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October 14, 2008

Pull List Analysis for October 15, 2008

Going to try to skip past the obvious “big books” this week — if you’re following Astonishing X-Men, Final Crisis tie-ins or Amazing Spider-Man I bet you’ll notice the big stacks of them at your local shop tomorrow. Here are some things that might not be so well-stocked:

Are you excited for Halloween? Publishers sure are! Marvel’s gearing up for round eighty-two of ZOMBIE COVER VARIANTS, and DC is putting out the ridiculously titled Superman & Batman vs. Werewolves & Vampires mini-series, and I’m going to be uncharitable and assume the title is the first and last thing you need to read about that book. Here are two slightly more palatable haunts:

monster-hulkHulk Monster-Size Special by Jeff Parker & Gabriel Hardman (Marvel Comics): Yes, this is Superhero Property vs. Universal Monster Property, just like S/BvW/V. But HMSS is a standalone one-shot rather than a six issue mini-series, which gives me hope for a punchy fun story light on exposition and high on goofy slugfests. It also helps that it’s written by Jeff Parker, who has shown a knack for big goofy fun in various Marvel Adventures books. Hopefully everyone will overlook the lack of Red Hulk, who according to Jeph Loeb is “the most popular character since Wolverine”!

Dear Dracula by Joshua Williamson and Vinny Navarrete (Image Comics): Image/Shadowline is rolling out a series of all-ages/children’s graphic novels, starting with Dear Dracula. Everything I know about the book and its creators can be found alongside a preview of the book at Newsarama. Looks cute, and the timing of the release is right.

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March 5, 2008

White Tiger

Filed under: Blurbs,Reviews — Tags: , , , , , , — Pedro Tejeda @ 8:41 pm

Don’t let the art trick you. This book is no good.
Tamora Pierce, Timothy Liebe, Phil Briones, Al Rio
White Tiger: A Hero’s Compulsion
Marvel Comics

White Tiger isn’t a little bad, or a book that was marred with a few missteps. It is an outright handbook on how not to write a superhero comic. It seems to relish in a obscene number of cameos that will confuse new readers as to who these characters are and confound old readers who wonder why these guest stars are appearing so out character. It switches between a hyper compression and decompression, never finding a comfortable pace to tell its story. The first 3 issues are semi packed with story, but the next two issues meander into page wasting cameos that force way too much story in the last issue. I won’t even get how offensive the resolution to the story is. The story takes everything unique and special about the character and her nemesis from the Daredevil arc that introduced them and replaces them with cliches and stereotypes. I feel that Pierce and Lieber thought since they were writing a comic, they wrote what in their minds they imagine comics are supposed to be like, full of hokey dialogue, awful and nearly racist characterization and bad plots. I can’t fathom how a book that misses the quality increase in the superhero medium over the last 10 years could spin out of the definitive series of the era. This book is only worth picking up in singles out of the dollar bin for anyone who loves train wrecks or for any writer entering comics from another media. To the latter, if you find this story to be competently written, go back to writing CSI and leave comics alone.

This didn’t even happen the way it did in the other book, and that’s one of the least awful things in the book.

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