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Whatever Happened to Baron Von Shock #2 – Review

By: Rob Zombie (writer), Donny Hadiwidjaja (art), Val Staples (colors) & Ed Dukeshire (letters)

The Story: Baron von Shock loses his mojo (and TV series) and becomes a total loser.

What’s Good: The first issue of this Image series from Rob Zombie told the story of how a loser production assistant became an Elvira-like movie host on a local TV station back in the 1980’s.  Perhaps it is just nostalgia, but I loved those sorts of things growing up when life was more simple and our TV choices were so limited that a guy hosting crummy movies on local TV could become a celebrity (of the cocaine-fueled, orgy-with-groupies variety).  In this issue we see that the novelty of the Baron has worn off, rating are down and the TV station fires Leon.

This comic really seems to be about a doofus getting his 15 minutes of fame, but not really appreciating it.  I think we’ve all known someone who seemed to be getting an inordinate amount of attention for doing something simple, and Leon is that guy.  So, you’re happy to see him fail (since Leon is a jackass) and you laugh at him as he’s scheming a way to get back on top (since he doesn’t realize that he just got lucky).  But, somehow Zombie and the art team make him an endearing enough doofus that you cheer for him to have a second run at the big time when the story catches back up with him 25 years later and he’s living with him mother and still has the same loser friends (who are all bald and fat).
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Weekly Comic Book Review’s Top Picks

DS’ Top Picks

Best From The Past Week: Batman: The Return Of Bruce Wayne #3 – While the Return of Bruce Wayne was briefly in contention, there’s no doubt that X-Men Legacy #237 was on another level. The sheer number of brilliant, stick-in-your-mind moments was off the scale. I mean, the master mold of the future (2 of them!), Magneto’s injured stand, Cable’s desperate rearguard action, Cypher shooting for all the marbles…breathtaking. Second Coming is the game to beat.

Most Anticipated: Green Lantern #55: Brightest Day is marching on, and the mystery of the white lantern is still to be resolved. I’m gambling that despite Lobo (whom I can’t stand as a character), Johns is going to deliver a solid issue.

Other Top Picks: Astonishing X-Men #34, Captain America #607

Alex’s Top Picks

Best From The Past Week: Legion of Super-Heroes #2 -Another amazingly stuffed issue for the Legion and another fantastic experience.  This is definitely a series to hop on-board for, whether you’re a Legion aficionado or novice.

Most Anticipated: Green Lantern #55 – Lobo?!  Hell yeah!

Other Picks: Secret Avengers #2, Captain America #607, The Flash #3, Madame Xanadu #24, Thor #611, Unknown Soldier #21, Wonder Woman #600

Dean’s Top Picks

Best From The Past Week: Amazing Spider-Man #635 – This was a really awesome issue.  In hindsight, I think we’ll probably find out that it was Kaine in the Spidey-suit, but a comic still doesn’t often hit you in the face the way this one did on the first reading (especially not in this age of advance solicitations, previews and online teasers).  If you ever needed a reason to NEVER click on an 7-page advance preview, this was it.

Most Anticipated: Invincible Iron Man Annual #1 – Besides all the hoopla surrounding this issue because it’ll be released digitally via the Marvel app, I’m just hoping for a good Iron Man story.  Invincible Iron Man has been dull recently and Iron Man Legacy just stinks.  Hopefully this story about the Mandarin will save the day.

Other Top Picks: Batman Beyond #1, Elephantmen #26, Turf #2, Secret Avengers #2, Whatever Happened to Baron von Shock #2


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