Marlowe Lewis returns for a weekend look at Killapalooza #2.
Marlowe Lewis returns for a weekend look at Killapalooza #2.
Or – “The Evil Empire And The Cold Warrior…”
The 1980′s have dawned in Astro City, leaving Royal and Charles Williams further apart than ever.Â Charles has been recruited by E.A.G.L.E., while Royal finds himself on the run from both the authorities and the militant loonies of Pyramid, whose training facilities he barely escaped last issue.Â Both brothers now know the name of the man who killed their parents, but getting close to a high-ranking agent of Pyramid won’t be easy, especially with Royal questioning the entire plan…Â
Or – “Off To Meet My Doom, Mom! See You After School!”
Comic book publishing schedules puzzle me. The Twelve hasn’t come out in what seems like a year, while Agents of Atlas is apparently on a bi-weekly status, and Spider-Man is coming out every sixteen minutes or so. Wolverine alone accounts for half the forests destroyed in the United States every month. The major publishers can’t seem to decide whether it’s a market for the celebrity auteur writer, or whether it’s the characters who sell the books regardless of creator. When Wolverine #73 came out a few weeks ago (before the publication of #72) it occurred to me that the entire industry is run by the pointy-haired boss from Dilbert, and that I should really just relax.
Or – “Wars Which Are Secret And Infinite Earths In Crisis…”
The arrival of a new issue of issue of Astro City is always a pleasant surprise for me, as Kurt Busiek’s magnum opus seldom, if ever, hits a false note.Â This issue officially takes us into the second half of the Dark Age maxi-series, as the story of the Williams brothers starts moving in a rather unexpected direction…
Or – “Additional Revenge of the Return of the Living Monolith!”
Woodland creatures with large-bore ballistic weapons?
Looks like it’s time for another round of RAPID-FIRE REVIEWS!Â With special guest star, Ted McGinnis!Â And Jerry Mathers as the Stephen!
Or – “Cut Me Some Slack, I Been Working ForÂ A Promotion…”
My day gig is a study in many things…Â Management theories.Â Inappropriate dress.Â The mating habits of the Bisexuals Of The Plains.Â But one thing that it is not, and has never been, is uncomplicated.Â Thus, I have come to you, our Faithful Spoilerites, with another batch of mini-reviews, just like a Chili’s mini-burger entree only less likely to make your @$$ look like a truck.Â (Also, be aware that I just barely decided not to do this one in limerick form, in honor o’ th’ wearin’ o’ the green…)
Or – “What Happens When I Continue To Fall Behind On Everything?”
What’s the scraping noise?Â Looks like the raccoon done busted out the heavy weapons, which means it’s time for another look at some of the comics that were too esoteric, too weird, or too numerous to look at individually: RAPID FIRE REVIEWS!Â BRAKKA BRAKKA BRAKKA!Â Make sure that the release lever is elevated, and that the debris shield is down, put on your safety goggles and PREpare… to REview!
Or – “Soooo, I Finally Got My Scanner To Work…”
Occasionally, you have a moment where life steps on your toes.
So far, December has stepped on my toes, kicked me in the shmeckle, thrown dirt at my face, stolen my girlfriend, poured salt in my gas tank, and eaten my last Oreo.
Okay… the whining is done, let’s talk ’bout comics!!!
Electronic Arts has announced its upcoming Mirror’s Edge video game is getting turned into a comic book from DC’s Wildstorm.Â This is quite the change from what seems to be the norm of having comic books turned into games and movies.
Mirror’s Edge the comic combines the talents of writer and story designer Rhianna Pratchett with artist Matthew Dow Smith. Pratchett is also wrote the script for the game, so everything is canon. The six-part comic series will introduce readers to Faith and her fellow â€˜Runnersâ€™ â€“ a “network of couriers who use acrobatic moves to avoid being detected as they traffic packages across a network of rooftops and aerial skyways.”
If you are at the show, EA and DC are distributing the first issue at the DC booth.
It’s going to be a slow day here at the Major Spoilers, as I’m out of town attending a broadcasting convention. Fear not, I’ll be back later in the day for some solicitations from DC as well as some other news.
In the meantime, check out this sneak peek of DC/Wildstorm: Dreamwar #1 that arrives in stores this week.
Or – “Astro City!Â Qu’est que c’est!Â Fa fa fa faaa fafa fafa fa faaah.”
(Five points to the Spoilerite who identifies the source of this review’s header quote, which has been boiling around in my head for over a decade, thanks to faithful Spoilerite Bruce/Prisoner.)Â Once again, we have an issue of Astro City in our hot little hands (Is it Christmas?) and this one is doubly compelling, covering one of the most unusual heroes of the AC universe: Beautie, the walking
Barbie fashion doll.Â I am on record now as saying I willÂ not be making any of the obvious Dream House jokes, nor will I be calling the issue “Beautie-ful” in an ironic fashion.Â Astro City deserves more respect than that.Â Even though I’m sure some readers (maybe even some of the ones reading right now!) looked over this issue as silly, or thought the character’s look or the mostlyÂ pink cover made it a “Girl Comic,” but those readers should always be haunted by the lost awesomeness of the tale herein…
Or – “It’s Always Darkest Before It Gets Pitch Black…”
Anymore it seems like late books are pretty much an accepted fact of the comics industry, both to the publishers and to the readers. When Superman and Wonder Woman have story arcs that just STOP, finishing up months later while the title goes off on a new arc, or when it takes a year to get an issue of All-Star $&@%&! Batman, I wonder if we’re really any better off than the days when ‘Dreaded Deadline Doom’ would stick a reprint or filler story right in the middle of Captain America’s run-in with the Secret Empire or Johnny Blaze’s big fight with the Hulk. On the other hand, we have Astro City, a book that we don’t EXPECT to hit a monthly schedule, but the quality is worth the quarterly schedule. The Dark Age is projected, if memory serves, as four linked miniseries, so we’ve not only hit the end of this book, but the mid-point of the story proper.