Friday, October 20, 2017

Yay, I found the issue I was missing! Now, where the hell are the rest of them...

I have a ton of limited series missing a single issue. I could probably find another example or two over the years, but I don't often fill in the gaps. Today we do! We glanced at the rest last year, but now we've got 2010's Doomwar #2, written by Jonathan Maberry, pencils by Scot Eaton, inks by Andy Lanning and Robert Campanella. We now join Dr. Doom's takeover of Wakanda, already in progress.

Because it's not like Dr. Doom is going to get killed in this thing, current Black Panther Shuri and currently deposed king T'Challa get to go to murdertown on the Desturi high council: I don't think the Desturi were necessarily collaborators with Doom as much as tribal rivals of T'Challa, but going against the crown is frowned open there. Nightcrawler is somewhat dismayed at the carnage, but keeps his game face on to teleport T'Challa to the vibranium vault; yet they are blocked by Doom. In said vault, Doom is holding a gun on T'Challa's mother's head, but in a perfunctory manner: although Storm is defiant, Doom feels like he's seen all of T'Challa's moves and has already won.

As Shuri continues slaughtering her enemies, Nightcrawler questions her a second time: later, he asks if she wants her regime to be only known for bloodletting. Shuri tells him it couldn't be any other way: Wakanda has had to fight like hell for everything it has, like a panther. Doom faces the vault's final lock, which proclaims "Only through purity unencumbered by pretense may you pass." Storm doesn't think Doom's ever getting through that one, and when T'Challa arrives to confront Doom, Doom orders him to open the vault or Storm dies.

Doom gets a chuckle out of T'Challa's refusal, and releases Storm: he's already emptied the vault.

This was prior to Nightcrawler getting killed off, and while I feel like he has more to do here than any of the X-books of the time; I think it was part of a long stretch where his suggestions were usually reasonable but always unheeded. This issue is also probably the exact moment T'Challa and Storm's marriage collapsed; I don't know if Doom ever faced any consequences for that. It might be fun if Doom, as the Insufferable Iron Man or whatever he is now, had to fend off Storm finally looking to complete her vow to kill him.
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Thursday, October 19, 2017

This was almost an 80-Page Thursdays post, and then I realized while I may have picked up a spare copy, I had already bloggged Justice League Quarterly #12. So instead, we've got the one figure I picked up on my vacation: DC Direct's Legion of Super-Heroes Invisible Kid! (For the love of Rao, do not pay that Amazon price! I got him for almost less than what they were asking for shipping!)

He is, ah, not the most dynamic of DC Direct's figures; but that's fitting in a couple ways: their Legion offerings were done as to resemble their 50's-60's stories, and the character was in-story a bit shy and reserved. Lyle Norg, the original Invisible Kid, would be killed by Validus in Superboy #203; but since there have been multiple reboots since then, he might be alive again. Maybe. Depending on when you ask.

My hodgepodge Legion continues to grow, slowly: Brainiac 5, Saturn Girl, Cosmic Boy, and Ultra Boy are all from DC Direct like Invisible Kid. (I also have their version of Timber Wolf, not pictured here.) DC Direct started stronger: the first series of Cosmic Boy, Lightning Lad, and Saturn Girl had stands, flight belts, full-size flight ring replicas, and accessories; later series came with squat! Much later would come Starman (from his appearances in JSA) and a more modern Mon-El from the terrible Superman: New Krypton storyline. (Again, Amazon prices, do not, etc.) Timber Wolf and Matter-Eater Lad are loose figures, purchased from eBay, from Mattel's DC Universe Classics Legion set, which also included Invisible Kid--sort of. There's a blank package in there for him; he's invisible, get it? Doesn't do a lot of good if you open the set, but there you go.

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017


Adam was originally created by the mad scientists of the Enclave, so I guessed he would take a dim view of that type, once he had all his marbles back. Also, if you give the new Adam Warlock figure the staff and cape from the old one, it really makes the old one look sad. And I think the old one's neck is a little long, so the cape sits better but he looks off without it.

I'm pretty sure usually, when the Magus or the Goddess, or Adam for that matter, are killed, it's a big cosmic explosion and doesn't leave anything as mundane as a corpse. Wait, I guess there was a body the first time Adam died. Hmm.
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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

That should put me off eating those. It totally doesn't.

I mentioned yesterday I was looking for "in-universe" comics: the comic books that would exist inside a fictional comic book universe. After that, I was searching Hostess parody ads: there were a few I remembered, like the Thunderbolts, Preacher, or Radioactive Man. (I found it on Google, but I posted it? Senile old goat...) But there were some I didn't recall or hadn't seen, like ones for Breaking Bad, Watchmen, and Nexus! But I didn't immediately see this one, from the back cover of 1990's What The--?! #7. Story and art by Marc Siry.

There are a couple bits this issue that still crack me up, including one I'm saving until later in the year--not the terrible Christmas carol parodies. Also, the Alpha Flight story is titled "Awful Flight," it should be "Awful Plight!" C'mon, it's right there! Geez! (Written by Marc McLauren, pencils by Donald Hudson, inks by Jeff Albrecht.)

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Monday, October 16, 2017

Back from vacation, so time to shape up and eat right, the Ben Grimm way!

Well, maybe. From 2000, Marvels Comics: Fantastic Four #1, written by Karl Kesel, art by Paul Smith, Carlos Pacheco, Tom Grummett, Joe Jusko; and above, Mike Wieringo and Karl Kesel.

We saw the Spider-Man version years ago: this was from the "Marvels Comics" event, six issues set as what the comics would be like, within the Marvel Universe. (I was searching the other day for "comics within comics" and did not get especially fruitful results!) The FF book would, in-story, be licensed and theoretically feature some input from the Four: I imagine Reed gives detailed notes, while the Thing occasionally belches out the answer to a reader's question or something. The X-Men book was ugly anti-mutant propaganda, Spider-Man (and possibly Daredevil, I didn't read that one) were basically horror comics, and Thor imagines the title character as a science hero unrelated to anything mythological. I seem to recall Peter David wrote the Captain America one as if Rick Jones was writing it and Steve Rogers was the artist--a callback to Mark Gruenwald's run, where Cap freelanced on his own comic! It kind of goes off the rails, though.

This is a fun little issue, with really pretty art; and Kesel had more than a couple short bits with the Fantastic Four that showed he might not be a bad choice if and when the team returns. Hint, hint. I did think there was a Hostess parody ad in here somewhere though: it may be cliche, but still some fun. I did find one of those elsewhere; and we will have more FF in the next week or so.
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Friday, October 13, 2017

Hey, it's time for another exciting episode of young Bruce Wayne's hero, the Gray Ghost! (Takes closer look.) Wait a minute, that's not right at all! This is a very different Gray Ghost, from 2010's Jonah Hex #59, "Riders on the Storm" Written by Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti, art by Jordi Bernet. Ugh, Doors reference...

There had been more than a few Gray Ghosts in this series, and most of them didn't survive their first run-in with Hex; but it was a mantle taken by Confederates looking for revenge against their former comrades who they felt "betrayed the southland." After a few pages of catch-up and set-up, the scene shifts to a nondescript Western town, where Jonah Hex rides through--and past--a clumsy ambush: he sees the gunmen, but it's not for him. At the local cantina, he gets the story: an outlaw was going to take out his brother, over a woman. Jonah was there for the outlaw's bounty, and offers to throw in with the brother, but one small hitch: the wanted poster said 'alive.'

Although the outlaw is captured with a minimum of shootout, things get complicated immediately thereafter: a dust-storm blows into town, and the Gray Ghost rides in shooting. Multiple Gray Ghosts, in fact, four in matching masks; versus Hex with a tomahawk. The only one the Ghosts manage to kill, besides themselves, is the brother's woman, and that's by accident. The brother then tries to kill Hex, and while his gun jams, Hex had already thrown the tomahawk that would kill him. And the outlaw had escaped, leaving Hex surrounded by bodies, with nothing to show for it.

Although I found the Batman: the Animated Series Gray Ghost on Wikipedia easily, I didn't see any reference to the Confederate version. Just as well. It's a fitting name, but I don't know if I would've used it there, for fear of associating the good version with this one.
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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Six or eight reboots, they might catch up to the Legion.

It's the nature of any science fiction story set in the future: after a few years of science marching on, it can start to look a bit dated. Computers and communicators and fashions start to seem clunky and antique. The alternative, I suppose, would be for the future to be in constant flux. Like today's book! From 2015, Guardians 3000 #5, "Just Like Old Times" Written by Dan Abnett, art by Gerardo Sandoval, color art by Edgar Delgado, cover by Alex Ross. (Oddly, I hadda scan that cover into the GCD; I'm always surprised when that happens.)

In the year 3014, the Guardians of the Galaxy are fighting a guerrilla war against the Brotherhood of the Badoon, a fight they had previously won! The timeline having reset, they may have fought that battle multiple times; as evidenced by their new team member Geena Drake, an earth girl who somehow sensed the temporal distortions. This issue, while in battle with the Stark--not the aliens that got Tony Stark's tech this time, as seen in the 90's Guardians book, now they were full-on robots--half the team is saved by Star-Lord. Who is still Peter Quill, but with his original helmet and Ship, in the future! Kinda cool. The other half is saved by the sudden return of a teammate they don't remember: Nikki Gold! Maybe they don't recognize her because she isn't rocking her usual flame-hair do, like she has on the cover. She also has the Captain America, or maybe a Captain America: it shares the name with the Guardians' original ship, but was a different model; underscoring for the heroes that the timeline was super garked up, to use the technical term. (Further evidenced in that Vance had Cap's shield and the star-logo communicators; both of which I think came in the 90's book, long after the Badoon were defeated.)

Hell, I'm pretty sure I have some of the rest of this series from when Hastings went down; and there are still a couple issues missing on the GCD as I write this! I want to say Marvel gave it a shot--the Ross covers are a bit more than the company has done for other titles--but it ran right into Secret Wars. I know there was some miniseries activity with the future Guardians team then, but not much now.
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