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Eli Katz

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Postby Eli Katz » Fri Oct 08, 2010 7:40 pm

Punchy wrote:
I don't think it takes the place of story pages.

Well, if Marvel has extra pages to fill, I'd prefer seeing them filled with more story or some pin-up art or something interesting, not the names of the creators.
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GLX

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Postby GLX » Sat Oct 09, 2010 1:13 pm

The Unwritten and Strange Tales 2 would make nice picks.
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GLX

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Postby GLX » Sat Oct 09, 2010 3:56 pm

There are a lot of cool elements in Ultimate Thor #1, but most of it feels like it's setting up for the other 3 issues. Carlos Pacheco and Dexter Vines do a nice job, on their end; but Edgar Delgado is the weak link of the bunch. It's not that his work is bad, but it just doesn't mix well with Pacecho and Vines' work. I'm interested to see how the mini-series will progress from here.

7.2* out of 10*
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Punchy

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Postby Punchy » Sun Oct 10, 2010 7:06 am

A good pick for next week could be John Constantine: Hellblazer - City Of Demons #1. I don't think we've ever done a Hellblazer before, and it's got art from the astounding Sean Murphy.
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BlueStreak

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Postby BlueStreak » Sun Oct 10, 2010 7:23 am

Upon sleeping on it, I'm going with Victorian Undead

skywatcher

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Postby skywatcher » Sun Oct 10, 2010 7:44 am

Eli Katz wrote:Combine all those unnecessary double-page spreads with all the pointless epic flourishes to emphasize how SUPER BIG this story is supposed to be, and what you're left with is an empty, unsatisfying book.

Yes, even someone flicking through the book in the shop would easily see the amount of non-story pages is ridiculous in a book which is selling for $3.99!
The eventual trade will no doubt be able to get away with those full page epigrams, but a 22 page comic? No way.
Dropped.

(Cover art was excellent, though)

skywatcher

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Postby skywatcher » Sun Oct 10, 2010 7:55 am

Punchy wrote:
I don't think it takes the place of story pages.

Well, there are 21 pages of art, so it's a page down from the usual. Nevertheless, there is the unremarkable double page spread in addition to the wordless four page battle scenes.

For Ultimate Thor, I would have preferred a continuation of the "Hippy" version which Mark Millar introduced in the original Ultimates volumes. One of the attractions of THAT version was that no one was ever sure whether he was the actual God Of Thunder or merely a very powerful individual who thought he was!
Having Frost Giants, Nazis and Asgard, just makes it seem a cash-in on the forthcoming film.
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Punchy

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Postby Punchy » Sun Oct 10, 2010 8:13 am

skywatcher wrote:Well, there are 21 pages of art, so it's a page down from the usual. Nevertheless, there is the unremarkable double page spread in addition to the wordless four page battle scenes.

For Ultimate Thor, I would have preferred a continuation of the "Hippy" version which Mark Millar introduced in the original Ultimates volumes. One of the attractions of THAT version was that no one was ever sure whether he was the actual God Of Thunder or merely a very powerful individual who thought he was!
Having Frost Giants, Nazis and Asgard, just makes it seem a cash-in on the forthcoming film.


They kind of can't do that anymore since Millar revealed that he actually was Thor.

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Postby skywatcher » Sun Oct 10, 2010 8:21 am

Punchy wrote:
They kind of can't do that anymore since Millar revealed that he actually was Thor.

The character was very earth based and even when he showed his power, Fury & co were still unconvinced of his self-professed "godhood".
Anyway, Loeb's Ultimate Thor is entirely different, so I already knew it was a forlorn hope for a continuation of the Millar version.
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Punchy

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Postby Punchy » Sun Oct 10, 2010 9:00 am

skywatcher wrote:The character was very earth based and even when he showed his power, Fury & co were still unconvinced of his self-professed "godhood".
Anyway, Loeb's Ultimate Thor is entirely different, so I already knew it was a forlorn hope for a continuation of the Millar version.


Not at the end of Ultimates 2, when Thor lead a bunch of Asgardians from the Rainbow Bridge.

The ambiguity was really interesting I agree, but you can't put the cat back in the bag.
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Tintin Quarantino

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Postby Tintin Quarantino » Sun Oct 10, 2010 9:03 am

Punchy wrote:
Not at the end of Ultimates 2, when Thor lead a bunch of Asgardians from the Rainbow Bridge.

The ambiguity was really interesting I agree, but you can't put the cat back in the bag.


Then why are they keeping him under psychological observation and still considering him deluded in Ultimate Thor #1?
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Punchy

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Postby Punchy » Sun Oct 10, 2010 9:06 am

Victorian Squid wrote:
Then why are they keeping him under psychological observation and still considering him deluded in Ultimate Thor #1?


Because that sequence was set in the recent past, either before Ultimates 1, or during Ultimates 2 when he was in prison.

In the present Ultimate Universe, Thor has just been brought back from the dead in New Ultimates, and is about to fight Loki.
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Tintin Quarantino

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Postby Tintin Quarantino » Sun Oct 10, 2010 9:21 am

Punchy wrote:
Because that sequence was set in the recent past, either before Ultimates 1, or during Ultimates 2 when he was in prison.

In the present Ultimate Universe, Thor has just been brought back from the dead in New Ultimates, and is about to fight Loki.


Then the dateline on those segments shouldn't read "now" without somehow making it clearer. :smt011
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Punchy

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Postby Punchy » Sun Oct 10, 2010 10:44 am

Victorian Squid wrote:
Then the dateline on those segments shouldn't read "now" without somehow making it clearer. :smt011


Unless this is set after the much delayed New Ultimates, then it would be now.

But either way, in the Ultimate Universe, Thor is without doubt the real deal now.
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Tintin Quarantino

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Postby Tintin Quarantino » Sun Oct 10, 2010 11:00 am

Punchy wrote:
Unless this is set after the much delayed New Ultimates, then it would be now.

But either way, in the Ultimate Universe, Thor is without doubt the real deal now.


:?

You already said if his Godhood or identity were in doubt, the "Now" part of Ultimate Thor has to take place before Ultimatum--in your words it would have to take place before the end of Ultimates 2. That isn't now in Ultimate Universe! It's well in the past of the UU timeline.

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