Quick Hits!!!! With Marc

Hi everybody, Marc here.  It’s Christmas morning, and I’m up before anyone else, so I decided to get a review out for all you egg nog-guzzlers.  I haven’t read anything that garnered enough content to warrant a review, but I have lots of comics that garner a one or two sentence response!  That’s better than nothing, right?  So here we go!1.  Spider-Man #700.1 &.2, Written by – David Morrell, Art by Klaus Janson

Tim talked about these on the podcasts, and I wanted to put in my two cents.  These comics are indeed badly-written and were a mess editorial-wise.  First of all, they were written in 2007, or something like that, and they put them out now, when the main character is dead, with no mention of that being resolved!  Not even a note at the beginning.  I’m sure this led most people to think this had something to do with Peter Parker coming back, or it being important to the over-all story.  Also, this is the most quiet, maudlin Spider-Man I’ve ever read!  I know that’s supposed to be part of the story, he’s worn-out, tired, cold, etc. but that’s not really the character.  Peter’s a chatter-box.  Also, get upstairs and get to bed, Aunt May!!!!  Heat rises (Or cold sinks… whatever, science is hard) and being under lots of covers traps heat.  C’mon May, think!  Anyway, this comic felt like two things to me- 1.  An old man afraid of getting old/dying, and exorcising his anxieties in a Spider-Man comic.  Not the place, man.  And I don’t just mean about an elderly woman being in danger since she’s left alone.  The whole tone of the book and the whole “cold” metaphor… it just hit me like one big metaphor for the Autumn Years of someone’s life.  I know nothing about the writer, that’s just my interpretation.  I know this is more than a couple sentences, but the rest will be shorter.  Promise.

Quick 12.  America’s Got Powers #1, Written by Johnathon Ross, Art by Bryan Hitch

This was put out by Image Comics last year and generated a bit of heat, but I didn’t hear much about it after.  It was good, an original and interesting concept.  A meteor falls, making every pregnant woman suddenly give birth to a super-powered baby.  Some corporation puts the kids into power-training classes and eventually, they have to compete with each other on national TV.  It’s Rising Stars-meets-Reality TV.  The main character is the only kid born under these circumstances that didn’t get super powers, so he has to work the gift shop.  Insanity ensues.  Check it out, it was fun.

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3.  League of Extrordinary Gentlemen (Vol. 3): Century #1, Written by Alan Moore, Art by Kevin O’Neill

This was… an Alan Moore book.  I liked it fine, but I didn’t know who any of the literary characters were.  That’s the nice thing about the first volume of this series- you knew who all the major literary characters were.  A quick Wiki search filled me in, but it’s not as much fun when you have to look them up.  Also, a lady sings while a girl is gang-raped.  I don’t like that kind of stuff.

Quick 34.  Guardians of the Galaxy #9, Written by Brian Michael Bendis, Art by Francesco Francavilla

I don’t like Bendis’ writing, it’s too pithy and wordy for me.  This had less word bubbles than his usual stuff, so I didn’t mind it so much.  The art in it is AMAZING, though.  Francavilla is killing it, hardcore.  I wouldn’t picture him doing cosmic stuff, but he does it well.  Go read Afterlife With Archie to see Francavilla fully in his element.

Quick 45.  Nova #10 & 11, Written by Zeb Wells and Gerry Dugan, Art by Paco Medina and Carlo Barberi

This is a pretty good comic.  I dropped it and Tim picked it right back up, and I’m glad he did.  It’s fun and light, which is often a welcome change from all these nutso Events and 90s nostalgia comics we’ve got going right now.  Also, Gerry Dugan started writing this series with issue #11, and he’s awesome.  He’s on a D&D podcast called “Nerd Poker” with Brian Posehn, and it’s amazing.  They just record their D&D session.  It’s an epic, amazing storyline with professional comedians playing the characters, so it’s really funny.  Go listen.  And read Nova.

Quick 5Anyway, I’m sure I’ll do more Quick Hits when I have a little to say about a lot of things.  Now go open them presents!