This week on the show: You got your Doctor Who in my Star Trek! Milo Manara, Legion of Super-Heroes, even MORE Star Trek, Venom, and Mondo. PLUS! Your comments and questions.

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NEWS
Doctor Who/Star Trek Crossover announced
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Stephen
STAR TREK LEGION OF SUPERHEROES #5
Writer: Chris Roberson
Artist: Jeffrey Moy, Philip Moy
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Cover Price: $3.99
SOLICITATION: In the distant past, one team of Legionnaires and Starfleet officers come face to face with the force that erased both of their timelines from existence, while in the altered 23rd century another team confronts the latter-day version of that same force. But now that they know how history was changed, can anything be done to set things right?

Rating: ★★★★½

Rodrigo
MONDO #1
Writer/Artist: Ted McKeever
Publisher: Image Comics
Price: $4.99
SOLICITATION: Catfish’s daily grind of “enhancing” poultry comes to a halt when he is accidentally tripped up by a loose chicken, causing him to fall victim to his own process. What proportions of his that were once human are now beyond anything normal. Add villainous corporate and military big wigs, a roller-skating weapon-toting chick named Kitten Kaboodle, a gang of tattooed babies, and there’s still that enormous beach monster…
And what you have is MONDO, in all its raging glory!

Rating: ★★★½☆

Matthew
Venom 13.1
Story by Rob Williams
Art by Lee Garbett

This was a good ‘un. This is the kind of light and fluffy whiz-bang comics that brings back the “fun” people say is lost from comics. In this issue we have a strange group of characters facing off against equally screwy enemies and the result is lightning paced entertainment. I know changing creative teams every issue is a gamble, but if this is any indication this is going to be a fun little event.

Rating: ★★½☆☆

GEORGE
Scarlet Spider #2
Writer: Christopher Yost
Artist: Ryan Stegman
Publisher: Marvel
Cover Price $2.99
• Spinning out of Spider-Island, a new era of web-walloping action continues!
The new Scarlet Spider makes some new friends ñ and deadly enemies ñ on the streets of Houston!

Rating: ★★★★☆

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The Milo Manara Library
Dark Horse continues to bring the works of Italian comics master Milo Manara to American audiences with Volume 2 of The Milo Manara Library! This deluxe hardcover, newly translated by Eurocomics expert Kim Thompson, features the sweeping historical epic El Gaucho, the second of Manara”s storied collaborations with his mentor Hugo Pratt, author of the internationally acclaimed Corto Maltese. Rounding out this volume is “Trial by Jury,” a series of shorts, never before published in the US, in which some of history”s most notorious figures undergo a mock trial. The Manara Library offers English-language readers a chance to experience the illustrative storytelling of a true comics master.

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10 Comments

  1. February 15, 2012 at 11:02 am — Reply

    I believe Mondo is set to be a 3 issue limited series and I loved issue 1! Very stylized art, very different from your standard Marvel/DC books, and the story is weirdly cool. The cover price is pretty high, but you don’t see books like this every day so I didn’t mind quite as much. That chicken is totally freaking me out, and I can’t wait to see where it’s headed.

  2. LemmyCaution
    February 15, 2012 at 1:46 pm — Reply

    Nice issue, with a wide variety of topics covered. I was unfamiliar with Milo Manara, and now I will check out his work, since it comes highly praised. Well, the art anyway.

    Oh yeah… that 180-degree rule for film and video? It’s more commonly called “crossing the line.”

    Thanks for the issues with the issues I care about…

    • February 15, 2012 at 9:54 pm — Reply

      It’s called a lot of things, but Matthew went with the 180-degree rule, even after we mentioned all the others.

      • Gammafighter
        February 16, 2012 at 2:11 pm — Reply

        Yesterday I listened to issue #285 or #286, in which the MSP crew reviews Elmer. Matthew referenced the 180-degree rule, which was the first time I ever heard of it. Today, the very next day and almost 100 issues later, Matthew brought it up again. Stop messing with my brain!

      • February 16, 2012 at 5:36 pm — Reply

        It’s called a lot of things, but Matthew went with the 180-degree rule, even after we mentioned all the others.

        Because I’m an unconformist.

        • LemmyCaution
          February 17, 2012 at 9:38 am — Reply

          It’s just that I have never heard anyone on a set or in the field say “Stop! You are breaking the 180-degree rule.” I have heard them say “You’re crossing the line.” That’s why I suggested it was “commonly” called that, not insisting. Jeez! Try to be helpful around here… :)

          My brain… is on… fire…

          • February 17, 2012 at 10:12 am — Reply

            I always remembered it as ‘crossing the axis…’

  3. February 15, 2012 at 5:02 pm — Reply

    Matthew, regarding Venom – So here’s the basic set-up. In the main Venom storyline, Flash Thompson was blackmailed into going to Vegas to fetch a MacGuffin for the Crime Master from some hilariously gothy casino owner. Meanwhile, Red Hulk was sent to fetch Flash for going AWOL with the Venom symbiote. X-23 was there to kill some clones of her that the casino owner was cloning, to prevent them from becoming weapons like her (so yeah, murder them!!!). And Alejandra Ghost Rider was basically lured to Vegas by the casino owner starting up some demonic ritual by sacrificing some innocents, with Johnny Blaze in hot pursuit trying to convince her that she can’t handle it.

    As it turns out, the casino owner is actually Blackheart, and this is all a set-up to bring Hell to Earth, so his father will finally love him. Johnny Blaze contacts the Sorcerer Supreme before setting up a forcefield with some magic amulet to prevent Hell from spreading further than Las Vegas, then takes over Alejandra’s role in a demonic centrifuge so she can go fight alongside the other guys vs. Blackheart. Then they look in a mirror, their mirror opposites pop out, and bang, you’re at issue 13.1.

    That took way too long to explain, but it’s actually a stupid fun read. Not groundbreaking or anything, but entertaining enough.

    It’s ludicrous that these are labeled .1, .2, etc. rather than their own Gang of Four miniseries or whatever. The .1 was good in theory, but in execution it’s been ridiculous. Either terrible recaps, like you mentioned, or an excuse to doubleship the title, or something like this which doesn’t even make sense. So .1 issues now look like inessential cash-ins, rather than a place to introduce new readers. The whole concept is diluted to the point of irrelevance and confusion.

    But all that doesn’t keep the content in this minseries from being decent.

    • LemmyCaution
      February 17, 2012 at 9:40 am — Reply

      I was going to go with better than “decent.” I thought 13.0 and 13.1 were pretty good, even with the inclusion of Red Hulk.

      But 13.2? Not so much. Downgraded to “decent.”

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