Archive for the ‘PROJECTS’ Category

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January 24, 2010

PROJECT: HULK — PETER DAVID was the most ambitious installment yet in my PROJECT series, tackling a run that spanned 133 issues and nearly 12 years. Some of you, like Goki, may be thinking to yourselves, Dave, you ignorant slut, you just reviewed one of the longest, most acclaimed runs of all time. How are you going to top that??

Well, Goki, I’m no slut, and I have your answer: by reviewing an even longer, more acclaimed run. Up next in my series: PROJECT: X-MEN — CHRIS CLAREMONT.

Claremont came on board the X-Men book upon its relaunch in 1975. For 17 years, he wrote the team, as the book became Uncanny X-Men, and he helped launch the new X-Men series (then New X-Men, now X-Men Legacy), though he left Marvel after that book’s third issue. His Uncanny run, however, spanned an incredible 185 issues, #94-279, and his first stint will always be the definitive run for the book and its characters.

I did some reading over break, and have gotten to 1981 — the end of John Byrne’s tenure, and the beginning of Dave Cockrum’s second stint as artist. It was easier to make quick progress early on, as the book was bimonthly for Claremont’s first couple years. My ability to spend time on it will also slow down now with school going again, but I hope to debut the new PROJECT in late May, early June.

Get excited.

PROJECT: HULK — PETER DAVID

January 15, 2010

And to think, it wasn’t even considered that great of a job.

In May 1987, The Incredible Hulk was far from a flagship title. Sales were down, and recent stories had become convoluted and made the book nearly unrecognizable. Rick Jones was the Hulk. A powerless Bruce Banner, now married to Betty, was working with the Hulkbusters to bring down his best friend. General Thunderbolt Ross had just been killed. In short, there was a lot of baggage for a new writer to deal with. Meanwhile, the X-Men (Wolverine in particular) were becoming wildly popular. The Avengers hadn’t needed the Hulk in years, and the Defenders had disbanded. The Hulk was certainly no throwaway character, but it’s fair to say he did not occupy the same cornerstone within the Marvel Universe as he once did.

Enter Peter David.

David had been given the title largely to make it up to him for being taken off Spectacular Spider-Man. He really hadn’t done that much comics writing, and news of his addition to the book couldn’t have excited fans that much.

Fast forward 12 years, when David left the book as the most prolific writer in Hulk history, penning 137 issues (331-467) and defining the character for a generation. His body of work on the title may never be equalled, in terms of quantity or quality.

This is PROJECT: HULK — PETER DAVID.

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PROJECTS return; suggestions welcome

October 25, 2009

As Goki just alluded to, a special announcement about this blog is coming very soon. In the meantime, I have a smaller announcement to make that should whet your appetite.

My critically acclaimed* PROJECT series will be making its return soon. If you’re not familiar with the series, here’s how it works: I read an entire famous comic book run, fairly rapidly, then write long, gushing reviews about what made it so great. There have been three installments so far, all of which deserve your attention: PROJECT: FABLES, PROJECT: Y, and PROJECT: SWAMP THING. They’re long, especially the first one, but they’re also the best thing I’ve ever written for this blog.

So what run gets to be the fourth installment? First, some back story. On Amazon.com, and presuambly other sites, there is a brilliant series of products available: Every issue of certain Marvel titles, from their beginnings in the 1960s to the end of 2005, available on dvd-rom (as simple PDFs). Best part, it’s even legal — Marvel had a license with the company putting these out, up until 2006. As far as I know, here are the available discs: Avengers, Uncanny X-Men, Fantastic Four and Silver Surfer (together on one disc), Incredible Hulk, Amazing Spider-Man, Iron Man, and Captain America. They’re each sold separately (except for FF and SS, which are together) and range from $40 to $100, incredibly cheap for 40 years of comics. A friend of mine bought all but Avengers and Captain America; I bought Avengers and we exchanged, so I have all of the above but Cap.

The main drawback is crossovers, because these contain just the main series’ issues; for instance, the X-Men disc has only the original X-Men series (which was canceled) and Uncanny — not the current X-Men book (later New X-Men and now X-Men Legacy) or X-Factor, X-Force, etc., so certain stories there might be hard to follow. And admittedly, it’s not the same reading comics on the computer as it is the real thing, but since most of these issues aren’t otherwise collected (and it would cost a fortune to buy the collections anyway), this is an amazing opportunity.

So with thousands of comics and most of Marvel’s greatest runs now suddenly at my disposal, it’s time for a new PROJECT. And what’s up first?

PROJECT: HULK–PETER DAVID is the lucky winner. I’m loving PAD’s work on X-Factor right now, so I decided to double my pleasure by going with his run on The Incredible Hulk, which spanned about 12 years (1987-1999) and is regarded as the greatest run ever on the title. I started a couple weeks ago, and am in early 1991 right now. It’ll probably take me another month to finish, but it’s already amazing.

So get excited about that, but also get to thinking, because I would love your suggestions on what comes next. Over on the DC side, where my first three PROJECTS were from, I still intend to do PROJECT: SANDMAN and PROJECT: STARMAN at some point, and I do own the first volumes of each of those collections. But I don’t want to start reading until I own the entire run, so Ican go through them all at once, and that might be a while still. So, since I have every issue of Avengers, Fantastic Four, X-Men, Hulk, Spider-Man, Iron Man, Silver Surfer already at my disposal, what run from those should be next?

My top choices right now are Uncanny X-Men–Chris Claremont or Avengers–Roy Thomas, both fairly obvious options. But I’m up for anything and would love some sleeper picks.

*Posts have never been acclaimed nor viewed by any critics of significant stature.

PROJECT: SWAMP THING

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.

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PROJECT: Y

July 30, 2008

Another project has been completed; this one I haven’t gotten to writing about as quickly, nor will I write as much on it. But here it is, my thoughts on the brilliant 60-issue run of Y: The Last Man.

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Announcing upcoming Projects

June 19, 2008

With the mammoth effort of Project: Fables behind me, and it seemingly a smashing hit, I thought I’d give you lucky bastards a hint into some of my plans for the rest of the summer with regards to Goki’s Giving Groin.

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PROJECT: FABLES

June 18, 2008

In which the series is assessed, favorite characters are named, and excessive praise is given.

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Time off for good behavior and Project: Fables

June 2, 2008

The Internet, apparently

The above was the No. 2 result in a Google Image search for “internet” (No. 1 was just the Microsoft Internet Explorer logo). I’m not sure I get it, and I certainly haven’t tried to read the small lettering, but it looks pretty.

Anyway, that image, or at least the idea of it, is relevant because for the next little while (3 weeks?), I won’t have the Internet. Oh, I’m right by campus and will be checking my E-mail and stuff fairly often, plus there’s a few wireless internet portals around town, but I don’t know just how often I’ll stop by the blog, since I was an infrequent poster even when I did have the Internet, at least until a recent spurt of activity (the “good behavior” from the post’s title).

So for now, I’ll tide you over with what you can expect when I get back:

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