UNCENSORED COMMENTARY for Comics Shipping Wednesday, June 11th, 2008

June 7, 2008

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May 25, 2008

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Secret Invasion and Thought Balloons

April 1, 2008

Hey everybody, the Secret Invasion Prologue story is up for FREE at Marvel.com. Go check it out now! From what I can tell this story won’t be included with issue #1 on Wednesday.


Secondly, the whole thought balloon thing is getting way out of control, I think. Everyone is ranting about how it takes the quality of Mighty Avengers down a notch or two and I can see their point but here’s what I think.

I think Brian Michael Bendis is using these thought balloons as a device to give readers something to go back and re-read once Secret Invasion hits. Let’s face it the Mighty Avengers team probably has more than one skrull on it. It is likely that once the reveals happen we’ll be able to go back and read those in a completely different way. We’ll be able to see what the skrulls were thinking or take them as hints that the characters were skrulls.

Ex: Ares’ thought of “I shall have you fair creature” is that a love crazed greek god or is that a skrull lusting after his human prey?


Things We Want…

March 1, 2008

We here at Von’s have very specific and somewhat eccentric tastes. If we ran the world we would already have these things but instead we are left wanting…

A Garth Ennis Punisher Omnibus-Starting with his Marvel Knights stuff and ending with his final arc of MAX stuff. Two or three volumes if need be.

A New Printing of the Planetary Vol. 1 Absolute Edition –Ellis and Cassaday at their finest in giant, oversized trappings.

A Direct Market Ultimate Spider-Man Collection – and a second volume of it.

All of the Amazing Adventures of the Escapist in TPB – or maybe an omnibus of all of them together to go next to Kavalier and Clay on the bookshelf.

More Battle Pope Cartoons – These things are hilarious. They’re on Spike TV’s website.

Affordable versions of the first trades of Justice League of America, Justice Society of America, and The Lightning Saga– I mean, COME ON DC!

John Byrne and Chris Claremont to knock it off – Seriously!

Arthur Adams to do interiors on a book for a good long run – I’m dying for it.

A Miracle Man TPB – Hurry up and make a deal jerks!

The Watchmen Movie NOT to suck

Cheap Chinese Food

Radio Stations to play good music

For it to rain chocolate covered pretzels at midnight every Saturday.

The Twelve vs. SuperPowers: A First Impression

February 13, 2008


By John “Back From the Dead” Kennedy

As many of you have noticed there are two comics out right now that are practically the same sort of story.  J. Michael Straczynski’s The Twelve and Alex Ross’ Project Superpowers are both are stories of World War II-era crime fighters brought from the 1940’s into the modern era. They both have characters with such names as Dynamic Man or The Fighting Yank, names that represent the new frontier that superhero comics had back in the Golden age but not seem kind of ridiculous. And finally, both seem to hint at something terrible on the edge of the horizon that only these heroes can stop.

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Buffy Season 8 Theories SPOILER ALERT!!!

February 7, 2008


So if you read this week’s issue, you might agree.

Joss Whedon seems to be somewhat pointing to Riley as the masked Big Bad for the 25 issue series. The amount of evidence that points towards this seems a little heavy handed so I’m betting it’s probably a fake out but here’s the facts.

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In case you missed it…

February 2, 2008


With all the (well deserved) hype and hoopla over the new Captain America and the Y the Last Man finale – not to mention new issues of both New and Mighty Avengers, Avengers Initiative, Daredevil and Action Comics – some of you might have missed a few books this week that are worthy of your attention. Here are three books that you should pick up if you already haven’t:

Project Superpowers #0 – Alex Ross and writing partner Jim Krueger’s new project is worthy of your attention if only because this issue (and it is an actual issue, not some lame preview book) is only a dollar. You get a full story and some bonus materials for less than half the cost of a regular book. The story revolves around a group of WWII era heroes, such as the Green Lama and the Fighting Yank, fighting (what else) evil in the world when one of their own causes all the heroes to disappear. The idea is similar to the recently released The Twelve from Marvel (also worth your time and money) but steeped in much more mysticism and magic.

Spider-man: With Great Power #1 – You may not care about another look into Peter Parker’s beginnings as Spider-man, because, yes, it has been done to death, but this book is worthy of your time and money if only because Tony Harris’ art is so nice to look at. Sure, I like writer David Lapham – his Stray Bullets is one of the great all-time indie comics – but it’s Harris that really shines in this book. Plus it’s got wrasslin’!

Wormwood: Calamari Rising #1 – Ben Templesmith, artist extraordinaire behind such books as Fell and 30 Days of Night, finally returns to his own horror-humor-gross out project. Meet Wormwood: a lively little worm that rides around in a corpse, patrolling the netherworld, saving the day, and crackin’ wise. It’s all good fun in this issue until some unknown force starts knocking a hole in the universe. You heard me.