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Spider-Woman 2 (May 1978)

Vixen. A spiteful or quarrelsome woman. Vixen. Marv Wolfman refers to his protagonist as a vixen in this issue. Not so sure he knows what the word means and for someone so flatulent in his writing, he really ought to have a dictionary handy. I’m not entirely sure what’s wrong with this comic book, whether […]

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Spider-Woman 2 (December 2009)

If they’d released this issue without any text, just Maleev’s awesome art, it would have been much, much better. The issue opens with Jessica in jail (no costume) and probably has a present action of fifteen minutes. Maybe ten. It’s inanely pointless. I haven’t read a Bendis comic in a while, at least not one […]

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Aliens 4 (December 2009)

All right, I’m clearly missing something here. Not only does my android question go unresolved, so does the two major questions the series raised–why are these aliens different than those previously encountered and what’s the deal with the mystical alien canyon? The letters page this issue tells the reader to stick with the comic continuity, […]

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Aliens 3 (September 2009)

Ok, so, a little more information–there was an alien invasion of earth, which I kind of remember from the old Dark Horse comics. Old as in before Alien³. Still, not sure what’s going on here. The android’s a weak lead, but there aren’t any other good options. The supporting cast is all weak too (they’re […]

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Aliens 2 (July 2009)

Thought balloons. Arcudi uses thought balloons. I haven’t seen a thought balloon in a new comic in so long, I thought it was some kind of stylizing error (the character also talks to himself so it’s possible). Um. Otherwise. Huh. Aliens is a competent book. Arcudi doesn’t do a bad job, but it’s all in […]

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Aliens 1 (May 2009)

Wow, Zach Howard’s good. Never heard of him before (or maybe I have), but he’s great. Seems a little bit wasted on an Aliens relaunch (seeing as how the first issue is mostly people, just a couple xenomorphs and Howard clearly is putting more into the composition of the people panels). The rest of it, […]

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Spider-Woman 1 (April 1978)

Wow, does Wolfman like to write exposition. I mean, he just loves it. It really made this issue incredibly boring. Maybe I wasn’t paying attention, but I had no idea–until a few pages into it–the issue is taking place in London. I’m also not sure if Jessica Drew is English or not. I mean, does […]

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Spider-Woman 1 (November 2009)

I’ve heard two things about Spider-Woman. Bendis’s dialogue is laughable and Maleev’s art makes up for it. I generally agree. I mean, sure, Bendis’s writing leaves a lot to be desired, but Jessica’s dialogue is nowhere near as bad as Abigail Brand’s. Bendis writes Brand like she’s Christopher Walken or something. It’s terrible. Jessica (Spider-Woman […]

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Batman: Unseen 5 (February 2010)

Moench leaves his Batman subplot unresolved. He still is getting less and less frightening to criminals. Soon he’ll be on cereal boxes and underwear. This inevitably is another thing Moench could have concentrated on, but did not. I like Moench and I like his writing, but the way he leaves this issue, like he’s going […]

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Batman: Unseen 4 (January 2010)

Moench’s all-too human Batman runs into more problems this issue, which is an all action Kelley Jones issue and needs to be seen to be believed. Moench’s invisible man character is so totally unhinged, so totally insane (I forgot to mention the issue before, when he decapitates an ex-girlfriend–DC doesn’t do age warnings?), he doesn’t […]

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Batman: Unseen 3 (January 2010)

Here’s one of those “it just don’t make sense” moments. Batman versus the invisible man and Batman can’t take him in a fight. I thought Batman was a ninja and can’t ninjas fight in the dark (look at Daredevil)? Moench’s take on the character emphasizes detection over martial arts ability and, while it works in […]

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Batman: Unseen 2 (December 2009)

The second issue meshes a lot better. Moench has calmed his whole, “no one’s afraid of Batman anymore” subplot (it’s still present, but he’s not drawing attention to it anymore), and he’s mostly letting Jones do an invisible man story. Batman’s all supporting in this issue, which instead concerns itself with the invisible mad scientist […]

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Batman: Unseen 1 (December 2009)

Jones’s cover art is dated 2007, which has me wondering if Unseen is really just a Legends of the Dark Knight arc DC had in a drawer. It’s definitely a retro tale (even says so on the title page) as Moench tries to work out what happens when the bad guys aren’t scared of Batman […]

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Incorruptible 2 (January 2010)

I read this comic because I wanted to mock it. I could have said I wanted to attempt to reconcile the excellence of Irredeemable with the worthlessness of Incorruptible; the result is the same. Waid’s adventures in a post-Plutonian world would have probably been okay as a limited series without the nonsense with the villain […]

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The Avengers 260 (October 1985)

I know people love The Avengers, but I never really got into them. I think I read West Coast as a kid, but I don’t know. Probably. I probably did. Anyway, this issue reminds me more of Star Wars (one of the second two prequels mostly) than it seems like what an Avengers comic should […]

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Siege: The Cabal 1 (February 2010)

I guess The Cabal is a comic book. It’s really a zero issue to Siege, with Norman Osborn and Dr. Doom duking it out. There’s some other lead-in stuff going on (it’s nice how Marvel’s crossovers are so simple–it’s never hard to figure out the ground situation). But really, it’s just (for me) an excuse […]

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The Incredible Hulk 312 (October 1985)

What a goofy comic book. It’s the Hulk’s origin again (I’m not sure if it’s the first time the abusive father has been included but I imagine Mantlo came up with the idea of Thunderbolt Ross destroying Bruce’s childhood stuffed animal). It’s the origin with Bruce’s father abusing him and murdering his mother (this issue […]

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Daredevil 223 (October 1985)

Jim Shooter co-wrote this issue (the first Secret Wars II crossover I’ve noticed him work on) and it shows. There’s a lot of idiotic nonsense about the Beyonder trying to buy the world legally. Of course, what lawyer to go to for help? Matt Murdock. This issue might be my first Mazzucchelli Daredevil and, I […]

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Irredeemable 9 (December 2009)

Darn it, Mark Waid, why do you keep it on such a roller coaster? This issue’s another great one, as Waid reveals quite a bit–there’s the new superhero team going a little nuts, there’s the smart guy off with the villain girl, there’s the U.S. Army making deals with the devil–there’s also what appears to […]

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Irredeemable 8 (November 2009)

Of course, Waid can’t sustain it. I mean, this issue reveals what set the Plutonian off and my only question, I think the only question anyone need ask, is… why does Superman need a sidekick? Sure, the same can be said of Batman, but almost every Batman writer in the last ten or fifteen years […]

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Irredeemable 7 (October 2009)

Which earlier issue did I say was my favorite? I was wrong. This issue is my favorite. Waid finally writes the Plutonian as a character–one who talks a lot, almost too much (I’m definitely getting worried the whole thing is going to be a mind trick the Plutonian’s arch-nemesis is playing on him and it’ll […]

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Irredeemable 6 (September 2009)

Here’s the strangest issue of all, only because Waid does something he hasn’t done so far. He suggests the Plutonian can be surprised. Even if the heroes do sneak past him and he doesn’t catch on, it isn’t the same thing. Here he really and truly is taken aback. Krause’s characterizing on the Plutonian, which […]

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Irredeemable 5 (August 2009)

This issue went for a buck so I assume it’s suppose to be a jumping on point, but it’s kind of not. At all. There are a ton of characters introduced here–maybe we’ve seen some of them before, but this issue is the first time when, well, anyone is even mildly important in this comic […]

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Irredeemable 4 (July 2009)

Even though the pacing is rapid-fire again (is Irredeemable an ongoing, if so, was it always supposed to be an ongoing)–I mean, I’d be mad at four dollars, just because the “cliffhanger” is engaging doesn’t make it worth four bucks for twenty-some pages but whatever, it’s still kind of my favorite issue. Here we get […]

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Irredeemable 3 (June 2009)

There’s no mythology to Irredeemable. Waid’s not spending his time setting up a universe. There’s the Plutonian, there are the major supporting characters and then there’s everyone else and they don’t matter much. Krause’s job, at times, seems to be to come up with interesting looking characters, who could, conceivably, have had adventures, and then […]

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Irredeemable 2 (May 2009)

Once again, maybe not the best-paced comic book in the world, but here’s where Waid starts hitting the mark. He combines a traditional mystery investigation with his Superman-gone-bad thing here, with the outing of Clark Kent as Superman. Or whatever the stand-in’s names are. Sure, Waid makes it a little more politically correct with the […]

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Deadpool Team-Up 1 (December 1998)

People read this crap? Deadpool‘s the stupidest comic book character I’ve ever read and this might be one of the worst comics I’ve ever read. A gaggle of drunken rhesus monkeys would write a better comic book. Seriously, Marvel prints this crap–and people who want to be taken seriously still work for them? But let’s […]

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