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The “I Need Money so I’m Selling Stuff Comic Book Sale” Has Begun



Posted by Steve

So, here’s the deal, I need to get rid of some comics.  I am letting them all go.  HOWEVER, this is going to take a while because I have a lot of comics and haven’t really done a great job of keeping them filed and organized correctly over the past few years.  Unfortunately, I collected heavily through the late eighties and nineties.  Basically, I was there when the “boom and burst” happened.  So, you may not find anything very “special.” But, Ive got fun books, that I collected because I enjoyed, and maybe you’ll find something special to you.  The first box I am going through contains the following books listed (there are many more)  Books will be going for one dollar unless otherwise stated.  Shipping will be based on how much you order.  If you want to buy something e-mail me at  I will keep the post updated with what’s available and add new stuff as I get deeper into this box and into my other boxes.  If you have questions or want pictures, e-mail me at the above address.  If you see something that makes you say, “I wonder if he has…insert title/number here….ask away and I will check.

As new stuff is added, it will be in bold so make sure to check the bold faced titles added almost daily.

Happy hunting.


Here are the comics

– Marvel’s 1985: 6

– Adventure Comics (2009): 1

– Adventures of Superman 433, 500, 500 (Polybag S shield) 502, 503 (From the Death and Return of story), 517

– Amazing Spider-Man: 600 ($2)

– Aquaman (90’s): 0, 43

– Armageddon 2001: 1

– Avengers (1998): 40,

– Avengers 2001: 39

– Avengers Annual 17 (Evolutionary War conclusion)

– Avengers The Initiative: 21

– The Batman Adventures: 13 (50 cents)

– Batman: Shadow of the Bat: 11, 18 (Knightfall tie in)

– Blackest Night 1,2

– Captain Carrot and His Amazing Zoo Crew, 19 (50 cents)

– Captain Marvel (Marvel) (1999): 1, 27, 

Captain Marvel (Marvel)(2003): 1, 

– Challengers of the Unknown: 15

– Crisis on Infinite Earths 7 (Death of Supergirl. This one is $5) 9 (This one is $3)

– Daredevil: 187, 319(Fall from Grace Prologue Black Cover) Annual 4 (Atlantis Attacks Story Arc)  Annual 6 (Lifeform Story arc)

-Daredevil Man Without Fear Mini-Series by Frank Miller and John Romita Jr. 1 (Asking $3 for this)

– Dark Avengers 2,4-8

– DC 1,000,000 – 1-4

– DC Universe: Last Will and Testament 1

Deadpool:The Circle Chase (1998) 2

– Detective Comics: 845, 846

– Doom: The Emperor Returns: 2, 3

– The Doom Patrol: (1987) 2

– Exiles: 5

– Fantastic Four:  200 ($10),   250($3), 251-255, 257, 258, 260 (“Death” of Doctor Doom), 261, 262, 269, 270, 278, 279, 282, 283, 288, 294, 295, 297-302, 303, 304-309, 311, 320-346, 348-358, 361, 362, 375, 381,501-508, 557-560, 563 – 570 Annual 22(Atlantis Attacks), 23 (Days of Future Present)

– Fantastic Four: Big Town: 1

– Fantastic 4 – Dark Reign: 1, 3 -5  (of 5)

 Fantastic Four (Heroes Reborn): 6,

– Fantastic Four (Heroes Return): 1, 2, 6-8, 10-15, 24, 27, 28, 38,40, 50-66, 67-71(becomes 500)($3 each or the arc for $10)

–  Final Crisis : 1-4

Final Crisis: Legion of 3 Worlds: 1, 2

– Final Crisis: Requiem (One-Shot?)

– Final Crisis: Revelations: 1, 2

– Galactus The Devourer: 1

– G.I. Joe vs. Transformers (Image): 1,2

– Green Lantern  (1990): 46 (signed by artist M.D. Bright)($5),46 (unsigned Reign of the Supermen)($2) 47-50 (Emerald Twilight Storyline)($2 each or $5 for the story arc),51(Kyle Ranier takes on the Lantern Mantle)($2), 150

– Green Lantern (2005): 21-25 (Sinestro Corps War), 43 (Blackest Night Prologue)

– Green Lantern Corps: 13, 14 (Sinestro Corps War), 16-19 (Sinestro Corps War)

– Green Lantern Rebirth: 1-6

– Green Lantern versus Aliens: 1-4

Incredible Hercules: 120 (Secret Invasion Tie-in)

– Infinite Crisis: 6

-The Infinity Gauntlet: 6

– Ion: 1

– J2: 12 (50 cents)

– JLA: Welcome To the Working Week: One Shot prestige format ($2.00)

– JLA (Morrison run): 38

– Justice League of America (vol. 1): 160 (Whitman Cover) $5.00,

– Justice League America (2007): 21, 23, 24

– Justice Society (2007): 15-17

– Marvel Comics Presents:  57 (Featuring Wolverine and The Hulk), 95 (Featuring Ghost Rider and Cable)

– Marvel Team-Up: Annual 2 ($3)

– Marvel Two-In-One: 46, 50, 51, Annual 5 (Asking $2 each) 

– The Mighty Avengers: 14-17,19, 20 – 27

– The Mighty Thor/Thor: 410, 600-603, Annual 14 (Atlantis Attacks)

– Muppet Show: 1  (5.00) (it’s honestly not valued at that…but this one is hard to let go of) (yeah, I’m being that guy)

– The New Avengers: 41- 47 (Secret Invasion tie ins), 51, 52,55,56

-The New Avengers (2010): 1 (Blank Cover)

– New Avengers: The Reunion: 1

– New Warriors (1990): 1 

– New Warriors (2008): 11,14, 15

-Nightwing 147-149 (Batman R.I.P. story arc)

– Onslaught: X-Men and Marvel Universe

– Orion: 1, 2

– Peter Parker Spider-Man: 9 1, 92

– Power Man and Iron Fist: 100-101, 103-104 ($2.00)

– Punisher (2001 Marvel Knights): 1-3

– Quasar (1989): 1, 3-13,15,17

– Secret Invasion: 8 (of 8)

– Secret Invasion: The Amazing Spider-Man: 1-3 (of 3)

– Seceret Invasion: Inhumans 1-3

– Secret Invasion: Thor: 1, 3 (of 3)

– She-Hulk(2005): 30 – 32,34,35, 37

– Sinestro Corps Special

– Silver Surfer (1989): 35 (THANOS), (2.00) Annual 3

– Silver Surfer (2003): 1

– Smallville (2003): 1

– Spectacular Spider-Man:  257, 258, Annual 11 (The Vibranium Vendetta)

– Spider-Man: 40, 91 (Dusk Cover)

– Spider-Man Super Special 1 (1995) (Planet of the Symbiotes Story)

– Stan Lee’s Batman

– Stan Lee’s Superman

– Star Wars Legacy: 39 (more coming)

– Superman/Batman:48-52

– Superman Beyond 3-D (Final Crisis tie in): 1

– Superman: Blackest Night: 1

– Superman The Man of Steel: 22-24,26 (Reign of the Superman story arc continues in these titles), 38

– Superman: New Krypton (Sightings one-shot special)

– Superman Doomsday Hunter/Prey: 1-3 ($ 2.00 each or entire set of 3 for $5)

– Superman Secret Files 2009 (One Shot)

-Superman: World of New Krypton: 1-6

– Supergirl (90’s): 20

– Supergirl: 41, 42, 44

– Tales To Astonish : 8 This is the series from the late seventies/early eighties featuring The Sub-Mariner.  The Thing appears in this issue) ($4.00)

– Tales of The Sinestro Corps: Cyborg Superman

– Teen Titans (90’s): 19

– Thing/She-Hulk The Long Night One Shot

– Thor (2007): 9-11

– Thunderbolts: 25-77, 79,80, 121-125, 128, 131-134

– Thunderbolts: Life Sentences: One shot

– Titans (2008): 3

– Transformers Armada: 1-3

– Transformers Generation 1 – War and Peace (Dreamwave): 1-6 ($2 each or all 6 for $10)

– Transformers Generation 1- Volume 1 (Dreamwave): 3-6 ($2 each)

– Transformers/G.I. Joe (The World War II one) (Dreamwave): 1,2,4

– Transformers: The War Within: 1

– Trinity (DC): 1-15, 17-21

– The Ultimates: 5($2.00)

– The Ultimates 3: 1

– Ultimate Fantastic Four: 1, 2

– Uncanny X-Men:  224(2.00), 247(2.00), 250(3.00), 256-358(Acts of Vengeance)($4 each or $10 for all three)423

– Universe X: Issue X

– Voltron (Image): 2

– Web of Spider-Man: 107, 128

– What If…(1989-1998): 31, 91, 114

– Wolverine vs. Spider-Man (reprinting a story that ran in Marvel Comics Presents) (One -Shot)

– X-Men: 1, 25 (Wolverine loses the adamantium.  Hologram on the cover)(5.00 obo)

– Zero Hour: 4-1


Scarlett Letters – Wonder Woman #33 Reviewed!



Posted by Steve

Scarlett Lynn returns with her take on Wonder Woman #33. This is the Penultimate chapter of the Rise of The Olympian Story arc and big things are happening in the world of Wonder Woman. It’s kind of fitting that she’s been tied up with this while Superman has been dealing with Kryptonians and Batman has been…well…dead. I like that DC, even though they’ve got the whole Blackest Night thing going are trying to return to a time when a person could collect one or two titles and be happy. Then, crossovers meant something…but…this is Scarlett Lynn’s review of Wonder Woman, not my take on the state of comics, so without further blabbering on my part…

WONDER WOMAN #33 – Rise of the Olympian, Finale: Monarch of the Dead

WonderWoman33.jpgHave I ever mentioned that Wonder Woman travels home to the island of Themyscira via a giant, magical, flying clamshell? Sort of like the one in the painting “The Birth of Venus”… only more mobil? If I haven’t, then consider this a quick little primer and heads up.

Anyway… as this issue begins a giant, magical, flying clamshell is skipping across the ocean and slams into the shore of Themyscira as two Amazonian guards look on. (Now aren’t you glad I provided a clamshell-transportation tutorial? Think of how random that scene would be without it!) The guards rush to find Diana unconscious, badly beaten from her previous battle, and they send for her mother. At first Hippolyta is, of course, focused solely on her injured daughter. Then, however, one of the ladies calls her attention to the ocean and the veritable wall of sea-monsters that’s approaching.

Now, Hippolyta is queen for a reason. The woman knows what to do in a battle. Step One: Have the unconscious Diana taken off the battle field to safety. Step Two: Remind someone to grab you a sword when they get a second. Step Three: Take off robe; prepare to defend kingdom in pajamas.

As her mother fights off the invading hordes in her PJs, Diana is slowly regaining consciousness as Phillipus is bandaging up her injuries. Phillipus asks her what happened to her hands, which are especially burnt, and Diana recounts her battle with Genocide. She explains how she had tried to go back for the creature – not wanting to give into the desire for revenge. Her musings are interrupted when she begins to hear the noises of the battle going on at the beach. Phillipus instantly knows what she’s thinking and tries to reason with her but Diana won’t hear of it. Her hands are too damaged to be of much good on their own so she has Phillipus bind a battle axe to her left hand and her lasso to her right hand using the bandages.

In the midst of the battle, the creatures begin to retreat. Ares has ordered Euphemus to focus the attack on Thalarion and Zeus’ Olympians. Athena appears to the Amazons and asks Hippolyta if they will help the men that Zeus wants to replace them with. The two groups join sides against Ares’ forces but Diana bypasses all the carnage and heads straight for the source. In order to stop his twisted plans for the future and to put an end to the war that he had instigated, Diana kills him.

As Diana stands there, removing the weapons she’d tied to her hands, Zeus approaches and congratulates her. Then, oblivious as always, Zeus proceeds to cheerfully tell Diana that he’s created a champion to replace her so that she can run off and be a good wife and mother like she was always meant to. Clearly not catching on to the fact that Diana is not a giddy-little-school-girl at his news, he continues blathering on. When he gets to the part about killing her patron god, however, I think he begins to catch on to the fact that she’s none too pleased. It may have been her punching him in the face and screaming “Murderer!” that finally made her feelings clear. Zeus, however, pompously believes that he knows best and continues on with his decree. Hippolyta will no longer rule, Achilles will take over her role, both the Olympians and the Amazons will be under Zeus’ command and Diana will obey him as her god.

Diana refuses. She renounces all her gods and because they are the gods of the Amazons… she declares that she will no longer be an Amazon. She says goodbye to her mother and promises her that she’ll be alright with her friends and alludes to possibly making amends with Tom. With a final warning to Achilles to look after her people she flies off. Alone.

Skulking around (as she apparently just lives to do) Alkyone mutters to herself about Diana still being an evil dragon and is disgusted with her for abandoning her mother. She reveals that, prior to his death, Ares placed Genocide’s soul in a totem in Alkyone’s possession. She vows to kill Diana and become the mother of Genocide.

STORY: 4 out of 5

DANG! They really weren’t kidding when they said they were planning on shaking up the lives of the DC Trinity. Diana’s not an Amazon any more and is on her own. Her former people and family just had their whole world completely turned upsidedown. And you’re left at the end of this story with no clue as to where it’s going to go next. Her best friends in the superhero world aren’t around anymore… for various reasons. The people who surrounded her in her day-to-day life are just completely messed up at the moment.

I love the story for having the guts to just take the character out of her comfort zone and try something new. Best of all, though, is that they haven’t just shaken up her story in some arbitrary way. It’s been a slow, honest change based on the logical progression of the story and the characters. Continuity for the win!

Forget about what’s coming next, though. [Although considering how late this review is… you may already know what comes next and what happens after that and whatever comes after that. Sorry!] What this issue does so well is payoff one little thing I’ve been begging to happen. Someone finally decked Zeus like he’s been deserving for a while now. Thank goodness it was Diana. (I also would have accepted Hippolyta.)

The only thing that’s holding me back from five stars was that face off with Ares. Really? Way to go out without even trying, Ares. I get that quick is good sometimes but of all villains in Wonder Woman’s rogues gallery… Ares has been there a pretty long time and could have gone down with a little more fanfare and a bit more of a fight. Especially on the heels of the previous issues epic battle with Genocide. Maybe that’s it, though. It’s kind of impossible to top that smack down so they went with the exact opposite.

It was a good summation of this Rise of the Olympians arc and it definitely makes me want to see what comes next for Wonder Woman.

863474_ww_cv33_var_super.jpgART: 4 out of 5

Not quite the 5 out of 5 that the last issue delivered for me but still good. It probably has a lot to do with my own personal bias. Big, scary monsters are never going to be my thing. They always come off a little cheesy for me and there are quite a few in this issue. It’s the renditions of the characters that always impress me with Aaron Lopresti’s art. Their body language and facial expressions are always so honest and indicative of precisely where that character is at in that moment. I could have used a few more epic frames though. A panel or even a full page to really climax the events. Near the end it all felt so small. Still, it was definitely enjoyable.


Main Cover: 3 1/2 out of 5

I liked that this cover was essentially a sequel to the cover of issue #31. It’s as though Wonder Woman is standing in the aftermath of the events on that previous cover. While I do like it for that aspect, there’s something about it that comes off a tiny bit bland. It feels a little more like an internal panel than a cover. The imagery works… Diana, alone on the battlefield with evidence of the Olympians and the Amazons having been there. It definitely conveys what’s going on for the character at this point. Yet, while it worked for me on the other cover, here it just feels a little too spelled out and on the nose. Nice art but I think the concept could have been played with just a bit more.

Variant Cover: 5 out of 5

This cover is just pretty and I mean that in the best of ways. I think it’s a beautiful piece of art. A haunting, elegant portrait of Wonder Woman. I love the colors that were used. The sleepy-eyed, close-up of Diana as the feathery sparks and flames fall all around her makes for a gorgeous picture. Plus, it still manages to convey elements of the story. It’s a striking cover. It jumps out at me. I really liked it.


Diana: “Bind the lasso to my right hand, General.”


Athena: “Will you aid the men who mean to take your place and everything you have sacrificed for, for thirty centuries and more?”

Hippolyta: “… I’ll get my boots.”


Diana: “Then I will no longer be Amazon.”

From the Desk of the Super Clerk – Blackest Night: Tales of the Corps # 1 Reviewed



Posted by Steve

Our good friend Superclerk (aka Jason, who you can hear share his ramblings on various movies by listening to The Flicks Podcast over on iTunes) returns to keep EVERYONE abreast of what’s happening with DC’s big event BLACKEST NIGHT. In this installment, Superclerk brings us his recap and review of “Tales of the Corps #1.” Read on to see what he thought:

Blackest Night has begun…

We begin this first issue of Blackest Night: Tales of the Corps with battle scene on Odym, home world of the Blue Lantern Corps.

It seems Agent Orange, Larfleeze, has sent a team of constructs to the planet in an attempt to acquire a Blue Lantern ring of his own.  As the fight rages on and the Blue Lanterns fight against the orange constructs we see Saint Walker plead with Larfleeze to end his attempt to take the power of Hope.  Larfleeze will not listen, as he is mad with greed and wants the power of the blue rings for himself.

Saint Walker tells him that Hope is not something to be taken but something that is shared.  As he says this we travel back to the origins of Saint Walker…

As the planet of Astonia is in the throws of a war that is bringing the world to an end we see the family of Saint Walker huddled inside a church building.  BNTOTC1a.jpgFires have broken out, death is filling the air and the aged sun is a dark red while Walker attempts to calm his family and father.  He tells them that they need to head to the top of Mount Helious as foretold in their holy books.  It says that a messiah will be found on the top of the mountain in a time of great need.  Though they are hesitant they agree to follow him.  As they leave the church a flaming spear smashes through the window and the building is enveloped in flames.

The family heads up the mountain all the while knowing that the path is perilous and their survival is not guaranteed.  The heat from the sun bakes them as they make their way through dense jungle and rocky cliffs.  Saint Walker tries to keep the family positive by talking about their faith and letting his young son know that even if they fail in their mission, they will be together in another life and all will be well.

As they are crossing a very old wooden bridge stretched out across a great divide Walker’s father falls through some rotted planks and falls to his death on the rocks below.  After burying his father and saying a prayer from the holy book the family continues on the path before them. The heat pounds them from above and the children cry out to their father that they are thirsty.  Walker can do nothing but comfort them with words as they continue the climb.  It’s a blessing when they come across a creek flowing down the mountain and they can drink and cool themselves in it.  As the children laugh and play Walker and his wife discuss the faith he has in the scriptures from the past.  While she has found herself doubting the words he has found comfort and energy from them no matter what the situation is.

As they talk a flash flood rages through the stream and the children are pulled away by the raging waters.  The parents run after them and in the attempt to rescue the children Walker’s wife and daughter drown in the rushing water leaving Walker and his son to mourn they’re passing.

After another burial the two head father up the mountain.  As they climb sharp rock and brave the heat once again the young boy Jatt finds a tree that bares fruit.  Before Walker can stop him he has eaten of it and soon falls sick.  With only the words of his faith to give his son, Walker soon finds himself alone on the mountain with the last of his family to bury in the ground.

Walker climbs hard to the top of the peak.  Even at night the heat rages and the sharp stone cuts into his flesh.  After hours of pulling himself up the rocks he comes to the top where he expects to find his messiah…

But at the very top he finds nothing but a blank stone.  The faith that has carried him up this mountain and helped him deal with the loss of his family and even his world crumble beneath him as rage consumes him and he shouts out to the god he believes failed him.  Rain pours down upon him in response and the blank stone becomes slick with rain.  As the water beats down Walker sees that the stone is much like a mirror and staring back at him is his own reflection.

In silence he climbs back down the mountain and returns to the city in the midst of war and stands on the street and preaches to anyone who will listen.  He continues to do this until people have gathered and take in the faith that his people had discarded.  Soon the war subsides and peace begins to settle in the hearts of all.

As the people of this planet renew their faith and hope the aging red sun begins to crackle with blue energy and the people watch as the sun is revitalized and grows young once more.  From that sun comes a ring.

The blue ring comes to Walker and admits him into the Blue Lantern Corp for his ability to instill great hope.  As the ring powers up and forms the uniform around him he sees the family that he lost and the words “All will be well” Can be heard.

As the flashback comes to an end we see that Saint Walker is surrounded by the constructs of Agent Orange and even though his fate looks grim he knows that no matter what happens to him this day… all will be well.

In the next story we are shown a young Mongol on the dead planet of Debstam IV.

He awakens from sleep as his father, the senior Mongul, heads out into the world without a word.  Mongul wishes that he could join his father on whatever journey he is heading out on but knows that he would not be allowed.  Instead he puts on his fathers battle gear and trains himself to be a mighty warrior as well.

He looks over video of his father battling the mighty heroes of Earth.  He makes battle dummies from the bones of the dead and fights them.  He attempts to use his father’s weapons with less than impressive results.  In the end he knows he is only fighting bones and dreams.

As he smashes away at the dummies he witnesses a ship crashing to the surface of this lonely world.  He rushes to the crash site to find the pilots climbing out.  They greet him in peace in hope of finding help in fixing the ship but are greeted instead by the might of the small Mongul.  He uses his death ray to kill one of the survivors as a lesson to the rest.  They have now become his first slaves.

He orders them to build a statue in his honor and when they aren’t doing that they are ordered to fight him so that he may train against opponents that fight back.  When one of them gets in a good hit he kills slave without warning.

He is so busy with his new slaves that he fails to notice his father coming up behind him.  His father isn’t pleased with the boy and when he finds out the ship is too far gone to get them off the dead planet he vaporizes the rest of the crew and destroys the statue built to honor his son.  There is only one ruler on this planet…

As the father goes on about his business the younger Mongol rebuilds the statue and uses the bones of his slaves as bowing worshipers kept hidden from his fathers sight.

In the last story of the book we are shown the Indigo Tribe…

In space sector 3544 we see a silent tribe crossing a desert at night. The indigo light burns in their staffs. Their leader seems to be a woman who stops them to witness a battle taking place in the distance.  Green and yellow light dance over the sand.  They head towards the light and come upon a man bleeding on the ground.  He is a Green Lantern by the name of Sarolis.  He tries to tell them they need to leave area, as the person he is fighting is very dangerous.  They ring attempts to translate but the language of the tribe is unknown.

The woman reaches out and puts her hand to his chest and seems to absorb the green power.  She can sense that it is the power of will.  Sarolis reaches out to her and soon he passes and the ring flies out to find another to bear the Green Lantern power.

Witnessing this from a hidden place is the Sinestro Corps soldier who inflicted the mortal wounds to the Green Lantern.  The tribe sees him and he fires upon them with his yellow energy.  The woman’s staff absorbs it and she uses the yellow fear against him and he flies off into space filled with the fear he once instilled in others.

Alone once more the tribe continues on with their travels through the dark desert.


Saint Walker – 5/5
Geoff Johns wrote an excellent origin for this character.  His pain and struggle that lead up to him receiving the power of Hope works well for the character and I really want to see more involving him and the other members of his corps.

Mongol – 4/5

While I liked the story it wasn’t one I really needed to see.  Mongol is a villain from the Superman books and his rise to power after his father died has been well documented.  It does give us a little insight into his childhood but it’s not anything new for readers who know the character.  Peter J. Tomasi does well in it’s telling though as he keeps it simple.

Indigo – 4/5

Geoff Johns gives us a look into the Indigo Tribe that leaves us with more questions than answers.  The fact that the Tribe doesn’t speak in a language we understand makes it hard to review the story.  I don’t really know what they are doing in this tale but it makes me want to see more of them and I guess that’s the point of this book.


Saint Walker – 5/5

Jerry Ordway brings this story to life.  His art shows us the emotions of these characters perfectly even though they don’t have normal human features.  I feel the heat of the planet with the way he has drawn the people as they make their way up the mountain.  I truly dug it.

Mongul – 5/5

While I dig artists who go into every little detail I really love artists who are able to be very simple without watering down the world we are trying to see.  Chris Samnee does this very well with this story.  I dug the art and would like to see more from this guy.  It’s a simple but powerful style he is rocking that I dig.

Indigo – 5/5

Rags Moralez is given a simple story set in a simple background but he has to have the characters emote in an effective way, as we don’t get one side of the conversation.  He does this perfectly as we can see the pain on the face of Indigo as she interacts with the dying Green Lantern.  This art works perfectly with the weight of this story.


Regular Edition: 5/5

I rate this five out of five when put together as a whole with the other two issues.  When set side by side they have the main characters from each of the Corps doing battle in space.  It’s a sweet image.  Ed Benes and Rob Hunter get the job done.

Variant Edition: 5/5

A simpler image but one I think is pretty sweet.  It shows the hands of the various Corps raised in the air and energy coming from the rings.  I dig it.  Dave Gibbons makes it work.

All in All – It’s a good start to the mini series that will give us a deeper look into the characters that we will be seeing through out the event.  I recommend it to those wanting to be in the know when it comes to the major players.

Is There a Quip About Red and Thunder? – Hulk 5 REVIEWED



Posted by Steve

hulk5.jpgI came home from work today to find a happy little mailbox with a couple of comics in it. (I still say getting a comic book or two in your mailbox makes mail fun again.) Among the morsels of comicy goodness was Hulk #5. I’ve made no bones about the fact that I have enjoyed Jeph Loeb’s run on Hulk. The mystery of Red Hulk (or RULK, as he’s called in the previously on segment [I’m pretty sure they were ripping off Geek Out Loud by doing that]). The fun has to end at some point. Spoilers are about to abound, so if you haven’t picked the book up yet and you are planning on it, you may want to hold off on reading.

We last ended up with the real Hulk being thrown off of the Golden Gate Bridge by Rulk. As Rulk railed against Hulk and humanity, Lightning split the sky as Thor, The God of Thunder arrived on the scene ready to…uhm…(is “lay the smack down” out of date?) (oh well) lay the smack down on Rulk.

This issue picks up right where we left off. Rulk tells Thor that he thought he was dead, to which Thor responds, “And I thought you were green. Monster.” Neat comeback, one too many words. Thor smashes Rulk with his hammer and Rulk shakes it off no problem. Thor is obviously taken aback by this and a (can I use the word slobberknocker?) (Oh what the hay!) slobberknocker ensues between the two titanic…uhm…titans.

Try as he might, Thor cannot make a dent in Rulk. The blows of mighty Mjolnir don’t even face the Red Rage Machine. Suddenly, The Rulk does something unexpected. He grabs Mjolnir and leaps into the air. As he ascends into the heavens, he explains to Thor that he knows that no one can lift the hammer, but that means nothing when Thor is holding onto the other end…or if they are in the zero gravity of orbit. The panels pull back to reveal that Rulk has leapt into space where he uses Thor’s own hammer to beat the snot of him and then kicks him to the moon. Thor vows that not killing him will be Rulk’s last mistake.

On earth, Rulk lands hard. He triggers the San Andreas fault line and San Fransisco begins to shake and quake it’s way into the Pacific. We know this because of Commander Hill’s report to Tony Stark who has visited the Baxter Building to acquire Reed Richards help in decoding the sound from Banner’s conversation with Thunderbolt Ross and Doc Samson. Two words come through quite clear…Doctor Samson.

Underneath the Golden Gate Bridge, a blue hand swims in to help free The Hulk from the rubble under which he is trapped. It is, of course A-Bomb, and upon exiting the water he and Hulk talk. A Bomb tells Hulk that he is a friend and as the earthquakes ramp up, Hulk tells A Bomb to go help the people and he will take care of Red Hulk.

From behind him, Hulk is told he will need help. Hulk turns to see Iron Man with She-Hulk, Ares, The Human Torch, Namor, and The Thing all on a quinjet. Then, the promise, “To be concluded.”

thor_385.jpgOne of my favorite comics in my collection is The Mighty Thor # 385. It is cover to cover on big fight between The Hulk and Thor. The two tear up a town as Thor accused Hulk of being a monster over and over again. The Hulk even goads Thor into fighting without his hammer. Thor throws Mjolnir away and the two go at it. As Mjolnir returns, Hulk gets disgusted with Thor and leaves. In the aftermath, Thor sees the destruction his lust for battle caused and realizes that he was just a step away from becoming a monster himself.

I mention this story because it is the Hulk vs. Thor battle by which I judge all other Hulk vs. Thor battles.  It has all of the knock down drag out action a reader wants in a fight and some great insights into both characters.

That’s one of the differences between that story and the one I’m reviewing.   The other difference is that it’s not technically a Hulk vs. Thor fight.   Nevertheless, this issue of Hulk left me a little wanting.

Like all of the issues leading up to this one it’s a fast read.  I think this is due in part to the fact that the story is primarily a fist fight with little dialogue, and in part to Ed McGuinness doing a couple of two page splashes, full-page splashes, and half-page panels.

While I enjoyed the issue, I am starting to get a little jaded to all of the action.  Loeb is missing a real opportunity to delve into the mystery of the Red Hulk, and lay out a teensy bit of character development.   Instead, we are getting either an obvious Doc Samson turned Hulk…uhm…Hulk or a huge red herring.  I’m realy hoping for the latter.  I would love to read the next issue and be completely surprised by the identity of the Red Hulk.

On the other hand, this series shows what was lacking in World War Hulk.  I loved World War Hulk, but the fights seemed abbreviated and sometimes hard to follow.  If I could take the awesome splashes, lack of dialogue, and boxing round like style of Loeb’s story and combine it with the story of World War Hulk, I would have the greatest Hulk story arc ever.

I do love the fact that The Hulk was concerned with helping the city.  It shows that he is good at heart and he has other motives than simple smashing for wanting to go after Rulk.

If you go back and read my reviews of earlier Hulk issues, though, you will see that I have really enjoyed this story.  I guess that just upped my expectations of what I thought would be an amazing issue.

All in all I think it’s a good chapter of a great story arc.

Story 3 out of 5 I really wanted to like this as much as I have liked the other stories, but this late in the game I feel like it’s time to inject a little character and motivation into Rulk beyond, “I want the world to see that I was the one who killed The Hulk.”  I also would have liked to see Thor not handled quite so easily, because quite frankly, I don’t know if The Hulk and friends will be able to take him in the next issue.  Not in any way I would believe now anyway.

Art 4 ouf of 5 McGuinness overused the splashes a bit in this issue.  They are pretty, and I really like his character design, but I feel like the use of so many big panels and splash pages take away from what could have been a fight that should have been a bit more drawn out and a bit less one sided.  (Maybe that’s my biggest issue with this …uhm…issue.  After a not-too-lopsided fight with The Hulk, this one should have been a LOT less one-sided.)

Cover Art 5 out of 5 This is one of my favorite covers of the series so far.  I like the colors, and I like scene.  And hey, it is what the book is about.  So good stuff.

In the end, I liked this book, but I was left wanting a little more.  I would still recommend it and I am still on board for as long as Mr. Loeb wants to keep writing.

So….Civil War is Null and Void? Secret Invasion 3 Reviewed.



Posted by Steve

SecretInvasionPromoArt.jpgMarvel’s done it again. I don’t mean they’ve knocked a homerun. I mean…well, we’ll get there.

I was completely blown away with Secret Invasion #1 and #2.  In fact, I said as much in my reviews for those books.

I love the idea of all the super heroes, registered and non-registered having to finally set aside their differences and overpower this threat from outer space.   I love the idea that the threads of this story have been woven through so many other Marvel stories in the past few years.  I especially appreciated the fact that Joey Q and crew took the stance that Iron Man was NOT going to be a Skrull.  I liked the idea that Marvel was painting themselves into a corner with his actions and had to figure out a way to endear him to not only fans (which is apparently happening in his book) but also to hi compatriots in the Marvel U.

Of course, everyone thought the same thing when Spider-Man unmasked himself in front of national media.   Then, a deal with the Devil later, POOF!  Everyone doesn’t know that Peter Parker is Spidey…AND HE’S NOT MARRIED!!!! (And no one really knows how the whole Civil War thingie worked out for him)(It was kind of a mini-crisis)

However, I digress.

Issue #3 of Secret Invasion was almost something that belonged in one of the filler issues that the Avengers titles have become.  While I’m on that subject, let me do a quick overview of the crossover issues I’ve read in the ongoing monthlies.

There has been some really neat stuff in the Avengers titles, including a really neat Beast/Wonder Man team up that leaves the reader wondering who of the two is really a Skrull.   There was also a story that filled us in on some of the events right after that cool dinosaur attack in issue #2.   There have been some misses, but I am pretty excited about the storyline in The Incredible Hercules that is going to pit Hercules and a rag tag band of gods (yes…it IS a rag tag band of gods) against the Skrulls as they try to overthrow Earth’s deities.   That could be a fun.

But, I’m here to talk about issue #3.

I was, honestly, a little underwhelmed with this issue.  After the huge ending of issue #2 with the arrival of all of the Super Skrulls, I was really looking forward to what was coming.  I didn’t expect the heroes to pull together, I didn’t expect victory, but I did expect to see super heroes I actually recognized fighting the battle in New York.  This didn’t happen though.  Of course it makes sense.  Seeing as all of the heavy hitters are in the savage land, somewhere unknown to us while their Skrull doubles are wondering around on Earth, or (in the case of FF) trapped in the Negative Zone and splattered all over a lab on a helicarrier somewhere, they are understandably indisposed at the moment.  However, I honestly didn’t recognize any of the Initiative recruits that were fighting the Super Skrulls (and getting their butts handed to them).  It was action packed, and there were some neat moments, but I just didn’t care…mainly because I only recognized like two of heroes.

Meanwhile, in the Savage Land, instead of being treated to more dueling between heroes and skrulls (without really knowing who the real deal is) we see Spider Woman (who we know is a Skrull because of one of the earlier crossover issues) corner Tony Stark, who is trying to recover from the virus in his armor…which has affected him physically as well.  We are treated to three pages of the fake-Spider Woman informing Stark that he’s a Skrull and just doesn’t know it.  Really?  THREE PAGES?  For something that we were promised would NOT be the case?  So either I was a) lied to or I b) had my time wasted on a totally pointless conversation when we could have been seeing more of the actual Invasion play out.  Either way, bad form.

So…while I still have faith in the concept, and I think that Bendis can pull it out in the end, I just wasn’t too take aback with issue #3 of Marvel’s big ’08 event.

So the final verdict?

Story 2 out of 5 –This felt more like one of the crossover issues than the actual main title.  Tony and “Jessica’s” conversation dragged on a bit too long for my tastes and wasn’t really a big reveal or shock…it just kind of was.  While I understand why it had to happen, Initiative grads fighting in Manhattan wasn’t the fight I was hoping for…but I have faith the big one is coming…if Bendis will actually write a full on fight and not a decompressed character piece with a fight to fill in between moments of angst.

Art 3 out 5 – I still think the art is really good.  I don’t think the fight scenes were handled the best in the world.  It was kind of hard to tell what was going on.  There wasn’t that much of a sense of scale when the giant Skrull and heroes were fighting, and again, not knowing who everyone was took away from my enjoyment of the art.

Cover Art 1 out 5 – I don’t mind telling you…I hate this cover.   It’s just dumb.  I hate the whole conversation this cover is based on, and given Tony Stark’s playboy ways, this is not a cover that should be on the third issue (or any issue) of a company’s bigget event of the year.

So, as you can see….as much as I like to be positive, I have to be honest, I’m really hoping issue 4 picks up the pace and we get to see some cool stuff.  It looks promising based on the sudden appearance of Nick Fury and his new Howling Commandos at the end of the book.  So we shall see.