Marvel Comics blabbery

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I mean, you'd have to go some distance to outpace DC's efforts there, and still..

Andrew Farrell, Friday, 16 August 2019 15:13 (six months ago) link

lest someone think I was being literal, that was completely tongue in cheek

I do look forward to future Batman efforts by Frank Miller and Neal Adams, though

untuned mass damper (mh), Friday, 16 August 2019 15:24 (six months ago) link

I would go so far as to say, I honestly don’t give a shit if my mainstream comics purchases have a negative
political or ecological footprints for the industry and the world beyond. It’s a tiny industry. I support and pay for independent creators on a monthly basis. I’m okay with junk food.

Chuck_Tatum, Saturday, 17 August 2019 00:04 (six months ago) link

I mean you can see how your case might be enhanced if your position was, “I Love Marvel stuff but refuse to buy it on principle,” rather than “I’m boycotting something that causes me no pain.”

Like I guess we’re supposed to just laugh at the Batman fan in the strip, “what a buffoon,” but his is the position that we identify with (as fans) — we all know what it’s like when you “gotta have your” (something).

Thanks for putting it this way. I couldn't really figure out the words to make this argument, but basically - yeah. If you're on this board reading and contributing to this thread, you probably care at least a little about the comic books, the characters and the artists making them. If not, so be it! But then you're already unaffected by what's going on Marvel/DC. So... why even chime in?

Nhex, Saturday, 17 August 2019 00:40 (six months ago) link

Because it's important to express an opinion when you have one.

Marvel will outlast fucking Perlmutter. It'll probably outlast its current corporate steward once Feige leaves and the movies start to suck shit and lose money. I'm firmly on board until they start regularly pissing all over themselves a la DC. And I will somehow still muster the will and the wherewithal to read and support (*gasp* *choke*) independent comics and their creators. It's a weird wild wonderful world.

Amply Drizzled with Pure Luxury (Old Lunch), Saturday, 17 August 2019 01:43 (six months ago) link

Nobody brought up shitting on indie comics at all.

Nhex, Saturday, 17 August 2019 04:48 (six months ago) link

I'm probably the only one who cares, but a little disappointed that the current version of Marvel Comics Presents will probably end with #9. It's been a fun book - the Soule Wolverine ongoing story is fun and I like the hidden conceit of this series - throwing characters into different real life time periods

I bought #8 (because of a Jessica Drew story), didn’t think it was very good, and was thrown for a loop by the ad for an indie rock band on the back cover — in the format of a one-page Avengers strip, à la the old Hostess comic book ads. Interesting marketing strategy, I guess.

Stub yr toe on the yacht rock (morrisp), Monday, 26 August 2019 05:57 (five months ago) link

Found an old Spider-Man from a charity shop – with Giffen art! Story is Mantlo and trashy – Spider-Man fights gentrifying crime gangs! – but the art is nice. Rare Giffen Marvel moment maybe, in full Munoz mode

Chuck_Tatum, Monday, 26 August 2019 13:53 (five months ago) link

What year is that from?

Stub yr toe on the yacht rock (morrisp), Monday, 26 August 2019 14:11 (five months ago) link

Has to be somewhere between March 1985 and... let's say June '87.

quelle sprocket damage (sic), Monday, 26 August 2019 17:23 (five months ago) link

it's spectacular 120 iirc, so November 86

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 26 August 2019 17:27 (five months ago) link

my Giffen-sense was tingling!

quelle sprocket damage (sic), Monday, 26 August 2019 17:34 (five months ago) link

lol / wow apparently this was an inventory script from 1979 or earlier that got dug up for a fill-in during the black-suit Spidey era

quelle sprocket damage (sic), Monday, 26 August 2019 17:46 (five months ago) link

that's an awesome spread

Nhex, Monday, 26 August 2019 18:46 (five months ago) link

I knew Bill Mantlo wrote quite a few Peter Parker issues...I'd guess #104 was also an inventory script.

The Spectacular Spider-Man #6, 9–10, 12–15, 17–34, 36–40, 42, 53, 61–89, 104, 120, Annual #1, 4 (1977–1986)

earlnash, Wednesday, 28 August 2019 00:49 (five months ago) link

After barring the Spiegelman essay they commissioned for Marvel Comics #1000, Marvel have also censored political references from a Mark Waid essay about America in the same comic

quelle sprocket damage (sic), Thursday, 29 August 2019 05:24 (five months ago) link

"b&w books by depressed people about...I dunno, their feet or whatever" is a pretty weird way to characterize Kate Beaton

Anyway, anyone still reading Ms Marvel? New writer's first move was to whisk her away from the New Jersey setting that imo is the heart of the series for some tedious space opera business. Hoping it'll get better now she's back home, but I dunno...

Daniel_Rf, Thursday, 29 August 2019 09:49 (five months ago) link

It seemed a decent way to actually in-comic deal with "holy fuck I have just taken over a book that's both good and Important" - but I stopped after a few issues.

Andrew Farrell, Thursday, 29 August 2019 10:44 (five months ago) link

"b&w books by depressed people about...I dunno, their feet or whatever" is a pretty weird way to characterize Kate Beaton

It was, how you say, a troll.

McGrief the Crying Dog (Old Lunch), Thursday, 29 August 2019 11:34 (five months ago) link

Was Waid’s essay (including in its original form) meant to be in the voice of Captain America?

Stub yr toe on the yacht rock (morrisp), Thursday, 29 August 2019 14:53 (five months ago) link

the two hickman x-books are the only marvel stuff i've enjoyed + followed in a few years. are there other ongoings right now that are must-reads? or recent runs (like over the last 5 years) i may have overlooked?

Mordy, Thursday, 29 August 2019 20:18 (five months ago) link

i'm enjoying Jason Aaron's ongoing run on Thor and I've not been a big fan of a lot of his other work! His style fits the character.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Thursday, 29 August 2019 20:55 (five months ago) link

The Immortal Thor run is pretty good two tpbs into it.

Frederik B, Thursday, 29 August 2019 21:59 (five months ago) link

Immortal Hulk, not Thor. Goodnight everyone.

Frederik B, Thursday, 29 August 2019 22:00 (five months ago) link

Almost every Marvel run I've read has been derailed sooner rather than later by being taken into space, and DC/Marvel visions of space are almost invariably as derivative and boring as fuck

If I wanted to read bad 1950s pulp SF I can get that free at Project Gutenberg

Was Waid’s essay (including in its original form) meant to be in the voice of Captain America?

no, Waid himself wears a mask and carries a shield every day, even when he's typing or cooking

quelle sprocket damage (sic), Friday, 30 August 2019 04:25 (five months ago) link

That would be a “sic” burn — except the original passage mentions none of those things and seems not to be written in Steve Rogers’ voice, while the 2nd one does and is, which I why I (naturally) wondered if the entire focus of the essay shifted. You should pause to consider the context before firing up your fearsome Sarcasm Eye Beams!

Stub yr toe on the yacht rock (morrisp), Friday, 30 August 2019 05:33 (five months ago) link

I paused to assess the context of your parentheses before making a silly joke offering some 100% accurate information that I have about Mark Waid’s personal life

quelle sprocket damage (sic), Friday, 30 August 2019 05:49 (five months ago) link


Stub yr toe on the yacht rock (morrisp), Friday, 30 August 2019 05:52 (five months ago) link

Btw — the Spider-Woman story in Marvel Comics Presents #8 is apparently one in a series depicting “previously untold tales of Marvel Heroes” dealing with “major historical events that for whatever reason we have not been able to fully wrestle with, either because they happened too quickly or even because they were too raw a subject.”

The “real-life event” tackled in this story is “Misinformation on Social Media” — which a long blurb describes as, “Bad information from bad sources [...] whose sole purpose was ad revenue based on clicks, with no regulation, peer control or obligation to the truth.”

I think the way they chose to frame this particular issue (“ad revenue”?) shows that Marvel may not yet be able, or at liberty, to fully wrestle with this particular subject. (Plus, the story sucks!)

Stub yr toe on the yacht rock (morrisp), Friday, 30 August 2019 06:10 (five months ago) link

yeah... they're not all winners tbf

Nhex, Friday, 30 August 2019 13:14 (five months ago) link

I saw 'X-Men Red' mentioned in an article on HoXPoX, and read the first TPB this week. It's pretty great, all X-Men as political metaphor, with an emphasis on feminism. The writer, Tom Taylor, did the All New Wolverine book, so I'll check that out afterwards. That one ran 33 issues! That's an eternity for a new comic book. Hope it's as good as this, there are few things as pleasant as a good long comic run.

Frederik B, Saturday, 7 September 2019 14:06 (five months ago) link

ANW starts out great – definitely check out The Four Sisters (Vol. 1). I eventually bailed b/c I didn’t like where it went after that.

#YABASIC (morrisp), Saturday, 7 September 2019 15:16 (five months ago) link

All New Wolverine is a solid book, blessing the world with the character of Honey Badger. I agree it peters out a bit by the end, but it was worthwhile imo (the very last arc which is a what if?-style alternate future dig was real fun). Tom Taylor's the guy who also did the epic Injustice comic series of series.
The follow up-to ANW is X-23 by Mariko Tamaki which is OK but not probably quite as good. Tamaki's indie stuff is great, but her Marvel work has been just OK (see also her gray She-Hulk run).

Nhex, Saturday, 7 September 2019 15:33 (five months ago) link

There’s a new Gwenpool miniseries,(Gwenpool Strokes Back), from a new creative team, but it’s really bad... they ruined the character, she’s annoying and unlikeable (and weirdly sexed-up). The art sucks, too.

It really reinforces the uniqueness of what Christopher Hastings (and Gurihiru) achieved in the original series.

#YABASIC (morrisp), Tuesday, 17 September 2019 04:48 (five months ago) link

(*Typo fix, it’s “...Strikes Back” — they’ll probably make a dumb pun like that though, the “humor” is at that level.)

#YABASIC (morrisp), Tuesday, 17 September 2019 04:50 (five months ago) link

Marvel was so great for a minute there; it’s really a bummer to me what‘s become of most the stuff I used to be so jazzed about. (I’m sure the complex,
time-spanning mutant epic is all right, but that’s not my kind of jam.)

#YABASIC (morrisp), Tuesday, 17 September 2019 04:55 (five months ago) link

current marvel books i will rep as readable at worst and greatly enjoyable at best:
Avengers, Conan (and Savage Sword of Conan), Daredevil, Fantastic Four, Guardians of the Galaxy, House of X / Powers of X, Immortal Hulk, Invisible Woman, King Thor, Loki, Punisher, "Punisher Kill Krew", Savage Avengers, Silver Surfer Black, Star Wars, Squirrel Girl, Valkyrie.

I know there's like six books forthcoming next month but is this the first moment since the 1950's that (limited series aside) there are NO currently running X books? Teenage me would be agog.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 17 September 2019 04:57 (five months ago) link

also, against every prediction i would've made, the War of the Realms crossover was both great fun and well done!

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 17 September 2019 04:58 (five months ago) link

I’ve heard Star Wars is good, but I’ve never read a SW comic and it seems a little late to start now.

#YABASIC (morrisp), Tuesday, 17 September 2019 05:43 (five months ago) link

There aren't that many of them and I'd bet most libraries have the collections

The arcs are somewhat connected but tend to be writer-centric and you won't really need much backstory because, for the most part, it's just a continuation and extrapolation of the movies. The only exceptions would be the new Doctor Aphra character, although she bounces through situations that include a number of fringe movie characters and a brief period working with Vader

untuned mass damper (mh), Tuesday, 17 September 2019 14:20 (five months ago) link

kieron gillen's darth vader is really, really good

don’t bore us, get to the aeon of horus (bizarro gazzara), Tuesday, 17 September 2019 14:21 (five months ago) link

Yeah, crucially they restarted everything around the time of The Force Awakens, so there's only a few years to catch up on.

And the Vader is really good.

Andrew Farrell, Tuesday, 17 September 2019 14:33 (five months ago) link

little reminder that v1 of squadron supreme was hella fucked up
xp to comics heroes killing people too

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 18 September 2019 03:42 (five months ago) link

i should get around to reading that one of these days (and more Gruenwald in general)

Nhex, Wednesday, 18 September 2019 04:19 (five months ago) link

Take it to the only real contribution I’ve made to this board

#YABASIC (morrisp), Wednesday, 18 September 2019 04:21 (five months ago) link

I remember attempting to read Squadron Supreme because I'd heard the bullshit about it being the Marvel equivalent to the "seriousness" and "maturity" of Watchmen, and man was it a load of crap.

Tsar Bombadil (James Morrison), Wednesday, 18 September 2019 07:03 (five months ago) link

It’s kind of a weird, brutalist, Twilight Zone version of a comic miniseries, without Watchmen’s guardrails of literary respectability (and, I guess, “good writing”). I think Squadron’s bizarre scenarios are more disturbing, because they’re presented in a way that doesn’t tell you what to think about them.

#YABASIC (morrisp), Wednesday, 18 September 2019 14:54 (five months ago) link

dang new house of x got me all choked up

Larry Elleison (rogermexico.), Wednesday, 18 September 2019 23:04 (five months ago) link

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