"More Odds and Ends"
by: Protoclown

Every once in a while I like to do a column on random things in the industry that I feel are worth talking about, but each individual one isn't large enough to get its own Tales From the Longbox column. This is one of those times. Sorry Marvel fans, but the House of Ideas has given me more to bitch about lately. I'll get around to trashing DC later.

Brand New Day

First and foremost, I'm sure many of you are curious about Brand New Day, the followup storyline to the absolutely craptastic One More Day storyline running through the Amazing Spider-Man comic. I certainly don't want to devote an entire column to Spider-Man right after I just did one, but I think this is definitely worth discussing to some degree.

And let me just get this out of the way right off the bat. When I said I wasn't going to buy this crap, I meant it. I've read these books, but I did not spend one penny on them. Nor do I intend to. And the only reason I bothered to read them at all is to keep you guys informed of the shit they're publishing right now. The sacrifices I make for you guys, I swear.

The very first page of Brand New Day, opens with Peter Parker making out with some girl in a club, because hey, now that he's free from the burden of marriage, he's free to do whatever he wants, right?

This is the point where we, the readers, are supposed to feel like high-fiving Peter Parker.

We have some scenes of news reporters talking about what a menace Spider-Man is (that sure is a fresh take on the character), and then just in case you forgot how lame Peter's living situation is, his Aunt May enters his bedroom and wakes him up.

Peter gave up his marriage with his insanely hot supermodel wife for these wheatcakes,
only to find that they are UNAVAILABLE! OH, THE IRONY! CURSE YOU, MEPHISTO!!

They introduce a new villain in this arc, Mr. Negative, who they're obviously trying to push as some badass new member of Spidey's Rogues Gallery. Unfortunately he comes across as totally uncompelling and uninteresting.

Mr. Negative's super power is that you have to look at a negative picture of him to see
what he would really look like normally. Not very dangerous, but incredibly annoying.

Mr. Negative's big plan hinges on poisoning a couple of Maggia (sort of like the Mafia, only they hire super-villains and shit) crime families, and then, I don't know, taking over their shit or something. He acquires an ancient tablet with a magical poison recipe that allows him to cook up a special poison blend that will only affect people belonging to a certain bloodline. Meaning he can disperse it into a crowd and not have to worry about killing anybody but his enemies and their family members (what a conscientious villain!). Spider-Man learns of his plan and saves a bunch of Maggia children from being killed, which makes him a friend of the Maggia.

"I was selected to speak to you, because I am the ugliest. No one else would come."

Splendid! Not only is Spider-Man threatening the "sanctity of marriage", but now he's a friend of the Mafia as well! I'm glad to see that he's such a good role model for the youngsters out there who are reading the book.

Unfortunately for Spider-Man however, the only way he could save all the children was to give Mr. Negative a vial of his blood. See, Mr. Negative had one of the Maggia children hostage with a knife to her throat, so Spidey had no choice but to surrender his blood.

"Lucky for you I just happen to carry a syringe everywhere I go, fiend!"

Then Mr. Negative threatens Spider-Man's family members if he should ever mess with any of his schemes again, only this is kind of a stupid threat considering that Spidey's secret identity was magically put back in the bottle by Mephisto, so Negative has no idea who his family is.

But, oh my god! Wait!! Shortly after this we see Mr. Negative turn off his negativity and reveal his true face as - someone we don't recognize!! But then, Peter calls in to check on Aunt May, and she tells him not to worry about her and that she's going to get a ride home from Mr. Li, who just happens to be Mr. Negative!! Oh my goodness, I've just blasted shit all over the room I am sitting in! Seriously, it'd be easier to move into a new apartment than it would be to clean up this mess, I'm so surprised by this revelation!

"With a mere touch of his healing hand, Mr. Li makes Aunt May look twenty years younger."

UNTIL - I remember that I don't care! Firstly, Mr. Li probably doesn't know who Aunt May is in relation to Spider-Man, and even if he does, we've seen this dance before with the Osborns, with Dr. Octopus, etc, and it's frankly gotten a bit old. Secondly, since Marvel didn't have the balls to kill Aunt May before, to the point that they altered reality with the biggest Deus Ex Machina ever, I'm not exactly filled with tension over what her fate will be. Oh sure, Mr. Negative will kidnap her and tie her to the minute hand of some big clock tower or something, but is she in any danger of actually dying? Of course not.

The second story arc introduces another new villain they're hoping will stand the test of time and earn a permanent place of honor among Spider-Man's more memorable villains: The Menace! And with a name like that, he's bound to be forgotten by the middle of the summer.

This guy looks like a Green Goblin wannabe who got all his equipment at the thrift store.

Oh my, how original! A kooky looking dude with a mask flying around on a little glider! Man, I sure am glad that this bold new direction for Spider-Man is taking us into totally new territory without anything that we've seen before!

Also, the horrible rumors about Mary Jane running around as a costumed hero named Jackpot are sadly true. I have no idea how she got super powers, nor do I have the foggiest idea what her super power is aside from the ability to put on a tacky costume, but nevertheless, she is now a registered superhero in New York City. Hell, maybe this is what she whispered into Mephisto's ear about.

Oh, the romantic comedy banter between these two is unbearable! Seriously.

Pretty much the moment Spider-Man first sees her, he asks her if her initials happen to be "MJ" and she refuses to answer. But this doesn't deter him, because the next time he sees her, he asks if her name is "Mary Jane". She lies and says no, but it's fairly obvious he's figured it out by this point. I'm glad to see they're really milking it and taking advantage of this whole "rebooted" reality situation they've created and not making it all irrelevant within the first five issues. Because you know, then it would seem kind of pointless and about a million times more insulting.

Oh, and speaking of insulting, now that Spider-Man's not married to MJ, he can totally beat the crap out of her and it's okay because she's not his wife!

"You totally can't call me a 'wife beater'! Booyah!"

Brand New Day certainly is pretty so far, because they've gotten some fantastic artists working on the first couple story arcs. Unfortunately that's about all it has going for it, and they're not going to lure me in to something that sucks based on the artwork alone.

Another thing that annoys me is that they're writing the whole comic in this insulting, retro manner that's fine for children, but not so much for the adults that probably make up a larger portion of the comic reading market than kids do these days.

I just love when books I'm reading treat me like I'm retarded.

I understand it's a whole "style" they're going for, but it's lame and they should be writing the comic for a more advanced audience so that children reading it now can grow into it and keep reading it as they grow older. Kids are always interested in what the bigger kids are interested in, so writing for an older audience isn't going to take away from that demographic any.

And it's not just restricted to the narration boxes either. Take a look at this laughable dialogue from Mr. Negative's henchmen:

I had an "evil plan" once that involved not flushing and leaving a little "surprise" for my roommate.

"Curses"? Their "evil plan" is ruined? Who the hell refers to their plan as their "evil plan"?

One more thing worth mentioning is that J. Jonah Jameson is no longer in charge of the Daily Bugle. It seems that he got so upset with Parker coming in and demanding to get paid for the work he's done that he had a heart attack, and while he was unconscious at the hospital, his wife decided to sell all of his shares of the Bugle to Dexter Bennett, a guy who'd been wanting to buy the Daily Bugle for some time. Oooh! Lookout! They're totally shaking things up! I can't stand it!

"I'm your new boss, Orville Redenbacher. Now let's get out there and pop some popcorn."

DC Hard Covers

Here's something that's been pissing me off for a while now. Back in the day, you used to have to wait quite a while for any book you were following to be collected into a trade paperback, if you were lucky enough for it to be collected at all. More than likely you'd have to hunt down older stories in the back issue bin at your local comic shop, no matter how popular or mainstream the stories were.

These days however, more and more collected editions are coming out relatively soon after the series they're collecting is completed, and more material than ever before is being republished in the trade paperback format (no matter how crappy it is). Sometimes though they're in such a hurry to get those collected editions out there that they don't even wait until the series is completed, or at the very least until it has reached a logical stopping point to collect into a single volume.

One for the price of three? Wow! What a deal!

Take for example DC Comics's Justice mini-series, twelve issues beautifully painted by Alex Ross, and definitely worthy of anyone's comic collection. The problem is that the series came out bi-monthly because the painted artwork took a long time to complete. So DC got a little impatient and decided to release the first hard cover collected edition a bit early. This $19.99 book contains four issues. Yes, that's right, the cover of the book is thicker than what's inside of it. Buying all three books separate will cost you $60.

Take an older twelve issue series, Watchmen, that contains not only twelve issues worth of material, but all the extra supplemental material that came in each issue, and that costs $20 (paperback). The paperbacks of Justice that have yet to come out are priced at $12.99 each, and there will be three of them to collect a twelve issue series.

This is happening more and more these days, where a story arc that's only ten or twelve issues will be published in two or three collected volumes instead of the more reasonable one volume. And it's not because the binding process can't handle that many issues together. It's really for one reason and one reason only: greed. They're collecting what could easily be compiled into one book into several just so they can charge you more for it, and on top of that, it's a bigger pain in the ass to shelve three books instead of one.

So I say, fuck you, DC. Fuck you.

Captain America's New Duds

Many of you have heard by now that Captain America has returned after the Red Skull killed him off last year. Thing is, it's not the Steve Rogers Cap. He's really dead and gone (for now). But Captain America is more of a role, or a costume, than a single man, so it was only a matter of time before he would be replaced. And Bucky Barnes, his old sidekick from World War II is the man for the job, and believe me, it's not as lame as it sounds. In fact, if you've been following the series, you'll see that Ed Brubaker has brought him back in a pretty cool way and done a fine job of setting everything up for him to take on the role of Captain America.

The only problem I have with the new Cap is his godawful costume designed by Alex Ross. Normally I'm a huge fan of Ross's painted artwork, but with this costume I have NO idea what he was smoking.

I certainly hope that Cap never goes on a mission that requires any kind of stealth.

What a fucking eyesore. Look how shiny that thing is. On a sunny day, he would blind friend and foe alike with that ridiculous getup. And notice how it all looks to be hard and metallic all over? Do you notice a problem with that? I don't know about you, but I would never wear a metal suit that involves a giant pointy metal spike sticking down near my crotch. Assuming that whole thing is made out of hard, unmovable metal as it appears, how in the hell does he sit down without stabbing himself in the nuts? Take it from me; you never want to have a metal pointy thing anywhere near your junk.

Captain America has never looked more delicious. And I don't mean that in a gay way.

Here's another look. It looks like he's wearing a fucking dessert cake. Tell me that doesn't look like tasty icing dribbling down his belly there. And what I really don't get about this is that they're trying to update Cap and make him more badass with the black pants and the whole carrying guns bit and everything, and then they go and have him dressed up in dessert. Ah well, the book is still worth reading at any rate, but hopefully this horrible design won't last long.

Secret Invasion

And finally, there's the upcoming big Marvel event of this year, Secret Invasion, in which a good portion of the Marvel universe has been replaced by Skrulls (really gay shape-shifting aliens, for those of you who don't know).

Since they're shape-shifters, maybe they can change into something that looks halfway threatening?

But does anybody really give a shit? The last Bendis "event", House of M was underwhelming and left the X-Men franchise a fucking mess. While it would be nice to have certain characters' (Spider-Man, Iron Man) recent insane behavior explained away by revealing they were skrulls this whole time, something tells me it's the fringe characters who don't really matter who are going to be skrulls. I mean, come on, Black Bolt? When was the last time that guy did anything of consequence? And I'm supposed to give a shit that he's a skrull? Same with Elektra. She's been off in Japan for so long and not doing anything that matters, I honestly couldn't remember if she was alive or dead.

"Yep, I always suspected that Elektra was 'juicing'."

I'll reserve judgment until the crossover actually happens, but I for one am getting sick and tired of these big "events". Can't they just give us a break from all these Crises and Wars for a couple years?

I have plenty more to bitch about (what self-respecting comic geek wouldn't?), but that's all for now. If there's anything you'd like to see me address in a future Longbox column, let me know by sending me an email or posting in the comments thread down below.

Found any weird, bizarre, stupid or funny comics that
should appear in a future "Tales From the Longbox" column?
Email Protoclown and let him know!

Reader Comments

Crazed Techno-Biologist
Feb 21st, 2008, 10:29 PM
elektra looks effin disgusting. like a pickled zombie
Spiteful Jerk
Feb 21st, 2008, 10:43 PM
Frankly, Cap's new suit just looks like super-shiny rayon (ala Idiocracy).

Also, it is my sincerest desire to hire a couple burly guys, have them dress up in a Spider-Man costume and an old-school Captain America costume to sodomize Joe Quesada. I think it'd be poetic.
That damn kid
Feb 21st, 2008, 10:45 PM
funny as hell and somewhat informing as always proto
Feb 21st, 2008, 10:45 PM
Very good article Proto! Made me laugh even though the only thing I read is The Walking Dead.
Forum Chaos Lord
Feb 21st, 2008, 10:54 PM
Jesus, look at her.

She looks like death, eating a cracker.
The stealer of Pies
Feb 21st, 2008, 11:27 PM
Don't you just love how they retconned everything so that now Spider-Man has to deal with "lol empty webshooters" again? Especially since he's had empty webshooters from since the very first issue of Brand New Day
Feb 21st, 2008, 11:40 PM
I'm going to stop reading comics as soon as Secret Invasion starts because I know that there won't be one damn Marvel comic that doesn't go like this:
Hero 1: Are you a Skrull?
Hero 2: No.
Hero 1: Are you sure?
Hero 2: Uh....yeah. Wait! No. Yeah. I'm fine.
Hero 1: Positive?
Hero 2: Yep!
Hero 1: Okay. Good.
Hero 2: Haha! Fooled you!
Hero 1: Damn! We have to fight now maybe. Wait. What were we talking about before?
Hero 2: Something actually good but looks like this took up 3/4 of the book.
Hero 1: Yeah. That's right. I can't believe these chumps are still spending all their money on these.
Hero 2: Yeah. You think they'd learn after World War Hulk. Guess not.
Reptilus Rex
Feb 21st, 2008, 11:41 PM
Yeah, in the follow up to Brand New Day, called, "Glorious Day," Peter finds Jesus and becomes a member of the clergy. He stops fighting crime, and eventually founds his own church, and then BOOM! One of his altar boys turns out to be Mephisto.
The skrull thing seems pretty contrived, though. At least Cap is still rocking the spirit of America! Albeit in a very shiny way...
Feb 22nd, 2008, 02:04 AM
0h god, I am not looking forward to Secret Invasion at all.
Feb 22nd, 2008, 02:14 AM
Its nice to read things like this and see that Ghost Rider is not the only comic thats being torn to shreds by marvel.
Amicable Herculean
Feb 22nd, 2008, 02:23 AM
eh, I actually like Cap's new suit. But your commentary is fuuny is always. the "Orville Redenbacher" part was excellent.
Last of the Time Lords
Feb 22nd, 2008, 02:48 AM
Any idea which came first, the Skrulls or Mentok the Mindtaker's appearance on the old sixties Birdman cartoon? 'Cause I'm pretty sure one was based on the other. When I looked at that Skrull picture all I could think was "Mindtaking! Bweoooeeooop!"
Smooth Operator
Feb 22nd, 2008, 03:39 AM
Dr. Who: The Skrulls first appeared in Fantastic Four #2 in 1962. Birdman and the Galaxy Trio didn't hit the airwaves until '67.(How big of a nerd am I for knowing this?)
Feb 22nd, 2008, 05:11 AM
Great article. Commendably restrained! I've put up with Marvel 's recent stunts for a long time now, but OMD (I even hate myself for using that abbreviation) was a shocker. It's just gotten worse since then. That zombies bullshit. That M-Day bollocks. And now guess what? I bet it'll turn out that everyone is a skrull. Fucking everyone, okay?

Does Dexter Bennett look like Jason Robards or what? Just a thought.
lurking on the walls
Feb 22nd, 2008, 08:06 AM
howmany times have marvel characters died? i lost count on phoenix/Jean Grey, and even captain america, new hero or not, it's insaine
Feb 22nd, 2008, 08:54 AM
This is why my pull list has been slashed down to Fables, Y: The Last Man(which has been completed so I guess its off the list now too, and Star Wars Legacies.

So when are you gonna talk about the train wreck that is Ultimates 3.
No Future Guy
Feb 22nd, 2008, 09:15 AM
Face it tiger, you've just hit the Jackpot! As in the super hero. Way to go Spider-Man!
The Moxie Nerve Food Tonic
Feb 22nd, 2008, 09:23 AM
Proto; Who the HELL is writing spiderman? That narration bubble is WAY conrnier than anything Stan Lee EVER did when I was a kid, and he made up that style of banter to differentiate his writing from other comic books. It talks down, it's a stale oldster trying to be 'fun-KAY' for the kids. SHAMEFUL! Evil plan? Accidental camp, just embarassing, like watching your perverted uncle dance at Baht Mitzvah.

Caps Costume: We agree, way bad, but much as I like Alex Ross, look back at his body of work and you'll see, design is far and away his weakest link. Look for instance at the third cover in Justice with all the whacked out robo JLAers. Kingdom Come was so cool one didn't think about the costume design, but grab a random volume, flip it open and look at some of the designs out of context. VERY unfortunate. Great illustrator, terrible designer.
High Priest of Burbank
Feb 22nd, 2008, 10:56 AM
Cap's new suit looks pretty much exactly like the Alex Ross Spiderman design that could be seen in the Spiderman game based on the first movie... hmm.

And I agree, pretty much everybody's going to end up being a Mentok the Mindtaker... er... a Skroll. I never thought I'd see a plot arc that makes The Clone Saga look good.

And loving the comment about "hitting the Jackpot", Fufuless. NICE!
<me|yourmom> = you
Feb 22nd, 2008, 11:00 AM
After reading Civil War and reading this article, I kind of feel sad that Marvel has taken such a nose dive. I've noticed that most of the really good comics are now being produced by Image.
Feb 22nd, 2008, 11:30 PM
I'm going to Megacon, and Joe Quesada is gonna be there. Does anyone have some questions you want me to ask?
Spiteful Jerk
Feb 22nd, 2008, 11:32 PM
Originally Posted by Drunken_Lemur408 View Post
I'm going to Megacon, and Joe Quesada is gonna be there. Does anyone have some questions you want me to ask?
"Why do you hate the fans so much?"

Or, alternatively,

"Seriously, what the hell, Joe? Seriously. Joe. What the hell?"
Roid Rager
Feb 23rd, 2008, 01:12 AM

Oh boy...i think I am going to be sick

is it just me or does it look like Skrull-Electra died from explosive diherria? Maybe she just read "brand new day" and had the same experience as proto. Anyways, it is stuff like this that forced me to read marvel comics on wikipedia.
Forum Virgin
Feb 23rd, 2008, 01:31 AM
FUN FACT: If you invert the colors of the picture of "Mr. Negative" (into what one assumes would result in the "positive" image with correct coloration) in Paintbrush, his "natural" skin tone appears to be some sort of silvery/dark grey.

I don't think that's quite what they were going for...
Feb 23rd, 2008, 05:38 AM
The only "evil plan" I have seen in these new Spider-Man comics is the comics themselves. Thank you for reading them and breaking them down for us so I don't have to actually read them myself. I couldn't stomache it now. I sure miss the old Spider-Man.
Feb 23rd, 2008, 10:39 AM
After reading about SPiderman, I'm wondering if Satan can sue MArvel for using his likeness, as I'm sure he hated being apart of such a craptacular storyline. Helll, even the Prince of Darkness gotta have standards on that type of thing.

AM I the only one here that picked up on Quesadia's devil worshipping proaganda? He's basically saying "If you paint yourself into a spot, you can always sacrafice the happiness of your loved ones to make everything right". I hope the pope gets to sucker punch the prick.
Forum Virgin
Feb 23rd, 2008, 07:17 PM
Johnny, I would prefer if Jesus choke slammed him into a steel cage. Also I always wanted Bucky to be Captain America because any Captain that never fought Nazis is no Captain America of mine
Forum Virgin
Feb 23rd, 2008, 07:20 PM
Also I think that Dan Slott is writing the new Spider-man
Forum Virgin
Feb 23rd, 2008, 10:48 PM
Great article, as always.

Spider-man sounds ridiculously god awful. And after the disaster that was House of M (I'm mainly an X-men fan, so naturally, I despise Bendis), I fully expect this crossover to not only be bad, but to completely screw up whatever parts of the Marvel U that Bendis can think of. Part of me actually hopes that it is so ridiculously lame, that everyone in comics that even considers another event will be fired.
You'll thank me later...
Feb 24th, 2008, 12:26 AM
Proto, I want to take a moment to thank you for covering Spider-Man here. Yes it's total suit, and yes Quesadia needs to be set on fire, but if I don't know what's going on, I can't accurately bitch about it, and I'm sure as hell not going to buy it my own self. So thanks, keep it up eh?

Also on the DC front, I hear you, but I don't know if you've come across the "52" trades, they broke it up into four volumes when they could have made it much worse. You seen those "Absolute" trades? I appreciate having all the extras, but christ are those things big, I'm debating buying a couple extras and making a fort out of them or something

SunnyD : Organic web shooters were ass anyway, it was all "lol lets be like the movie" come on, that's never a good idea.

And as far as the X-men? House of M didn't fuck them up. X-men has sucked for the last decade or so.
Tropical Viking
Feb 24th, 2008, 06:54 PM
There's the thing that both videogame movies and comics equally lack: Respect. Think about it, we had to see several ultra lame-ass comic-based movies, and then christopher nolan and sam raimi (spider man 3 doesn't count) came up with movies that would respect both the characters and the audience. I'm not such a comic fan, but these comics are treating the audience in such a Uwe Boll fashion that it makes me dream of Quesada suffering of testicular torsion.

Observation: Testicular torsion actually hapens to some peope. Be aware.
By Hawkings Chair!
Feb 25th, 2008, 08:37 AM
I'm going to Megacon, and Joe Quesada is gonna be there. Does anyone have some questions you want me to ask?
I have a gun and one bullet. Do you have enough integrity left to do the job yourself?
Radio Ninja
Feb 25th, 2008, 09:13 AM
Proto, another blern! Hugh, I think you should rethink this "One Bullet" thing, Joey Q would probably just absorb it into his hideous neck-roll and grow stronger from the lead poisoning. The only way to kill it is to cleanse it with fire. Then sow the Marvel offices with salt and mark the ground as tainted. It's the only way. Bendis still has me onboard for "Powers" so I can't hate him...but Quesada? Remember Joey, no rage like nerd rage... that is all.
Feb 26th, 2008, 09:49 PM
Well, Jean Grey is a skrull.
I really hope Iron Man gets revealed as one, too.
The Goddamned Batman
Feb 27th, 2008, 12:30 AM
Thanks for the comments, everyone!

: I feel like Max has already done a fine job of trashing Ultimates 3 in the Weeklies section, so it'd probably be redundant for me to do a Longbox column about it. Check out his reviews if you haven't already!

Max: They actually have a rotating group of creative teams since it's now coming out three times a month. The first arc was written by Dan Slott, the second by Mike Carey (who I actually like most of the time). I have my suspicions though that the cheesy, condescending crap in that narration bubble was contributed by the editor rather than the writer. And that's a damn good point about Alex Ross and design. I actually hadn't even considered that before, but it makes sense.

Asmodai: What Image books out there are you referring to? The only Image books I can think of that I hear consistently good things about are The Walking Dead and Invincible (neither of which I've read). If there's other stuff I should check out, I'd love to know. Marvel still has some great books (i.e. Punisher, Iron Fist, Captain America, Daredevil) and DC's Vertigo line has in my opinion been the single best publisher of comics for the past decade.

Wyldflame: The DC Absolute volumes may be expensive, but man are they well put together. I only own two, Planetary Vol 1 and Watchmen...I'm rereading Watchmen now in Absolute form, and if any book deserves to be presented in that format, it's that one!

Drunken_Lemur408: I'm not sure that Jean Grey poster is conclusive, or if it's just a tease. They've also had Wolverine and Hawkeye posters like that. In any event, Jean's been dead since Grant Morrison's run, so it's about time some jackass editor came along and decided "oh she never really died cuz she was a skrull". I've heard it said on multiple occasions though from Quesada that Iron Man and Cap are the only heroes who are entirely off limits from being skrulls, so as to not cheapen the "impact" of Civil War. Too bad that's the only reasonable explanation for Iron Man's crazy behavior of late.
You'll thank me later...
Feb 27th, 2008, 06:27 PM
Yeah, lets not cheapen the impact of Civil War, like when Spider-Man unmasked on national television? Or the part when the devil made it all go away?

Tell you guys what though, this is how they're going to "fix" this, give this a year or so until MJ decides to tell peter the truth about what happened, or Doc Strange finally goes "By the Amuretto Eye of Arkansas, mystic energies are all fucked up, it must be the devil. But I can't beat the devil, we have to get help from the only man who can" and the next page is the two of them at the doorstep of Castle Doom. I'm calling it, right the hell now.
Feb 29th, 2008, 02:48 PM
Cap's suit is the flag of Puerto Rico. That's not very American, considering it's not a true "state" of the US:
Forum Virgin
Mar 2nd, 2008, 01:28 AM
My wallet is thanking me for dropping Spiderman just as One More Day wrapped up. I really wanted to get back into Spiderman after Straczynski's excellent run of late (being a primarily DC guy), but this...this just made me throw up a little in my mouth. I actually had the first two issues of Brand New Day sitting in my box at my local comic book store, and I had a feeling I wanted them to stop my subscription, which I did ask them to do (mainly due to the title coming out thrice a month and I was like nuh uh - NO title is worth shelling out $3.50 thrice a month these days). How right I was.

Excuse me, I need to take a shower.
Forum Virgin
Mar 2nd, 2008, 02:15 AM
Oh also, Captain America's new duds might be influenced by another superhero Alex Ross recently drew for DC:

Ring any bells?
Forum Chaos Lord
Mar 2nd, 2008, 02:05 PM
Holy christ, that is scary.

Goddamn, don't look directly at it. You'll burn out your retinas.
Forum Virgin
Mar 3rd, 2008, 11:40 AM
In the pic with the ugly Maggia woman, I swear the vehicles in the background look like Transformers. I guess not even Optimus Prime could save that comic.
Spiteful Jerk
Mar 3rd, 2008, 03:08 PM
Originally Posted by copacetic View Post
Oh also, Captain America's new duds might be influenced by another superhero Alex Ross recently drew for DC:

[Img]MY EYES[/img]

Ring any bells?

Um... ok, so Alex Ross has a tinfoil fetish then.
Master of Awesome Sauce!
Mar 3rd, 2008, 07:56 PM
The only way I could like this new "Secret Invasion" thing is if it turns out Quesada is a Skrull and all this shit never happpened...
Amicable Herculean
Mar 4th, 2008, 01:51 AM
guys..the WHOLE POINT of One More Day/Brand new day is to let writers write the spider-man stories they've been wanting to write since they've been kids. web shooters, peters a loser, whatever, this is all because everyone in charge at marvel (not just quesada EVERYONE)loves the silver age. Sadly, they're not doing a very good job of it.
Forum Virgin
Mar 10th, 2008, 01:59 PM
Originally Posted by captain516 View Post
guys..the WHOLE POINT of One More Day/Brand new day is to let writers write the spider-man stories they've been wanting to write since they've been kids. web shooters, peters a loser, whatever, this is all because everyone in charge at marvel (not just quesada EVERYONE)loves the silver age. Sadly, they're not doing a very good job of it.
so they'd rather set the character back 30 years and have fans waste their money on a personal indulgence? Not working for me.
Amicable Herculean
Mar 31st, 2008, 12:43 AM
Personal indulgence? you mean you don't like the silver age?
Spiteful Jerk
Mar 31st, 2008, 06:22 PM
Originally Posted by captain516 View Post
Personal indulgence? you mean you don't like the silver age?
It's a personal indulgence because the silver age is over and they're trying to forcefully resurrect it in an unpleasant way because they'd rather relive bygone glory days.
Forum Virgin
Apr 13th, 2008, 04:43 PM
I agree: Captain America's new costume looks ripe for epic failure. Ross did a terrible job here; congrats! However, I am also genuinely pissed that they dared to kill of Steve Rogers. HE WAS Captain America. Having this substitute errand boy pose as him is a tremendous offense. He totes around a fucking gun! Hello!? Arghhh! I digress. I love your stuff Proto, keep it coming.
Official Punching Bag
Aug 12th, 2008, 10:34 PM
Expensive DC hardcovers are expensive, but the Starman Omnibus Vol. 1 is one of my favorite hardcovers of late. However I do agree that the ratio of issues per hardcover is sometimes baffling.

By the way, did you ever think you'd see my face again?
The Goddamned Batman
Aug 13th, 2008, 12:04 AM
I actually really want that Starman Omnibus hardcover myself. $50 is a bit much, but the $30 it goes for on Amazon is pretty reasonable...less than $2 per issue.
Forum Virgin
Oct 22nd, 2008, 03:40 PM
The whole "Silver Age indulgence" conversation up there made me think of my Ambush Bug Christmas Special. The whole comic runs for 40 pages, which is more than AB thinks he can be funny for... later, he gets a clue to what he's looking for being on an earlier page and he yells, "Great! That's back in the funny part of the book!"

My point is, it sounds like maybe they're thinking that, since they were extremely successful in the Silver Age, going back to that might be profitable again. I'm not a regular Spidey buyer (always been more of a DC Comics fan, but I've read some of the collected comic sets), but even I could tell that the whole Day series of events was a bad idea.

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