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Old Man

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Postby Old Man » Thu Feb 04, 2010 2:16 pm

Batman Legends of the Dark Knight #208; September, 2006; Marvel; 299 cents.

Cover by Ariel Olivetti

Darker Than Death. Written by Bruce Jones, art by Ariel Olivetti. 22 pages.

I like the story. I like the art. It partially fails because of the art. And perhaps part of the art fail is writing fail? 5 panels on page one: severed finger; ransom note; Batman; passed out woman; Batman lifting passed out woman. 7 panels on page two, of which here are five: woman awakes; Bruce Wayne; Bruce and woman in panel with Bruce offering her a drink with his left hand; Bruce shown with right hand behind his back holding severed finger; woman asks what is behind his back. After the time it would take to get the woman to this room and change from Batman in civilian duds, why would Bruce be holding the finger? Doesn't make sense.

Scene I liked. Batman is trying to get information from Penguin. Penguin, foolish as he is, is refusing. Batman almost breaks a Tiffany lamp, which Penguin says is priceless. Batman finally trades an antique cigarette holder for the information. He tells Penguin that when blown through gently, the holder will make the purest note ever heard, saying that some call the note priceless. Penguin can't resist, and blows through the cigarette holder. The sound is pure and sweet, but it shatters the Tiffany lamp. Priceless, indeed!

Batman tracks down a suspect nicknames Greasy Lee. He is at the wharf. He is a huge man, like Marvel's Blob. They fight. Panels four through six on a page: Greasy spits or vomits on Batman; it sticks to Batman and he can't breathe; Batman reaches into his utility belt. Panel one next page is a Whooomm sound effect behind Batman that is tinged green. Was it an explosion? Was it Greasy hitting Batman from behind. Not too clear on the page, as the previous panel that showed Batman reaching for his utility belt is hard to see.

Greasy pummels Batman. Batman says, “I wouldn't do that if I were you.” as Greasy, in a killing blow, slams his fist down at Batman, but Batman ducks, causing Greasy to slam his fist through the dock and into the water. The water burns the flesh on Greasy's arm. That doesn't make sense. In the next panels, Greasy either falls or is pushed by Batman into the ocean waters. Greasy's body starts to sizzle. Is Greasy dying? Is he allergic to the salt water? How did Batman know the salt water would affect Greasy like it did? Are we to assume that Greasy wasn't really human, but a slug? We are led to believe throughout the story that greasy is a human being because Batman traced his name through a fingerprint.

To be continued, of course.

There are no interesting extras in this book like fun ads, checklists, Hostess Twinkie Cakes ads. Today's comics are the poorer for it.

Overall grade is 7. The faults are outweighed by the pretty art by Olivetti.
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Postby thefourthman » Thu Feb 04, 2010 2:17 pm

I love Old Man, he's good people.
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Postby Windom URL » Thu Feb 04, 2010 2:17 pm

thefourthman wrote:I thought someone else reviewed The Question in here, I can't find it, link me dammit, link me!


I flipped through it and it looked like crap!

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Postby Windom URL » Thu Feb 04, 2010 2:18 pm

Old Man wrote:Uncanny X-Men #208; August, 1986: Marvel; 75 cents.

Cover by John Romita, Jr. and Dan Green.

Retribution. Written by Chris Claremont, art by John Romita, Jr. and Dan Green. 33 pages.


That was when I was getting to the point of finally dropping the book after loving it dearly since the Cockrum days and earlier.

PS I re-bought that very same issue for 25 cents recently, and I'm still not impressed either.
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Postby thefourthman » Thu Feb 04, 2010 2:24 pm

Rooster Illusion wrote:I flipped through it and it looked like crap!

4

/johnlewishawk'd

Sienkiewicz is a genius. If his name were more easily spelled or pronounced, I am convinced he would have more work.
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Postby Old Man » Thu Feb 04, 2010 2:25 pm

And that completes the review of ten different comics with issue number 208. It was a fun romp in the past. That it didn't cover more comics than it did and that it didn't cover more years than it did was because of the limited back stock at my LCS, which does have over 100 long boxes of stock. It was also a good thing that they didn't have more of the issues, as writing these reviews took a lot of time, especially for someone who doesn't type properly.

I found that the older comics took much longer to read, and that they engaged my mind more fully. Writing about the older books was easier because of that, and more difficult because there was so much more to write about. It was a challenge to decide what to omit from the reviews of those older stories.

In some of the older comics, there were bolded words in many word balloons. I tried to recreate that any time I quoted from the comics.

I hope you enjoyed this nostalgic trip through my favorite pastime...reading comic books!
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Postby Windom URL » Thu Feb 04, 2010 2:27 pm

thefourthman wrote:Sienkiewicz is a genius. If his name were more easily spelled or pronounced, I am convinced he would have more work.


Actually never been a big fan, but his style has become more palatable to me since his early New Mutants stuff.

Also, in true spirit of The Hawk I did not actually flip through The Question either.
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Postby thefourthman » Thu Feb 04, 2010 2:31 pm

Rooster Illusion wrote:Actually never been a big fan, but his style has become more palatable to me since his early New Mutants stuff.

Also, in true spirit of The Hawk I did not actually flip through The Question either.

:lol:

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Postby ****** » Thu Feb 04, 2010 2:46 pm

Old Man wrote:208 reviews.

208 weekly reviews of comics over the last 4 years. Quite an accomplishment. The Review Group members all review the same book each week, a book selected by one of the members. Then they argue and discuss the work in question, all the while having a lot of fun. I haven't been a member of the group for very long, yet I have been made to feel as if I was a member from the beginning.

For this special week of the Review Group, the participants could review any book they chose, even older books. I had the idea to review every book I purchased that week, the first Wednesday in February. I soon realized that I would be spending the entire rest of that week shackled to my computer, reading comic books and writing about them. Too much of anything can get old very fast. I gave up on that idea, but soon, another idea arose.

The new idea was to get several comics representing my own collection and write about them. That would be relatively easy to do, as I would be re-reading them. Which ones to choose? I could pick one from each company in my collection; one from each decade; one from each genre; the possibilities were endless.

There was a minor problem with the idea in that half of my collection is stored in the boxes that Diamond uses to ship the comics to the local comics shop (LCS). Why? Because they are free. Storage boxes are expensive, more so if you get the short boxes. Being in these smaller Diamond boxes limits organizational capabilities. It would take me half a week to find books that represented what I wanted to do. Again, too time consuming.

Finally, another idea formed itself. The wonderfulness of this final idea, at least from a work viewpoint, was that it simplified my life. All it depended on was the cooperation of my LCS. I was pretty sure they would help me with this, so this last week, I hatched the plan to them, and got the okay. I got the comics I needed, and will now have a week to get the reviews ready.

What was the final idea? It all keyed on the number 208. I got every back issue comic from my LCS that was issue number 208. This could have backfired in that it could have been upwards of 30 different comics, but it turned out to be a nice, even ten comics, all from DC and Marvel. There were at least another 15 long comic runs that didn't have an issue 208 in the back issue bins. Some of those, such as the older DC titles, are just not found that often. Many others had issues in the 208 range, but not 208. I even checked the Archie titles for a 208 and found two or three that were close. In this day and age of constant cancellations and reboots, many comics never get to 208 issues.

So, ten comic books to be reviewed, all issue number 208. I'm going to review them chronologically, starting with issue number 208.


I'm about ready to break things off with 4thy, will you be my new bromance?
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Postby thefourthman » Thu Feb 04, 2010 3:24 pm

:cry:
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Postby thefourthman » Thu Feb 04, 2010 3:25 pm

Wolverine Weapon X #10
Written by Jason Aaron
Art by C.P. Smith

Holy crap what a great looking book. The name C.P. Smith rings a bell but I can’t put my finger on it and I am too lazy to look it up right now, someone tell me.

Anyhow, like all the books that really stand out to me artistically; Williams’ Detective, Keith’s Maxx, or a Hickman illustrated comic; there is a design element here that is just, wow! Then there is the sexiness of the ladies. Smith uses simple line work to create femme fetales and hotties in abundance and good ol Aaron gives the guy a story chock full of babes to show the fanboys.

The textures in the coloring are outstanding. This guy plays with light as much as he does color and fine line work and the outcome is remarkable.

It’s not all perfection though. I understand the deal with Storm, but it still looks weird. Jubilee and Jessica’s Baby also look like nightmare children of some horror movie. And given her normal appearance, it is funny that Emma would turn out to be the least attractive cast member here.

The writing is a bit of heaven. Wolverine is falling in love. However, he has known the loss it causes and is hesitant. He goes to the strong women in his life for advice. It is a bit of brilliant characterization and the way to do a Valentine’s comic.

Good stuff.

Story 8
Art 9
Overall 8.5
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Old Man

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Postby Old Man » Thu Feb 04, 2010 3:51 pm

amlah6 wrote:I'm about ready to break things off with 4thy, will you be my new bromance?


Sorry, but my bromance has been taken. ;-)
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Postby Windom URL » Thu Feb 04, 2010 3:57 pm

Man, I wish DC could have put out one decent non-Vertigo book this week. Jeez. I feel really bad for their loyal readers.

Maybe the Batman stuff was ok, I'm too Batmanned out to look.
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Postby Eric Ratcliffe » Thu Feb 04, 2010 3:58 pm

I'm going to attempt to get close to Lee's reviewing insanity by the end of the weekend,

3MJ

Postby 3MJ » Thu Feb 04, 2010 3:59 pm

Jubilee showed up? What she do?

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