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Turns out this “Avengers” movie really was as good as its hype.

Turns out this “Avengers” movie really was as good as its hype.

May 14, 2012

I was also considering, “HULK SMASH PUNY BOX OFFICE RECORDS!”  That seemed more appropriate for a weekend write-up of “The Avengers’” box-office achievements as it’s currently on track to set another record for biggest second weekend ever.  Unless “Battleship” surprises everyone by not being absolutely terrible, then we could see more records fall this coming weekend.  The best thing is that this film deserves all of its success.  When Marvel announced their plans for “The Avengers,” coming after “Iron Man 2” and which would include separate films for “Thor” and “Captain America,” it was easy to be skeptical.  No one had ever tried to launch a franchise crossover this big before, and getting the stars of each movie to clear their schedules for it seemed like it would be the least of the movie’s problems.  Toss in the fact that it was slated to have no less than seven principal characters, a main villain, and a few supporting roles and the endeavor started to sound like an overburdened mess -- a disaster waiting to happen.

Then they announced that Joss Whedon would be writing and directing it.  Looking at the final product, that seems like the smartest decision anyone involved with it made.

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Annihilators:  Earthfall

Annihilators: Earthfall

May 12, 2012

The reinvention of Marvel’s cosmic characters and their places in the universe that began way back in “Annihilation” effectively wraps up here.  Granted, it was never announced that this was going to be the “last” of these cosmic stories but now that Marvel is cutting back on the titles it publishes, and the fact that this has been the lowest-selling of the “series of miniseries” that the characters have occupied since “The Thanos Imperative”... Well, the writing is clearly on the wall here.  Adding insult to injury is the fact that “Earthfall” is easily one of the weakest stories to come from this run and its writers.

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Uncanny X-Force vol. 2:  Deathlok Nation

Uncanny X-Force vol. 2: Deathlok Nation

May 10, 2012

This one was loaned out to a friend shortly after I got it, but I wanted to say that it wound up being more enjoyable than the previous volume.  Granted, that could’ve been because I didn’t spoil the ending for myself this time but there’s a lot of craziness to appreciate here.  It also has the side effect of getting some good use out of what is probably Jason Aaron’s weakest “Wolverine” story.  All you need to know is that “Tomorrow Dies Today” introduced a “good” Deathlok whose sentient computer overrode its psychopathic host’s desires.  Which is a good thing for everyone involved here because now it’s X-Force versus superhero Deathlok hosts from the future!

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Chew vol. 5:  Major League Chew

Chew vol. 5: Major League Chew

May 9, 2012

This series is currently planned to end at issue #60.  Much as I enjoy it, I think that having a definite end point is a very good thing in this case.  A great deal of “Chew’s” appeal comes from not only the unpredictability of its plots, but the creative weirdness of its world.  Not only does this volume start off with a dance sequence from the notoriously bitter Applebee, but it also involves mind-controlling latte foam, a man who can carve fully-functional items from chocolate, and protagonist Tony Chu’s girlfriend bribing an Elvis impersonator for his outfit with an irresistible recipe for fried peanut butter and banana sandwiches.  You’ll never see stuff like this reading Marvel or DC; and yet, this volume still manages to make a major misstep which drags the whole experience down.

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Batman Incorporated

Batman Incorporated

May 7, 2012

Looking at its troubled release history, one would think that this collection should’ve been a complete mess.  The series originally shipped with two issues in its debut month with artist Yanick Paquette before going on hiatus and returning with two more from Paquette and Chris Burnham.  Then you had Paquette putting out one more with Burnham doing the next two over a few months and Scott Clark doing the final regular issue of the series before the DC relaunch all in CG.  Then, last November, you had “Leviathan Strikes!” a compilation/reworking of the three issues that were supposed to close out the title before the universe got rebooted from Cameron Stewart and Burnham.  Saying that this collection is “all over the place” in an artistic sense is putting it mildly.  Despite all this, there’s a coherence of vision from writer Grant Morrison that plows through the clashing visual styles as his ongoing “Batman” epic enters its next phase.

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Katsuya Terada’s The Monkey King vol. 2

Katsuya Terada’s The Monkey King vol. 2

May 5, 2012

Longtime readers know that I love to bitch about the long delays between certain manga from Dark Horse.  It’s a pet hate of mine that I doubt I’ll ever get over.  However, when it comes to the length of the wait between volumes, this second volume of “The Monkey King” has them all beat.  Had it arrived just two months later, we would’ve waited an even SEVEN YEARS for this.  I didn’t wait that long, as I picked up the first volume some time after it came out at a deep discount, thinking, “Hey, it’s a mature-oriented full-color manga from Dark Horse.  It can’t be that bad.”  It wasn’t, but the title still wasn’t that good either.

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Comic Picks #106:  The Avengers

Comic Picks #106: The Avengers

May 3, 2012

Every era gets their due, Casey does revisionist history, Busiek tries to energize the formula, I say some nice things about Millar and more.

Wolverine’s Revenge

Wolverine’s Revenge

May 1, 2012

This marks the concluding volume in the “Wolverine Goes to Hell” storyline started two volumes ago.  If Marvel eventually decides to collect this in one volume, I can only suggest that they call it “Wolverine:  Hell & Back.”  Or even the more descriptive, “Wolverine Goes To Hell, Comes Back With A Demon In His Body, Then Goes On To Kill A Bunch Of Dudes.”  Kidding aside, it’s become clear that Jason Aaron would really have to work in order to write an unreadable or even truly bad story involving the character.  Though he’s swinging for the fences with this arc, the conclusion isn’t as satisfying as it should be.

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