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Peter Parker and Clark Kent are both published authors, but not many folks are in their super-identities. And sure, Doc Ock and Curt Connors must have published or perished, but who needs that boring science-talk? We here at the L.E.M.U.R. Comics Blog have scoured comicdom and bring you this week’s LIST: Superhero Children’s Books.
Mr. Cobblepot’s Penguins by Richard and Florence Atwater
The Beast, The Scarlet Witch, and Professor X’s Wig Closet, by CS Lewis
Curious Grodd by H.A. and Margret Rey
Leapfrog and Toad are Friends, by Mortimer Toynbee
The Velveteen Wolverine, by James Howlett
The Very Hungry Galactus by Eric Carle and Norrin Radd
Encyclopedia Wayne and the Laughing Man, by Donald J. Sobol
Jarvis Bedarvis – Peggy Parish
Are You There, Gods, It’s Me, Diana, by Wonder Woman
Arthur Curry visits the Aquarium by Mark Brown
Make Way for Mutants by Robert McCloskey
A Dayspring in Time, by Madeleine L’Engle with Cable
Bruce and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, by The Batman
October finally ends so we have a fourth week of books. This is the week I look forward to the most each month. Fantastic Four, Secret Avengers, Action Comics, and a slew of other good books came out.
First, a trip in the Wayback machine to last week. Batman and Robin #15 was great. Here’s the start of the endgame. We learn some important things that start to put the pieces together, and see why Bruce is the master of the long con…wait…Bruce? DAAAAYUMN! There’s no one writing the Joker better this century than we see in the hands of Morrison. This Joker continues to be brilliant, boisterous, and a blackguard. The gallows humor is in full swing with everything he says and insinuates. I’m going to sorely miss the high quality of this title when Tomasi and co. take over. Not to knock Tomasi, because Green Lantern Corps was well written and interesting, it’s just that Morrison is an impossible act to follow.
Speaking of high quality and hard acts to follow: Fantastic Four #584 continued the tradition of excellence that Hickman is bringing. At its heart this issue is a buddy story. Ben and Johnny have a day on the town and a night to remember. Meanwhile, Reed investigates and hints at trouble ahead. Sue is off to do her diplomatic due while the young geniuses of America have a breakfast of champions. One of Hickman’s greatest strengths is that he takes conventional story beats and reimagines them into new and interesting ways. Who would have guess the current status of the Yancy Street Gang? Bravo, sir. Oh…and then there’s a confused and pissed off Galactus. That’s not going to be good for business.
G.I. JOE: COBRA ended the arc that gave us the new continuity’s take on Serpentor and Cobra-la: cult and cash-cow for the international terrorist organization. In spite of an ending that was a little telegraphed, this was a creepy and enjoyable arc. Costa and Gage also to a z-list JOE, Scoop, and… well he wasn’t improved, but he was given a unique and sympathetic voice. Of the JOE books, this is consistently good with short arcs and character driven stories. Mind you there’s usually less shooting, but it’s a fair trade for the quality we’re getting. I’ll take good cloak and dagger over gratuitous gun play any day.
Ummmm… I don’t know how I feel about Action Comics # 894. On the one hand, Cornell clearly understands Lex Luthor as a character. On the other hand, it was a meh philosophical debate about the afterlife and Luthor’s actions in the here and now. Dunno why Vertigo’s Death had to be his guide on this trip. Didn’t seem to fill much purpose. The Jimmy Olsen back up story was enjoyable. It’s doesn’t have a much of the small story attached to a greater whole feel that the first one did, but that’s a small complaint when it’s fun and quick to read.
Avengers #6 ended the first arc, and I still contend that it was at least two issues two long. The interaction with Ultron was interesting, but Kang/ Immortus’ rant at the end was a repeat of almost every speech/ threat given by Per Degaton and monomaniacal time travelers everywhere. I am officially done with this title.
Secret Avengers on the other hand continues to be a keeper. The mystery is still engaging and everyone has a unique voice and purpose on the team.
Whatever you end up buying, happy reading.
Inspired by a the Comedy Death-Ray Radio podcast, I decided to try bringing to the blog a game called “Would You Rather?”. The problem? You can’t do it with two people. Against his better instincts Stephen — Matt’s brother and mine — has agreed to pitch in and help us out (and thank you very much for that). He’s in the gray text. Do you have a question you’d like our staff of experts to discuss? Feel free to pitch a “Would You Rather?” question in the comments section or on our Facebook page.
This week’s question:
What percentage of the kittens are deserving of being killed?
Am I only faster than the other men powered by killing kittens, or am I faster than non-kitten killers as well?
A single kitten will immediately charge you to full capacity, but the charge wears off after 20 seconds after the last kitten has been killed. This means for most tasks one kitten will do, but for long-term speedstering you’ll need to carry around a sack of kittens, and you’ll most likely be leaving a trail of their corpses in your
Will I have the luxury of being able to pass wind without having to leap over a building, and can I still kill kittens in the flatulence reality (as a hobby)?
Great question, Matt. You will be always be able to leap 1/8th of a mile in any direction, but there is no building you will not be able to leap over. If there’s a building, regardless of it’s height, you’ll be able to jump over it.
Would you rather be able to leap tall buildings in a single bound powered by your own flatulence, or be the fastest man alive powered by killing kittens? And why.
As far as being a speedster goes, it’s always been a dream of mine. Twenty seconds may not seem long to someone who perceives time the way we do, but to one going at super speed it should be enough to run around the Earth a couple times and find some more kittens to murder. To those of you who haven’t tried it, kitten killing is a hoot and often tax deductible.
With a sneering laugh,
The windows violently shake,
Fear his sonic doom!
- AVENGERS & INFINITY GAUNTLET #3 (OF 4) – This book is a fun, light romp through the Infinity Gauntlet saga, and while I don’t know why some of the main characters were chosen (Ms. Marvel seems more like a creator pick rather than a kids’ favorite) it’s been a hoot.
- BRUCE WAYNE THE ROAD HOME ORACLE #1 and BRUCE WAYNE THE ROAD HOME RAS AL GHUL #1 – So far I’ve only picked up one of these, and seeing as they all connect, I think I’ll wind up skipping these, too, unless they just look stellar. At this point I’d be too lost to pick things up.
- IMAGE FIRSTS DEAD AT 17 and HACK SLASH – More cheap intros into series that I’ve heard are great. I’ll definitely be checking these out.
- FANTASTIC FOUR #584 – As horrified as I was to hear that an issue of this would be polybagged (and the editorial reasons and excuses for why this time is different just ring false to me), Jonathan Hickman continues to take the team to fun and incredible places.
- SPIDER-MAN VS VAMPIRES #1 - I’d be way more interested in this high concept if it didn’t feel like Marvel was hopping on a bandwagon years too late. Like with Dazzler and disco.
- THUNDERBOLTS #149 – Another great book, as it really feels like criminals are trying to walk the line and reform rather than hide in plain sight like the other iterations. And Jeff Parker does a great job of making me like this book even though I hate the characters. (Come on, they’re villains!)
I did a great disservice forgetting where we were Batman and Robin with last week’s #15. With the Joker holding Robin hostage and some eerie art by Irving Frasier, it didn’t take long to pick up where I left off, Also, I finally made it to Knight and Squire #1 and absolutely loved it. It embraced it’s British roots, and made some valuable meta-commentary about what makes British characters so different. I can’t wait to read more. This almost makes up for losing Captain Britain and MI-13.
That’s it for me. What are YOU looking at?
- Jeff Parker does a postmortem on Atlas with Chris Sims. To tell the truth, the 3-D Man arc didn’t do much for me, other than line the Agents up with the old What If…? issue. And those text pages in issue 5? No thanks.
- Legends of the Superheroes is making it’s way to DVD. Matt and I had the dubious pleasure of watching these last summer. If you’re a fan of things so cringe-worthy it makes your skin crawl (or casual race or age-ism) this is for you! (In all seriousness, these were pretty entertaining. Not necessarily good, but entertaining.)
- Check out the bat-pool. I think we’ve found Wayne Manor. You’d think he would keep it better-hidden.
- I usually don’t care for video articles, but I found this one with Mark Waid talking digital comics and piracy to be right on. It’s a complicated issue, but he’s trying. Interestingly, this comes out the same week that Steve Lieber spoke to folks pirating his book Underground and sales skyrocketed.
- Now that the January Previews has come out, it turns out that Marvel’s piggy-backing on DC’s $2.99 announcement was basically just their way of stealing some of DC’s thunder. Because nothing about their price points has changed.
- Finally, in the self-promotion department, I’ve fired up a new photoblog called “Christmas Threw Up On My House!“, which specializes in pictures of over-enthusiastic Christmas lights. It’s still new but I’m hoping to get a decent backlog of photos up by the time December rolls around. Please check it out, and pass the link around if you like it. I’d love to add any photos you may have, too.
In any given week there are approximately 32 books featuring either Wolverine, Deadpool, or both. And there’s more to come. Here’s a sample of titles you can look forward to reading at your local panel story pamphlet dispensary.
Agents of Deadpool
Deadpool: No Class
League of Extraordinary Deadpools
Deadpool: The End
Deadpool: Year One
House of Deadpools
Wolverpool, a Tale from the Amalgam Universe
Untold Tales of the Wolverine
Love and Wolverines
What if Wolverine…?
Wolverceratops vs Deadpooladactyl
House of Wolverines
On a whim I picked up Loki #1. It’s not a bad book, but it’s a only an adequate book. It’ll probably read better as a collected trade. This series continues the idea that Loki is a function of the stories told about him. We see how Loki remembers acquiring Mjolnir for Thor. It’s well told and the art is decent, but this issue didn’t set my world on fire. Disappointing since I like the character of Loki. It is nice that with Balder’s death, Thor is sure we’re on the road to Ragnarok… too bad there’s no JSA to stop it.
Chaos War #2 didn’t inspire as much love this week as its predecessor. It’s still enjoyable and the story is headed in an agreeable direction. If nothing else, the scenes with the Silver Surfer are more than entertaining. Pay close attention to those sound effects. This issue is all about putting the band together in order to confront the Chaos King. Disappointingly, there is no back up feature here.
For those who miss $5 words and an over abundance of alliteration spewing from Cobra Commander’s mouth, G.I. Joe: Real American Hero #159 is the book for you this week. The Joes are making a break from Cobra’s Silent Castle. Plenty of BATs and things blowing up; plus there’s a ninja battle.
Not the best week of comics. I’m hopeful that B&R will make up for mediocre things.