The Gutters: I Hate December

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In this episode of The Gutters, my audio journal, I talk about why I #$@&ing hate December (warning: bleeped language), Maddie growing up, movies and television we’ve watched over the last few months, and I end with some podcast talk.

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RandoMonday: Avengers #17

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

Avengers (2010) #17 by Brian Michael Bendis (writer), John Romita Jr. (penciler), Klaus Janson (inker), Paul Mounts (colorist), VC’s Cory Petit (letters), Lauren Sankovitch (assoc. editor), Tom Brevoort (editor), and Alan Davis, Mark Farmer, & Javier Rodriguez (cover)

This comic pissed me off so much. I bought it solely for the promise of the relationship between Spider-Woman and Hawkeye, as intimated by the cover art. Here is what the solicitation text said back in June 2011:

FEAR ITSELF has brought damage and destruction the likes of which the Marvel Universe has never seen but it has also brought two avengers together in the most surprising way. Be here for the start of an all-new chapter in the lives of two of the most controversial Avengers!

You know what? Marvel LIED to us! There is nothing–NOTHING–between Jessica and Clint in this issue. God I was (still am) so mad.

Speaking of Hawkeye, there’s a scene where he shoots an arrow into the neck of Sin, and when Ms. Marvel questions him about it, all Clint can stammer is “I–“, and there is nothing said about this apparent act of attempted murder.

Pull List Review

Second Half of June, 2013

I review the following comics that were released during the last two weeks of June, 2013.

  • Age of Ultron #10
  • Age of Ultron #10.AI
  • Batman/Superman #1
  • Hawkeye #11
  • Lazarus #1
  • Masks #8
  • Unwritten #50

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Podcast Episode 46: Marvel NOW!.1

The Marvel NOW! initiative began about six months ago, and we discuss the titles that started within the first three months, including:

  • Uncanny Avengers
  • Red She Hulk
  • All-New X-Men
  • Thor: God of Thunder
  • FF
  • Fantastic Four
  • Indestructible Hulk
  • Captain America
  • Avengers
  • Hawkeye (Yes, this started before Marvel NOW!, but we also wanted to discuss all Marvel titles that we’re reading now.)

What did we like? What could have been better? Just how successful was this initiative for a couple of old comics readers who weren’t reading a lot of Marvel comics before? You’ll have to listen to find out! Next episode we’ll finish up with the rest of the Marvel NOW! titles.

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RandoMonday: Hawkeye #3 (1983)

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

Cover by Gruenwald and Layton

I swear, this is totally a random pick (I use to pick the numbers), but it is serendipitous that an issue of this mini-series from 1983 was chosen considering the popularity of the newest Hawkeye series by Matt Fraction and company.

This third issue (of four) is basically one long chase and fight scene as Hawkeye and Mockingbird tussle with Bombshell and Oddball who, according to, make their Marvel U debut in this issue. In the end, Hawkeye and Mockingbird get captured for the final showdown in the next issue.

This series always impressed me for a couple reasons: 1) the modified Hawkeye costume that was made for him by Mockingbird (within two hours no less!), 2) the beginning of the Hawkeye/Mockingbird relationship, and 3) Hawkeye’s hearing loss, which was probably the first time that I saw in comics where a superhero’s adventures had a lasting impact on him/her physically. Of course, I think everyone’s forgot about this tidbit, or maybe Clint’s hearing got better when he was resurrected from the dead. This mini still ranks up there as one of my favorites of the time.