Friday, August 31, 2007

Friday Night Fights is alive! ALIIIVVVE!!

You know what probably really ticks off Frankenstein's Monster? The way everyone's always saying how the original Dr. Frankenstein was "playing God" this and the Monster is an "abomination unto the Lord" that. It must get really tedious when you're trying to make small talk at a dinner party, and forget about going to the church car wash.

I can only imagine how annoying it must be when you're attacked by a gang of 70s-era warrior priests throwing everything from bullets to Buicks at you. Luckily, Doc Frankenstein has learned that beating the holy hell out of them with THEIR FELLOW PRIESTS is a good way to work out his frustrations.

Panel from Doc Frankenstein #2

Say 12 Hail Mary's and pray Bahlactus shows you mercy!

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Thursday, August 30, 2007

Today I am a man: Great Caesar's Post hits 100

It might seem like a small milestone (especially compared to some of my fellow comics geeks who have been blogging for years already), but this is the 10oth entry here on Great Caesar's Post and I'm pretty happy about it! Gee, I wish I could get some help commemorating ...

Wow, thanks Showcase heroes! You're right - that is awesome! And while I feel as if I'm still working the kinks out of it, I hope people have enjoyed reading the Post as much as I've enjoyed putting it together. And what exactly have I put together? Let's warm up our Time Spheres and take a look!

Finally, we're caught up to our current timeline! Some recent highlights have included the questionable need for Dazzler, the trouble Blue Beetle gives those unfamiliar with the EspaƱol, and lots of other unsolicitated opinions.

Thanks again for reading, and don't be shy about leaving your comments; it really does mean a lot to me, and I enjoy hearing what you have to say.

One more thing: DAZZLER?!?

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

W.T.F. Wednesday: Robot vs. dinosaur!

During our little trips through the pages of Showcase Presents: The War That Time Forgot we've seen dinosaur stampedes, wrestling-inspired giant lizards, colossal gorillas (coconuts included) and soldiers sailing rough seas in one big-ass eggshell.

But you still may not be prepared for the sheer metric-ton of awesome that is Joe the G.I. Robot emptying his machine gun into a rampaging T-Rex ... all while saving his buddy from drowning in quicksand by lifting him up one-handed!

Neither did I, my friend ... neither did I.

Panels from Showcase Presents: The War That Time Forgot
Originally published as "The Robot and the Dinosaur!" in Star Spangled War Stories #101
Robert Kanigher, writer; Ross Andru, penciller; Mike Esposito, inker

The Pull List: 8-29-07

Meetings! Meetings! Meetings!

Luckily, today is Wednesday and soon I'll have comics to soothe me. It looks to be a light week (I even checked the list, Santa-like, a couple of times just to make sure), but two of the just three titles I'm picking up have long wait-times between issues, adding a level of satisfaction that balances everything out. And what am I looking forward to most?

Local #10: I've mentioned it before, but Local is a near-perfect comic. Written by Brian Wood and drawn by Ryan Kelly, the book is achingly beautiful in its portrayal of the mundane. With a single character at its core, Local follows the year-to-year progression of Megan, who has made her choices - good and bad - and like the rest of us, has to live with them. But while Megan is the string tying everything together, it's a delicate thread. The more you read the more this title really turns out to be less a snapshot of someone's particular life and more a mirror to a life that can be uncomfortably familiar. Frankly, this is some of Wood's strongest writing and Kelly's art confidently evolves with each issue. Since each issue is a stand-alone story you can start anywhere without losing anything (though if you can get back issues, it will only enrich the experience). Plus, this one takes place in my town, so if I can't convince you that Local is a title that everyone should be reading, at least show Austin some love and pick up this book.

The rest ...

Conan #43

Wasteland #11

Maybe ...

Batman Annual #26: Head of the Demon

Ex Machina Masquerade Special

Recommended ...

Manhunter Vol. 3: Origins

What are you getting this week?

Monday, August 27, 2007

Superhero?: Could've been a contender


This post contains details from the fifth episode
of Who Wants To Be A Superhero?

I realize this recap is later than usual, but it's taken me this long to get past the disappointment of the latest elimination, and ... and ...


... sorry ... let's carry on, OK?

So, early during the morning the heroes were alerted to Dr. Darks' latest plot - killing all electricity in Los Angeles and bringing the city to a standstill. To keep this from happening, the heroes had to go to a power station and individually remove the fuses powering Darks' device.

Of course it wasn't going to be easy, and our favorite cable network-supervillain had the foresight to make copies of the stolen secret files containing the heroes' personal information. Tipped off to the groups' phobias, Dr. Dark hid the fuses in a dark, cramped room at the end of a pipe filled with spiders, snakes and other creepy-crawlies.

Which briefly sends Whip-Snap over the edge, something she'd been showing a propensity for with distressing regularity. I understand people deal with frustration and stress in different ways, but no one wants to see their superhero freaking out.

Still, she got herself together and got her fuse, with everyone else eventually following and completing the challenge with just seconds to spare. This might've been dramatic, but d'you know what was even better? It's a tie, between the part where The Defuser got stuck in the pipe (briefly) and when Parthenon shrieked like a little girl during his part of the challenge.

Oh, who am I kidding? It was when Parthenon let loose with his coquettish scream - that ought to be a flashback scene in every episode from now on!

OK, let's sum up the rest of the episode: As a reward for saving the city, the heroes are sent to a restaurant for dinner. Unfortunately, while the group is talking to some kids The Defuser screws up by giving them one of his weapons; c'mon, does Batman give street urchins smoke bombs and Batarangs? (Robin doesn't count.)

Later, the heroes have to face Dr. Dark again when he breaks into Stan Lee's broadcast to reveal their foibles, quirks and - in the case of Whip-Snap - past, possibly criminal, behavior. Apparently she had some ex-boyfriend trouble once and as part of a night that ended with her causing a scene outside his house, she ... er ... stole a friends' car. Whip-Snap used the word "confiscated," but whatever you might want to call it, Stan was not impressed. He also didn't seem to be so hot on the idea that Parthenon has a "pirate room" in his house, that Hygena fantasizes about dancing burlesque, Hyper-Strike screwed up an act and was fired, or that The Defuser once got so drunk he clumsily (and accidentally) destroyed a public restroom.

I don't know what the problem was - it sounds like the basis of a typical Marvel team-book to me.

Finally, it was time for someone to go, and Hygena (neurotic slowpoke), Defuser (overbearing micro-manager), and Whip-Snap (breakdown artist) were on the chopping blocks. Sadly, and in spite of my high-hopes, Whip-Snap wasn't able to pull herself together enough to prove her potential and was eliminated!

It's too bad: Her heart was in the right place, but Whip-Snap just couldn't secure her own place on Superhero. I still think she had the potential to go all the way, or at least to the final two, but her obvious spirit couldn't overcome her weighty self-doubt in time. In spite of that, though, I would have liked to have seen her stay for one more round - you could almost see the hero emerging in Whip-Snap and of the entire group, she deserved a second chance.

Current favorites: The Defuser, Parthenon

To make the Earth a living TOOOOOMB!


Hey, man - even Doctor Doom has bills to pay.

Friday, August 24, 2007

Friday Night Fight: Want something to cry about? I'll give you something to cry about.

This may come as a surprise, but Emo Boy is really, really emo. About everything. But anybody who has ever submitted something for review or - heaven help you - publication can probably sympathize with this soul-crushing chin-check and ego-bruising.

And then there's this - the cruelest blow of all!

Panels from Emo Boy Vol. 1: Nobody Cares About Anything Anyway,
So Why Don't We All Just Die?

There is nothing emo about Bahlactus!

Hey, while you're here, why don't you check out what else is going on at GCP?

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Your Blue Beetle Spanish lesson of the day

There's something I've noticed coming up in various blogs and conversations, and I was trying not to let it bother me but I feel like I should help clear it up.

First, yes - the new Blue Beetle is Latino.

Specifically, Jaime Reyes is a Mexican-American and lives in the border town of El Paso, Texas - which has a Latino population of about 80 percent and where, according to the 2000 census, 69 percent of the population speaks Spanish at home.

Writer John Rogers has been doing a fantastic job reflecting all this, with almost no slips into the easy "shorthand" stereotypes others might use to hammer in the idea that the kid is brown. Original artist Cully Hamner did a great job with his character designs, showing that Latinos can, and often do, look different from one another (current artist Rafael Albuquerque is also becoming a favorite). Mostly - and this is what makes Blue Beetle one of the best comics out right now - Jaime is just a kid. His ethnic background doesn't define him. Instead it's just one facet that helps make up who he is, which is as it should be.

So, as a fellow Mexican-American who was himself raised in El Paso, let me point out something that's been bugging (heh) me: The character's name is JAIME Reyes, not JAMIE Reyes, and in case you're wondering it's pronounced HI-MEH, not JAY-MEE.

Thank you very much, y muchas gracias.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

W.T.F. Wednesday: How do they do that?!?

Look closely at this panel from The War That Time Forgot. No, I mean reeeeeally close, and you'll see the sort of thing that helped make this title so mind-bendingly screwy. What was it - the T-Rex caught in the middle of his hammer time?


Or was it the four missiles simultaneously rocketing out of a cave floor, startling our poor dance song-loving dinosaur?


Click to Kanigherize

Or could it have been the sight of three World War II soldiers CLINGING TO THOSE MISSILES LIKE REFRIGERATOR MAGNETS OF GLORY with nothing but good old-fashioned American can-do?!?

... maybe.

Panels from Showcase Presents: The War That Time Forgot
Originally published as "The Volcano of Monsters!" in Star Spangled War Stories #100
Robert Kanigher, writer; Ross Andru, penciller; Mike Esposito, inker

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

The Pull List: 8-22-07

Very soon, like within the hour soon, I will be picking up my comics and all will be right with my little corner of the world because a lot of the titles I'm enjoying most are coming out today. And one of these days I'll actually post the pull list on Tuesdays like I always mean to, but this week it's going to be a straight-up list because I'm running out of time today and did too much - as my mom used to say - "piddling."

To the list!

Annihilation Conquest: Star-Lord #2

Astonishing X-Men #22

Blue Beetle #18

Crossing Midnight #10

Immortal Iron Fist #8

Spirit #9

Strange Embrace #3

On the block ...

Tank Girl: The Gifting #3: I really like Tank Girl, but I'm thinking it'll work better in trade.

Recommended ...

Arsenic Lullaby: Pulp Edition #1: Sick and wrong and funny as hell.

Order of the Stick Vol. 1: Start of Darkness

Gunslinger Girl Vol. 5

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Superhero?: Taken to the curb


This post contains details from the fourth episode
of Who Wants To Be A Superhero?

This weeks' episode was like watching a KO punch in slow-motion; at the moment of impact you could see the eyes glazing, the mouth going slack and you knew that fighter was going down and wouldn't be getting back up. Once the simple - but fatal - mistake was made, it was obvious who would be booted off Who Wants to be a Superhero?

Picking up where last week's episode left off, the heroes went back to the lair to find the place ransacked and worse, the safe holding their secret identities emptied and the Pencil Stan Lee Started His Career With gone.

(Quick aside: Is it me, or does that pencil look an awful lot like a modern mechanical pencil? Wouldn't he have used a Ticonderoga or something?)

In typical fashion, Defuser took charge and started giving out orders. He's been warned about this before, but it looks like he can't help himself and that's going to end up hurting him if he can't rein it in. Then, Stan Lee popped up on his monitor and tells them Dr. Dark (is it wrong to root for the villain?) has had the stuff stolen and they need to intercept his courier to get it back.

Oh! Almost forgot! Whip-Snap cracked (pun alert) under the pressure and started crying, saying she isn't sure she can go on with the competition. From what I can tell Whip-Snap is estranged from her family and getting close to people only to see them sent away is taking a toll on her. She did manage to get mad at herself and shake it off, though. She needs to get mad more often because when she does she is both awesome and slightly scary.

While trying to nab the courier, the heroes got a message from a commercial that tried to sell the audience auto insurance. Which was pretty annoying. Product placement is a fact of film and television, but do we really need animated shills giving the heroes their assignments? Like I said - annoying.

To make the challenge more difficult, the heroes had to borrow clothes from strangers to create a disguise that would allow them to approach the courier, say the password and get the stuff back. And this is when the mistake was made.

Everyone was doing OK (Parthenon in particular is turning out to be focused, clever and fun; Hygena's getting a little annoying), and then there was a curve-ball. With time running out, a woman approached each hero and asked for help finding her daughter. All of them stopped what they were doing and started looking for the little girl - except for Basura.


Maybe she was thrown by the criticism she got in a previous episode for stopping in the middle of a mission, but Basura looked lost. And before she could get herself together the woman was gone and her opportunity went with it.

Once the mission was completed (retrieving the files, but not Lee's pencil) everyone got a look at what their comic book covers will look like if they win, then headed back to the lair where Whip-Snap totally kicked Hyper-Strike's ass in an arm-wrestling contest! Later, Defuser was called on his criticism of his colleagues in his mission report which, again, earns him points for honesty but isn't really doing him any favors. Tact, Defuser, tact! They're supposed to be your teammates, not your sidekicks.

Finally, it was time for the chopping blocks. Lee had a little crow for everyone to chew on, but this week it was Defuser, Hygena and Basura in the bottom three. And while Defuser is risking things by failing to learn how to lead without bossing people around, and Hygena is seemingly on the verge of a breakdown most of the time, Basura made an obvious screw-up and was eliminated.

I liked Basura, but indecisiveness and a willingness to be overshadowed by stronger personalities caught up to her, and I really can't argue that she didn't deserve to get the ax. Rubbish!

Current favorites: The Defuser, Whip-Snap
Most improved: Parthenon

Friday, August 17, 2007

Friday Night Fights: Watch out, here she comes

One of the strengths of the excellent Manhunter series - which was saved twice by vocal fans, critical praise, and is supposed to come back from hiatus sometime this summer - is the supporting cast. Almost everyone is interesting, and no one is reduced to a cliche.

For example, take Cameron Chase. A friend of Manhunter's civilian identity, Kate Spencer, Cameron is a DEO agent with a weird super-villain named Trapp in her past and an equally weird ex-minion/boyfriend in her present. When Trapp decides to wrap up his unfinished business, Cameron's boyfriend Dylan comes to the rescue.

But really, he probably could have just waited in the car.

Panel from Manhunter #30

My money's on Bahlactus!

And here's even more GCP!

You should be reading: Black Metal Vol. 1

Why? Because ...

I'll have a full review soon, but for now I'll point you to the preview and say that if you've ever loved comics, throwing the goat or felt out of place as a kid, you'll dig Black Metal.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

W.T.F. Wednesday: It's as good as grabbed!

Y'know, World War II might've had the Greatest Generation, pterodactyls and giant gorillas, but do you know what it really needed? How about a team of acrobatic brothers who used questionable language while dodging angry dinosaurs?

Click for big top size

Aaah - that's better!

Panels from Showcase Presents: The War That Time Forgot
Originally published as "The Circus of Monsters!" in Star Spangled War Stories #99
Robert Kanigher, writer; Ross Andru, penciller; Mike Esposito, inker

Friday, August 10, 2007

Superhero?: Doubling your pleasure


This post contains details from the third episode
of Who Wants To Be A Superhero?

Not to be a jerk or anything, but ... FINALLY!

The third episode of Who Wants To Be A Superhero saw this season's first double-elimination, and it couldn't have been more deserved. After receiving a challenge from new supervillain Dr. Dark, the heroes had to split into teams of two at an amusement park, with one teammate riding a roller coaster to spot markers and the other running around looking for the numbers that will help unlock a door hiding the gleefully evil bad guy.

Everyone performed much as they had in past episodes, with certain heroes stepping up to the challenge while others slipped. Of course, I'm talking about Mr. Mitzvah and Ms. Limelight.

First, Mitzvah twists something and hurts his leg, and while he struggled through it he also made excuses and kvetched about it the whole time. And then Ms. Limelight got lost, got flustered, and then got even MORE LOST! This isn't to say that all of the heroes didn't make some boneheaded moves, but after the poor showing by these two in the past - well, it didn't look good.

Back at the lair, the heroes had to write up case reports and critique their own - and their colleagues' - performance. This was a little bit of a surprise because it seemed like something other reality shows would do to force conflict in the group (which this was, really), but at least it was all anonymous so it injected tension without it becoming about personalities. Of course, it didn't help that Dr. Dark left a note implying that one of the heroes might be a mole working for him. Dun dun DUN!!!

It wasn't true, and the heroes should have realized that the bad guy might, y'know, lie to them, but it did lead to them first talking about Mr. Mitzvah behind his back (shame!), and then confronting him directly. As usual, he was evasive and then combative, a combination that's been hurting him from the beginning.

Finally, it was on to the eliminations, with Mitzvah and Ms. Limelight on the red blocks once again. Do you realize they'd been in the bottom three in every episode? It's amazing they made it this far, but the ride was over for Mr. Mitzvah, who was eliminated. But wait! As the heroes begin to trudge back downstairs, Lee calls them back and puts Basura and Ms. Limelight back on the chopping blocks, and adds Hyper-Strike to make it three. After a little lecturing, Lee then told Ms. Limelight to hit the bricks because she was also eliminated! Ooh, a rare double-header!

And then everyone started crying. Seriously.

One more thing: Whip-Snap a sidekick? My ass! A little more confidence and she'll be a tough contender.

Current favorites: Whip-Snap, The Defuser, Basura

Friday Night Fights: What crackin', Kraken?

As most people know by now, Dark Horse has relaunched Dark Horse Presents, the anthology title that helped give the publisher its start, as well as giving some of its most iconic characters and titles a place to grow. This time around, Dark Horse Presents is being offered free online with a collection of mostly done-in-one stories. A pleasant surprise was how much quality the publisher seems to plan on just giving away every month.

The one getting all the attention of course is Joss Whedon and Fabio Moon's Sugarshock (which is almost annoyingly excellent), but one of my favorite stories this month was Gerard Way and Gabriel Ba's The Umbrella Academy: Safe & Sound. When I heard the guy from the band My Chemical Romance was writing a comic my eyes actually rolled back so far I could see behind myself. But then I picked up the issue released during Free Comic Book Day and - once you get past the unnecessarily emo cover - it's really pretty good. The story in the inaugural DHP confirmed it; I mean, it's got a hero named The Kraken punching a gypsy. Hard.

Panel from Dark Horse Presents #1 (online)

He hit her so hard her crystal ball dropped!

Bahlactus has seen your future, and it is pain.


And here's a little bonus brutality, because pictures of Popeye punching an ape never get old.

As long as you're here, why don't you see what else is shaking at GCP?

Thursday, August 9, 2007

And Now, This Message

Earlier today my wife and I got on a plane in Austin, Texas, and a few hours later we were in Taos, N.M., where we'll be for the next five days. I'm going to do my best to avoid it, but posting might be even spottier than usual until I get back to home base.

In the meantime, let's keep in mind what travelin' man Oliver Queen has to say about hitting the road.

You just know Ollie has a "Gas, Grass or Ass" bumper sticker on that truck.

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

W.T.F. Wednesday: Shell Shock

Reading through The War That Time Forgot, you sometimes come across something that really doesn't need any further explanation: A panel showing a couple of World War II soldiers making their escape from a sinking island IN A GIANT EGG SHELL is one of them.

Click for extra-large

Panels from Showcase Presents: The War That Time Forgot

Originally published as "Mission X!" in Star Spangled War Stories #96
Robert Kanigher, writer; Ross Andru, penciller; Mike Esposito, inker

The Pull List: 8-8-07

This seems to be one of those times when it can either be a small week for the pull list, or it can be a little more respectably sized if I decide to give in to temptation. Yeah, I think we all know how this is going to end up - to the list!

BPRD : Killing Ground #1: This latest BPRD series picks up where the last mini, Garden of Souls, left off, which is fairly exciting since Garden was pretty kick-ass. Creator and writer Mike Mignola can seemingly do no wrong - especially when it comes to his Hellboy universe - and I'm looking forward to seeing where he and co-writer John Arcudi go with the snappy momentum they built up with the last storyline. The potential for new directions has been mapped out, new characters have been introduced, and the artwork by Guy Davis lends a nicely organic feel to the whole thing. If for some insane reason you haven't been reading BPRD, now would be a good time to get on board with what is consistently one of the best titles out there.

The Rest ...

Daredevil #99

Green Lantern #22

Maybe ...

Avengers Classic #3: This wasn't originally on the list, but a retelling of the Hulk's first fight with the Avengers? I'm not even sure it should be a "maybe."

Black Adam: The Dark Age #1
(of 8): Honestly, I'm a little burned out on Black Adam. The idea of a depowered Teth-Adam trying to resurrect his murdered wife Isis is interesting (even if it was already done with Ralph and Sue in 52), but I'm worried it's a concept that will be dropped early in this eight-part mini series. I'm willing to bet Adam will get powered up pretty quick, and nobody needs a repeat of World War III. Check out a preview and see what you think.

Black Metal Vol. 1: I've been hearing good things about it, and the preview is awesome. It looks like it will deliver on all those promises made by the heavy metal album covers I grew up with, and I'm fairly sure it will lead to me throwing the goat with obnoxious frequency. Everybody wins!

Un-Men #1: Looks cool, but I'll probably wait. It's a concept that could either come off great, or really, really blow.

On The Block ...

Criminal #8: I know this is widely regarded as one of the better titles on the shelves right now (and it is very solid on all counts), but I'm wondering if this might work better in trade. Would that be the way to go, or should I be patient and stick with the monthly?

Sunday, August 5, 2007

Friday, August 3, 2007

Friday Night Fights: Punch!

Digging around in the Post's morgue, I came across a little series full of strangely chatty villains, bizarre accents, and excessive exclamations not seen since the heyday of Chris Claremont's run on the X-Men. Of course, no one can out-Claremont Claremont, so I present to you that X-Men-lite group from across the pond, Excalibur.

And who are the first bad-guys Excalibur goes up against? A gang of silvery "warwolves" who, inexplicably, speak with heavy British accents inspired by Mary Poppins. Eventually the heroes catch up to them, and Captain Britain punches one in the face so hard that he ends up smacking his pancreas.

What'd you think of that, Unreasonably Excited Kid?

Panels from Excalibur #2

Lucky for us, Bahlactus keeps it cool.

And while you're here, why don't you see what else is on the menu?

Superhero?: More Bee Sting, less Mindset


This post contains details on the second episode
of Who Wants To Be A Superhero?

Man, can I call 'em or what? OK, maybe not so much, so let's say goodbye to Mindset, who pretty much a-holed himself right out of Who Wants To Be A Superhero? this week.

Caught in a supervillain trap so perfectly out of the Silver Age that it made me cackle, Mindset decided it was smart to either a) stay in character or, b) be a complete douche. Probably not the best idea, since the heroes were split up and stuck in two clear plastic boxes with a growing number of bees, forced to compete in a spelling bee administered by - who else - Bee Sting.

(Quick aside: How perfect was Bee Sting? Totally perfect. I demand more Bee Sting!)

So, every time a word was misspelled, Bee Sting would release more bees into the boxes (I remember hearing "Ten zousand bees!" at one point), and since they were all words with "be" somewhere in the word the heroes had to purposely misspell the words to include "bee." Makes sense, right?

It made sense to everyone except Mindset, apparently. After they figured out Bee Stings' game, Mindset still insisted on spelling a word without the extra "e," causing more bees to enter their box; his team eventually lost and Bee Sting even taunted them by saying they "might've duhn better if not for zeh bahld one." Ouch! Speaking of ouch, the heroes were actually being stung, something Stan Lee brought up later during the elimination process.

Which is where Mindset really blew it. Rather than apologize, or even acknowledge that he didn't really have his teams' best interests in mind, his swollen ego led him to keep saying, "I don't think I made a mistake - I did the right thing. I serve truth."

Oh, and earlier he made Ms. Limelight cry, which was a little unnecessary but not unforgivable.

Based on his backstory and the overall look of his character, I thought Mindset had a chance. Now, I'm actually happy to see him go.

Current favorites: The Defuser, Whip-Snap, Basura

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

W.T.F. Wednesday: And Then They Made The Biggest Pie You Ever Saw

I bet you thought I was kidding about the giant coconuts, didn't you?

In part two of The Sub-Crusher, the crew of the Little PT Boat That Could manage to get away from the Crusher, but find even more trouble down-river. Apparently, EVERYTHING was big back in prehistoric times, and that ain't braggin' - check out the size of these coconuts!

Click to ape-size

Luckily, the boys know how to handle their cannons, and soon enough ...

Panels from Showcase Presents: The War That Time Forgot
Originally published as "The Sub-Crusher!" in Star Spangled War Stories #97
Robert Kanigher, writer; Ross Andru, penciller; Mike Esposito, inker

The Pull List: 8-1-07

It might look like a heavy week for the superhero camp, but if you've got a little extra cash you've been wondering what to do with, you can either send it to me, or you could get yourself a nice little mix of comics. Ah hell, go ahead - get the comics (I'll just take an IOU).

To the list!

Metal Men #1 (of 8): I'm going to say something that'll probably earn scorn from fellow comic nerds, but I was never really that into the Metal Men until they showed up in 52. In that title, the Metal Men (and their creator, Doc Magnus) provided a lot of the wacky fun and Silver Age-style concepts that kept me interested week after week. Hopefully that will carry over in this mini-series, because I love the idea of a group of sentient robots being led by a bipolar inventor in a fight against science-crime. Jeez, it almost sells itself! And the crazy, almost Deco-style art gives me hope that the writing will be in the same spirit. Check it out in this preview.

Thor #2: A lot of people complained that the first issue of Thor was too slow, apparently being too short of "thees," "thines" and flying Mjolnirs to satisfy. For my part, though, I thought the issue did was it was supposed to, namely reintroduce a well-known character who was supposed to be dead. Believe me, that's the kind of thing I want comic creators to take their time with. Besides, it did a nice job of setting the stage for issue #2, which I'm betting will crank up the Thunder God aspects a little more. I'm looking forward to seeing how the return of Thor plays out, and I appreciate the avoidance of oh-so-convenient shortcuts. Too slow? I say thee nay!

The Rest ...

Justice Society of America #8

World War Hulk #3

Conan and The Midnight God #5

Maybe ...

Killing Pickman #1: Tortured cop with plans to kill a literally monstrous child-murderer? Man, I love this small revival of horror comics that seems to be happening.

Alive Vol. 1: An unknown virus is making people commit suicide, becoming a pandemic in less than a week and leaving a handful of Tokyo teens wondering why everyone else died, and why they survived. Japan, you scare me - but in a good way.

Recommended ...

Elephantmen Vol. 1: Wounded Animals (hard cover): Beautiful art, solid sci-fi storytelling.

Gutsville #1 (new printing): Be sure to pick this inventive little title if you missed it the first time; now, where the hell is issue #2 already?

Whiteout: Definitive Edition: A perfect crime-noir tale in a unique setting and with a strong female as the lead character (always nice to see). This is what made me a die-hard Greg Rucka fan, and I honestly think it's a book everyone should read. You can even start with a preview!