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July 31, 2007

FBBP #22 – We Mention SDCC At Some Point

Filed under: Podcasts — Joseph Mastantuono @ 11:27 pm

Much like the SDCC mentioned comics at some point during their convention…

This is our attempt at an SDCC podcast, and we do cover some of it and our reactions to it, but we also get caught up into our usual discussions.

We talk about the new indie stuff (Jeff Smith and Paul Pope got us excited), as well as our takes of the relative non-surprises to come out of the big two panels, and talk about conventions, Among other things,

Pull List Analysis for August 1, 2007

Filed under: Pull List Analysis — David Uzumeri @ 2:36 pm

7762_400×600.jpgCountdown #39
Paul Dini, Sean McKeever & J. Calafiore

Well, we know what the real name for this book is now: Countdown to Final Crisis. We know Final Crisis is a seven-issue miniseries coming out in May 2008 by Grant Morrison and J.G. Jones. And we know that it was a project pitched by Morrison himself and a story *he* wanted to tell. So why do we need 52 godawful shitty issues leading up to it to explain it? I have no fucking clue, but everybody’s pretty sick of it.

7887_400×600.jpgFaker #2
Mike Carey & Jock

This supernatural horror-book-meets-PCU miniseries kicked complete ass in the first issue, and given Carey’s track record I doubt it’ll let up. Intelligent, chilling, familiar and strange all at the same time. Perfect Vertigo.

7864_400×600.jpgMidnighter #10
Keith Giffen & Chris Sprouse

Keith Giffen takes over as regular writer after a series of one-shots, which is odd because this project was originally announced as a Garth Ennis vanity project. Except it turned out that they basically made him to do this if he wanted them to publish The Boys, and then they stopped publishing The Boys, leaving them with a Garth Ennis project with no writer. Then again, at this point the WSU can use all the ongoing plotlines it needs now that Wildcats and Authority have apparently vanished forever.

navillum_4.jpgNew Avengers: Illuminati #4
Brian Michael Bendis, Brian Reed & Jim Cheung

The fourth issue of Bendis’s Retcon Vacation, this one focuses on the Illuminati lamenting the difficulty of keeping your bitch as well as a follow-up to Final Crisis team Grant Morrison & J.G. Jones’s miniseries Marvel Boy, starring a ridiculously powerful Kree boy from an alternate universe with an attitude problem. Whether Bendis manages to stay in keeping with the character’s existing portrayals is up for grabs but the hopeful occurrence. Either way, this has been A+ superhero material and isn’t likely to cease being such.

pun_50.jpgPunisher #50
Garth Ennis & Howard Chaykin

The Barracuda miniseries ties back in with the main book as Garth Ennis shows Punisher blowing a fuckload of people up. Also, a shock ending, and apparently a baby. Should be interesting.

wwh3.jpgWorld War Hulk #3
Greg Pak & John Romita Jr.

I think everybody’s reading this who will ever read this by this point. Here’s to this keeping up the quality.

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July 28, 2007

FBBP #21.5 – Laika & Robot Dreams Reviews

Filed under: Podcasts — Funnybook Babylon @ 12:18 pm

LaikaRobotDreamsIn this week’s double review, we check out two more First Second titles, and I gotta say (without spoiling too much of the review) I really like self-contained graphic novels that are so well produced, the quality of publishing here is top notch.

July 27, 2007

8 Comic Series that should be collected/reprinted long before Monolith.

Filed under: Blurbs — Pedro Tejeda @ 1:01 pm

I just don’t get DC at all lately. Yesterday at DC’s Countdown Panel a fan asked Palmiotti about Monolith, who had a short lived series in 2004. Palmiotti let us know they were hopeful to use him in another book down the line. However, Dan DiDio said they’re hoping to collect the Monolith series sometime soon.

WHAT?

Are you fucking mental? Don’t you realize there is a ton of material out there that has sold better or has a higher cult status than Graymiotti’s insanely obscure pet character? It started at 16,640 issues and the last issue sold 7,753. That’s horrible. For gawd sakes, Omega Man did better than that.

But we’re all here to help Dan and the gang out. So that’s why I’m suggesting 8 separate series that they should try to collect before Monolith. I assure you’ll that they will sell better than two trades of that book would.

1) Hitman #28-60.
The number one eye roller on this list. The fan base is demanding that they finish collecting the series. The fact that you can’t even pick up the Eisner award winning issue in trade is horrible. Hitman is getting another chance with the 2 issue mini that costars the JLA but more trades are still up in the air.

2) Starman : Wicked Inclination and Starman #36, 42, 44, 46, 54, 74, 80-page Giant.
A beloved fan favorite that is completely in trade except… well trade 3 is out of print. Dc has a preview of the trade on their site but good fucking luck tracking down a copy that sells for less than 40 dollars. I can’t get anyone into this series since the third trade is unavailable, it feels a bit wrong to suggest a book they cannot conceivably own. I lucked out and own all 10 of the books but there seems to be about a trades worth of stuff that I may never get to read.

3) Justice League International #13-50 and Justice League Europe #1-28.

This one is a head scratching too, considering that DC has been teasing us with these characters for the last 2 years. That Maxwell Lord guy who was evil, that Fire chick who is a Knight in Checkmate, that Booster Gold who is getting his own ongoing, or that Guy Gardner Lantern who is a featured player in Green Lantern Corps all started here. Even Lord Havok, who is a big to do in Countdown, had a first appearance in the JLE series! DC is strip mining both these books for ideas and they don’t even think the fans are interested in reading this stuff? This is why people pirate comics DC, to read things like this that they have no access too. You are throwing away good money.

4) Major Bummer #1-#15.
This book is not only a cult classic but also the art is done by an artist that is doing work on a high profile Black Adam series.

5) Firestorm vol. 4 #14-22, #28-32.
This one sold tons better than Monolith through its whole run. The character is going to get a bigger role on one of the team books very soon, so I can see renewed interest.

6) Chase #1-9.
JH. Williams the III does the interiors in a self contained story that is actually really important to the current Manhunter series.

7) Aztek: The Ultimate Man #1-10.
Mark Millar and Grant Morrison. Two of the best selling authors of the last year have a book out that you will never ever be able to read.

8) Plastic Man vol. 2 #15-20.
The number of Eisner’s this series has won doesn’t explain why we’ll never see this arc in trade. One of the most fun things that’s been out for years.

I think this is just the tip of the iceberg. I imagine the rest of you guys can suggest some other books for DC to print before Monolith.

July 25, 2007

FBBP #21 – It’s the (not so) Final Countdown…

Filed under: Podcasts — Joseph Mastantuono @ 7:37 am

This week! –
Chris and Pedro explain a bit more about Countdown to me, and speculate on what we’re actually counting down to, as sort of a companion piece to the DownCounting thing.

We explore the newly annouced company Radical Comics, which promises to be just as radical as the 80’s were. They don’t do comics about super heroes, they do comics about Hercules. How edgy

Also without Jamaal we all turn into magical legal experts, pontificating about things we really have no idea about… And we mention the Tin-Tin being re-shelved from the children’s aisle to regular graphic novel section,.

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July 23, 2007

Shipping List Analysis for July 25, 2007

Filed under: Pull List Analysis — David Uzumeri @ 10:03 pm

5367_400×600.jpgAll Star Batman & Robin, the Boy Wonder #6
Frank Miller & Jim Lee

The preview is up at Newsarama, and apparently Frank Miller has gotten DC to allow him to say “shit” in this book. This is a trainwreck, but it’s a trainwreck perpetrated by a charismatic and hilarious but very drunk train. I eagerly await every issue of this book because I know that, if nothing else, I will laugh my ass off with (not at) the book at the over-the-top gleeful mischief that permeates this. Pure guilty fun.

7290_400×600.jpgBatman #666
Grant Morrison & Andy Kubert

The other Batman book this week comes from, well, the other really late Batman team. As a matter of fact, last time ASBAR and Batman came out, it was the same week. That was mid-May. This book has serious schedule problems considering this is ostensibly DC’s monthly Batman title. So how are they getting around this? Apparently, rotating artists and an accelerated publishing schedule for the next few months, possibly leading into November’s “Resurrection of Ra’s Al Ghul” event. In any case, this is likely to continue Morrison’s bizarre and whimsical love-it-or-hate-it Batman run with a special issue celebrating the number of the beast focusing on Batman’s put-upon and likely doomed son, Damian. Apparently it’s the future, he’s Batman and he’s going to fight the devil. It certainly sounds good on paper.

7641_400×600.jpgGreen Lantern Corps #14
Dave Gibbons & Patrick Gleason w/Angel Unzueta

Kind of but not really continuing from two weeks ago’s Green Lantern #21, this is more of the very well-received Sinestro Corps storyline.

7659_400×600.jpgWonder Woman #11
J. Torres & Paco Diaz

More of Amazons Attack, the event gift that keeps on taking. It’s been noted that this crossover seems to somehow decreasesales of its tie-in books, so add on a two-issue fill-in stint by a C-list team and it’s no wonder people say DC has no idea how to coordinate their titles. New team of Gail Simone & Terry Dodson come on with #13, with goddamned monkey assassins.

ironfist.jpgImmortal Iron Fist #7
Ed Brubaker, Matt Fraction & Travel Foreman w/Leandro Fernandez & Khari Evans

This done-in-one centers on the Pirate Queen of Pinghai Bay, a character glimpsed in earlier issues of this title as Brubaker and Fraction continue their truly inspired reworking of seminal B-lister Iron Fist into a formidable legacy hero. This issue comes with a trio of talented guest artists and is likely to be one of the surest bets of the week.

mightyaveng.jpgMighty Avengers #4
Brian Michael Bendis & Frank Cho

This much-delayed book will finally get to continue its Ultron plotline and, maybe, one day catch up to its sister title and the Skrull plotline that’s capturing the hearts of a nerd nation. This title’s had a lot of critics, largely because of Bendis’s new thought balloons which many readers find break up the dialogue and action and just unnecessarily distract, while some love the device and think it’s a great new use for it. Personally, I like it.

wolv055.jpgWolverine #55
Jeph Loeb & Simone Bianchi

The advance hype for this issue is pretty strong, complete with spoiler alternate cover. Whatever happens, it seems pretty bad things are in store for Sabretooth, as well as any readers who try to digest this tripe. Utterly gorgeous art has, for five issues now, been obscured with some of the most stilted and banal dialogue in recent comics history, and forced to portray sequences of events that are so fundamentally nonsensical the writer has basically admitted the purpose of the book was to fit as many guest-stars in as possible.

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July 22, 2007

The Numbers…

Filed under: Blurbs — Joseph Mastantuono @ 7:22 am

So, I was looking at the DC Numbers sales for the Blue Beetle are down, and the ‘cross over’ with a lackluster series that Chris is currently reading for all of us (much like Christ died for our sins), and I had an strange reaction.

114 - BLUE BEETLE
06/2006: Blue Beetle #4 — 38,622 (- 7.4%)
07/2006: Blue Beetle #5 — 35,490 (- 8.1%)
08/2006: Blue Beetle #6 — 33,181 (- 6.5%)
09/2006: Blue Beetle #7 — 29,079 (-12.4%)
10/2006: –
11/2006: Blue Beetle #8 — 25,861 (-11.1%)
11/2006: Blue Beetle #9 — 23,785 (- 8.0%)
12/2006: Blue Beetle #10 — 21,358 (-10.2%)
01/2007: Blue Beetle #11 — 19,865 (- 7.0%)
02/2007: Blue Beetle #12 — 18,555 (- 6.6%)
03/2007: Blue Beetle #13 — 17,653 (- 4.9%)
04/2007: Blue Beetle #14 — 17,167 (- 2.8%)
05/2007: Blue Beetle #15 — 16,906 (- 1.5%)
06/2007: Blue Beetle #16 — 17,016 (+ 0.7%)
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6 months: -20.3%
1 year : -55.9%

The series, despite being very very good, has had the usual attrition rate on sales, is teetering on that magic number where the series doesn’t seem likely to continue for too long, if the usual attrition rates continue. While this recent crossover, seems to have stopped the hemorrhaging of readers, or (hopefully, but not likely) the book is just hitting the the bottom of the sine-wave of the continuing books.

So, I guess I just want to say, which is probably a very common lament, is how could a well thought out fun superhero comic be so completely overshadowed by such a god awful crossover?

While it may not be fair, and at the risk of sounding like a rabid fanboy, I’m going to join the chorus of people blaming DC editorial. Why are you pushing a book so incomprehensible, and so bad, and letting your only good ones languish? Why is it that you have ads allover your books pushing a incomprehensible awful weekly (ok that part I somewhat understand) and it’s awful tie ins (that part I don’t).

To the editors I say this: I think you are mis-understanding what your jobs are as editors. You are not ‘show runners’ of the DC Universe TV show, and you are not . You are EDITORS, your job is to find talented writers and artists, hire them, and let them do what is interesting. You are not ‘grand designers of the DC universe’ and in fact it’s not your job to be.

Your job is to make sure that the writing and art is good, coherent, on schedule and free from too many continuity errors. I know finding (and keeping!) competent writers and artists, getting books on time, and keeping quality and continuity isn’t a glamorous job, but someone’s gotta do it.

Dan Didio really is the Brian Cashman of the Comic World.

PS: It is quite possible that there’s something I’m missing here…

July 20, 2007

I’m not sure if this makes Didio or Levitz a homophobe or an idiot.

Filed under: Blurbs — David Uzumeri @ 9:51 am

devin-grayson.jpgThe fourth part of CBR’s Homosexuality In Comics contains a particularly interesting bit from former Batman: Gotham Knights, Titans and Nightwing writer Devin Grayson. Many have wondered for a while what happened to rumors of her involvement in a new comic featuring Kate Kane, the new “lipstick lesbian” Batwoman who debuted in the highly successful weekly comic 52.

This was a project fans seemed pretty in demand of, judging simply by the significant sales boost for the issue of her debut in 52.

Grayson actually liked the infamous New York Times write-up that stirred up the Batwoman controversy in the first place, but again, the fact that the piece made such a big deal of the character’s sexuality before the hero even graced the page of a comic book went a long way towards nullifying any positive effect Batwoman might have had on the industry. Consequently, the character was relegated to the backseat of the “52” event rather than the forefront of her own title.

In fact, Grayson was eight months into the development of the proposed “Batwoman” title when she found out from a newspaper article that the project was dead, and to this day, the writer has not received so much as a phone call from upper editorial on the matter. “That reversal really surprised and disappointed me,” Grayson admitted. “I won’t pretend not to be resentful of how badly DC treated me in that exchange, but the majority of my concern and sympathy goes out to the character, who was basically thrown away by a company which had a lot of support to make her successful and unique. My experiences up to that point had been much more positive, although admittedly less ambitious, and it was really sad and discouraging to see the ball so badly dropped.”

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The most reasonable conclusion to infer from this is that DC or Warner Brothers, scared shitless of a media backlash calling them gay-sympathizers or, even worse, gay themselves, canceled the title before it got out of the gate. The only other option is that the book was shaping up to be complete crap, but this is unlikely largely because this certainly hasn’t stopped DC from publishing anything before, or recently. This seems like a fairly stupid move in comparison to just letting the work speak for itself. Nothing actually happened to Marvel when Rawhide Kid came out, and while that was probably a lesser controversy it’s still indicative of the fact that sales figures don’t really show any kind of audience reaction to homosexuality other than maybe a sensationalist sales boost.

As a matter of fact, frankly, I was happy to hear about this because another boring socialite who dresses for vengeance to kick ass at night would be – well – boring. 52 seemed to explore a sort of matrix of dual identities, as Kate is a closeted lesbian (one secret identity) and Batwoman (the other). It probably would have been a pretty refreshing take on that trope.

Devin Grayson is a pretty good writer, and I think that if the book had been given a chance it probably would have continued past the controversy and maybe become a solid book with a solid fanbase. I would have bought it. It disappoints me that it was taken away just because the media called them gay.

FBBP #20.5 РBlue Beetle & La Ara̱a Reviews

Filed under: Blurbs — Tags: , , , , , , — Funnybook Babylon @ 7:56 am

We review Blue Beetle and La Araña. Which new Teenage Latin Superhero is worth reading?
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The short version, we loved Blue Beetle and didn’t like La Araña. We have a really fun discussion about it, listen in…

P.S: Blue Beetle really should be held as a proof of design on how to introduce and work in continuity characters without alienating new readers.

 

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July 19, 2007

Downcounting – A Guide for the Perplexed – Countdown #41: Another Fine Mess

Filed under: Articles,Downcounting — Chris Eckert @ 6:47 pm

Amongst all the staggeringly bad reviews of DC’s Countdown series, perhaps the most damning one is the fact that Andrew Hickey’s Countdown Blog is no longer about Countdown, because he couldn’t bear the thought of thinking about the book for another 41 weeks. While that’s a highly understandable sentiment, Hickey’s weak constitution may lead many other innocents down the dangerous path of purchasing and reading Countdown. This, I cannot abide. It’s a disgusting job, but let me explain this week’s Downcounting for you:

One of these things is not like the other......one of these things may have led Mike Marts to seek new work!It is hilariously apt that this issue’s title is “Another Fine Mess”. Without Keith Giffen doing layouts, any sort of issue-to-issue continuity is out the window. Check out last week’s cliffhanger ending, and then the opening page for issue 41, at left and right.

Let’s play spot the differences:
1. Apparently the sun has found time to rise in between panels, while Trickster and Piper have only fallen a few hundred feet, at most. Giffen wouldn’t help the colorists remember what color to make the sky,although I suppose an editor might.
2. Trickster’s costume has suddenly become quite baggy, although I am willing to chalk that up to a stylistic difference between artists.
3. Piper, on the other hand, has managed to find time to grow a goatee and put on a pair of sunglasses between panels.
4. Piper has also magically conjured up a bag containing all of the Rogues’ gadgets, which he apparently grabbed on the way out of the plane, though the art clearly shows he has no bag in issue 42.
5. The plane they are falling out of has morphed from some sort of nosecone-loading spyplane into what appears to be clipart of a commercial jetliner.
6. The fancy electronic shackles that hold the two villains together, in other words the primary plot device that drives their entire story, the ones that shock them if they get more than a foot or two apart, have turned into a rather lengthy tether attached to their wrists by small bracelets.

This is to say nothing of the fact that they were captured two issues ago in plain clothes and inexplicably dressed up in their costumes by the Group that They’re Being Evasive about Calling the Suicide Squad Even Though They’re All Members of the Suicide Squad. Which one’s Tony Curtis and which one’s Sidney Poitier? I suppose it’s possible that THE MULTIVERSE is making them change appearance every so often, but somehow I doubt it. Although one of DC’s classic TEASER IMAGES show Trickster wearing yet another costume while the shackles are plain ol’ handcuffs, so maybe there is something to that theory.

I realize parts of this are rather nitpicky, but bear in mind that these two pages will be right next to each other in any sort of collected edition DC may one day do for this book. I realize that odds are DC doesn’t care about the trade reader and no one will actually buy a collection of Countdown since by next May I suspect the term “Countdown” will be right up there with “SARS” in terms of consumer appeal, but this is still exceptionally bush league, emblematic of all the other problems DC is having with this book, and also fun to mock. Anyway, onto the actual story. Does anything actually happen this issue? Answer: FIND OUT NEXT ISSUE! Spoilers ahoy!

pp. 1-4: Hey, remember how Trickster and Piper fell out of the airplane? Well, they’re still falling. Will they survive? FIND OUT LATER!
pp. 5-6: By golly, Jimmy Olsen is gonna be a superhero! Well, not this week. Maybe later. Go read Action Comics #852 or something. He doesn’t become a superhero in this week’s issue, although he’s been thinking about it for over a month now. But soon! Maybe NEXT ISSUE!
p. 7: Mary Marvel thinks about how she has been angry and mean for the last month and how maybe she needs some advice. You know, the sort of advice she has refused from a bunch of people already. Who is this mysterious person who thinks they can guide her? It’s a good thing DC’s marketing department likes to keep such things under tight wraps! Maybe we’ll find out NEXT ISSUE!
pp. 8-10: Remember how last week Bob the Monitor and his C-List Posse decided they were going to go to the Palmerverse? Well, they’re going to the Palmerverse! Find out what happens when they get there — NEXT ISSUE! Or maybe in The All-New Atom! Or possibly the Challengers of the Beyond mini-series! Also Jason Todd found the time to change into a black shirt. That guy is a clothes horse, even when microscopic!
p. 11: Hey guys, Trickster and Piper didn’t die. And they apparently aren’t connected by those shackles anymore because you can see them climbing a ladder and apparently unattached and — oh wait never mind, there they are, back to the rope bracelet in the last panel. They’re in Gotham, and fixin’ to to meet the Penguin — NEXT ISSUE!
pp. 12-17: I was going to complain about how the Athens Women’s Shelter is apparently now Buckingham Palace with a big gated courtyard, but I went back and looked at the establishing shots of the past four issues of Countdown and no one has bothered doing a good job of really pinning down where it is besides “Metropolis”. It might be on a busy city street, it might be secluded amongst the trees, it might be a skyscraper, or it might be Buckingham Palace. No one has bothered to figure that out, so I can’t really blame Dennis Calero for going with the design he did. Basically this is to remind you that people are pissed at Amazons for the important events of AMAZONS ATTACK and some people come to protest. Harley decides to argue with them, and tries to beat them up through a steel fence. I guess this was a plot advancement? I can’t really tell.
pp. 18-19: Did you read the BEST SELLING JUSTICE LEAGUE/JUSTICE SOCIETY CROSSOVER THE LIGHTNING SAGA!? Well, I assume you did, it sells a lot better than Countdown. This is pretty much a line-for-line recreation of a scene from the end of that book, except in this version Karate Kid’s outfit is grey instead of white, and you discover who the mysterious shadowy stranger who comes back with him is — it’s Triplicate Girl! Except it’s Triplicate Girl after two of her three bodies were killed, so she’s just some girl now! I thought her second body didn’t die until after Giffen’s “Five Years Later” story which makes “Una” here a continuity glitch with decades-old Legion continuity from two or three universal reboots ago. I mean, I know most people haven’t and more than likely will never read those stories, so it’s not a big deal. But still. Anyway, they’re in the 21st century! And they’re DOIN’ THANGS! Like what? Well, maybe you’ll find out what NEXT ISSUE!!!

I can’t even tell if things are plot advancements or not anymore. I mean, everyone knew Karate Kid was saying in the present time from the moment they announced the series, and the bulk of his appearances so far have been in JLA/JSA, where they explained him staying behind in the 21st Century in the exact same vague terms. Verbatim. So why say it again? To reveal that he’s hanging out with Triplica– Singular Girl? Why not just reveal that in JLA #10 rather than pointlessly tease his MYSTERIOUS COMPANION? I suppose ours is not to reason why, ours is just to keep reading on faith that at some point this might become vaguely interesting.

As an added bonus, here are some Countdown goings-on in other DC books this week!
Action Comics #852 is the first part of a three part official COUNTDOWN TIE-IN! Jimmy Olsen continues to think about being a superhero. He still isn’t a superhero, but he is definitely planning on becoming one!
All-Flash #1 pretty firmly establishes that Wally was not only back from Mysteryland before Bart’s funeral, but that he was hanging around drinking tea with Iris while Bart’s girlfriend of a few weeks made his funeral arrangements. This issue also shows that a bunch of Suicide Squad people like Deadshot also captured all of the other Rogues involved with Bart’s murder, although presumably the rest of them did not jump out of planes. They might or might not show up later in Countdown!
Amazons Attack #4 has only a marginal connection to Countdown, in that Holly and Harley are watching the events of the issue take place on the news while their Athenean Woman’s Shelter gets protested. But what is more confusing is that
Catwoman #69 takes place concurrent with AA #4, with Catwoman watching the same events on her TV and being summoned by Batman after he ducks out of AA #4 halfway through. However, this issue also marks the point in Catwoman where Holly Robinson decides she has to leave Gotham City and leave for Metropolis. This despite the fact that she was shown in Metropolis before the Amazons attacked in Countdown, and the fact that she is holed up with Harley and the other Athenians watching the exact same events six issues later in Countdown. Then again, as Pedro is fond of saying, if DC doesn’t care about any of this, why should we?

I assume none of the other books that came out this week tie into Countdown, but don’t rule out some plot from Birds of Prey or Robin suddenly appearing in Countdown issue 31 or something. Overall, this was a pretty self-contained issue of Countdown, building on external stories they had already grafted in. Will next issue be any more accessible? FIND OUT NEXT ISSUE! Or just check back here in a week or so.

July 17, 2007

FBBP #20 – This Week’s Edition of “Hatin’ on DC”

Filed under: Podcasts — Joseph Mastantuono @ 7:29 am

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This week’s run down:

Youngblood! – Joe asks: “Why does Liefeld still sell?”
Starlin Killin’ New Gods? – Jamaal shows offense at the lack of Kirby Respect.
Zuda – Chris says “When you don’t vote every day is election day!”
Veidt Method – Pedro questions one unemployed dude’s web skills.

– Also there’s another long discussion about the DC universe. I had no idea what the fuck people were talking about.

Edit: We’ve been plagued by tech issues this week so please bear with us. I think we’ve licked the issues that cause empty podcasts to go out.

July 16, 2007

Pull List Analysis for July 18, 2007

Filed under: Pull List Analysis — David Uzumeri @ 2:04 pm

8078_400×600.jpgAll-Flash #1
Mark Waid & Various

Mark Waid comes back to the character that launched his writing career to save him from the depths of drudgery and bad planning. The mechanism that got us to this point – the combination of Full Throttle and Lightning Saga – was pretty heinous, but this issue will give us an idea of whether Waid has something new to say or is just going for another victory lap. A cocktail of artists of varying talent tops off this curious one-shot.

7469_400×600.jpgShazam: The Monster Society of Evil #4 (of 4)
Jeff Smith

Love it or hate it, this revisiting to simpler times for the Marvel Family is probably gonna be the most-discussed book of the week. In this issue we’ll finally see Mr. Mind up close, and finish off a series of prestige minis that will likely be DC’s best library seller for years to come when collected. However, Jeff Smith’s contract contained a clause whereby this story would be — and remain in — continuity. The question is, is that New Earth or Earth-5?

capt_28.jpgCaptain America #28
Ed Brubaker & Steve Epting w/Mike Perkins

The best espionage thriller in comics continues as the clusterfuck gets even tighter and shit comes even closer to hitting the fan. I think everybody’s reading this book, but if you aren’t — shit, you’re missing out.

ultsm111.jpgUltimate Spider-Man #111
Brian Michael Bendis & Mark Bagley w/Stuart Immonen

The big hand-off issue as longtime series artist Mark Bagley passes the baton to Stuart Immonen. Bendis, who is like twelve scripts ahead or something insane like that, doesn’t flinch. This issue is billed as “the talk” between Peter and May, something a long time coming in this book. The talky parts will be Bagley; the action, which Peter will narrate, will be Immonen. Both artists look to be in top form and this is likely to be a turning point in the already remarkable series.

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July 15, 2007

General Impressions on the Jack Kirby’s Fourth World Omnibus

Filed under: Blurbs — Pedro Tejeda @ 10:13 am

This was good.

I just finished reading the Jack Kirby’s Fourth World Omnibus and I had some thoughts that I wanted to share before I put up a review later this week.

  • Okay, I am a moron for not realizing that Scott Free’s name was such an obvious pun. I don’t know why I just picked it up.
  • Jack Kirby does not front on the covers. If it’s on the cover, it’s gonna happen in the book. Kirby delivers.
  • Flippa dippa is annoying. He never stops talking about water. His every appearance causes me to fear the moment where he reminds us that swimming is where it’s at.
  • 3 out of the 4 stories end in cliffhangers. Its pretty frustrating to get into a book and have to wait a month for the next issue. To have it occur 3 times and know that the wait is even much longer then normal is downright painful.
  • The Morrison forward really hits home for me. Hearing a professional having a similar experience as me shows how powerful Kirby’s work is. I also really enjoyed Evanier’s afterward. Getting a context of how the work proceeding it came together left me in awe of the fact Kirby was able to do it all. He comes across as sounding like a legend to even those who were close enough to know who he truly was.
  • Everyone from John Byrne to Chris, love the newsprint. To them its fitting that the work be reproduced on its original format. That’s cool and all but Newsprint still feels incredibly cheap and that it will tear easily. After shelling out a good chunk of cash for this book, the last thing I would want is to accidentally rip out a page. I’m scared that it won’t come back in one piece every time I lent it out.

July 12, 2007

FBBP #19 – “And they give me Superboy Prime punching reality”

Filed under: Podcasts — Joseph Mastantuono @ 10:03 am

In this slow news week we talk Jeff Loeb’s Fallen Son, and talk about editorial control and it’s import to DC, continuity’s importance to the genre, Cloning Geoff Johns as a viable DC Comics editorial policy, Arguments ensue.

Also, we note that Galactus’ Heralds get a fat severance package when they get fired.

Edit: We had a small issue with our software and the podcast didn’t get up there… sorry about that. Let us know if there’s an issue.

July 9, 2007

Pull List Analysis for July 11, 2007

Filed under: Pull List Analysis — David Uzumeri @ 11:59 pm

7691_400×600.jpgGreen Arrow: Year One #1 (of 6)
Andy Diggle & Jock

The team of sleeper Vertigo hit The Losers returns to provide the new definitive origin of Oliver Queen and the first of Didio’s new planned “Year One” sub-line, complete with nifty (read: dumb) logo in his proud tradition of repeating the titles of old DC Universe hits over and over and over… in any case, this actually looks to be a great book, as Diggle’s pedigree for this kind of material is pretty great and this is a novel way to have him work on DCU content without cramping his style. Jock’s art, as on last week’s fantastic Faker, should be revelatory as usual.

7640_400×600.jpgGreen Lantern #21
Geoff Johns & Ivan Reis

Part two of the Sinestro Corps War. Likely to be the most talked-about book this week, your opinion of this will largely depend on whether you liked the Special. It’s a love-it-or-hate-it deal.

7363_400×600.jpgSilverfish HC
David Lapham

David Lapham, of the fantastic Stray Bullets and the excellent City of Crime storyline in Detective Comics with Ramon Bachs, turns what he said would have been a slightly out-of-theme arc from Bullets into a standalone OGN for Vertigo. His pedigree for this kind of material – psychological horror, well-written teenagers – is impeccable, and with Lapham handling art duties as well I have no doubt this will be a provocative and intelligent read.

newaveng_32.jpgNew Avengers #32
Brian Michael Bendis & Leinil Yu

With Mighty Avengers entering delay hell, this is the only place fans will see Bendis’s great Skrull saga for a while. This issue promises a lot of bitching, accusations, intrigue, revelations, bitching, and possibly old-school Avengers fans typing furiously on John Byrne’s message board. This is some kind of unleashed hyper-Bendis, pumped up from making the concept of the Clone Saga work in Ultimate Spider-Man and on to try to make alien shapeshifter retcons cool again. Godspeed, you crazy bastard.

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