Archive for December, 2008


December 28, 2008

If this doesn’t qualify as a triumphant return, I don’t know what would.

The following is the third chapter in my “Project” series, in which I have been going through all the issues of some very famous comic book runs. This installment takes an in-depth look at Alan Moore’s Swamp Thing. Moore’s run covered issues 20-64, including an annual, originally running from January 1984 to September 1987.



December Comics: Spiffy Plugs, Shrugs and Duds, and Secret Invasion Fallout

December 23, 2008

It’s been a long time since I last reviewed anything, due to being swamped by the usual Holiday crap, and the crazy weather around the world hasn’t helped any. But big developments have occurred in both Marvel and DC, and continue to display the potentials for craziness in the coming months (Echo might be the new Black Panther?!).

What follows are the epitome of quick reviews, in a slightly different format from my usual Weekly Rankings, and concludes with some commentary on Dark Reign and Secret Invasion.

Who knew his true villainous goal was to appear in more places than Wolverine?

Who knew his true villainous goal was to appear in more places than Wolverine?


The All Star Superman Companion

December 20, 2008

I’d been meaning to post this up for a while, but I forgot! Anyway, as I mentioned in a previous post, Newsarama’s conducted a 10-part interview with Grant Morrison about All-Star Superman. It’s an incredibly informative and fascinating piece, in which Morrison recalls his favorite moments and answers questions about the series you might not have even realized you had.

Part 1 “The Origin” (includes a very unique take on the Batman/Superman “rivalry”)

Part 2 “Favorite Moments, Future Stories [that we’ll never see] and the Twelve Labors”

Part 3 “The Formula, The Poet of Bizarro World and The World’s Toughest Guy”

Part 4 “The Villains… and Garth” (not that Garth! Also, I like the way Grant describes the Chronovore)

Part 5 “Luthor, the Supporting Cast and the Superman/Luthor Duality” (Grant even hints at a future project)

Part 6 “The Power of Superman, the Power of Stories and the Power of Humankind”

Part 7 “Myth and Mind”

Part 8 “Superman of All Eras” or “The Only Black Man in Metropolis” (Grant also reveals how he and Frank Quietly would have done Brainiac and how Kryptonian culture lives on in superhero costumes)

Part 9 “Superman as Jesus?”

Part 10 “Finale”

Weekly Recommendations for 12/17/08

December 17, 2008

Spiffy and I are both pretty busy this week, so this one’s going to be quick. Let’s go!


Geriatrics Corner: Bill Jemas’ Marvel and New X-Men

December 15, 2008

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. Most of all, it was one of my favorite periods of Marvel. I’m talking about Bill Jemas’ tenure as president of Marvel from 2000 to 2004. Oh sure, plenty of bad Marvel Comics came out back then and continuity was frequently violated. And yes, Marvel seemed dead set on creating as much controversy as possible. But the Jemas era was also a time of experimentation… and the good comics were so, so good. Join me and VolcanoRob (RobtheSolarMan on the blog) as we talk about this era in Mighty Marvel history, with special focus on Grant Morrison’s New X-Men and the other X-Titles of that period.


Weekly Recommendations for 12/11/08

December 10, 2008

Yes, I know, we haven’t posted reviews for last week’s comics. Still, that shouldn’t stop us from looking what this week brings, including the beginning of a new era for Marvel Comics, or so they say.


Just a Quickie (or “Shut up, Spiffy”)

December 6, 2008

Full reviews take a while sometimes, so here are some quick hit-and-run reviews of comics I’ve recently read.


Weekly Recommendations for 12/4/08

December 3, 2008

The start of the last month of the year. The home stretch is on, and Secret Invasion’s final issue is here!

Edit: Because comics is the only medium in the world that has its entire product line moved back a day for a holiday that was almost a week in advance of the shipping date, comics will come out the 4th. And because of that, I’m actually early with recommendations. There’s a first time for everything, apparently.


Batman’s One-Punch Revenge

December 3, 2008

So Robert Downey Jr. got knocked unconscious by a 350-pound stunt man, who accidentally hit Downey Jr.’s chin with his fist on the set of “Sherlock Holmes.” The punch actually sent him airborne.

You know who’s famous for knocking out people with a single punch? Batman.

You know who didn’t like The Dark Knight as much as everyone else did? Robert Downey Jr.

We all know Batman could easily pose as a 350-pound stunt man. He’s pulled off tougher disguises.

Face it, Iron Man. You just got one-punched by the Goshdarn Batman.

Weekly Reviews for 11/26/08

December 3, 2008


It’s almost a full week since these comics actually meant something, but who gives a damn? These two were one of the best issues of the month, and includes the conclusion to the biggest storyline for the Dark Knight since “Hush”.