Or – “I’d Rather Be With Someone For The Wrong Reasons Than Alone For The Right.” Loners, as a concept, is troublesome. I’ve harped on it before, but having a superhero comic on the premise of NOT BEING a superhero kind of defeats the entire purpose, forcing the writers to jump through all sorts of hoops to give us a good story. Since comic books are, essentially, all second act with no finale (the better to make Batman last for 70 years) the creators of this title has bitten off a pretty big chunk that may not swallow easy. Previous
Time for the second half of Marvel sneak peeks arriving in stores this week. Today we bring you NOVA 6, PUNISHER WAR JOURNAL 11, SPIDER-MAN FAIRY TALES 4, THE LONERS 5, THOR 3, ULTIMATE POWER 7, ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN 113, ULTIMATE X-MEN 86, X-FACTOR 23, and X-MEN: EMPEROR VULCAN 1.
Or – “If Somebody Doesn’t Believe In Me, I Can’t Believe In Them.” I’ve been all over the map in my responses to the various issues of the Loners, and with this issue, I’m starting to understand why… There’s much more than six issues worth of story in these characters, and the writer is desperately trying to shove in as much as possible, and give each of them their own moment in the sun. The problem I’m finding is that we’re not dealing with a TEAM, we’re dealing with a disparate group of individuals who don’t really have anything in
The Loners have sold out once again at Diamond Comics. The series by writer C.B. Cebulski and artist Karl Moline takes a look at heroes who are anything but. Spinning out of the Runaways, The Loners follows five young heroes who want to get rid of their powers altogether and just be normal. Marvel has announced issue #3 has sold out at Diamond prompting C.B. Cebulski to exclaim, “A three-peat?!? Wow! I guess Marvel has a new ‘little book that could’ on its hands. As I’ve been a Marvel zombie pretty much since birth, being allowed to write a comic
Or -“Do You Realize It’s SNOWING In My Room?” I’ve reiterated over and over what bothers me about the Loners: If it’s a superhero comic, and the premise is that the characters are trying to avoid being superheroes (and treating their costumes careers as an addiction) then either they’re going to fail, making them seem weak, or they’re going to succeed, and it won’t be much of a superhero book. This issue takes that inherent contradiction, adds some silly pathos, and at least one emotional outburst worthy of “The Bold & The Beautiful,” and the results are… less than satisfying.
Or – “You Realize If We Played By The Rules, Right Now We’d Be In Gym?” People in the Marvel Universe lay a lot of blame at the feet of Peter Parker, calling him a menace, a criminal, accusing him of things that he couldn’t POSSIBLY have done unless he could be in three places at once, acting so differently that he might as well have been written by three different people. *uncomfortable silence* Uh… yeah. But in any case, among the things that absolutely, unequivocally ARE the fault of Peter Parker are the plights of the kids called the
Marvel Comics has let us know Loners #2 has sold out at Diamond. The limited series is a spin-off from the Runaways series featuring a teen hero support group. A Marvel spokesperson told us the company has no plans to go back to print on this issue at this time, but suggests you ask your retailer if they have any issues left. Hey, don’t be afraid to ask, there is a good chance he has a stack behind the counter he is coveting for himself. To get you fired up over the upcoming issue #3, Marvel has sent Major Spoilers
Or – “Does Barry Manilow Know That You Raid His Wardrobe?” The Marvel Universe. A place of myth and legend (so long as you’re a geek like us.) It’s greatest strength is the myriad of characters, interacting, changing (within reason), growing (as long as it doesn’t affect revenue) and bouncing off one another. Every Marvel character has a following, and if you don’t believe me, google and see how many people are happy to see Armadillo turn his act around. Unfortunately, the greatest weakness of the Marvel Universe is the same thing: It’s myriad of characters blah blah blah fishcakes.
We all have our addictions, heck I have a whole room devoted to this crazy hobby. What if you had an addiction to being a superhero? That is the premise behind Loners #1. Originally appearing in the pages of Brian K. Vaughan’s Runaways, Darkhawk, Turbo, Ricochet, Green Goblin, and Lightspeed are all grown up and trying to stay out of spandex. But quitting is easier said than done. Marvel sent us a whopping seven page preview for you to check out.