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BlueStreak

The Red Stands for Irony

Postby BlueStreak » Wed Jul 13, 2011 7:57 am

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Red Wing #1
as selected by GLX

Scripts: Jonathan Hickman
Pencils: Nick Pitarra
Pencils: Rachelle Rosenberg

"Learning to Fly"

To stay alive in the future, the best fighter pilots in the world not only have to perfect their skills and master their aircraft, they also have to know how to travel through time. The Red Wing is the story of the greatest battle in the history of the history of three worlds


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Punchy has next week's pick.

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Punchy
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John Snow
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Amoebas
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Eli Katz
AMS
Comic_Doctor
Zero
Kerny
Royal Nonesuch
Victorian Squid
False Prophet
Stephen Day

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Punchy

Staff Writer

Postby Punchy » Wed Jul 13, 2011 7:58 am

HICKLASH
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BlueStreak

The Red Stands for Irony

Postby BlueStreak » Wed Jul 13, 2011 8:02 am

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005. Birds of Prey #92 - 6.41
006. Squadron Supreme #1 - 7.66
007. Blue Beetle #1 - 5.95
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009. DMZ #6 - 7.65
010. Captain America #17 - 7.43
011. Thing #6 - 7.03
012. Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #8 - 7.68
013. Cable & Deadpool #28 - 7.45
014. Fell #5 - 8.81
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016. My Inner Bimbo #1 - 6.38
017. Wonder Woman #1 - 7.3
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019. Flash: The Fastest Man Alive #1 - 5.38
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023. Uncle Sam and the Freedom Fighters #1 - 4.17
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025. Usagi Yojimbo #95 - 6.41
026. Sonic the Hedgehog #165 - 6.5
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028. Heroes for Hire #1 - 6.25
029. Ultimate Fantastic Four #33 - 5.75
030. Local #6 - 9.1
031. Thunderbolts #106 - 6.14
032. Nextwave: Agents of H.A.T.E. #8 - 8.34
033. True Story, Swear to God #1 - 7.69
034. Criminal #1 - 7.63
035. Fables #1/#54 - 8.83
036. WildCats #1 - 6.51
037. Action Comics #844 - 7.22
038. Incredible Hulk #100 - 7.5
039. Franklin Richards, Son of a Genius: Happy Franksgiving - 4.32
040. Texas Chainsaw Massacre #1 - 4.34
041. Punisher War Journal #1 - 6.54
042. Immortal Iron Fist #1 - 7.35
043. Spider-Man: Reign #1 - 4.79
044. The Spirit #1 - 7.67
045. New Avengers: Illuminati #1 - 7.33
046. Winter Soldier: Winter Kills - 8.27
047. Amazing Spider-Man #537 - 6.94
048. Thunderbolts #110 - 6.75
049. Red Menace #3 - 7.43
050. Moon Knight #7 - 5.86
051. Ultimate Civil War Spider-Ham Crisis #1 - 6.21
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052. All New Atom #8 - 6.98
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052. newuniversal #3 - 8.13
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056. Punisher MAX #45 - 7.47
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067. Captain America #26 - 8.28
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070. Sub-Mariner #1 - 5.54
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076. X-Men #201 - 4.76
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094. Gotham Underground #2 - 5.52
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101. Booster Gold #6 - 7.68
102. Order #7 - 6.97
103. Narcopolis #1 - 5.37
104. Reviewer's Choice
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106. Loaded Bible 3: Communion - 8.68
107. Project Superpowers #1 - 5.93
108. Echo #1 - 8.34
109. Mighty Avengers #10 - 7.12
110. Iron Man: Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. #27 - 7.73
111. Proof #6 - 8.48
112. Secret Invasion #1 - 7.95
113. Titans #1 - 6
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115. Hulk vs. Hercules: When Titans Collide - 7.39
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118. Captain Britain and MI:13 #1 - 7.36
119. Checkmate #26 - 4.09
120. Final Crisis #1 - 6.91
121. The Boys #19 - 8.3
122. Skaar: Son of Hulk #1 - 5.53
123. Transformers Spotlight: Cyclonus - 5.92
124. Trinity #4 - 5.15
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127. Batgirl #1 - 5.23
128. Uncanny X-Men #500 - 6.22
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175. Transformers Spotlight: Cliffjumper - 7 (Column)
176. Dark Avengers/Uncanny X-Men: Utopia - 6.62 (Column)
177. Justice League: Cry for Justice #1 - 6.71 (Column)
178. Wednesday Comics #1 - 7.84 (Column)
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180. Immortal Weapons #1 - 7.17 (Column)
181. Mice Templar: Destiny #1 - 7.81 (Column)
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184. Daredevil #500 - 8.62 (Column)
185. Fantastic Four #570 - 6.9 (Column)
186. Sweet Tooth #1 - 8.1 (Column)
187. Dark Reign: The List - Avengers - 5.95 (Column)
188. Beasts of Burden #1 - 8.73 (Column)
189. Wolverine: Giant Size Old Man Logan - 7.95 (Column)
190. Teen Titans #75 - 4.67 (Column)
191. Haunt #1 - 6.6 (Column)
192. Unwritten #6 - 7.41 (Column)
193. Azrael #1 - 4.11 (Column)
194. Dark Avengers: Ares #1 - 6.79 (Column)
195. Deadpool Team-Up #899 - 5.24 (Column)
196. Locke & Key: Crown of Shadows #1 - 6.96 (Column)
197. Punisher #11 - 7.39 (Column)
198. Image United #1 - 3.53 (Column)
199. Jonah Hex #50 - 9.23 (Column)
200. Invincible Iron Man #21 - 7.45 (Column)
201. Walt Disney Comics & Stories #701 - 5.85 (Column)
202. Hellboy: The Bride of Hell - 7.32 (Column)
203. Webcomics Week (Column)
204. Siege #1 - 7.84 (Column)
205. Amazing Spider-Man #617 - 8.39 (Column)
206. Joe the Barbarian #1 - 7.97 (Column)
207. Robocop #1 - 3.59 (Column)
208. FREE4ALL (Column)
209. Choker #1 - 6.17 (Column)
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266. Morning Glories #8 - 7.5 (Column)
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269. Brightest Day #23 - 4.38 (Column)
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272. Walking Dead #84
273. Avengers Academy #13
274. Fear Itself: Youth in Revolt #1
275. Hawkeye: Blindspot #4
276. Nice Spencer Double Team!
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278. Flashpoint: Emperor Aquaman #1-5.48
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BlueStreak

The Red Stands for Irony

Postby BlueStreak » Wed Jul 13, 2011 9:07 am

Hickman is one of the stronger long-form storytellers out there today, who really excels in the "Wheels Within Wheels" type of storytelling. However, with The Red Wing being a miniseries, it should be interesting to see what Hickman does with a story with an epic feel to it in the first issue.

The Red Wing is about a war in time. Although we don't know the reasons, the enemies or the objective of the wars, we do know that it allegedly claimed the life of the protagonist, Dominic's father. Dominic's father was a Red Wing pilot, who's only shown purpose is to get shot down by alien spacecraft. Dominic, pulling a Hal Jordan, decides to follow in his father's footsteps and become a pilot too. Throughout the issue, we learn of Dominic's father's fate and see one of the risks of having a dogfight in time.

The strongest part of the book is Nick Pitarra's pencils. I think it's safe to say that one of the big two (probably Marvel) will scoop this guy up in the upcoming months as he's the real deal. Also, Hickman's usual meta-sciencey gooblygook is gotten out of the way early and actually relates to the plot in a direct way that doesn't require a recap issue at the end of the second volume to fill in the blanks.

Overall, The Red Wing is a solid read and shows why Jonathan Hickman is considered to be one of the best in the business today. If you enjoy comics, get this book.

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GLX

Outhouse Editor

Postby GLX » Wed Jul 13, 2011 3:26 pm

It was a weird read. I'm gonna have to give a couple more reads before I write on it.

Royal Nonesuch

Staff Writer

Postby Royal Nonesuch » Wed Jul 13, 2011 4:16 pm

BlueStreak wrote:Hickman is one of the stronger long-form storytellers out there today, who really excels in the "Wheels Within Wheels" type of storytelling. However, with The Red Wing being a miniseries, it should be interesting to see what Hickman does with a story with an epic feel to it in the first issue.


I don't understand what you mean here.
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Rockman

Rain Partier

Postby Rockman » Wed Jul 13, 2011 4:35 pm

I didn't get it :-(

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Postby ****** » Wed Jul 13, 2011 5:07 pm

Royal Nonesuch wrote:
I don't understand what you mean here.


I think he means that he hasn't read Hickman's superior creator owned work and doesn't realize that he can tell a rich, fully developed story in 4 issues.

Royal Nonesuch

Staff Writer

Postby Royal Nonesuch » Wed Jul 13, 2011 5:43 pm

John Snow wrote:
I think he means that he hasn't read Hickman's superior creator owned work and doesn't realize that he can tell a rich, fully developed story in 4 issues.


I assumed it was something along those lines, but I figured I'd ask just in case.
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fieldy snuts

Rain Partier

Postby fieldy snuts » Wed Jul 13, 2011 8:11 pm

I went into this week blind and didn't even know it was a Hickman book till I read the cover.

Haven't gotten to it yet...really big week this time, I'll have something by tomorrow.
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BlueStreak

The Red Stands for Irony

Postby BlueStreak » Wed Jul 13, 2011 9:51 pm

John Snow wrote:
I think he means that he hasn't read Hickman's superior creator owned work and doesn't realize that he can tell a rich, fully developed story in 4 issues.


I've read Pax Romana and found it to be infinitely inferior to Secret Warriors.
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Amoebas

Son of Stein

Postby Amoebas » Wed Jul 13, 2011 9:55 pm

BlueStreak wrote:Amoebas
RED indicate that no review or explanation has been posted in two weeks.

I posted twice in Jonah that my switch to bi-weekly shipping delayed delivery - plus I found a copy early and posted a review. :D

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Postby ****** » Wed Jul 13, 2011 10:04 pm

BlueStreak wrote:
I've read Pax Romana and found it to be infinitely inferior to Secret Warriors.


That's the most wrong statement I've seen posted on the internet this month.
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Amoebas

Son of Stein

Postby Amoebas » Wed Jul 13, 2011 10:06 pm

270. Uncanny X-Men #535 - 7.50
271. Thunderbolts #156
272. Walking Dead #84
273. Avengers Academy #13
274. Fear Itself: Youth in Revolt #1
275. Hawkeye: Blindspot #4
276. Nice Spencer Double Team!
277. SHIELD #1 - 5.67
278. Flashpoint: Emperor Aquaman #1-5.48


What were the scores for 271 - 276?
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BlueStreak

The Red Stands for Irony

Postby BlueStreak » Wed Jul 13, 2011 10:15 pm

On an unrelated note, I'm now accepting applications for temporary tyrant for the week of August 15th with an option for a longer tenure.

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