This box set of Avengers action figures made me feel old. I said something like, “In my day, we had to collect all, each sold separately – and we liked it!” But for Christmas in 2012, you can just plop down $45 at Target and take home the entire team and their primary adversary all in one shot! Disgraceful!
But, as much as things change, they stay the same. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (now on their third cartoon incarnation) are nearly identical to what I remember – except now, Donatello wants to have inter-species erotica with April O’Neil. At least she’s a teenager now and not some press whore who takes advantage of teenagers.
Like this morning’s post, this is probably not what you expected from this title. Every time we go into CVS, we make a stop over here in the toy aisle, but never actually buy anything.
I like that Black Widow (right corner of Avengers ball) is doing a silly looking kick, but poor Batman – getting stuck with Plastic Man is a raw deal. (FYI: Plastic Man predates Mr. Fantastic of the Fantastic Four.) I wonder why no other members of the Justice League were available to appear on this ball. Look, they didn’t even bother to put Plastic Man on the other side of the ball.
I finally got around to seeing The Avengers this weekend, and a good time was had by all. At least half of the audience clapped at the end, which doesn’t usually happen in a movie theater, but it was that kind of flick – people wanted to stand up and cheer. After living with these characters for five movies, maybe this is what the audience always wanted; but if you didn’t see Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Thor and Captain America, I don’t blame you if you were thoroughly confused. Read the rest of this entry
If you’re familiar with Spider-Man, then you already know that it’s fairly routine for someone to shout, “It’s all Spider-Man’s fault!” It’s his proverbial cross; he has to be the hero at the sacrifice of his personal life, not tell anyone he’s Spider-Man and then watch as public opinion is turned against his heroic exploits by J. Jonah Jameson (editor of the local paper), or anybody else who’s job it is via the plot to make Peter Parker’s life a living hell.
These days, Spider-Man is in The Avengers and The New Avengers (come to think of it, he’s also in The Future Foundation, which is part of the reason why no one can agree which costume he’s supposed to be wearing when, and I thought he left proper Avengers and is only in New Avengers now, yet he’s all over the annual issue, but those are rants for another day); two teams, one human spider – fine. The problem is, both Avengers books are starting to turn into Spider-Man books.
Look, I’m all for Spider-Man; he’s a fun, interesting character that’s great to have around in a team book. (I prefer just a seasoning of Spider-Man – I can’t read any of his solo books.) When you’re collecting personalities, the wise cracking, boy scout oath observing, web headed all crawler is a must for The Avengers, but the thing that’s begun to happen is both The Avengers and The New Avengers have inherited his problem.
Check out Avengers Annual 2012 and you’ll see that Wonder Man has returned. He’s going around making the case that the Avengers must disband because they do more harm than good; whether it’s property damage, civilian causalities, the death of teammates or Wonder Man got a lump of coal in his Christmas stocking, he’s sure the Avengers are to blame and the world would be better off without them. As a former Avengers himself, he knows all the dirty secrets and where all the bodies are buried. He showed up once or twice to yell at them before he started punching them in the face, but make no mistake – he took his message to the media and now people are constantly protesting the Avengers.
If you flip through a few pages of New Avengers #20, you’ll see that Norman Osborn is back and, like he previously threatened, he’s making life hell for the New Avengers and doing his best to smear them in public, setting up yet another round of protests from a city that would be nothing but a smoking crater without them.
I’d guess that this is happening because both books are penned by Brian Michael Bendis, who has written a ton of Spider-Man comics in his time. Also, both the Wonder Man and Norman Osborn stories are very similar: they both assemble a team of super powered beings to fight the Avengers, they both work on damaging the Avengers reputations and they both are really starting to piss me off as they do the same thing as one another!
Knock it the hell off!
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Yes, it’s that bad. Wolverine #1 (2010, so it’s clear which Wolverine #1 I’m talking about) is a total waste of time, money, and certainly not least of all, paper. What the hell is this crap? I’m enjoying Wolverine: Weapon X, and I though Wolverine Origins was an inspired series of the highest order, but this… this is crap. There isn’t any other word for it.
Logan meets with John Wraith, a buddy from way back in his Weapon X days at his church, where he’s a pastor. They talk about the darkness inside them, how they’re natural born killers and what not, which is shtick that’s getting a bit old as far as I’m concerned. He’s Wolverine, he’s violent, I GET IT! But here’s the twist: with Norman Osborn out of the picture and Logan’s new girlfriend, he’s feeling hopeful for the future, for maybe the first time in his life, and it scares him.
So how do we explore this? The answer should be obvious: send Logan’s spirit to hell and possess his body with demon spawn (presumably) on earth. Riiiiiiiiiiight. It’s bad, so very, very bad. I just can’t go on another exploratory trip through the depths of Logan’s soul, and I certainly don’t care about the devil (should that be Devil? Satan? The issue does start out at a church…) has in store to torture him. And it sounds like the devil is doing this because he’s bored – as he points out, an eternity of damning folks in every screwed up way he can think of is getting a bit stale. That’s actually a great way to describe this book; it’s like a moldy piece of bread and I want it as far away from me as possible.
I know it’s still early, and I don’t know where they’re going with this, but I”m not sticking around to find out. I’m going to stick with Wolverine: Weapon X, and that should be enough Logan for me – not to mention the fact that he’s in the Avengers and the New Avengers and some other X-Men titles… But therein lies the danger: what if they decide to let this ridiculous crap run loose through the entire Marvel Universe? This would be bad. Very bad.
We can only hope there is some other way of paying the devil his due… ugh, Daredevil in Shadowland… I’ll get to that one soon!
After watching the Avengers TV show trailer, I don’t think this is going to work. I’m sure it’ll be better than Marvel Superhero Squad, but will not be able to reach the bar set by Justice League and Justice League Unlimited. The fundamental problem might be that the show is being produced for Disney XD, which makes sense as Disney now owns Marvel. Here are some issues I’m seeing:
The animation isn’t looking so good. Did you see Captain America’s shield spinning? It looks… weird. I guess it’s rotating too slow for how fast its moving. It’s not just that, though… there’s something a bit off.
The theme song is TERRIBLE. Take a page from Justice League’s book and go with an instrumental. This song rocks.
Just the little bit of dialogue I heard was HORRENDOUS.
However, they’re going with a strong, traditional line up:
Ant Man/Giant Man
The lineup pose at the end of the commercial seems to imply that Iron Man is leading the team, which isn’t especially traditional, but whatever.
I’m not willing to kill the show yet – I’ll give it a chance, but I’m setting my expectations low, and I advise everyone else does the same.