New York has been carved up into sections controlled by violent gangs who will stop at nothing to protect their turf. In this chaos, a group of not-quite-heroes in funny outfits find themselves caught in the crossfire. Warring factions as well as shadowy forces behind the scenes conspire to use and/or kill them, while the anti-heroes try to run the gauntlet to return to their home. It makes a good movie, but will it make a good comic? (Just go watch The Warriors, OK? I’ll wait.)
A trope is a recognizable theme used in storytelling. The kidnapped princess, the final battle, the training montage, these are all tropes we have seen again and again. Usually recognition of a familiar trope is a good thing, it lets the audience know how they should feel about things and sets them up either for a satisfying conclusion or an excited twist. But what happens when a trope goes stale? When you can’t watch two hours of TV without seeing the same situation over and over, like the wriiers just emptied their cliche bladders all over the place? Some themes have suffered this fate, through excessive use now they accomplish the opposite of what the writers want, to take the viewer out of the experience. What follows is a list of tropes that I find tiresome, troubling and most of all trite.
Or – “What He Means Is Old Testament, Mr. Mayor, Real Wrath-Of-God Type Stuff.” So, Marvel’s solicitations have been making a great mystery over who or what Norm-O’s “secret weapon” is.Â Last issue, we found that founding Dark Avenger Sentry has once again gone ‘El Bonzo Seco,’ and may have an agenda all his own.Â These two statements are probably related in some way, and since he is ostensibly the most powerful creature in the Marvel Universe, this could be “crossing-the-streams” bad…
Or – “Where’s My Santa On The Shaver, Dammit?” Sometimes the holidays turn into a blur of food and family and spectacle, like the Roman Empire right before the Dark Ages. When that happens, it’s good to have Rapid Fire Reviews: Reading the comics, so you don’t have to!
Â Or – “Whatever Happened To Noh-Varr?” One of the more vexing things about the Dark Avengers title is the fact that, because of the timing of the stories, Noh-Varr (aka Marvel Boy and the latest Kree warrior to call himself Captain Marvel) disappeared from Norman’s team MONTHS ago our time, but has apparently been missing for approximately 16 minutes in the stories.Â This annual promises to tell us where theÂ hero has been, but the question is, will the answers be meaningful, or will they just set up the next big crossover event?
Or – “When Venom Is The Voice Of Reason, Something Is Very, Very Wrong…” “Wait, we’ve been bought out by WHO?”Â Or would that beÂ whom?Â I can never remember.Â But, man, the Dark Avengers certainly look surprised to see something, don’t they?
Marvel announced issue nine of Dark Avengers series has sold out at the distributor level, prompting the company to send the issue back to press.Â Interior artist Mike Deodato also provides the variant cover to the reprint that arrives on November 04, 2009. via Marvel
Or – “HowÂ To Do A Crossover…” Hey, look!Â It’s the much-awaited return of AVENGERS DOUBLE-FEATURE!!!Â For some months now, the Olympian known as Ares has remained unaware of the activities that his son has been engaging in with Nick Fury’s Secret Warriors.Â That situation is about to change, and the God of War is about to register his discontent with Nicholas J. Fury.Â Parent/Teacher conferences have never been this interesting…