Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Comic Gazing for: 4/7/10

It's Wednesday, which means it's once again time to go comic gazing! And here's your host, the honorable, X-Man75! Before I jot down which books I'll be buying, and why, a quick Blackest Night update... I should FINALLY have my hands on BN #8 tomorrow, and that'll be the very first thing I read/review once I open my package of comics. So expect a GALA(yes GALA!)post on the conclusion of Blackest Night tomorrow night. Yeah, I know the review will be off by a week, but think of it this way, you'll have a weeks worth of extra info to talk about after checking out my review! Eh, at least I tried to drum up some interest... Anywho, I'm still enjoying spring break, which means I've got a lot of time to lay around, play video games and read back issues. On the video game front, I've been playing Dragon Age: Origins, and on the back issue front, I've been reading through the LEGION series from the early-mid 90's, and both the game, and the comics are REALLY, REALLY good! OK, enough about me, let's get to which comics came out this week.

Batman & Robin #11: Meh. Sorry Grant Morrison fans, this series just hasn't done it for me... I hate the way Grant writes Damian, and since Dick is now officially a lame duck, I just can't get myself to care about his run as Batman anymore. Maybe things will turn around when Bruce returns, but I doubt it... Interest Level: 4 out of 10.

Flash: Secret Files and Origins 2010 #1: Well, I said it before and I'll say it again, meh. The only reason I'm picking this one up is because I'm a Flash completionist, plain and simple. I think I've made my thoughts on the current direction of the Flash character very well known by now(I hate it!), but hopefully, Geoff Johns will take pity on me and the fans of Wally West and allow us a glimpse of him in this comic... I doubt it, but hey, who knows. I mean, Wally should at least get a profile page, right?!? Interest Level: 3 out of 10.

JSA All-Stars #5: This comic has been pretty solid since its inception, and I fully expect that trend to continue. I've been enjoying the past few issues with the All-Stars battling the Injustice Society, and this issue should further the weirdness with Johnny Sorrow and Star Girl. Interest Level: 7 out of 10.

Superman: Last Stand of New Krypton #2: So far so good with this x-over, as I've enjoyed each issue. The story has been good, and Lex Luthor has been great as Brainiac's assistant. So long as the high quality keeps up, I won't have anything to complain about, which is a good thing, because I complain enough already as it is! Interest Level: 8 out of 10.

Superman: Secret Origins #5: Or as I like to call it, "Geoff Johns recreates Superman! #5" I haven't read the last 4 issues, and I won't be reading this one until this mini has concluded, whenever that is... Interest Level: 6 1/2 out of 10.

Deadpool and Cable #25: What the hell is this?!? Weird... Anyway, the solicit didn't exactly wow me, but I do loves me some Cable/Deadpool action, so I'll give this comic a shot. Against my better judgement! Interest Level: 6 1/2 out of 10.

SHIELD #1: And I thought the solicit for DP/Cable #25 was bad, this one sounds even worse! But, since I'm not really buying a lot of comics this week, I figure I can at least give this comic a courtesy read. I seriously doubt I'll stick around to read issue #2, but who knows, stranger things have happened. Interest Level: 3 out of 10.

Ultimate Comics X #2(or is it Ultimate X Comics #2?): I was supremely impressed with Jeph Loeb's first issue of this series, so much so that I'm actually eagerly looking forward to reading this one! Hopefully Jeph can keep up the good work and stay away from the many, MANY mysteries he loves to dot most of his comics with... Sometimes a straightforward story isn't a bad thing! Interest Level: 8 1/2 out of 10.

Uncanny X-Men #523: I have ABSOLUTELY NO interest in this comic, or of the Second Coming storyline AT ALL. The only reason I'll even be getting this comic is because it's one of my subscription books, which means no matter how much I wish it wouldn't, it will eventually finds its way to my house. Unfortunately. However, even though I'll be getting this comic, I sure as hell won't be reading it! Once I get it, I'll be tossing it into comic book limbo(AKA the big box of hated books in my closet)and forgetting it ever existed. Interest Level: 0 out of 10.

And that's it. Before I give my final thoughts on this week's comics, I was wondering if any of you guys have read the Wolverine: Weapon X series, and if you had, if you'd recommend it. I'm kind of curious about it, but I'm not sure if I should bother laying out the money to pick up the back issues/trades. Oh, and I had to laugh as my suspicions were confirmed... Deadpool is to the early 2010's what Wolverine was to the 90's. How can I be sure? Deadpool makes a guest starring appearance in World War Hulks #1 AND Moon Knight #7 this week! So yeah, Deadpool has officially reached the Wolverine level of saturation for Marvel, may god have mercy on us all!

The final count this week is DC: 5, Marvel: 4. So although it was close, DC wins out this week once again. Only 9 total comics for me this week, and I have to admit, none of them look all that exciting to me. The interest level is way down almost across the board. Hell, only one comic broke the 8 1/2 interest level mark... That's definitely not a good sign. It's going to be REALLY easy to wait a week of two before placing my order for these stinkers. If you guys have a few recommendations, I'll gladly hear them, because I'm obviously not too keen on the books I'm choosing! That's it for this week, thanks for reading and Long Live The Legion!!!


  1. Just for the record Wally does make an appearance. That Flash thing was cool in some aspects but as you expected nothing all.

    Woooooooooo Blackest Night 8, now we can compare thoughts my friend.

  2. Hey, Deadpool and Cable could be a lot weirder/ could be Deadpool and Hit Monkey! And as much as you hate Uncanny X-Men, are you really not going to read an issue that you've already paid for? I hope you end up at least giving it a chance (if only because I get a strange enjoyment out of reading bad reviews!).

    I read the first story arc of Wolverine: Weapon X and really, really liked it. It's very much in the vein of Frank Tieri's work with the character, and since we were just talking about that the other day, I'm pretty sure you'd love it. And if you'd still like to know a little more about it, here's a review I wrote of the second issue back when I was writing for IGN:

  3. WAIT WAIT WAIT. You wrote for IGN?! How the hell did you get that gig? Did It pay, and if so can you hook me up because I need a job lol.

    Also, Deadpool and Hit-Monkey would be epic...epically bad

  4. Yeah, I didn't expect anything to happen in that Flash comic JT, but you have lifted my spirits by informing me that The OTHER Flash shows up! I know, finally! I'll tell ya this, once I've finished off reading and doing a quick outline for a review, I'll be heading right over to your blog to compare thoughts!

    Wait just a second here! You wrote for IGN, Marc? Awesome! I head there at least two-three times a week to check up on video game related news. I never head to the comic area though... Gotta avoid those spoilers! Great, on your advice, I'm going to begin hunting down the first 12 issues of this series. That'll give me at least SOMETHING to look forward to in this CB order!

    Oh no, I'm down with Cable/DP! Their series was one of my favorites! I just hope they can inject some of what made Cable/DP so awesome into this comic.

    Deadpool/Hit Monkey?!? ARGH!!! That's ONE comic I wouldn't be buying! Sorry Deadpool! Jeez Marc, are you trying to guilt me into reading that issue of Uncanny? I don't know, since you did recommend the Weapon X stuff, maybe I'll subject myself to the torture that I'm sure that comic will be...

  5. No JT, I wasn't paid. I just wanted to try my hand at writing about comics on a weekly basis, in a place where I could get a decent amount of feedback about my writing.

    X, did you see what Marvel has been doing for its new TPB collections of the Cable & Deadpool series? They've been releasing them under the name "Deadpool & Cable"...!

  6. That's still pretty awesome though. Nice review by the way as well Marc.

  7. Ha, that doesn't surprise me in the least. If nothing else, it furthers my contention that Deadpool has become the new Wolverine! When exactly did this happen is my question... I guess it was around the time of that Wolverine movie... Back in the early/mid 00's, he wasn't even popular enough to star in his own comic, they had to bundle him with Cable! I mean DP had fans and all, but it was NOTHING like it is now!

  8. It is either Deadpool or Wolverine. Mind you, it can't be as bad as Archie Meets The Punisher :D

    And when you finally get Blackest Night 8, I don't have to keep tight lipped about spoilers around your blog anymore :P Cause I've been with free with em on mine ;)

  9. Nope, the gag order has finally be raised, we can go Blackest Night crazy now Nagash! As a matter of fact, I should head over to your blog tomorrow to see what you've been saying about that!

  10. Yes, go have a gander at that. And while we're at it:

    AQUAMAN!!! :D

  11. Hmm, I guess you're not happy they brought Aquaman back, right Nagash? ;-)