Lee: Well, now that DC is done… time to review the Marvel books. And, I must say, YUCK. There’s some good stuff but whoever did all the DC covers seems to have done the Marvel covers too. Lots of stuff in the middle of story arcs and lots of trades I’m not interested in. Could be a light buying month… The good news, the worse the selection, the more books I can ridicule!!!
Jim: I thought May would have more new stuff from both companies looking to get us pumped up for the summer months, but with comics being market for 20 plus year olds (or older) maybe summer isn’t the big deal it used to be.
MARVEL ILLUSTRATED: LAST OF THE MOHICANS #1 (of 6) Based on the Novel by JAMES FENIMORE COOPER
Lee: I think this is a great idea. Maybe it will bring some new readers into the hobby. I remember when First redid Classics Illustrated a couple of years ago and that was some great stuff. Hopefully this will do well. My only problem… from ad-copy “Plus-delve into the history of the man known as Hawkeye in a special bonus story!” Uuuummm, I never read the story so the only Hawkeye I know is the member of the Avengers. If they shoe horn a back story about him (or his great-great-great Uncle) then this immediately goes in the trash. Bottom line, won’t be buying it but interested by it.
Jim: Classic Illustrated was great stuff (and I remember the originals). Back then they were one and done cliff notes with pictures. Still I’m signed up for this book. Side note to Lee – it ain’t that Hawkeye.
ULTIMATE POWER #6 (of 9)
Lee: Not at all interested in this book but the cover… seriously, what is the Invisible Girl doing??? Since when did super smart Sue Richards (or Storm if they aren’t married yet) become a porn star??? Is it to much to ask that the artist use “reference material” that has real (non-silicon) people in it? This gives fanboys a bad name.
Jim: Greg Land produces all of this type of crap. Hell I’m embarrassed to leave certain comics on my coffee table for fear of being looked at as a pervert. This type of stuff only lends credence to the complaints of how exploitive comics can be of females. Plus it takes away from any merit the story may have.
SPIDER-MAN FAIRY TALES #1
Lee: WHY??? FOR THE LOVE OF GOD WHY DO THEY PRINT THIS CRAP???? Anway… won’t be buying this either.
Jim: Actually my daughter (who is 24) enjoyed the X-Men Fairy Tales and I’m getting this for her. It is just another riff on Willingham’s success with Fables. True I could care less, but it could still be good.
Lee: HOLD ON!!! WOP WOP Danger Will Robinson!!! Personal information alert. You’re daughter is 24??? OMG THAT MAKES YOU…. FRIGGIN OLD AS DIRT. I thought the white hair were highlites to make you look… I don’t know, wise and sopiss, sophtic, …smart or something.
Lee: Seriously, who is that on the cover? Sure doesn’t look like Blade? Not ANY of the incarnations of blade that I am familiar with at least. Apparently DC fired the cover coordinator and marvel hired him.
Jim: It Luke “Blade” Cage. Remember when covers were the selling point of a comic?
BLACK PANTHER #28 Spinning from the pages of the mega-hit MARVEL ZOMBIES!
Lee: Enough with the Zombies already. There in what??? 4 books this month. Let it go. Please. BUT, I do like looking at how they decompose marvel heroes every month. Unfortunately, that too will be old in a month.
Jim: I hate when anything has success anymore, because if you liked it once, you will like it a thousand more times until you are sick of it. Plus I just started to get FF again for Dwayne McDuffie taking over writing it, do I now have to pick up Reggie’s crap version of the Black Panther book too. I don’t think so.
INCREDIBLE HULK #106 Written by GREG PAK, Pencils and Cover by GARY FRANK
Lee: The return of Gary Frank is very cool. The Hulk back on Earth is very cool. The very obvious mega crossover that’s coming… not cool. I will get the book because I am interested to see where it goes but my hopes aren’t high.
Jim: I think the Hulk character is worn out. I would prefer to leave him married and on his planet and out of continuity for awhile. I mean he has no supporting cast and you can only go so far with this character.
Lee: WHAT??? Peter David made this character work for 10+ years. Sheesh, now you’re old and senile. Tough day in posting world J-.
IRON MAN: HYPERVELOCITY #5 (of 6)
Lee: Ok. Not buying the book. Don’t care about the book. BUT THE COVER!!! This is so tongue in cheek, it’s awesome. On Cap’s head, “France”, on Thors hammer, “Whosoeverrth findeth this hammer. If she be hot, shall wield the power of the gnarly Thor.” That’s too funny.
Jim: This is a very funny cover. It does make you wonder what is going on, but it is a firm pass.
LEGION OF MONSTERS: MORBIUS
Lee: Once again not buying it. Why talk about it then???? Because I love Marvel monsters and because I will be picking up the deluxe HC, one month after the last issue is published and read it that way. And, I shall save a buck or two. At least the covers look interesting.
Jim: I will be buying it and then I may buy the hardcover. I prefer to see if what I get in a hardcover is worth it and if the stories really suck I’ll pass on the hardcover.
Lee: Someday we are going to have to debate the floppies v. tpb v. HC thing. But, until then, you're wrong wrong wrong with this attitude. And as a prempitve... because I know how you argue... ARE TOO! ARE TOO! ARE TOO!
MARVEL ADVENTURES THE AVENGERS #13
Lee: Let’s have the argument… Is it a swipe if uncredited or just a homage? In case you couldn’t figure it out, this is a SWIPE from the 50’s b-movie “Attack of the 50 ft Woman.” Don’t get me wrong, it’s well done but shouldn’t you give some credit somewhere??? I call swipe and lazy artist.
Jim: I call it a swipe and almost illegal. I have no problem with paying homage to great poses and stuff, but for gosh sakes at least credit the people you are ripping off.
MIGHTY AVENGERS #3 Frank Cho drawing Tigra!! Did you hear us? FRANK CHO DRAWING TIGRA!! Which Avenger is Tigra dating? Prrrrr!!
Lee: Speaking of giving fanboy’s a bad rap. Sheesh, did you read this? If your main selling point is Cho drawing Tigra and not the story then this is a sad, sad day. What crap.
Jim: It’s sounds prrrrfect. I have to agree and I don’t want to even borrow your copy of the book if this hype is what sold you on the book.
WOLVERINE #54 It's time for round five!
Lee: You know what I love about this… “It’s time for round 5”! Ummm, round 5 this week. It’s more like round five thousand. You complained on the show about issue 50 being a waste and what luck, it continues until issue 54 with no end in sight. Soooooo not buying this.
Jim: Plus Loeb’s writing has been uninspired lately. What crap when your best shot on a character is to redo what has been done over and over and over again. Wolverine used to be an incredible cool character, but he has become a caricature of himself.
CRIMINAL VOLUME 1: COWARD
Lee: One of the few bright spots this month. I can’t wait to read this. But, I am surprised there isn’t a HC to go along with it. Especially with all the rave reviews, I expected a HC.
Jim: The series has been good, not great and at times I think actually a little weak. I think this is a series that will get better with time and I’ll wait for the 12 issues hard covers anyway.
SILVER SURFER OMNIBUS VOL. 1 HC Collecting SILVER SURFER #1-18.
Lee: Honestly, how many times can I get the same material? I have the Masterworks HC’s. The series has been reprinted three or four times in single issue format. The series has even been reprinted as a Essential. What more do they want from me? Honestly, I really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, *deep breath* really, want this but can’t see forking the money out. Especially, since the only new thing I would get is the 18 letters pages. Someday, it will show up on eBay at a 60% discount and I will get it then.
Jim: I really, really, really, don’t want this as I’m content with the Masterworks version and the Silver Surfer was really a boring character in many of these stories. The soliloquies that he did were so over dramatic. This material did not age well story wise, the art was fine.
MARVEL MASTERWORKS: THE INCREDIBLE HULK VOL. 4 Collecting INCREDIBLE HULK (Vol. 2) #103-110 and ANNUAL #1. Lee: This bad boy is coming home! Great stuff and Severin’s ink over Trimpe’s pencils… SWEET! Classic stuff from Marvel peak!
Jim: I agree, this was an easy decision. I have all the Masterworks but it is getting hard to sometimes decide to buy each one, but this is a no brainer.
ULTIMATE GALACTUS TRILOGY HC Written by WARREN ELLIS Collecting ULTIMATE NIGHTMARE #1-5, ULTIMATE SECRET #1-4 AND ULTIMATE EXTINCTION #1-5.
Lee: Warren Ellis does the Ultimate Galactus. I just don’t know. The individual mini-series kinda faltered but collected… will it work better? Will it read better? Jim, an opinion?
Jim: I skipped all of this stuff and based on the Cosmic Comics panelist’s review of this stuff I think it was Warren Ellis’ worse work in a long time. I’m skipping it.
SPIDER-MAN NEWSPAPER STRIPS VOL. 1 HC Written by STAN LEE , Penciled by JOHN ROMITA SR. Cover by JOHN ROMITA SR.
Lee: I like newspaper adventure strips. They hold a certain charm and appeal. That said, you would think I would be all over this. But, Spidey dailies from Jan 1977 to Jan 1980 don’t do it for me. I like the **OLD** strips because of the fact that they are **OLD**. I can learn something about the mores, and values, and lifestyles of the 20’s and 30’s by reading those strips. It’s interesting. And besides, the strips I like are the classics that impacted life and became cultural icons. Dick Tracy, Gasoline Alley, Peanuts, all had lasting impacts and tremendous influence in society. This was just another avenue to cash in on Spiderman. More for the Spiderman/Romita Sr completist than the casual reader.
Jim: Well hell if you are passing on this who the hell will buy it?
ESSENTIAL FANTASTIC FOUR VOL. 6 TPB Collecting FANTASTIC FOUR #111-137.
Lee: Now this is classic Fantastic Four. Great, great stuff. BUT, the Masterworks series just completed up to 104. Do I wait for the color version or do I just get this now??? Decisions, decisions, decisions.
Jim: No decision, it’s mine and it’s home. The Fantastic Four Masterworks are going to be on the slow track now that the Lee/Kirby stuff is done. I would prefer some nice soft cover color reprints, but I’ll take what I can get.