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Review Group Week 172 - The Last Days of Animal Man #1

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Review Group Week 172 - The Last Days of Animal Man #1

Postby ****** » Thu May 28, 2009 10:14 am

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The Mind is a Terrible Thing to Taste. Great Ministry album or greatest Ministry album?

A funny thing happened to the Spreadsheet of Doom this week when I went to add week 172... it ran out of columns. :shock:

As a stopgap the Son of Spreadsheet of Doom has been born. Plans for the Database of Doom are now underway and will begin construction if the motivation ever strikes me.

If you remember TheLizard207 from when he was in the Review Group at OldRama and you haven't seen the thread in The Asylum, fucked up shit is here.

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The Last Days of Animal Man #1
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Written by Gerry Conway
Art by Chris Batista and Dave Meikis
Cover by Brian Bolland

Is Buddy Baker losing it all? Everyman hero Buddy Baker has fought hard for our world, and for his family. But by the year 2024, the Earth has seen better days: The heroes are growing tired, the villains have grown nastier and Buddy's own hometown of San Diego has struggled for years to recover from a cataclysmic typhoon. His children have grown and his marriage has gotten colder… and now, as San Diego faces the most vicious Super-Villain it's seen in years, his powers are starting to fail him! Without his powers, without his family – who is Buddy Baker? Can he still be a husband? Can he still be a father? Can he still be Animal Man? And more importantly, can he even survive the bloodthirsty plan his arch-rival's progeny has in store for him?

Comics legend Gerry Conway (TV's Law and Order) makes his return to DC with this can't-miss miniseries

DC Universe | 32pg. | Color | $2.99 US


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Batman and Robin #1
as selected by GLX[/center]Written by Grant Morrison
Art and Cover by Frank Quitely

"Batman Reborn" begins here! With the reunited team of Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely (ALL-STAR SUPERMAN, WE3,New X-Men), this first issue kicks off a 3-part story arc that can't be missed! The new Dynamic Duo hit the streets with a bang in their new flying Batmobile as they face off against an assemblage of villains called the Circus of Strange. They also tackle their first mission investigating a child who's been abducted by the mysterious Domino Killer. But will everything go smoothly? And who exactly are the new Batman and Robin? The newest era of The Dark Knight begins here!

32pg. | Color | $2.99 US


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If you would like to join the group it's easy. Just post a review and I'll add you to the member's list. As long as you stay active, eventually it will be your turn to make a pick.

With $4 comics becoming the norm, the economy being what it is and the growing popularity of mail order services the Review Group recognizes that it's becoming harder and harder to commit to participating each and every week. As long as you can post one review per calendar month you will stay in the member's list. It doesn't matter if you post your review the week of it's release or if you post it later. Going forward, there is no such thing as a "late" review.

The only request I make with the new format is that if you don't plan on posting a review or if you're going to be posting late is that you drop a note in the thread so that I can keep track of who is active and who isn't. The Spreadshee of Doom is thorough, but it can't read your mind.


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Comics are to be scored on a scale from 1-10. 1 being suck, 10 being a damn good comic. Beyond that, there's no right or wrong.

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If it's your week, you must announce your selection by 5pm EST the day Diamond releases it's shipping list. If you do not announce your pick at that time, I will add a poll to the thread that will remain open until 12pm EST so that the group can make the selection for that week. To ensure that you know it's your week, I will PM you when Midtown's list goes live on Thursdays.

Starlord - 7.50(This Week)
GLX
Sire v 2.0
MrBlack
SuperginraiX - 5.00
Alex Delarge
Doombug - 6.00
Chubbles - 5.50
guitarsmashley - 4.00
amlah6 - 7.50
young neil
thefourthman - 6.50
Punchy - 6.00
King Impulse
ThrillHouse
Daringd
Timberoo
House of J - 5.00
McKegan
Kerny - 6.50
48THRiLLS - 8.999999999

BLUE indicates explanation given for not posting a review.
RED indicate that no review or explanation has been posted in two weeks.
RED and BOLD will be deleted at the end of the week unless a review or explanation is posted.


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Each Tuesday I will putting together all of our reviews and we will have our very own article on the front page of The Outhouse! If you would like for your review to be included, please try to have it posted by the end of day on Monday.

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[spoiler="Not a"]001. Daredevil #82 - 8.13
002. Exiles #77 - 6.29
003. Jonah Hex #5 - 6.26
004. American Virgin #1 - 7.7
005. Birds of Prey #92 - 6.41
006. Squadron Supreme #1 - 7.66
007. Blue Beetle #1 - 5.95
008. Aquaman: Sword of Atlantis #41 - 6.67
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
015. X-Factor #7 - 7.84
016. My Inner Bimbo #1 - 6.38
017. Wonder Woman #1 - 7.3
018. Green Lantern Corps #1 - 5.65
019. Flash: The Fastest Man Alive #1 - 5.38
020. New Avengers #21 - 6.12
021. Detective Comics #821 - 8.05
022. Ultimate Spider-Man #97 - 7.86
023. Uncle Sam and the Freedom Fighters #1 - 4.17
024. Batman #655 - 7.69
025. Usagi Yojimbo #95 - 6.41
026. Sonic the Hedgehog #165 - 6.5
027. The Boys #1 - 7.3
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
052. Fell #7 - 9.03
052. Dark Tower #1 - 8.61
052. Fantastic Four: The End #5 - 8.55
052. newuniversal #3 - 8.13
052. Pirates of Coney Island #4 - 7.93
052. Action Comics Annual #10 - 7.87
052. Ultimate Spider-Man #105 - 7.7
052. All New Atom #8 - 6.98
052. Uncanny X-Men #483 - 6.47
053. Batman #663 - 3.59
054. Civil War #7 - 7.2
055. Runaways #24 - 9.01
056. Punisher MAX #45 - 7.47
057. Blade #7 - 6.08
058. Army@Love #1 - 6.38
059. Blue Beetle #13 - 6.4
060. Avengers: The Initiative #1 - 7.27
061. Nova #1 - 6.92
062. Cable & Deadpool #39 - 5.92
063. Catwoman #66 - 7.06
064. 52 Week Fifty-Two - 7.15
065. Countdown #51 - 6.8
066. Flash: The Fastest Man Alive #12 - 6.31
067. Captain America #26 - 8.28
068. Witchblade #106 - 5.81
069. Invincible #42 - 8.35
070. Sub-Mariner #1 - 5.54
071. Highwaymen #1 - 7.87
072. Superman/Batman #37 - 4.6
073. Dynamo 5 #5 - 6.28
074. Annihilation: Conquest - Wraith #1 - 6.63
075. Lone Ranger #7 - 7.54
076. X-Men #201 - 4.76
077. Metal Men #1 - 6.18
078. Green Lantern #22 - 7.85
079. Pilot Season: Ripclaw - 5.89
080. X-Men: First Class #3 - 7.53
081. Teen Titans #50 - 8.02
082. Buffy the Vampire Slayer #6 - 6.96
083. Punisher War Journal #11 - 5.22
084. World War Hulk #4 - 6.96
085. All-Star Batman & Robin #7 - 6.43
086. Vinyl Underground #1 - 5.73
087. Green Arrow & Black Canary #1 - 8.27
088. The Sword #1 - 6.89
089. She-Hulk #22 - 7.38
090. Tales of the Fear Agent: Twelve Steps in One - 6.18
091. Annihilation: Conquest #1 - 6.93
092. Batman and the Outsiders #1 - 6.87
093. Flash #234 - 5.72
094. Gotham Underground #2 - 5.52
095. Ultimates 3 #1 - 4.8
096. Amazing Spider-Girl #15 - 6
097. Birds of Prey #113 - 7.16
098. Pax Romana #1 - 8.59
099. Hack/Slash #7 - 6.97
100. HULK #1 - 7.19
101. Booster Gold #6 - 7.68
102. Order #7 - 6.97
103. Narcopolis #1 - 5.37
104. Reviewer's Choice
105. Tiny Titans #1 - 6.81
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
114. Noble Causes #32 - 7.26
115. Hulk vs. Hercules: When Titans Collide - 7.39
116. DC Universe 0 - 4.94
117. House of Mystery #1 - 7.77
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 Spotligt: Cyclonus - 5.92
124. Trinity #4 - 5.15
125. Jonah Hex #33 - 8.7
126. I Kill Giants #1 - 7.55
127. Batgirl #1 - 5.23
128. Uncanny X-Men #500 - 6.22
129. Wildcats #1 - 7.33
130. Venom: Dark Origin #1 - 7.16
131. Astonishing X-Men #26 - 5.12
132. Final Crisis: Legion of 3 Worlds #1 - 7.67
133. Runaways #1 - 7.34
134. Marvel Apes #1 - 6.15
135. Star Wars: The Clone Wars #1 - 6.22
136. Iron Man: Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. #33 - 7.25
137. Back to Brooklyn #1 - 5.58
138. Four Eyes #1 - 9.42
139. Green Lantern Corps #29 - 6.16
140. Ghost Rider #28 - 7.44
141. Unknown Soldier #1 - 8.66
142. Amazing Spider-Man #575 - 6.98
143. Final Crisis: Resist - 6.44
144. Batman: Cacophony #1 - 7.37
145. Deadpool #4 - 6.57
146. Ms. Marvel #33 - 5.97
147. Secret Invasion #8 - 7.15
148. Punisher: War Zone #1 - 7.17
149. Ex Machina #40 - 8.11
150. Immortal Iron Fist #21 - 8.21
151. Incognito #1 - 8.65
152. Punisher #1 - 6.25
153. G.I. Joe #1 - 6.68
154. Hellblazer #251 - 6.94
155. Justice Society of America #23 - 6.53
156. Watchmen - 9.86
157. Batman #686 - 8.84
158. Amber Atoms #1 - 4.25
159. Runaways #7 - 5.25 (Column)
160. Superman: World of New Krypton #1 - 6.68 (Column)
161. Guardians of the Galaxy #11 - 6.41 (Column)
162. Invincible #60 - 7.08 (Column)
163. Muppet Show #1 - 6.66 (Column)
164. Flash: Rebirth #1 - 6.93 (Column)
165. Wolverine: Weapon X #1 - 6.4 (Column)
166. The Strange Adventures of H.P. Lovecraft #1 - 7.82 (Column)
167. Ghost Rider #34 - 8.82 (Column)
168. Phonogram: The Singles Club #2 - 6.33 (Column)
169. Final Crisis Aftermath: Run! #1 - 7 (Column)
170. Unwritten #1 - 8.65 (Column)
171. The Boys: Herogasm #1 - 7.13 (Column)
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Postby Victorian Squid » Thu May 28, 2009 10:33 am

Poor buddy can never get a break. Sounds like Ellen is frigid and Cliff is a pain in the @ss.
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Postby MrBlack » Thu May 28, 2009 12:15 pm

It looks like I'm not going to be able to keep up with the review group. I've gotten the last several books, but have not found the time to post a review. I plan on getting Animal Man, but not until next week at the earliest.

I just have too much else going on.

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Postby ****** » Thu May 28, 2009 12:27 pm

MrBlack wrote:It looks like I'm not going to be able to keep up with the review group. I've gotten the last several books, but have not found the time to post a review. I plan on getting Animal Man, but not until next week at the earliest.

I just have too much else going on.


As long as you're getting the books and post reviews eventually it's not a big deal. It'd be silly to drop out now with your pick being so close.

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Postby MrBlack » Thu May 28, 2009 12:45 pm

I can give it a shot. I did not get Herogasm last week, primarily because I do not like Garth Ennis' work. I plan to pick up Animal Man, but it will be next week at the earliest.

I'll see if I can post some of my missing reviews in the next couple of days.

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Postby SuperginraiX » Thu May 28, 2009 1:51 pm

I'll be putting up my review of Herogasm eventually. I bought the book specifically for this group and just haven't been able to force myself to read it. It just looks crappy to me.

So I'm certain my review will be fair and balanced. :D
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Postby malcolm reynolds » Thu May 28, 2009 2:17 pm

I love animal man and I'll be checking this out for sure, I'll post when I find a copy of the book.

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Postby GLX » Thu May 28, 2009 5:28 pm

I'll announce my pick by Monday.
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Postby ****** » Thu May 28, 2009 5:36 pm

GLX wrote:I'll announce my pick by Monday.


See, and last week you were like, "Hey Starlord, hurry up and pick". :P

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Postby GLX » Thu May 28, 2009 6:35 pm

amlah6 wrote:See, and last week you were like, "Hey Starlord, hurry up and pick". :P


I know. I just want to announce it when the new Looking Ahead is published. Shouldn't be hard to figure out what it might be, though. :P
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Postby Victorian Squid » Thu May 28, 2009 8:30 pm

The Last Days of Animal Man #1

I give it a 5. This wasn't that great, but I suppose it could get more interesting before it is complete. Part of the low score is due to the art--just like the well-written Morrison series, the art is fairly weak. Some of the panels involving perspective are just baffling. Much of the figure work is stiff. I dunno if anyone told the artist this was the future? Because apparently no new styles of any kind have occurred. It is no comfort to me that chubby dudes in offices are still wearing the same pleated Dockers in the future. The cars look the same. I guess the little computer projecting rigs are sort of futuristic, but the way they are drawn it took me a while to make any sense of them.

One scene involves police directly across from each other firing wildly at the lackluster villain in between--that's just stupid. When what-sis-name breaks out of prison, the surrounding environment seems to shift panel to panel. One minute it seems like the guy is behind a fence, the next thing you know he seems to be on the opposite side. I gave up trying to figure it out. Or why they took no precautions on handling a super-powered villaiin beyond handcuff. The future is even dumber than now.

The writing wasn't anything to win any awards either. The narration was tedious, but not as tedious as the scene with Buddy and Ellen. Little stuff thrown in like carbon taxes make me think this book will be heavyhanded with its message--I have a feeling Buddy's power loss will be due to environmental degradation somehow.

Kind of sad this wasn't a better first issue. I think Buddy should kick Ellen to the curb and defect to Vertigo where he can team up with Swamp Thing.

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Postby Victorian Squid » Fri May 29, 2009 8:28 am

Man, you guys read with your lips moving, or what?

I wanted to ask, who IS Animal Man's arch-rival with the progeny? I can't think of any good candidates.

I feel bad for giving it a 5, but I read it again and the 5 stands. I like Gerry Conway, and respect his career, this may get better. It just didn't do much to grab me for #1.

Anyone think we will see the reality-rewriting "aliens" in this mini?
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Postby ****** » Fri May 29, 2009 8:49 am

House of J wrote:Man, you guys read with your lips moving, or what?

I wanted to ask, who IS Animal Man's arch-rival with the progeny? I can't think of any good candidates.

I feel bad for giving it a 5, but I read it again and the 5 stands. I like Gerry Conway, and respect his career, this may get better. It just didn't do much to grab me for #1.

Anyone think we will see the reality-rewriting "aliens" in this mini?


This will be the first issue of Animal Man that I've read since I bought an issue of Morrison's run when I was a little kid. I do not have the answers you are looking for.

Plus I don't usually read the other reviews until I've read the book. :wink:

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Postby Victorian Squid » Fri May 29, 2009 9:20 am

amlah6 wrote:This will be the first issue of Animal Man that I've read since I bought an issue of Morrison's run when I was a little kid. I do not have the answers you are looking for.

Plus I don't usually read the other reviews until I've read the book. :wink:


Can't blame you there. I wasn't really interested in much else this week so it was at the top of my list by default.

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Postby GLX » Fri May 29, 2009 1:42 pm

Batman and Robin #1, bitches. 8)
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