Thursday, June 14, 2007

Temperamental Musings

I just got done reading New Avengers #31. Arrggghhh! What kind of crap was that nonsense that this issue was a must have? That it would be on par with Captain America #25? What a bunch of over-exagerated hype.

I pretty much want a refund, but I don't want my retailer to pay the price.

In better news, I have been reading my Manhunter run the last few days and it holds up beautifully. Good stuff. All of you who haven't read Manhunter need to give it a try. Go grab a trade or pick up some back issues. We need to get some support going again to get the book back. I miss it terribly.

Countdown still hasn't gotten quite there yet for me. I am still waiting to see Kyle Rayner, and I am wondering why Donna Troy has been paired up with Jason Todd. The Mary Marvel and Jimmy Olsen storylines do interest me, and I hope to see them warm up sooner then later.

Otherwise I am pretty bummed. I read Strangers in Paradise #90 and loved it, but kept feeling sad because it was the end. How Terry Moore has held up so well during such a poignant and emotional time is beyond me, because it rips my guts up. I am hoping to read that series again this weekend and in the next few weeks.

Bottom line: pissed about New Avengers, sad about Strangers in Paradise, and hopeful that Manhunter will come back. Definitely undecided about Countdown.

To top it off, I am sore and irritable from working out so much this week. Hand me the ibuprofen!

What are your thoughts on this week's comics?

13 comments:

Lisa said...

Don't even get me started on the New Avengers thing. Now, Marvel's people DID say it wasn't Cap 25 big - but they did claim it was big. Maybe even Civil War 1 big - so thats how much we ordered. Now that everyone is all up in arms with Marvel about not living up to the hype, they're claiming that as time goes on the events at the end of the issue WILL become more and more relevant. So, I guess if I hold onto it for a year, maybe someone will care about it. At my store it sold well, but only as well as usual, not any better. I think had the news after the issue came out been "yeah, this IS HUGE" then we'd be getting more people coming in for it, but instead people read it and said, like you, "I'm disapointed. It was nothing." So no one else who wouldn't pick it up is going to seek it out now.

One thing to note - Marvel is working on Daredevil #100 and getting all of the comic's greats to contribute to the issue. In the last press release they said there was still one creator they were trying to get - and Miller was the only creator not listed as already signed on to contribute. So, maybe this is their way of showing Miller that they DIDN'T really undo his killing of Elektra after all. A kiss and make up move that they hyped and pushed so it would have good sales numbers and they could convince Miller to do something for DD 100.

As for Donna and Jason - both were dead and now alive. Could it be due to the multiple earths? I'm thinking the pairing is all due to the fact that they're alive and shouldn't be.

Elayne said...

Calm down, Manhunter is coming back. It's just on a few months' hiatus right now. I know the inker can't wait to get back to work on it. :)

I actually think you and a lot of other politically-inclined feminist comics readers are going to like Manhunter MORE when it comes back than you even have so far. But of course I'm not at liberty to elaborate.

Swinebread said...
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Swinebread said...

come on, drop Avengers... I did a few years back, and I feel so much better...

Carl said...

I don't want to be Judge Mental butttttttttt the biggest shocker of that post was that you were still reading one of the worst rebooting of a classic comics of time. The New Avengers is New Coke. The Star Wars Prequels. Star Trek: Enterprise. Anything pretending to be a Jonny Quest show after 1968. It's pretending there is no difference between the brilliant Saturday Night Live of the '70s and the zombie show of 2007 that no one watches. I wouldn't read it unless forced at gunpoint, thankyouverymuch...

And while I've read WW III and Countdown, I've found them very bewildering since I couldn't afford to keep up with 52 and lots of books. As a long time DC fan, I simply don't know who a lot of the characters are and what the hell is going on. Anyone want to put a faq on this? Would be nice. And the whole world war with Black Adam? Jeez, who's in charge here? No one? There's a lot of the DC Universe that used to laugh at this guy and could beat him in half a book or less.
And I have to admit, I'm pretty crisis'd out. I'm tired of the two main comic universes in pretty much total chaos all the time now. Wouldn't it be nice to pick up a comic with a well-known, familiar and beloved superhero and enjoy a story that's just *about them*? Like Batman or Green Arrow or Spider-man helping people?! Man, what a strange concept...
And I have slowly but surely getting Manhunter back issues. I suppose I should have waited for the collected but at 50 cents at cons, a bit too tempting.
Welp, we are gone on a working vacation to Washington D.C. boobye for now!

JohnH985 said...

I read New Avengers and when I got to the last page I went "Huh?" This was the big surprise. Though I am glad it wasn't shown that some evil mastermind was behind everything that's been going on lately in the Marvel U. Reading an interview with Bendis I do kind of like the idea he has here, that skrulls could be any hero and that there are some out there that we will be surprised by. I guess it depends on how they handle it, but I don't think this was the big even they promised.

Lisa said...

I guess we're supposed to think of this reveal more like one we'd get in the TV show "Lost." Where it might not seem big now, and we're just left going "hu?" but then later we'll find out that it actually IS something important and that there is a lot more to it.

And... remember they brought Captain Marvel back to life, and he's a Kree, lifelong enemies of the Skrull. We havn't seen much with Marvel since they brought him back, and he knows he's going to die of cancer anyway, so he's got nothing to loose.

Heidi Meeley said...

Lisa, thank you for the tip on Daredevil #100. I think you are right on that!

I also think you are right about Jason and Donna. I guess I am a little disapointed to not see Kyle Rayner with Donna as they had since rekindled a friendship during Ion. Maybe later?

New Avengers= big hunk of crap. I am crossing my fingers it doesn't hurt the retailers too badly and that there is actually a payoff from this issue down the road. I appreciate your perspective to be sure.

Heidi Meeley said...

Elayne, you have made my WEEKEND with that! I am going to sit here gleefully for the next few hours. I will be patient and happy now!

Heidi Meeley said...

Swinebread, I have to agree there. God I feel so used.

Heidi Meeley said...

Carl, have a wonderful trip! I will miss ya!

Heidi Meeley said...

John, it is definitely a wait and see, isn't it? I am still really disapointed, so I am waiting for the big payoff!

Heidi Meeley said...

Lisa, that is very interesting points you make. Hmmm...

I love that you figured that out!