Saturday, May 20, 2006

On 17 May, 2006

Wow. Motley little week for comics, and not overly inspiring.

Reading music: Serenity soundtrack

--Warning: Spoilers ahead--


Certain people have been lamenting the untimely loss of Manhunter, which is supposed to be a critically acclaimed series. So is Thing, I think, which is also cancelled. (If a series is "critically acclaimed," does that mean it's doomed? Is that a good rule of thumb?) So, since it was a slow week, and the comic is about a lawyer (!), well, I figured I'd give it a shot.

There were no copies of #20 left, so I jumped in at Manhunter #21 and 22, on the theory that, if this is as well-written as everybody says it is, I should be able to figure out what the heck is going on even jumping in at the middle of an arc.

And dammit, I do like this. Always did like a good courtroom drama, and I'm getting the distinct impression that Marc Andreyko watches quite a bit of Law & Order, not to mention CSI. (They always say "vics" instead of "victims" on CSI.) At any rate, I actually preferred the courtroom and crime scenes to the actual fight scenes. ("Objection! Asked and answered." Beautiful. Yeah, forget the battles with weird robotic things, I'm digging the objections.) Maybe reading issue 20 (eventually, I hope) will help in figuring out the hallucinations and such, and put the fighting in a more interesting light. Hrm.

Not sure I'll pick up the last three monthlies, but I will certainly consider picking up the trades.


Haunt of Horror: Edgar Allan Poe #1: To be honest, I haven't been in the right mood for this. And something like this deserves a reader who's in the mood for reinterpreted classic horror.

Ms. Marvel #3: Blue blazes! 3,000 dead? Carol totally beats out the New Warriors here. You know, looking for a fight to further her own fame, causing lots of explosions. Death, destruction, carnage. At least the villains here were looking for a fight, as opposed to minding their own business and taking out the garbage.

Still. Geez. It's easy to see where this'll be a Civil War tie-in title.

Oh, and an FF guest appearance is always welcome. Hey, here's a thought. From now on, whenever Marvel gets the urge to give Wolverine a gratuitous cameo, they should resist and give one (or more) of the FF members (or certain former substitute members, not including Wolverine) a guest shot instead. That would doubtless make a lot of people happy...

Week's most memorable moment(s): Learning about Hellcow for the first time thanks to Marvel Legacy: The 1970s #2. Comes of growing up on a farm and reading Bunnicula books as a child.

Tentative checklist for 24 May, 2006
Blue Beetle #3
Catwoman #55
Fantastic Four: A Death in the Family
Hawkgirl #52
Nextwave #5
She-Hulk 2 #8

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