Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Wednesday Comics, May 27th, 2009

Hands down the BEST day of the week! In a world constantly plagued by government agencies announcing the latest thing that's out to kill us, celebrities and the moral vacuum they tend to inhabit, and the general day-to-daydouchery that many of us manage to encounter around each and every corner, Wednesdays are the day of the week where my world stops and asks the question, hey, Captain America, how are things in your neighbourhood? Or perhaps, Doctor Doom, I hear you have a new world-conquering scheme you've been cooking up, how about giving us a little taste? So kiddies, let's have some fun. My pull list this week is as follows and in no particular order:
New Avengers #53
X-Force #15
Elektra: Dark Reign #3
Ms. Marvel #39
Guardians of the Galaxy #14
The Incredible Hercules #129
X-Men Legacy #224
The Hood: Dark Reign #1
Avengers the Initiative #24
Ultimate Wolverine Vs. Hulk #6
The Immortal Iron Fist #26
Avengers Invaders #11
Green Lantern #41
Justice Society of America #27
Superman #688
Justice League of America #33
Wonder Woman #32
Dark Horse
Star Wars Legacy #36

Now some of you might be saying, clearly this fellow doesn't have a whole lot of financial responsibility if he's able to buy all of those comics in just one week, and.... well, that would be a pretty fair statement. I mean certainly it takes a pretty high level of commitment to read so many things but these have been my reading habits since I was 12 and I can't imagine them changing anytime soon. Now, the point of my weekly Wednesday comics posts isn't so much to review any particular issues, though I will make comments in regards to many of them throughout, but rather I wish to explore what these comics means to me on a far deeper level than simply saying, the Hulk punches Wolverine in the face therefore this comic rocks; if that's all you're taking away from your comic book experiences, then all the power to you but chances are you have the intellectual capacity of an orangutan.

You may have noticed that I listed my marvel titles first, and not only that, but they are in far more of an abundance than my DC list. The fact of the matter is, DC has recently scorned me, and like a scorned lover after the dissolution of a tawdry affair, I hold a grudge. Truthfully I just find Marvel to be much more interesting; they have taken a lot more chances in the last few years, (House of M, World War Hulk, Civil War, Secret Invasion, and currently, Dark Reign) and though not all of them were stories of success, they slept in the bed they made. DC on the other hand, well, they just don't take chances, (Infinite Crisis, Countdown, and Final Crisis) they promise big changes, and yet the status quo hardly seems compromised. Earth was transformed into Apokolips, and yet where is the aftermath for that in any of DC's titles?? And the ballsy move that DC recently made a la Batman R.I.P. well, that storyline was a complete waste of time, and they didn't even kill him at the end. In fact he "died" in issue 6 of Final Crisis (because apparently now Darkseid's omega beams no longer actually kill people, they just leave behind a smoking corpse while at the same time transporting the target into Earth's past. No, they didn't use a condom when they mind-fucked any of us and we should probably all get ourselves checked).

Even if you aren't the biggest Marvel fan, and for a while I really wasn't I was far more entrenched on the DC side of the equation, you've got to give it up to them for sticking to their guns. After poorly conceived stories like House of M (I mean, the X-Men universe STILL feels the ramifications of that storyline TODAY. And that's like 5 years later, which is essentially a lifetime in the comic industry). And once again, via New Avengers, Marvel is shaking up the status quo. AGAIN! And this time their sights are on the universe of magic and one institution of the Marvel universe that hasn't seen a significant change in years; the sorcerer supreme. That's right, there's a new magical mamajama in town, and it'll knock your pants off. And simply because I think it's fucking rad, I'm gonna say who it is. If you don't want to know then do not read the next sentence. The new sorcerer supreme is Brother Voodoo. Look me in the eye and tell me that isn't awesome. I'm not going to say anything else about this simply because it was revealed on the last page, and who knows, it could be a trick, but I like the concept if it's for real. Time will tell. Elektra Dark Reign deserves honorable mention; it has been great so far, in fact, all the Dark Reign stuff is really really good. Now is a great time to be a Marvel fan.

On the flip side the book I was really excited to read in the DC universe was Green Lantern. That is the exception to the rule in the DCU simply because it's written by DC's best writer, Geoff Johns. Green Lantern is certainly the place to be, especially this summer when Blackest Night kicks off, and so far the two Lantern titles have been amping the whole war of lights up big time. In Green Lantern we're currently being introduced to Agent Orange, guardian of the orange light. The light of avarice and greed. So far I've found the Orange lanterns to be the least interesting of the new lantern corps introduced thus far, and I have a feeling that Agent Orange won't play an overly significant role in the upcoming war, which is fine by me. I was also looking forward to reading the newest issue of Justice Society because Bill Willingham, writer of my FAVORITE indy book, Fables, is taking over creative duties, and was dismayed to find a fill-in storyline by Jerry Ordway, which was fine enough, but when you're jonesing for a steak and instead you get Chinese food, an hour later you realize you're hungry again.

Finally, I was very excited to see that the new wave of Marvel minimates shipped this week and I managed to pick up the Bucky Captain America and Red Skull two-pack, though the classic Iron Man with AIM Agent was arguing a strong case. I may have to pick that one up on my Sunday comic run.

By the way, for those of you who may be wondering, yes I've already finished reading this weeks released, I finished like 5 hours ago. I don't mess around.

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