Comic Book Memories

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I talk about the following comics that elicit some special and specific memories for me:

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Christmas Gab Bag 2018

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Happy holidays! George, of the still defunct George and Tony Entertainment Show, returns for the second annual talk about some Christmas comics. Specifically, we discuss:

Pinky and the Brain Christmas Special

Nightwing #64

Marvel Two-in-One #8

Wormwood Gentleman Corpse Christmas Special 2018

Manga Claus, The Blade of Kringle

Avengers Annual 2014

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Podcast Episode 103: Marvel, Now

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I talk about the Marvel comics that are on my pull list, including:

  • All-New, All-Different Avengers
  • Dr. Strange
  • Spider-Man
  • The Mighty Thor
  • The Ultimates
  • The Vision
  • Black Panther
  • Black Widow
  • Daredevil

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RandoMonday: Avengers vs X-Men #8

Here’s a comic chosen at random from my collection.

Avengers vs X-Men #8 by Brian Michael Bendis (script), Adam Kunert (pencils), John Dell (inks), Laura Martin with Larry Molinar (colors), Chris Eliopoulis (letters), Lauren Sankovitch (assoc. editor), Tom Brevoort (editor), and Jim Cheung and Justin Ponsor (cover)

Namor goes after the Avengers while they’re in Wakanda. The Avengers manage to take Namor down (just barely), and then the the rest of the “Phoenix 5” show up. Thankfully, the Phoenix force leaving Namor after his defeat stalls for enough time for the Avengers to high-tale it out of Wakanda. Meanwhile, Professor X contacts Scott Summers telepathically demanding Scott to stop what he’s doing or that Xavier will stop Scott.

This issue is mostly one big fight scene (OBFS™), with a few moments of futility thrown in for good measure. This is the first time since the Phoenix Force was fractured that we find that it can abandon a host and join with the remaining hosts, setting up a play for power further on. But really the only interesting thing to me is the continuity between this series and Jonathan Hickman’s New Avengers run wherein Black Panther threatens to kill Namor because of his actions in AvX once the planetary invasion is dealt with.

RandoMonday: Avengers #20

Here’s a comic chosen at random from my collection.

Avengers (1998) #20 by Kurt Busiek (story), George Pérez (art), Al Vey (inks), Tom Smith (colors), Richard STarkings (letters), Tom Brevoort (editor), and Pérez and Smith (cover)

I only bought this issue within the last year, but I read the trade that it appears in many years ago. The Avengers gather at the Pentagon to be briefed on Ultron’s attack on the nation of Slorenia. Meanwhile, another group of Avengers is in New Jersey, investigating a related incident. While there, Jan reminisces about Hank, and we get a couple pages of of flashbacks that are wonderfully colored bichromatically by Tom Smith. Then Ultrons attack, taking Wasp, Wonder Man, Scarlet Witch, and the Vision hostage. The final page shows those Avengers, plus Hank Pym and the Reaper, held captive by Ultron, who promises that they will be the seeds for a new race who will be “masters of the entire world”! (cue maniacal laughter)

How appropriate that the randomizer picked an issue featuring Ultron given that the next Avengers movie is just around the corner. I wonder how much the movie will borrow from this storyline? There are some interesting character moments (even if the dialog is a bit soap opera-y), highlighted by the reactions and observations of newer team members Firestar and Justice (what a hokey name given his power set, right?). IIRC, I wasn’t all that keen on the resolution of the arc, but man, was it a pleasure to look at. I think this was Pérez at his finest, and the Al Vey inks and especially the Tom Smith colors on this particular issue were just fantastic.