short updates today.  4thletter added an unbelievably long talk into… I don’t even know what, it took me 2-4 different sittings to read the whole thing.  It went from Venom to Mace (yes, that’s right, Mace), and back to venom with some spiderman clone action.  Know what?  Read it for yourself, it’s pretty good, just long.  With that, check back later today for my top six Marvel titles of 2008 to be thankful for this Thanksgiving.

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Review: The New Avengers Annual, 2008

Lead-up to the Story

            If you have not been reading The New Avengers recently, you probably should.  I feel like I end up saying that a lot.  But the coming Scrull secret invasion story starting in April started in New Avengers.  Basically, the Scrulls are invading, not just the United States, but the whole world.  Several characters have already been revealed as scrulls, for a full listing, visit my friends over at Panels of Awesome for a full list.  Make sure to check out the Awesome Arena while you’re there!

 

Plot Synopsis

            Having just returned victorious, the New Avengers are jumped by the Hood and his new gang, who manage to break though Dr. Strange’s protection on his house.  A fight ensues, and true to his usual caliber, Brian Michael Bendis delivers an amazing fight scene, complete with witty dialogue that is true to each individual character.  I have talked about this before, in one of my Rapid Fire Review sessions.  Most writers can do one style, for example they can write Spider-man’s witty one-liners, or Luke Cage’s angry dialogue, but very few writers have the ability to make these different characters individual styles play of each other well.  Bendis really is one of the best writers that Marvel has at its disposal, and this makes New Avengers a great read.  Back to the storyline however, Dr. Strange was injured after his last confrontation with the Hood, and this time, it gets no better, Dr. Strange is shot, and must use dark and dangerous powers to finish off the intruders.  But SHIELD is watching, but in a strange, but not overly unexpected twist, Ms. Marvel lets them escape, even though it looks like her team could mutiny at any minute.  The book ends on that cliffhanger, as well as Jessica looking for sanctuary in Stark tower, with her baby, who we know is a scrull.

 

Art Critique

            Carlo Pagulayan is the penciler and Jeff Huet is the inker.  The art is busy, very busy, but not to the point that it is detracting from the story too much.  There is a lot going on in almost every panel, and it never seems to be overpowering.  To be honest though, and that’s something I strive for in these reviews, the sheer number of characters that are involved in the story is daunting; I encourage everyone that owns this comic book to open the front cover, and look at the number of characters listed there, all 36 of them.  Each fight panel has so much going on, it actually reminds me of a Where’s Waldo picture, there’s a lot going on, and you could just look for the main point of the action, but if you actually take the time to really look at what’s going on, you can see so much more.  This leads, in my opinion, to a greater appreciation of not only the art, but amount of effort and thought that the artists put into every comic. 

 

Is it Worth Buying?

            Usually for annuals, I would say no, but I highly recommend it, because annuals are usually pretty sweet.  This one however, ties in closely with the story, and looks like it will be important to fully understanding the secret invasion summer crossover.  So I would say yes it is worth buying on both accounts; important for understanding the overall Marvel storyline, and also for its own sheer enjoyment.

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Comics Shipping for 3/12/08

DARK HORSE COMICS

Abe Sapien the Drowning #2 (of 5)
BPRD #3 (of 5)
Evil Dead #3 (of 4)
Goon #22
Serenity Better Days #1 (of 3)
Star Wars: Legacy #21
Star Wars: Rebellion #12

 

 

DC COMICS

Bat Lash #4 (of 6)
Batman Confidential #14
Batman Strikes #43
Booster Gold #7
Countdown to Final Crisis #7
Countdown to Mystery #6 (of 8)
DMZ #29
GEN 13 #18
Gotham Underground #6 (of 9)
Green Arrow Black Canary #6
Green Lantern Corps #22
JLA Classified #54
Legion of Super Heroes in the 31st Century #12
Salvation Run #5 (of 7)
Scalped #15
Simon Dark #6
Suicide Squad Raise the Flag #7 (of 8)
Superman #647
Superman Confidential #13
Tiny Titans #2
Un-Men #8
Wonder Woman #18

 

 

IMAGE COMICS

Astounding Wolf-Man #5
Cemetery Blues #2
Gutsville #3 (of 6)
Madman Atomic Comics #7
Screamland #1 (of 5)
Walking Dead #47

 

 

MARVEL COMICS

Amazing Spider-Girl #18
Amazing Spider-Man #553
Annihilation Conquest #5 (of 6)
Avengers Fairy Tales #1 (of 4)
Avengers: The Initiative #10
Civil War Chronicles #9
Dead of Night Featuring Man Thing #2 (of 4)
Fantastic Four #555
Iron Man, Enter the Mandarin #6 (of 6)
Last Defenders #1 (of 6)
Marvel Adventures: Hulk #9
Marvel Comics Presents #7
Mighty Avengers #10
New Exiles #3
Nova #11
Punisher #55
Thunderbolts #119
Wolverine #63
X-Factor #29

 

 

OTHER PUBLISHERS

Archie & Friends #117
Archie Digest #242
Badger Saves the World #3 (of 5)
Comic Book Comics #1
Doctor Who #2
Foundation #3 (of 5)
G.I. Joe: America’s Elite #33
Grima Fairy Tales #24
Locke & Key #2
Lone Ranger and Tonto #1
Ninja High School #158
Palooka Ville #19
Sonic the Hedgehog #186
Warhammer 40k: Blood and Thunder #4 (of 4)

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Some Friendly Neighborhood Spider-man Fun

            Starting out with a brief overview of the mission here at Your Comic Relief, I aim to have a serious article posted daily.  On the weekends, as we saw on Saturday, if I find something that I find interesting I’ll post it with some commentary.  Also, I may update at any time if anything dramatic happens in the world of comic books.  So, in summation, you can expect a post every week day, and weekends are a possibility.  An RSS feed can help you determine easily if there is new content available.  With that out of the way: today’s post (albeit late).

            Admittedly amateur, home made comics are often fairly lame or don’t make sense.  But over at Panels of Awesome,  Mike Haynes is proving the skeptics of home grown webcomics wrong.  He recently published some of his personal home made comics.  While some are less humorous, this one really captured Spider-man’s characteristic and iconic sense of humor in my opinion, in a way the Hollywood failed to do.  Not to say the others are poorly done, I just find this one to be strikingly similar to how Spider-man should be portrayed.  Comparing it to a standard, as is the convention in analysis both scientific and literary, we can clearly see the similarity.  Spider-man’s sense of humor can be best characterized as witty and underhanded, and really makes reading his stories fun.  Something about this has been lost in the recent publications, comparing him to the spider-man comics from the 80’s there a marked difference in his persona.  Has anyone else noticed this?  Leave a comment and let me know!

            Also, everyone else seems to be posting the Dark Horse trailer, so I figured I would too.  Commentary and opinion will be posted once I’ve had a chance to really think it over.

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