Comments for Weekly Comic Book Review http://weeklycomicbookreview.com Your source for comic book commentary Fri, 29 May 2015 06:39:00 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 Comment on Convergence #8 by Steve Baumhttp://weeklycomicbookreview.com/2015/05/28/convergence-8/#comment-38334 Fri, 29 May 2015 06:39:00 +0000 http://weeklycomicbookreview.com/?p=46407#comment-38334 Thank God it’s over. I swear here and now. . .one more friggin’ reboot of the DCU and I’m going all in with Dark Horse.

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Comment on A-Force #1 by Dannyhttp://weeklycomicbookreview.com/2015/05/23/force-1/#comment-38333 Wed, 27 May 2015 03:45:00 +0000 http://weeklycomicbookreview.com/?p=46359#comment-38333 Yeah it’s not the concept that’s dated but that horrible name. Not that A-Force is any better. I actually can’t stand that name.
It’s good that She-Hulk is included. If it were an all-star line-up, just focusing on six characters as a core team, I’d imagine it would end up She-Hulk, Captain Marvel, Rescue/Pepper Potts, Invisible Woman, Storm, and Black Widow. Unless you can’t use FF or X-Men characters, in which case it would probably end up being She-Hulk, Captain Marvel, Rescue/Pepper Potts, Black Widow, Scarlet Witch, and Medusa.
Although if it were up to me, I’d focus more on personalities. My core team would be something like Misty Knight, Storm, Aurora, Meggan, Firestar, and Hellcat.
What’s yours?

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Comment on A-Force #1 by unpaidpundithttp://weeklycomicbookreview.com/2015/05/23/force-1/#comment-38332 Wed, 27 May 2015 01:37:00 +0000 http://weeklycomicbookreview.com/?p=46359#comment-38332 Actually, Jeph Loeb brought them back in a couple of issues of “Hulk.” Yeah, the original idea was satire, but Loeb played the team name as more tongue in cheek. By the way, She-Hulk was also the leader of Loeb’s version of the Ladies, just as she is of A-Force, which makes me think that Marvel editorial was thinking of the Ladies when they conceived the idea of A-Force. Marvel just didn’t want to use the name “Lady Liberators.”

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Comment on A-Force #1 by Dannyhttp://weeklycomicbookreview.com/2015/05/23/force-1/#comment-38331 Tue, 26 May 2015 06:43:00 +0000 http://weeklycomicbookreview.com/?p=46359#comment-38331 While that might be true, that was a very dated story that verges on some weird attempt at satire. It was never meant to be taken seriously. Wasn’t it the one where the battle cry was “Down with the male chauvinist pigs!”? There have been much better examples of an all-female team including a recent run of X-Men.
That’s why I said it’s not about the “gimmick” (note the air quotes) but about an ensemble cast, and we really don’t get that here despite the laundry list of appearances. I think focusing on a core group of 5 or 6 would be ideal, and the others could be cameos. Isn’t that what the Legionnaires do?

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Comment on A-Force #1 by unpaidpundithttp://weeklycomicbookreview.com/2015/05/23/force-1/#comment-38330 Tue, 26 May 2015 01:08:00 +0000 http://weeklycomicbookreview.com/?p=46359#comment-38330 Marvel already had an all female team — it was called the Lady Liberators.

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Comment on A-Force #1 – A Second Opinion by Dannyhttp://weeklycomicbookreview.com/2015/05/23/force-1-second-opinion/#comment-38329 Mon, 25 May 2015 00:06:00 +0000 http://weeklycomicbookreview.com/?p=46337#comment-38329 I thought that was her son Ahura, not Black Bolt, that Medusa was tucking in to bed. It’s so rare to see Blackatar Boltagon out of his mask that I could be mistaken.

As for the background characters, I’m not sure that they are “stiff” as you say. I really appreciate that care was given to really have them diverse. Too often they are so incidental that they all end up a default look/gender/body type. Here, it’s different.

I love that we have the same opinions of the issue. For me, I would really need more interaction or a core ensemble cast beyond just two or three main characters if the title is to really give the sense of scale it hopes to show.

Are there other any characters you think are missing that should be here?

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Comment on Convergence: Shadow of the Bat #2 by Miles Goodison-Fearonhttp://weeklycomicbookreview.com/2015/05/17/convergence-shadow-bat-2/#comment-38328 Sat, 23 May 2015 21:43:00 +0000 http://weeklycomicbookreview.com/?p=46261#comment-38328 With all due respect the same could be said of Jason Todd, who most of the fans disliked and yet DC brought him back with mixed results. Also I would add that Jason is way more disliked than JPV ever was to add. Didio and co made up their minds they hated JPV-due mostly to their vendetta against Quesada-and just forced a new guy on us to shut the fans up who wanted Azrael back. Bringing him back in Blackest Night was just their way of saying we should accept the new Azrael and stop bothering them about bringing the Azrael we were asking for back. Even Fabian Nicieza- the guy who created Michael Lane Azrael- has said that he didn’t agree with the decision to bring back JPV as undead zombie and has never said he was never told of the decision to do so. The Didio led DC has a strong history of killing or ruining characters for shock value and as long as the current regime is in charge that’s not going to change.

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Comment on Convergence: Shadow of the Bat #2 by Noah Sharmahttp://weeklycomicbookreview.com/2015/05/17/convergence-shadow-bat-2/#comment-38327 Sat, 23 May 2015 17:27:00 +0000 http://weeklycomicbookreview.com/?p=46261#comment-38327 I doubt it was intended that way, if anything I imagine it was a flawed attempt to give us something. The bigger screw you was to Jean-Paul himself. who showed up for the first time in years, only to be told that he’s not as good as Batman. Harsh.

There’s totally the possibility that Jean-Paul could have survived, but without a strong fanbase for the character, no one wants to risk reopening a story that had a finite hundred issue run written by a comics great. DC just doesn’t see the reward in reintroducing Jean-Paul. He still has detractors and little to no name recognition. If fans of Jean-Paul want him back they should show that the character can move books whenever the opportunity arises, be respectfully vocal about what DC is doing right and wrong, and pray that a fan finds his way into the writer’s room.

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Comment on Convergence: Shadow of the Bat #2 by Miles Goodison-Fearonhttp://weeklycomicbookreview.com/2015/05/17/convergence-shadow-bat-2/#comment-38326 Fri, 22 May 2015 19:53:00 +0000 http://weeklycomicbookreview.com/?p=46261#comment-38326 I agree for the most part but if you read Blackest Night where they had JPV show up as an undead zombie for a few panels, it felt like a middle-finger to Quesada and the fans who wanted Azrael back. Besides Denny left a backdoor open for JPV to return at the end of his series when Bruce said he couldn’t find his body. I believe Denny even said that Didio told him that he wanted JPV to die for the most part and we all know when Didio makes up his mind that he hates a character or wants the character dead, that’s that. I wouldn’t have had a problem with Lane if he had been his own character outside of Azrael but I don’t get the impression there was a plan to make him the new Azrael but DC just deciding to stick someone in the role to meet the fans half-way.

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Comment on Convergence: Shadow of the Bat #2 by Noah Sharmahttp://weeklycomicbookreview.com/2015/05/17/convergence-shadow-bat-2/#comment-38325 Fri, 22 May 2015 15:51:00 +0000 http://weeklycomicbookreview.com/?p=46261#comment-38325 I don’t know that they’re forcing Lane on us all that much, he was part of Morrison’s master plan so he was around for a while, but even he’s largely disappeared. That said, I think DC is missing out by not reintroducing Jean-Paul as he was written by Denny O’Neil. That character is a very different take on the traditional superhero story. One of my first practice scripts when I decided to really pursue comic editing seriously was actually a pitch for a New 52 Azrael series so I’m with you. That said, I know that a large part of the reason Jean-Paul hasn’t returned is that DC respects what O’Neil did with his character so much that they don’t want to undo his arc.

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