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Postby Old Man » Tue Feb 09, 2010 2:26 pm

amlah6 wrote:You had to post that right after I finished the front page thing didn't you? :x


Cheese, you said we had until midnight.

2 reviews to follow this whine.
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Postby Old Man » Tue Feb 09, 2010 2:28 pm

The Lone Ranger #20; Dynamite; $3.50.

Written by Brett Matthews, art by Sergio Cariello.

Cover by John Cassaday.

The cover is the first panel of this issue. If I am remembering correctly, it was also the last panel of the previous issue. Linda is making out with Tonto. The Lone Ranger (LR hereafter) sees it, and is disturbed because he thought he had a claim on Linda. LR goes to the top of a hill to ponder his feelings. Linda joins him, proclaiming her love. They stand together, holding each other while admiring the vista below them.

What the hell am I reading, a soap opera? Is this Days of Our Lives? (My favorite soap opera would be one that combines ballroom dancing and hip-hop music. I'd call it The Gliding A-ight.)

The sheriff comes to warn LR that someone is after him. LR jumps from the hill, knocking the sheriff to the ground. Apparently, because the art doesn't actually show him jumping from the hill, just hitting the sheriff from the side. There is a problem here. This is a scene shown in movies and comics all the time, and there never seems to be any ill effects to the person getting jumped. But in real life, somebody would be very hurt or even killed. As LR has no intention of harming the sheriff, he would not have done this. This is a scene that is written to add a false sense of action in the story, and should have been omitted.

As th sheriff talks to LR, a man spies them, then reports back to the guy looking for LR. The man is Marle, he is a Federal Lawman, and his intent is to kill LR, not arrest him. Again, if I remember correctly, Marle is controlled by Butch Cavendish, the outlaw who killed LR's brother, making Linda a widow.

This is a typical issue of The Lone Ranger. If you like such, you will like this. I think this is one of the lesser issues, and it continues to be the set up for a final fight in an upcoming issue. The art is pretty, but there are too many panels that are just closeups of faces.

Overall grade is 6. Because of my love for the character, I'll keep reading this for now, but if a financial decision had to be made, I'd likely drop it.
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Postby Old Man » Tue Feb 09, 2010 2:29 pm

Zorro #19; Dynamite; $3.50.

Written by Matt Wagner, art by Francesco Francavilla.

El Zorro. The Fox. Set in southern California before California became part of the United States. The area was overlorded by a series of corrupt politicians, all of whom were beset by the masked man known as Zorro.

Zorro was created by Johnston McCulley in 1919. Many stories have been written about Zorro, movies have been made, as have several television series, both live action and animated, and even Alice Cooper wrote a song about Zorro. In 2005, Isabel Allende was hired by the rights holders to create the official canon of Zorro, incorporating as much as possible of all the previous appearances into one coherent time line.

General Mancado continues to interview people who have become involved with Zorro. Mancado wants to make a final try to capture Zorro. In this issue, Luis Quintero, El Alcalde de Los Angeles, tells Mancado about the three times Zorro was in his study, only to outwit the Alcalde each time.

As with many stories today, this seems to have gone on for too many issues. I am sure it will read better as a collected trade edition. The art has a good flow from panel to panel.

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Postby ****** » Tue Feb 09, 2010 2:29 pm

Old Man wrote:Cheese, you said we had until midnight.

2 reviews to follow this whine.


Midnight was just for the jumping. Front page column stuff is always Monday night/Tuesday morning but I still (usually) go in and edit it to add anything that comes in after.

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Postby Old Man » Tue Feb 09, 2010 2:30 pm

By the way, the Zorro review is exactly 208 words*.

* as counted by my word processing program.
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Postby guitarsmashley » Tue Feb 09, 2010 3:04 pm

The Siege #2

I don't like event comics blah blah blah. The story behind this issue is pretty strong but still leaves as most stories like this do, pretty flat. This issue feels like more set up to get the avengers back together which it still doesn’t accomplish but I’m sure it will on the last page of the Siege #3. The story is pretty piece meal as far as the action goes Thor gets an owie, Maria Hill breaks shit up(who cares) Ares is just told that he’s in the wrong(pointless) He goes after Osborn who according to the last issue of Wolverine is dead(Yeah I know that was even more pointless because comics continuity is more stained then lee’s underroos). And Ares is killed. I have no basis for Ares love or hate. I never read the mini from a few years ago that actually looked good but it just never made it’s way to my box so meh besides he’s a god he has maybe the easiest resurrection ever…it may even be next issue which would not be surprising. And the last image was of course “fun” but still all set up. Which is all Bendis is, set up. Bendis is a lot like the first episode of Californication. You get punched before you get off and then just left thinking, that’s it? Oh and the art? All I’m seeing is polished Liefield when it comes to Copiel so fuck him.

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Postby doombug » Tue Feb 09, 2010 3:14 pm

Prepare for the Twigg/Punchy backlash! :lol:
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Postby Victorian Squid » Tue Feb 09, 2010 3:47 pm

amlah6 wrote:I think I spent about 4-4.5 hours on it. Only about a quarter of that was spent formatting in the post window though. I put everything together and wrote my bits before pasting it all in. Fun times!


:shock:

Wow. If you want a stack of comics from this week you didn't review as a token of appreciation for your efforts, just PM me an address. :lol:

I haven't had a chance to read it yet, between home and the shop I've shoveled snow 4 times today already, and now it's 4 o'clock and I haven't had lunch yet. I imagine if this much snow hit overseas, Punchy and Twigglet wouldn't have comics until Spring.

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Postby ****** » Tue Feb 09, 2010 4:02 pm

Rooster Illusion wrote::shock:

Wow. If you want a stack of comics from this week you didn't review as a token of appreciation for your efforts, just PM me an address. :lol:


Thanks, but nooooooooooooooo!

I've read enough comics this week to last me a good while. It's going to be pull list + 1 review group comic per week for the foreseeable future for me.

I still need to read/review Avengers #208 today and I guess I'll probably do a Demo review since I read it over the weekend but didn't review it because I didn't have to and it was nice to read something without having to think about how I would review it. :oops:

I'm still going to get those Gold Digger books, the draw of furry porn is too strong.

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Postby guitarsmashley » Tue Feb 09, 2010 4:49 pm

This wasn’t a bad comic at all. Yeah the beginning story doesn’t exactly make sense for a story taking place 60 years after rebel without a cause but hey it’s Jeph Loeb what do you expect…a lot more actually. I am only a member of the Loeb Haters club since he left DC. I’ve loved his Tim Sale Books(gambit/wolverine sucked) and Hush was awesome but after he left Superman/Batman his work has just been laughably bad like he’s letting Frank Miller write his books. This one wasn’t bad but very spotty in terms of narrative. But it picked up speed with Kitty showing up. I still don’t fully understand how Wolverine died in Ultimatum but then again I don’t care. Once kitty shows up the comic is actually interesting as are wolvie jr’s powers over his physiology. It’s the art I’m not really high on…and I love art adams…well I used to anyway. I’m not really into his current style but he’s still really awesome just not what I used to love about him. I’m still bitter over how DC wasted his exclusive on a few pages for Superman Batman Loebs dead son issue and a few covers here and there. Overall I’m not likely to follow the whole story but it was a decent enough read.

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Postby guitarsmashley » Tue Feb 09, 2010 5:09 pm

fuck it. I don't feel like doing any more. I hate you all.
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Postby thefourthman » Tue Feb 09, 2010 5:09 pm

SO, Choker may be a problem. It was on our invoice, but we DID NOT received it. We were very concerned about this as when we did a reorder the other day, there were not many copies left of Diamond's initial order (which on a book like this is probably the entire run)... so we called our rep up special and were told that it was an invoicing error... the item has already been marked to be removed (monetarily) from shops' invoices next week, but it would not ship this week. SO... everyone check their shops tomorrow to see if it is out and our rep was blowing smoke up our ass (unlikely as our rep is one of four people that work at Diamond that I like, because she has always been straight with us)

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Postby ****** » Tue Feb 09, 2010 5:16 pm

thefourthman wrote:SO, Choker may be a problem. It was on our invoice, but we DID NOT received it. We were very concerned about this as when we did a reorder the other day, there were not many copies left of Diamond's initial order (which on a book like this is probably the entire run)... so we called our rep up special and were told that it was an invoicing error... the item has already been marked to be removed (monetarily) from shops' invoices next week, but it would not ship this week. SO... everyone check their shops tomorrow to see if it is out and our rep was blowing smoke up our ass (unlikely as our rep is one of four people that work at Diamond that I like, because she has always been straight with us)


I've sent Kerny a PM. Hopefully he's online and can pick another book quickly.

I don't think anything like this has happened before with a pick, it's crazy.

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Postby Victorian Squid » Tue Feb 09, 2010 5:18 pm

Wait, I'm sorry, what's the deal? Choker's just not coming out this week?

PS Watch out for Newsarama, it's infected again.

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Postby thefourthman » Tue Feb 09, 2010 5:21 pm

amlah6 wrote:I've sent Kerny a PM. Hopefully he's online and can pick another book quickly.

I don't think anything like this has happened before with a pick, it's crazy.

Like I said in the pm, it is the first time I have not seen an accompanying note from diamond.

Did you try sending him an email too? Evidently that email button works.

All right I got to get back to work.

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