I got a pretty decent response to my comic book post, so I figured I’d keep up with it. This past week I got a few more comics under my belt, and a few other things.
The Rocketeer: The Complete Adventures (IDW) – I mentioned last time that I wasn’t enjoying this collection, and it just got worse. I couldn’t deal with the poorly written characters, so I ended up returning it to the library without finishing it. And I was very disappointed because I wanted to like it. Oh well.
Bloodties (Marvel) – This is a trade paperback that collects the “Bloodties” storyline, which was the 30th anniversaries of the Avengers and X-Men combined. It was about a civil uprising on the island of Genosha between humans and mutates, and the political consequences of the previously mentioned teams. This story is one of the biggest reasons I’ve always loved Marvel. It’s rich with issues that can be translated to real life, and it looks at things from different philosophical perspectives. There was action, but I was more intrigued by story that was being told.
Legionquest (Marvel) – Unfortunately, with as many homeruns as they’ve had, Marvel tends to miss every now and then. “Legionquest” collects several issues from the early nineties dealing with Charles Xavier’s psychotic and powerful son traveling into the past to kill Magneto before he becomes Magneto. While it was interesting to see the bits about Charles and Eric as friends prior to being enemies, there wasn’t much to this story at all. And, it was a time travel story that ended with events never actually happening, and I HATE those kinds of stories. It always feels like a waste of time when things end up never having happened because that means there is no resolution and no one learns anything. I felt very empty when I finished the story.
Green Lantern: Rebirth (DC) – I’ve mentioned that I’ve always been a Marvel guy over a DC guy. However, one of the things I’ve always loved about DC is the Green Lantern mythos. It has that quality of epic galactic fantasy that I really enjoy, and from what I had heard, “Rebirth” was the story that brought all of that back into the limelight and was essentially a reawakening of the Green Lantern universe. I loved the heck out of this story. I didn’t really grow up with the Green Lantern, but the stuff that I did read sporadically I enjoyed, and this just kind of brought all of it to a head for me. I’m very much looking forward to reading the next handful of stories that have followed after this one.
Doctor Strange: The Sorcerer Supreme (Marvel animated movie) – As with the Green Lantern, in the Marvel universe I had characters that I liked, but didn’t necessarily read much about. Doctor Strange was one of those. Being a fantasy geek, a character who can do magic is pretty awesome. So I decided to give the animated movie a chance since it’s been on my Netflix queue for a while. It was all right. I think more could have been done with the story, but the animation was pretty tight. I just really didn’t care for the whole manifesting magic as a weapon thing, and wished for some of the classic spells that Doctor Strange would cast in the comic (shouting things like, “By the crimson bands of Cyttorak!”). I’d watch a sequel, though.
Comic Book Men (AMC television show) – My uncle suggested this show to me, since he was the one who got me into comic books. Essentially, it’s a half-podcast, half-reality show about the comic book store in Red Bank, NJ that Kevin Smith owns – Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash. It revolves around the antics of the store’s employees, which can be entertaining, but I’m more into watching the stuff that customers bring into the store to sell. I love watching the looks on the employee’s faces when something big ticket gets brought in. It’s been a fun watch for me, and I’ve seen a number of things from my childhood pop up. So while the antics portion of the show can get a little annoying sometimes, the “pawn shop” portion of the show never fails to intrigue.
And that’s all I got for now! I have another TPB and a graphic novel to read, and I may watch another animated movie, and I’ll report back to you next time. As I mentioned last time, if you have any suggestions, please let me know!