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Phil's Reviews — Stuff I Read and Put Back #14

Spider-Man and the Fantastic Four #1 (of 4) — Writer: Jeff Parker; Penciler: Mike Wieringo; Inker: Wade von Grawbadger I almost bought this, and if you’re looking for “classic” FF while the main title’s going through one of its periodic let’s-shake-up-the-roster things, you could do worse. Weiringo knows how to draw this book, and the script gives him Spider-Man and the Impossible Man and a Thing-Torch prank to have fun with. There was a little too much going on for me, though; it seemed like the volume was cranked up too high — the villain’s working for an alien race! … Continue reading

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Phil's Reviews — Stuff I Bought #13

Madman #1 — Words and pictures: Michael Allred Just OK. Wonderful art, but it’s more of a clip show than anything else, and the suggestion at the end that everything up to now’s all been an illusion feels like a cheat. Of course, the cheat might be a cheat, too, so it’s important to reserve judgment; it’s understandable that Allred wants to clear away 20 years of cobwebs surrounding his character, and we’ll have to wait until the end of the storyline to see exactly how he’s going to accomplish that. Allred’s part of an interesting pattern — Matt Wagner’s … Continue reading

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Phil's Reviews — Stuff I Read and Put Back #13

Avengers: The Initiative #1 — Writer: Dan Slott;  Artist: Stefano Caselli So, in the Marvel Universe United States now, if you’re a kid, say, and caught using powers, they throw you into a boot camp training deal, with other “recruits” of all ages and power levels, and there’s a stereotypical drill sergeant, except that he’s got this huge metal weapon-thing attached to his right arm that looks really, really stupid, and then Yellowjacket and War Machine and Peter Gyrich “test” your powers, and when something goes wrong and another kid’s brains get blown all over you, well, that’s too bad, … Continue reading

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Phil's Reviews — Stuff I Bought #12

Batman #664 — Writer: Grant Morrison; Penciller: Andy Kubert; Inker: Jesse Delperdang Morrison’s Wayne is a super-competent international playboy, instead of someone pretending to be a klutz, and that’s kind of fun. Nasty things are happening in Gotham, and Batman gets smacked around and there’s talk of “the black casebook,” apparently one of those shadowy Morrison conspiracy-of-the-weird things, and that’s it: the first chapter of a new story. Andy Kubert’s been a good match for Morrison; he’s good at standard superhero poses, but he’s just off-center and gritty enough to have a style. Look at that cover: it’s generic at … Continue reading

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Phil's Reviews — Stuff I Read and Put Back #12

Green Lantern #18 — Writer: Geoff Johns; Art: Daniel Acuna A piece of fluff: 16 pages to the main story, of which four are splashes. Lots of T&A, but all that happens is that Star Sapphire shows up, possesses Carol Ferris, and then decides to possess Hal’s new girlfriend instead. That’s it. The backup story introduces one of the villains in Sinestro’s new Yellow Lantern Corps, and is meant to show us what a badass he (it) is. It’s all prelude too. ( *sigh* This whole mega-huge Sinestro story’s going to to be nothing but a big, loud, overbearing maxi-series … Continue reading

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