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.

Snapshot … Spider-Woman (2009)

Spider-Woman (2009) #1.

Pull List Review (9/21/11 Comics)

Most of the comics from that week were DC’s new number ones and Travis & I reviewed them in the latest LBR podcast. To find out what I thought of those third week DCnU 52 comics*, have a listen.

Now on with the rest of the comics I read from that week.

Daredevil #4: The legal side of this comic continues and I find I’m still liking it a lot. The opening sequence, while artistically very simple, conveys the story and the tension very well. The last few pages sets up the story for next issue, and it’s a doozy for Matt since his new client is also blind. And the last page cliff-hanger extends into the editorial next issue blurb at the bottom: when Matt tells his client that “it’s going to be okay” and we see them framed in a window with 26 laser-sight dots on their bodies, we are informed by the text below it, “not exactly”. Loved it.

Spider-Island: Spider-Woman #1: Sigh. I simply buy everything that I can stomach (but no more Avengers, not again) featuring Jessica Drew, which is why I bought this title. (It’s funny, I’m also getting the Spider-Girl tie in. Two female Spider books, but I do not read Spider-Man, nor anything else associated with the Spider-Island “event”.) I liked the plot well enough, but could have done without the stereotypical villain appearance and the hokey misunderstanding causing the two heroes to fight each other (hey, wait, this is a sort of Marvel Two-in-One issue, isn’t it?). Plus, I also could have done without the whole, I’m different from everyone else/I’m the Other self-reflection that Jessica does throughout this issue, but that is turned on its ear on the very last panel–it was just too easy and too quick a resolution. In short, I found the story lacking, and Jessica Drew deserves better. As for the art, I liked it better than JR Jr. doing Spider-Woman, but I’ve seen better. The most remarkable thing about this issue? The reprint story commemorating September 11, 2001. That was a hell of a few pages of comics.

Star Trek #1: When I first read that IDW was going to publish “new” stories featuring the new movie Star Trek characters, I was intrigued. But then I heard they were going to retell the classic stories from the Original Series with these new movie characters and . . . I was still interested. And what I’ve concluded is that I probably do not need to read old stories being retold with the new movie characters. What’s the point? If I want to revisit those stories, I will just plop my DVDs into the player and be entertained all over again. That being said, I thought the creative team of Mike Johnson (writer), Stephen Molnar (artist), and John Rauch (colorist) do a pretty darn good job at consistently representing the actors faces and the personalities of the characters as we were shown of them in the movie. I give props to Molnar for his rendition of the Enterprise interiors as well as the exteriors–I’ve read enough Star Trek comics over the years to know that the Enterprise is usually given short shrift by the artists (maybe they think it’s too boring to draw my favorite spaceship?). I don’t believe I will get too many of these issues, but I also have to admit that I am still curious, and hungry for more “new” Star Trek, so we’ll see.

* These are the titles we reviewed:

  • Batman #1
  • Birds of Prey #1
  • Blue Beetle #1
  • Captain Atom #1
  • Catwoman #1
  • DC Universe Presents #1
  • Green Lantern Corps #1 (not really–neither of us read it!)
  • Legion of Super-Heroes #1
  • Nightwing #1
  • Red Hood & the Outlaws #1
  • Supergirl #1
  • Wonder Woman #1

Like Sands Through the Hourglass…

Some time ago I was listening to a Comic Geek Speak episode and they mentioned a comics website–Mike’s Amazing World of DC Comics–so I checked it out. Man, what a black hole of time that was for me. I must have spent three to four hours looking at the site, specifically the Time Machine portion, where I could look at the covers of comics that came out each month, year by year. I clicked on 1978, the year I began collecting, and discovered that the comics I first purchased were actually on the magazine shelves and spinner racks in September, not October as I originally thought (ok, truth be told, one of the three original comics actually came out out in late August, but I bought all three in September).

I’ve posted before about the comics that got me started in this wonderful hobby oh those long years ago, but perusing Mike’s website got me thinking about the next batch of comics I bought. What were they? Why did I buy them? Well, the first question is easier to ascertain than the second, but I’ll give it try nevertheless. Thanks to Mike’s wonderful website, I’ve traced my comic lineage, so to speak, and I now present to you my comics history, in living colour!

First up are the next couple of comics I bought after those initial three that also were published in September, 1978.

Green Lantern #111: I still have this issue and it’s pretty beat up from multiple reads through the years. I’m sure I didn’t know Green Lantern from a hole in the wall at that time, but considering the Mike Grell drawn cover, how could I not buy this? You have the bright and disparate colors of the Green Lanterns and the bad guy, but also that caption–it practically impelled me to buy it. In fact, now that I think back on it, this was likely my first exposure to DC’s multiverse, and I was hooked. I may have started out with Marvel, but I was beginning a long love affair with DC Comics that continues to this day. I had planned to do a retro review of this issue and the next in the series because of the recent JLA/JSA cross-over story “The Dark Things”, but after rereading it, the story was a little disappointing, and the Alex Saviuk art is just ok. I remember liking this so much, but it just hasn’t held up over time. We’ll see when I do that retro review.

Spider-Woman #9: “To Know Her Is to Fear Her!” You gotta love Marvel’s penchant for hyperbole. Did I fear Spider-Woman after reading this issue? No, but the Needle sure creeped me out! I’m fairly certain I bought this because of the Spider-Man comics I bought before it (plus, there was the Amazing Spider-Man tv series that was playing at the same time). I remember not liking the Carmine Infantino art too much (and I still don’t). Also, Spider-Woman herself was really kind of boring. Aside from the short battle towards the end of the story, the focus was more on SW’s boyfriend and the villain! Interesting choices by writer Mark Gruenwald. There’s a scene where SW’s boyfriend, S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Jerry Hunt, comes across the Needle assaulting someone and then Jerry gets blasted by the Needle’s eyebeam, paralyzing him. The Needle then quietly and deliberately sews Jerry’s lips together! I know, it sounds pretty silly now, but back then, that sense of powerlessness where a creepy guy violates you in that weird way… yeah, it still creeps me out. I actually had gotten rid of this comic at some point, but then I found it at Fearless Readers Online recently and had to have it back in my collection.

Also out this month that I remember seeing on store shelves was Batman #306, Detective Comics #481 (which I did end up buying, but some months or possibly years later), and JLA #161 (with Zatanna rejecting membership in the group).

Next up, a look at the comics I bought that came out in October, 1978!