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Old Man Wolverine

I think I’ve effused love for this storyline previously, but it finally hit the shelves as a collection and figured this is a good opportunity to get it out to those who prefer the format with a spine as opposed to the floppies.

A total masturbatory future/alternate world story, it’s almost hard to write one of these that isn’t fun – but it’s happened enough that when it’s done right it should still be noted. Millar did very well in the same way that a good pop song hits you on the radio. The song hits all the right notes, good cadence, simple, and instantly memorable. Millar didn’t attempt to squeeze too much minutia or detail into the book, using allusion as opposed to elaboration to get to his ends. It’s one of the keys to quality writing, but especially in the visual story telling world. With a book, you read and paint the picture in your own mind. Comics give you the picture too… so if there’s no gaps for your mind to explore, the book leaves nowhere to roam outside the frame. Old Man Logan nailed this.

Oh and Steve McNiven is the king of the mountain of artists these days. Perfect tone and pacing,  and the graphic finale of this story matched that ‘instantly memorable’ quality that Millar set throughout.

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Wait, Norman Osborn and Gwen Stacy?

One of the weakest storylines in the history of Spider-Man. It’s ugly.

Essentially, Norman Osborn aka the Green Goblin had a brief encounter with Gwen Stacy, and she had twin children. The twins had the tainted Osborn blood, sought out Spider-Man for revenge, etc… none of it was all that cool. I remember the outrage when the story was fresh and it was just nothing that got me riled up. But in the wake of it now, what a waste of a story. Do some research for yourself and you’ll quickly find that J. Michael Stracyznski had this to say about the story in it’s whole.

In an e-mail to popular comic book website Newsarama, Straczynski claimed that he regretted the version of Sins Past that went to press, and that he had hoped to “retcon” it out of continuity during the events of the recent One More Day storyline: “I wanted to retcon the Gwen twins out of continuity, which was something I always assumed I could do at the end of my run. I wasn’t allowed to do this, and yes, it pissed me off. I felt I was left holding the bag for something I wanted to get rid of, and taking the rap for a writing lapse that I had never committed.”

Oof. Well here’s a trade, on the cheap, of the second half of the Osborn Twin saga. Why would I even post this? Because it’s such an abomination that it almost needs to be read.

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Leinil Francis Yu original art

Two page spread from Wolverine #140, by Leinil Francis Yu. I couldn’t NOT post this – it’s just too awesome. If you’ve seen Yu’s recent work, look at this piece and see the evolution. He still has a very similar style, but there is a bit of a less discernible use of detail lines. I see a lot of similarities here (in his Wolverine and especially Nightcrawler) to that of Carlos Pacheco – strong facial angles and a good use of negative space. Love this. I spy an Optimus Prime too…

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Top 100 Summer Comics #43

Sometimes you need a light-hearted and fun hero romp. Wieringo and Waid’s Fantastic Four sates this sweet tooth quite nicely.

But when you are looking for something with a little bit more of a bite, the art of Mike Deodato comes to the plate perfectly. His style has grown over the years but the depth and tone of his art has always been a strong point – he creates mood with his strong, crunching lines and stoney detail. A recent example…

#43 – Dark Avengers 1

Basically a twist on the theme of Thunderbolts, reformed villains and borderline anti-heroes are joined together under the new Hoss of the Marvel U, Norman Osborn, under the tag of Avengers. The premise is nothing special, but what brought the series to a higher level was Deodato. Much like his run on Thor in the ’90s, and his term on the Bruce Jones written Hulk earlier this decade, Deodato’s pacing and dark edges gave what could have been a “good” book a Great book.

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Top 100 Summer Comics #60

It is well documented that there is a lot of love for an alternaverse storyline here on comicnoize.

The last truly well done series that did this in a steady flow way was this, a surprise hit from a relatively remote corner of the x-books.

#60 – Exiles 1

Props for this being the Marvel equivalent of Sliders meets Quantum Leap. A fun team book gathering random mutant folk from various realities as they travel into… other realities. In a very similar way to Thunderbolts being a hot Marvel team book in the late 90’s / early 2000’s, Exiles captured that same spirit and newness to a well beaten path.

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Top 100 Summer Comics #68


I’m guilty. Been crazy at work. But got time for this post, and a big handful tomorrow. As many, many, many wise man have said…

Git ‘er dun. (I Cringed.)

#68 – Fantastic Four 554

It was all new. It was exciting. It was… the same old Fantastic Four. The team we have known for going on 50 years VERY soon. But after some ehh years (excluding the Waid / Weiringo team) the FF have had a lot of poorly directed storylines.

Mark Millar came in and kicked ass. (Full of puns today, I’m trying to rein them in.) He took the original recipe, stripped away all the superfluous nonsense and revitalized this series, even if it was just a brief run. This being the first issue really gave the gravity that while this was your father’s fantastic four, it was finally as sharp, fresh, and quick as the original series had been in 1963. It had all of the equatable (galactic implications x family conflict) needs without any of the (convoluted history x complicated family melodrama) failings that plague the series. The dialogue speaks volumes – it’s been at least 30 years since anyone’s written Mr. Fantastic as well as Millar did here.

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100 Days of Summer Comics… #97

It’s amazing what a creative team can do.

Often we forget, and I think the comic companies do too, that a great character is absolutely nothing without a great writer and artist behind him.

The Avengers have often been a testament to that.

So when Brian M. Bendis and David Finch stepped up to the plate, it was like watching Shaquille O’Neal signing with the L.A. Lakers – greatness reborn.

#97 – Avengers 500

Things had gotten weird. Chuck Austen didn’t exactly knock it out of the park. In fact, it was a really weird combination, a quick modern writer writing snappy and snippy Avengers stories. I think I enjoyed it more than most, and I still get shivers thinking about some of his lower moments.

And so starts the true beginning of the Bendis Age of Marvel. The house of ideas had some cracks in the foundation. Tear it down. Rebuild. This laid down the groundwork for House of M, Civil War, Secret Invasion, and Siege. Essentially 60% of the Marvel catalog can give credit to Avengers #500 as an ancestral story root.

For comic fans of any and all eras, this is a comic book you can pick up and jump in. I really enjoyed how accessible comics were for a few years in the early 2000’s at Marvel – they knew the best way to get people on board was to open all the gates, and this issue is a great example of that. The art is perfect, some of my favorite David Finch work – think Jim Lee on crack – hyper realistic with just a touch more grit.

Inhuman Fine Art

I’ve been in a real wall decor mood lately. Posters galore.

But this one needs a frame.

A grand frame, perhaps detailed gold leaflets, masterpiece style.

Because when you have a $3500 painting of the BLACK BOLT in your house, you’ve just purchased yourself a whole lot of class in my book. (This painting was also the cover of the very good miniseries, Son of M.) John Watson, you are a fine artist, and if I were a richer man this would be on my wall.

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New and Old New Mutants Posters

Leave it to my luck for me to start dwelling on the Days of Future Present crossover and fate puts something in my way for potential purchase.

Damn you. I was just getting ahead on bills. Must. Not. Click. Buy…

Okay. Think I made it. It doesn’t hurt that this is a pretty unappealing poster. I don’t even think an intern designed it, they just went to the local Duane Reade and said to the stock boy, “HEY. Here’s a dollar. Design something that looks uninteresting!”

I’ll say this – the covers actually look WAY cooler on the poster than they ended up. When they went to print they added a border design and the images really got chopped. Pretty cool to see them in this form. Maybe this would look cool fram- STOP.

Oh and while we’re at, how about a couple of other New Mutants related gems?

Pretty nifty new poster for the recent New Mutants series. I dig it, and they all look spot on, but it lacks a quality that this next poster has in spades…

TIMELESS. This 24×36 Alex Ross poster tugs at my Bill Sienkiewicz fan heart-strings and hits all the right beats for anyone who appreciates the New Mutants mach 1.0 (or 2.0 but who’s counting.)

But for those who prefer a lil’ more Liefeld with their New Mutants… well here you go. Widows Peaks’ and all.

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Arthur Adams, Chapter 1: Deep Pockets

Great artists die hard.

I think like the great John Travolta, Arthur Adams had a lil’ bit of the Phoenix Force in his guts too. Because after being on the outskirts of mainstream comics for much of the 90’s, Arthur Adams has returned with the gusto he had in the 80’s, and then some.

I’d go as far as to say that his art has now reached the apex that it only hinted at back in his younger days – he has finally nailed down a high grade of consistency that is almost unmatched in not only it’s detail, but the nearly effortless energy it exudes. Like Michael Jordan and basketball, Arthur Adams was put on this planet to draw comic books.

To celebrate that, I decided to go with a dual post on Mr. Adams, and this will be for the higher end. So get out your checkbook (or paypal account) and get ready to bleed for these. But believe me – they’re worth every penny.

How can you go wrong with Colossus, Storm, and a giant magical dog? Trick question, you can’t.

A “new era” piece by Adams, this is from the recently published Ultimate X series. Getting a lot of attention from bidders already.

My favorite of the bunch, absolutely awesome recreation of the first appearance of Wolverine, from Incredible Hulk #181.

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