Friday, 9 December 2011

Issue #12: An unashamed excuse for a Stan Lee moment.

A curious article from Washington newspaper The Huffington Post this week, reporting on a man who robbed a bank wearing a black Spider-Man costume last Wednesday afternoon.  The offender remains at large.  Check out the article here.
The article points out the possibility that the symbiote could have control of Spidey, and that our favourite web-spinner may not be to blame.  But I have another theory.  I’ve read enough Spidey to know that it’s more likely Spidey thwarted the robbery and saved the day, and that pesky J. Jonah Jameson has cooked this story up in his relentless campaign against our favourite web head!  (Man, Stan Lee must have loved being able to do that sort of rant in all those comics.  I might do that more often.)


Justice League #3   This issue sees Wonder Woman step into the title and bring a little light hearted comedy with her, as she walks around town spouting talk of harpies, she’s oblivious to how almost everyone else thinks she’s a weirdo.  Meanwhile the (as yet incomplete) Justice League pretty much spend the rest of the issue fighting Darkseid’s minions, and Wonder Woman joins the battle.  The re-origin of Cyborg is a supporting story here, and the League’s final member-to-be pops up on the last page.  Justice League is a must for Jim Lee fans, and is one of the nicest comics to look at in the 52.  The story is not for the impatient though.  Although action-packed, development is a slow burn and you’ll likely have to be devoted long term to get something out of it.  This will probably suit Justice League though, and the only complaint I have about this book is it’s white bread logo.  -Jem



Detective Comics #3   From what I’m reading and hearing, Detective Comics seems to be overlooked, even shitcanned in the shadow of the superior Scott Snyder/Greg Capullo Batman comic, and while fans of the dark knight are spoiled for choice right now, I recommend you don’t let Detective fall to the bottom of the heap.  Admittedly, and as at least one local reviewer pointed out, some of Batman’s detective monologues can be a bit silly, though I also found some lines in Arkham City to sound a bit cheesy, and I think if we put all comic book dialogue up for hard analysis we’d get more than a few chuckles and groans.  Three issues in, there’s two reasons why I’m sticking with this title.  Firstly, it’s sick and twisted in a way that makes me wonder what the 90’s Batman movies might have been like if they let David Fincher do them.  Secondly, this book, unlike so many these days, works as a monthly title.  I seem to remember just fine what happened in the last issue, and don’t feel like this would read better in a collected edition.  It’s Batman on the trail of a serial killer that cuts pieces off people and sews them to other bits of people, and who’s out for revenge against Gordon.  What’s not to like?  -Jem

All Star Western #3   An issue I quite enjoyed, although the odd couple of Jonah Hex and Amadeus Arkham I have so enjoyed seems to wrap up here.  A shame, because the interaction between these opposite characters is a real strength and offers up plenty to hang a good tale from.  But there’s a certain comedic angle to Jonah Hex I’ve come to like and I’m happy to follow him in this book.  That and the fact a brain-splattering gunfight can erupt at any given moment.  A good story with enjoyable dialogue, and pretty far from every other comic I collect.  Check it out if you haven’t already.  -Jem


Superman #3   Man, I’m on a huge Supes kick right now.  I can’t get enough of things to do with pretty much any shit that comes from Krypton.  And I dig this book.  Lois Lane gets a little more time in the first half, and I really like her integrity in her news producer role when there’s a Superman slam story in the works.  The man of steel faces off with another strange alien that mutters “Krypton” in it’s own strange language, this time one with freezing ice powers.  Supes doesn’t have time to solve the mystery and focuses on putting the beast down, but this one’s far from over.  The media is again used as a character and a plot device, this time to recap the story at the beginning and to commentate the battle as it’s being reported live.  Can’t wait for more.  -Jem

Black Panther #524   Black Panther fans are having their patience tested this year.  I’ve loved how T’Challa filled in for Daredevil after Matt Murdock’s hiatus following the events of Shadowland, when Daredevil The Man Without Fear became Black Panther The Man Without Fear, numbering remaining intact.  As The Black Panther worked without powers at street level in Hell’s Kitchen the book struck a chord with me.  Then the Fear Itself crossover landed, and while I didn’t mind where it went there was still that bane of the event crossover sticking in my paw, that things were going along just fine in my niche comic before everything was interrupted.  Then at #523.1 the book’s title changed to Black Panther The Most Dangerous Man Alive which while kind of badass doesn’t quite make sense, and now that Daredevil is back to his old self again one becomes confused as to whose book belongs to who.  And before there’s a chance to flesh out why Black Panther is considered the most dangerous man alive we arrive at #524, crossing over again, this time with Spider Island.  Now, had you not followed Spider Island, a Spider-Man event in which everyone in New York becomes infected with a virus granting them spider powers, you’d be fucked as to why the Black Panther suddenly has six arms.  I’ve read all of Spider Island and even I thought it was weird!  I guess the publishers wanted to keep continuity intact for all New York superheroes and I suppose that makes for a valid point, but the execution has to be good too, or it falls to shit.  All this aside, we should now be able to get down to business with BP for at least another six months, and there is an intruiging setup here where the Kingpin, working out of Shadowland, seems to have developed an interest in T’Challa’s home nation of Wakanda.  Kingpin’s chief attack dog Lady Bullseye looks set to be a possible recurring nemesis too.  The Black Panther’s a favourite of mine and hopefully we can look forward to this book regaining a little lost momentum.  -Jem

Thanks kids.  Ty and myself shall return next week.

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